John_Cline wrote on 2/12/2005, 5:48 PM
I said, "This particular TV looks better than any LCD or plasma TV I have seen at a reasonable price point." and I stand by that statement. Yes, it's my opinion.

Now about CRT technology, you call it old, I call it mature. The Sony HDTV that I mentioned has an extremely fine pitch aperture grille and employs velocity modulation scanning, which, among other things, adjusts the size of the beam to compensate for deflection errors. I adjusted the convergence on my HDTV after I got it, which is not something that the normal consumer would do. Even with no post-purchase convergence, the XBR-960 DOES produce a true 1080i image and it looks noticeably better to my trained eye than any LCD or plasma TV at the $2,000 price point. Without a single exception, every one of my friends in the industry that have seen my properly adjusted XBR has preferred its image by far to their vastly more expensive plasma and LCD TV's. Of course, I can't easily hang my XBR on the wall.

Plus, the XBR-960 can produce a 480i, 480p, 720p and 1080i image natively. Most LCD and plasma TV's MUST rely on some sort of interpolation because their native resolution doesn't meet ANY of the recognized SD or HD standards.


(dmcknight, my uncle has the RCA Scenium DLP and its pretty impressive. Currently, I think DLP has the most promise in the large screen HDTV display battle. Although, Sony's Qualia reflective LCD panels are the best looking thing I have seen yet. When the 1920x1080p DLP's using "wobble technology" are released soon, that may take the prize at prices "normal" people can afford.)
L25 wrote on 2/12/2005, 5:56 PM

I have an xbr 910. Should I have my convergence checked and adjusted. If so, who would I have do that?

jeff in SF
BillyBoy wrote on 2/12/2005, 7:26 PM
[Edited by moderator...] You know what I love about you Spot? Its so damn easy to push your buttons. Here you are again exploding and of course you just have to pull out that you're the expert, nobody knows more than Spot routine, one more time. You have any idea what a pathetic sad blowhard you come across as? Apparently not.

Take for example you now repeating WHAT I SAID; larger screen Plasma and LCD's can't produce 1080 native pixels which is why your precious "HD" won't look HD to many people. But you dodge that issue and go off on a rant about cameras. Of course to anyone not reading the entire thread you try to make it sound like you're telling me. The heights of your self-indulgence when it comes to your obsessive need to engage in constant ego stroking is legendry. Then you try to claim "I'm in the dark" with regard to camera standards. I only mentioned cameras in passing, you're obsessed with them. I was talking about the poor neglected consumer. You know, the guy you're suppose to be concerned about, but not you, you'll all about stroking your bloated ego. Everybody face Utah and worship the great all knowing Video "god" named Spot. What a crock!

As always, you make things up. You close your latest rant trying to pretend I claimed things I never said. I actually feel sorry for you Spot. I know all too well the personality type you have. I've met many people with bloated egos. You should from a club. Problem of course is who would be king of blowhards?
busterkeaton wrote on 2/12/2005, 9:39 PM
More racism and selfloathing ranting from BillyBoy, the more things change...
John_Cline wrote on 2/12/2005, 10:20 PM
William Schlake (a.k.a.BillyBoy),

[Edited by moderator]

Let me break it down for you; Spot, myself and MANY others on this forum MAKE television for a LIVING and have for a LONG time. You don't make television. you WATCH television... as a HOBBY. And THAT, Mr. Schlake, is what separates us from you.

Spot|DSE wrote on 2/12/2005, 10:31 PM
Buster, John...give it up. BB apparently can't help himself. There will always be throwbacks to the 50's. Heck, we even got the right to vote in 1962 thanks to Nixon's legislation! That said, I for one hope that the moderators don't edit BB's post, and leave it so that others can see his spew and realize what kind of person he is. Calling me a liar, plagiarizer, chief, redskin, drunk Indian, and making references to my culture simply shows you are a weak, pathetic, angry person. I really feel sorry for you.

