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Saturday, January 18


Could Have Sworn...

I could have sworn I wrote this in my review of Neal Stephenson's Anathem, but I can't find it or my review of Neal Stephenson's Anathem, so here goes.

Pixy's Law of Neuroscience: The intersection of consciousness and quantum mechanics is bullshit.

Oh, and since I seem to have lost my review of Neal Stephenson's Anathem, here's a capsule version.

Anathem, by Neal Stephenson

Tedious and interminable story populated by dishwater characters rises to a climax spectacular only in the disappointment it brings.  The individual sentences are well-crafted - and some of the paragraphs too - but as a novel it fails in every other possible way.

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Wednesday, January 08


It's Been 25 Years Already?

Big Finish celebrated the 50th Anniversay of Doctor Who by dropping the price on their first 50 recordings to 5 squid a piece.  (Each is a two-disk set, approximately 2 hours of content plus commentary and other bonus items.)

Now they've done the same for volumes 51-75, for the next week.  That range includes The Natural History of Fear, one of the best stories Big Finish have ever done.

I'll pick them up, though I have to admit that I haven't opened the box with volumes 1-50 yet.*

* If you buy the CD, you get the MP3 version for immediate download as well.  So I might never open the box...

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Thursday, January 02


New Year's Resolution


Dell's 24" ultra-HD monitor has arrived in Australia, and the price is about $200 lower than I was expecting.  I was planning to wait for the consumer-grade 28" model, but the price is low enough* that I think I'll go for the pro version.  I currently have a Dell 27" 2560x1440 display, so this one will be a little smaller but a lot higher resolution.

Then I'll see how Windows 8.1 handles scaling....

Update: A shortcoming: This monitor apparently has no scaler; it only handles its native resolution.  So if your graphics card isn't fast enough to drive a 4K screen in your favourite game, you can't shift down; you're simply out of luck.

Which isn't unreasonable for a professional monitor, but is potentially a problem for me.  I may pair it with a matching Dell 24" 1080p screen - use the main monitor for work, and the low-res screen for extra real-estate and gaming.

In fact, that's a great idea.  I need a retina screen for doing high-resolution site and application design, and I need multiple screens, but I don't need multiple retina screens.  Want, yes.  Need, no.

* At $1559 it's hardly cheap, but I'll spend about 10,000 hours looking at it, so I'm willing to spend a few extra bucks.  The 32" model at $4199 was a few extra bucks too many.

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