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Broken Psychedelics

May 11, 2008 Comments off

This is a DLP color wheel:

This is a DLP color wheel on drugs:

And sadly, that’s a picture of mine. 😦

On the plus side, it was pretty easy for me to get to the part, so I’m going to order a new one and try the replacement myself.  Professional TV repair costs way too much for my taste.  Anyway, I would like to be more handy around the house, and starting with something I know (electronics) seems like a safe bet.

Update (5/19): Success!  It wasn’t that much different than changing parts in my computer, which I’ve done for years, except this had the added stress of moving around delicate optics.  Time to catch up on everything my DVR saved for me…

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WoT will be completed

December 10, 2007 Comments off

Pardon the slight pun, but there’s now an end in sight for The Wheel of Time!

Tor announces that the final novel in bestselling Robert Jordan’s legendary Wheel of Time® fantasy series will be completed by author Brandon Sanderson

[…] Brandon Sanderson has signed on to complete A Memory of Light, with scheduled delivery of the manuscript in December 2008 and a planned publication date of Fall 2009.

Two years! I guess that’s not so bad. I’ve not read anything by Brandon Sanderson before, but maybe while I’m waiting for this one I’ll read some of his own books. I can’t imagine the pressure — Jordan’s fans will never forgive Sanderson if he screws this one up. At least he’s not starting from scratch though, as Jordan wrote a large part of the book before his passing and had notes on much of the rest. So here’s hoping for a proper closure to one of my favorite series…

Cold Battlestar

November 12, 2007 Comments off

I’ve got a bit of a cold right now, and after working all weekend to meet a deadline, I’m pretty tired too.  So, do you think I might pass on attending an advance screening of Battlestar Galactica: Razor?  No frakkin’ way!

The movie-sized episode fills in more of the background of the Pegasus, and it doesn’t disappoint.  It’s been a while since the last season finale, and this was perfect to whet my appetite.  I’m sure I’ll watch it again when it airs on SCI FI; I’m just not sure whether it’s worth the standalone DVD investment.  I do want to have it, but I already got hit when I bought the miniseries and then found that it was also included in the season one set.  I have a feeling that they’ll do the same with Razor and season four.  Of course, maybe Santa will be nice and I won’t have to worry about it…

Anyway, here’s hoping that the writer’s strike is resolved soon, so I can look forward to season four without interruption…

All Along the Watchtower

March 25, 2007 Comments off

Of all the predictions I might have made about Battlestar Galactica’s season finale, characters quoting from a Jimi Hendrix Bob Dylan song is nearly the last thing I would have imagined.

I love that show.

Update: I just found out that the song is actually by Bob Dylan, and Jimi Hendrix just did a very popular cover version. I guess a lot of people make that mistake, but still, shame on me!

Music geeks may want to check out Bear McCreary’s discussion of this new cover version. He says the song will be on the season three soundtrack, so I definitely want to pick that up (and maybe the first two while I’m at it).

HBO does books

January 18, 2007 Comments off

I like to read fiction, when I have the time, and most often I live in the fantasy section of the bookstore. Right now there are three series in development that I’m following as each new tome comes out. (I say tome because they’re huge — each book tends to be around a thousand pages…) In no particular order:

I’m currently reading A Feast for Crows, the fourth in Martin’s series. I also read his blog, and I saw today the announcement that HBO has gotten the rights to do a show based on the series! I got home and told Millie, and she was laughing at just how excited this has me.

This series of books is definitely on the adult side of things, with often dark and violent themes. It’s less about Good vs. Evil, and more like the real world where good and evil aren’t always well defined. I’m glad that HBO got the rights for this, because on any other network I would fear that the show would be gentrified. With shows like Rome and The Sopranos under their belt, you can be sure that HBO won’t shy away in Martin’s world.

My desire for it to be done up right is seriously conflicting with my need to start watching it. For now I’ll get back to the book and anticipate great things to come…

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