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Happy birthday to me October 21, 2014, 5:35 pm
And I turned 21 yesterday, spent the latter half of the day with friends. So of course, I drank some vodka with some Sprite in it, what else is a sodaholic supposed to do?
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No clue what to think of New York City September 26, 2014, 5:03 am
So I went to New York City in August to see the AVGN movie. I saw it (it was very good, go see it if you like the series). I even got to briefly talk to James during the Q&A sessions (and Kyle afterward), and NYC itself seemed very cool in general, so that was a pretty awesome part of my life in 2014 (even if the rest of it has been largely uneventful, boring and even some shitty low points like my favorite cat dying).

However, I just simply don't know what to think of NYC in general a couple of months after I visited it for only really two days. It seemed so enticing, controlled chaos, make your own way, always something to do. When I was in NYC, I wanted to live there. I didn't even care if I had to put up with all the noise when trying to sleep. Then, only days later, I was like "wait, maybe this is TOO hellish of an existence?". I wondered if it was all just too much, with the only opportunity available for those with preexisting connections to the industry or craft of your choice, and getting screwed otherwise.

I dunno. It was a unique experience and I'd love to visit again, but is it worth living there? So many contradictory stories of what it's like. "Oh, yeh. Totally same living here as it is to visit" while simultaneously hearing others say "Nah, man, completely different than just visiting". Which is it, dammit? It seems to me that both types of people are projecting their successes and failures onto the city that provided them with those experiences.

Should I hate the city or love it? I don't know! I'm so confused and cannot think of what to make of my experiences as a brief visitor.
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Desperate to emigrate September 12, 2014, 8:14 am
Though I did mostly write this about myself, I feel that this subject could be relevant to more people here than just me, and it could also spark a general discussion on the political situation. I would like to hear from other Americans here on DW if they share a similar view or if they actually disagree.

The situation is getting very bad in the US and shows no signs of slowing, stopping, or reversing. So I'm hoping to see what options there are within the next 5 years:

*Canada seems like a good option, as I can just drive there, there's a similar culture, very similar accent, I feel that I have a mindset closer to theirs than a US mindset. It'd be convenient, the fastest way to get out, and I'd probably fit in relatively well.

*Germany seems even better, and though I have a few minor problems with it on principle, those issues actually aren't a problem. Religiously based laws are not enforced, and though the American in me says "I defend your right to speak even if I hate what you say", in practice I frankly don't care at all if some neo-Nazi scum get silenced.

*Australia would be nice, but Abbot is a fucking nut and the Internet situation there is even worse. Still seems like a better place than the US aside from the net stuff.

*I've heard good things about New Zealand, but I haven't looked into it enough yet.

*If Scotland gains independence and somehow manages to thrive as some sort of small progressive beacon of hope, it'd be a neat place to consider.

*As for countries that might not be ideal, I'd probably say the UK is worth avoiding as it has many of the same major problems as the US and is even more brazen about its surveillance.


Thoughts?


Rant follows below:

Net neutrality is about to get gutted, we're about to be forced into another messy war without our approval or input. We're being poisoned by a lax and occupied FDA with cozy ties to big pharma and GMO companies. Schools are expensive and low quality. Americans are often unfairly ostracized abroad as a result of the US government meddling with the rest of the world with often disastrous consequences and I want nothing to do with it.

The US is the only country in the world to tax its people living abroad at the full tax rate as it does to local residents. The only way to avoid this is to renounce one's citizenship, and this possibility is quickly diminishing. It used to be gratis until 2010 in which a $450 USD fee was charged, and effective just today it has increased to $2350 USD.

They own us. They exploit us. We are serfs, not free citizens. The temperature is rising at an alarming rate, and I don't want to stick around long enough to be one of the frogs to be cooked. I just want to live a meaningful and satisfying life without major hazards coming at me left and right. The US is a dangerous place to continue living in.
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Thinking of getting a new monitor soon-ish September 9, 2014, 12:48 pm
Oh, great spirits of Doomworld (at least the ones who bother to check blogs), grant me your wisdom (if you feel like it, I guess).

My shitty CRT just isn't cutting it anymore. It's dim, the top few lines are distorted leading to a very noticable stretching, it has subtle color distortion on the right side that won't go away no matter how much I degauss it. I just can't deal with it anymore, especially with most modern applications being optimized for 16:9. I'm not looking to spend more than $500 USD ($650 absolute tops, but I don't want to go near that if it can be helped), and it'll likely be a few months before I can save enough to get a new monitor.

Here's a list of attributes my ideal monitor would have, in order of priority.

1. LED-backlit IPS is a must.

2. I want studio-accurate color (at least 95% sRGB range, properly pre-calibrated or easily calibratable with minimum margin of error in correctness), good contrast, deep blacks and very bright whites (at least 300 cd/m2, but the higher the better so long as blacks are reasonably deep).

3. I want it to be large, so the closer to 30" diagonally, the better.

4. Display port or out-of-the-box G-sync support would be nice to have. I cannot stand tearing.

5. Refresh rates higher than 60hz would be nice to have, as I can indeed see the difference between 60hz and 120hz. I know IPS displays have slower response times, so that reduces my chances of getting something like this.


