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Albuquerque Journal - Parade - - PARADE PICKS - By Mar­i­lyn vos Sa­vant —Madi­son M., Den­ver, Colo. —Ed­ward O., Bol­ing­brook, Ill.

Many Amer­i­cans, in­clud­ing me, be­lieve that politi­cians will say al­most any­thing to get votes. Can any­thing be done about this? Here’s one pos­si­bil­ity for dis­cus­sion: Stop cam­paign polling, which helps can­di­dates mon­i­tor the pulse of the elec­torate and pro­motes those who are will­ing to morph into what­ever will get them elected. Those are fol­low­ers, not lead­ers. Plus, polling re­sults may in­ap­pro­pri­ately in­flu­ence vot­ers. Many old movies are be­ing re­leased on Blu-ray. But is the qual­ity really bet­ter? How can a movie that was filmed with old tech­nol­ogy be­come a high-def­i­ni­tion video? Old movies were of­ten filmed with fab­u­lous op­tics, but the tech­nol­ogy used to dis­play them as beau­ti­fully as they were shot didn't yet ex­ist. So they were viewed sub­op­ti­mally at the time. Now th­ese same movies can be trans­ferred to Blu-ray (an op­ti­cal disc for­mat de­signed to dis­play high-def­i­ni­tion video), and we can see many—but not all—of them in their orig­i­nal glory. (Even Blu-ray can't cap­ture the full qual­ity of all movies, par­tic­u­larly those shot on 35-mil­lime­ter film, which has been used for decades and is still in use today.) Not that the trans­fers are al­ways done well; tech­niques vary. But the re­sult is usu­ally a much-im­proved view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Send ques­tions to mar­i­lyn pa­rade.com

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