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February 25, 2012

I deleted the link to the Asilid Chat Room. Apparently the applet it connected to had been removed, and it no longer worked. It did work last week, but even then I would get a message about its security certificate. I really don't know if anyone ever used it. I kept it as long as I did because I thought it might eventually be useful, as you can't comment directly to my posts here.

Second, if you've used the "laphriini.com" URL to get here, you've probably noticed that when you go to another, linked web page (by somebody else), it's still there, like their page was part of my set-up. This isn't intentional. I don't know how to fix it. Until I figure it out, if it irritates you (and it does me), use the following URL instead "http://users.usachoice.net/~swb/laphriini/index.htm".

Last, it's been brought to my attention that my habitus photos look too dark on some monitors. I've looked at my site on five different computer monitors, and the gamma ranges from way too dark to slightly dark to just right. The shots look absolutely gorgeous on a high-end 19-inch Sony E540 flat-screen CRT that I use for my main computer, which has an old 3dfx Voodoo 3 graphics card (I use it for the original GL Quake); they're just OK on my Dell flat-screen monitor at work (with an NVIDIA NVS 3100M graphics card), and they're much too dark on two separate 13-inch Compaq MV540 CRTs I have at home, using two different graphics cards--one a Diamond S85 128MB DDR Radeon 9250 AGP I installed to play Doom 3 (it has pixel shading), and the other with an on-board NVIDIA Vanta LT. Both of the latter, by the way, are also generally too dark for video games, and you have to rachet the hardware gamma setting up to 100% just to see. I've been told that this darkness is typical behavior for old, originally cheap, CRT monitors, which unfortunately describes both of mine. Additionally I've looked at the habitus shots on my Vista laptop, and there, as in all laptops, the gamma varies with the angle of view. So I'm not sure what to do. I do have a somewhat lighter version for all of the photos, that might look more as intended on some machines.