The Complete Calvin and Hobbes is out! I need this book…. I love C&H,! Best strip ever! Of course having The Complete Far Side 1980-1994 (2 vol set) would be cool too since that is perhaps the second best strip ever.
Okay, Kal-el may not be so bad, after all you can shorten it to Kal, which is still unusual enough, but still cool, and how many people know Kal-el is Superman’s real name anyhow?
However, Moxi Crimefighter? That is Penn’s (of Penn & Teller) child’s name.
Abcde? Somebody named their kid that, pronounced like Rhapsody without the Rh. Why not just Rhapsody? Unusual enough but better then Abcde… Oddly, a Google search turns up that this has been used more then a few times.
Espn is as bad as Ascii and Version 2.0. (Learned about the Moxi Crimefighter and Abcde initially from the TiVo fourms).
Ari’s name, Aristotle isn’t in the top 1000 names in the US for at least 25 years according to the Social Security name index. So he has a normal enough name, but isn’t used too often. Thing he’ll probably be asked most often is if he’s Greek.
Of course, I still like Jazla for a girl’s name. It is pronounced Jez-la, not Jaz-la. I knew a girl who had that name and liked it. It means “Charity,” from wherever it was she came from… which I can’t recall where that was now.
I have Konfabulated my desktop.
Yes, I have installed Konfabulator. It seems cool enough, would probably be nicer if I cleaned my desktop up. 🙂
The problem with Linux, as I see it, is there are so many distributions. It is hard to tell which is best.
Some would argue that Gentoo is the best, but you really need to know what you are doing before installing it. Heck, I don’t feel comfortable partitioning my drives to get them ready to install… now if I had another hard drive installed to run Linux on, then just install on that drive… if I can then dual boot with it on another drive rather then another partition on the same drive. I have heard lots of horror stories about the time it takes to install Gentoo, but it supposedly is THE Linus to get if you really want to learn the nuts and bolts of Linux.
Others say Ubuntu and it KDE kin, Kubuntu, though some may then say that KDE hides too much from you and makes it too much like Windows… There are horror stories, perhaps of older versions, where it took over all partitions, erasing the Windows partition, which would be a no go for me.
Yet others say Fedora Core, part of Red Hat, then there are the old Debain, SUSE, Samba and others…
Everyone seems to have an opinion on which is best. There is no consensus on which Linux is best.
Perhaps a dual stage installer is called for. The CD stays bookable, but there is a Windows/OXS/whatever front end that helps you partition the drive and get the system ready, then it can reboot from the CD and finish the install, who cares how fancy the installer is or isn’t at that point if they got me past the part that scares me the most. This would make it more interesting to people like me who just want to play with it some, but don’t want to get too serious into it yet.
For now, I will try the Kubuntu Live CD, which allows me to play with it some without installing the OS.
On the positive side, Microsoft’s .Net is coming to Linux (Unix, Solaris, and OS X) via Mono, so in theory, the same program I make in C# for Windows should compile into another system with minimal modification, or if done right from the start none. I doubt too many beginner C# books yet approach learning C# in a way that is cross platform friendly, focusing on Windows.
The Blu-ray disc format got another win today as Paramount Pictures announced they will release movies in Blu-ray as well as HD-DVD if no unified format comes out (which probably would be bad for consumers anyhow, just let Blu-ray win). Warner Brothers and Universal Studios are expected to make the same announcement soon (seems they basically did, but just no official press release yet). Story over at DVDFile.com.
Let us look at the top 100 Movies and who has them:
Warner: 21 titles in top 100. Currently supporting HD-DVD, expected to support Blu-ray as well.
Disney: 19 titles in top 100. Currently supporting Blu-ray, no expected support of HD-DVD at this time.
Fox: 17 titles in top 100. Currently supporting Blu-ray, no expected support of HD-DVD at this time.
Universal: 15 titles in top 100. Currently supporting HD-DVD, expected to support Blu-ray as well.
Paramount: 13 titles in top 100. Currently supporting HD-DVD and Blu-ray.
Sony: 7 titles in top 100. Currently supporting Blu-ray. Will not support HD-DVD since Blu-ray is their format.
