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Eric 1stDiv, Triumphant


Posted on 2009.12.12 at 16:20
Current Location: 75409

We're finally High-Definition, and I'm in love. I mean, its amazing. We got DirectTV's HD DVR package and its everything I hoped it would be. The DirecTV app on my Touch is so convenient it's silly - programming your shows without a remote? I love it!

Went outside to take a picture of the dish for this post, and caught this instead -


Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2009-12-13 01:11 (UTC) (Link)
Nice pic.
ehowton at 2009-12-14 18:04 (UTC) (Link)
I know, right? The one's off-the-cuff often are.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2009-12-14 18:13 (UTC) (Link)
Indeed. Half the battle is being in the right place at the right time. The other half is having decent equipment and knowing how to use it.
ehowton at 2009-12-14 18:17 (UTC) (Link)
I disagree. Quality of equipment nor knowledge of its use is not equally as important as "being in the right place at the right time" or even the tenacity most creative people have to predict those times. No sir, that shot was taken with a $200 point & shoot set to "Auto." No amount of equipment or knowledge would've made that impromptu shot anything more than it already is.
vember at 2009-12-13 02:28 (UTC) (Link)
Obviously you're in the spirit of the season. Who needs a picture of a dish anyway, they all look about the same, and we believe you without visual proof ;)

Congrats on the HD - early Xmas present? Or do you even need that justification when it comes to big tech upgrades...
ehowton at 2009-12-14 18:07 (UTC) (Link)
Obviously you're in the spirit of the season.
Or at least my wife is!

Who needs a picture of a dish anyway
I like having pics with my entries. I'm silly like that - and pics I take myself over "stock photos" you find on GIS. I'm silly like that too :P Anyway, the mention of it was simply a segue introducing a photo which had nothing whatsover to do with the subject matter of the post, I'm sure you understand.

Congrats on the HD

early Xmas present?
Nah - I don't really "do" Christmas, even secularly.
kat_rowe at 2009-12-13 05:53 (UTC) (Link)
:) very cool :)
ehowton at 2009-12-14 18:08 (UTC) (Link)
They broadcast Sanctuary in HD. w0rd.
kat_rowe at 2009-12-14 18:20 (UTC) (Link)
Guess that explains why, when "Next Tuesday" aired, I kept getting distracted from the plot by the way individual droplets of water were rolling down Robin's and Amanda's skin

*isn't shallow at all*

the degree of fidelity really is just amazing. Programs like Planet Earth just pull me away from whatever I was doing as I drool at all the eye-candy :)
ehowton at 2009-12-14 18:23 (UTC) (Link)
Yes well, I'm going back and re-watching the few SG:A episodes they show in HD for that reason alone. MAGNIFICENT!
kat_rowe at 2009-12-14 18:33 (UTC) (Link)
*nods* it makes such a difference
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2009-12-13 08:29 (UTC) (Link)
Nice reindeer.
ehowton at 2009-12-14 18:09 (UTC) (Link)
He protects my fortress.
Joshua Gizelt
swashbuckler332 at 2009-12-13 14:53 (UTC) (Link)
Congrats on taking your first step towards a larger (television) world.

If you think that broadcast HD looks good, just wait until you see the full glory of a Blu-ray disc!
ehowton at 2009-12-14 18:12 (UTC) (Link)
So I've heard! However, I only bought a 720p television at the time (assuming it would be awhile until I got Full HD and saving several hundred dollars in the interim) so will be just as excited when its time to put this one into the living room when I'm ready to purchase 1080p. BTW - few of the PPV channels offer "Full HD 1080p" and I hear more will be going that way. Still, with that amount of downstream data there's got to be some sort of compression somewhere...

I've been recording old shows I own on DVD in HD just watch them in High Def!
Joshua Gizelt
swashbuckler332 at 2009-12-14 20:06 (UTC) (Link)
You are correct. All broadcast HD signals, whether 720p/1080i or 1080p are subject to both visual and aural compression in order to keep the signal economical, so the superiority (quality-wise) of the Blu-ray format over broadcast will not be changing anytime soon. I was actually shocked when I first saw some of what passes for "high definition" out there, some of which looked worse than an SD DVD what with all of the picture noise and compression artifacts. And, of course, the 384 kb/s Dolby Digital sound that is the standard isn't even up to the usual 448 kb/s bit rate of DVDs, much less the uncompressed or losslessly compressed audio on a Blu-ray, which at long last restores the sonic bandwidth for that full, rich sound that laserdiscs had but DVD could never quite muster.
ehowton at 2009-12-14 22:06 (UTC) (Link)
Which reminds me - my 2.1 is no longer adequate. I missed parts of Spock's swirling surround-sound monologue. Time to upgrade audio as well.
Joshua Gizelt
swashbuckler332 at 2009-12-15 04:17 (UTC) (Link)
2.1!?! It's almost 2010, man! You need to pony up and get out of the 80s!!!
catttitude at 2009-12-13 15:11 (UTC) (Link)
heehehe, the nightmare before christmas, the kids have all the fun.
ehowton at 2009-12-14 18:13 (UTC) (Link)
xx_adamo_mangie at 2009-12-13 16:12 (UTC) (Link)
Woah. WTF is that about?!
Isn't he a little late for halloween...
ehowton at 2009-12-14 18:09 (UTC) (Link)
Or a little early for an eerie Christmas???
thesweetestnote at 2009-12-13 18:12 (UTC) (Link)
Hello there the angel from my nightmare
The shadow in backround of the morgue
The unsespecting victim of darkness in the valley
We can live like Jack and Sally if we want
Where you can always find me
And we'll have Halloween on Christmas
And in the night we'll wish this never ends
We'll wish this never ends
ehowton at 2009-12-14 18:21 (UTC) (Link)
There are children throwing snowballs here
instead of throwing heads
They're busy building toys
And absolutely no one's dead...
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