Saturday, February 24, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
The Blu-Ray vs. HD DVD battle seems as old as time itself. Being tech savvy consumers, we've heard the two formats are, to the end user, pretty identical. Both are capable of equal resolution, equal sound output and equal mass flopping.
But are tech specs the only way to judge DVDs? Of course not. Technology is only step one. How studios utilize the technology is equally as important. Besides, the gods gave us eyes and ears for a reason.
For this week's topic, we dug through the entire archive from the DVD critics at High-Def Digest (about 300 total reviews), averaging every rating they've given yet to HD DVD and Blu-Ray titles. And you know what?
Not all was equal.
Our preliminary average results graph is above. It gives a slight edge to HD DVD in video and all extra disc content. But we ran these results by a statistics-savvy friend who further analyzed the data in terms of actual statistical significance (through one-way ANOVA, stats geeks). She deemed the video results to be too close to call, but simultaneously deemed the other averages as noteworthy. What's all that mean? We had to make a new graph.
Significant review averages tell us that Blu-ray titles were slightly, but definitely superior in audio playback. HD DVD titles had far superior standard def features and moderately superior hi def features.
But how could this be? Spec sheets claim the same audio codecs are supported on Blu-ray and HD DVD. Why would one format sound better? And why is HD DVD kicking major Blu-ray bonus content ass? ISN'T IT ALL IDENTICAL EXCEPT FOR THE BOX COLOR??
So we asked High-Def Digest for their take on their own review disparities.
Why Blu-ray audio is winning:
This is primarily due to stronger support for high-resolution audio formats on the majority of Blu-ray releases, primarily DTS-HD and uncompressed PCM. HD DVD, by contrast, has seen far less significant support -- few, if any, titles have been released on the format in either DTS-HD and PCM, with only a handful even sporting Dolby TrueHD.Translation: the studios are using crappier audio compression on HD DVD.
That situation doesn't appear to be changing, at least at the moment. The sole exclusive supporter of HD DVD, Universal, has yet to release a single title with Dolby TrueHD, let alone DTS-HD and/or PCM tracks. Paramount the same. And Warner titles with Dolby TrueHD are rather meager. Only the smaller upstart the Weinstein Co. has really pushed Dolby TrueHD on their most recent ...At the moment, it seems Blu-ray enjoys the edge in widespread studio support for high-resolution audio.
Why HD DVD bonus features are winning:
The confusion is vexing with interactive features...the HD DVD group [made] support of the HDi authoring environment mandatory as part of their spec. That means that all HD DVD players bearing the logo must fully support the feature, which is why early HD DVD titles were so flush with cutting-edge features. Right now, HD DVD is leading in this regard...Translation: Sony didn't offer developers enough software support for their programming.
Blu-ray is still rushing to catch up with its rival BD-Java tools. Though support will eventually come,
and BD-J should deliver the same level of interactivity as HDi. But...until Blu-ray reaches parity, it will lag behind HD DVD, if only in regards to full-on, cutting-edge interactivity.
WINNER: Are you an audiophile or an extrasphile?
And of course, the two issues could be feeding off one another while playing to each format's strengths. Blu-ray may easily accommodate uncompressed audio with its larger disc capacity, compensating for its lack of special features. Meanwhile, HD DVD may exploit special features at the expense of audio (where most people won't even notice).
If only I weren't too cynical to believe that anyone is looking out for the consumer here. – Mark Wilson
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
You are Iron Man
|Inventor. Businessman. Genius.|
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Definitely the best new band I have heard in a while. Check em out on myspace, click the. banner
or visit their website
Red Horizon exploded on to the local California music scene in 2004. Since their start they have created a buzz all over the west coast. Red Horizon has been picked up on several radio stations including satellite, local, and college stations which have only helped the group with there snowball effect of momentum. There shows are always anticipated by huge crowds waiting to see one of the hottest new acts today. The band started from the bottom and the only place for them to go is up, and by the looks of things they're headed to the top. The band is consistently playing in front of large crowds, anywhere from 150 people to 1500 full capacity audience. In 2006 Red Horizon competed in two Battle of The Bands competitions placing first in both of them. All the passion that their music and live performance brings, follows them in every stop building their fan base day by day.