MGM: 3 titles in top 100. Currently supporting Blu-ray. Owned by Sony who’s format is Blu-ray, so will not support HD-DVD.
Others: 5 titles in top 100. Current support unknown near as I can find.
So at the moment it looks like at least 46 titles of the top 100 will not be available in HD-DVD, while at least 95 of the top 100 titles will be on Blu-ray if the above counts hold true. I think this spells the end again of HD-DVD after their good news from Microsoft and Intel, both of which may be forced to change their minds.
Now if only Blu-ray will finalize support for Managed Copy, the last real argument for HD-DVD may go away since as myself and many others have pointed out, the initial higher costs for Blu-ray isn’t reason enough to support HD-DVD.
Perhaps I am not one to talk, after all, if we had a girl she would have been named Nova named after somebody on Sara’s side of the family, and for me a cartoon character that I liked the name of. Secondary choices would be Eowyn (Sara wasn’t into that one) after one of the Lord of the Rings characters and Harlequin, which we both liked. All fairly unusual names.
However, Nickolaus Cage and his wife just had a baby boy, named Kal-el, the birth name of Superman… of course my choice of Harlequin is somewhat based off Harley Quinn, the Joker’s sidekick… so again, I guess I am not one to talk. 🙂
All them are better then names like “Version 2.o” or some of the other odd tech names… sorry to those who named their child as such, but I have to wonder what growing up “Version 2.0” will be like? Although your signature would be cool as heck…
There is a story over at news.com about a proposal to expand gathering DNA evidence for entry into the federal CODIS database, even if you are not convicted or even charged with a crime, where now you need to be convicted.
Did nobody else read 1984? Is nobody else concerned about where our government (both parties) are taking us? So he was off a few years, perhaps 2014 or 2024 at the latest at the going rate. While I still disagree with their policy on borders, the military and the war, our best hope still remains getting Libertarian‘s into power… perhaps not President, but we need to start voting them into local positions, and eventually into national offices.
In the honor of watching the awesome Serenity the other day:
EDIT: A few times to get the table they made to fit… eventually had to redo it a bit… way too many nested tables for my taste… again I say that quiz makers need to learn to make their quiz results XHTML Strict… I should turn the results into XHTML myself, but I don’t have that kind of time at the moment…
The other day, Sara let me watch Serenity… well, I guess “let me watch” isn’t the correct phrase. As she works at the theater for the moment, she let me use her employee movie privileges to see the movie for free. Spouses get free movies when accompanied by the spouse… While she wasn’t a fan of the show, she did enjoy the movie.
As a fan of the show Firefly, watching Serenity was a must. The movie does offer exposition to those who have never seen the show to get them caught up to speed, and fans of the show may find themselves waiting for stuff to kick into gear. And kick into gear they do.
I read one review where they said the movie took one of the show’s least interesting characters and made her the focus of the movie. I personally always thought River was one of the more interesting characters of the show, and truly shines in the movie.
I think Sara is still confused by the Western themes of the show, such as what looks like revolvers, shot guns, people riding horses in a Westerny way… and this aspect may be the thing that turns some people off. Personally, I think it is more an homage to where space sci-fi comes from, beyond the show’s own explanation of the western themes.
The movie doesn’t explain the Chinese influence, and as with the show, a character may go off cursing, one presumes, in Chinese (Manderan if I recall). The show never explained this directly either, but the commentary on the DVDs explain both the Chinese and the mix of Western elements into the show. I won’t go into them here now.
It’s late, but I just wanted to say, if you liked the show at all, watch this movie, watch it many times. If you never saw the show, give the movie a chance if you like sci-fi, westerns, or just good fun movies. It was a blast and I had a great time.
In the new Knucklebones magazine, Erik Anderson writes an article on the Top 10 Essential Games. Feeling a deck of cards is cheating, he goes on to the list, with Chess as the #1 spot (which he admits “If listing a deck of cards is cheating, this is close.”I agree, it is cheating but hey…) and his #2 choice is The Settlers of Catan made by Mayfair Games, a game in it’s default form for 3 to 4 players. Now, this isn’t the first time I have heard about this game and how great it supposedly is. I have seen it listed as one of the best if not the best board game from many websites that sell games as well.
