The rantings of a beautiful mind

On life, society, and computer technology.

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Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I live in the Fortress of Solitude. I drive the Silver Beast. My obsession is justice. I used to be a Windows software developer. I retired in 2000 when my stock options helped me achieve financial security.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

To Critics of my Television Lifestyle

There are three things in this universe that are absolutely and unquestionably true:

1) Our sun will someday go nova and destroy all life on earth.

2) There will never be peace between the Arabs and Jews.

3) When they lower me into my grave, I will be clutching my plasma TV.

I’m going to have a television mausoleum. The walls will be lined with little LCD flat panels showing endless loops of my favourite TV shows. (Who’s going to pay for the electricity? Solar panels!)

I intend to be immortalized in the Smithsonian as “the Television Man,” whose life was indistinguishable from the all-pervasive medium. In addition to replicas of all my past TVs, including my plasma and LCD, there will be a wax figure of me, a la Madame Tussaud.

I want James Cameron to make a High Definition film of my life called, “A Man for All TV Seasons.”

Saturday, July 22, 2006

A Terrific LCD TV

I passed on both the Daytek 32" and Samsung 32" LCD TVs. I found a lovely product from Toshiba, the 32HL86. (It's very similar to the 32HL66.)

I love its industrial design – it looks, oh, so cool in my bedroom! It also has great build quality.

I especially like the picture quality. I think it's better than anything from Sharp or Sony.

I bought it from Futile Shop for CDN$1,500 - $50 special coupon = $1,450. If you also subtract $150 for the 6 months of free HD PVR rental from Rogers that comes with the purchase, the effective price is $1,300 + tax. I'm making off like a bandit!