aTypical Joe: a gay New Yorker living in the rural South
Sunday, September 25, 2005
The theater here was recently renovated so I’ve been wanting to get back to going out to the movies. I’d like to see Good Night and Good Luck for example.
People here don’t go out to the movies much anymore. They’re not alone:
I think moviegoing is doomed to die off slowly unless Hollywood can come up with a reasonable new experience. As it now stands, I can feed an HDTV signal into a standard Toshiba LCD projector through the composite video ports and blow out a 100-inch 16:9 image on a screen and get a theater experience in the home. With progressive scan or line-doubling DVD players, the experience is phenomenal. Use a DLP theater projector or a large-screen plasma display, and you’re in heaven.
So why do I now want to go to the theater? Do I want to go because it’s more expensive than a DVD rental? Do I want to go for the greasy popcorn coated with trans-fat butter-flavored oil? Do I want to go so I can hear cell phones going off all over the place and people yakking on them? Do I want to go because most of the movies aren’t shown on large screens at all, but in boxcar-sized rooms with screens not much bigger than my projector screen at home? Do I want to go because the sound is turned too loud and pumped through a mediocre audio system?
A friend mounted his living room projector and drop down screen yesterday; his sound system is probably better than the theater’s. Another, a Bollywood buff, cancelled his popular home movie nights until he gets his tenure packet in at the end of the month.
It’s not likely I’ll get them to go out to a theater with me.
Less TV today
Personally I’m not too disappointed as I find myself watching less and less television these days anyways. I’m down to one show, Six Feet Under, and even with that I’m now 4 weeks behind. Shhhh. don’t give anything away. The problem is competing media that increasingly moves me away from television. The primary culprits? Flickr. Photography. Blogging. RSS.
I’m right there with him. The show I wanted to get to, all summer, is the last 4 episodes of last season’s West Wing, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I want to get to those episodes before the new season begins.
Odds are I’m not going to make it.
Months ago I promised video blogging and took off with a camera to shoot. I posted my first 2 snippets (on [deleted by request] and Gay Media), successfully got them to Google (after some frustration; and still no Mac!) and not a thing since.
Here’s what’s up…
I’ve been working hard opening a new Media Lab for the college. We opened the day after Labor Day but the official grand opening is the week after next. The Media Lab includes webcasts and podcasts so that’s another thing keeping me busy.
There have been organizational and procedural obstacles to get by, lots of hardware and software to install and learn, a student staff to train and a student body to motivate, all while doing the regular work of the labs.
On the home front we’re still putting the house together from the summer renovations. Keeping busy there too.
So I’m looking forward to getting back to my video blogging; I imagine cool winter weekends working on the video already shot, finding out more about Our Media and Participatory Culture, and shooting more.
There’s lots of interesting stuff to shoot around here, but I’m still an old school video guy, and that takes time. But maybe the students will teach me and I’ll learn to be a free and easy video guy; find a new way and do my own version of Walking in LA.