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09 August 2014 @ 11:29 pm
Saturday  
Still faffing about with the new tv. Hooked up my dvd player only to find that because it's quite old, and not HD, the picture quality on the large screen tv was pretty bad, which meant a new player was in order. And if I was going to get a new player anyway, decided on a blu-ray rather than just dvd. Then I discovered that none of the shops openly sell region-free players, and I had to get one online. It arrived two weekends back and I thought I had it set up properly but when I hooked it to my receiver and turned on the tv, there was nothing. Frustration! I'm not good with this sort of stuff and it always leaves me feeling anxious when I can't get something to work straight off. Had another go at it today; this time I plugged the HDMI cable straight into the tv instead of into the receiver first, and now I have a good picture. Unfortunately it means that the sound no longer runs through my surround sound system so it's not ideal... will have to try a few more configurations and see what works.

Of course I had to try an overseas import disc, just to make sure it really was region-free, and ended up watching episode one of The Sentinel.

This afternoon involved a trip to the cinema to see Monty Python Live (Mostly) which was a total blast. It was filmed in the O2 arena earlier this year and the boys did all of their most famous sketches as well as a couple I didn't remember at all. Brilliant stuff, just brilliant, at one time I was crying with laughter; even when you know what the joke is, it's still such funny, funny stuff. They're all looking old, (but aren't we all) and on a couple of occasions one or other of them would forget their lines, or just crack up laughing... made it all seem more real, somehow.

Surprisingly the theatre was empty when we arrived; shortly afterwards another two people showed up but that was it - the four of us had the theatre to ourselves. Shame, really, as it would have been great to be surrounded by lots of people all enjoying it as much as we were.
 
 
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moonlightmead on August 9th, 2014 03:05 pm (UTC)
I have not turned the television on since we moved, and that's three weeks ago. I let the boys wire the thing up, because it matters to them, and they took handfuls of connecting wires from the pile and connected it all as they saw fit.

Thing is, I label all my wires and plugs with little images and notes ('router: do not turn off' and 'giant light' and 'plugs into yellow box'), and they didn't use any of those and now I have to work out what they all are by pulling things out and seeing what stops working.

Mothy Python! How brilliant! I knew that it had been filmed and broadcast, but I totally forgot about trying to go and see it. Four people? Aww! A private performance, though, how cool :)
miwahni: Pros Cat tvmiwahni on August 9th, 2014 03:48 pm (UTC)
If my TV goes on it's usually on a Saturday night or a Sunday for the V8s, and in between I don't even think about it. When I bought a new entertainment unit (in anticipation of the new, bigger tv arriving) before pulling everything apart to move it I took photos of the way everything connected, and drew a diagram as well, but that was when I didn't have a digital tv and everything ran through the set top box into the receiver. So now it's back to trial and error.

Why don't men think of that when they put things together? They trust that the fact of their gender will enable them to put things together instinctively. Who needs instructions? *g*

I guess you could look at today's movie as a private performance *g*. I thought I'd have trouble getting tickets to be honest but not so.
moonlightmead on August 9th, 2014 03:52 pm (UTC)
I took photos of the way everything connected, and drew a diagram as well
You are a woman after my own heart. No wonder we get on!
miwahni: Pros Cat tvmiwahni on August 10th, 2014 07:35 am (UTC)
*g* I figured it was easier than trying to remember - there was a tv, a set top box, dvd player, media centre, cd player, amplifier, two subwoofers and six other speakers all to be wired up. Without the photos and diagram I'd have taken all day and still not got it right.