Better immersion in 4k vs 1080p vs 720p

Though now entering the world of 1080p and ‘4k’, I have to say that 1080p definitely made a difference in the living room!
4k as pictures makes a difference in the living room, and I think I have 18 or 19/20 vision!
Though I can’t see individual pixels from a distance of 3ft or beyond, on a 60+” screen, i do notice the increased (true) sharpness, not an emulated one.

A famous tv presenter from back in the 50’s once said that 80% of a tv program sticks with you from hearing, 20 from seeing.
That was in the day of sub 20″ crt tvs, often black and white, with ~ 240p screens.

That also was in the days, when tv shows where educational, not only for entertainment.

Today there’s more emphasis on the presentation of a program, than on the content. More on the special effects, than on the story line of a movie.
A time where one tries to immerse the person by mega pixels, rather than ingenuity and imagination, because it doesn’t require as much effort, and costs less.

When I look back at some of the movies of old, like the story of Ghandi, the older James Bond movies, or the Sound of Music, I can get immersed in the story even on a 20″ old crt screen.
If you are asking about more immersion, and complain that pixels aren’t going to do, I would say “neither does color improvement”.
Nothing immerses more than better content!
Movie makers should focus on that!


Correct calibration of an LCD monitor

Quite often we hear people say that they can’t read for long behind a computer monitor, because they get headaches, or annoyed eyes from reading on these devices.

I once got a read out of a $200 science book I was given, where they explained the science behind correct monitor calibration, and I’ve thanked the writer of that book ever since!

To make a long story short, there are 2 main different ways to calibrate your monitor’s brightness,

The first one is for watching movies or films;
During a movie or film, most part of the screen is colored or dark, unlike reading a text.
You will want to set your monitor so, that you can differentiate the darkest colors on a completely black background in a movie, so upping the brightness might be necessary.

However, whatever is comfortable for movie watching, isn’t comfortable for regular reading (black text on a white background, like websites, text or word documents, PDF’s, emails, and company programs).

The correct way to calibrate your monitor, is to completely tone down the brightness and contrast, so the screen will look very dark to your surrounding. Then focus your eyes on an object beside, or behind the monitor (look at the scenery, or wall behind the monitor), and from peripheral vision, try to dial in the monitor’s brightness until it becomes just as bright as the background.
Not darker, nor lighter.

Once you’ve set the monitor to be about even in brightness as the background (on many monitors that would mean brightness at 0%, contrast between 0 and 50%), then dial up the brightness by a notch (click) or two; just to bring it a bit more to the foreground.

(Quite often you’ll need to play with contrast, as on lower quality monitors, changing contrast from stock, could cause discoloration or lousy reflection of colors).

If the monitor is equal in brightness from the background, or lower, background images will draw attention to your brain, and you’ll be more distracted.
If the monitor is set too dark, you’ll probably feel annoyance in the eyes, or can’t read the text very clearly.

If the monitor is set too bright, your eyes and mind will tire faster.

If the monitor is calibrated just right, you should be able to read with much more comfort, suffer much less of headaches, and are saving your eyes from harm.

I have 18/20 to 19/20 vision, and been behind a monitor since an early age (now for almost 30 years).

Traveling to other planets?

Quite often I’m surprised at bold statements of people “with a vision” that claim in 50 years we will be living on other planets.

First, I would like my personal and religious convictions to shine through, in that the bible said that “Earth was made for men to rule over”.
Genesis 1:26-29 says the following:
26Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,a and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
28God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
29Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
It doesn’t say anywhere we will be ruling over any other planet. It does say that we (as men) are given authority to rule over the animals, plants and trees on this earth. We are also commanded to “fill and subdue” this earth, meaning to live all over on it, and control it, to make it function well; to create order, and good functionality on it.

So, Biblically, there is no reference on living on other planets.

From a science point of view, living long term on other planets will also not work out.
From the harsh environments, not allowing mankind to go outside, lacking sunshine (vitamin D deficiency),
Overwhelming radiation, that can cause long term DNA issues (cancers, miscarriages),
To the fact that every planet we could possibly live on, does not have all the nutrients we as humans need to survive!

A lot of science is spent in researching how spacecrafts can overcome gravity,
How more stuff can be shipped out of orbit, for a lower cost, and less and less fuel is used.
Research is done on making life on another planet bearable. Living in steel tubes on the surface of Mars, for 6 months, is one of them.

Mars still gets regular impacts of smaller comets, smaller astroids, and space debris (rocks, …). if one of them would fall on a science center, it could cause catastrophic results.
But research is done to lower chances of this happening.

From a technological point of view, everything ‘seems’ to be in order…
But I think they’re forgetting how many diseases we already have on earth, most of them resulting from malnutrition.

