Tuesday, January 26, 2010

I see in 2D

3D is everywhere these days. From kids' movies like "Monsters Vs. Aliens" to huge blockbusters like "Avatar". This year's CES was buzzing with hype about the new 3D tvs that are being developed and we're even hearing about 3D video games. Now normally I'm all for new technology and honestly I think that it's pretty exciting. Imagine sitting down to watch your favorite movie and being totally emmersed in it. I mean literally be part of a movie. Can you imagine it? Well I can't and the reason is that I don't see it.

No really. I don't see it. I mean I really can't see it. I can not see 3D. I'm blind in my right eye and because of that, 3D glass don't work for me. When I was a kid I bought 3D magazines and comics excited to see the images pop out at me. Of course all I saw was red, and I don't just mean that I was pissed. The red lens was the only one I could see out of. For the longest time I thought that 3D was crap and it wasn't until I was a little older that I realized why 3D didn't work for me. Now 3D didn't really cross my mind again until recently and now it seems that 3D is what we all should be looking forward to. Great thanks. I'm six years old all over again. And like ethan suplee in mallrats; I can't see the sailboat. And really I'm not alone. Anyone who can't see out of both eyes or is colorblind is screwed if we follow our current protocol and eventually phase out LCD's and OLED's in favor of 3D. Of course that would be a while off and maybe by then we'll have some amazing surgery to take care of these problems.

I know that this is a small minority that I'm referring to and in no way am I trying to rain on anyones parade. But the 'yay! 3D!' Party was just starting to get to me. Of course I'm sure there are others who aren't jazzed about 3D. Do you get all warm and fuzzy about 3D? Do you even care? Let me know and why?

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Do they know?

Last week when I went to the local library on one of my usual dvd hunts I heard the librarians taking about e-book readers. Well to be exact the Kindle. Now it seems obvious to most people what the Kindle is given the hype and uproar around e-book readers these days. It seems that you can't go a step without hearing about the Kindle or the Nook, etc. They seem to be fastly becoming commonplace as did the netbooks in 2009. Well not so much. While the one librarian seemed to at least have heard of the Kindle the other had not. That boggle my mind. I would have thought that everyone would have heard about the Kindle or at least seem to know of e-book readers but I was wrong.

Now don't take this the wrong way, I am not making fun of them. I simply didn't think that they wouldn't know. I figured librarians being surrounded by books would know what was going on seeing how this isn't just a new flashy piece of tech but is very revolutionary in the literary world too. E-book readers are presenting new challenges and oppertunities for book lovers, students, and the entire book/magazine industry. I'm not saying that this going to uproot everything over night but you can look down the tracks to where we possibly could be heading. I would think that the would be on top of it, not only because of personal interest but to inform and educate patrons on the exciting new progress that is going on.

The main point of this post isn't to point out any perceived shortcommings but the question if the mainstream world is aware that new options and changes are coming that will change how we read books, magazines, newspapers, pretty much the written word. Do they even care?