In the game you setup hexagonal pieces that make up an island, this is apparently random in order so the game is different each time. Each pieces has a resource and is further enhanced with a dice number from 2 to 12, so if you roll that number you collect that resource if you have a settlement or city next to it… We really need a picture here.. An example might serve, you have a grass field who’s resource is sheep, on the top 3 sides of it is water, on the bottom left is a wheat field resource who’s resource is grain, directly below it is a mountain who’s resource is ore, and the bottom right is a forest who’s resource is lumber. You then add a dice value to each, here we’ll say 8 for the grass field, then 10, 3 and 4 for the others in order. You place your first initial settlement at the intersection between the grass field, the mountain and the forest, and then lay a road along the edge lines somewhere. Now, if you or an opponent rolls 8 on the dice you collect 1 sheep resource, if a 4 is rolled you collect a lumber resource as they are the areas you are next to. You want to be in a spot where you can collect the most resources so you can build more settlements (you get two at the start), roads (outside of your first two settlements, the rest must connect to one of the first two by a road), change your settlements into cities (raising the value or resources collected to 2, so in the above example rolling a 4 would net you two lumber resources after the settlement was changed to a city), or buying developer cards. Developer cards either move a thief marker, allow you to build roads without the resources required, give you extra points to the end game, etc.
Now the thief marker is moved on rolls of 7 on the dice, or, as noted, with a soldier developer card. The person who rolls it, moves it next to a settlement/city and steals one of the cards from the player who owns it. The resource that the thief is sitting on will not give up any resources to anyone near it until the thief marker is moved, so you don’t put it next to yours even if you stole from another player who is sharing the same resource.
During each player’s turn, the rolling player may trade resources with the others. They may offer a trade to him, or he may offer a trade to them. You may need one more ore to change your settlement into a city, so you offer a brick resource, which is refused, you then offer two bricks and somebody takes you up on that.
You get points for each settlement, city and for bonus stuff like having the largest army, longest road and the like. The game generally ends at 10 points, and goes fairly fast so long as people don’t spend too much time trading, or raising the end game point value past the rules stated end.
The game was invented in Germany by Klaus Tuber, who apparently is a well respected game designer, mostly because of the Catan games. Seems lots of the more well respected games (not the mainstream games like Monopoly, etc.) come from Germany, not sure why that is…
Anyhow, the game has lots of expansion packs. There is:
Settlers of Catan: 5-6 Player Expansion which as one can see, allows up to 6 players to play the game.
Seafarers of Catan: Expansion Game of Seafaring, Exploration, and Trade, which the Mayfair site says “Expand your Settlers of Catan game in new directions, add Islands, Pirates, Gold, Ships, Islands and Trade.
Explore and colonize the newly populated Archipelago of Catan. Building settlements, roads, and villages by trading commodities from the land and islands around you. Trade sheep and wood for a ship, bricks and wood for a road, build new settlements and improve settlements into cities”
There is Seafarers of Catan: 5-6 Player Expansion which expands the Seafarer’s expansion by allowing up to 6 to play.
There’s Cities & Knights of Catan Game and of course a 5-6 player expansion in the form of Cities & Knights of Catan: 5-6 player exp.
Replacement cards and stuff is available from Mayfair, along with lots of variations on it, like Settlers of Canaan, Kids of Catan and more.
So is it the best board game? I don’t know, but it sure gets lots of good ratings (click the links to the game itself and the expansions to see the Amazon reviews) from everyone, so it must be right up there.
