June 7th, 2004

New Toys!

The two oldest pieces of my ever-evolving home theater system have been phased out. I bought the Boston Acoustics DigitalTheater 6000 way back in 1999, and I definitely got my money's worth out of the system. But it had a couple of limitations that always bugged me. First off, the satellites each had only a 4" mid-range driver and no tweeters, and the integrated amplifier didn't have very many settings to tweak. So I decided it was time for an upgrade and sold my old gear to Joe.

I figured it was about time I had an actual reciever. I've always heard great things about Denon, so I bought their AVR-1604 from Magnolia Hi-Fi. It's only 75 watts x 6 channels, but that's more than I need in my little apartment. Of course, it has all the decoders from Pro Logic II to DTS-ES, and has more settings and tweaks than I can even comprehend after reading the manual twice.

For the speakers, Good Guys had a hella good deal on the Energy Take 5.2 System with the Take S8.2 subwoofer included. These speakers are pretty cheap, but the sound really impressed me. I'm sure there are better speakers out there, but not for the price I paid. At any rate, the whole set up really blows away my old system.

I decided this would be another great opportunity to tear down my entire home theater system and rebuild it again. It was pretty necessary because I had to move around the components to make way for the huge reciever, and I had to pull out all the old speaker wiring anyways. This turned into a whole weekend project, and Danielle was recruited to help out. She was a good sport about it, offering her industrious and dilligant services without complaint.

The project only had one major snag: One of the satellites was deffective, so I had to take it back to Good Guys. They gave me a new speaker in exchange without too much hassle, so I will give them a break about lying to me about their sale ending within moments of me walking into the store.

I still think they're bastards, though.

Anyway, time for lunch. Later I'll post some pictures of my new toys.
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Strongbad

The Wisdom of Jessica Simpson

Have you seen that Pizza Hut® commercial with Jessica Simpson and the Muppets?

It's kind of been bugging me.

They are advertising the 4forALL™ Pizza. It's a box with four small square pizzas in it, each with its own toppings. But the thing is, Jessica says something like, "according to chance and probability, there are over six million, three hundred twenty-one thousand possible pizza combinations."

Now, I'm not one to openly question the wisdom of Jessica Simpson, but I think she's aiming a little low.

There are 18 topping choices, and you can have up to three toppings. Assuming you can choose duplicate toppings (pepperoni + pepperoni), you have this many pizza combinations:
    0 toppings = 1
    1 topping = 18
    2 toppings = 182/2! = 162
    3 toppings = 183/3! = 5,832/6 = 972
    Total topping combinations = 1 + 18 + 162 + 972 = 1,153
So, having 4 pizzas brings the total combinations to 1,1534 = 1,767,328,289,281.

Of course, technically she is correct. 1.7 trillion is indeed "over six million..." like she says. In the end, it's just surprising that she didn't pick up on the math error when they were filming the ad.
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