Have you ever wondered what the proper angle of your laptop screen should be?
Most of them can go from 0 to 180 degrees. Of course you would not try to view it at these extremes, but what is the proper adjustment?
Have you also noticed that the screen colors and brightness change as you move the screen up and down?
Imagine if you were doing web design and you thought you had a wonderful color picked out, only to get a phone call from your friend asking you why you chose those horrible shades of color.
Improper screen alignment can also cause you to have a hard time seeing or miss that popular gray print websites are using.
So how do you adjust your monitor?
The answer to this question is simple:
1. Before you turn your laptop on, look at the black screen. If you already have it on, simply visit a website that uses dark colors.
2. Now look at your pretty face being reflected from the screen. (works better on glossy screens and also more pleasing if you really have a pretty face)
3. Move the screen until you see the reflection of your eyes in the middle.
Now your screen is perfectly aligned with your line of sight. Simple!!
If you need a harder way to do this, I would be glad to invent a product that you can attach to your monitor and sell it to you.
Did this help you see your screen better?
Did you just realize that you have something on your face left over from lunch that your coworkers did not tell you about?
Would like to hear your comments below.
Have you ever been driving down the road and just realized, “Wow! I just ran a stop sign!”? I am sure this happens every day around the world. Sadly, this often results in an accident with another vehicle who clearly had the right of way. My wife almost lost her life to a motorist that ran a stop sign and totaled her car. She still has the scars today to prove it.
So why is it that those little guardians of the intersection are ignored so often? There are those who do not like to stop, they just do a quick look and slow down before crossing the intersection. Then there are those who are in an emergency situation and they do not have time to stop. But all to often there are those who simply did not see the little guy standing there. This happens more often when people are driving in an area that is not familiar to them.
How can we “STOP” this intersection folly?
I think one of the reasons for this problem is that the color red is not as visible as some of the other colors we have available today. I think the new color should be a fluorescent color.
Here are my 5 reasons for the lovely bright magenta:
1. Fluorescent magenta is a very good color since it is already used as a color to watch out for. Have you ever seen those fluorescent vested people on the side of the road working or picking up trash? If you noticed, they are not wearing red.
2. Fluorescent magenta is also a color that does not appear naturally in our day to day lives like the color red. When we see it, our minds automatically tell us, “Woe, something is not natural here so pay attention.” A coworker comes to work wearing red, “Oh such a nice dress.”; they come to work in fluorescent magenta, “Wow, are you working with the road crew today?”
3. It is also more visible from farther away giving a motorist more time to think about the fact that they need to stop. This is especially useful for those who need a little more reaction time.
4. Red is already used as an emergency color. Firetrucks are a good example of this. (I have seen fluorescent colored fire trucks now, so there are some who agree with my color choice.)
5. Fluorescent magenta just looks so bright and cheerful. Having to stop when you are trying to get somewhere is a bummer. It helps to brighten the day by looking up and seeing a fluorescent magenta sign.
Maybe one day when you are driving along you will look up and see a fluorescent sign telling you to stop. Until then, cross those deadly intersections with more caution. Remember, a sign or traffic light never stops a car from plowing into your side door.
What color do you think a stop sign should be?
Have you or someone you know ever been in a wreck because of a stop sign?
I have an idea for a different way to number the pages for books.
Instead of numbering the pages from number one to the last number, they should number the pages from the last number to number one.
For example: Instead of 1 – 450, it would be 450 – 1. The first page would be number 450 and the next would be 449 and so on until you reach the end of the book on page number 1.
You would still be able to keep track of what page number you are on, but instead of knowing how many pages you have read, you will know how many pages you have left to read.
Or you could have both systems of numbering; you could have the traditional way of numbering and the new way right below the other number. That way you would know how many pages you have read and how many pages you have left to read.
Of course this would be useless on small books like comic books, but on your larger novels it could be helpful. Then again, if it is really a good book you would probably not even want numbers on the pages, since you will devour it in one sitting.
I think it would be interesting to test it out. Get a book (your own book) that you have never read and write the numbers in descending order right under the other numbers. Then read it and see how the new numbering system works. Give it to a friend and ask them what they think.
What do you think about this new way to number books?
Have you seen it before in any book (other than a Japanese book)?
Have you ever been in a super store full of people with their shopping carts everywhere. It can be very chaotic at times especially when people have different driving abilities and manners.
Now I don’t think we need licenses to operate shopping carts in stores, but it would be nice if there was an etiquette code established.
Here is a list of what I think should be shopping cart violations:
1. Flying through the store with a cart like it was a derby course.
2. Leaving a cart in front of a section where someone is waiting to see a product.
3. Block parking – when two carts are parked on opposite sides of the aisle in a way that prevents others from passing.
4. Leaving a cart next to parked cars instead of putting it with the other carts when finished using it.
Do you have any things that you think should be violations?
What if shopping carts had blinkers, would it make things better or worse? Would we even dare add a small horn? I don’t think so, it would be abused by every little kid that could find the button. And believe me, they will find the button.
