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"Those who go mad are merely thoughtful souls who failed to reach any conclusions." - Bloodborne

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Attention Internet: Ron Paul will never be president.

I'm serious, he won't, ever and you people need to get over it already.

Look, I'm not saying he's the worst candidate among the GOP, he's most likely the best. The fact that he's the best one doesn't say anything for him, but it does speak volumes about how absolutely pathetic and out of touch the republican party is. Ron Paul has some good sense and sound ideas. He wants to end the wars for starters. The problem is, he's got far too many stances on various issues that NEITHER side like. The republicans wouldn't vote for him as president and neither would the majority of Democrats.

For Democrats, these are a few deal breakers:

* He's against a womans right to choose.
* He's for prayer in schools.
* He's against the separation of church and state.
* He's basically against any program or service the government provides that's not mentioned in the constitution.
* He's against same-sex marriage.

For republicans, these are a few deal breakers:

* He describes the hate some muslims have for America as more than just "hurr durr they hate us for our freedom hurr durr"
* He's anti-war.
* He voted against the PATRIOT act.
* He wants to halt all foreign aid, including to Israel.

And there are plenty of others that some people dislike, including ending the fed and returning to the gold standard.

Ron Paul is the phrase Even a broken clock is right twice a day. in human form. He makes good sense sometimes but other times he has plenty of ideas and positions on the issues that everyone hates.

At the end of the day, he's a kook and he will never be president. Neither party will ever nominate him. I know some of you like the guy, but it just isn't going to happen, ever. It doesn't matter that you talk endlessly about this guy on every website, forum and message board you can get access to, it just isn't happening.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Things that annoy me that shouldn't.

Everyone has quirks, weird things about them. Some people like odd music, some people eat weird food, some people are annoyed by strange things. Here's a few of the strange things that annoy me:

Exclamation marks.

Why? I'm not sure. For some time now whenever I see something written with exclamation marks!!! it looks like something written by a 12 year old. I try to use them sparingly because of this.

The Situation.

No, I don't give two shits about this person or the Jersey Shore. For some reason, though, it bothers me that people call him The Situation. Why? Well, it's Mike AND The Situation. The Situation is his nickname for his abs, it's not his nickname. Why does this irk me? No idea.

Logistics

Not logistics itself, but the word. I've seen so many of those UPS commercials that I cringe when I hear the word now. Lay off, UPS. I've heard enough of the singing for a lifetime.

Nancy Grace

She... nah, this person should annoy everyone. What a harpy.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

A whole new low.

Have you heard about this Chuck Testa meme that's been going around? It started when the internet discovered this commercial.



A pretty funny commercial, but soon after a ton of images started showing up parodying it. Some of those images and more background on the meme here.

So I decided to make my own version which I hastily threw together, here it is.

Horrible? You bet. Funny as hell? I think so.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Hey 9/11, fuck off.

Is anyone else as sick as I am of the coverage of 9/11? It seems like all that's on TV is 9/11, 9/11, 9/11. It's like one big long republican debate from the last election cycle.

Forgive me for sounding like an asshole, even though I am an asshole, but shut the fuck up about 9/11. Have ONE special about it, on the actual day and then stop. That's all we need. You don't need to flood as many channels as possible with specials and interviews and countless other 9/11 related bullshit. It's just not necessary.

I understand, this was tragic. It was awful. It shouldn't have happened. I agree with all of that, but running it into the ground isn't going to help. Television today is bad enough as it is without this repetitive, depressing garbage being repeated over and over.

Knock it off already.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

You know what pisses me off? LCD.

You know, LCD, Liquid Crystal Display. It's a technology used widely among HDTV and computer monitors. Chances are you're reading this using one such monitor.

So why do LCDs piss me off? The technology is full of things that piss me off.

  1. Response times. The time it takes for pixels on the screen to change colors, often measured by the time it takes for a pixel to go from grey to grey. Some modern LCD screens have response times as low as around 2ms, such as the monitor I'm using now. But many still have issues with poor response times and other related issues such as ghosting.
  2. Consistency. I've seen this to some degree in every LCD I've ever owned. Sometimes hard to spot, other times much easier. Some parts of the screen will be darker or lighter than others. This isn't a very big issue, imo, but it is annoying. Usually only very noticeable on white or light colored backgrounds.
  3. Black levels. LCDs are notoriously bad at displaying deep, dark blacks. Because LCD works by blocking light, they have a really tough time with this.
  4. Viewing angles. Another issue that LCD is famous for. Because, again, they work by blocking light they have trouble displaying images at off-angles. Some screens, such as computer monitors and laptop screens are particularly bad at it.
  5. Bad pixels. Every LCD screen has a potential for dead or lit/stuck pixels out of the box. This is just unacceptable for a display technology, to me. What's an even bigger issue is the fact that some companies won't even replace or repair your screen if you don't have a certain number of bad pixels or if they aren't near the center of the screen. Just hoseshit.
I could probably go on, but those are really the main issues. So what's the alternative? Well, there doesn't seem to be one right now. Sure, we have plasma, but those screens have their own set of issues. Issues like lifespan, extra heat output and power draw and most importantly the potential for permanent burn-in when static images are left on the screen for too long. This makes them a poor choice for computer monitors and video games.CRT? Try to find one of those anymore. They're big as hell and even heavier, although are the best technology imo.

What's the solution? A better technology. There have been good candidates such as SED which, sadly, seems to be dead due to various issues. I was really excited about that technology and am really sad to hear that we'll probably never get a chance to own it.

Another promising one is OLED. Like SED, it promises incredible response times, deep blacks, great viewing angles and just an all-around wonderful picture. OLED is already being used in some smart phones and other devices and supposedly around the end of 2012 or sometime in 2013 we'll start seeing real displays in stores that we can buy. They seem to have their own set of issues that still need resolving, but they seem to be the best alternative that I can find right now.

So, hopefully in the not-too-distant future we'll have a good alternative to the current display technologies. Then I can finally stop being pissed off by LCD.