Dual 20.1" Goodness

My beautiful new second Dell 2007WFP 20.1″ widescreen DVI LCD monitor arrived. It is AWESOME! Seriously. It is beautiful.

But you know what would be even cooler? FOUR Dell 2007WFP’s. And I just might get my wish. I have a potential high-value transaction about to go through on one of my sites, and it would give me the means to buy two more monitors, another graphics card, and a four LCD stand, and still have a bunch of money left over.

Think about it: You could have Photoshop, Dreamweaver, the webpage you are working on, AND a TV show all going and visible at the same time.  It would literally be FEET by FEET of LCD.

But anyways. I’m going to go fantasize about a quad monitor setup.

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Be realistic!

So Joey likes to read self-improvement books, and one of these books had an optimism/pessimism test in it. It is a pretty interesting test comprised of 48 questions. Each question has two possible answers, and both answers are extremely similiar, making it VERY hard to “cheat” on the test. Each answer is assigned either a 1 or a 0, and a three letter code. Once you finish answering the questions, you add up the 1’s for each three letter code, giving you 6 numbers in 2 categories. (Sounds complicated, but once you do it once, it makes sense.) One category is pessimistic, and one category is optimistic. You can then add up the optimistic’s and subtract the pessimistic’s to get your overall score. A high number, like 10, means you are very optimistic. A low number, like 0, means you are very very pessimistic.

I scored -4.

And then a few days later I took it again. I scored -6.

So obviously I’m not Mr. Optimism, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. You see, those 3 categories can say a lot about you.

The first category is… ummm… I forgot what this one is called. Basically, my score indicated that I feel that if one thing goes wrong, everything is going to go wrong. And in the real world, this is often right. If, for example, your billing secretary quits, then you probably have more problems than just a missing billing secretary. You now have more workload for your other employees. You have upset customers receiving a lower quality of service. You’ll have a harder time getting things going again with the new secretary because their initial workload is going to be so heavy. Get my point?

At first, this may appear to be a bad thing. But if you EXPECT everything to go to crap, then you can prepare for it and minimize the damage.

The second category is permanance (I think thats what it is called). My score indicated that although bad things do happen, they don’t last forever. So going back to the billing secretary example, I recognize that eventually things will get fixed, and this provides a ray of hope.

The third category is self-… ummm… blame? Man I suck at remembering names. Anyways, my score indicated that when bad things happen, I blame myself. Again, this may seem bad at first, but it is a VERY good thing, in my opinion. If I make a webpage for you and it gets hacked because of a mistake on my part, would you prefer I blame myself or blame you?

So really, the scores you want depend on what field of work you are in. As a computer person, when things do go to crap, and they do eventually get better, and when my apps break it is my fault, my scores are perfect.

Well, maybe a few points low.

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Learned something new today. Apparantly all those buffalo make a valid sentence. Another fun one is: Police police police police police police. That is a valid sentence. The concept is something like this: Who polices the police? The police police. So, who polices the police police? Go on. Put it together in your head. You should end up with a valid sentence containing the word “police” six times. Crazy, eh?

I like this one the best. It has over 20 “and”‘s in a row: Wouldn’t the sentence ‘I want to put a hyphen between the words Fish and And and And and Chips in my Fish-And-Chips sign’ have been clearer if quotation marks had been placed before Fish, and between Fish and and, and and and And, and And and and, and and and And, and And and and, and and and Chips, as well as after Chips?

So anyways. Back to things that matter. Or at least matter more than buffalo.

The handle on my car broke today. Some genius thought it would be a good design to have the door opened by a tiny plastic peg. The tiny plastic peg decided it was tired of having to do all the work, so it jumped ship. Luckily I found it, and am in the process of gluing it back on. Thanks to Joey for his expertise in removing the inside panel of the door, which I have failed to do (on numerous occasions) in the past (mainly due to a fear of breaking something).

So Yodlee doesn’t suck anymore. I still like the old design better, and it hasn’t been able to synchronize my ING account for months, but it is quite usable now. Yay.

Our apartment complex has a TON of spiders. Nasty huge disgusting spider-web making annoying spiders. So every couple days I go out at night with my airsoft gun and I shoot them. Not all of them of course because there are tons, but the biggest grossest ones in the most inconvenient places (like in the walkway) get a yellow plastic pellet in the belly. Its pretty gross cause they tend to explode and leave nasty spider guys everywhere. But it gets rid of them. And is great stress relief.

So I’ve made my decision. I’m going to get laser hair removal. Yup that’s right. Laser hair removal. I’m treating it as an investment to help my mind justify the $1000 price tag. You see, I expect to live another 53 years (according to inaccurate online surveys). So thats 636 more months of shaving. Figure $5/month for the cleaning fluid for my shaver, and $30/year (or $2.50/month) for foils, and a new shaver every, I dunno, lets say 5 years at about $120 ($2/month), I’ll be spending about $6,042 over the rest of my life just on shaving. And then let’s assume 2 minutes shave time a day. I think thats rather conservative, but we’ll use it anyway. That would mean over the rest of my life I’d spend over 26 days shaving. Crazy, huh? Other benefits include: less acne, no in-grown hairs, no five o’clock shadow, no scratchy-ness for the future Mrs., etc etc. So I think $1000 and a few hours of my life now are quite the investment, considering the benefits. Unless I die in a car crash or something next year. Then it would suck and be a terrible waste of money.

So lately I’ve been CRAZY sensitive to light. Like insanely sensitive. Even the glow of my monitor is upsetting my eyes. My eyes are getting crazy red and irritated. It is frustrating. I have to constantly wear sunglasses to keep my eyes looking normal. But I’m pretty sure it isn’t pinkeye (yeah thats a compound word. I looked it up.) because it’s been coming and going for over a year now (the redness, not the sensitivity to light). And the doctor gave me some medicated drops but they didn’t help, so it must be something else. But who knows? Until something more serious happens, or the sensitivity gets worse, no point in wasting time/money having a doctor tell you to avoid light. That time/money could be used on getting unwanted hair removed.

Come to think of it, I’ve always kind of had this fear that I’ve got cancer. It would have to be some crazy slow cancer, because I’ve had this vague fear for years and years, but it has always sort of been there, making me worry anytime I get sick or have a weird “symptom”. Well maybe not cancer. Thinking about it more, its just a vague fear that I’m sick. That something isn’t right. That life is going to turn into some lame TV special where my death causes a deep spiritual/emotional stirring in the people I love, and then is quickly forgotten by the next episode. But thats life I guess. Always dying, sometimes living, eventually forgotten.

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