Saturday, January 17, 2009

Chuck vs the Vogon Poetry

I love the show Chuck, and little references to awesome things that they just toss in make me love it even more.

Chuck's ex makes a reference to Vogon poetry in one episode. In case you're not a well read sci-fi geek, Vogon poetry is from the super awesome book - and shitty movie - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.


I tried to create a religion once. True story.*

I called it "You're All F-ing Dumbasses, Now Give Me Your Money."

Turns out, someone had already created this religion, but with a catchier name: Scientology.

I'm always one step behind.

* - No, it's not true. Unless you think it is. In that case, send me money.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Bye bye, Circuit Shitty


Aw, I'm really sad to see them go, there's an ache in my chest.

No, wait, that was just a gas bubble.

I think we're seeing the natural downfall of an industry that was built on screwing the consumer. With the general public becoming more aware of online shopping, people started to realize that the giant retailers were inflating prices to inflate their profits.

Just last week I needed a simple DVD burner with a SATA interface. I needed it quick, and we don't really have much of a choice in my area as far as electronic stores, so I reluctantly stopped by Circuit City. An IDE drive was going for $90, and they didn't even have the SATA interface I needed. Considering that has a name brand SATA DVD burner for $23, I laughed and walked out.

Now, I realize that CC has to inflate the price a bit to pay for overhead and employees, but that is just a ridiculously overpriced item. Add years of underpricing items that really did cost more - DVDs and CDs -, completely shitty customer service, and you get the formula for eventual retail extinction.

Well played, Circuit City. Well played. Up next: Worst Buy.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Dog wants to play professional soccer!

Do you want to appear in the last Wheel of Time book?

I sure as hell do!

Click the banner above to be taken to a charitible donation page for your chance to get your name into the last Wheel of Time novel; A Memory of Light.

It's a good cause,
They don't give food to people, they give them livestock and teach them how to fend for themselves.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

For my new-found brother-in-law.

Could there be anymore hyphens in that title?

Anyway, Basic Instructions is a hysterical comic, and this episode made me think of sister's husband. (Sorry, all the hyphens scare me.)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Samsung LN32A550 - The monitor debacle

I wound up being too busy to post this the other night. It looks great on film, not so much in person.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Favorite question # 1377

Still cold out there?

No. Even though it was 15 and snowing this morning, it's no longer cold outside. The heavens opened up, beams of brilliant golden sunshine bathed the surface of the earth and instantly warmed it to a balmy 89 degrees. Angels and birds are singing in a glorious choir while gorgeous women are dancing in bikinis in the parking lot, handing free beer to all.


Samsung LN32A550 LCD TV as a PC monitor

Sometimes too much of a good thing really is too much. I decided that since I have had my 24" Dell monitor for going on 3 years, that a size update would be in order. After checking reviews and such online, the LCD TV route seemed to be the best compromise between price and performance.

I drove my wife nuts this weekend checking out all the TVs and specs, and finally settled on the Samsung LN32A550. It's a 32" LCD TV with a 1080p resolution, which is 1920x1080 in monitor resolution terms. That's close enough to the 1920x1200 resolution on my Dell monitor to make me feel good about not losing picture definition. The 32" should just be a bigger picture, so I can turn the size down on UI elements in games for more game real-estate.

Well, it turns out that 3' of desktop space between me and a 32" LCD TV is not enough to overcome the TV's shortcomings. I guess they don't list the dot-pitch anywhere on purpose, because it is huge, and it becomes distracting. World of Warcraft blurred a lot while playing, and Call of Duty 4 made my eyes cross if I tried to turn fast. Text on web pages was nice and clear, after I figured out how to calibrate the TV to a PC mode, but one doesn't usually buy a 32" LCD for web surfing. Colors were also pretty washed out. I managed to get them to look pretty decent, but since I couldn't play games without my eyes watering, I guess that didn't make much of a difference.

On the upside, it looked damn cool on my desk. (I'll post pics later.)

I think that after I return it, I am going to look into finding a deal on a 27" Dell 2709w LCD monitor.