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Several people pointed out that trying to watch all 23 episodes in a single day was, well, silly. Instead, I'm breaking this up into two Saturdays, starting tomorrow and concluding next week. Tomorrow we'll be watching the first half of Season 2, 12 episodes. The showing will begin at 1 in the afternoon, and continue till about 10:30pm, much more sane.

Otherwise the plan is pretty-much the same.
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I discovered yesterday that my projector is on the fritz. (Bad bulb) This would seem to put the LOSTathon in danger, save that [livejournal.com profile] snikanor has nobally volunteered the use of his projector while I wait for new bulbs to arrive from my supplier. My supplier is slow, and it's unlikely that the bulbs will be here before Saturday, so [livejournal.com profile] snikanor's help is greatly appreciated.

Saturday looks to be the most logical day all around, thus Saturday is my current plan.

So here's the thing: There are 23 episodes in season 2, all about 47 minutes long. 23*47=1081 1081/60=18.016(repeating). That's 18 hours of LOST. Ouch. If we assume that people will be leaving around 10-11 in the evening, then the showing would start at 4am... Yeah. No. We have other choices. For example, we could let the showing run late, such as midnight or 2am. 2am hurts my brain, but could be done. Midnight isn't too bad, but still has the showing "start" at 6am. (No I don't actually expect people to show up at 6am) So what to do? We could cut out some episodes, or just start later in the season, or not watch the latest episodes... What do folks think?

Even if we manage to pair the length of raw footage down, I don't expect folks to sit in a dark room for 18 hours straight. I figure on setting things up so that it's easy for people to leave/enter when they want. There will be food and boardgames in the front room for folks who need a break from crazy LOST antics. I'm thinking on pizza for lunch and who-knows-what for dinner. If anyone has any food suggestions I'd certainly appreciate it.

LOST

May. 30th, 2006 03:55 pm
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I'm throwing up another episode tomorrow. Which is good, because we ended last week on an insane cliffhanger. I don't think we're going to get adventurous though, I plan to stick to a single episode.

This is mostly because I'm plotting a LOST-a-thon. On either Saturday or Sunday, depending on the opinions of those reading this. A complete recap of the season thus far, starting sometime in the morning and running till late. I plan on timing it so that LOST simply stays on until it's time for people to go. We can walk into and out of the room to get food (Pizza? Something cooked?) and converse.

So if you've been wondering why everyone obsesses about this show, here's your chance to catch a really big dose of it, and on a screen taller than you are, no less.
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Due to situations outside of my control, I need to cancel tomorrow's LOST gathering. I'm terribly sorry to dangle an invite in front of people and then yank it back, but I've been thrown a rather hefty curve ball, and I'm still reeling from the blow.

It is bad news, though hardly shattering. I'll type more on what's going on once I have a handle on it myself.

LOST again

Mar. 28th, 2006 03:26 pm
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Time to get back into the swing of things. I'll be running last week's episode of LOST on Wednesday, the door is open to any who'd like to attend.
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I really think that LOST is going to be the last television show I watch. Frankly, I'm getting a little tired of the constant give/take between consumers and "Old Media". There's a lot of really good entertainment out there. Battlestar Galactica, which should be a favorite of mine, leaps to mind. I loved the original series, and I've heard incredibly positive things about the new version, but I just can't bring myself to invest in it. It takes too much money and time to really enjoy old media anymore. Single seasons of shows cost more than I can afford, and I despise advertisements too much to truly enjoy the broadcast versions of anything. (Not to mention that I'm not willing to shcedule my life around when a network decides to show something.)

The networks understand this too, which is why they fight so hard to limit the availability of non-broadcast entertainment. We've seen it time and again, people really hate ads, and advertisers really like people. They're like an annoying yapping dog, they don't yap out of spite, they yap out of love (and no matter how nice you are, you still want to kick them for it). The networks figured out long ago that people watch shows together, not by themselves. LOST is a social phenomenon as much as it is a drama. Americans can't get enough television because we can't get enough of each other. TV is a really convenient excuse to gather, to pay attention to a mutual interest, to be entertained... and I want that. Does anyone here watch LOST and not talk about it with their friends? The networks realized that a show is most valuable when it's topical. No one talks about shows from 1995 except those who've aready seen them. Geting people you know to watch an old movie or an obscure film is like pulling teeth. I know this, I'm part of the problem. So I endure the adverts and buy the DVD's...

but I'm tired of it. I'm tired of the constant barrage of "buy our crap!", and the equally constant barrage of "watch our not-so-crap!". I can't help but feel that there's some way to break the cycle, I just don't know what it is.