More on topic, I bought a Lexar Jumpdrive today, the 512MB model. On it, prepackaged, was a Windows Media Video HD stream as part of the promotional cost. (35.00 for 512MB, which is why I bought it)
Surprised me, as while I can see the intent of putting a trailer on the drive, having it in WMVHD was pretty cool and unusual.

While you've been in Vegasland looking at all the cool toys in the Sony store, I got to go to my nirvana, Fry's....I love the Burbank and Anahiem Fry's. Just plain ole' clean fun.

And now we're only 2 posts away from 200. Who gets the champagne?
DavidMcKnight wrote on 2/12/2005, 10:32 PM

yep, Spot's right. No need to reply.
VegasVidKid wrote on 2/12/2005, 10:39 PM
As post #201 on this topic, I will refer to the terms of service for this forum:

(Things have gone far beyond amusing stupidity):

You agree not to do any of the following actions while using any Services:

1. Harass, threaten, embarrass or cause distress or discomfort upon another Services participant, user or other individual or entity;
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5. Disrupt the normal flow of dialogue in a SPD chat room or forum, or otherwise act in a manner that negatively affects other participants;
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Now let's break out that champagne! (At least Spot looks like he's not wasting Saturday night responding to inane bulletin board flaming)!
John_Cline wrote on 2/12/2005, 10:43 PM
OK, Spot, I'll give up.

Curiously, I've been in Vegas this week attending "RES2005", a Native American business conference. BillyBoob just pushed the wrong button and I am about as white a white guy as one can be. Go figure...

About Fry's, I spent a total of four hours over a period of two days at the one here in Las Vegas and I walked out both times without spending a dime. I was so depressed. I honestly couldn't find anything I wanted to buy. Have I actually reached a point where I have all the consumer toys I need? No, that can't be it...

Spot|DSE wrote on 2/12/2005, 10:55 PM
John, when we meet again at NAB, we'll raise a toast to being Human Beings rather than Humans Becoming.

RES2005 is a great conference, my sister, Lara Arrowchis, and my cousin, Deb Reed were both presenters there. My Uncle, Forrest Cuch is the Director of Indian Affairs for the State of Utah, and his son David is the new Economic Director of the Ute tribe. I think Forrest was in Vegas, but I'm not sure. Wish I could have been there, never hit that conference before. Did you go see the smallest reservation in the US while you were there? The Moapa band of Piautes have a 1/3 acre res just north of the Stratosphere. Cigarette store and a couple homes, nothing more. I think they might have an HD screen in there, not sure. I will be taking my HDV camera there when I visit for NAB. I think I'm gonna ride my motorcycle down.
John_Cline wrote on 2/12/2005, 11:03 PM

My partners and I were here promoting the project I told you about. It was successful beyond our wildest expectations. I met so many people while I was here, I'll need a week to sort it all out. It's entirely possible I met some of your family.

I wish I had known about the res cigarette store, I needed to buy a carton of smokes and I would have preferred they made the profit off of me.

By the way, just to keep it on topic: HDV IS HD.

riredale wrote on 2/12/2005, 11:18 PM

Don't ride your bike down--you'll freeze your tail off. I once rode my motorcycle from LA back to Boston in the middle of January, to get back in time for classes for college. I stayed as far south in the US as I could, then began heading north from Atlanta. Almost died from hypothermia in Connecticut. Man, when you're young you think you'll live forever.

Anyway, I have tried avoiding this thread for the past couple of days, since it's not my idea of fun. Still, I wanted to be poster #200. Darn.

BB, what determines the size of the bubbles? I've heard that before--that the smaller the bubbles, the finer the wine. Why? Is it the sugar content?
Spot|DSE wrote on 2/12/2005, 11:22 PM
I'm hoping for warm weather. I rode last week for about 3 hours, temp got up to 43...It was glorious. With my new Rio Carbon and 5 gig of tunes, it was heavenly. Can't wait to do my annual semi-long ride.
But this time, I'll mount my Z1 to the front of the bike to document the trip. 1 hour of tape, one hour per tank of gas...makes perfect sense.