The Wikipedia entry on Settlers of Catan has a far better description then I do…
There is a new theory going on the TiVo Forums now about the fact that the car that hit Michael, Locke and the one Kate hit was the same car. It looks the same, but not sure I am buying into it. We’ll find out I guess. If it is the same car, I would nearly have to think it was an accident, sort of using one of their cars over and over, not expecting it to be caught. There is one set they have reused for different things, the first time we see it was as a conference room in Australia when Claire is about to get rid of her baby. It is later used as Michael’s lawyer’s office, then again as a conference room in New York when Michael is trying to stop Walt’s mom from taking Walt too far from him. Then again, while they can probably expect to be forgiven for using that set over and over again, they had to know using the same car over and over again would be caught and they would need an explanation somewhere along the way. Wouldn’t that be something if Jack’s ex-wife (well… we don’t know that she’s an ex, she could be dead, all we know is that he isn’t married any more) was the driver of all these cases, including the one that got her to meet him? Perhaps when Kate crashed into said car, it killed not only the love of her life, but the driver of the other car. Hey! Lost theories can be as wild as we want right now, and the “they were all driven by Jack’s wife” theory is my own wild theory… if they are the same car.
Hey look, Lost has it’s own category now… now to edit the other posts and put them into the Lost category.
A quick update before going to bed since I didn’t talk about this episode yet.
The logo we saw the last two episodes was branded on the sharks circling the raft. Which adds even more mystery to what is going on.
Who is the “him” that Desmond is looking for? I can’t agree with it being Ethan Rom as some have said, as he would know what Ethan Rom looks like, especially if Ethan was his bunkmate. I doubt Ethan was to be Desmond’s replacement. However Ethan clearly was athletic, much like Desmond, so there may be a connection. Perhaps Ethan comes from another hatch and Desmond indeed never saw him, just knew another guy was in another hatch as part of the same experiment or whatever is going on.
Desmond is clearly going crazy from having to put in the number every 108 minutes.
I don’t want to post speculation based on the previews of the next episode since it contains spoilers, but it does disprove or prove theories I have seen.
I don’t think it is clear yet if entering the numbers are good or bad. I have a feeling we’ll find out next episode.
There is more on the Lost I Ching Hexagram here, with more on the I Ching and Hurley’s numbers here.
I watched the show at Sara’s place. She was upset they showed more inside the bunker, but didn’t advance the story more. Some over at the TiVo Community point out these two episodes felt more like a 2 hour premier that they had to arrange to fit two one hour episodes, which seems to fit.
Adding all of Hurley’s numbers up comes to 108, the same we see the count down timer reset to (though as somebody pointed out, we don’t see it restart right away so perhaps some event starts the countdown). 108 has special meaning to Hindus, see this page for more.
The I Ching Hexagon is also called a Ba Gua more Hindi stuff.
Spell check later…
Anytime you get an email warning you about this or that, odds are it is an urban legend and has been passed around for some time. Best thing to do is check it against Snopes and see if it matches anything. For example here is one that goes around (#25 on their list):
Dr. James Dobson Pleads For Our Action
An organization has been granted a Federal Hearing on the same subject by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington, DC. Their petition, Number 2493, would ultimately pave the way to stop the reading of the gospel of our Lord and Savior, on the airwaves of America. They got 287,000 signatures to back their stand!
If this attempt is successful, all Sunday Worship services being broadcast on the radio or by television will be stopped. This group is also campaigning to remove all Christmas programs and Christmas carols from public schools!!
You as a Christian can help! We are praying for at least 1 million signatures. This would defeat their effort and show that there are many Christians alive, well and concerned about our country. As Christians we must unite on this. Please don’t take this lightly. We ignored this once and lost prayer in our school and in offices across the nation. Please stand up for your religious freedom and let your voice be heard, while creating an opportunity for the lost to know the Lord.
This email is absolutely false. See the story on Snopes and Dr. Dobson’s own page.
Another popular one involves dialing #77 on your mobile phone to call the Highway Patrol. That is one of those ones that have many answers, full Snopes story here.
While we are on the subject of Internet email scams…
Watch out for emails from banks, eBay, PayPal, etc. There are scams going around where they say you need to update your information for some reason. The email looks authentic, and if you click the link, the web will look like the real bank’s web page (or eBay’s, PayPal’s, etc.), it may even say for example http://www.citybank.com/ or something in the address bar, but it is a scam. It is somebody phishing for information. You give them all your account details, then they steal everything from your account. A bank, PayPal, eBay, etc. will never tell you to update your account and provide a link the way these scams do. If they need you to do something, they will tell you to type their address into the address bar yourself.
