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wildfire405  ·  1167 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What kind of phone do you have? Why?

I've got a Samsung Intensity 2, an OLD dumb-phone. Folks around me are telling me I need to upgrade to a smartphone. I know that if I did buy a smartphone, I'd be on it all the time looking up things on IMDB and Wikipedia. I'd be rude with it. I know how I sit around on my laptop all day; if I could do that when I left home, I probably would. I wouldn't be a good guy to my friends. I just have that obsessive personality.

wildfire405  ·  1170 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Newest Photo of Pluto from New Horizon (Morning of 7/11)

Do we have any info--or comparison to aperture and length of exposure? These images are crazy bright-looking for how dim I expected it to be out there. I'm sure it's mostly coming from having a very good image sensor out there, but like all celestial objects, I'm mostly interested in what it would look like if I were the one floating out there 2.5 million miles away from Pluto.

Elrond  ·  1170 days ago  ·  link  ·  
wildfire405  ·  1172 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: We’ve adapted our reading habits to fit our screens, but at a cost.

Check out that Nook Simpletouch Glowlight. It's darn cheap and has that E-ink, non-backlight thing going for it. As for scale it's between a paperback and a trade paperback. But reading it is a pleasure.

It's like creamy lotion for the eyes. No, that'd probably burn. It's eye-candy.

wildfire405  ·  1172 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: We’ve adapted our reading habits to fit our screens, but at a cost.

My nook is a wonderful thing. I love being able to look up unfamiliar words by tapping and holding. Its the first thing I miss reading a print book.

What I've found surprisingly obnoxious now-a-days is holding the book open. That's actually kind of disappointing to me somehow because I LOVE the physical object and actually owning a thing. But I bought Anathem in print a few weeks ago in paperback. It's a 900 page monster and after 30 minutes of prying it open, I went online and (be it legal or not) pirated the E-book so I could read it on the nook.

I do wish publishers would get on board with that whole thing too. My idea? Buy the book at the bookstore for $15 OR go online and get it for $10 as an E-book. OR buy the book for $17 at the book store and get a code printed on the receipt to download an E-book version when you get home.

wildfire405  ·  1172 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: We’ve adapted our reading habits to fit our screens, but at a cost.

That's impressive--writing on paper. When I left high school, we were just leaving the world of hand-written stuff. I had enough experience hand writing stuff, but in college, when I REALLY started writing quality stuff, I appreciated how flexible typing was. I don't do rough drafts anymore because the text is constantly evolving--it's fluid--until I finally decide to hit "attach" and off it goes to the professor or on to a blog or something. I LOVE the act of writing on a computer. But, still for eye-fatigue's sake, I print it out to proofread it.

TaylorS1986  ·  1169 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I have always preferred typing because the motor issues stemming from my Asperger's makes my handwriting atrocious.

DJWalnut  ·  1171 days ago  ·  link  ·  

someone should make an e-ink computer monitor

War  ·  1172 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm in college too. We are required to produce all work typed on the computer. We usually just hand in the file. In that regard I'm kind of stuck, but I still write drafts because I found that if I typed them I would get lazy with my editing from draft to draft. Most of my handwriting is done for leisurely hobbies, but I also conform to the requirements of what writing and reading have become.

wildfire405  ·  1172 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: We’ve adapted our reading habits to fit our screens, but at a cost.

And boy do we need to make sure our children appreciate the same thing (minus the beer thing, till they're older). We just started reading James and the Giant Peach to our four-year-old. Teach that appreciation of text on a page and what it makes you feel.

wildfire405  ·  1172 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: We’ve adapted our reading habits to fit our screens, but at a cost.

The sad thing is, I don't think "the next generation" of readers is going to notice their different reading styles. They're going to think skimming is reading and I don't think (with smartphones and tablets) they're going to be ABLE to sit down and focus on a page of text. As an old fart, I think it's shortening attention spans.

As a Redditor coming here to Hubski, I've had to "slow my role" because reading as opposed to skimming is so much more important here. In the end, this is going to be a good thing for me--hanging out here.

DJWalnut  ·  1171 days ago  ·  link  ·  

just tell them it's OK to print stuff to read it and the kids will be fine

wildfire405  ·  1172 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: We’ve adapted our reading habits to fit our screens, but at a cost.

I'm surprised the article didn't address backlit screens vs front lit or traditional print. Eye fatigue is a massive factor that effects our reading habits. In fact, I'd wager it's the ONLY factor messing with how we read on devices versus not.

I know personally I cannot CANNOT read for content from a back-lit glowing screen. I can skim, browse, read short news articles (that yes, I probably read non-linearly like the article says) but when my art history professors dropped a few ten page articles on us every week to read, I HAD to print them out and read them on paper. People looked at me funny when I showed up to class with my binder of printed out articles, but I darn well know I got more content out of them.

I own a Nook Simpletouch with Glowlight for my digital books. It's that E-ink display so it looks like regular soft-cover book/newsprint paper when you view it. When you turn on the glowlight, it's a front-light. Meaning the wee LEDs shine light on the front of the surface from the edges. Eye fatigue is non-existent compared to my mom's glowing Nook tablet thing. She can't read on it either and it's changed from a "take it on the boat to read while your dad fishes" machine into an AngryBirds and Facebook machine.

