Thursday, March 16, 2006

You should pass a vision test before buying a big screen TV

Wow, I just realised that as I write my fourth blog, it is the third one about how people get caught up in things and fail to see the truth. Expressing the fact that people are sheep yet again. Sorry to be so repetitious!

I was just down at Costco looking at computers. We also need a new TV as the red is gone in our current one, so we looked at all these flat screen, back lit, plasma, and all that stuff. Not that we are going to spend more that $250 on one, but they were just there. Anyway, I just can't get over how BAD the quality is on a $2500 TV! I mean, it's so bad on some of them, that I can't even believe they are for sale.

They had the same thing on all the TVs, so you could really see the difference from one to the other, and the prices had nothing to do with these differences! It was unbelievable! People actually buy these TVs which are terribly pixilated or can only be viewed for the correct angle. If you were sitting on a barstool to watch the 'big game' you wouldn't even see it properly!

If you look at any letters in titles and network logos, you can see how jagged the edges are. This same phenomenon carries over to the people on screen. Heaven forbid anyone MOVES! They just become a blur.

So it leads me to wonder how televisions of obviously worse quality over your standard 'old school' television can be purchased by anyone. I think it has to be back to the mass hysteria. People with no fucking clue about picture quality don't know much, but they know they aint nothing without a BIG FUCKING SCREEN TV! So they go in there, and experience much like what I experience when buying jeans. You look at a few, try them out, too many choices, your head starts to spin, this one seems okay...I'll take it. Get home..Oh! It fucking sucks! I can't tell you how many times I have come home with pants that turn out to be wrong for me. Luckily this amounts to a mere $35 down the drain, or it's a simple refund. In the case of buying a $2500 TV, I daresay one doesn't want to go to the trouble of taking it back, if they are even aware that they have a piece of shit in the first place. All they know it that it's BIG! Woo-fucking-hoo
I am no expert and don't really know the difference between a plasma and a back lit and all that shit, but I do know that something that is $2500 shouldn't look like FUCKING SHIT! They aren't all as bad as I've described, but at those prices, they should all be great.

I suppose if people are that fucking stupid, they are getting what they deserve, which is some consolation.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Was everyone always this self absorbed?

I don't know if I've just started noticing it or if people are getting worse, but I find that more and more, people are self absorbed to the point of rudeness.

I don't know how many times I'm in a conversation with someone when someone else who knows them, just bursts in an starts talking over the existing conversation as though their mere presence clearly over-shadows whatever drivel we might be talking about. Now, it's not that they think all that out, but if they weren't so caught up in themselves and had some awareness of other people, I don't think they would do that.

There is also the attention span deficit. Even if you are in a conversation with a person, it's all too common for them to just cut you off mid sentence to talk about something completely unrelated. So you are left, in the middle of your story with your proverbial dick in your hand. What do you do? Do you interrupt them back? Do you point out that you weren't finished? No, if you make too much of a scene, you end up looking like a jerk, even though you are the one who has been screwed in the first place. Again, this type of person is so wrapped up in themselves, they've lost all awareness of common courtesy.

The one that kills me the most are the people who don't even wait for the answer to their own question! They *think* they want to know something which you can answer, but alas, once you start to talk, they realise the sound of their own voice is so much more appealing. So, just shut the fuck up while I stand here guessing what the answer to my question is.

As someone who is a very attentive listener, it pisses me off no end that I can't be granted the same courtesy from so many people. Sometimes I find myself rushing through stories and leaving out vital details because I know the attention clock is ticking. The end result is that my story makes little sense and fails to be interesting. This only happens with people I know will zone out, so either way, they aren't going to get the story. I guess the self absorbed person in question is too distracted to even notice.