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  • February 15, 2008
  • By John
  • Comments Off on waste paper
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waste paper

or news paper as some people call it. I really don't see much use for the thing anymore. all my news updates we get through our "barker" channel here at work. We are connected to several news networks, ABC, Fox, and WW1,CBS. When ever breaking news happens, they have someone who announces what's going on and where to tune in to catch the stories to air. When i'm not in the office, newschannel5 sends me emails with updates... unless of courses they are in the sweeps, then every story is a breaking story.. but anyway...

I was sitting in the bathroom and someone left a piece of the paper behind. This is probably the only time i ever really sit and read the thing so what they way.. as long as it's not the sports section. "Rio Living" ok i'll give it a shot. front page was a story about

"The Met Experience"

as local theaters catch up to the rest of the world and start installing digital projectors... they are finding more ways to use them.

a brief history...

  • you'd go to a movie, you'd sit and at the time on the ticket the movie would start, with background music occupying your time as you waited.
  • theaters began using slide projectors before movies to show slides of ads. eventually trivia and movie facts were added. movie began, slide projector turned off.
  • then they swapped out the slide projectors for small high lumen video projectors. all the screens could show the same feed from the same computer in a more elegant fasion with central control over all the screens. Video input controlled by cues embedded in pre-roll film (same cues that trigger the audio type and house lights). now they could show actual commercials before you saw your movie. yeah, you pay good money to be shown commercials.. but hey, not like your goinig anywhere. you can't change the channel.
  • then they came out with digital audio. ok.. this was wierd. i'm used to the crack and popple of aged film on the big screen. now you can still the film scratches and smudges.. but you don't heard them. talk about a trip...
  • now.. they've begun installing digital projectors. large high lumen Christie projectors mostly. And the film is a thing of the past.. now when movies are delivered.. they are sent over either an OC3 or highbandwidth downlink. Stored on a local video RAID and distributed across the entire network. with that same downlink they can also show live shows.

ok.. so back to the story. they are talking about showing operas from the MET on the big screens. ok.. now if your want to watch the opera.. your going to the opera for the experience. not for the smell of the popcorn, the crying kids, the blaring cellphone and the kids sneaking in the emergency exits. They are also talking about doing broadway shows on here. ok.. so most people in the valley wont' ever get out of the valley.. this may seam like a good idea, but you can't ever appericate what these things really are like.. unless your there in person. you can even go see a concert, or a ball game..

when's the last time you ever left your living room after watching the big game thinking.. wow! that was an awesome experience! i gotta bring my friends over to see this?

ok.. so i continued futher. next page was a story about the cdc worried about kids playing the choking game. ok.. i can see how this could be good news for parents, but why are they giving everyone step by step instructions on how to choke yourself almost-to-death for a high?

the rest of the paper was car ads. really interesting read.

ok.. enough rambling. that was 5 minutes of your life you'll never get back.

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