I would hope it goes without saying that if you get an email from somebody who claims to represent somebody who is related to you who died and needs to get you x number of dollars, that also is a scam. This scam almost always comes out of Nigeria, where the person who died was an ambassador or something. Anyhow, after communicating with the person, they will have you setup an account with $500 or so other amount so that they can transfer the money to that account. What will really happen is they will transfer that $500 out and that is the end of that.
Arrested Development has entered it’s third season on Fox. Arrested Development – Season One is out now on DVD and Arrested Development – Season Two comes out on October 11th.
This is without a doubt the funniest show on TV, perhaps ever. Loved by the critics and the Emmy’s and it’s core fans, the show oddly never gets high ratings. My guess is the shows humor is a bit too far on the smart side for most.
Of course the humor may not be for everyone. For example, Tobias, a character married to the main character’s sister, clearly has a sexual identity issue, which he also clearly doesn’t know about. In a recent episode he walked into a trans-gender shop, thinking it was a costume shop. The clerk recognized him and asked him if he was buying this time or just curious. Tobias replied “You could say I am buy curious.” Perhaps not an example of the smart humor, but the kind of irreverent humor that some may find not so funny.
It’s been too long since my last Ari update.
Ari knows the word “fry.” He also knows the word “why” but I don’t think he knows what it means yet. He does however clearly know what the word “fry” means. Oddly, he actually seldom has them.
He also knows a drive though when he sees one. The other day, I was getting some sweet ice tea from Chick-fil-a, via the drive through. When I pulled up to the windows Ari said “Um um.” His indicator he wants something. When they gave me the tea, he said again “Um um.” As I drove along, he really started saying it a lot. Then he started saying “Please!” which he also knows, and knows what it means. Soon he was crying “Please!” So feeling bad, I pulled into Wendy’s ordered myself a burger and fries, gave him the tomato then let him eat some of my fries.
When Ari is playing with his Legos, he sometimes gets a little flustered if they fall apart while trying to build them up. He’ll get into a flustered frenzy of pulling them apart and spreading them around. He’ll breath heavy for a moment then start putting them together again. I’ll generally help him if does it a second time telling him to stay calm and that everything is alright. He enjoys playing with the Legos. I haven’t been able to find wood building blocks for kids his age at Wal-Mart, I guess I’ll have to try Toys-R-Us or something. When he was at my mom’s house once, he got into their cabinet where they keep their canned goods and started stacking them into stuff, so he clearly enjoys such things.
He seems to enjoy Slow Rock and Blues mostly. Apparently the other day Phil Collins was on the radio and Ari really got into singing along with him. The other day, Sara was over at my house while I had Ari, and was watching the Bob Dylan documentary, which Ari really enjoyed the music, especially the Blues. If he’s at my church when the Praise & Worship team is practicing, he’ll run to the front of the stage, then dance. I am told by people in the choir that he is dancing on (in?) rhythm. He loves singing. He loves dancing. He loves playing Sara’s organ when he’s here. He loves playing the piano when he’s at my mom’s house. He bangs stuff as would be expected, but I have also seen him pretend to play the piano on a table. He has a flute that he plays… somewhat. While he can blow in it and make it make a sound from time to time, he is also just as likely to hum out what the flute should sound like.
The other day, when Sara was here, he was eating a slice of pizza. All of the sudden he goes crazy and starts going “um um yum om em” while acting like he was stuffing his mouth like crazy, most of the food going to the floor. When he stopped, he started his panting thing. It was nearly like when he gets frustrated with his Legos. He then looked at us and smiled, then laughed, to which we did as well, which only encouraged him to do it more. So we had to try and get him to stop. Two days latter, while I was at work, it occurred to me what he was doing, and I called Sara with the idea. That Monday, Cookie Monster had been fairly heavily featured on Sesame Street. I think, that for whatever reasons, he suddenly remembered Cookie Monster and started imitating him.
