AVForums Podcast: 26th February 2014

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    1. Phil Hinton

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      This week we discuss:

      00:00:40 New Features - 'AV Snacks' and 'Our Kit'
      00:02:15 Bristol Sound and Vision Show
      00:14:59 LoveFilm merges with Amazon Prime
      00:19:10 Biscuit Break
      00:22:05 Xbox One price cut in the UK
      00:25:35 PS4 gets launched in Japan
      00:26:45 Microsoft claim they will fix the 50Hz stutter on the Xbox One
      00:28:25 RIP - Harold Ramis
      00:31:00 Mark’s AV Snack Recipe - Pitta bread pizza and healthy chips
      00:39:42 What’s at the cinema Steve? - The Lego Movie/A New York Winter’s Tale
      00:47:42 This week’s Blu-ray releases - Thor: The Dark World, One Chance, Safety Not Guaranteed, Serpico and Phantom of the Paradise
      00:49:55 Our Kit - What’s the one piece of kit you regret letting go?
      01:00:36 Goodbyes

      Presented by Phil Hinton with Steve Withers, Mark Hodgkinson, Mark Botwright and Ed Selley.



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    2. Chevyonfuel

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      Podcast comedy gold, thank you chaps :thumbsup:

      Bristol S&V - It was ok, very audio bias, and JVC were the only PJ firm with a decent size pitch but I gather that's the norm really. The HD91 was the main part of the show I was interested in; not the greatest demo but it gave a good indicator of what it can achieve. Bumped into a smartly dressed chap with shiny shoes, and someone equally as into 3D as myself. A good time was had by all...and I got to play with a Frankie & Benny's tazer type device...

      On the biscuit front, dunking - many studies have taken place over the years. I conducted my own study and concluded that the time duration for a typical digestive dunk is an exact science, and you have to factor in variables such as sugar, milk (semi skimmed & skimmed affect the integrity of the digestive).

      A real shame regarding Harold Ramis; Ghostbusters in particular is very dear to me, one of those alltime favourites. I wasn't aware of his involvement in other films, that was a pleasant surprise.

      The pitta bread pizza, that's an idea for the weekend, what's the worst that can happen. Healthy chips though? A big coating of grated cheese can balance that out. I haven't bought a popcorn maker yet; where do you get the kernels from? I managed to find an el cheapo source for the genuine article cardboard box whatsits, but no kernels...

      Regarding kit I miss; I don't have any really - I tend to just whord stuff, it never gets sold. 3 projectors, enough speakers to have a couple of Auro 3D setups going, it's a bit like a home cinema museum. I do miss my C64 and Terminator 2 cartridge though.
       
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      Another great podcast :)

      The only piece of kit I really regret getting rid of, was my US Neo Geo console and games in 1998. I'd lost my job, and desperately needed some quick cash, so I ended up selling about £3000 worth of kit for £400. A couple of the games (Viewpoint & Samurai Showdown II) I'd paid more than £200 each for, so selling everything for the price I'd paid for two games hurt pretty bad :(

      I'm so glad I held on to my US Snes, and yes, they are hardy machines. I still use mine from time to time, and I've never had a single problem with it in the 23 years I've owned it. There has never been a better sports game than Super Tennis :)
       
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      I Had already heard about the passing of Harold Ramis. A real sad loss, 69 is no real age in this day and age now. :(

      The poddy was, as usual, full of light hearted banter, information and polite and well measured insults to Steve. So very much a matter of business as usual then. Keep it up guys and don't let your chips get soggy. ;)
       
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      The movie industry has lost a lot of good people in only a few months.

      A great shame about Harold Ramis. Superb comic timing.

      As for kit, well there's nothing that has caused arguments, but my one regret is when I split with long term girl friend, she could have made the split messy and expensive, but all she asked for was my SNES and games. I said fine, but now regret it. I spent a fortune on games and must have had 100 games with boxes. Gutted.

      Fond memories means the one thing I will never sell and therefore never regret is my MiniDisc Recorder! I still love this thing. Back when they were around, I spent days and weeks hooking it up to my amp and recording music from satellite channels and DVD's. You could just leave the thing recording and go back and edit to your hearts content, deleting songs with a click of a button. I still don't know of anything that edits easier or quicker on a computer. Some 1GB discs that held a good amount of music, Sony's excellent ATRAC
      compression, though you if you wanted to transfer music to your PC then you did need Sony's SonicStage which was enough to drive you to pull your fingers off and smash them into the PC.


      OUCH!!! Viewpoint is the hardest game on earth!


      Gourmet Popcorn - Popping Corn - Welcome to Zaramama

      I recommend the Baby White/Yellow varieties. Small yes, but no hulls to get stuck in your teeth. But they are all excellent kernels.
       
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      That's an excellent point. I've also found that, though I prefer the flavour, the supermarket own brand Digestives are far less consistent than McVities which makes each dunk a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants judgement call.

      As ever, the handling of the packet by the biscuit purchaser is also key. One false move in the trolley can lead to a hairline fracture that only becomes apparent during maximum tea saturation. Dangerous times.


      I feel for you. A Neo Geo was one of the few consoles that I never bought, but obviously always wanted. Even though I never really was an SNK fan, the kit itself just seemed the pinnacle of console gaming, back in the days when "arcade perfect" was the ideal.

      I also kick myself for not picking up Symphony of the Night when I saw it for a tenner and a Virtual Boy when they were absolutely dirt cheap amid stories of headsplitting migraines and vomiting inducing motion sickness.
       
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      We need clarification on 'own brand' digestives but in general I find them too sweet when compared to McVities.

      EDIT: And it HAS to be Hovis with blue cheese.

      @Chevyonfuel I think, aside from the molecular structure of the biscuit, the biggest influence on dunking is probably temperature - the higher the temperature, the faster the rate of osmosis. Of course, no man wants to dunk his biscuit in an unwelcoming, cold cup - unless desperate.

      I'm glad we managed to debunk (dedunk?) the idea of the Rich Tea as a high quality dunker. I've seen numerous studies concluding it to be the best (or close to) in this field but they clearly must have been taking backhanders from McVities.:facepalm:
       
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      Re: the digestive biscuit debacle...your all b****y loonies the whole bunch of you, we're doomed...doomed...I tell you. All I can say is "hobnobs" my friends, or is it "hobknobs". :confused:
       
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      I'll bring your attention to the fact that I said Hobnobs!
       
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      No argument from me - Hobnobs are the Prince's of the mainstream dunking world. My digestive chat was merely incidental to the discussion.
       
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      Thank you for the clarification Sir with regards to your comments therein to this enlightening subject and important debacle. No malice was intended by the way with reference to the use of the word "knob" in "Hobnobs". There was no insult intented in respect to any of our esteemed reviewers or even Steve "the Withers" o_O on these hallowed forums. Or in referencing and alluding to the aformentioned "Prince" of tea immersion delectation better known as the above...."the Hobnob".
      To take a virgin "Hobnob" a hard almost tumescent pre-conditioned biccy and watch it become slightly flaccid by lowering it into the liquid necter before entry into ones oraface is simply sublime. :love:

      It would only be the "plebs" of this world who would, by ignorance, refer to the gentle art of hard cake liquid immersion with subsequent osmosis followed by supine sucking or mayhap a quick nibble as.....'aving a good ol' dunk....heathens. :nono: I thank yaw.

      *This has been duley noted and will be referenced back to if the need arises.*
       
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      I like the sweetness of the supermarket own brand digestives. I also find the McVities to be harder and thus trickier to achieve even saturation with. Before this week I'd have heartily recommended Morrisons own brand digestives, but the last packet was clearly undercooked, they looked like Vader's head when he took his helmet off.

      I'm convinced the idea of the Rich Tea as a dunkable biscuit originated in the days of cups and saucers. They're an outdated fop of a biscuit, unable to cope with the depths of a mug.
       
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      I'm afraid I feel like an outsider around these parts. I haven't 'dunked' for well over 20 years o_O
       
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      Your sweet tooth is duly noted.

      There's no doubt the McVities underwent something of a textural metamorphosis when they took out 25%(?) of the fat some time ago but I have no issues with an even saturation spread. Dunked supermarket brands, in my experience (not tried Morrisons), 'pulp' too rapidly once slotted in to the mouth, losing something of the biscuits' interactive qualities, for my money.

      The Rich Tea is an anachronism, as you say, but I also find it a vapid, soulless and anodyne biscuit lacking, both literally and metaphorically, in fibre. Only for those with false teeth and/or a lack of imagination.

      Don't deny yourself any longer.
       
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      To add some spanners into the works (or the tea). Chocolate digestives, and more importantly, caramel & chocolate digestives. These proved to be a challenge initially, in terms of 'how long do you dare dunk them in the liquid goodness' - whilst the engineer in me can analyse the stress and strain, and plastic limit to said biscuits - the chocolate adds a degree of extra elastic before the biscuit reaches sufficient shear stress to...well, shear. Caramel enriched ones add even greater elastic limit to proceedings.

      Whoever thought Rich Tea was a sensible idea in dunking - that goes in the category normally reserved for ideas which are as useful as a sunroof in a u-boat.

      To adopt a cradle to grave approach, I find that hobnobs, whilst tasty, leave too much excess granulated nob in the bottom of my mug upon finishing one's cuppa. I don't particular care for nob at the bottom of my mug, and so, the digestive is king.
       
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      Interesting points but personally I'm averse to being left with a chocolatey rim, although it has been know.

      No doubt, there is the question of residue when considering the hobnob but I reckon if you have the stomach for half a packet in one sitting, you could suck up the entire cup/mug without so much as touching the thing, such is their prodigious absorbency.
       
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      I've only just got the fire extinguisher out of the car in preparation for a pitta bread pizza attempt...

      Only an amateur is left with a chocolatey rim. Tricks of the trade.
       
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      Thanks LTM.

      Having consulted the biccy cupboard, I have two dunking options when the time comes for my next hot beverage. Foxes Triple or Caramel Rocky. Should I start with the easy Foxes Triple, or jump right in with both feet, and go for the chocolate covered caramel and biscuit of the Rocky?
       
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      As has been mooted it could be a matter of :eek: *"chocolatey rim syndrome"*. :nono: I would do this operation in private so there is no chance of embarrassment. You musn't let the side down, after all we are AVForumites. :thumbsup: Go gently....remember you haven't done this in a while and you haven't sucked on a "Fishermans Friend" for practice.

      Having said that hold your nerve and if you feel ok jump in at the deep end go for the chocolate covered caramel. I suggest going for the "dunking" and then the "quickly consume" method with the aformentioned biccy, then suck once in your mouth. If not by sucking before full immersion you could end up with *"CRS"* and that would be a shame. Good luck. :thumbsup:
       
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      I'm considering a change of career from being a licensed London taxi driver of forty years to working for Nabisco, or some other biccy manufacturer, as an adviser on various means of consuming their products. Specialising of course in the art of "dunking" biscuits cleanly, effectively and efficiently. :thumbsup:
       
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      Listening to the segment at the end, and in particular the retaining of the SNES games, it reminded me I still have a copy of Gran Turismo 4, and the memory card which contains my 100% completion save. The PS2 is long, long gone, but I couldn't get rid of them due to the sheer amount of time and effort I put into it!
       
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      Er... :confused:...well thats killed the AVForums nibbles thread then. o_O
       
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      I used to have the same problem with getting rid of GBA/DS Castlevania games. I liked to max out the characters and get 100% - I still regret trading them in.
       
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      Disappointed by Ed, you said you went to the show but did not comment about what you saw & especially heard.

      I was there on Friday looking out for the famous coat, but no sightings.

      Re Dave
       

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