Friday, March 16, 2012

Answers Day

the obligatory recapitulation to Questions Day

What computer should I buy? - Evil Mike

Ever since camera, computer, and graphics card manufacturers decided to forgo sequential numbering schemes for their stuff, it's become impossible to compare products without an abnormal amount of research. The good news is that all new computers are good enough to play existing games, as long as you don't take the bare bones version of any pre-built package (so upgrade the graphics card one notch and get at least the middling processor).

For comparison, I have a Windows 7 64-bit machine purchased in January 2011. It has an i7 (2.93GHz) processor, 8GB memory, and an NVIDIA Geforce GTX 460 (1GB). It runs Skyrim and World of Warcraft at mid-to-high settings without any hiccups or issues.

Why haven't you gotten a smart phone yet? - Mom

I am on the computer so much that I don't want the Internet to be accessible when I'm not.

When you posted about how you floss, I realized that I do so the same way. What else should I be doing like you? - Doobie

By shopping at Costco on Saturday mornings and arriving 20 minutes early, I am always first in line, never have a wait, and am always leaving the parking lot just as the soccer mom caravan arrives. I divert water up to the shower head immediately instead of bothering with the tub nonsense, and then get in at the faucet end rather than the far end. I skim the headlines, business, and style sections of the newspaper, but try to read most of the local news. I tip as close to 20% as I can while still resulting in two zeros after the decimal point. I put on both socks, then both shoes. On busy roads, I always favor right turns and U-turns over left turns. I always enter the grocery store on the produce side and work my way down to the freezer section. I don't pay bills online if there is a convenience fee. I open all of the news stories from all of my news sites in tabs first, and then start reading. I warm up my trumpet with Stamp exercises. I try to befriend only winners.

If you could make two of your friends switch lives for a week for your amusement which two would you choose and why? - Mike and Chompy

Mike (of Mike and Chompy) and Ben Ahlbin, because Mike would work 28-days and come home to three daughters, while Ben could just hang out in Vegas and get rich with online coupons.

Which was better - 3 Ninjas or Surf Ninjas? How did both of these movies affect your life? - Steven

I have never seen a movie with a ninja in the title. I have only seen one movie with ninjas playing important roles in the story and I fell asleep (Kill Bill).

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