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New Year's Resolution Thread!

POSTED BY: DTUCK
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 4, 2005 05:10
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Friday, December 31, 2004 5:32 PM

DTUCK


I'm surprised that this hasn't come up yet, so I decided to rise to the occasion.

Come one, come all, and share your New Year's Resolutions, no matter if they'll only last two weeks into the new year, or whether they're backed by the iron will and strength of spirit to last until spring.


*Ahem!* My New Year's Resolution is to pay better attention to my health, and do what's necessary to go further in life (college/steady work)... Oooo! and to play 'EverQuest 2' more often. (yes... I am an Ever-CrackHead)

That actually seems like several resolutions, but I intend to stay adamant.

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The best way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it. - Oscar Wilde

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Friday, December 31, 2004 6:42 PM

NEEDLESEYE


I am going to finish more projects that I start and not start projects I'm inclined not to finish.

I will make my life simpler.
I've already began clearing my house of things , that are just things, and really don't add anything to my life. Clarity in one's life path can begin by cleaning one's closet, and boy is mine messy!

I have this nagging eight or nine remaining baby pounds that could really learn to release themselves from my corporeal being. Gonna work on that, and perhaps return to my vegetarian slanted ways. I so miss soba noodles and piles of wasabi paste, I think I could do without the humus though. *shudder*

Oh, I want to get back into painting, it has been too long, and I'm lacking in wall art.

Happy New Year Browncoats!


Keeper of Jayne's goggles. 8)

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Saturday, January 1, 2005 3:23 AM

MALICIOUS


I, Mal-licious, do hereby solemnly swear to TRY not to highjack any more threads. Unless they are Jefe's.

Oh, hey! Where IS Jefe, BTW?

Mal-licious

Co-Holder of the Red Bell from Hell

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Saturday, January 1, 2005 4:22 AM

STARPILOTGRAINGER


I never make New Years resolutions anymore. The last one I made was to stop making them, and I kept it.

But then I really dislike New Years anyway.

Star Pilot Grainger
"Remember, the enemy's gate is down."
LJ: http://www.livejournal.com/users/newnumber6
http://www.unreachablestar.net - Comics & SF News/Reviews/Opinions

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Saturday, January 1, 2005 8:18 AM

ECGORDON

There's no place I can be since I found Serenity.


I resolve to recruit more Firefly/Serenity fans.




wo men ren ran zai fei xing.

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Saturday, January 1, 2005 8:42 AM

STARHAND


I resolve to post more often.



“but I’ve been sane awhile now and change is good” …Wash

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Saturday, January 1, 2005 9:18 AM

MANIACNUMBERONE


I resolve to keep an open mind. The world has need of people who are willing to compromise, because we are all wrong and we are all right to some degree. Let the open communication commence!!

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Saturday, January 1, 2005 9:23 AM

SIMONWHO


I resolve to learn at least something musical this year.

Also I will learn some poetry off by heart.

Plus I will limit myself to 2 litres of Pepsi Max per day. I wish I was just kidding.


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Saturday, January 1, 2005 10:23 AM

POTEMKINVILLAGER


PV hereby resolves to nominate hisself designated driver on the evening of Dec. 31, 2005. Will drink sodapop and bottled water. Will only take in second-hand smoke (can't be helped, eh?). Will patiently laugh at outrageous behaviour of intoxicated friends.

Will wake up Jan 1, 2006 with unhurt brain. This would be a good thing, compared to present brainstate.


Anyone have the address for the braincell reclamation centre?

--The trouble with worse is that it always seems normal.--

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Saturday, January 1, 2005 10:38 AM

ZOID


I was gonna say, "I resolve not to make resolutions", but that one was already taken (grrr). Instead, I'll give you my real one, that I made on the winter solstice, for the coming year: I resolved to have a more positive outlook and stop worrying so much about the future; stop defeating myself before the battle begins. (Would somebody please get the smelling salts for several of the regulars hereabouts? The thud was audible.)

Dealing with chronic pain (without the aid of pain relievers, thanks to my career) can make a body somewhat cranky, irascible. So, I've decided to reverse that trend. Not necessarily Pangloss-rosy, because that's not me either; but, not so 'doom and gloom' as I've increasingly become in the past four years. The pain is always gonna be there, but I'm taking back the reins of my attitude from it.

