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AVRant #28: Dina has hit her Quotie

November 15th, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

Tom starts off with a few announcements about the AVRant voicemail, the new music challenge, a few minor changes to the website, and AVRant’s ranking on Podcast Alley (you guys ROCK!!!). Tom mentioned “Save the Milk” but he meant RememberTheMilk.com. Tom talks about the Grindhouse movies and gives his impression of their visual and audio styles. Tom laments his recently deceased Xbox. What should you get the CEO of Sony for Christmas? How ’bout a time machine. Tom throws down on Blu-ray (don’t worry, he’s got no love for HD DVD either). Do you know what LARP is? Listen in to find out. Have you seen Trekkies? Dina has and that’s pretty cool. Tom answers some listener questions about future proofing your system and whether it is better to have one more expensive sub or two cheaper ones. Tom talks about WAF briefly. You have homework – Read THIS. Do it now. Tom realized right after they finished taping that he forgot to give his impressions of the HD DVD version of Transformers. That’ll just have to wait until next week. Thanks for listening.

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  1. jnmfox
    November 15th, 2007 at 02:00 | #1

    Now I have to wait another week to know if I should like Transformers… Can I take back my vote on Podcast Alley?

    Except for the vulgarity you gotta love CRACKED, there is some great stuff there. I’ve missed portions of my “less interesting” graduate school lectures because of that site.

  2. IamAhab
    November 15th, 2007 at 15:00 | #2

    Tom, if you haven’t listend to the Fellowship of the Ring commentary, you really should.

    On a different note, I saw Darkon this weekend and it actually made me a little sad.(and I’m fairly heartless and insensative)It seemed like most of those people had kind of given up on being successfull in their real lives. I just wanted to grab that fat kid and say, “What, there aren’t any fat chicks to talk to in Baltimore?”

  3. November 15th, 2007 at 15:34 | #3

    Now, come on IamAhab. That’s not nice. You KNOW there are fat chicks in Baltimore ;)

    I kind of agree with you. I read the reviews and people described it as “uplifting” and “heartwarming” (from what I remember) and to me it was more like, “Thank God there are people like this in the world so that I can point at them and saw, ‘See! I’m not such a geek after all!’”

  4. IamAhab
    November 15th, 2007 at 18:57 | #4

    Agreed. It’s always nice when someone lowers the bar for a change.

  5. Gizmo_Logix
    January 16th, 2008 at 14:26 | #5

    Wow! Just wow! Tom, man! You are so biased. You’re just bad at hiding it.

  6. January 16th, 2008 at 14:44 | #6

    If by “biased” you mean “don’t fall into line with blu-ray fanboys” then yes. I agree. And I’m terrible at hiding that.

  7. Gizmo_Logix
    January 16th, 2008 at 21:05 | #7

    No. More about not coming clean about your dislike of Sony. And letting that “bias” seep into your commentary. It shows.

    You give the benefit of the doubt to Toshiba. But not Sony. Even if the shoe was on the other foot.

    At least admit your dislike of Sony (Business practices, polices, root kits, DRM, etc…). And then say that because of that you didn’t want Blu-ray to win. But stop pretending that your “fair and balanced.”

    I’d also like to challenge your opinion that HD DVD was “better (your words).”

    Your whole argument was based upon the fact that the HD DVD SPEC was finished? But completely forgot to mention the capacity SPEC for Blu-ray (25, 50, 100GB, 200GB. Yes, it matters) and the bandwidth limitation of HD DVD (36 Mbit/s) vs Blu-rays (53 Mbit/s). Yes, bit-rates of the codecs whether they be MPEG 4 AVC, VC1 or MPEG2 do matter when they master the dics + add PCM 24/96Khz audio tracks uncompressed or high-bit rate TrueHD/DTS HD MA. Bandwidth capability matters!

    Now, regarding the P-in-P, BD-J and Live updates. That’s coming in the 2.0 spec. But these are just extra features, some of which you stated you don’t care much for (Directors commentary). Yet, you elevate this higher than the other benefits of Blu-ray and say HD DVD is better? Do you see where your arguments falls apart?

  8. January 17th, 2008 at 11:56 | #8

    No I don’t. All I see is someone that loves their PS3 and can’t stand the thought of someone disparaging it in any way.

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