High End Stereo System

As a music junky who enjoys alot of different musical genres, listening to a proper high end music setup is a pretty unique experience. Unfortunately the music selection is pretty sparse. The CD I was listening to was a “Greatest Hits of Andre Bocelli.”

The inside speaker system (Focal) were the only ones hooked up. I don’t know why there’s a second outer one. But the Focal speakers handles the mid and upper ranges pretty well. The notes were crisp and clear. Con te partiro with Sarah Brightman really brought out the musical range. The bass ranges were not pushed enough for a good assessment.

I should bring some CDs next time with more of a musical emphasis… Hamilton anyone?

Overselling HSR Tix

How do you frustrate travelers? By overselling non-reserved tickets.

As background the Taiwan High Speed Rail (HSR) mirrors the Japanese Shinkansen. The trains speed through the Taiwanese country-side from north to south in about 2 hours. That’s approximately 400 km. Each train line contains 12 cars of which cars 1-7 for patrons who reserve seats. Cars 8-12 are non-reserved, first come first serve seating.

Because of a National Holiday, the HSR was packed full of travelers. And as it turns out, they over sold the non-reserve seating so much that to compensate for the overflow, the HSR authorities opened up the reserve cars to non-reserved with a small caveat…. Non-reserved ticket holders can only stand.

For a traveler after crossing the Pacific, having to stand for 2hrs is an annoyance. But to oversell something is just gross stupidity in my opinion.

How much would you pay?

So Spectrum TV is now offering a “a la carte” option. 10 cable channel from a curated list + additional broadcast over the air channels of NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, and of course PBS. All for $24.99/month for the 1st 2 years.

Spectrum 25 a la carte

So with all the cord cutting going on with Hulu, Netflix, YouTube TV, etc the cable companies are trying to play catch up. Admirable…

But given ALL the options now, I probable wouldn’t pay more than $15/month in my opinion. And I’m being fairly generous I think.

Energy creation…

I recently had an interaction that 10 years ago I probably would have engaged in.  But I stepped back and realized that some interactions with certain people aren’t worth my time in creating what ultimately would be negative energy.  Certain people are set in their ways and just don’t change.  There’s no need for me to be part of it.