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Erica and I joined the digital age two nights ago. We picked up our converter box at Target for 10.81 after the government coupon and tax was applied. After plugging it into the TV, we immediately noticed the slightly improved picture quality and several new channels. (Included a nice weather channel set from Channel 5.) Of course, we also lost several channels as well. The new converter box has a lot of nifty little features like program guides and digital sound.
However, the squiggles and fuzz of the old analog set-up has been replaced with the garbled pixels of the digital age. I for one prefer slight fuzz to a constantly rearranging pixel set. I have a feeling that, when the masses get converted, there will be a lot of talk about this. I'm not sure that the digital age will be all that it is cracked up to be. But, we don't really watch much TV at any rate, so we'll leave that to other people to decide.
If you don't have cable or satellite TV and have yet to by your converter box, you've got about 5 more weeks until you'll need one. On February 17th, the US is going digital whether we like it or not. If you haven't gotten your coupon and want the government to pick up part of the tab, you can go here to apply.
While we don't watch a lot of broadcast TV, we do watch shows on DVD a few times a week. We started watching How I Met Your Mother last night. Over the last three years, I've caught about 5 episodes of this show, which was enough to know that it is funny. I was glad to see that the first three episodes that we watched last night didn't disappoint. This is a show that has a great ensemble cast and sharp writing. We're looking forward to finishing the first disk tonight.
I also watched The Chase last night. This has got to be one of my mindless movie favorites of all time. (My number one mindless favorite is Starship Troopers.) If you are looking for a great movie of cinematic quality worthy of an Oscar, move on past this one. But, if you are looking for an enjoyable, non-sensible film to blow through an hour and 1/2 of the day, put this one in and relax.
The movie follows Charlie Sheen and Kristy Swanson as Sheen's character holds Swanson's captive and tries to make a run for Mexico. About 80 minutes of the 88 minute of this film takes place in the stolen car that is running down the freeway with the police and news crews in tow. The acting is decent, the dialog is OK, but the whole of the movie is greater than the sum of its parts. Movie Review: 4 out of 5.
Quiz Day: What Metal Are You?
You Are Iron
You are strong and dominant. You are used to getting your way.
You are often at conflict with your primal urges, but you don't let on to this inner turmoil.
You are also very agile and flexible. Once you change course, you commit to it.
You are a person who is more substance than style. You prefer to let your actions speak for you.
Companion Quiz: What Element Are You?
Your Element Is Earth
You excel at planning and strategizing.
You could be a champ at chess or Survivor.
Well grounded, you are able to be realistic and rationalize.
On the inside, you have a hard core. It's tough to phase you.
You are super productive, and you are able to think anything through.
Focused and super charged, your instincts are a good guide for your next step.