It could be as simple as having a diet lacking copper, zinc, iron, or chromium. A lot of trace minerals are needed for the body to survive, that are ONLY found on earth!

So even if we would find a planet, that would be in a reachable distance from our planet, that would preferably have some kind of atmosphere where we could survive for a while, and possibly even have water,
Where we are shielded from cosmic debris, and radiation, and are probably living underneath the surface, due to the extreme temperatures;
my estimation is, that we would never be able to live in other planets for a very long time.
Like the moon, it was nice to go there; but we never went back.
Not only because financially, but because… yes.. there’s nothing to do there!

A hostile place, without any resources we can use to multiply, and live a prosperous life like on earth.

As a child I had hoped we would find a second earth soon, in my lifetime!
It would be an adventure of a lifetime!
Elon Musk, a guy with a lot of money, may want to give this a shot, but my predicament is, no matter how much money he will throw into this project, it’s not going to work.
And though it might be possible to survive on some planet for a while; survival is far from living.

His analogy of “backing up your data on another harddrive”, referring to backing up humans on another planet, in case something would happen to earth; is more like backing up SSD or harddrive data on an old 3.5″ floppy drive, which has data corruption over the course of a few months to years!
The data on the harddrive is more safe than on the floppy.

And humans aren’t ‘copied’, or ‘backed up’ to another planet. They are moved. That means every string of DNA going to another planet, is removed from this planet, with possibility of it going corrupt, or lost.

The fires of Hell…

Mt 5:22 : “ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sisterwill be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.”

Mt 5:22 talks about the fires of hell,
Not the fires that we think of, in the afterlife,
But fires that are here today, with us.

It talks about emotions.
Fires are untamable, and hard to control.

The fires of hell are the emotions raging within us, that cause catastrophe; that drive people to do crazy things…
It starts with a thought, it becomes a habit, and sometimes an obsession.

Sometimes it expresses itself outwardly, as outbursts of anger, the silence treatment, fights, and can go on and on to a mass shooting, murder, suicide, acts of terrorism.

Sometimes it’s expressed inwardly. On the outward, nothing unusual is noted, but inside, the person is eaten by guilt, shame, depression, frustration, emotional pain,….
And it can lead to physical illnesses, and even suicide!

The bible clearly talks about the Kingdom of God.
It’s the one thing Jesus was preaching when He was here on earth with us.

Bible scholars have found, that the Kingdom of God, exists in at least 2 places:
1- In the afterlife, heaven,
2- Here, with us right now.

So it is for fires of hell. They are here right now among us, and will be with us in the afterlife as well.
Jesus taught about the kingdom of heaven, because we all fall short of His glory, but through His grace, we can practice the kingdom of God right now, here on this planet.
To walk in the benefits of it’s fruit.

The Kingdom of God, brings forth the fruits of the Spirit. “Love, joy (note: Not happiness, but true joy), peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Gal 5:22

And as an after effect, will also bring forth many earthly blessings, like prosperity and wealth, and technological advancements.

If our people would only spend more time and effort in helpful things, and waste less time in destroying theirs, and their neighbor’s lives, giving into the emotions that enrage their hearts (the fires of hell), our planet would change so rapidly.

Mt 5:22 says that just saying “you fool”, endangers you from the fires of hell (in this case it would be anger).

speaking with a forked tongue

Today I met a woman whom I would call “speaks with a forked tongue”.

In one breath, she both cursed her husband, calling him names I would not dare saying in front of kids, yet in the same she said to me: “God bless you”.

It brought me to think about how people are so easy swayed by emotions, including myself.
The bible, an ancient book that is not only full of history, but also full of life lessons of generations past, has something to say about this, in Revelation 3:15:

“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!”

God wants us to be either cold or hot. Either liar, or a truth speaker. Either one that honors Him, or one that defiles Him.
This would be the only way you’re going somewhere. Either up, or down.


It’s funny how John 3:16 is quoted as the most loved verse of the bible.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Yet in that same Bible, Revelation 3:16 brings quite a revelation to the surface:
“So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”

The meaning of this verse to me, means that God wants nothing to do with a double tongued person. And I don’t mean this physically.

The aim and effort is to ALWAYS let your words glorify God. Though this is impossible for humans, it is possible with God, if you let Him cleanse your heart, because “the heart“, the emotions, the core of a human behavior, “is the source of all wickedness”.

The fires of hell, the bible mentions in MT 5:22, is not talking about a lake of fire you go to when you die.
It is talking about an untamable fire, that once ignited, will devour one’s heart. It could be through hatred, jealousy, anger, egoism, or anything else… But that’s for another topic.