Things to Keep In Mind When Picking Gaming Monitors

Getting gaming monitors have become more common place over the years. With better graphics came the need for better screens to display them, but along with those also came the rush of impulse buying. Not every gaming monitor is the same so here a few things to keep in mind with buying a gaming monitor.

SIZE

One of the more obvious things to keep in mind when getting the right gaming monitor is the size. Many people want the largest screen available as they equate size with picture and sound quality, however, it is important to get the right screen size that fits the space it will be in.

For example, if you are the type of gamer to switch which room you’re playing in constantly or some days you like to sit at your desk and game while other days you like to game in bed, getting a large screen mounted to your wall may not be the best choice for you. Remember that the most expensive gaming monitor isn’t always the best monitor.

Equally on the opposite end of the spectrum, if you are the type of gamer who likes to be rooted in place in your game room and have space to spare, maybe a large desktop type or wall mount may be better for you.

Keeping size in mind is important since your gaming monitor will be like a sort of investment because of the price. This should be as carefully picked as the gaming computer or console you got was.

REFRESH RATE

Now that you’ve picked out your size, let’s get down to the real reason you would even want a gaming monitor: the refresh rate. For anyone who may not know, the refresh rate refers to the amount of times a monitor can change an image per second.

Basically, the higher the Hz displayed while buying, the more smooth and clear the picture is. For avid gamers looking at refresh rate, it’s particularly important if you’re playing a game whose mechanics matter down at the frame level.

People who have mastered Street Fighter and other fighting games are known for this and each frame matters. If the screen has a low refresh rate this could lead to the missing of key details in gaming as well as the common enemy we all share: lag. For others it might not even be that deep of a need for a good refresh rate; in the end if all boils down to you seeing the clearest and fastest picture possible for your gaming session.

There are many other things to keep in mind like panel type (the type of color that will be displayed on your screen), syncing capabilities, and other spec information but questions about those are much less common. Affordability is another thing to keep in mind of course; you want enough money to buy the games after!

Remember to look for the Hz number of the monitor and keep the inches and durability in mind when picking your next gaming monitors.

Health Benefits From Running

Many people around the world exercise by routine running. Whether you run only a mile a day or all the way up to the 26.2 miles of a full marathon, your overall health will improve. There are several ways running does this, but here are just a few of them.

Running Will Help Your Heart

Your heart is one of the many muscles in your body. When being exercised, it will be strengthened. Running daily will do this and make it to work more effectively than it will work if you do not exercise. By having a strong heart, your heart will not have to work as hard when at rest; therefore, your resting heart-rate will be lower.

The additional strength from running means it pumps your blood with less effort, and will also reduce your likelihood of having high blood pressure. Also, having a strong heart will decrease the chances of heart related health issues.

Running will Strengthen Your Joints

Unlike what you may have been told, running will help your joints. Especially when using a treadmill, there is less pressure on your joints – because a treadmill effectively simulates the real art of jogging and running. Having stronger joints reduces the likelihood of osteoarthritis (which is the degeneration of joint cartilage and the bone underneath the knee joints) which will result in having healthier knees.

By strengthening knee joints your chances of having this form of arthritis can be reduced by half. Like your muscles, your joints will get stronger when stressed. Something like walking has similar movement but will not result in stronger joints because of how little impact walking has compared to running.

Running Will Result in Weight Loss

Running is among the best exercises for weight loss as well as maintaining a consistent weight. As you run your body fat will convert into calories and be burned away by the run. This means you should be sure to not eat an excessive amount of calories per day. Also, the more miles you run in a day the more body fat you are likely to lose. Even a few miles per day is great to reduce weight and to maintain a healthy weight.

Running can Prevent Disease

Experts agree that exercise does this. Frequent exercise can reduce the likelihood of many types of cancer. Running reduces your chances of having heart-related diseases as well as diabetes. Even a small percentage of weight loss from running (such as 5%-7%) can reduce the chances of being a type 2 diabetic by over 50%. Your eyes will benefit from running as well. Studies have shown you are less likely to have macular degeneration as well as cataracts.

Some of the other benefits of running include a possibly longer life and reduced stress. And it is an exercise that can be done anywhere (even indoors with a treadmill). Over all, running and other kinds of vigorous exercise will help anyone to live a better and longer life.

Making Mexican Foods Look Great through Trick Photography

There is a strong correlation between how we view food and therefore our choice to eat it. That has since been the concept on which fast food companies woo their customers. The first step – make them look yummy in posters and advertisements that reach customer homes through TV commercials, magazines and the likes. Then, its all easy work from there.

In that respect, food photography plays an important role in how certain foods are made to look their best. A perfect example is Mexican fast food. We all love to stuff our mouth with them yummy enchilada and tacos. However, you would be surprised to know the amount of work that goes into getting the right pictures of these foods. So, how do the photographers pull it off? Here’s the answer.

