qatsi (qatsi) wrote,

Errare humanum est ...

Last week the DVD player insisted that it could not play the disc containing the first two episodes of Rome, but this morning as a final check I cleaned the lens and disc and had another go and ... it all seems fine now. Well, at least I have found the receipt (which had not been filed in the most obvious place). It has a 2 year guarantee, and if it goes wrong after that I expect it will have become obsolete anyway, but as a VHS/DVD-RW combo it allows me to migrate from VHS. I have to admit that I was very impressed at the picture quality the first time I recorded to DVD; the downside is that, at this quality, the disc is only 2 hours capacity - not always long enough. I'll have to try the next setting down (for a maximum of 4 hours) on something I'm not too bothered about.

And Rome? Well, the second episode seemed to draw things together rather better; the first was a bit all over the place - perhaps suffering from the editing down of two original episodes. In the 1970s, costume drama (think I Clavdivs) was always in a studio with bright lighting; these days it seems to be always in the semi-dark.

In other news, today I have been on "use-it-or-lose-it" holiday. The weather has been dry and bright, but chilly; at least the work on the garden wall is now complete, and if it's dryish tomorrow, I will be able to move the rhubarb to its new home. It's not the best time of year to do that, but not the worst either.
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