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clauderainsrm posted to therealljidol July 12 2014, 19:04

Green Room - Week 14 - Weekend Edition

Contestant Only voting is going on until Thursday - and already it's looking like a landslide!!


Well, OK, there has only been 1 vote cast, but those people are towering over everyone else!

Or perhaps that means that everyone is separated by only 1 vote, and the results are just too close to call! ;)


One of the (many) great things about Idol is how there are as many ways to look at it as there are contestants - and discovering those differences about why you are here and what you hope to get out of the experience is one of those things that continues to evolve as the game goes deeper into the jungle.
clauderainsrm posted to therealljidol July 11 2014, 13:33

Green Room - Week 14 - Day 8

If you missed last night's post - it's Contestant Only voting mayhem!! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/756961.html

Two of your fellow contestants have posted an alphabetized list of the entries for your clicking pleasure (If anyone else posts one, let me know and I'll make that one available as well):


and http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/756961.html?thread=74883297#t74883297

That should make it a little easier on you!


I had a question poised to me yesterday, and I'm going to spin and twist it around a little and throw it back into the shark pool.

What do you think makes for a "Good Idol contestant"?
What qualities do they possess, and given what is going on right now - how much does that impact your decision on who to vote for?

Especially given that you only have 30 spots, are you more likely to cast votes for people you *don't* think will have as much support, to keep them safe because you want to keep reading them OR someone you "know" will be getting a lot of votes because they "usually do"?
clauderainsrm posted to therealljidol July 11 2014, 01:58

Vote - Week 14

Before the vote gets started, we are already losing some talented folks:

Dropping this week are:
catwomon and boyfrond

Bye-ing out this week are:

dakotawitch , and Season 3 Winner welfy

There is also one complete hack, who I'm really excited to be able to eliminate:


There are also three sacrifices coming up this week. Which actually is going to be play into things a little differently than usual. Because those are going to be counted toward the 5-10 people who will be leaving this week.

For those who don't know - the reason I say 5-10 is that it depends on where the smallest number of votes fall.

And why should that be a factor? - it's a CONTESTANT ONLY VOTING WEEK!!

This means you will read the entries: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/754594.html and send me a list (by contestant name, I'd really love it if you did it in alphabetical order!) of your 30 favorite entries. Note: You probably want to include your user name somewhere in the email. ;)

(Yes, you CAN include yourself)

Send that list to me at clauderainsrm@gmail.com by THURSDAY JULY 17TH AT 8PM EDT. I'm giving you a week to read everything and vote!!! I want you to make sure to pick out your favorites and help nudge us closer to the coveted Top 100!

I WILL allow the people leaving us this week to cast ballots. But other than that, it's current contestants only.

Good luck to everyone!
clauderainsrm posted to therealljidol July 10 2014, 13:47

Green Room - Week 14 - Day 7

This article will change everything you thought you knew, FOREVER!

Just click here!

Once you read this, it will leave you in tears!

Watch so and so we think you don't like get OWNED by someone that we assume that you do/will!

See Supreme Court Justice you agree with TROLL the opinion of Justice you don't agree with!

Just click here!!


Sorry, just selling some space to linkbait advertisers to make some quick cash! ;)

Not sure how it works yet, but I do know the last part of the plan is "Profit"!

If this doesn't work, I'll need 7 of you to copy this status and then have 7 of your friends copy theirs. That seems foolproof!


For those more interested in writing entries though, the deadline for the topic is TONIGHT! So I hope to see you there! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/754594.html

There is also a Killing Floor up, for those interested in getting/providing feedback: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/756187.html
clauderainsrm posted to therealljidol July 9 2014, 14:03

Green Room - Week 14 - Day 6

I was looking up responses to Darlena's viral hit article (because damnit, it's awesome to see people you know do well. I'm fortunate enough that I've seen this happen with a few people lately - this is just the one that most Idol people would know!) and so typed "Mercedes Food Stamps" into the search engine, figuring that would be a good way of seeing who else was talking about it.

