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Interesting tidbits I encountered today

Thanks to TV and for the convenience of TV, you can only be one of two kinds of human beings, either a liberal or a conservative.
- Kurt Vonnegut

triskaidekaphobia - Fear of the number 13.


In other news, I can honestly say I don't think I will ever get used to how difficult it is to make a journal post every day. All day yesterday I wanted to, but was involved in other things, and just never got around to it. Yesterday I could have, but the day before I was completely unable to, due to the launch.

Soooo, how did the launch go? It went pretty well, all things considered. We got on the air with minor bumps and scrapes, but if you were watching it on a television formatted with the standard, soon-to-be-obsolete 4:3 aspect ratio, you missed a lot - and I mean a lot. Everything at our station is being shot 16:9 now: our studio cameras and the photogs cameras. I should say, we are making every effort to broadcast in 16:9. That effort has resulted in some unfortunate casualties that, in my opinion, could have been avoided.

I don't know, it just seems to me that if we really wanted to avoid the pitfalls then they would have been avoided. I can tell you if anyone had taken the time to ask those of us in the production department, I can't think of one person who would have answered, "Oh I don't mind looking like we don't know what the hell we're doing." I think if the bigwigs would have been more focused on getting it right, rather than meeting some arbitrary deadline ...

... ah, but I did enough bellyaching in the last entry. I could go on and on and it doesn't solve anything, because no one cares to listen to me. The main thing is, our new set is a significant improvement over what we had before and if you are lucky enough to watch it on a high-def TV then you are in for a real treat. As for the anchors and reporters appearing on the set, I'm happiest for them, because they are such professionals, they are some of my favorite people to work with, and I know they are thrilled to pieces to have such nice digs for a change. They deserve it. I hope this set makes them want to stay a little longer.

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