Monthly Archives: September 2009

Experience 18th-Century Technology

Written on September 30, 2009 at 11:47 am, by

It’s nice to be reminded, every now & then, that we are not the great technological geniuses we think we are.  A good place to do that is at the Drottningholms Slottsteater, an opera house in the Stockholm area that opened in 1766.  It’s a long story to explain why, but suffice it to say […]  More

Television in 1882

Written on September 30, 2009 at 11:29 am, by

For a long time, I’ve been familiar with the illustrations of the French artist and writer Albert Robida because of his “predictions” of television as early as 1882.  But, until recently, I had not read his accompanying descriptions.  An English translation of Robida’s 1882 book The Twentieth Century was published by Wesleyan University Press in […]  More

Walkin' in a Camera Wonderland

Written on September 20, 2009 at 3:29 pm, by

If you want to see products that don’t appear in U.S. trade-press magazines, you need to go beyond NAB, SMPTE, and InfoCOMM. You need to go to the International Broadcasting Convention. IBC is my favorite trade show. I can leave work, catch an evening flight to Amsterdam, and take a train directly from the airport […]  More

Angry About Contrast

Written on September 11, 2009 at 5:25 am, by

If you are looking at the above picture on a nominally sized screen at a nominal viewing distance, you probably see an angry man on the left.  What’s an “angry man”?  Me, when I think about technical descriptions of HDTV. Think about it.  Maybe you hear HDTV described as being 1080i or 720p.  Maybe it’s […]  More

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