My finger slipped and I wrote "Mercedes Food Stamos".

Damn you John Stamos!!!

Fortunately, no one was discussing him and Mercedes. :)

Until now. This will now pop up. Damn you John Stamos!!!

(Video description: A cat dressed like a shark, riding on a Roomba. A Duck and a dog dressed in a dog costume. A stuffed shark. This is followed by the duck wearing another shark costume and riding the Roomba around. In someone's kitchen. No, you are not having a stroke.)

The deadline for the Topic is tomorrow night: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/754594.html
There is a Work Room, if you still need some extra help: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/754830.html

and a new Killing Floor, if you want to put yourself out there or help some people out by giving some constructive criticism: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/756187.html

I also put the offer out there last night - if you have an Idol spreadsheet, and want me to look it over to make sure everything is accurate (and let's face it, it helps me too! :D) then go ahead and send it to clauderainsrm@gmail.com and I'll check it out!
clauderainsrm posted to therealljidol July 8 2014, 13:47

Green Room - Week 14 - Day 5

The topic is here: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/754594.html

The Work Room is here: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/754830.html

LJ Idol Veteran, and runner-up of Season 8 notodette 's FRONT PAGE ARTICLE IN THE WASHINGTON POST is here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/07/08/this-is-what-happened-when-i-drove-my-mercedes-to-pick-up-food-stamps/?hpid=z4

The guy that used to work on the comic shop I grew up going to is finally coming out with his own comic! His Kickstarter is here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/recklesseyeballs/gun-an-ongoing-monthly-comic

and of course, a video of a squirrel water skiing is here:
clauderainsrm posted to therealljidol July 4 2014, 22:53


I've spent a few hours watching Survivor: Marquesas. I would say "deep in thought" but that was more going on in the background while I watched the episodes.

When we finished with one disc, I went to the bookcase with the sliding cabinet to get out the next one. The door was stuck. My head was pounding from the migraine I've had for the last day or so, and it was just so frustrating...

So I pulled on it and it came off the track!

I kept trying to put it back on, and it just wouldn't go. I just kept getting more and more frustrated by the situation. I couldn't get it back on, but I couldn't just let it sit there.

So I stepped away for a few minutes, got myself from Advil, and just allowed myself to think through the situation.

I had lost control and fucked things up by acting rashly. It's not something that happens very often. But it does happen.

It doesn't make it right or excusable.

But it's something that I try to acknowledge in other people, and so every once in awhile I need to remind myself to extend that to myself as well. Sometimes we have bad days and do stupid shit. The best we can do is try to fix the situation and not topple the whole damn bookcase over or break anything in the process.

Had I not stopped and taken that breather, and got something for the migraine, things would have gotten much worse before they got better. Because that's what happens when you respond to things without actually stopping to process.

After a little while, my head was calmer, and I realized that I needed to remove everything from the bottom shelf of the bookcase. So that's what I did.

I moved it all to the table and worked to carefully move the sliding door into position, lifting gently on the bottom of the shelf to get enough room for it to get back into place.

Eventually, it got there.

That's kind of what happened last night as well. I saw something that pissed me off - and instead of doing what I usually do, take a few minutes and collect my thoughts and respond to it or just ignore it... I tore the whole damn door off the track by deleting the comments.

I can say "I was in a really bad head space". I can say "the migraine was really bad". Heck, I could point to whatever position the moon happens to be in (not really sure actually) but at the end of the day, it doesn't matter.

Not one bit.

I fucked up.

I shouldn't have deleted the comments. It's not what I do.

It's not what I have done in the past. It's not anything that I could see myself doing in the future. Heck, it's not something that if you asked me the day before, "would you do that?" that I would have said "Yes, I would".

But I did.

I fucked up and pulled the entire door out of the track.

The question being "How am I going to put it back where it belongs?"

That's not as easy as moving some stuff off a shelf.