He still loves Dora the Explorer. He love Sesame Street. He loves lots of the shows on Noggin, but Sara would have to leave a list in the comments or something of all the shows he specifically watches on it. He also loves Maya and Miguel (sp?), which is bilingual like Dora, but more so. He seems to watch a few other PBS shows such as Arthur, but none with the intensity that he’ll devote to Sesame Street and Maya and Miguel. We try to limit his TV watching.
He is still a vegetarian. He drinks Soy Milk for his milk. He loves cheese, and knows the word for it. He still loves bananas and still calls them “nanna.” Despite his apparent sensitivity to tomatoes, he is back to eating them. He loves pasta. He isn’t as big a fan of brocolli (sp?) as he used to be, but he still eats lots of vegetables. The other day he ate bits of an apple, skin and all, though he did come over to me and give me the skin of the apple out of his mouth (I was at Sara’s watching Lost, episode 2 of season 2). Some days he has a big appetite, growth spurt I would guess.
He is learning the words “poo poo” and “pee pee” and what they mean, he doesn’t have it 100% yet, but he is most of the way there, especially with “poo poo.” This is good since it is from this point that he can start expressing his diaper needs changed, then soon after toilet training can really get going. So we are already having him with us when we go to the bathroom, or at least in the morning in my case. It’s a bit odd to have somebody watch, but it is part of the training process, and explaining what is going on. If he pees while taking a bath, I tell him “pee pee” to help re-enforce the training, and the feeling he has when doing it so he knows what is going on not only visually but physically. If I am going number two, it is a bit harder to show what is going on, more or less show the end result and say “poo poo” and flush the toilet, hopefully he’ll get the idea that pee and poo go in the toilet.
He is a ham when it comes to cameras. He’ll say “cheese!” and run up to the camera smiling.
He is the best child anyone could have. ‘Nough said for now.
It would seem that the FCC decided recently that if Internet software doesn’t have a clear, easy way for the FBI to wire tap it, then it should be illegal. This seems to apply mostly to Internet telephone software. Get the full story here.
Is it just me or is this insane? Beyond the obvious unconstitutional aspects of such a law, it makes little sense. Would this mean if I make a program that uses the Internet in some way shape or form, I’ll have to learn to program an FBI accessible back door so they can be sure nobody is using it for illegal purposes? Then submit it to the FBI and wait for them to approve it before I can release it to the public? I don’t think it is reasonable to expect all developers, especially the smaller developers such as myself to do that. How long would it take for the FBI to approve a piece of software? I could see Windows Vista being delayed two or three years while waiting for FBI approval… Seriously, they already have carnivore, a system that is powerful enough it could monitor all email at all times, though they claim to only use it to track only specific people when they have a warrant…. of course carnivore has on several occasions “accidentally” grabbed all email for a time frame…
As the saying goes, it isn’t paranoia if they really are watching you.
Now, I know what some will say. “What do you have to worry about if you aren’t breaking the law?” Nothing. The problem here is everyone is presumed guilty under this kind of policy. It’s insane. At the going rate, we’ll be a Communist nation in no time, and MSNBC which already is Pravda in all but name will become Pravda. CNN will have to tighten up just a tidge, as will the major networks and FOX will be illegal. Okay, so we probably won’t become Communist anytime soon, but people need to wise up and seriously rethink who they keep electing to office. The two big parties really need replaced.
It would seem someone has fessed up to faking the Marseille Roussau book that went on about what all the numbers were. So at least we know for sure it was fake, but a fun fake.
I was going to post a link to a story tonight, but somebody beat me to it in the comments. You can get the link there, or here…
There is an op-ed piece at Ars Technica which talks about the financial aspects of the next generation of DVD formats. They admit fully it is an op-ed piece from a member of the HD-DVD camp, and offer it in “the spirit of discussion and debate.”
