Sunday, December 4, 2016

Got a new TV

Last year, I never would have imagined that my living room would end up looking like this. I used to have a 40 inch TV sitting next to a computer desk and chair. The TV acted as a second monitor. On the other side of the room sat a couch with two end tables… Oh, wait… You’ve probably seen it in my comics, because Brandon’s living room (and the entire house) was based off of my own. There are some differences, but I literally modeled my house in 3D and used it for the set design.

So in the early part of 2016, something went wrong with my back. Way wrong. As a result I decided to get a rocker/recliner, and I tossed out the computer chair. So now I sit comfortably on the other side of the room with a wireless keyboard in my lap. It helped my back a lot, but I had to forgo the dual screen setup because the smaller monitor was now too small to be useful. I also had to switch the resolution from 1080p to 720p so I could easily read the text from across the room. Needless to say, I had to move a lot of things around.

Now I had been using this 40″ TV as a monitor since I bought it back in 2010, and over the past year the TV had been glitching badly, and it finally got to the point that I decided to replace it. Naturally I also took this as an opportunity to upgrade from 40″ to 50″. Believe it or not, the new TV was a little too big for the arrangement, and I had to rethink the living room layout again.

So… I actually have a console piano in my exceedingly small living room. It was Christmas present from Grandma Sauer back in 1979. This is one of those things not depicted in the comic version of my house, but nevertheless it’s here. Well it got moved against the wall where the TV stand and desk used to be and has become the new TV’s “stand”. I know it sounds kind of hokey, but it actually looks pretty good. In a way it looks like the TV is mounted on the wall, and there just happens to be a piano under it.

Of course the new TV looks great. They all do. Even my old TV looked great when it was working right. That’s the funny thing about TV’s today… They all look good because they all look the same. It’s just a big black rectangle up against a wall, and when you turn it on it’s a vibrant window to another world… or in my case, it looks like a really large computer monitor sitting on top of a piano.



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