General Motors said on Wednesday that it would shut down Hummer, the brand of big sport utility vehicles that became synonymous with the term gas guzzler, after a deal to sell it to a Chinese manufacturer fell apart.
It was such a big polluter THE CHINESE didn’t want it in their country. Good gravy. Good riddance.
“Agents Fred and Daphne taking out Shaggy (after he knifed Scooby!) while they’d parked the Mystery Machine in the woods for booze and strippers will hopefully bring an end to the annoying subplot.”—Ted, on this week’s 24
I knew we were in for a treat when the opening had a handsome guy (named Jake) on a plane then immediately took us into the ocean where there was an ancient ruin shaped like a foot. Dramatic music played. Cut to commercial. I immediately raised an eyebrow in confusion. Of course it was never referenced again in the episode so maybe I am not alone in wondering what that was all about. As an aside, there was a village with a playground at the bottom of the ocean. And I mean pretty deep in the ocean. Are we to believe that an ancient culture had a playground or someone poked a hole in an island and it sank to the bottom of the ocean? No really. That wasn’t rhetorical, I don’t know which it is supposed to be.
“Widely lauded as the game of 2007, Bioshock is a fluid puzzle game where you have to expose pipe sections then switch them around to redirect an slowing streaming flow of liquid to the exit.”—Ascii Dreams: Review: Bioshock
There’s nothing magical about the 16:9 aspect ratio. It is suitable for one thing and one thing only: video. And even there, it’s not the Holy Grail. Some of the greatestmoviesof all time were shot in 4:3. Your theater most likely shows movies in 2.39:1. You want epic? Try Ultra-Panavision 70 at 2.75:1 or Polyvision at 4:1. None of these show “more” or “less” than each other; that depends on the screen size, not the aspect ratio.
In landscape orientation, anything between 4:3 and 2.39:1 feels natural to humans. Now switch to portrait - 16:9 feels pretty weird. Legal-sized paper and certain issues of the ACME Novelty Library fit oddly in your hands, and so would a skinny screen.
Every aspect ratio is a compromise. If a device is ever to be used in portrait mode - and my guess is that people will use the iPad in this book-like mode most of the time - that compromise must result in something closer to 4:3.