Archive for June 24th, 2008

Consider a 1080p TV

I was checking some prices tonight and 1080p TVs are much more affordable now. Don’t make the mistake to get a 720p/1080i TV, make sure it’s a full 1080p one.

I would wholeheartedly recommend this 30,000:1 contrast ratio Panasonic 42″ 1080p plasma panel for $1400, and if you still don’t have the money for it, get a Vizio 42″ LCD 1,000:1 contrast ratio 1080p panel for $800. This plasma Panasonic kicks the Vizio’s LCD ass in terms of quality, but on its turn, the Vizio would kick the ass of most 720p TVs anyway, so always strive for that 1080p panel.


This is the most curious thing. During high school we were about 10 girls in my little town, all in the same grade, that we would hang out together. From us 10, now all at age 35, only 4 got married (including myself). Not having married at that age is kind of unheard of in rural Greece. Sure, it’s normal that someone might end up not married, but when 60% of your friends aren’t, then something’s fishy. My mother thinks… that we have all been cursed somehow (I’ve been engaged unsuccessfully twice before you see), and it truly saddens her every time she thinks about all of us.

I believe in my gut that if I had stayed in Greece I would be one of these unmarried friends too. I never had anything in common with the Greek way of life, ideas and beliefs. I was always my own fruit, kind of a banana in a sea of strawberries. I love Greece, but not for the same reasons the rest of the Greeks do. Thankfully, I fell for a person who is very open minded, intelligent, successful, handsome, and so life eventually smiled to me. I hope life smiles to others too.

The hole that Apple falls in

Look at this picture. It’s a screenshot from apple’s AppleTV. Look at it carefully and hard to find something wrong with it. You see, the reality is that a UI can tell you a lot about how a company thinks, especially a company that invests a lot in UI design.

What bothers me in that UI is that the “My Movies” menu item is the very last on the video menu. It’s placed by Apple even below the “Trailers”, which are nothing but ads. This shows me how little Apple respects the filmmaking artists in general. If you don’t endorse, via the UI even, the personal video items that folks do at home, you will eventually get users who will pay less attention to the filmmaking art in general: either via not becoming the future Spielbergs, or even via stop buying as many movies as they do now via the iTunes Store.

And that would be the epitome of the read-only culture, as Stanford professor Larry Lessig calls it. Users who are passive in front of iTunes’ offerings, instead of being endorsed to shoot their own videos too. And Apple does this damage without any help from the MPAA/RIAA front, it has just fell on its own pit, without realizing it. This very small detail, shows to me, that Apple is not more modern or forward thinking than MPAA/RIAA themselves (at least when it comes to the AppleTV department), because they can’t see the big picture either. They are in this only for their little store in the corner, without realizing that when time will be 7 PM the market will be empty of shoppers.

The sad part is that this is the same company that also develops iMovie, FCE and FCP.

North Ireland

A very nice video from Andy Yoong. HD version here.