I can start though with an apology.

First, and in my mind, foremost, to Idol itself and everyone involved with it. You deserve better. I shouldn't have let my feeling "thin-skinned" at a moment impact my decision making abilities like that.

Regardless of circumstances. I just *should not* have done it. I fucked up royally and I promise that this is a mistake that I am going to be carrying and doing my best to never allow myself to get anywhere close to making again.

There ARE conversations that need to be deleted. There ARE times when I need to step in and just squash things.

This WAS NOT one of those times.

You shouldn't have to deal with this in Idol. You just shouldn't, and I'm sorry that my bad mood and idiotic actions ended up making you have to deal with it here.

Specifically to kathrynrose and xo_kizzy_xo (also to gratefuladdict and n3m3sis43 , although I don't recall you being in the thread or what you said)
If there is someone that I am not remembering - please insert your name here.

I shouldn't have deleted the thread.

You have the right to your opinion and to express it
. You should feel free to do so. Not looking over your shoulder. I hope that once the dust eventually settles, and the sliding door is in place once again, you will be able to get to a place where you feel comfortable doing that again.

Given how long we've known each other - I've never known "feeling free to speak your mind" to be much of a problem. ;) Hopefully that will continue to be the case, it keeps me on my toes!

I let you down.

I let myself down.

I let Idol down.

I can't restore the posts. But I can restore the commitment to a free and open discussion.

Starting with

I fucked up. I'm really sorry. Hopefully I can fix this.
clauderainsrm posted to therealljidol July 4 2014, 11:58

Green Room - Week 14 - Extended Weekend Edition

Happy Birthday America!

Kind of. http://www.constitutionfacts.com/us-declaration-of-independence/fourth-of-july/

It's more of a "Happy Day We Selected From All the Possible Days To Say Is Your 'Birthday' America", but that's too big to put on a greeting card!

Why am I bringing that up?

During a discussion in yesterday's Green Room, it occurred to me how often it doesn't matter what is actually true, it matters what people *think* is the case!

(In this example, I'm sure the vast majority of people on the street couldn't say exactly what happened today and would go with one of the examples of what *didn't* happen used in that article)

I was specifically referencing a couple Second Amendment cases that have been in the news over the last few months, and the actual facts of the cases ended up being referenced. (In one case, people assume that Stand Your Ground was used - when it was considered openly as a possible defense, but never actually used)

It doesn't matter - because that thought was put in the public's head - it became a SYG case.

Someone is told Target doesn't want you carrying your assault rifles into their stores as part of the "see what we can do" small portion of the Open Carry movement - and suddenly Target is banning concealed weapons and wants to rip the Second Amendment out of the Constitution.

You see it with all kinds of things in the news. Pretty much everything really - how often people don't actually stop to look at facts but react with emotion, and how quickly it becomes something else entirely. Not just in the minds of those reacting - but the more people talk about it, the more that impression ends up getting lodged in the heads of people who are just skimming current events.

Such and such was disappointing.
This shouldn't have happened.

A couple voices, repeating themselves often enough, can end up making an impact. Sometimes for the better. Sometimes not so much.

What your voices "should be" repeating is that the new topic is up: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/754594.html

and there is a discussion going on in the Work Room about re-using and re-tooling entries: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/754830.html

We are also saying goodbye to those who left us with the previous vote: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/754200.html

Even if you're not an American - I hope you have a great weekend! :)

Because none of you are *truly* 'Mericans, and thus can not experience FREEDOM in it's truest form (aka living at my house), which means that all enjoyment is hollow anyway! Enjoy your hollow and ultimately meaningless weekend! :D
clauderainsrm posted to therealljidol July 4 2014, 02:12

Work Room - Week 14

As I said in the new topic thread http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/754594.html I decided to change things up for a couple reasons.

One of them is I thought there was such a great deal of potential in the topic idea - and a lot of potentially fascinating paths to take with it.

The other is that it's a brand new idea that I am running with.

