¼ of the energy … it was time to make the switch.
Here's some buying advice from me to you …
• Size: 42-55" / Any bigger and you get lighting consistency problems and pixelation even in the top end
• LED over LCD or Plasma // Plasma is going to have the best picture but LED is going to have the richest colors and uses WAY less energy
• 120 hertz refresh rate // Any lower and action movies (explosions) or sports (fast action like basketball) pixelate and blur // Better yet is 240hertz, but typically these TVs are pricey in LED form
• Brand means a lot! There are only 4 major manufacturers of TV panels - the brand names get the best screens and they give the cheap brands the lower quality panels.
• Samsung TVs, in my experience have great speakers - eliminating the need to purchase a soundbar or speakers.
Samsung is top. LG a close 2nd.
Vizio is the most popular but the picture is about a 6 out of 10
Hisense is the least expensive but is about 4/5 out of 10 and has a high failure rate.
• Don't worry about features on the TV - like built in apps or wifi - these are best added by a little box like an Apple TV or a BlueRAY player.
A Google Chromecast is one of the best purchases you can make - it allows you to show pictures, Youtube, and Netflix from your tablet or smartphone.
Also remember that HDMI has an adapter for almost any connection - don't worry about DVI / RCA / VGA connections
• Don't get drawn into the hype of 3K 4K 5K TVs ... There's very little content available and NOTHING older than 2012 makes a difference on that resolution. Refresh rate is far more important!
Best advice - Window shop at Best Buy and buy through Amazon. Go see some TVs and look at the difference ... Just note that ALL retailers set the settings of the TVs they want to push with the most optimal picture and PURPOSELY dumb down the settings on TVs they don't make much profit on.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
As Common Core is debated ... it's time parents become educated on what Common Core truly is and what it's goals are … not just what the stated goals are.
In a recent discussion about Common Core here's how I responded …
Statement from Alyssa, a supporter of Common Core ...
"As for common core, it doesn't change WHAT is taught, it changes HOW it's taught."
In math, it teaches in some instances, your answer is ok, even if wrong, if you can show your work and your reasoning. Math is the study of absolutes. That's why you see it in movies as to how we would supposedly communicate with aliens. It's universal. Common Core seeks to turn math into the Tongues of the Tower of Babel.
Math is the language of God. Common Core math is some twisted self centered, "It's all about what you think" mumbo jumbo.
In History & English - which in some twisted way become co-mingled ... SC schools in Simpsonville & Charleston had an ACTUAL textbook that condensed the Bill of Rights into 4 principals and said the 2nd amendment was about providing weapons for our military! Property rights were pretty much left out of the study.
I've seen dozens of actual examples and I have personally downloaded two textbooks for study - I've seen it! It is a change. It borders on propaganda. It turns everything into an SAT question.
What's an answer?
One is; SC will always be at the bottom because of the high number of credit hours to graduate we require vs other states. Want a better graduation rate? Enforce attendance! Reduce credit hours to a national standard. Your final: read the first chapter of your favorite book out loud ~ fluently.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
This movie, I suppose some would say, resembles my life a bit. I'm a dreamer. I identified with this movie so much.
The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty follows the life of a day dreamer.
If you ever zone out at your job, you'll definitely identify with the plot.
Walter Mitty is a dedicated old school film "negatives asset manager". He manages an enormous library of pictures and negatives for LIFE magazine. The problem is, everything is going digital and impersonal. His job is on the line.
Walter (played by Ben Stiller) is madly in love with a co-worker, Cheryl (played by former Saturday Night Live cast member, Kristen Wiig) Walter has to balance the reality of his job and the real possibility that Cheryl likes him too with his fantasy world. Zoning out could cost him both.
The movie, also directed by lead actor Stiller, is a great family movie with a heartwarming story.
It's one of the best movies I've seen since "Inception".
★★★★★ out of ★★★★★
(5 out of 5 stars)
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
As our local NBC affiliate, you represent us … through the news, through your support of local charities, through advertising our local businesses. Thank you.The general consensus that I get from my community and from social media is … We all love the music talent show, "The Voice". My personal assessment of this show is that it's much better than American Idol because it doesn't seem edited. It seems more professional than other TV reality talent and competition shows.I, along with people in my community (Liberty SC) are concerned about the November 26, 2013 broadcast of "The Voice". In this episode, the semifinalists sang a rendition of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken"According to lyrics website AZLyrics, the lyrics are …"Will the circle, be unbroken, by and by Lord, by and by?"The contestants were "coached" (may I used the word, "forced" also) to use these lyrics instead …"Will the circle, be unbroken, by and by OH, by and by?"I'm confused by this.What is controversial or even religious about using the word "Lord" in a HYMN?This song is a gospel hymn. It refers to heaven. The music was chosen, knowing it was a gospel hymn.I'm also confused because characters on MANY of your shows say "OMG" or "Oh My God" or even "Lord have mercy" … none of which constitute praise or have religious undertones.Furthermore … If you featured the number one song in the country … "Royals" by "Lorde" would you introduce them like this …
"Here's the song Royals, by the band OH"?The song featured on "The Voice", as sung, lacked harmony and didn't fit. It was a blatant slap in the face of all viewers of all religions or even no religion.Please pass this along to NBC and express to them that we noticed.Philip SmithLiberty SC
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
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I personally don't send game requests unless I know you like them and I'm really choosey which games and apps I use.
There are only a few games on facebook that don't track you. If you are playing Candy Crush and the "________ville" games - you are surrendering your privacy every second you play.
While I recommend not playing games at all on facebook - remember - free is NOT really free - they make money by selling your profile data, friends data, and your "gaming statistics", including tracking you … you can prevent others from sending you game requests easily. Just block the games. Most everybody plays the same games. After about a month of performing the steps below, you should get relatively few gaming requests. I only get about one a month now and I have a lot of facebook friends - 10x more than most of you.
1) ON FACEBOOK.COM … In the left sidebar on your computer, go to games. This will take you to the "facebook app center" … Click on "Requests" in the left sidebar of that page. Note in the picture what comes up …
2) Visible in the small red area (circled for you to notice) is an X … click it.
3) Choose "Block _______________ game"
4) Confirm. Once you do this with the popular games (ie Candy Crush) you'll eventually only have a request every few months.
Tip #2 … pay attention! Choose "skip" when a facebook app asks if it can post to your profile or share on your friend's wall. Greater than 50% of the viruses I am removing from computers these days are making it onto your computers via facebook games. Note: facebook itself is benign, but know that most "pages" are marketing companies - collecting data on you. LOTS OF DATA!
Tip #3 … Screenshot pictures and memes and re-upload them rather than sharing. Credit the pictures if you like.