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Discussions - Public / Re: r u Sending Xmas Cards this year?
« Last post by JoFrance on Today at 01:46:12 PM »
Those are really nice cards, ilconsiglliere.  I've never sent Christmas cards.  I usually call people and catch up with them or send an email and catch up with them.  Other friends I meet for lunch or dinner sometime around Christmas or New Years.
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Discussions - Public / Re: r u Sending Xmas Cards this year?
« Last post by ilconsiglliere on Today at 07:05:06 AM »
I like depersonalization ;) . The more depersonalized the better  >:D . I am joking but saw these cards over the weekend when I was searching for a certain kind of paper cut art: They are pretty impressive:

https://www.lovepopcards.com/collections/holiday-greeting-cards

https://www.lovepopcards.com/products/santa-sleigh-christmas-card

At $13 a piece I would have to really like you a LOT to buy one of these.
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Discussions - Public / Re: Are All LED TVs Pretty Much The Same?
« Last post by The Gorn on December 10, 2017, 08:05:22 PM »
We have a bunch of TV's at work and I've noticed during soccer games that some team colors have very noticeable ghosting of the players. Some kind of persistence issue related to the refresh rate or perhaps the type of screen?

It might be the video technology. The MPEG. The same data loss that makes some scenes with uniform background colors blocky.
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Discussions - Public / Re: r u Sending Xmas Cards this year?
« Last post by The Gorn on December 10, 2017, 08:04:06 PM »
I agree that cards are special but it adds up with time and money.

Everybody says they don't have the time, of course. The default communication today is none - depersonalized - and if you send anything send a stupid emoji and act like you really did something when all you did was type some shit.

So, receiving a card marks your relationship with someone as special. Because it seems to be so inconvenient to send cards today.
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Discussions - Public / Re: r u Sending Xmas Cards this year?
« Last post by Richardk on December 10, 2017, 08:00:41 PM »
I haven't for years but I'm thinking about it.

I agree that cards are special but it adds up with time and money.
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Discussions - Public / Re: Are All LED TVs Pretty Much The Same?
« Last post by Richardk on December 10, 2017, 07:57:26 PM »
We have a bunch of TV's at work and I've noticed during soccer games that some team colors have very noticeable ghosting of the players. Some kind of persistence issue related to the refresh rate or perhaps the type of screen? 
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Discussions - Public / Re: r u Sending Xmas Cards this year?
« Last post by The Gorn on December 10, 2017, 06:28:22 PM »
I look for the bargain selections. Like "Shoebox" humorous cards which are by a Hallmark division but are much less elaborate than the Hallmark branded cards with sequins, sparkles, and embedded music players.

But even a generic card from a packaged box of 50 identical cards feels pretty special to receive anymore.

Years ago in Cincinnati I lived next door to a freelance artist who did card designs for Gibson greeting cards. He was one of the first people to turn me on to "Beavis & Butthead" - he even put in to a contest to draw for "Ren and Stimpy".
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Discussions - Public / Re: r u Sending Xmas Cards this year?
« Last post by benali72 on December 10, 2017, 03:40:32 PM »
Cards are pretty expensive today. Whatever they cost, plus a half dollar to send each one.

I agree with Gorn, they're no longer common like they once were, which makes them kind of special these days.
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Discussions - Public / Re: r u Sending Xmas Cards this year?
« Last post by ilconsiglliere on December 10, 2017, 02:35:02 PM »
We do.

Greetings and celebrations need to be exceptional, unusual, unexpected. Otherwise how do you even know  they are celebrations?

Another f*cking emoji someone sends me on Facebook? Easy. Common. Effortless. I know they put no thought into it.

Doesn't mean f*ckin' shit. Has no emotional impact. Yeah yeah, I need to get back to my porn and my Drudge Report. 

A signed greeting card is a 6 sigma social event today. Exceptional, unexpected, welcome.

I agree with what Gorn said about the cards being unusual and unexpected. Its rare to get any today. I don't send them any longer due to the greed of Hallmark and others. I am not spending $5 on a car that a person will glance at and than throw out.

The electronic ones are meaningless and the equivalent of a paper cup. Disposable garbage.
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Discussions - Public / Re: r u Sending Xmas Cards this year?
« Last post by pxsant on December 10, 2017, 03:14:12 AM »
Christmas???    What is that??

Have not celebrated Xmas for at least 20 years and don't intend to this year either.    Bah humbug!!
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