Projections of glory: Dave poses during a G4 Cube commercial projected through his NEC digital projector. So big and clear, you can almost see the cracks.


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Talkin' Smack: Buffy, the Mac and Everything

How NEC brought joy to the life of a hardened editor

by David Nagel
Executive Producer
[email protected]

If you're going to go around claiming to know anything about me, you'd better know these two fundamental facts: First, I likes me my Buffy—Buffy the Vampire Slayer, that is. Second, I likes me my beer.

"Uh, Dave," you say, "What does this have to do with the Macintosh?"

Well, just this, dear reader: I'm a Mac writer, and there are two great things about being a Mac writer. First, you get to write about the Mac. Second, you get a lot of great stuff for your Mac for free.

This last week was an extra-especially blissful period. Not only did I score a shiny new digital SLR camera and a dye-sub printer (both courtesy of Olympus), but I also got to take home a pretty flashy digital projector from NEC.

Now, knowing the two facts about me mentioned above, you ought to be putting the pieces together in your mind right about now.

Buffy. Beer. Digital projector.

That's right, dear reader: I got to watch the season opener of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the glorious, goriffic, high-resolution magnificence of a digital projector. Which meant, of course, I got to see Willow's PowerBook about four feet high on my wall, followed by a giant ad for the Cube. (It was so big and clear I could almost make out the cracks.) Best Buffy experience ever.

"You're lame, Dave."

Shut up, reader. You haven't even heard the whole thing yet. I also got to watch DVDs of Starship Troopers, Apocalypse Now, Army of Darkness and The Iron Giant on this little bundle of digital glory. That's right: a five foot high projection of Denise Richards's pouty lips beckoning me to sign up for service in high-resolution propaganda mode. Who could resist? (Especially with all the beer.) Paul Verhoeven rocks!

From now on, I have no use for monitors. They're too small. Even a 52" plasma screen is junk compared with a digital projector. Unfortunately, NEC wanted this projector back before I had a chance to hook it up to my Mac for Diablo II. So, vendors, keep 'em coming!

"Do you just get hardware, Dave, or do you get software too?"

Oh, I get software, and, of course it's nice. But, after a while, the stuff piles up so high I just find myself overwhelmed and unable to get to everything I need to review. (I know, poor me. You can stop crying now.) So, after a while, I stop getting excited about it. Hardware, on the other hand, is a never-ending source of Mac-o-liscious bliss. I go into holy shakes anytime the UPS guy arrives with a big box.



"Hmm. Say, Dave?"

Yes, reader?

"Aren't you going to mention anything about Apple's stock plunge from last week?"

You mean how those meth freaks on Wall Street got some bad smack and flipped out around the same time Apple made that announcement about earnings being less than projected?

"Yeah, that."

No, I'm not going to talk about that. Financials bore me.

"Me too, Dave. So what do you want to do?"

I don't know.

"Want a beer?"

Now you're talking, reader. I got Buffy on tape and a digital projector for another two days. Let's party....

Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac; host of the Creative Mac, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion and Synthetik Studio Artist WWUGs; and executive producer of Creative Mac, DCC Designer, DCC Workstation, Digital DTP, Digital Pro Sound, Digital Webcast, Hollywood Industry, Plug-in Central, Presentation Master, and Video Systems sites. All are part of the Digital Media Net family of online industry hubs.

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