We could create a special cart and call it “icart”. This would be a robotic shopping cart that would not need to be pushed at all, it would simply follow you everywhere you go in the store.
When left outside after loading your groceries, it would find its way back to the store entrance and park itself with the other carts.
What ideas do you have that you would like to see icart do?
Creative writing as explained on wikipedia.org:
“Creative writing is considered to be any writing, fiction, poetry, or non-fiction, that goes outside the bounds of normal professional, journalistic, academic, and technical forms of literature. Works which fall into this category include novels, epics, short stories, and poems. Writing for the screen and stage, screenwriting and playwriting respectively, typically have their own programs of study, but fit under the creative writing category as well.”
I suppose the very first time I wrote creatively, outside of school, would be the time when I stumbled upon those very educational books called, Mad Libs. Oh the fun we had with those fine works of literature.
This got me to thinking of a good experiment with modern technology – the computer and Google.
I am going to attempt to see what would happen if I applied the Mad Libs idea to the computer, but twist it a little.
Experiment #1: Fun with nouns.
1. Go to wikipedia.org and enter a noun (person, place or thing) to search.
2. Copy the first paragraph of the article.
3. Now go to google.com/trends.
4. Under “Hot Topics”, copy the first noun that you come to in the list. (If it is a person I would not use it in a published article.)
5. Now replace the noun you searched in Wikipedia with the noun you got from Google.
Here is what I got!
Can you guess the original noun?
Birds are comical performers, stereotypically characterized by the image of the Circus bird and their grotesque appearances: colored wigs, stylistic makeup, outlandish costumes, unusually large footwear, red-nose, etc. (which evolved to project their actions to very large audiences), who entertain spectators by acting in a hilarious fashion. The types of their acts varies greatly. Although a few people find birds to be scary, their aim is to entertain people.
After surviving another very early, early, early Black Friday; I decided to list some things that are essential to your survival if you should ever attempt to do this in the future.
# 1 Tent
You see the item that you have always wanted listed at a price that is five times lower than it should be, but you have to read the small print at the bottom of the ad. It says there are only ten available. In order to guarantee that you get one of the only ten that are in the store, you must get in line early. I mean days early. To do this you will have to set up your tent outside the front door of the store you are targeting. Just make sure that you are close enough not to block the entrance, but close enough to prevent those one man tents from butting in front of you. And make sure you take your last potty brake before the store closes for the night.
# 2 Running Shoes
After hours and hours of walking, you will be glad that you wore these instead of your fancy high heels. (Don’t even think about dressing up, remember you are getting up at 3:00 in the morning or earlier.) People will think you are wearing these for comfort, but the real secret is that these will enable you to make that mad dash to the last item before that other woman with the high heels. These could also save your life; if you are too slow you could get trampled to death.
# 3 Coffee
After your body realizes that you are up way earlier than you are supposed to be, you will need this black, liquid energy boost to get you through the rest of the day. It can not be just any regular cup of coffee either; it has to be a gourmet brand that costs more than you would normally spend. After all, you are saving so much money on Black Friday you can splurge just a little bit. If you get it with an extra shot of caffeine, you might even be able to skip breakfast and get to more of those great sales.
# 4 Extra Credit Card
You need to take an extra credit card. This serves many purposes, one being that it will come in handy if the magnetic strip on your other one gets worn off by the constant swiping. It also helps if you have maxed out your other one to its $50,000 limit. Another benefit is that if the other credit card company freezes your card, thinking it was stolen, then you can keep on shopping without missing a beat. Think of all the sales you would miss if you were on the phone for an hour talking to an out source in India.
# 5 Aspirin
After days of sleeping out in the cold and waking up early in a tent. When your feet are hurting so bad that yo can not feel your toes anymore. When your body realizes that you tricked it with caffeine and sugar. And when your brain realizes that although you are saving tons of money, you do not have a job good enough to pay back $50,000 plus the other credit card you maxed out. You will need aspirin or your favorite medical pain relief pills.
Do you have some items that need to be added to this list?
Do you have an interesting tale about your Black Friday survival?
Recently I took my two daughters to our new COSTCO warehouse store. We had a great time going to all the little sample booths collecting goodies to eat. A person could almost get an entire lunch just from visiting all the booths on a Saturday; what a deal! After paying for our item and standing in the long line to get out, I remembered I had to have my receipt to show the elderly lady at the door. While pulling my receipt out, I was talking out loud on why I needed it. It was at that moment my youngest daughter (a teenager) turned to me and asked, “You have to buy something to get out of here”? After laughing at her, which she did not appreciate, I explained that we needed the receipt to prove to the elderly lady that we actually paid for the item we were leaving the store with. Since then it has been a running joke in our family.
This incident got my mind to mutating on why they have people at the door checking your receipt, and why are they usually elderly people?
Of course the obvious is that they do not want you walking out of the store with items you have not paid for. If the elderly person is to watch and prevent this, then why do they have all the cameras hidden in those little tinted domes watching every move you make?
