Saturday, August 18, 2007

Recovery: Day 3

I can't see Jack. Or Jill. Or anything, for that matter. Everything is blurry. The computer is a bit clearer if I wear sunglasses while I am trying to see, but they TV and books and everything else I might want to occupy myself with is blurry.

Thus, I find myself building things out of paper. Seriously.

This shows just how pervasive World of Warcraft really is...

Friday, August 17, 2007

My New Little Buddy

I got a rare World of Warcraft trading card almost a year ago when my wife and I were trying out the WoW trading card game, and I forgot about it until today. When you reveal the scratch-off code on the card, you can get in-game items. I got a baby hippogriff. Cool. Now, if I could just find one of the cards for the epic Spectral-Tiger mount that are selling for $500+ on eBay...

Edit: To clarify - I would sell the $500 card. (Duh!) Why? Because in a year, it will be selling for $40, and I could just buy one then and net $460 in profit.

Recovery: Day 2

It's just about 48 hours since I had my LASIK surgery. I can't see very well today, so I've been "watching" some movies and playing some World of Blurcraft. I tried playing some Ghost Recon 2, but I can't really discern bad guys from bushes, so I keep getting shot by shrubbery while blasting some mean looking road signs.

No real pain, but my eyes do feel bruised, like I got popped one. (Or two, rather...) I'm getting kind of tired of putting eye drops in.

I am still attempting some work, however. Why? Because I am bored, I need to keep busy. Logitech is going to be sending me a new mouse to review, and I'm slowly banging out my reviews for the Razer Tarantula and Copperhead, as well as Evoluent's Vertical Mouse.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

LASIK post-operative care 101: The Goggles

You have to wear them anytime you might get anything in your eyes. Like walking outside where there are plants, petting the cat, and especially showering.

Now, you do have the option to take baths instead, but that just wouldn't be very manly now, would it?

Spread the "Global Warming", we'd like some please.

I mean, seriously. Everybody is so concerned with this THEORY that has yet to be proven, and look at us up here in the Atlantic Northeast! It's friggin' in the 60s here! I saw a projected temperature map on the news yesterday while I was waiting for my surgery. The entire North American continent, we're talking Canada, Mexico, and the USA here, is going to be in the 90s to 100s all weekend, except up here in the New England states. No, we are going to be enjoying wearing sweaters due to the highs being in the 60s.

About face! In other news today, I am swinging wildly between "Holy $#!^, I can see!" and "Who is that blob talking on the TV?" I guess that is the expected condition the day after LASIK surgery, but man it's annoying. Oh well, in a few more days I should have some pretty good vision. I don't know though, I am getting pretty attached to my goggles. I might have to search out some new ones so I can have multiple pairs to wear.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

I Feel Like Riddick

I have to put the goggles on when there's light.

Feeling OK, but I can't really see too well, I can't play games, I can't watch TV, and so I'm pretty freaking bored. Also, it feels like someone is poking me in the eye constantly.

Now I know why Richard B. killed people...

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Last Day With Glasses

That's right, tomorrow I am going to Syracuse to get my eyes blasted by frickin' laser beams! No more glasses (hopefully...). I can't wait.

Call Me a Hypocrite: Dell Inspiron 1720

Everybody that knows me can tell you how I badmouth Dell. "Don't buy Dell", I always say, "Unless you are buying a monitor. All their stuff is junk."

So today, I spent 1400 +tax on a Dell Inspiron laptop. Yes, I am a hypocrite.

I have owned a Dell 24" widescreen LCD monitor for about a year and a half, and I love it. I mean, I really love it. It's the best LCD monitor I have ever looked at. So, I have faith in their ability to build a nice LCD monitor. (Or, rather, I have faith in the Samsung TFTs behind their monitors...)

I don't have much faith, however, in their ability to build a decent computer. I work with Dell computers and servers a lot at my day job, and they are constantly breaking down. Customers call all the time when the RAID alarm goes off on their servers due to a card or drive dying. Their workstations seem to die randomly, and require replacement or repair regularly. Our own employees curse their old Dell laptops with such venom that they scare schoolchildren in the next county.

So how did I come to want to purchase a Dell laptop? Well, it was a combination of things. The first, and most important, is that I have talked with a few people who own the newer Inspiron series of laptops. They have all had positive experiences so far. Secondly, most of the reviews are positive. Thirdly, this series contains no exploding nuclear laptop batteries. And lastly, and also of great importance, nobody could build me a laptop with the specs I wanted for under 2,000 dollars except Dell.

I priced out,, Falcon Northwest, Alienware, HP, Sony, Toshiba, Lenovo, and Acer. Nobody came close to the deal I could get from Dell, (Amusing, since Dell owns Alienware...) except CyberPower PC, and they seem to garner massive amounts of negative reviews. (Cyberpower, if you guys want to prove the negativity wrong, send me a review system. You can reach me at

So now I have a shiny, green Inspiron 1720 laptop being built at Dell. I may have spent a ton of money on this, but I am taking consolation in the fact that I will be reviewing this laptop for, so if it sucks, people will hear about it. (And also, it's a tax writeoff, w00t!)

Sunday, August 12, 2007

4Real now to be known as...Superman?

Anybody hear about that New Zealand couple, the Wheatons, who wanted to name their baby 4Real? Apparently when they saw him for the first time on an ultrasound, they realized they were having a child, "for real".

Well, like any sane government, New Zealand declined to let them name the baby 4Real. Shocker, I know.

So now, these brilliant young minds want to name him Superman, and refer to him as 4Real in private. The government is in talks with the couple now.

Yeah, maybe you should just take the kid away from these people. I mean, "4 Real", do they seem competent to raise a child, or do they seem like slightly retarded children themselves?

Edit, whoops, here's the LINK. Not that I could make something this stupid up.