October 3rd, 2003

Vote Six

Meme Containment

I had a post here earlier today that was a political link found in someone else's LJ. It was an essay about the current international diplomatic situation, the administration's policies toward same, and so forth, which I thought was interesting and worth reading.

However, upon reflection, I removed it, not because of anything wrong with the essay, but because of what the author said in other essays on the same site, some of which was disagreeable, and some of which was just flat out obnoxious. While even a broken clock is right twice in any 24 hour period, there are some stars I just don't want to hitch my wagon to, to mangle a couple of clichés.

To put it in memespeak, while I thought the one idea was worth propigating, there were too many others there that I'd rather didn't spread, particularly not through my agency. But since they came as a package deal, I'd rather shut down the one good one, than propigate several bad ones.

I tell ya, it's tough being a libertarian in a right/left culture. Life was much simpler when I could just hang out comfortably in liberal circles. At least then I could be relatively sure that when I agreed with somebody on one topic, I'd agree with them on the rest, too.

-The Gneech
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Fuzzy Wuzzy Pitchers

Last night I went out and bought a flat-panel monitor for the new computer system, because I am under the impression they're better for your eyes in the longterm, and also use less electricity. I went over to Best Buy and looked at a bunch of different screens to compare, and picked the one that seemed the best overall balance of cost to image quality.

I then took it home and put it on the current machine, which has a pretty good graphics card, to check it out. I spent most of the evening tweaking it and trying different applications (ranging from Photoshop to Wing Commander), and finally came to the conclusion that it was too dark (even with brightness turned all the way up and contrast turned all the way down), and that the pixels weren't discrete enough (i.e., the image was fuzzy).

This conclusion was cemented this morning when, still squinting from morning blur, I literally could not focus on the image when I tried to read my e-mail. Ouch, my brain!

So tonight I'm going to go by Micro Center and check out any other models they might have there, to compare. This weekend, I'll probably take the flat panel back to Best Buy and exchange the flat screen for a big honkin' CRT ... I can get something like a 21" CRT for $100 less than the 17" flat panel I bought last night.

-The Gneech
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    John Philip Sousa -- "The Liberty Bell March"
Kero asleep

Gah. This Thing Hurts My Eyes. :P

I dunno, for all that CRT's are bad for your eyes and LCD's aren't, this thing sure it poking me in the eye. I did some more tweaking to it; I found out that its native resolution was 1280x1024 (gah) and switched it, which helped with the fuzziness issue, but the color wonkiness (and the added issue of moire effects depending on the angle at which I hold my head, and so forth) are not really fixable.

I looked at a variety of other monitors this evening; tomorrow, I'm taking this monitor back and exchanging it for a big honkin' CRT that will be $100 less and 2" larger, not to mention allowing me to keep my preferred 1024x768 and not poking me in the eye.

My conclusion: flat panels are still only half baked.

Also, I bought myself a new non-wireless trackball for the new system. Mmm ... non-wireless trackball... I used to have one long ago, and I can't even remember what happened to it. Either it was on the old Mac, or it just got old and died, I can't remember which. But I've always preferred trackballs to mice for most applications, so it'll be nice to go back to that.

That's all for now; g'nite, everybody! Have a great tomorrow!

-The Gneech
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