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Bad Eyeglasses = "Eyekeeper Petit" + Suertree "Anti-Bleue"

I had never used eyeglasses until recently. The many hours surrounded by computer monitors, require permanent close-distance focusing from the eyes, which is much more tiring than long-distance focusing.

Two doctors diagnosed me +1.50 diopters eyeglasses, but I had already started using them, on my own, self-diagnosed, after having experimented with +0.5, +1.0 and +1.5 affordable spectacles.
I think doctors can do better, in cases where the problem’s main source can be simple tiredness. They subject the patient to optical devices, to measure the proper needed corrections on sphere, cylinder and axis values, and may even request “tracking laser tomography” exams. However, it is rare for someone to have the initiative to talk about the effects of screen size, screen hours, screen light composition, (no) usage of screen filters, etc. Hence, I have been self-discovering.

I found that I do NOT always need the same correction and that a good “blue-light filter” can be extremely helpful. For example, as I write, I am using some very affordable “Eyekeeper” +1.0 glasses (~5 euros a piece!), and they focus exactly what I need. But, some six hours ago, all I needed was a negligible +0.5 correction, using my favorites: a product from Gunnar, featuring their “patented” lenses and light-filtering technology (~90 euros). They do rest my eyes! Hours after “Gunnar”, I often do NOT need glasses at all; but, after some time, I restart to feel that I could benefit from assistance.
After a full day of work, during the night, I might go +1.50. For those diopters, my affordable favorite is from “Prospek”. I also always need the +1.50 power, when using very high-resolution tablet devices.

My key finding is that the visual assistance that I need, while working, is not always the same – it fluctuates, from NO correction, to +1.50 diopters. The shape of the lenses and some light-filters can make a strong difference. I love the “Gunnar” brand for that.

I keep searching and experimenting, but I prefer to shop online, and I think there is NO good ecommerce for these products yet. I have been buying them from Amazon, with inconsistent availability and inconsistent results.

I spend more than I should at several Amazon stores. My current favorite is amazon.de; years ago, it was amazon.co.uk; occasionally amazon.es beats both. However, on August 2020, amazon.fr, where I had never shopped before, was the place to go for affordable, available, and deliverable to my location, spectacles with “blue-filter” and/or configurable diopters.

I bought a trio of “Suertree +1.50” with “90% blue filter”, and a single “Eyekeeper Petit +1.50, no blue-filter”. I disliked both and reviewed both with 2 (out of 5) stars. Here are copies of my reviews, left at amazon.fr.

For the “Suertree”:
“I own several +1.50 glasses and I can say there is something wrong with the item that I got from Suertree. Their focus is not sharp, as if I had picked the wrong diopters. Moreover, the blue filter interferes with the overall vision quality, mainly contributing to mirror effects with peripheral light (light that comes NOT from the center, but from the sides).”

For the “Eyekeeper”:
“I have other Eyekeeper glasses, and the brand became, to me, an icon of good products at a reasonable price. Unfortunately, not this time. These glasses look good, are light, but do NOT focus as sharply as other Eyekeeper I own, of the same +1.50 diopters, which is frustrating. On top of the focus issue, the frame gets in the way, meaning you can see it while wearing the product, because the lenses are smaller than they probably should be, and there are times they do not embrace the full vision field. Very disappointed with this item.”



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Pet Shop Boys – Hotspot

Not bad at all! In the 1990s, I loved “Pet Shop Boys” (PSB) – they were innovative, managed to blend intelligent lyrics with electronic music and psychoacoustics to make the listener feel good. There was an époque, when PSB were constant in my music consumption habits.
Then, with the Internet, the “Music Industry”, and/or music itself, changed forever. The sudden availability of the entire world’s music, not only changed business models, but also exposed people to creations previously unknown to them, increasing competition, highlighting differences, and causing seismic changes in tastes and listening behaviors.
Past PSB music, remained engrained in me as “great!”, but some releases, from the late 2000s and 2010s, failed to seduce me – there was better music to listen. The “Market of Attention” was causing its disruption.
Today, on Spotify, I decided to listen the latest PSB album, titled “Hotspot”, and I have to admit “not bad at all!”. In fact, “pretty pretty good”, as CYE’s Larry would say.
“Hotspot” is no “fly away” album. It does not cut roots, nor could or should it. Still, it feels a real “creation”, not a mere reformulation of the old. It has building work in it. You can feel the pain of the need to balance PSB’s past signatures with something new. It hurts; not all tracks are seductive. The closing track, “Wedding in Berlin”, was a poor finish, to me, but, overall, the album is fresh and enjoyable.
I am back to PSB. I will now (re)discover what they’ve been selling for that past decade.

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    Kai Whiston, HDMIRROR Remix – Fall in Your Hands

    I have absolutely no idea who Kai Whiston is, except for the URL he (?) publishes on Twitter:
    http://smarturl.it/DEARBOYEI

    What I know is that KW’s music probably leaves very few indifferent, or at rest. It induces change, shock, contrast. It is charged, menacing, so unexpected at times, that I enjoy it and revisit it, to shake/unlock myself in my own creative activities.

