One, wikipedia rocks. Especially for technical topics I previously found hard to research like image encoding formats like YUV. Kudos to those who write pages there.
Secondly, is it just me or is the history of television formats fascinating. For example:
The adoption of SECAM in Eastern Europe has been attributed to Cold War political machinations: Western TV was popular in the East, authorities were well aware of this, and adopted SECAM rather than the PAL encoding used in West Germany. This did not hinder mutual reception in black&white, because the underlying TV standard B/G remained the same in both parts of Germany. However, East Germans responded by buying PAL decoders for their SECAM sets. Eventually, the government in East Berlin stopped paying attention to so-called “Republikflucht via Fernsehen”, or “defection via television”. Later East German produced TV sets even included a dual standard PAL/SECAM decoder. In any case the majority of TV sets in East Germany were monochrome (black & white) until well into the 1980s.
A creative is advertising speak for the copy used for an advertising campaign. For reasons too complicated to explain now, I was just browsing the TiVo pre-canned creatives, and came across this gem:
Which is really quite clever. However, this one shows that they’ve never watched the show in question:
In the show, Blue is a dog, who leaves clues for either Joe or Steve (depending on which series you’re watching). So, Blue never gets clues, she gives them. Also, Blue is singular, and there is normally an apostrophe involved. A better line would have been “you decide when Blue sets her clues”. Just my random nit for the day.
TiVo’s pre-canned creatives may be found here.
Update: I too suck. Apparently Blue is a girl, although I’ve seen many episodes and don’t recall this being mentioned. I apologise to my wife for any emotional distress caused.
That if we burn the
overfed dogs of the world, then it wont matter that we’re
selling off the Snowy hydro scheme and we definitely wont need a
nuclear power plant. Just a theory.
You know that somewhere has to be special when people tell you that the good points of a place are that land is cheap, it’s geologically stable, and there are lots of banks. Well, that’s Phoenix and the bit they’re not mentioning is that you’re in a desert. It’s warm. Really warm. Oh, and dry.
It’s a nice spring afternoon as I write this, and it’s 108 Fahrenheit (42 Celsius). Fortunately that seems to be about as hot as it gets here.
Phoenix is so far a nice city, although I have only haven’t seen much (I’m here on business). Not very built up, and quite spread out. Some parts of town I drove through also have billboards in Spanish only.
I’ve been wondering how long it would take to walk to work for a while, so I thought I would give it a go this morning. The answer is 45 minutes at a leisurely pace. Some factoids:
- It’s 3,500 steps from my house to Microsoft’s Silicon Valley campus
- Another 1,000 steps an you’re at the computer history museum
- Another 1,000 steps gets you to a Google cafe
- It’s 5,800 steps total to my desk
Louie Bellson is a jazz drummer. He came to our church this morning, so I guess this counts as some sort of long distance meetage. He’s the first guy I’ve ever seen use four drum sticks at once, and was really quite good. Especially for someone over 80.