Here is my problem with it. The piece is talking about Initial costs, not long term costs, which is actually cheaper with Blu-ray thanks to some cool stuff they have demonstrated in prototype. He says they haven’t addressed the cost issues, but I think Blu-ray has indeed been very upfront about it saying the initial costs are higher to the replicators, but the highest estimate I have seen anywhere on the cost to the end consumer is $5 more per disc over the same movie and features on HD-DVD, and odds are, that $5 would be absorbed by the studio to allow for better sales and to let the format catch on. Yes, it does mean a major overhaul of the line to change from DVD to BD (Blu-ray’s acronym). Yes, it isn’t a simple retooling of the existing line as it is for HD-DVD, but I think that gives it a technical edge. As the guy says, “Basically, HD DVD is a DVD-9—a version of DVD we have enormous manufacturing experience with already—with a denser pit structure.” As I, and many other pointed out, this is the problem, it is just an interim step, not a true revolution in the format, just an evolution, which will need to be done again. Anyhow, how many people will re-tool their existing lines? Why not leave the existing lines for making regular DVDs, then make new lines for the HD-DVD or BD, at which point the costs start becoming the same. You could do it the way the guy advocates, make minor adjustments after you run the HD-DVD line, run your regular DVD line, adjust, run the HD-DVD line, adjust… odds are this will be automated, but the question becomes does his costs include the ability to automatically adjust the line from regular DVDs to HD-DVDs?
The BD format is not finalized, which is why there is debate on the final manufacturing methods. The BD people were not saying they were going to launch this year, but later in 2006, though BD drives would become available widely available as early as the spring of 2006. Even Toshiba had to roll back the introduction of HD-DVD from this year to next spring. New formats get delayed, it isn’t a big deal for either, though it does make it harder for HD-DVD since it will no longer have the bigger launch window.
He says at one point, “it advances the agendas of a few select companies instead of the market’s and that of the consumer.” The thing is, it looks like BD has the hardware advantage, and the tech savvy consumer advantage, so I am not sure what he’s talking about there.
He never addresses the technical problems with HD-DVDs space limitations. The highest theroticial capacity I have seen in print is 60GB, far less then the prototyped 100GB that BD has shown, let alone the therotical limit of 200GB. HD-DVD has room for a movie in HDTV and the special features… using the same number of disks that regular DVD uses. So if they make Lord of the Rings: Two Towers Special Edition for example on HD-DVD, put the special features in HDTV and all that good stuff, you still end up with 3 to 4 disks, where with BD it could fit on one, though at least initially they would probably put it on two. A full season of Lost in HDTV on HD-DVD would still take about 7 disks on HD-DVD, while you go down to about 4 on BD… Yet even more cost savings to all involved.
The bigger issue of the moment is very few of us have HDTV sets yet. You probably won’t notice enough of a difference on a regular TV to see the difference between regular DVD and HD-DVD/BD. I doubt many people will have full HDTV sets with the needed HDCP support (not on early HDTVs… heck some sold today may still not have it, be sure yours does if you plan on getting one, though most if not all, made now do support it) when regular TV signals go bye bye a few years from now. One could argue this is reason enough just to use an interim step, but I don’t want to have to buy my Lord of the Rings collection twice more, if I can buy it just once more.
Others may argue that even HDTV will be replaced by Super-HDTV or something down the line, but I don’t see that as happening for a very long time. HDTV is about the best you can do over the air. When everyone in the world has high speed Internet2 access, then I can see HDTVs replacement coming to the consumer level. HDTV has 1920 pixels across the screen at the maximum resolution, and they have demonstrated digital movie projectors that do over 4,000 pixels across the screen. This super high resolution is meant to help movie theaters compete against HDTV, by continuing to offer higher definition then even the high end consumer can typically get at home.
Anyhow, the point is, BD is our best long term option… at least until holographic technology catches up to the consumer level… or nano-storage, or some other format that is on the longer term horizon (though rumor has it we may see holographic technology sooner then expected).
Yes, we are still going on about Lost Season 2 premier at the TiVo Community forum (Lost : 9/21 “Man of Science, Man of Faith” *Spoilers*) nearly a full week after the episode aired.
We recently got pointed to this site, which has transcripts of what is being whispered in the jungle, or at least so they say. I have little doubt that people pulled the audio out and put it through fancy filters to get the exact wording, so I figure it probably is genuine.