Sounds Like a polished modern rock/alternative band with mainstream melodies, lush instrumentation and metal/hardcore breakdowns
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Tuesday, February 20, 2007
You are Magneto
|You fear the persecution of those that are different or underprivileged so much that you are willing to fight and hurt others for your cause.|
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Monday, February 19, 2007
"Most of these Harvard MBA types don't add up to dog shit. Give me guys that are poor, smart and hungry. And no feelings. You win a few, you lose a few, but you keep on fighting. If you need a friend, get a dog! It's trench warfare out there pal..." -
|Body:||ONLY A FEW HOURS AFTER ANNA NICOLE SMITH DIES, HER NAME AND FACE ARE PLASTERED ALL OVER THE NEWS, THE INTERNET, AND THE RADIO. BECAUSE OF HER FAME AND FORTUNE EVERYONE SEEMS TO ACT LIKE THEY'VE KNOWN HER FOR YEARS, AND ARE SO CAUGHT UP WITH THE STORY... AND YOU WILL HEAR ABOUT THIS FOR DAYS TO COME...|
KNOW WHAT MAKES ME SICK?? THERE ARE TROOPS DYING FOR YOUR COUNTRY EVERY DAY AND THEY GET A BRIEF..."FOUR MARINES KILLED IN IRAQ TODAY.."......" ANOTHER PLANE SHOT DOWN KILLING 3 AMERICAN SOLDIERS..." AND DOES ANYONE BOTHER TO MAKE NOTE OF THESE MEN AND WOMEN DYING FOR YOUR RIGHT TO BE SAD OVER ANNA NICOLE SMITH? RARELY.
YES, IT'S VERY SAD THAT ANNA NICOLE SMITH DIED AT 39.... BUT THERE ARE ANOTHER 3000+ MEN AND WOMEN DYING AT A MUCH YOUNGER AGE DOING MUCH BIGGER AND BETTER THINGS THAN SELLING TRIM SPA AND HITTING EVERY TABLOID IN THE COUNTRY. THEYRE OVER THERE SELFLESSLY... DYING FOR THE GOOD OF OUR COUNTRY.
IT'S SAD THAT ANNA NICOLE SMITH'S SON JUST DIED... BUT THERE ARE MEN AND WOMEN OVERSEAS WHO DONT GET THE PROPER GOODBYES TO FAMILY WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE DEFENDING THE U.S.
IT'S SAD THAT ANNA NICOLE SMITH IS LEAVING BEHIND A NEWBORN BABY... BUT THERE ARE MEN AND WOMEN OUT THERE WHO HAVEN'T SEEN THEIR SONS, DAUGHTERS, HUSBANDS, WIVES, FRIENDS, AND EXTENDED FAMILY AND THERE'S A CHANCE THEY MIGHT NEVER SEE THEM AGAIN...
START WATCHING CNN AND SEE WHO THE REAL HEROS ARE IN THIS WORLD... BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH ANNA NICOLE SMITH MADE A FEW HUNDERED SKINNY, THERE ARE MEN AND WOMEN FIGHTING DAY AND NIGHT FOR MILLIONS TO LIVE FREELY IN THE UNITED STATES.
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I think she looks good. She should rock it for at least a few years; it would be something to see her baldhead on an album cover.
For those who have not heard, that is Britney Spears with the shaved head. It was in a hair salon near Los Angles where the popular pop singer came out looking like an army solider.
It was around 7pm when Britney and her two body guards went out to get her head shaved. She knocks on the door of a closed upscale salon with the proprietor still inside. The owner knew who the star was and let her in.
Britney then told the owner she wanted to shave her head, the owner tried to talk her out of it, but the singer stuck to her guns. Britney then grabbed the clippers and took out some chunks of her hair to prove her point, the stylist proceeded to finish the job.Then came the Ebayers. Britney’s hair is up for auction on Ebay. Actually there were around 60 when my search for Britney Spears Hair concluded. Some of the auctions look pretty shady, tales of being in the “right spot” at the “right time” lucky enough to receive a lock of her hair. If your in the market for celebrity hair, watch out.
These guys are from Hayward. They play a lot of local shows. If you listen to any kind of rock music you will like them. They have a unique sound with a saucy lead singer with a great voice.
Check out their myspace