I know, I know, hard to believe isn't it? In the past, many people
have complained about norm's abuse of stain and poly. I've been mostly
ambivalent about the subject up until now.
The latest NYW in the tivo was this really cool corner table where half
of the table was a drop-leaf. But what was really striking was the
wood choice. The first part of the show talked about how this white
oak was pulled out of a civil war era dam on a river in virgina iirc.
After resawing, the *white oak* looked like a charcoal color, almost
silvery, on the television. He complained about being able to get
enough of the wood for the two projects. And the color wasn't exactly
uniform across the table top. But still, the color was awesome.
Can anyone guess what he did? He stained it with dark walnut stain to
"even out the color". This thing was screaming for just a clear
finish. Now, I agree that the top had been glued up with boards that
were unfortunately a different color. But couldn't he have done
something else? Couldn't he have selected a different board? Put the
light wood in the back or something? He glued up five of the boards to
be able to make the table legs, and there was a aweful lot of waste.
Couldn't he have done the first project in some other wood, saving the
good wood for the second one he does for the camera? Anything?
Yeah that's about right. As he brushed on the stain, the mixture of
the dark wood and walnut stain just turned it jet black. It really
seemed like he was annoyed with the wood and the supplier. He also
said that he had to add a couple dutchmans to cover some nail holes.
To me, I'd show that off as a character piece, either leaving the nail
hole or showing the dutchman. With the stain, I'm sure the patches
I brought up a similar question reguarding the shop clock. Somebody
commented that in HD the clock he stained dark was made out of sub-par
walnut.....Of course after I brought it up I noticed that the clock he kept
in the shop was unfinished.
While I hate to defend the intentional staining of wood, in Norm's case he's
usually making a replica of an antique which had a dark finish.
I can certainly appreciate doing a reproduction piece. But in this
case, if he were doing a reproduction, why not use walnut, cherry, or
qswo? I think a unique wood deserves a unique piece with a finish to
show off the unusual grain or color.
Uhh... I guess that would have been me.
Atlanta PBA - Terrestrial ATSC broadcast channel: 21.1
515000 khz - Video PID: 49 - Audio PID: 52 - Transport Stream ID: 747
Before the recent republican cuts to the PBS budget, they were
broadcasting considerable content at 1920x1080 res, but since, it's
been mostly SD, small HD, and non-16:9 content.
Now don't get too excited and run out and buy one of those bug
infested HDTV receivers just yet. The video looks as though it has
been touched by analog equipment, but it is broadcast in HD, but NOT
16:9. It is HD but not wide aspect ratio. ( SD is 740x480 or less)
Here is a frame - if you care to see the lumpy parts.
Native broadcast resolution, about 1400x1080:
I would link you to a video clip, but a 15 second raw transport stream
clip of the finishing sequence is about 13.616 Mb. Re-encoded into a
DVD resolution MPEG-2/AC3 stream, it is still 6 Mb. A full 25 minute
NYW episode is around 4 Gigs of TS data.
I wouldn't know - who wants, or has time, to sit in front of the tube
for 3 hours? What I do know is that more money is spent on eye-candy
and tweaking the HDTV broadcasts of football games in the US than any
other material, because that's what sells TVs, gas-grills, 6 bladed
razors and $200B in Chinese imports. Inexplicably, sports broadcasts
are the premiere example of the medium.
But there are issues with HDTV at this point in time.
glaring A/V Sync problems, gross artifacts from mangled bit streams
and MPEG2 encoding, lockups in confused digital equipment, etc.
Consumer response has been tepid at best, and most early adopters of
this technology, like most others, pay a premium for the privilege of
working the bugs out.
This isn't only _my_ opinion, see:
Implementation Subcommittee Finding, IS/191, ATSC Implementation
Subcommittee Finding: Relative Timing of Sound and Vision for
Broadcast Operations, which is available on the ATSC Web site.
In a nutshell, ITU R BT.1359-1 was carefully considered and found
inadequate for purposes of audio and video synchronization for DTV
I've been in the video business for a third of a century, and IMHO,
HDTV is not quite ready for prime time, and is being forced down the
public's throat. I also feel that in the best interests of National
Security, standard NTSC broadcasting and VHF band allocations should
be left as is, not only to service an alternate lower tier market, but
to provide a simple, durable, proven fallback method of
communications. But idiots and their cell-phones are clamoring to
claim the frequencies for their superior coverage/penetrating
IMHO, there are other factors to consider as well. When an EMF burst
destroys all these cell-phones, satellites, DTV's and their supporting
infrastructure, good old ham radio and NTSC will be the only forms of
communications for quite some time.
Unlikely, perhaps, but terrorists & solar activity warn 'be prepared'.
Never claimed that it was shot in HD, and in fact, implied otherwise.
The chroma-crawl implies old analog and bad transcoding to DTV.
Sorry to say, haven't maintained a license or rig for 2 decades.
Was into it way back in the Heathkit days, but the equipment (and
everything else) was destroyed in a mysterious fire. I was then
distracted by other things, like survival (and computers). As a youth
I climbed far up many a tree to string antennas of various
descriptions. Where I lived, it was my sole contact with intelligence
(beyond the vicinity...?)
And none of the microprocessor controlled ham rigs made in the last 25
years will work either.
Barry (who's Icom aviation handheld will be a doorstop, but he's got a
steam gauge airplane and a bicycle)
Greg G. (in email@example.com) said:
| IMHO, there are other factors to consider as well. When an EMF
| burst destroys all these cell-phones, satellites, DTV's and their
| supporting infrastructure, good old ham radio and NTSC will be the
| only forms of communications for quite some time.
Not too many hams using equipment without semiconductors these days...
DeSoto, Iowa USA
This is true to a degree, but there are still a lot of vintage tube
rigs running these days. The actual point, however, is that the
technology is easier to build from scratch. Should giant meteors, MW
pulses, or large green aliens cripple modern society as it stands,
it's good to have a standby technology in the hands of the citizenry
to enable basic communications. Radios were built by hand years ago,
from basic readily available materials. Can you imagine trying to
re-create the infrastructure needed for DTV from scratch... ;-)
Apparently you haven't been to a Super Bowl party?
I watched ONE game this year, while enjoying awesome homebrew, fried
alligator, bacon wrapped scallops, kick-ass cocktail sauces on huge
shrimp, a chill contest, and cranberry jello shots, with a whole bunch
of other folks who didn't know who half of the guys on the field were. =8^0
Game? What game?
LOL. I guess that is one of the things I resent most about aging.
Friends aren't allowed out of the house by their spouses, and parties
are pretty much out of the question. So I spend my time working...
They call it 'keeping the peace at home' and 'being responsible'.
I call it P-whipped. ;-)
Young people don't want to hang with older and think you're vying for
their girlfriends. (Which might just be true when single...)
Funny, I never had these "problems" in Florida, just here in
high-stress, paranoid Atlanta.
Yeah, I know. However...
Having moved umpteen times to escape the ever widening domain of the
evil developer-lords, I am looking even farther away. You're on the
cusp of rolling clouds of airborne red clay dust, pile drivers, road
graders, and tons of Chinese crap packed into strip malls frequented
by hordes of co-dependant cell-phone thinkers in 12 MPG SUV's. ;-)
I'm leaning towards ever more distant areas such as the mountains of
Northern Alabama, Tennessee, or Western Pennsylvania.
And to think I was born and raised here - way before I-285, I-75, etc
ever existed. Lots of changes, but none for the better, IMHO.
Even dumped the trusty old CB750F, as riding became a fading pipe
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