Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Diving into HDTV

So on Black Friday we picked up an HDTV. It's an entry level tube TV from Sanyo. You can pick the same model up at Walmart for about $575 or so, but at Schottenstein's (Value City) we nabbed a refurbished one for $299. A bit of a risk to get a refurb, but for $299 for a 32" HDTV with an ATSC tuner, the risk is worth it. Besides, the set had gotten rave reviews at the $775 price point in late 2004 over at AVSForum.

I am enjoying it very much so far. I'm able to pull in all sorts of HDTV over the air with an antenna and nothing else. I can pull it in over my cable box as well, but it requires switching the TV into letterbox mode and is fairly annoying to make the switch. There must be some way to get the TV to automagically do this for you, but I haven't figured that out yet.

The only complaint was how the overscan was set and I needed to do some service menu type things to get that back in shape, but once that was settled it is working quite nicely.

XMas Photo over at Family Blog

The Cornell Family: Christmas 2005

Finally starting to post some things on the Family blog. Unfortunately, we still need to pretty it up a bit.

Monday, December 05, 2005


As you can tell, been quite busy around here considering I haven't posted in over a month. Evan's been keeping us very very busy.
Here's some of the fun things I have not yet done that I should have done:
  • Posted more of Evan's pix online.
  • Actually pulled the video off of the camcorder to my PC and begin to play with the DVD authoring software.
Why is that?
Evan's a wee bit colicy. There are some tough times with little sleep. Some days you wonder how you actually function. I've learned the "Shhh!" trick, the swaddle trick, the side trick. It all works...sometimes. And sometimes it's very frustrating.
But you know what, it's all worth it. It doesn't bother me that I haven't flooded my friends with pictures or videos yet. I'll get the time eventually and it will get done.
Fatherhood is better than advertised. It will only get better as he grows up and is able to interact with us even more. As we get to read books, build things, learn to play games and sports it will get even better. And there will come that day when he will curse my name...but it's OK. It's all part of being a father.
Anyway, just thought I should post something after being quiet. I'll get to posting more stuff soon enough. I've got a lot of thoughts swirling around that I'll be getting to soon.