Enchiladas

Mexican foods aren’t always that photogenic but then not everything that tastes good has to look good right? However, when enchiladas are concerned, the sauce that bleeds over the beans isn’t very pleasant to look at in a photograph. Another problem that’s faced with enchiladas is their fullness.

So, in order to cover for these physical aspects, certain modifications are brought into the whole setup. First off, the fullness aspect is produced by filling the enchiladas with mashed potatoes. The reason instant mashed potatoes are chosen is because it is easy to make at the set and easier to mold. Then once the middle is stuffed with mashed potatoes, veggies and meat are added to the sides to give the perception of fullness.

For added effect, cheese on the enchiladas is melted perfectly on the top by using a heat gun. The final result produces some of the most mouthwatering pictures of enchiladas thereby doing full albeit slightly deceived justice to the Mexican fast food.

Tacos

Look at the pictures of tacos, and you’ll immediately notice the shells beautifully opened up to expose all that filling brimming to come out. In real life, tacos are perhaps the most delicious mess. So, the first responsibility for a food photographer is to infuse some presentable attributes into the visual representation of the fast food.

In order to keep the shells open, the tortillas are placed together using glue and cosmetic sponges are added behind the meat to produce the opening in the shell. As for the meat, they are supposed to look dark and juicy, for that reason, food photographers often spray some WD-40 to produce that glistening effect in the beef. Yet another trick is to add colorfully radiant vegetable slices like tomato and yellow capsicum and corn syrup added over the beans to produce the fresh and moist look.

How Beverage And Dessert Are Made To Look Good In Photos

Its true that our perception of what a quality cup of coffee, or that chilled glass of beer and beverages look like is mainly influenced by the pictures that we have been used to for so long a time. But, if you were to ask a professional photographer, then he or she would tell you how hard it is to reproduce that perfect balance of color in the beverage.

Coffee

First off, its hard to work with black coffee since they give off an oily sheen. Furthermore, with cappuccino and latte, the froth quickly disappears and therefore it becomes hard to get those perfect shots in such a small period of time.

The coffee look is reproduced by using a solution of water, gelatin and browning sauce to afford that smoothness. Other times, cream and gravy browners have been used for effect. To create the foam, stylists often depend on using soapy water around the perimeter of the glass by using an eye-dropper.

Drinks

Typically, no alcohol is used in any of the still photos that you see of the many alcoholic products. For cocktails, the color is generated by food coloring agents, whereas the other visual cues such froth, ice and fizz are produced by employing different tricks.

For instance, with margaritas, stylists rely on gelatin and ice powder to create the crushed ice look when mixed in the drink. Sometimes, acrylic ice or fake ice is used in the drink because real ice melts real quick under the effect of photography lights. Also, Vaseline is used on the rim to give margaritas their innate look.

For the frosted glass look for beer, photo experts depend on spray-on deodorant mixed with glycerin and Scotchguard on the glass to create those beads of condensation that glisten against the camera lights. And that is how the icy cold frosted look that you see of your favorite beer in a photograph is produced.

Ice Cream, Milkshake And Whipped Cream

Working with ice-cream for a food photographer is akin to working with a diva for a fashion photographer. The first problem with ice-cream is that its hard to mold, and to top it all, if the snaps aren’t being taken in a refrigerated condition, then it melts before you can get one good snap of the dessert.

Hence, experts rely on other ingredients like mixing icing sugar with the frosting to replicate the look of an ice-cream. Yet others employ a combination of corn syrup, powdered sugar and vegetable shortening to ‘fake’ an ice-cream.

For whipped cream, non-dairy creamer is used as it does not wilt, and some have even gone to the extent of using shaving cream to replicate the effect. With milkshakes, sour cream is generally used for photography since its naturally thick and can be swirled easily.

BYAF – A Compliance Gaining Technique

An effective method of gaining compliance from a random group of people was demonstrated by Gueguen and Pascual, which they go on to describe in their thesis in a 2002 publication of a well-known psychology magazine. One of their experiments basically involved them walking up to individuals roaming all by themselves in a shopping mall. And they would ask the person if he had a few coins to spare for a bus ride. Immediately thereafter, it would be followed up with a statement, “But you are free to accept or refuse”.

The findings of the experiment showed that under controlled conditions, the subject was twice more likely to accept the request. This is what BYAF or But, You Are Free technique is about. This is in fact a confirmation of ‘Psychological Reactance theory’ which was proposed way back in 1966. The theory goes to define how a person harbors natural perception about his or her freedom to say ‘no’. Therefore, by offering him or her a choice to refuse reduces the perceived threat to said freedom, and thus enables the person to confirm more readily.

This was an example of one study, whereas a total of 42 studies have been done on the BYAF technique of compliance gathering. And a meta-analysis reveals that it is indeed an effective means of gaining compliance, regardless of the type of request made. However, the effectiveness of compliance reduces when the decision to enact upon the target’s behavior was not done immediately.