Which is something that came up this week.

I was asked, by a few people, about the rules of "What is allowed for an entry" when it comes to re-using old/pre-existing material.

Now, we've had this come up before - with people wanting to rework an old entry and after thinking about it, I realized that there really isn't any way for us to KNOW that you had done it, unless we happened to be familiar with every single piece of your work. Which wasn't likely.

On the other hand, knowing that everyone else was working their butt off to produce new work - the fact that the person doing it would *know* that they hadn't put in the effort, that would be enough to make them want to do the same.

That self-policing has worked for 8 seasons plus two mini seasons. Never really became a problem. People would rework something, but they would make sure that enough effort was put into it that it became something new or at very least improved it to the point that it was noticeable. (usually proving side by side examples)

Last week we had a case of someone simply re-posting something from a few years ago.

Based on the rules, as they stand, it's OK. Because of what I just said.

But based on the emails I've received, I'm not the only one who thinks that it's not cool.

Granted, I have a different take. Those people who contacted me think it's cheating the system by not working as hard as everyone else.

I think it's cheating yourself out of the experience.

No one is in trouble, and I'm certainly not going to go around pointing fingers. NOR SHOULD ANY OF YOU. Because nothing wrong was done. Or, if it was, it wasn't on purpose...

BUT I want to make sure everyone is on the same page with this. Part of the experience of Idol is producing something new every week. (Like I did with the topic! See, it all ties together)

It's something that I love seeing, and I hope that you feel the same way.


So, what ideas do you have for the topic?
clauderainsrm posted to therealljidol July 4 2014, 02:12

Topic - Week 14

I had something else in mind for this week's topic - but I read something today that made me sit up and take interest. It just really fit my vision for this season, so I'm going with it and inserting in something new and, I hope, fun, into the mix.

So I'm calling an audible and changing course slightly. But within the context of where we're going. :)

I'm not sure if it's true or not, but regardless, it makes for an interesting story - and an idea that I think could go in a lot of cool ways.

The story was about KGB training and how they used to take new recruits and put them in a room with a chair.

They weren't allowed to come out until they got a

Confession from the Chair

The deadline to link your entries back to this thread is Thursday July 10th at 8pm EDT

clauderainsrm posted to therealljidol July 4 2014, 01:27

Results - Week 13

Week 13 was certainly interesting.

At least from where I am sitting.

It's only fitting that the results end up being pretty interesting as well.

You're probably looking at the page and saying "What's so interesting about that?" Especially since none of the special powers were used this week.

Well, to start off - there were 3 sacrifices this week.

Including two from one tribe. Which means that no one else in that tribe is going home.

Leaving us, before the votes were even finalized, are slammerkinbabe , ecosopher and finding_helena .

Which means there is still one person from the Redemption Tribe and two people from Tribe 1 up for elimination.

Leaving us this week are xshibumix and (by *1 vote*) kotenok_angel and sinnamongirl .

Thank you so much to all of you for coming out this season, and I hope to see you in the Home Game! (as well as hoping, as always, that you will continue to support and cheer on your favorites, and of course that you will take the opportunity for Second Chance when it happens!)
clauderainsrm posted to therealljidol July 3 2014, 13:38

Green Room - Week 13 - Day 10

There is a guy named Henry who hangs out at the bus stop.

I know that his name is Henry because someone got out the label maker and put it on his crutches.

He never gets on my bus, but he's always talking to the driver and a couple other regulars, who, on occasion, will go with him across the street and buy him a sandwich.

He's probably in his early 20's and is apparently always going over to his girlfriend's house - which is something that the people who know him well tease him about.

I've noticed him before, but never actually talked to him.

He just wasn't on my radar as anyone other than "that friendly guy".

Today though was a little different. He took something out of his deep pockets and handed it to the driver "In case you need it".

It was a water balloon.

He reached into his other pocket and pulled out two more.

He opened his bag - and the guy was carrying a small arsenal of water balloons!

