25 may 01


I'm extremely curious about the astrological significance of individual user choices of aspect ratio in web browsers in the context of a scaling factor inversely proportional to IQ.

Well. A web browser's aspect ratio is the ratio of the width to height of the display area. An aspect ratio of 3:1 would indicate that the picture is three times as wide as it is high. The aspect ratio becomes an important factor in maintaining the correct proportions of, say, a quicktime movie once it's been incorporated into a web page. The standard pixel dimensions used in web design for this display area are 640x480 or 800x600 for example, which gives us an aspect ratio of 4:3. These dimensions take into account the browser's scroll bars, buttons, margins (called browser chrome), and the average user's desktop size. Now, users can affect their browsers' aspect ratio by deciding not to display browser chrome or simply by dragging the corner of the browser to alter the size. A person's IQ is also a ratio. IQ is the ratio of tested mental age to chronological age, usually expressed as a quotient multiplied by 100. Average IQ is standardized at 100, with roughly half of the population falling between 90 and 110. Mensa accepts only those with an IQ of 130 or above. Today there are some 100,000 Mensans in 100 countries throughout the world. There are active Mensa organizations in over 40 countries on every continent except Antarctica. Antarctica is the fifth-largest continent, following Asia, Africa, North America, and South America (it's larger than Australia and the subcontinent of Europe). The number 5, as I'm sure you're aware, symbolizes the Planet Mercury. When Mercury goes into retrograde, about three times a year for about three weeks at a time, we're treated to intervals of traffic snarls, misprints in publications, and confused communications in general (Mercury is the planet of communication). During retrograde people tend to feel out of sorts or act differently, and misunderstandings abound. The next Mercury retrograde will be June 4 to June 28 of this year. I'll leave you to draw your own conclusions, though I believe the implications here are obvious.

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