Oct. 22nd, 2011

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I have an elderly, energy-inefficient CRT television. I don't watch much television, and disconnected the cable a while ago, but sometimes it's nice to watch a movie. And Frankin likes to unwind at the end of the day with a few minutes of broadcast TV. So I'd like to get something a little more satisfying.

The problem is that I don't really have a good spot for a television. I have lots of windows, and lots of art, and I don't want to give up either by hanging a TV as a work of art on the wall. What I'd like is to have a pull-down screen that would unscroll over one of the windows, and a projector in the ceiling, probably attached to a Mac Mini or maybe an AppleTV. That way the TV would vanish when I wasn't using it, and would be a simple pull to activate. Another option might be to install a flat-screen TV on a mount that would flip right up to the ceiling, but I haven't seen any such thing. TVs remain status symbols.

(My neighbour across the street has such a large, bright TV that I coined a new verse to an old song for him:
Oh Lord, won't you buy me a flat-screen TV?
At least 5 foot wide, so the neighbours can see!
It will light up my life, and my yard, and the street—
Oh Lord, won't you buy me a flat-screen TV.

I do not wish to emulate him)

The problem my problem is giving me is that there are many many options for projectors, and none that I have been able to actually look at in person. It makes me queasy to buy expensive electronic gadgets in the vague hope that they will satisfy me; I'd like to at least see what the projection looks like. And I'd like to talk with someone who knows something; but who would that be?

If you know a place where I could get help with this, or if you are such a knowledgeable person, and particularly if you can help me discern what device(s) I want to attach to the projector, please let me know.

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