So I was looking at France Telecom's Website last night reading about their new triple-play offer. I have the ADSL so I have the modem. All I need is a set-top box - they call it a decoder - and another dohicky that shifts the signal from the modem through the electric wiring to the TV. And then I need that new Apple iTV box even though I don't want to watch my iTunes songs on the TV, not having an iPod nor any iTunes. But I might want to record some 30 year-old movie and burn it on DVDs and make some like cookies and sell 'em and get rich. I'll even leave in the FBI warning.
I saw some Netflix movies when I was in New York. Paying a subscription and I put in a DVD and the first thing I see is that message from the FBI saying that they are going to chase me to the ends of the earth. They should change their name to the Hollywood Enforcers. Of course I could avoid all problems with them if I only duplicate Russian movies. But I don't want Putin's guys after me. They have worse stuff than handcuffs.
So at the FNAC I was looking at the big TVs. Some of them are really big. Like small swimming pools. The problem here is that there is no high-definition TV yet. There is digital TV and some of it is free, but HD it is not. Did anybody read that lament last week by the porn producers that most porn stars aren't ready for HD? They have blemishes and pimples and pock marks, not to mention fake body parts. All that stuff shows really good on HD TV.
The big TV stations in New York are doing some HD broadcasting. Even their best people - those anchor folks - look at bit wild on the HD. Simple TV makeup isn't good enough anymore. HD TV means seeing ugly in total detail. You gotta ask yourself if it's worth it, paying for one of those big monster TVs, to see ugly. Sweat, hair, blotches, sneaky eyes. Good thing they didn't digitalize smell yet.
So in the FNAC, standing around in the incredible heat thrown off by all the gigantic TVs, I am pondering the 42" models and noticing that the plasmas are getting cheaper than the LCDs and wondering whether the Home Cinema is really necessary for listening to Hot Lips do the weekend news on France-2. But what I am really considering is how I can rearrange my modest living room to get in even more than 42" - floor reinforcements? At the very least I will need to order a dumpster and get rid of some of this junk I have - such as the old TV, old hifi, and several generations of computers, printers, books, diskettes, posters, 35mm cameras, IKEA furniture, lamps, tables, boxes, firehoses, plastic bags and my souvenir life-ring from Hamburg.