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18 March 2010 @ 11:19 pm
updatey updatiness  

There are lots of ads on TV for HDTV. As far as I can tell from the ads, HDTV provides you with slow-motion everything. I’m not sure why this is a selling point. :)

Let’s see. Myles links to the oldest trees on the planet, which is quite awesome, and reminds me of the glacier photos from low earth orbit photographs also posted recently (weirdly, when I looked at those, I knew without question which were Alaskan glaciers).

Jim Hines has been coallating first novels sales data. That’s part one; part two is here. Good, important reading if you’re interested in a professional writing career.

Um. Well, gee. Three things make a post, I guess. Also, we watched Hunt for Red October again tonight. It’s still a very good movie.

Bed now.

The Road Home: miles to Isengard: 174.5
ytd wordcount: 97,800

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Alix (Tersa): Hazel-Rah (tersa)tersa on March 18th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
I still love The Hunt for Red October like a mad thing. :)
kitmizkit on March 19th, 2010 10:46 am (UTC)
"Shom thingsh in heah don't react too well to bulletsh."
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on March 18th, 2010 11:14 pm (UTC)
Of course you need HDTV. How else are you to keep your octopuses happy?
kitmizkit on March 19th, 2010 10:45 am (UTC)
I'll be darned. Well, as soon as I get an octopus I'll make sure to get HDTV to keep it entertained!
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on March 19th, 2010 10:53 am (UTC)
I thought you had octopuses? Or was it cats, I have difficulty telling the difference sometimes?
kit: cats_catsarenotmizkit on March 19th, 2010 11:39 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure octupii are quieter than my cats, who are being so goddamned whiny and meowy right now I am tempted to put them in a fish tank just to shut them up. *Argh*.
Wolf Lahti: antimonywolflahti on March 18th, 2010 11:57 pm (UTC)
Those analyses are good news.

And I can't help but feel how much better Hunt for Red October would have been with a likable actor instead of Alec Baldwin. I mean, Harrison Ford played Ryan in all the other Clancy films.

kitmizkit on March 19th, 2010 10:43 am (UTC)
Oh, I thought Baldwin was likable enough when he was young and pretty. I always thought Ford was too old for Ryan, meself.
Merlin Of Chaosmerlinofchaos on March 19th, 2010 04:59 am (UTC)
HDTV rocks. Though you need HD source for HDTV to be any better. But a blu-ray DVD on an HDTV is very seriously cool. I find my (admittedly somewhat large) HDTV to be just as satisfying as a theatre screen at this point.
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on March 19th, 2010 11:01 am (UTC)
I think it does depend on the technology that it's displacing. With European PAL standards, or at least the quality delivered by full bandwidth digital channels in British Isles, the perceptible quality jump up from SDTV to HDTV is relatively minor. The jump from analogue broadcast to cable digital is much, much higher.

(NTSC is, I recall, a somewhat cruddier picture, though it does have the higher frame rate.)

For a smaller screen, say below 30", I gather the SD/HD difference is almost invisible. For us, using a HDTV cable decoder on to a 42" screen, there is a bit of a difference, but the decoder does a pretty good job on the upscaling of SD too. As does the Blu-ray player when playing standard DVDs.