I'm not particularly sympathetic to your cries of Freeview being too expensive, when you want to upgrade three televisions. Maybe you could tighten the belt and subsist on just one or two Freeview capable television sets?
Imagine the power of a couple of hundred thousand 'likes' on a facebook page titled "start booing whenever the Black Eyed Peas play".
Re: Beat Rhythm Fasion, that's sad news.
Turn Of the Century always grabbed me - such a fantastic pre-mellinium recording. Now you've made me google the video...
That looks like a pretty impressive little disk spinner for less than two hundred – most folks end up with the Pro-ject for triple the price.How did you find it to set up Russel?
New vinyl release for me this week is David Kilgour’s Left by Soft. Deconstructed CD cover glued into place; hand numbered and signed. He still sounds like the young bloke who did Here Come the Cars.
It’s not a computer – it’s not priced like one and it’s only 10cm across. For NZOS, Vimeo et al, I just use my iPad and hit the AirPlay button when I want to watch a video.
It’s an iOS device – an appliance, basically.
Elegant and cheap: Apple's new direction? Heh.
It’s all pretty hungry on the data isn’t it, especially for the better quality stuff. Ten gig doesn’t go as far as it did in 2001, that’s for sure.
What's the point of Apple TV? I'm just trying to get my (windows-based) brain around it. Is it just a networked media player linked to a subscription service? Ever get frustrated at the lack of capability playing the higher definition video? What do you output the audio to? What the hell do you do when you want to run an actual desktop on your tv - say to get a browser up?
I'm at the other end of the spectrum - everything runs from my PC, including the telly (via hdmi) and the stereo (via two channel usb dac).
I love the idea of streaming concerts and would happily pony up the cash. But the proviso is it'd have to be a quality experience, and I guess the biggest issue is bitrate. I'm not sure that 320p youtube example is something I'd be prepared to pay for, but were it 720p yeah sure.
I am still impressed at how good everything looks when upscaled - a good h.264 mkv file of only 700mb looks better than original DVD disks played on my old stand-alone machine. I think that this is a sign of a paradigm shift - we no longer own television sets, we just own big computer monitors.
I think in one way I think Keith is giving credit the government dosn't deserve. While I share your concern about the structural imbalance in our economy, especially our medium and long term problems of funding superannuation, this isn't a dialogue that the actors involved share.
In fact Key has moved repeadtedly to shut down any debate, while pulling billions of funding out of super prefunding. Labour, despite better intentions to prepare the country for super-shock (what else can we call it?), still don't have a credible and robust solution to the problem on the table - something they fail to mention from their moral highground.
And the electorate, up until now, has preferred politicians that don't ask them to think about the tough issues. I suspect that this is a luxury that we can no longer afford - these three big crises have stripped the fat from our system.
The talk about structural change is good. The lack of structural discourse is concerning.
Pardon my ignorance, but does anyone know the position on TPP that our domestic polictical parties have adopted?
Too slow for tickets to the Wellington gig… cest la vie :)
This week I finally got my mitts on Grayson Gilmour’s No Constellation – it came out in May but there seemed to be a big holdup getting the vinyl pressed.
Buy it on disk and they’re kind enough to also give out a lossless download.
"This is Sparta...!"
300 is a movie that had a ton of quotes. Originally I didn't like it, but I've come to appreciate it as a finely crafted piece of pulp - it's really rewarding to pull apart.
And the PG television edit of the trailer still makes me laugh: