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May 22nd, 2003 - Open Knowledge

May. 22nd, 2003

12:13 am - Your Money or Your Life

Prompted by nostradomnatrix's recent post, I've created the ymoyl ("Your Money or Your Life") community for those who're interested in achieving financial independence and/or retiring early. Here's the community bio:


Do you want to be free to choose how you spend your time? Are you sick of working for pointy-headed bosses? Do you have a passion that you would be pursuing, if you only had the money?

Then this community may be for you. It is intended for people who want to achieve financial independence and/or retire early ("FIRE"). The community title comes from the book "Your Money or Your Life" by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin, which explains how you can become financially independent by becoming more careful with how you spend you money and your time. If you haven't thought about achieving financial independence before, it's a good place to start. Another good place is the Retire Early Home Page

Feel free to post your daily money logs, frugality tips, links to articles related to early retirement, questions, etc.

02:21 pm - Lust: JVC GR-H1 HDTV camcorder

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The New York Times


May 22, 2003

The High-Definition Camcorder Enters the Picture
By DAVID POGUE


HIGH-DEFINITION television picture is so bright, sharp and clear, it's causing a minor upheaval in the way TV shows and movies are filmed. Talk-show and newscast sets must be rebuilt because HDTV reveals that the existing desks are nothing more than plywood and contact paper. Composing a shot is more complicated because HDTV displays a wide, sweeping rectangle of life like a movie, not the blindered square of a conventional set. And actors must go to new extremes in skin care, because the HDTV lens reveals not only every speck and freckle, but even the caking of the makeup used to cover them up.

Don't laugh; these are about to become your problems, too.

Next month, JVC will release the GR-HD1, the first high-definition consumer camcorder. It makes a considerable dent in the HD universe: until now, capturing HDTV video has required a special professional TV camera that can be yours for the low, low price of $100,000.

Put another way, HDTV has been something you watch, not something you create.

But not anymore. The JVC model comes with a two-hour battery, a cleaning cassette, an AC adapter-charger, a remote control and TV connection cables (including the three-headed component video cable required by HDTV sets) - all for a reasonable $3,500.

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