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08 January 2006 @ 10:59 am
Hanging out and buying expensive stuff  

Went to hang out with morna later yesterday afternoon and we went down to the Santa Anita mall and wandered through various stores while talking. We got a snack at "Red Rock Chili" which she though was very good and wanted me to try. I tried to find the Lynn Flewelling books at Borders so i could show them to her but they didn't seem to have any copies =P The computer claimed they had copies in stock in the science fiction section but if so i couldn't find them. I think the shelves were slighlt messed up though, they actually managed to repeat the second half of the "F" section on two different shelves due to poor organization, so it's possible there was a third section that i ,issed, or thye books were completly out of place, or their inventory system was just hosed.

Morna and i had agreed not to give each other christmas presents this year but she went ahead and gave me some stuff anyway just cause they had it lying around =P I got the Star Wars Lego video game for gamecube (hmmm, coraa might be interested in trying that out too =) and a bottle of oil stuff that's supposed to help with oily skin. (I'm still not quite sure how that works =)

I dropped morna back off around 7:30 and headed home since they were expecting company over. Jmpava had given me a call earlier and asked if i was interested in doing games so i called back and found that they were still in the middle of the Lord of the Rings game and were thinking about trying out the Arkham Horror game after that so i headed over.

The Lord of the Rings game ended up taking so long that we didn't actually have time to play another game after that, but i got to watch jmpava and neonelephant playing and read (most of) the Arkham Horror rules and talk to coraa and ceph about fanfic and stuff, so it was all good anyways :) We also went out to a cool little diner type restaurant that was open till 3am or so. I need to find a place like that around here, well, other than Denny's of course :)

I got home about 3 and decided it would be a _bad_ idea to start playing Civ4 at that point :) So i actually got to bed around 4. So now i need to decide if i'm going to spend all day playing Civ4 or if i'm going to go out and do some shopping. There are three fairly big ticket (or at least theoretically big ticket) items i'm thinking of getting. A flatscreen monitor, a new cellphone and a PDA.

After doing some online shopping i'm begining to think i should have just gotten a LCD screen from Dell so i could have gotten the 30% off on it from the coupon =P I'd originally been thinking that i'd save a fair bit of money on shipping by not getting one, but when i found out that one of the current deals was "free" shipping i forgot to rethink the pros and cons of that.

It looks like the cheapest monitors i can find online would be a $200 (after rebate) 17" Sceptre or a $240 (after rebate) 19" Sceptre, botch from Costco. Anyone know of any other good places to shop for cheap LCD monitors?

I wonder if it's possible to get extension cords for monitor cables. If i can get the cable up to 10 or 15' it should be possible to arrange things so i can use the computer from either living room or bedroom fairly easily.

Edit: I've been told that Walmart has small fairly cheap LCD monitors, fairly cheap as in around $100. But it's walmart... but it's a $100 LCD... but it's walmart... =/
 
 
 
Steven DeFordwillworker on January 8th, 2006 07:02 pm (UTC)
Extensions ought to be possible. I've got a 5' KVM switch cable that's got to carry a monitor signal (and I presume it's not amplifying the signal in it somewhere).

Steve
Ambermaggiedacatt on January 8th, 2006 07:53 pm (UTC)
(a) Most things Walmart sells are made specifically for Walmart. I think it's pretty safe to assume that it will have cheaper components and may not last very long.

(b) Walmart has all kinds of great deals. If you don't want to shop there, you must resist the good deals!
Kirinkirinn on January 8th, 2006 11:40 pm (UTC)
Conni got a perfectly decent and fairly cheap LCD at Fred Meyer's (a grocery++ chain), but she thinks they may only be Oregon?
Anyway, given that you're in CA, wouldn't Fry's be likely to have something? (She thought they might both be owned by Kroger at this point anyway, though that seems a bit odd in the Fry's case.) (But the interwebs proves that she is correct.) (Wait, no it doesn't, Fry's Foods != Fry's Electronics, despite their disturbingly similar logos. Oh, nevermind.)
DonAithnendonaithnen on January 8th, 2006 11:52 pm (UTC)
How cheap is fairly cheap? There are Fred Meyer's in washington, but i've never seen one down here, not that i've really looked for them.
Kirinkirinn on January 9th, 2006 02:55 am (UTC)
She thinks around $200 for a 17", brand is "Proview" which I wasn't previously familiar with, but the picture on it looks pretty good. Sounds like you've found comparible prices nearby, though, from your later post. I checked Fred Meyer's web site and they don't list any stores within 200 miles of LA, so I guess they're a northwest deal.
(Anonymous) on January 9th, 2006 03:28 am (UTC)
Edit: I've been told that Walmart has small fairly cheap LCD monitors, fairly cheap as in around $100. But it's walmart... but it's a $100 LCD... but it's walmart... =/

Who gives a fuck about brand-name they all come form the same factory in Asia.
DonAithnendonaithnen on January 9th, 2006 06:34 am (UTC)
Uh, i don't really care about the brandname thing. I never heard of Envision until i bought this monitor today and i have no idea if they're a brand name or not. What concerns me is the Walmart part.
(Anonymous) on January 9th, 2006 07:03 am (UTC)
What I meant was if the Envision LCD and the Walmart LCD (or whatever LCD) are built basically from the same parts, from basically the same place (cheap Asian slave labor) and have basically the same specs than being from "Walmart" shouldn't be an issue.

I have a friend that'll only shop at high class ritzy places because the common retailers are below him but truth is the junk he buys is still made in China he just pays more for it. :)
DonAithnendonaithnen on January 9th, 2006 01:32 pm (UTC)
Like i said, that's completly irrelevant. The problem is that Walmart is a nasty socialy irresponsible fanatically right wing company.
(Anonymous) on January 10th, 2006 12:22 am (UTC)
Saying wally-word is a nasty socially irresponsible fanatically company is highly debatable ... Walmart supplies jobs and low prices ... Even if they are low-wage crap jobs its better than most low-wage crap jobs and they're no worse than anyother large scale retailer.

Nah, when it comes to social irresponsibility i'd worry more about Physicians making triple digit salaries turning away the sick and dieing because of the rising costs in healthcare. I dont see how those guys can sleep with themselves.

But whatever your choice you've now got my .02 cents to put towards it. :)
DonAithnendonaithnen on January 10th, 2006 06:23 am (UTC)
Given their stands and birth control and censorship i don't think saying they're socially irresponsible is out of line (at least given my views on social responsibility.) That makes them worse than a lot of the other large scale retailer alternatives in my mind. I'm pretty sure they've got some pretty bad policies about health care too. And i had the general impression that they _are_ worse than most other low-wage crap jobs.

And whose 2 cents is it i have now anyways? :)