The effects of the BYAF technique have been extensively used in fund raising events and call to action circulars over the years. With fund raisers, the main requirement is for somebody to donate funds for a cause that he or she may not hold dear. However, by utilizing the BYAF technique effectively, the chances of donation increase drastically. Furthermore, the BYAF technique is much simpler and elemental in its execution as it requires timing and understanding of the target audience more than anything else.

Confirmation Bias – You Do Have It, You Just Aren’t Aware Of It

Have you ever found yourself searching for information or even interpreting a certain data in a way that confirms your stand on a certain subject? If so, then you have indulged in what psychologists term as confirmation or ‘conformity bias’.

The weird thing about confirmation bias is that it starts from a logical place, in that you actually begin searching and analyzing information in a scientific manner. Thus, it is a form of inductive reasoning, where you search for evidences to base your conclusion.

Evan K Roberts from Twiddy.com, explains this as follows: “The ‘error’ in reasoning occurs when your brain begins to filter information, favor some data while disregarding others with the sole purpose of adding weight to your argument, thus leading up to a conformity bias.

Studies done about conformity bias show how its applied in real-life scenarios and discussions to mask other logical errors. Lets look at three such examples.

  1. Consider a discussion that you may be having with a colleague, friend, spouse or relative. In the course of this discussion, your point of inferences have been shown to be incorrect. However, you still persist with your belief despite all the evidence that has been shown to you. Such a situation is what experts term as belief perseverance.
  2. Another scenario where you and another person are presented with the same evidence. However, both of you are in disagreement over how it should be interpreted. It is something that happens a lot with statistical studies, where the numbers get interpreted in two or more different ways. This is what is known as attitude polarization.
  3. Sometimes, there can occur an error in misreading the connection or the lack of it between two situations or events. This too then gives rise to a perception of your analysis being right since you have two or more events which point in that direction. Such an error in perception is known as illusory correlation.

There can be many such scenarios but a common breeding ground for conformity bias is emotionally charged scenarios or arguments that have to do with one party’s deeply entrenched beliefs.

Godwin’s Law – How Hitler Creeps Into Most Discussions

‘Reductio ad Hitlarium’ is a logical fallacy and translated into English, it means “X is bad since Hitler liked X”. Interestingly, this very comparison was used for long to vilify atheists and even vegetarians at one point in time.

In close relation to the above fallacy, Mark Godwin had stated in 1990 that when a Usenet discussion becomes longer, the probability of a comparison to either Hitler or the Nazis tends to approach.

Today, Godwin’s law is the most famous internet laws that applies to chatrooms, forum threads and other forms of online discussions. At its core, Godwin’s law describes a total loss of proportion and therefore seriousness of a discussion. Cases in point, any time a new Labor law or the rise of a politician is discussed, the inclination to label it Nazi or Hitleresque by some person or group is ever so clear.

In many online situations, Godwin’s Law is used in a prescriptive manner. For instance, if in a certain forum discussion, Nazis are mentioned, then a user may invoke Godwin’s Law thereby leading admins to end that thread for fear of backlash.

However, there are situations when Godwin’s Law has been used deliberately to win arguments. In such cases, the law doesn’t apply and in fact the other party can invoke what’s called a ‘Quirk’s Exception”.

Poe’s Law And Why Internet Smileys Have Gained Prominence Over The Years

Have you ever noticed how a discussion initiated by a small comment on religion or politics on the internet snowballs into a weird frenzy of people’s sentiment being hurt? And it is only later that someone notices that the first comment was meant in jest.

This is why internet smileys and winking emoticons have become so essential in today’s conversations over the online platform. That said, an internet law, called Poe’s Law states that its simply impossible to see the intent i.e. parody or seriousness of a fundamentalist comment in the absence of winking smiley or other emoticons that display humor blatantly.

The Law was formulated by Nathan Poe in 2005 during a time when he was engaged in a debate on evolution on christianforums.com; then referring to creationism, the law has since expanded to include fundamentalism.

The examples of Poe’s Laws can be abundantly seen in forums on religion or lifestyle choices, especially those that deal with BDSM. There is an inverse inference to Poe’s Law too. Those with non-fundamentalist attitudes to a subject more often than not, mistake a sincere fundamentalist belief, statement or comment as a parody. In fact, many a times, when such comments do surface on threads, users immediately invoke Poe’s Law lest their intensions are misunderstood.

Also, Poe’s Law is one of the many reasons why internet smileys started being used more frequently in chatrooms. Otherwise, until then, smileys were seen as ‘that’ unwanted trend on the internet which was never going to get any traction. As different mobile OS started bringing out their batches of emoji, the aspect of understanding context behind statements got that much easier.

Take for instance a Facebook promoted post for best karaoke machines, how many people would click through and read the post? But add a smiley right behind the same post heading and at least three out of ten users would click through to the post. That is Poe’s Law in action.