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In order for my mom to have more to do in the rehab place than stare at the walls (or, God forbid, daytime television), we are going to give her my iPad. But I will miss it terribly, so we went out yesterday and picked up a new one for me.

I was surprised to discover that I didn't actually like the retina display that much-- at least not when used to render "realistic" video game graphics-- and the reason is the same reason I don't like the "Soap Opera Effect" setting on hi-def TVs (and am very bearish on the high refresh rate being touted as a feature in the upcoming Hobbit film). I just don't like things looking like video. Yes, it's "crisp" and "clear" but it's also ugly and makes everything look cheap. The grainier resolution of film images creates a more pleasing aesthetic look, like watching a moving painting.

Still, the new iPad is definitely faster than the previous one and the particular model I bought has more hard drive capacity, so that'll be handy. But I gotta say, I'll miss the original iPad. It's sorta like your first car. :) Getting my iPad was a big event. Getting "a new iPad" is just a swap-up.

In other technology news, I've been trying to get all of my many URLs under one roof in terms of DNS providers and hosting; this seems to be mostly resolved except for gneech.com, which is still randomly screwed up for some reason. So there will be much calling and poking of providers later. Tonight I also have to do that AC registration that I tried to do yesterday but couldn't without my PA tax paperwork. :P I would do it today, except I forgot the PA tax paperwork again this morning, because mornings are crap. -.-

Finally, in not-technology news, a new comic project (that might actually be a paying gig) materialized at me yesterday. Not sure how I feel about it yet, but I am at least intrigued by it. I don't want to go into details just yet because it's all in the "preliminary negotiations" stage right now; but it's a collaborative effort with another creator I've worked with before. It could be quite cool. :) OTOH, it would require a level of commitment that I don't know I can give it with my life in its current state, and I wouldn't want my ego to write checks my body can't cash. ;)

We'll see. :)

-The Gneech


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Nov. 27th, 2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
"I wouldn't want my ego to write checks my body can't cash."

      That's really good. You've just made my morning. Which, I'll admit, wasn't hard to do since I've only been up about an hour and a half, but this would have done it anyway. That's a very neat line. :)
Nov. 27th, 2012 06:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Congrats.
Thanks! I just wish it was mine. I heard it from Hot Shots, but I suspect it may have come from Top Gun originally.

Also, while you're here, this person on DeviantArt was looking for you. I think. http://insanelark.deviantart.com/ Jasa Majeski?

Nov. 27th, 2012 07:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Congrats.
      Jasa?? Why couldn't she find me here? Thanks! I've been missing her.
Nov. 28th, 2012 07:15 am (UTC)
I wonder if that's the video equivalent of "tubes sound better" due to the difference in rolloff response... they didn't let everything through, exactly, and what was eliminated seemed rather harsh - though it's possible to make transistor circuits do the same (Carver did that, but got panned, so he made the 16 tube Carver Monoblock as a joke, and he's laughing all the way to the bank...) I do rather understand it, and admit to my own quirk: there are times I am actually disappointed that the 'surface noise' of an old record is just for an ad or promo and they aren't playing the full recording.
Nov. 28th, 2012 11:09 am (UTC)
You'd think there'd be an option for 120Hz TV's to display movies with the proper 5:5 pulldown conversion, compared to the normal 2:3 exhibited on the normal 60Hz sets the NTSC Crowd have been used to for way over half a century. Instead, we get said effect as seen on the MoneyMan campaign from GEICO Motorcycle and Rec. Vehicle insurance.

Guilty of thinking it an interesting effect; even guiltier of saying, master said technology to the point that EVEN 24-framed video WON'T stutter, then MAYBE, we'll talk. >;)
Nov. 28th, 2012 02:18 pm (UTC)
*watches tech talk go whoosh over his head*

Uh... okay then! ^.^'

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