This is good stuff… I kinda want to play the Sims expansion pack… 😀
Tired of battling hordes of shoppers for Tickle Me Elmo, the latest Xbox 360 game and other hot holiday items that feed your children’s rampant consumerism?
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Here are some tips on getting the most out of your widescreen set when displaying older content.
The main problem with 4:3 sets is getting the rectangular “peg” of wide-screen programming to fit the squarish “hole” of a standard TV. 16:9 TVs have the opposite problem: decades’ worth of TV programming has been produced to fit the squared-off 4:3 aspect ratio, not the luxuriously wide space of a 16:9 display. There are several solutions, but you’ll need to decide which sacrifices you’re willing to make: deforming the picture, losing a portion of the horizontal image, sacrificing the resolution, or a combination of the three.
Anyway, we ran the test for about 45 minutes. Dozens of people stopped to take the test; a little crowd gathered. About 95 percent of the volunteers gave up, announcing that there was no possible way to tell the difference, even when mashing their faces right up against the prints. A handful of them attempted guesses—but were wrong. Only one person correctly ranked the prints in megapixel order, although (a) she was a photography professor, and (b) I believe she just got lucky.
I’m telling you, there was NO DIFFERENCE.
My buddy Nathan sent this to me – and I find it interesting that even though people are very bullish regarding real estate… people don’t seem very bullish about the people involved.
Journalists, I am sad to say, did pretty poorly in prestige terms, ranking toward the bottom of the list. They beat out only five other occupations: union leader, actor, business executive, stockbroker, and … real estate agent/broker.
It can’t feel good to come in dead last in anything, even a public-opinion survey.
I wonder if there will be a second wave of Atkins fans in the near future…
Eating a low-carb, high-fat diet for years doesn’t raise the risk of heart disease, a long-term study suggests, easing fears that the popular Atkins diet and similar regimens might set people up for eventual heart attacks.
Throughout the past eight years, Rackspace has also undergone many changes. Last year, one of its founders, Richard Yoo, left and Morris Miller, the company’s managing director, left to start other ventures. They played a key role in helping turn the company around.