I want it to be a well rounded display for all purposes like playing games and watching movies, but with a strong emphasis/leaning toward content production like Photoshop, vector graphic design, digital video editing and game art. Also, should I just wait for 4K OLEDs? I'd like to replace my monitor by the middle of 2015, and it does seem that OLEDs are taking quite a while to become affordable.

I've been looking at maybe getting these, but if there are any better suggestions I'd like to hear them:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...0111&CatId=3774
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...5341&CatId=5469
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16824260210
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16824260210
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...=9SIA24G1GC2430
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16824005608
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16824260110
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...5344&CatId=5469
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Idiot attempting to migrate to Linux (requesting help) April 22, 2014, 10:20 pm
So, I've been using Mint for a little while now.

I wanted to compile Slade 3, but there was no configure file that I could find in the tarball. Slade is multiplatform, right? If I'm missing something like the absolute idiot that I am, please let me know.
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New mouse April 17, 2014, 11:28 pm
I just got a Kensington Expert trackball mouse. Before I replaced it with the Kensington, I was using a Logitech M570, but started experiencing an annoying double clicking behavior a few months after getting it. It was my second one, and I got it to replace the first after experiencing the same thing, hoping that it was just a bad apple. Nope, turns out they're all shit, and I'm far from the only person with that problem using an M570. I really should've done my research.

This time, I did do my research, and decided that the Kensington Expert was the best choice for me. The scroll wheel is a bit disappointing like many reviews say, but it did kind of "break in" to being better after a few hours of use, which is consistent with a review that I read. It's much more usable now, but I wish I could get rid of that "sandpaper" feel...
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Ranting, raving, venting (emo loser thread) April 8, 2014, 2:05 pm
I don't want to derail the 'Reasons not to tip' thread, so I'm making this a blog instead.

I'm not exactly satisfied with what's going on here. Corruption and bribery is pretty much legalized, and the mainstream media acts like it's perfectly normal to tip the scale of elections with loads of cash and that we shouldn't be complaining about people like the Koch brothers. Employment opportunities already suck and are only getting worse, costs of education are through the roof, and police brutality continues mostly unscathed (paid leave is NOT justice).

I haven't gone to any post-secondary education yet, as I'm unsure of what I'd study and don't want to accrue piles of debt, especially if my degree doesn't actually help in getting jobs when there's so little opportunity out there anyway.

The only jobs I've managed to get so far is fast food (the manager actually offered the job to me, I didn't pursue it beyond taking the offer), and shelf stocking only because they were already short on people. The fast food place shut down because a local university bought it and tore it down to make room for more student housing, and the grocery store tossed me aside at the last minute. They needed the help, but not so badly as to keep me past initial probation.

Australia seems like a nice place, because they speak English, seem to give a damn about laborers, and have a warm climate. I grew up in Idaho (though currently reside in Ohio), so I actually prefer warm climates. Also, it'd give me an excuse to spell properly (labour instead of labor, etc.).

[QUOTE]Captain Red said:
[B]Are you brown and fleeing persecution by boat? If not, boogie on in. At the moment, I would recommend working here over the US at least. Here you only need to do one awful low wage job to live from pay-check to pay-check as opposed to two or three.[/B][/QUOTE]I am aware that Abbot is mostly concerned about refugees, but I got the impression that it's almost impossible to get in as a permanent resident without higher end job experience and/or a college degree, especially if not from a commonwealth country. The US is kinda almost commonwealth, but we rejected the crown early on and inverted many practices, so we're technically not.

The best I could hope for is a work and holiday visa. What am I to do?
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Nostalgia and disappointment November 11, 2012, 5:10 pm
I've been going through and playing random bullshit from my childhood. One of the games I used to play was Lego Island 2, and it's so much worse than I remember it. I just want to kill the player character he annoys me that much. I can't find a copy of Lenny's Music Toons, but oh well.

I also remember some weird overhead grid based game with a tropical theme that had something to do with spelling and collecting letters. In the corner of the screen there was some weird old islander guy that would comment on shit. Anyone know what this one is? I think it might've been on some demo disc, with a demo of some DOS Lord of the Rings RPG on it as well.
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So, my job sucks October 31, 2012, 6:21 am
I've been working since the summer, and my hours have been slowly dwindling down to 8 per week over time, and they even forgot to give me my paycheck last time it was payday. I try to work as hard as possible to meet the needs and expectations of the customers and my manager. I ask them how I can get more hours, and all they tell me is "work harder". They even gave me an extra 4 hours one week because of it, but have since set me back to 8.

The general manager who hired me likes me, but he manages several stores and isn't around often. The one who is around most often seems to act nice towards me, but I really get the feeling that he really doesn't want me around. I really feel like I'm not valued there and that they're intentionally keeping me away as much as possible. I intend to get another job, and as soon as I'm hired, quit my current one.

I understand that they're just a business and that they're just using the resources that they need, but I felt like expressing my disappointment nonetheless.

What are your thoughts on this? To anyone that has been in the working world for a while, is my gut feeling about this correct?
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Early happy birthday to me October 3, 2012, 4:57 pm
So, uh. I'm gonna be 19 on the 20th of this month.

inb4 "you're acting far below your age you piece of immature shit"
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