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3D movie experience

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

Yesterday, I decided to watch a 3D movie for the first time since 1997. I was fighting with myself if I really should watch 3D movies as I still remember the last time: I felt sick for the whole day afterwards. But I said to me: They must have made some progress since 1997…And yes, they really made some progress. No problems this time.

But having no health problems,  doesn’t mean everything was perfect:

  • sometimes, I got the feeling that scenes were added just to show you what 3D effects they can create
  • bright colours were too bright (it was like looking at the sun)
  • things in the foreground and in the background were very blurry (more than in 2D)
  • switching the focus from a further away object to a closer one would in real life make it look sharp. But in the movie the focus is given by the director
  • 3D effects into the audience’s direction are flickering
  • people look like they were stretched when ‘coming out of the screen’ (it seems no one cares about what you learn in school…)

Nevertheless, some 3D effects where really cool. But there’s still the question: Do we really need 3D movies (and 3D television)? The first 3D tv channels start this autumn, let’s see how successful they are. In my opinion, 3D doesn’t add more fun to a movie and not to forget: you always have to wear these glasses.

Although, more and more 3D movies are entering the cinemas, I prefer to watch them in 2D.

And it continues…

Monday, May 24th, 2010

As most of you might know, I recently moved to Zurich. Although, I’ve been working in this city for nearly five years already, there is still a lot to discover. That’s why I decided to continue with my blog. I will blog about things in Zurich or trips to other countries. I don’t know yet how often I’ll be writing and I’m also not yet sure how the Zurich posts will be like…Let’s see…

Packed & checked in

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

It’s less than 24 hours until take-off. So, it’s time for a new post.

Yesterday, I started packing all the things. First, I wanted to take one bag with me only. But I had to change my mind quite soon. As I have to take some winter clothes with me, I need more space. So, I packed my stuff into two bags. This also gives me the possibility to buy things without having to think if the fit into the bag.

Today, I did the online check-in which went very smoothly (not like last time…). Now, I only have to be at the airport on time…

Ready for take-off

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

It’s done! Today, I booked the last hotels and some tours I needed to pre-book. Weekend after weekend, I spent with planning the trip, searching and booking hotels, cars or flights. Now, that I’ve finished all this, I’m ready for take-off. But my schedule says that I have to wait two weeks ;-) It’s good to know that now the phase of enjoyment starts.

One month to go

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

It’s incredible how near the start of my trip already is. But there are still a lot of things that need to be done before take-off. It seems I have to earn my holidays. I never thought there is so much to organise. When you go on two- or three-weeks holidays it’s no problem if you forget something to take with you. But on a three-month trip you should really think about what you need.

At least I got all my flights and the hotels for the first two stops (Vancouver and Honolulu). Within the next days I intend to book the hotels for the different Hawaiian islands as well as my cars. Booking the hotels was quite fun. I only selected them based on price, region and stars. I got the name after I paid. The advantage of this way to book is that you get very cheap rates as high-quality hotels try to get rid of their free rooms. I will do the same for the remaining Hawaiian hotels.

What really annoys me is that you have to check if all work has been done. I changed the date of my Sydney fligth 10 days ago and still the passenger receipt has not been updated by Lufthansa. This document is vital as it has all my flights on it. Another problem is that Lufthansa seems not to be able to accept my APIS data as the flight to Hawaii is operated by Air Canada. I then tried to input my data there but Air Canada does not know my booking reference. So, I will do it the oldschool way: fill out the paper and hand it in to Lufthansa at the check-in.

About

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

This blog is about my journey around the world. I will write from time to time how life is going and I will also try to provide you with some photos.

And this is my journey:

ThayngenZürich – Frankfurt – VancouverHawaii – Tokyo – Hong KongNew ZealandSydneyJohannesburgCape Town – Johannesburg – ZürichThayngen

journey

My Journey