Friday, June 12, 2009

The End of Analog

We interrupt today's blog post to bring an important announcement: Analog TV is ending TODAY. At 3 AM in the morning I sat with Brian Feldman waiting for the end of Analog TV as we know it. There are an estimated 20 million TVs that use rabbit ears to pick up analog TV via the airwaves. Brian joked that the best place to watch this conversion to digital would be in the retirement villages of South Florida. I can imagine the panic caused as hundreds of TVs flicker to static, people are screaming in the streets and TVs being thrown out windows. The Digital conversion is not happening all at once but each station is switching over sometime today. You have been warned. Every station seemed to have a banner scrolling warning viewers about the conversion.
Brian sat eating some tomato soup straight out of the can and texting or tweeting on his iPhone. A police car drove by and a block later turned around to pass by a second time. He stopped rolled down the window and stared. I tensed up waiting for what might happen next. He just watched the TVs for a few minutes and then rolled up beside me to see what I was up to and then drove off without saying a word.
If you wish to watch in horror as TV signals are lost go to Frames Forever and Art Gallery 941 Orange Avenue in Winter Park 407 622-6358. The installation remains in place till midnight tonight.

6 comments:

meg.kat.art said...

the church sketch disappeared! you're trying to keep me on my toes, aren't you?

Thor said...

I knew you would catch that. It was temporarily bumped for this important service announcement. Perhaps the church will return on Sunday, if not tomorrow. I am thinking the hot dog stand sketch might disappear like the stand itself. I wanted to write up the death of analog copy when I got home at 4AM but I was to tired. You caught me sleeping.

Brad said...

Fantastic idea Brian!
Great sketch Thor.
Love the colors.

weezie said...

I love this!

Brad said...

Hows come you never posted this one to Urban Sketchers. It's the end of an era, like Gabi's sketch of the Post Intelligencer.

Thor said...

Brad,
I did post this on Urban Sketches on June 12th.