Daily Archives: 11/27/2010

Gizmodo: How to Buy an HDTV


Do you really need 1080p?

The dirty secret about 1080p is that you don’t need it if you’re TV’s not big enough and you’re sitting too far back to see it. If a set’s under 40 inches, you don’t need 1080p—unless you’re going to be wiping snot streaks off the glass. The Lechner distance, named for this guy, is the optimal viewing distance at which your eye can fully process all the detail offered by an HDTV’s resolution. It scales, based on how big your TV is. (In English, it’s how far away you should sit from an HDTV.) An example: The average viewing distance in an American home is 9 feet from the set. In order to fully see all of the details 1080p offers at that distance, you’d need a 70-inch set. So if you’re sitting more than six feet away from your TV—or just buying a smaller set—considering saving some cash by going 720p. You literally won’t be able to tell the difference.

via How to Buy an HDTV.


From the Big Picture: There is No Food Inflation; the BLS Made Sure of That

So is inflation an issue as Sarah Palin has in her inarticulate way suggested?

The media, as represented by the newspapers above, not only accept the Consumer Price Index as released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but also: (1): accept the rationale that food and energy prices should not be included in the price index because of their excessive volatility, and, (2): notify readers that such low inflation “bolsters” the Fed’s case to continue pumping up asset prices. Note that both papers link the happy inflation news to the $600 billion purchase with the word “bolster.” This has the whiff of a press release delivered by the Fed to the media.

It went unnoticed how the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) relieved the volatile food and energy prices of volatility. The BLS also relieved the CPI of “extreme values and/or sharp movements [of prices] which might distort the seasonal pattern [which] are estimated and [are] removed from the data.” So out went milk, cheese, oil, and cars from the CPI, if they did not meet the BLS volatility criteria. (The excisions also include non-edibles and non-combustibles, including cards, trucks and textbooks.)


The Big Picture

via There is No Food Inflation; the BLS Made Sure of That.

Has Iraq Stabilized?

Maybe not.


Jeffrey Miron

via Has Iraq Stabilized?.

Abu Dhabi and Qatar Meet Frank Gehry and I.M. Pei: This Too Is Islamic Civilization? (via Prometheus Unbound)

A AAA+++ for effort. According to the New York Times today, the royal leadership of two tiny Muslim countries, Abu Dhabi and Qatar, seeing down the road a time when they'll need to gather brains into their cisterns rather than oil, are turning their countries' oil revenues into hubs for global high culture: To a critic traveling through the region, the speed at which museums are being built in Abu Dhabi — and the international brand names attache … Read More

via Prometheus Unbound

From the Big Picture: World Population Change

The Big Picture

via World Population Change.