LOSTcrack

Mar. 6th, 2006 04:53 pm
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So here's the plan:

It looks like we'll be going back to a Wednesday schedule, but with a week delay between the "live" version and the one I'm playing. This is being done for a number of reasons, including the convenience of clashing scheduals. Why still stick with the iTunes version when it's just going to be played on wednesday anyways?

1) I hate commercials.
2) I hate commercials.
3) It can be played earlier in the day, rather than starting at the goofy hour of 9 pm.
4) It can be paused, rewound, or otherwise reconfigured to suit the whims of those attending.

We'll see how that goes. It looks as though the episode being played this Wednesday is another rerun, so it's not like we're missing out all that much.
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digg.com <- adage.com <- Here.

ABC has seen the light of the internet, they've realized that there's real profits to be made by releasing media online... So there going to offer more of their shows, for free, but with adds. They'll be doing it through an amorphously described "product" that they'll be releasing in May. This is not a good thing. )

LOSTcrack

Mar. 2nd, 2006 03:22 pm
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I've confirmation that this week's episode is new. I was good and didn't watch it.

At 8 tonight, the show will go up on iTunes, and I'll obediently plunk down my $2 to snag a DRMd copy. (Sorry, little mediabitterness showing through there.) So here's the question, when do people want to watch it? Friday seems to be inconvenient for the Wednesday crowd, and I'd really like folks to help me come up with a day to watch the show. If you've been showing up (or have been wanting to show up), weigh in, please.

I really enjoy hanging out with folks, I like finding a use for my monstrous little project, and while I tire of the corporate BS behind most media, I never tire of enduring it with others. So come on, give me an opportunity to entertain, I dare ya.
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LOST tomorrow. There's always a LOST tomorrow. (Free popcorn to anyone who gets the reference.)

I've been disorganized. I know, it shocked me too. At this point, I'm getting a pretty good handle on acquiring LOST via iTunes, and I think it'd make sense to move LOST to Friday. So come this Friday, you can expect me to fire up the projector once again. We'll be watching two episodes, this week's and last week's. What's more, we'll be watching them commercial free, and they'll start whenever we want.

Hopefully, that little bonus will make up for the week and a half of dead silence on the subject.
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I'm going to skip LOST tomorrow for the sake of research. In the name of Science (and fewer commercials) I'm going to try downloading/installing iTunes, and downloading/converting LOST for play through the computer. At $2 per episode, I'm more than happy to do away with advertisements. The real question is, when do the episodes go online? If it's 24 hours after airdate, then I'd need to push the event back to Fridays, and that might not work for some folks.

If this particular tangent leaves anyone in the lurch, please let me know.
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Gah! I'm so disorganized.

It's Wednesday, LOST is on, standard invitation applies. There's absolutely no drama today, nothing special or unusual is happening. As a matter of fact, the projector is running better than normal, due to the new ballast and brighter bulbs. Night scenes (which LOST is often a little slaphappy to perform) should look particularly nice.

Drop on by, there's popcorn.

%$*%^#!

Nov. 30th, 2005 04:35 pm
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Wednesday, and that means LOST is on tonight. Though it's fairly unlikely to be on my projector, as I've managed to break yet another part of that pile of junk. Sometime last night, I managed to convert my current bulb ballast into an arc-welder, frying the contacts of every bulb it touches within a matter of minutes. I have a spare ballast, and one spare bulb, so I'm going to try and cobble together a working system before 9, but heavy modding and a bit of cussing will probably be involved.

With the breaking of this part, only the LCD and the focusing lens are from the initial incarnation of this project. I'd already ordered a new focusing lens in the hopes of setting up the projector as a long-throw device, leaving only the LCD. By the time I'm done, I'll probably replace that as well. I will have literally purchased every part in this rig twice.

On the one hand, I've learned a lot about optics and projection. On the other hand, all I ever wanted was a big screen (is that so wrong?). It's still cheaper than purchasing a commercial system, and I completely control the configuration. I can upgrade and maintain this device from here till judgment day, while many commercial solutions get relegated to the junk heap.

But at this point, I'm ready to trade all of that for a screen that works without trouble for at least one month.

Anyway. LOST, either on a big screen or a small one, my place, 9pm. 15 minute moment of silence at 7pm if you're interested in that as well.
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Happy Birthday, Sarah!

