Schubin Snacks

Not Quite Like Being There, But…

Many people have requested the PowerPoint slides from my presentations on Lip-Sync to the Audio Engineering Society, the International Broadcasting Convention to the first Schubin Cafe, and Acquisition Issues to HD World.  They may be found in the “Get the Download” section of this site.  More

Analog Lives!

I was contacted recently by someone who couldn’t figure out why a TV-band wireless mic was taking hits.  I looked up the frequency and found it to be almost exactly on the picture-carrier frequency of an analog TV channel.  But didn’t over-the-air analog TV broadcasting go away in the U.S. earlier this year?  No.  Only […]  More

The Laser Microphone

Not everything that can be demonstrated can be turned into a product.  And not every idea for a product should be turned into a product.  Still, everything we use today had an origin, and famous thinkers once declared such developments as the telephone, television, computer, and photocopier near useless or worse. Thus it was that […]  More

Physics Prizes We Can Recognize

In 2008, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded for work related to broken symmetry in subatomic physics.  In 2007, it was for giant magnetoresistance, in 2006, blackbody form and anisotropy of cosmic microwave background radiation, and so on back to the first, in 1901, for what were then called Roentgen rays.  But today is […]  More

Sony Single-Lens 3-D at 240-fps

Sony is reportedly going to unveil a 240-frame-per-second, single-lens 3-D camera at CEATEC in Japan next week.  It’s not the first time single-lens 3-D has been shown, and it’s not necessarily ideal (what’s gained in eliminating dual-lens differences is lost in interpupilary distance), but it’s still interesting that Sony will be introducing a 240-fps camera.  More

Experience 18th-Century Technology

It’s nice to be reminded, every now & then, that we are not the great technological geniuses we think we are.  A good place to do that is at the Drottningholms Slottsteater, an opera house in the Stockholm area that opened in 1766.  It’s a long story to explain why, but suffice it to say […]  More

Television in 1882

For a long time, I’ve been familiar with the illustrations of the French artist and writer Albert Robida because of his “predictions” of television as early as 1882.  But, until recently, I had not read his accompanying descriptions.  An English translation of Robida’s 1882 book The Twentieth Century was published by Wesleyan University Press in […]  More