But if it's cold, I won't ride. Nevada has nasty new changes to their helmet laws anyway. I don't think you're permitted HD helmets. :-)
theceo wrote on 2/12/2005, 11:32 PM
Best Champagne to my taste is Perrier Jouet de Fleur and Cristal a close second

Everyday good champagned 1/4 the price Mumms Cordon Rouge

These all taste pretty similar to each other very dry and not sweet

It is an acquired taste for most

Throw a strawberry in the glass for a young lass and you'll probably get a piece of ...

riredale wrote on 2/12/2005, 11:40 PM
I loved my bike. It was exotic at the time--a modified Honda 550 engine with a turbo (back before bikes had turbos), redline of 12,000, 400 lbs light, went like heck until the plugs began to foul after about a week. I rode that thing everywhere in LA. It was finally stolen out in front of USC when I was a grad student there a couple of years after my previously-mentioned cross-country. Had 75,000 miles on it by then.

I used to hate the helmet laws. Anybody riding without a helmet is doing something really foolish, of course, given the consequences of a fall. But I hated the notion of Big Brother telling me what to do. Now, if my insurance company told me to wear one, well, that would make sense. After all, they were the ones footing the bill if I wound up in the hospital.

Anyway, I have a feeling that I've extended my life by at least a decade since I no longer have a bike. I do miss it, though.
BillyBobJr wrote on 2/13/2005, 1:12 AM

This is an official WARNING: you're an embarassment to this community.

A petition signed by the community members has been submitted for an immediate trace of your IP address by the moderators for further actions (including background check for mental health deviations).

No further action on your part is required. You've said enough.


PS WillyB,

Saw you last, locked in a cage, where you belonged. You got what you deserved:

mhbstevens wrote on 2/13/2005, 10:56 AM
Well I guess Spot won his Champagne (or was it Spumante?) so next time he is in southern Californai I suggest a bunch of us meet at the the Anaheim Fry's and plan a Vegas party like the the one I missed in Decenmver during expo west.

Spot|DSE wrote on 2/13/2005, 10:58 AM
mhbstevens, I'm there now.
Wanna connect tomorrow night? (monday)
mhbstevens wrote on 2/13/2005, 7:10 PM
YES, YES, YES and I can bring my FIRST HDV shot. Actually by good luck it was an interesting one. I was taking a shot of Cahuilla mountain, a small hill I see from my back porch when the clouds rolled up the valley to give pine trees in the forground, clouds as the middle distance rather than the usual farthest, and snow caps beyond.

Need get baby sitter and bring a wife (it being that V day). Where are you staying? If you want privacy you may email me at I live in the Santa Rosa mountains between LA, SD and Palm Springs but I always jump at an oppertunity to come into town.

mhbstevens wrote on 2/13/2005, 8:39 PM

I got a baby sitter. My wife said "you will just talk shop." I said hell no, we will be talking Champange. Let me know where you are staying and we will take you to dinner. Can be in Annaheim by 6:30pm Is Billy Boy coming?

Mike Stevens
nickle wrote on 2/13/2005, 9:08 PM
Now THAT was funny.
BillyBoy wrote on 2/13/2005, 9:20 PM
I'm not coming, but according to Cline I'm always Topic A of any discussion. You of course should all toast me. <wink>

But before you do, read this little story from my wine making days:

For many years a major brand of wine was shipped from California in railroad tank cars and bottled in Chicago near 25th and Ashland. They had over half a million gallon capacity underground. The rumors they used water from the Chicago river (right along side the plant) is false.

Since it was a bottling plant hardly a month went buy that someone didn't complain something "foreign" was in the wine bottle they purchased. The favorite foreign object was a rodent, but we received just about anything you could squeeze in a wine bottle including live gold fish. Since I'm talking the cheaper wine with a twist off cap, the defense was always send us the bottle and if its sealed you'd receive a replacement. The plant manager had a interesting collection of rodents in whine bottles. Of course each had a broken seal and there was no way anything more than a couple microns in size could pass throught the filters. Anyway bottoms up.