This guy, walking around on his crutches and eating sandwiches - this guy who was always just nice and friendly, a guy that no one "would ever suspect", was preparing to launch all out war against anyone who bugged him today.

Which of course got me thinking about Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law and hoping that he didn't end up on the wrong end of it.... or Georgia's Don't Ask/Open Carry Everywhere law and how two guys ended up in a tussle at a store on DAY 1 of that being implemented.

What if Henry carried out his "prank" there?

Heck, what if he got his hands on something a little bigger than a water balloon to take care of anyone who "bugged" him?

There are certainly people like that.


There are also people like those found in this week's poll: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/753252.html

People who need your vote to avoid going home tonight!
clauderainsrm posted to therealljidol July 2 2014, 14:23

Green Room - Week 13 - Day 9

"Gays should live in the woods"

- Reaction from random internet poster to the overturning of Kentucky's "same sex marriage ban".

Even after sleeping on it, I'm still not sure if this is someone in favor of lifting the ban, against it, or just someone who wants to promote the idea of getting away from hectic city life!

Sure, he said "gays" but he also said "should live in the woods". Perhaps he formed this opinion after someone mentioned "bears".

So really, who knows! ;)

What are some of YOUR favorite quotes from random people on the internet?


Another favorite quote of mine is that the poll is open until TOMORROW: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/753252.html so you had better get out there and share the love for your favorites!!

That was said by Me. Right now. And you know what? I think I had a good point!!
clauderainsrm posted to therealljidol July 1 2014, 13:13

Green Room - Week 13 - Day 8

Good news Idolers!

Thanks to the recent SCOTUS decision, I can now let you know that, as your Idol employer, I no longer am oppressed by unconstitutional restrictions to my religious beliefs in what I cover of your health care.

Since my religious beliefs involve sacrificing you on an altar atop a volcano - any and all other "healthcare" you might be expecting is out of the question.

This is a great day for Idol, and for 'Merica. I'm sure you will agree - because part of the decision was that you can no longer disagree with me either. Or quit.

This may not be what the "actual decision" said. But that's what I read. I may or may not have taken the decision itself and written some things on it, in crayon. It doesn't matter though, because now it's part of the decision!

Now your continued coverage depends on how well you do in the poll http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/753252.html

So you had better get busy reading and voting!
clauderainsrm posted to therealljidol July 1 2014, 01:04

Vote - Week 13

A few words from clauderainsrm :

The dreaded Week 13 certainly ended up living up to it’s name, taking out a few of my personal favorites in it’s rage of bye-outs.

OK, so there weren’t that many. But every single name on the list is someone that I had figured on seeing for quite a bit longer. (Including one of my favorite bloggers/podcasters!!)
Leaving us today are:


Thank you to all of you for coming out - and I really hope to see you continue to Home Game, and take advantage of the chance to get back into the mix when Second Chance comes around! Maybe the ending of your Idol-story still hasn’t been cemented!

As for the rest of you - you are the ones trying to avoid gaining some cement shoes of your own!

Especially with the return of the Redemption Tribe (featuring the people who would have been eliminated last week) and the BOTTOM TWO of each tribe are going home this week!

Oh, and yes, it’s a COMMUNITY ONLY poll!

So no -not a Gatekeeper round. Not a Contestant Only round either. Both of those guesses were wrong.

But it should still make for some interesting results!

The poll closes Thursday, July 3rd at 9pm EDT

Good luck to everyone!

Click here to Vote!Collapse )
clauderainsrm posted to therealljidol June 30 2014, 14:09

Green Room - Week 13 - Day 7

The deadline for this week's entry is TONIGHT AT 8 PM EDT.

There you go, I put it in bold. Hopefully everyone who still needs that information will see it!

(except those using JAWS or some other program, who will have it read to them!)



I met up with an old friend from high school yesterday. Some hack. I'm sure no one here would know her...

What did YOU do with your weekend?

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