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The end of an era [Jun. 20th, 2015|11:08 pm]
Tomorrow, if all goes according to plan, the 50" rear-screen projector TV that was the heart of what has been affectionately referred to as the "Monster Penis System" will find its way to the curb, to be replaced by the shiny new 70" flat screen waiting quietly in its box to the right of me.

I'm excited about this. The picture quality on the MPS has undeniably faded in the 13 years since it came to dominate my living room. I remember the prolific swearing involved in getting the sound system to work with the TV. I remember that our first movie event was a marathon viewing of the Lord of the Rings movies. I remember how a 50" screen seemed like too much TV for the room.

I remember joking about how the damned thing was so big that it would eventually serve as a convenient side-by-side coffin for Ferrett and me.

But we have outlived the MPS. And, after years of resisting an upgrade (because flat screen HD all looked so weird and fake and why would we DO that???), I admit that I'm only resisting yanking all the wires tonight is that the new stand needs two people to put it together. I'm excited about a screen that once again overwhelms my senses, makes me worry that it's more visuals than I can handle.

But in the meantime? I just started The Fellowship of the Ring. It's a kind of requiem. Dozens of movie marathons, hundreds of hours of gaming, have happened on this TV. Dozens of Rock Band parties, filled with laughter and friendship, came from this TV. I look forward to its successor. But I will miss the damned silly thing.

Farewell, old friend. I will keep the most ridiculous vigil ever, watching Lord of the Rings tonight. But you deserve it.

From: anonymousalex
2015-06-21 03:56 am (UTC)
Enjoy the last ride on the precious MPS. It's a good way to start & end such a thing.

Someday, I'll have to replace the tube I'm still watching. When it dies. And its hardly-used duplicate. In the meantime, y'all will tell me if anything interesting happens outside the middle 2/3 of the picture, right?

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[User Picture]From: dr_phil_physics
2015-06-21 04:00 am (UTC)
One screen to rule them all,
One screen to blind them,
One screen to entice them all,
And in the darkness entertain them...

A worthy sendoff.

We need to do the LOTR marathon sometime...

Dr. Phil
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[User Picture]From: jumpinfool
2015-06-21 04:51 am (UTC)
hmmm...this was posted 9-1/2 hours ago, so allowing for some bathroom & munchies breaks, you're probably still watching. Enjoy!

I totally get the attachment to (at least some) Things Around The House. Mom tried ditching the ceramic Humpty Dumpty cookie jar when they moved 10 years ago. It's been on my kitchen counter ever since. Alas, the MPS is just not sized right to keep for posterity.

Also: Son-of-MPS will need a good breaking-ing. Time for an ISHSTBN Movie Marathon?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-06-21 06:11 am (UTC)
Amazingly, I'm still on the first movie, thanks to interruptions. But you are right; a movie marathon must be scheduled soon.

Tomorrow, of course, will be Star Wars. If you are inspired, feel free to drop by any time after 11 to help with the changeover.
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[User Picture]From: wolflady26
2015-06-21 05:30 am (UTC)
Awwww, I remember the arrival of the MPS, when it was just a baby!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-06-21 06:12 am (UTC)
I know, right???
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[User Picture]From: greybeta
2015-06-21 01:00 pm (UTC)
Mrs. Ferrett, Lord of the Rings is a great way to view a new HDTV, especially if you have the proper Blu Ray set up. It's actually scary how much detail they can fit into the smoke and rocks and sands and waters of Middle Earth.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-06-24 01:51 pm (UTC)
It's the costume detail that excites me. We had to order the BluRay extended version, and I'm looking forward to that indulgence.
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[User Picture]From: gythiawulfie
2015-06-22 12:37 pm (UTC)

I know someone who recently did this

You are going to kick yourself for not doing it sooner, but it's ok...

You'll be amazed at how quickly you adjust
There will be sensory overload, oh yes, there will

And no, it is not my tv nor Peter's but it makes us want one for our house, when we get there, in the future...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-06-24 01:52 pm (UTC)

Re: I know someone who recently did this

I've already had the "why did we wait so long?" thought. And I'm adjusting quickly.
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