16/01/2008

Why W-I-D-E

I decided to replace my computer monitor recently, going for a flat screen 19".
It wasn't easy trying to find one that WASN'T a wide-screen version, all manner of salespeople - staring at me AGHAST with horror - is this man completely MAD?

You see, the 4:3 ratio (the "old" ratio - if you must) is perfectly suited to viewing ...... well, a PICTURE. There is no reason on God's earth to want to view things as if you're knelt in front of a letter box! Wide-screen might be cool in a cinema, necessary even, given that cinemas tend to be larger than living rooms - quite nice for looking at a Tibetan snow-strewn panorama ..... but for Eastenders? (whatever that is?).

NO, no no no. It's fashion again. Be honest now, is the picture better? Nicer somehow? Easier on the eye? No. It's worse. It's S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-D, and the bigger the screen, the more ridiculous in today's modern home lounges.

What a shame - to phase out the perfect viewing ratio in the name of fashion, and to have (increasingly) everyday programs now shown in a format that distorts the picture.

These angry posts

You know, I've just read down this little lot - they're REALLY angry aren't they?

I can only apologise, it's ridiculous really - I think I was angry about .... oooooooh forty-thousand other things and took it out on the keyboard.

However, I stand by EVERY topic - all are valid, and many are topics taken-up some months later by a newspaper or radio discussion.

Funny, not angry at all - that.

01/01/2008

TV & Radio Ad's - cannot bring themselves to say the word "POUNDS"

I've made a resolution. NEVER, EVER to buy anything from a retailer whose advert describes a price as "two-nine-nine" (instead of Two Hundred and ninety-nine POUNDS).

Invariably it appears to be same people who offer FANTASTIC OFFERS, like (this was COMET - in Jan 08) a product for £120 less than it was pre-sale (now 139, was 259).

Just how much blasted profit were they making pre-sale if they can AFFORD to reduce that profit by £120?

Unbelievable.