    This music probably gets classified as “electronic”, but the classification is now vague, embracing nearly all the music that is produced, if the term is interpreted as “involving artificial, electronically produced rhythms”.

    The “fall in your hands” track is the sixth from the album “No World Eternal”, which is quite a work of art and joy, for my ears.

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      Ferrari F1 1968 @Algarve, Portugal : 01:51:9xx

      If there is anything good in the current F1 2020 championship, is the new circuits, namely the “Autodromo Dino e Enzo Ferrari” (Italy), the “Autodromo Internacional do Algarve” (Portugal), and the “Intercity Istanbul Park” (Turkey).

      Novelty is much needed. F1 has never been so full of young drivers, yet smelling of old déjà vu winners. Or winner, singular, such as been the boring, uncontested for tooooo long, dominance of Lewis Hamilton.

      The wonderful Turkish track is a return, but it was missing from the official F1 calendar for so many years, that it feels like a debut. The Ferrari circuit is also no stranger to F1 (red) cars. In a way, the Portuguese track will be the completely new event.

      I raced the Ferrari F1 1968 car around the Algarve track, in the RFactor 2 game. With no aids (no traction control, no braking assistance, no stability control), these 1968 cars are nearly impossible to control. They can be “driven” but never pushed to their real top performance levels, unless at least a bit of traction control is set on the game.

      The 01:51:9xx lap that I am sharing, contrary to my usual, does use that bit of traction control (the minimum level). I could not approach the A.I. cars without such help. Even with TC on, I was 2 seconds adrift the top computer cars. If I was optimistic, I would say that if I practiced enough, I could null the difference in a few hours, but I value first impressions and my impression was that, with these cars and A.I. at 101%, TC is the only way to make the challenge feasible.

      This left me wondering how hard these cars really were. I felt the Ferrari too nervous: not only small throttle inputs are enough to destabilize it out of control, but also small direction corrections can easily overcompensate and make the driver lose the car.

      The video I am sharing lasts for more than the time of my recorded full lap (01:51:9xx), because it includes the start of a failed second attempt and a TV perspective of the whole event. I beached the Ferrari very early on the second lap, because of an unexpected car response out of a turn.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v= FDsbueZKYr4

      My very first RDD2 session, raw and uncut

      When I was younger, I played a lot more: I played a lot more outside and inside the house. Playing inside the house meant and still means, to me, playing videogames.

      Although there may be contemporary excuses for less outside playing, is it hard to argument unsurmountable obstacles preventing me from playing more on the PC. I am just bad at , unable to commit to wiser choices for myself.

      Gaming usually is a mentally healthy choice! It provides escapism, detoxing. I feel rewarded when I am PC playing and I am sorry I do not do it as often as I used to, and should do.

      Still, on 10 August, I finally managed to do a good thing and play “Red Dead Redemption 2” (RDD2), which I had bought nearly 1 year before, only to leave it abandoned on my Steam library. I recorded this very first RDD2 session on its raw entirety, including my struggles with the game settings, defining keys, feeling and discovering the game mechanics, and doing plenty of errors in the first mission, including terrible options, story wise.

      The game is quite a cinematic experience. Games of this caliber are art and action. It was a very nice hour! Not stunningly great, but very nice. Amazingly, I felt more excited in the other century, walking by pixelated corridors in the ZX Spectrum. May be if total realism is ever achieved, gaming will become indistinct from reality, and will be gaming no more?

      Here is my full, uncut, raw and ridiculous RDD2 session @ https://youtu.be/x9WI6UMIpIU

      Moby – All Visible Objects (bah!)

      I am a “Spotify Explorer”, heavily relying on the service’s “Discover Weekly” feature, to find new good music. As I age, I find myself steering away from music with vocals, since too many lyrics seem “empty” to me, nothing but near-literal repeats of what was sung before. This is one motive to be an “explorer”: to find whatever still rises above the regular offerings and manages to enchant me.
      I compile my findings in these public playlists. Check if you enjoy some.


      I am listening to Moby’s “All Visible Objects” (2020), and I am appalled with the album. It is so weak, so poor, so unimaginative, that the 5 million people that listen to this garbage on Spotify, myself included, should be ashamed of have given attention to this farce, instead of rewarding any other new artists who are indeed creating.

      What happened to Moby?! The signals were there since 2016 with the “remixes” and the “sessions”, but the occasional good track kept hopes alive, until this. This “All Visible Objects” album is garbage.

      Track #1 (of 11) is trash disco; track #2 is a girl saying “my only love” all the time; track #3 is nothing but a mix of loops with brainwashing lyrics; track #4 tries to break out the literal crap, using richer samples and voices, but the vulgarity formula soon starts scoring in background.
      At this stage I stopped my Spotify session. I do NOT want Spotify to suggest me “more like this”.
      It is sad when so many extraordinaire artists have near zero monthly listeners and frauds like Moby 2020 eat all the revenue cake, just because of past hits and sheep culture.
      Bah! Double bah!

      Disgust yourself:

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