TaylorS1986  ·  1169 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Oh thank God, I thought thought doing that was just me being weird and a Luddite! I have Nystagmus and trying to read on backlit screens seems to make that worse, too.

wildfire405  ·  1172 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The sad thing is, I don't think "the next generation" of readers is going to notice their different reading styles. They're going to think skimming is reading and I don't think (with smartphones and tablets) they're going to be ABLE to sit down and focus on a page of text. As an old fart, I think it's shortening attention spans.

As a Redditor coming here to Hubski, I've had to "slow my role" because reading as opposed to skimming is so much more important here. In the end, this is going to be a good thing for me--hanging out here.

DJWalnut  ·  1171 days ago  ·  link  ·  

just tell them it's OK to print stuff to read it and the kids will be fine

wildfire405  ·  1173 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Gaming's Best Ambient Tracks

Super Metroid all the way for me.

Main Titles Theme:

Planetfall

Space Pirate Chamber

wildfire405  ·  1174 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What are you reading this week?

Just finished Anathem by Neal Stephenson and am now just starting The Martian so I can read it before the previews ruin more of it. It seems like it'll be a FAR better book than a movie.

theNiliad  ·  1174 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Martian was a lot of fun to read, its the first book in a while I just got completely engrossed in. I think the movie is gonna be good though, Ridley Scott can do great stuff (Blade Runner) when its not his material (Prometheus).

wildfire405  ·  1175 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Jared from Subway's home raided in child pornography search

First Bill Cosby, now this. What's wrong with our heroes and role models? Yikes.

coffeesp00ns  ·  1175 days ago  ·  link  ·  

What's wrong with our heroes and role models is Us, really. We hold them to a standard that no one can ever hope to reach, and when they fail to meet it we throw them down from their lofty pedestals.

As a classical musician, or really anyone who has to deal with history in a living form (historians, art scholars, etc) has to deal with this feeling all the time. Wagner wrote some of the most amazing, ground breaking operas of the 19th century - and was not only an ardent anti-semite, but also stole his patrons wives as well as their money. Strauss wrote ground breaking, fantastic pieces, some of which are staples of the 20th century orchestra repertoire. He was also a member of the Nazi party. These guys are dead less than 150 years.

John A MacDonald, one of the founders of Canada and our first prime minister, was a drunk and a dirty fucking racist. Pierre Trudeau is seen as one of our best, and also one of our worst prime ministers (depending on your political stripes).

I don't mean to say that any of these people are not worthy of their accolades. Indeed, I am saying that they deserve them despite of their darker shadows. Humans are complicated, and people who do good with one hand can often be doing or covering up ill with another.

thenewgreen  ·  1173 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    What's wrong with our heroes and role models is Us, really. We hold them to a standard that no one can ever hope to reach, and when they fail to meet it we throw them down from their lofty pedestals.

Hmmm, I would not disagree to an extent, but I think you may have picked two poor choices to use in order to prove your point. It's not an unreachable standard to not be a child pornographer or woman drugging rapist. This is not a high moral benchmark.

coffeesp00ns  ·  1173 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I was more trying to answer the question of "What happened to our heroes", rather than defend Jared or his employee - I don't exactly think Jared from subway is some great artist.

wildfire405  ·  1175 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What was the pivotal moment in which you realized you'd gotten old?

I was in my tree house deciding whether or not I could see myself spending the rest of my life with this girl I had a crush on. It was first grade. Even back then as a child, I never felt like wasting time. I was always playing the long game.

I didn't realize I was old back then, but looking back, yeah, I was old to begin with. Truthfully though, I started realizing I was actually old when I didn't have time to learn to be good at video games anymore. Not only "be good at them," but I'm lucky if I can make it past tutorials anymore. They're just so darned complex now-a-days.

edit: Ahh, you said "moment." I'll get back to you.

user-inactivated  ·  1175 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I am impressed by your posthumous editorial attention to detail.

wildfire405  ·  1176 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Thoughts on Marvel's new reset with Secret Wars?

When you don't read the big event and that one series you've been enjoying since 2002 ends, it can be pretty frustrating.

A quick search on Google and I wasn't able to see what's happening with the Daredevil series. SO SAD!

I'm most looking forward to picking up with Miles Morales Spiderman. I would love a series where the events stop pooping all over his story and we get to see him learn to be Spider-man.

In Michigan, we've had way below normal temperatures, but in the west, it must be a nightmare with the heat and the lack of rain. Yikes.

Our state did it for revenue. Weird thing was in southwest Michigan, all the firework places were across the state line in Indiana. People'd drive down there for their mortars and big boomers. (the ground-based ones were legal here) But over on the southeast side of the state, all the firework stores were on the Michigan side because (I think) ALL fireworks were banned in Ohio.

I guess the cost of a few lives and some hospital visits, and a few noise complaint calls to the non emergency police numbers doesn't eat as much as the revenue makes. It's just a really obnoxious way for the states to make money--mostly because people don't stick to the hours and enforcement is next to impossible.

If the state wanted money, station some cops around neighborhoods at 11:50 and start handing out the $500 dollar tickets at 12:01.

besthubris  ·  1176 days ago  ·  link  ·  

You'd think they'd be able to make just as much in taxes as they would from expensive fines and tickets. I think the more important thing is for fireworks themselves to be closely regulated. While you can't prevent people from being idiots, maybe some people could be saved from harm if inexpensive and potentially more defective fireworks were removed from the equation.

Also, props to you on the relevant username.