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11 December 2008 @ 10:54 am
Sad News & Other Things  
One of yOUKAYJAY's rats died yesterday :( I'd said (about a year ago) when one of his other rats died that I was glad I didn't have such short-lived pets, as it's so sad when pets die. But I've got rather attached to the little ratlings over the last year despite never having met them (or their owner). Capri'd been ill for a bit - at first just losing her sense of balance & not eating anything but mushy food. So the hope was it was just an ear infection, and not a stroke or worse, and she was put on antibiotics. Unfortunately instead of getting better she got a lot worse over the last few days, the diagnosis was a fast growing brain tumour & she had to be put down yesterday afternoon :( RIP Capri :(

In less sad news yesterday was apparently post day - 3 deliveries & 4 items, I think they could've organised it somewhat more efficiently ;) And the last two online orders have shipped (whew), so we're nearly all set for Xmas - just J's parents' present to buy yet, and maybe something else for my parents. J's got the day off today, so we're likely going to sort those out this afternoon. And then spend the rest of the day playing computer games, if the normal pattern for days off is followed ;) Or maybe watch the rest of the Doctor Who story we were watching (then we can get that DVD back to LoveFilm) - we didn't watch it yesterday as that was Heroes night. Not that I've been watching Heroes - I was too squeamish for the first few episodes of season 1 - but as I'm still in the same room when J's watching it then I've a vague idea of the storyline & characters. After xmas I think we're looking into Free Sat, and an HD PVR thingy for it - the quality of freeview is a bit flaky (probably our aerial, it doesn't point in quite the same direction as anyone elses' on the street) and anyway that doesn't give us HD telly :) And as we haven't got a video recorder a PVR will come in more than handy for when we don't actually want to watch what's on when it's on.
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hatter on December 11th, 2008 11:06 am (UTC)
You'll be able to get HD over the air when they switch off analogue in your area (2009-2012, depending where you are). Might be a year or two off though. That said, a PVR and satellite/cable channels may massively change your viewing habits - virtually noone I know watches TV series as they're aired, it buys you back 20% of your viewing time just skipping the adverts if nothing else.

the hatter
Margaretpling on December 11th, 2008 11:14 am (UTC)
I think we're 2011 for the switchover, so that's a wee while to wait. I'd not been aware we'd get HD over the air after that tho, not that it actually changes the decision - between the long wait for switchover & wanting a PVR anyway :)

I don't know that Free Sat will get us many more channels than Freeview anyway, just a slightly different selection of them (and all the ones available, which we don't get with Freeview at the moment but will after 2011). We don't watch anything like enough telly to want to pay for channels tho, currently there's just Heroes and there's rarely more than one thing at a time. LoveFilm fills in any other things we might watch (well, J might watch - I prefer my non-interactive entertainment as the written word, generally).
Jonbigme on December 12th, 2008 12:31 am (UTC)
I have HD freesat and the one thing to be said is there is very little HD stuff, you get BBC HD and the odd champions leage game on ITV. Nowt else, this will improve a bit, but don't expect much for a while.
You also don't get a couple of channels on Freeview, like Channel5, but then you don't miss it either.
Margaretpling on December 12th, 2008 07:51 am (UTC)
Yeah, I didn't think there was that much - but it would seem a shame not to get the HD capable box given we have an HD telly. Also, I'm fairly sure Doctor Who is on BBC HD and that's one of the few programmes we always make the effort to see :)
Jonbigme on December 13th, 2008 01:21 am (UTC)
Dr who isn't shot in HD (yet) due to it having lost of special effects which would be more expensive in HD. Torchwood is and a few new shows like Survivors and some wildlife and documentaries (I saw Britain from above and it looks stunning in HD)