Friday, 14 September 2007

HDMI Passthrough?

Yeah, so I've just bought a Sony PS3, a Samsung 40" LCD HD Tv and a Sony STR-DG510 amplifier. You'd think that hooking up the PS3 to the system would be easy?? Wrong. I'm learning the hard, expensive way, what the real picture is. The Sony amp supports HDMI "Passthrough", which means that although it accepts input from two separate HDMI inputs, it won't then extract the audio and output it to the 5.1 speakers - NO! - it will "Pass" the signal through to the connected HDMI device. In this case it's the LCD TV. Not much use to me, I'm afraid! I don't want the audio to go through to the television - I want it to go through to the speakers in my surround system. OBVIOUSLY, I want that when I hit the 'PS3' output option on the amp, that the TV will get the 1080i signal from the PS3 and the speakers will get a Dolby Digital audio signal from either the media library, the Blu-ray disk, or the game I happen to be playing. I don't want to have to fuck around with a million remotes, trying to switch from this to that to the fucking other.

Bad luck buddy. I have to go back to the shop and buy, now, again, an 'Optical' cable. Then I can output the audio separately from the PS3 to the 'Video 2 - BD/Optical In' of the STR-DG510. What a piss-off. As if the friggin HDMI cables (both of them!) didn't cost enough at AU$50 each. But of course if you want the full 1080i, you have to have HDMI, but now I have to fork out the fuck AGAIN, for a goddam Optical cable. I bet the bastard is going to cost an arm and a leg. Sheesh.

Friday, 1 June 2007

The Son of a Beith

Yet another perfectly natural pose thanks to the miracle of 'dead sea mud'. You too can have a shineless face like mine.
Send $50 and subscribe to my "way to a duller face" by Beith Shrine.

Beth wants to have a say

Now here is Beth Klein, just before giving birth, looking really sexy - about a week before the big day.

In the background is her mosaic mirror which was probably created in league with that other mosaicer, Chris Hamilton.

I hope she'll be happy now that I've given her some space on my blog!

Auntie Lara's visit

Lara dropped around today. Poor girl. She's been through hell over the last week with this that and the other thing.

She claims that the reason she looks like she's been punched is because of lack of sleep. And not because she really was punched.

Sunday, 27 May 2007


Dad and baby having a bit of Quality time together. Sid practicing kicking off the end of the bath and banging his head against the other end.

Saturday, 26 May 2007

Young Bushell

Here is a pic of young Sid, the newest member of our family.

He's got a very loud voice, which has started splitting, like his mother's. He likes having his little legs pedalled really, really fast, and has learned to push his legs out straight to skid along the carpet or hit the opposite end of the bath - which he does with a startled look. He's developing a reputation as a grizzlepot, and has been known by other names, such as Sir Popalot of the Farty Party in his brief but meteoric political career.


I've finally decided to set up a proper blog, and after searching around for an hour or so, ended up here.

Not a lot happening this afternoon. Beth's asleep, Sid's asleep. It's the middle of winter.

I'm about to start my MCPD exams, and will probably book in next month. I'm starting to get high enough marks in the practice exams.

Trying to get my microlight license at the same time, which is proving a bit tricky - being that I'm a coward!