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With my wife returning to work, it seems as if the transitional period is over and normal life (if such a thing exists) is gradually returning. Presumably, I will now settle back into a regular schedule, and blogging will return to its usual patterns.

Some short snippets to start the week...

  • We brought our European PS2 and GameCube over with us, but I'm having no end of problems rigging them up. I bought an adapter online that claimed to convert PAL to NTSC (which is the correct switch in formats) but its box warns "can only be used with a 50 Hertz NTSC TV set." Now this confuses me, since NTSC is a 60 Hertz format! It seems that the converter I purchased does nothing of consequence. Can anyone help me find the correct device to allow a UK PS2 to be used on a US TV set?
  • The 'Currently Playing' list on the blog has been out of date for a while, on account of the move. In fact, it should just contain Tetris and Mario Kart on the DS, as this is essentially all I've played in months. The only other thing I've played recently is The Marriage, which I was completely obsessed with for a few weeks after GDC.
  • I keep considering a post about why I decided to include religion as a topic on my blog, but it seems too self-indulgent so I have always backed away. Briefly, however, the absence of intelligent discussion on this subject left me wanting to have my say. Also, I sensed religion being pointed to as a scapegoat once again in certain geopolitical conflicts that are all too familiar. I felt religion could use both a spirited defence, and a more reconciliatory attitude.
  • I'm reading Hume at the moment. To characterise him as an atheist is to grossly simplify his position, and probably a grave disservice, although he clearly delights in his irreligious views. His commentary is sometimes self-defeating, but often remarkable, especially since he was writing in the 18th century.
  • I've drafted the lead post for The Ethics Campaign, now just two days away, but it doesn't address the issue of defining ethics in any way. I guess I'll see how the discussion proceeds from this opening gambit, and if we need a clear definition we can turn to that next. Am I nervous about kicking off this new game? Perhaps. Certainly, I'm acutely aware of its imminency.

Now if you will excuse me, there is work to be done...


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Regarding converting PAL to NTSC, I recall reading somewhere a long time ago when I looked into this same matter that there were essentially two types of converters from PAL devices to NTSC TVs --- those that change the frequency and those that do not. Those that do not are simpler, but (as you suggest) will only work with a NTSC TV that also supports 60Hz input (which the majority at that time did not).

I never figured it out, but then I didn't really need one...

As to PAL/NTSC converters, I bought a NTSC/PAL converter that looked like this one, so I would hope this might be what you want. It does note that you need vertical hold controls on your telly, so it might not stop the rolling picture aspect of the conversion process (like inw notes above).

I've found an interesting piece on the net:
"Note that the digital version of the converter is more expensive; you may prefer just to buy an NTSC console for your NTSC TV."
Now this seems a bit high price for a simple digital converter, but I do not know anything about the prices in the US.

Thanks for the input! It seems I need to buy the more expensive converter at around $100... This is about the cost of a US PS2, but it would save me the cost of replacing the games. It's not a very happy position to be in, on the whole. Oh well...

According to the article only 10% of the ntsc tvs are unable to handle 50Hz. You are either unlucky or there is some additional technical trick behind this which is unknown to us.

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