And I'm already feeling better -- spiritually and bodily -- over the past nine days...


Here's hoping we all succeed in our quests to become more well-rounded and happier people.


Hopefully,

zoid

P.S.
Winter and Summer solstices are the best days to make lasting changes, in my experience; although it's probably just psychophysiological (i.e., a change in habits made at the same time that days -- and sleep cycles -- are getting longer or shorter). Having said that, perhaps it's no coincidence -- nor merely medievel politics -- that our 'holydays' are located on or near solstices and equinoxes.
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"Burn the land and boil the sea, you can't take the sky from me." The Ballad of Serenity

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Saturday, January 1, 2005 10:38 AM

HARDWARE


I once resolved to make no more resolutions. See how resolutions never stick?

This year I'm going to resolve to enjoy life more, not get hung up on what's wrong, but try to focus on what is right in my life.



The more I get to know people the more I like my dogs.

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Saturday, January 1, 2005 11:20 AM

CORNCOBB


I resolve to treat my girlfriend a LOT better. I've been a total to her recently. I used to think i was a pretty nice guy, but I've been forced to reconsider. Time to be nice again.

"Gorramit Mal... I've forgotten my line."

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Saturday, January 1, 2005 12:40 PM

NOOCYTE


1280 X 1024

Department of Redundancy Department

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Saturday, January 1, 2005 3:51 PM

MELEAUX


This is lame but I resolve to lose 40#'s by my 40th birthday this year. I mentioned this to several friends and I REALLY thought they'd all say "Oh you don't need to lose THAT much" but instead they all said " Great, good for you!'

She understands, she doesn't comprehend

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Saturday, January 1, 2005 3:56 PM

ZOID


Noocyte:

That's a pretty good resolution, as long as your refesh rate is at least 75 Hz. Otherwise you should resolve to get a better monitor/video adapter to cut down on flicker-induced eyestrain. Leaving your monitor set at the Windows-default 60 Hz refresh rate can lead to permanent vision impairment.

That's right: Just like Mama always said, "If you don't change, you'll go blind"...


Videographically,

zoid

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Saturday, January 1, 2005 4:03 PM

ZOID



meleaux wrote:
Quote:

This is lame but I resolve to lose 40#'s by my 40th birthday this year. I mentioned this to several friends and I REALLY thought they'd all say "Oh you don't need to lose THAT much" but instead they all said " Great, good for you!'

Here's a great weight-reduction tip: Start by losing your friends. Sounds like they're a bunch of dead weight you could live without.

I mean, who needs honest friends anyhow? That's what you've got a mother-in-law for...


v/r,
-zed

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Sunday, January 2, 2005 10:25 PM

NOOCYTE


Quote:

Originally posted by zoid:
Noocyte:

That's a pretty good resolution, as long as your refesh rate is at least 75 Hz. Otherwise you should resolve to get a better monitor/video adapter to cut down on flicker-induced eyestrain. Leaving your monitor set at the Windows-default 60 Hz refresh rate can lead to permanent vision impairment.

That's right: Just like Mama always said, "If you don't change, you'll go blind"...


Videographically,

zoid



Resolving to thank you heartily, Zoid! I'd been unaware of the refresh rate issue. Over the last few months, I've dramatically increased my time reading news, etc. (cf. my ages-ago "Fact checking for poli threads" thread [which I'd link here, if I did not lack the savvy I now resolve to acquire]). I've also become aware of a bit more difficulty focussing at close range. I'd attributed this to age (and the jury is still out, alas, on that one!). Upon reading your reply, however, I adjusted the refresh rate to 75 Hz, and already note a "smoother" viewing experience (a stopgap; I've begin pricing new monitors; the Viewsonic VP912B is looking shiny).

In short, I have summarily hijacked this thread to raise a glass of Jameson's 1780 to Zoid, for taking a load off my glazzies!

Keep flyin' (second star from the right and straight on till Spetember!!)!



Department of Redundancy Department

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Monday, January 3, 2005 12:55 PM

ZOID


Noocyte:

Glad you found the advice useful. Here's another slice: Look into the SCEPTRE X9g-Komodo-II 19-Inch LCD Monitor with Speakers, as on sale at BestBuyPlasma ( http://tinyurl.com/6788k) for $399, rather than c. $575 for the Viewsonic 19" you mentioned. Analog inputs allow you to access boot video for changes to BIOS and to enter Windows in safe mode, in order to set the graphics adapter (video card) to a mode the monitor can handle.