It's Tuesday, so it's time again to borrow a slot in your friend's page as free advertising for my personal benefit. LOST looks to be positively crowded tomorrow, with at least 3 extra people cramming into my little living room, but don't let that stop you. Join me as we pack the place for a LOST based geekstravaganza!

Sorry, I promise to never use that word again. The show starts at 9, but feel free to show up anytime, some free food is available, but you should probably lug along a bottle of your favorite soda. Directions available upon request. If I can recognize your face (or if you can convince me that I should) you're in.
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I extend once more the standard invitation (for all those whom I can recognize) to join me in watching of exceedingly obsessive science-fiction. The episode begins (as usual) at 9 p.m., but feel free to show up whenever you want. (I should mention, it's a new episode. At least, if those untrustworthy people over at ABC are to be believed.)
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Huge Projector Update behind cut. )
For those who don't want the massively multimedia experience, I'll skip to more immediate news.

Wednesday Night TV: LOST is airing a new episode, ominously titled "Abandoned", which picks up where we left off two weeks ago. My door is open to those who wish to attend, provided I'm able to recognize you.

<hint>This would be a good opportunity for some people to bring their leather coat that I'm supposed to be fixing.</hint>
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What the heck? I wake up, and it's suddenly three weeks ago. We were treated to the season premier tonight, despite having been promised a new episode last week. Checking the website, I find that we've got a rerun next week as well. Given how busy I've been lately, I may just drop next week's session instead of coming up with an alternate show. I honestly haven't decided.

[livejournal.com profile] katilyna wants to go to Nations on Monday for their Halloween event. I'm generally clubbing averse, as I have all the dancing skill of an electrified cockroach. Still, it can be fun to sit and watch the crowd, basically meditate to industrial music. Bringing along a clipboard makes the experience even better, I've had some really good writing come out of sitting around Nations.

I'm thinking I'll go if I can get my new coat into working order. There's honestly not that much left to do on it, I've just been dragging my feet.

LOST

Oct. 25th, 2005 02:56 pm
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Projector's running, still imperfect, but more than usable. LOST will be watched on Wednesday, par for the course. Any who'd like to show up, feel free. If you need directions, log in and check my info, there's plenty of contact stuff up.

Sorry that I have no photos of the current incarnation, I hope to get them up this week.
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At last, I've returned my projector to functionality. It has spotlighting and focus issues, etc., etc., etc. But it's fully operational and not frying itself. I'll be working on hammering out a little bit more stability before Wednesday, but we will definitely have a big screen for LOST.

The problem? I was biting off more than I could chew, of course. I was trying to redesign the projector and make rapid on the fly changes to the design at the same time. This was a bad plan. So I took a step back, swallowed my pride, and brought out the cardboard and duct tape again. Now it's less pretty, but more working. Working is good. In the end, I care more about function than I do about form.

In many ways, it's vastly improved over the previous iteration. The screen is fully visible, both vertically and horizontally (until now, some of both had been cut off). The image is several times sharper than it used to be, and the focus is much better (although the corners are still slightly blurry). The biggest issue is spotlighting (the center of the image is brighter than the edges) although that may be due to the age of the abused "test bulb" that we've been flicking on and off again during construction. Even if the bulb survives till Wednesday, I'm putting in a fresh one for LOST.

Right now, I'm running a "burn in" test to make sure that the new cooling system can handle the heat we're throwing at it. If the LCD remains unharmed, then I'll know that no major changes need to be made before Wednesday. I could go crazy trying to solve the few remaining issues, particularly the spotlighting, but I'm not really inclined to fiddle with focal lengths when a new lens is on the way. I ordered another Fresnel on Saturday, and if all goes well with its configuration, I'll be able to push the projector against the rear wall. Until it gets here though, I'm taking a break and playing some oldschool FF7.
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Quality is crap: The native res is 320x240, not unwatchable, but not DivX either. In a window on a PC, it will look okay, but don't expect to throw this up full screen without being annoyed at the quality.

You don't need a video iPod: Buy an episode and you can watch it in Quicktime.

DRM: There's some digital rights management in it, of course. It can't be converted to other formats, it can't be burned to DVD or VCD. It CAN be copied, not sure if it can be migrated between computers though.

Cost: Season one is available from Amazon as a DVD for $40, and from iTunes for $36 (as a bundle). For the DVD quality, Amazon wins hands down.

Availability: Season 2 can't be acquired legally, so if you really want to know what's going on on the Island, this may be the best way to catch up.

End Assessment: Missing a few episodes and want to know what's going on? $2 a week ain't that bad.

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