Are they usually elderly, because it is a job they can do, or is it that it looks better to be stopped by your grandma than it does to be stopped by a body builder in a black jump-suit wearing shades? Lets mutate on that for a moment: What is better, to have bones broken or not to get milk and cookies the next time I visit granny? I choose to miss out on the cookies! (Really I don’t worry since I don’t steal.)
If a low-life in society, that likes to take what is not theirs, tries to steal something , could one of these elderly people really stop them? Maybe they have a radio so they can call the big guy in the black suit to do their dirty work. Or maybe the little scanner in their hand is actually a 5000000000000000000000 volt tazer that would make the low-life forget who they were and make them afraid of their grandma the rest of their life. Or maybe just simply, they are trained in the ancient art of ninja skills. And you thought the little smiley face sticker they put on you was a kind act; no, it helps the older ninjas with bad eyesight mark your weak spot.
Do you have any ideas on how stores can avoid the long receipt lines?
Do you have any funny stories about your encounters with the store ninjas?
If you have ever worked in an office, at one point in your career you will have to make a trip to the copier. Some people spend so much time at the copier that their job title should be a “Copier Manager” or a “Copier Attendant”.
Copying is really not a hard job. It is not like you are digging a ditch outside in the cold or your crunching numbers at a computer screen all day. Some people even look forward to the time when they get to go make copies.
The feeder tray is a great way to copy; just put your stack of papers in the tray and push the copy button. It does all the hard work for you. It sucks in each sheet from your stack and spits out a nice copy or two while you wait. You might even have some time to fix that cup of coffee you have been wanting all day, and watch other people work while you sip on that cup of java.
Like all jobs, there is the other side of the coin. You will have those days when you dread going to the copier. It will be those times when you have to copy every page of a document that has to stay stapled. And don’t forget those books you have to copy from. Now we all know that you can’t just shove those down the feeder tray. No, you will have to lift that huge copier lid up and down for a 100 times. On a bad day you can just skip going to the gym, because you already had your workout for the day. Why is it so heavy? The answer, is that it contains the motor and all the other parts needed to suck your papers from the feeder tray. You know, on the good copier day.
The solution to all this lifting is simply don’t lift at all. Just leave that copier lid wide open. (Disclaimer: You should always keep the lid down as it was designed for safety and proper use) Then all you have to do is just turn the pages and keep placing them on the glass. Of course now you have these bright flashes of light filling the room all around you as if you were in some mad science lab. And according to an ophthalmologist, (eye doctor) you can damage your eyes over a period of time by looking at the pretty bright light. I know it gives you a warm feeling, but that light can also cause skin rashes on some people.
So how can you copy with the lid open? You could just turn your back each time a copy was made, but all this turning could make you dizzy, and it creates more work, which is what you were trying to avoid in the first place.
The best solution is to use copier sunglasses. With this protective eye-wear you can copy all day with the lid open, and look stylish too. And when people ask you where you got your “George Hamilton” tan, you can say, “At work, in my office”. That is, if you are not one of the people that gets a rash from copier light.
What is your best solution for this lid lifting problem?
If you go for the shades, what style would you choose?
Have you ever had a copier rash?
Have you ever noticed that the birthday boy or girl leans back and with a deep breath blows germs all over the cake you are about to distribute to your unsuspecting guests? That is why it is best to be up close so you can judge the amount of spit flying on the cake. You can also see how clean the person is in appearance. If they pick their nose while waiting to blow the candles out, then definitely do not eat the cake!
I have some ideas on how to prevent this germ-spreading, and give everyone peace of mind when eating their cake. I will try to add some drawings to this post later, so check back soon.
What are your ideas on how to prevent this?
Or are you on the full opposite spectrum of OCD (Obsessive–compulsive disorder)?
Maybe you don’t care, because it is your birthday and it is your spit!
(That is not my daughter in the photo, but she does belong to someone.)
The year is 2010 and it is amazing to me that this antique wooden pencil is still being used in the world. You would think that it would only be seen in the Smithsonian as a relic of the past. But no, you will find it every day in the hands of students, teachers, doctors and every one else. (You can also find it protruding from someone’s ear.)
You would think that by now a child would ask, “Are you really sticking a pencil in that grinding thing to sharpen it?” Kind of like the time when my daughters asked what that “thing” was when we were visiting a former Soviet block country. I replied, “That thing, is a rotary phone.” (For the younger audience – a rotary phone is a phone with a round disc on the front with holes for your fingers to go in so you can spin it to dial a number.) See, that sounds so archaic, just like using a wooden pencil. ((Side note – Why did they choose to use the numbers 911 for emergencies back then? Your house was burning down while you waited for the little disc to return from dialing 9!))
Today we have mechanical pencils, which are the “touch tones” of the pencil world. Just a click and instantly you have lead at the end of your pencil. Even these have improved to where all you have to do is shake it to get new lead. Imagine having five or more pencils all in one. Load the mechanical pencil up with lead and then write to your heart’s content.
So with this new and modern mechanical pencil, why would you still use a wooden pencil?
Of course a mechanical pencil doesn’t quite look the same as a bright yellow wooden one sticking out of your head.