Now the tricky part: If you don't have a graphics adapter with a DVI (digital video interface) output, you'll only be able to run a 'digital' LCD if it also has an analog input; both of these monitors have both, so no prob there. But if your video card doesn't have a DVI out (typically right next to the standard 15-pin VGA, but thinner, rectangular and with white-colored pin guides) then you won't get the full benefit from these monitors. If you need a new video card w/DVI, you can get one at a reasonable price (try pricegrabber.com).

Response times for the Viewsonic and Sceptre are comparable; but the Sceptre's 700:1 contrast ratio is superior by a considerable margin to the Viewsonic's 450:1, which would be considered low by current standards for a 17" LCD, let alone a 19".

If you insist on the Viewsonic name, you might want to be sure you're buying this year's model, rather than one which may be a couple of years old, and still selling at last year's inflated prices. Sometimes you can get this year's model -- with this year's improved features -- for less money than an older model of similar manufacture.

I bought my Sceptre X9 in August 04 and it does everything my card will allow: gaming, video playback, the works. No 'ghosting' in games like Prince of Persia; no 'shredding' in video playback across the gamut of codecs. I highly recommend it, at a fraction of the cost of a Viewsonic.


Comparatively,

zoid

P.S.
Although I bought mine online, my local Sam's Club have got Sceptre X9's on the shelf now, for less than $400.
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"Burn the land and boil the sea, you can't take the sky from me." The Ballad of Serenity

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Monday, January 3, 2005 2:16 PM

THATWEIRDGIRL


Quote:

Originally posted by SimonWho:

Also I will learn some poetry off by heart.



here's one for you, it's called 'after you'. It's a bit of the unrequited stuff, but I like it.
lying beside you, here, in the dark corners of my mind
feeling your breath brush across my neck
seeing the softness of your face behind my closed lashes
absorbing your warmth pressed against my chest
swimming with you through the passion in my heart
believing that you will become one with me in reality

btw, what kind of poetry are you looking to memorize? One of my favorite authors is Peter McWilliams, he was good at stating the simple truths. Here's a sample : Saying goodnight you leave,
sentencing me to a bad one.



www.thatweirdgirl.com

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Monday, January 3, 2005 5:13 PM

ZOID



thatweirdgirl sed:
Quote:

...lying beside you, here, in the dark corners of my mind
feeling your breath brush across my neck
seeing the softness of your face behind my closed lashes
absorbing your warmth pressed against my chest
swimming with you through the passion in my heart
believing that you will become one with me in reality...


Ummm... *gulp!* ...er, Baseball! I know! Let's talk about baseball now! And we can think about ERAs and RBIs and OBPs and...


Expansively,

zoid

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Monday, January 3, 2005 5:26 PM

THATWEIRDGIRL


Quote:

Originally posted by zoid:
Ummm... *gulp!* ...er, Baseball! I know! Let's talk about baseball now! And we can think about ERAs and RBIs and OBPs and...

Expansively,

zoid



okay, so resolutions was it?

Mal-icously,
TWG

www.thatweirdgirl.com

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Tuesday, January 4, 2005 3:19 AM

THESOMNAMBULIST


I don't really make resolutions for new years I just live by my age old mantra to life......

....Have more sex!

(Sorry to lower the tone, but y'know....)

Happy New Year
TheSomnambulist

www.cirqus.com

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Tuesday, January 4, 2005 3:40 AM

MAUGWAI


I resolve to not lose any more important papers. I am so tired of apologizing to people.



"Dear diary, today I was pompous and my sister was crazy."

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Tuesday, January 4, 2005 5:10 AM

BROWNCOAT1

May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.


I have made the resolution to take more of an active role in my community. It troubles me how very infrequently any of our neighbors talk or interact w/ one another. Other than the occasional wave when you see each other out in the driveway, no one really talks.

No don't get me wrong, I am not talking about going all Mr Rogers on people, just make a real effort to get to know my neighbors and lend a helping hand when needed.

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"May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one."

Richmond, VA & surrounding area Firefly Meet Up:
http://firefly.meetup.com/9/boards/


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