May 31, 2008

It is what it is

This blog post is seven words long.

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May 29, 2008

Package Store

I downloaded the 10.5.3 update tonight (see, I do update sometimes!!) using the "install and keep package" option in SU. It's 420Mb, for goodness sakes, and I've got several machines to upgrade. However after the upgrade, the package wasn't anywhere. I looked around using some search engine and found it's supposed to end up in /Library/Packages. Nope. There's not even a Packages folder. Wonderful.

I bought GranTurismo5:Prologue over the weekend. Yeah, it's basically a glorified demo, but the graphics are gorgeous. Stunning. Wow. I want to write software like that.

I wanted to buy Crash (2005 Best Picture winner) as I really enjoyed the movie and figured that I should buy it on BluRay now that I have a player. What I found was interesting, and not in a good way. I can get the 2 DVD Director's Cut with several commentaries and loads of special features for $9.99. The BluRay version is only the theatrical release with no features (none at all), and costs $29.99. WTF?

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May 11, 2008

Big Fall

I'm disgruntled about having to wait until Fall for season three of Big Love. Apparently it's due to the writer's strike, which does make some sense, but it'll have been well over a year by the time it airs from the time it went on hiatus. Surely there should have been some writers around somewhere outside the strike.

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May 10, 2008

My eyes and ears?

I've settled on just using the display modes on my TV to squeeze 4x3 DVD content. It's unfortunate since there's no way to automate that. I guess I'm just expected to tell the non-AV-savvy members of my household to press the buttons when the people look horizontally challenged.

The other thing I can't really explain is that I seem to be hearing a lot more from my surround channels now. I can't understand why, I know everything was set up correctly before and the only thing different (besides the source device) is an optical cable vs. coax. The pre/pro is doing all the decoding and signal processing so there's really nothing the PS3 can be doing to affect the signal. I don't get it.

Yes, I'm late to the game, but I finally saw "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" last night. Hysteric! Now one of my new favorites. The bait wearing the Fight Club tshirt was the best. If you haven't seen it, go rent it now. Oh, yeah, and Brad and Angelina are hotties.

What am I watching these days? Real World, Deadliest Catch, How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory, PTI, Idol, Americas Port, Hells Kitchen, 30Rock (season's over, booo!), Scrubs (end it already!), Law&Order, Last Restaurant Standing, Survivor, Ace of Cakes, and, last but not least, PLAYOFF HOCKEY!!!! Jo's mad that her Sharks lost, but I'm so used to the Caps losing that there's no point getting upset about it.

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May 2, 2008

Fat people

As a DVD player, the PS3 is insistent on stretching all 4x3 DVD content to fit 16x9. Who ever thought this was a good idea!? I don't want fat people! Show me the content as intended!! I've been through the menus 5 times, I don't think I'm missing anything. Terribly, terribly disappointing.

UPDATE: Setting the "DVD Upscaling" to any value does nothing (it's not upscaling at all, it's still 480p). I called Sony, per their support docs, and they are not taking support calls for the PS3. Period. None. Don't they like having my money?? Because they may not have it for long.

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Ooooh, Aaaah

Ok, I got the PS3 yesterday. It's surprisingly slick. Using component outputs it unfortunately doesn't upscale DVDs to 1080i, but it still seems ok so far. I'm going to give it a workout tonight on a couple of movies at 480p and see how it stands up to my Panasonic RP-91. We shall see. As far as a remote, you can use the controller for everything and it has a nice on-screen display. A regular hand-held remote just for the PS3 seems like a total waste, esp. given its lack of backlighting. I still want to run it with my Pronto remote, which some have pointed out (thank you, though I already knew) is possible with extra parts. Maybe I'll give it a try at some point.

Bluetooth controllers? OMG I love them! No cord. I can sit on my couch and just play. No cord!!!!

Grand Theft Auto IV? OMG Awe-some! I played some of the earlier versions and they were fun, but nowhere near as entertaining as this one. The girl at the checkout asked me "Now you know this is rated 'M' for 'Mature', right?" Um, yes. I wouldn't want it any other way. Thanks for your concern, I hadn't heard.

We're putting together a date for this year's Camino Shin-dig the weekend after WWDC. I'll keep everyone posted as details firm up, but it'll only be one day compared to last year's two. I'll just have to talk fast.

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