Archive for February, 2013

Ethsn Van Sciver buys a Blu Ray player

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

The story goes

The blu ray player in my office died today. I needed to get a new one, along with Game of Thrones 2. And I’m a dick. This is what happened.
BEST BUY DUDE: Can I help you?
ME: Yeah, new blu ray player for my office. Top of the line. All I do is watch movies.
BEST BUY DUDE: Well, this is the Sony BDP-S790.
ME: Yeah.
BEST BUY DUDE: It’s 4K Upscale, Superbit mapping 16 bit signal processing…
ME: Yeah?
BEST BUY DUDE: And it has Skype. 3D compatible.
ME: Oh yeah?
BEST BUY DUDE: Yep. It’s the one I have.
ME: (long pause) Show me a better one, then.
I laughed and he laughed and said, “No really. You’ll be happy with this one.” And I bought it.

There were many responses. A critique of the technology comes from Kevin Falkenberg

It’s not $4,000, it’s a 4K Upscale player. 4K (or Ultra HD) is the latest unnecessary advancement in HDTV technology, and really only means anything if you have a huge TV that you sit up close to. Aside from that, the big 4K TVs you’ll be able to find will probably run $20,000-$40,000. So, if you have an 80in TV that you sit about 3ft from, then it’s time to start rolling some coins if you want that higher resolution!

I love Mr Van Sciver’s response:

Kevin, I have an 82 inch TV.

I think I would have to re-arrange my entire house to accommodate a screen that size.

Podcast 7: Our 2009 Christmas Gifts (Lost Podcast #1)

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

In January 2010, Erik Burnham and I recorded a fun discussion of what we had gotten for Christmas.  And then, for reasons technical and personal, editing took forever and then they fell by the wayside…but were not forgotten!  Just in time for Valentine’s Day 2013… it’s “What did you get for Christmas 2009?”  This is the first of several “Lost Podcasts” that we will be rolling out in rapid succession, to then be followed by new podcasts.

Discussed in this podcast:

Batman Watches, Femme Noir, PS238, X-Men, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Bone, The Art of Joe Jusko, Bloom County … oh, and kvetching about the 2009 Star Trek

break 14 – Halftime before the Halftime show

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

I hate these CBS ads. may be fun.

I don’t care for this McDonald’s rerun.

And look: a rerun of a local advertisement for Case Credit Union followed by a Michigan-tailored Ford advertisment rerun.

The local advertisement for Medawar jewelers is tailored for the Super Bowl.

I’m done with this. I will blog about the Iron Man 3 trailer when I see it.

break 13 is just NFL Evolution

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

This NFL Evolution advertisement is brilliant as they animate the changes in the pro football uniform.

I don’t use the term “brilliant” lightly.

next year I will just live tweet this stuff

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

For one thing I will have a larger built-in guarantee that someone will read it. Then all I have to do is go back and transcribe it to keep it. 140 characters is a fun bit. This is just a typing text. Wow.

break 12 is just a Lincoln MKZ advertisment

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

I love Lincoln advertisements and I want one of their cars but this MKZ ad uncharacteristically does not thrill me.

break 11

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

A commercial with the classic cliche of old people acting young. it is a Taco Bell commercial with an American pop song sang with Spanish lyrics.

Skechers ads are always a fair combination of flashy, stylish, and corny.

An NFL recap bit brought to us by the tire folk at Bridgestone.

I might watch Elementary after the Super Bowl….

when will I stop?

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Right after the Iron Man 3 trailer I believe.

break 10

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

A Coca-Cola advertisement featuring a desert race and a vote at is BRILLIANT.

A 15th anniversary Jarod commercial for Subway? Gah.

break 09

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

The VW ad with the accents is good.

Everyone be happy.

break 08

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS has a trailer. Somehow I wish I had not seen this advertisement as it spoils…. and it does not seem to imply Boldly Going Where No Man Has Gone Before.

The Rock chases milk in a go Milk ad that is hilarious.

The following Hyundai ad doesn’t amuse as much. But it’s good. Perhaps I just hate Hyundai. No… I definitely hate it.

break 07

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

A Bud Light coommercial revolves around New Orleans because the Suepr Bowl is now in the SuperDome this year, in New Orleans. Well, there is also the magic of the voodoo. It is the culmination of the “It’s Only Weird If It Doesn’t Work” ad campaign and it is brilliant.

Following that is the advertisement (as opposed to telling you that having the best idea doesn’t mean anything if you don’t advertise first. “More Everything Skywaitress!”

break 06

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

#Doritos advertisement involves manipulative children and cross-dressing.

Calvin Klein is unwatchable to me.

There was a car ad I think and I blinked.

The ad with the wolves is great… especially the “incredibly protective mother”

break 05 – end of First Quarter

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Another Fast and Furious movie…. what is this the sixth one? it almost looks like a G.I. Jo movie or a XXX chapter. Fast & Furious 6

Now we have a Toyota ad with Kaley Kuoco. It is a RAV4 ad and it pulls you in.

Robin Sparkles 4… How I Met Your Mother ad….

break 04

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Oz The Great and Powerful movie trailer…. is fine.

This Coke ad is cheerful. Bleh. “Just a Litle Bit”

The Oreo ad set in a library is violent. I love it. “Cream or Cookie”.

I won’t watch the Grammy awards this year… I don’t believe.

break 03

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Pepsi Next commercials causes catastrophic house party as the parents walk in. The so-called twist is predictable as the parents drink the Pepsi and are suddenly tolerant.

Amy Poehler annoys me in the Best Buy ad. #InfiniteAnswers

The second Budweiser Golden Crown ad may entertain me but it shares the same music as the opening to Two Broke Girls and I hate that show.

The ad for The Big Band Theory is football themed and fine.

break 02

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Hyundai – come back when you have a team. And apparently the small kid rides with his mom having adventures gathering a bunch of other small kids for a pick-up football game. Forgettable.

The obligatory ad has Bar Raefeli and one of the extras from Chuck. Nice touch.

The obligatory Doritos ad stars a goat that rebels against a hoarding artist.

break 01

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Beautiful legs start out a beer commercial for Budweiser Black Crown. I have seen ads for it in the Mimami airport but never on TV until now.

The M&M’s commercial is good! “I will do anything for love” is nice.

An Audi car ad is pretty good… a stag prom night ends in a happy punch to the face.

Hyundai ad between coin toss and kick-off

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Hyundai advertisement about a road trip and chasing and running. It reminds me of Doctor Who for that reason.

I don’t recognize the band or the music in the background.

Now the game starts.

break, before coin toss, after National Anthem

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

World War Z. It stars Brad Pitt. It’s derivative advertisement, what with the trailer’s score and all.

Then we have a Century21 ad involving choking. It is rather droll.

The McDonald’s commercial annoys me.

If I don’t remember the ad well enough to type about it, let that say enough.