Movies are sped up for TV...

"... American films are shot at 24 frames per second. And American television runs at 30 frames per second (yes, I'm oversimplifying the hell out of this). To play film on our TVs, we simply play every 4th film frame twice and they sync up perfectly (again, gross oversimplification).

But in Europe, and the other PAL territories, the TVs run at 25 frames per second. It's a lot harder to fit 24 film frames into 25 television frames without making an unacceptable "judder" every second. So how do they do it, then? Quite simply, they speed the 24 FPS film (and the audio) up to 25 FPS. This translates into a 4.16667% increase in speed and pitch. And I've never heard any Europeans complain about it. (Actually I have, but they do so in a whiny way that just makes me ignore them.)... "


ahither / eeeether

I like this guy. And I say 'eeeeether'. I think.

Billie and YaleCat are friends

Billie, the resident pet, and YaleCat, the temporary visitor, are becoming friends.


Been back in The Netherlands for a bit, basically being a tourist in my home country. Noticing a couple of things.

In downtown Utrecht, 1 in 5 stores is a telephone shop -- I'm not even exaggerating that much. Of the remaining four, one shop seems to be a Zappataria. The other three stores are H&M's.

Leotards are back in fashion.

The A2 (highway between Utrecht and Amsterdam) is (mostly) finished. 5 lanes. But the speed limit is 100 :/


Am in The Netherlands for work-visit till 9/11, or 11/09, as we say in ddMM land. But, yes indeedy, I will fly back to the US in a plane on 9/11 / 11/09. I expected tickets to be a little cheaper on that date, on account of people still being scared by 9/11 / 11/09-type stuff, but apparently everyone's over it.

Of the typical Dutch things to do, so far I've only had pancakes for dinner. And vla for dessert, but that's practically mandatory. And been on public transport. They still don't have WiFi on the trains.

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