About Me: aka ‘the Shameless Self-Promotion Page’

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Hi, my name is Paul.

They tell me that I need an ‘about me’ page on my website. That people are interested in the person behind the keyboard. Are you really? Well ok, I guess they’re right… because here you are, reading this page.

Well, what can I say? Er… hello!

Is this the bit where I give you my life story? Hmm, I’ve not written something like this before, but I’m sure I can come up with something. How hard can it be? Let’s see what you think about my first try.

How about this?

Biography (take 1)

Paul was born in London, England in 1874. His mother worked in a circus and his father built Big Ben. He has 12 sisters, 15 brothers, 56 nephews and 148 nieces.

He is now happily married to his 8th wife and lives in London with his 12 daughters, 14 sons, 8 cats, 16 dogs, 36 chickens… and a fish.*

How am I doing? Pretty good huh? I think I’m getting the hang of this already. This is going to be easier than I thought…

Ok, ok, just kidding!

Stick with it though, I’m sure I’ll get the hang of this by the end of the page. Let’s face it, it can only get better.

* this is all true… except for 1874, the circus, Big Ben, 11 sisters, 15 brothers, 55 nephews, 147 nieces, 7 wives, 11 daughters, 14 sons, 8 cats, 16 dogs, 36 chickens… and the fish!

But Seriously… (take 1)

Ok, but seriously folks, they tell me that you want answers to some questions.

Like, “Who the heck do you think you are? Writing a website about home cinema technology. It’s outrageous! Why should I believe a word you say?”

Oh really. I didn’t ask you to come around here, you know. You’re a bit pushy, aren’t you?

*** Note to self: try not to offend the readers too much ***

So, why should you take this website seriously? Well… it’s either my word… or Panasonic’s! (no offense, Panasonic – just my idea of a little joke).

*** Note to self: try not to offend the hardware manufacturers either. Gosh, it’s a tricky business this website stuff ***

Well, you have a point, I guess. I suppose it makes sense to give you an idea of my background.

But, I haven’t stolen all this information from Wikipedia, you know.

Well, not ALL of it. 🙂

So, since you’re asking, I do have a pretty good background in this stuff if I say so myself (and I do).

Biography (take 2)

I have worked as a sound, lighting and audio-visual engineer for around 20 years.

During that time, I worked in recording studios (small-time – calm down, I don’t know anybody famous), theater, television, and audio-visual installation companies.

I have also spent more time at home than is probably healthy installing, configuring, testing, de-rigging, fixing, tweaking, re-installing again (and sometimes using) various pieces of hi-fi and home cinema equipment.

Geek with book

Yes, that’s right, I’m one of those people who like to read the manual!

GEEK ALERT!!!!!

So, you see, I have picked up the odd thing or two over the years.

But Seriously… (take 2)

The main point is, I’m not trying to make myself out as a world expert on all things AV. Goodness knows there’s enough of those about.

Usually, all with a different opinion.

But that also doesn’t mean I don’t know what I’m talking about.

However, after struggling with technology for more years than I care to think about, I know that there aren’t many places you can go that explain this stuff in simple terms.

So, I thought I’d give it a go.

Hopefully, you’ll find some interesting and valuable information here, and you will have an easier experience the next time you buy a piece of audio-visual technology.

You know, it is worth spending a bit of time trying to understand the technology a little bit.

The hardware available these days is absolutely fantastic, and there’s no need to be afraid of technology like many people I’ve met over the years.

You can also ensure you save yourself some money by buying the right equipment for you – and then make sure you get the best out of it when you get it home.

The information presented here has been acquired from a mixture of hands-on experience and research – and is hopefully written with some clarity and humor.

Unfortunately, due to the number of site visitors each day, I cannot provide one-to-one support. But, I hope you will find the information here helpful.

Actually, I must be doing something right because here are some messages received from happy site visitors via the contact page – no bribes involved!

I just want to tell you that the way you explain things along with great visuals is beyond excellent. I read through your posts just one time on analog connections when transferring home movies to DVD and completely understood the process using the composite video to HDMI converter that I purchased. Thank you for the time and effort you put in helping those who are often in a fog working through this ever-changing technical world.
~ Sharon ~
Kudos for the best explanation I have read so far on this topic.
~ Wolfgang ~
What a great site, and I genuinely mean that. I love the use of clear simple explanations and with the help of images in each article.
~ Michael ~
The best and most thorough explanation and reviews of newer TV technology on the web. I’m moving and need to start from scratch, looking for a decent-sized TV. You clarified all of the different types, and I can’t thank you enough!
~ Judy ~
What a great site for A/V newcomers like me. Thank you!
~ Dave ~
I found this article VERY helpful! You are so detail-oriented and FUNNY! I found a great deal on the LG 55″ OLED TV based on your article. Thank you SO much for your insights! Invaluable!
~ Ana ~
Great guide for this old technophobe—my head is spinning!
~ Pete ~

It’s always rewarding to hear from somebody who has found my guides helpful. I hope you have a similar experience – and if so, feel free to let me know.

Who knows, your words may even make this page!

Of course, you are welcome to let me know if there was something you didn’t like too – although, I may not be so quick to add that here… 🙂

Here’s a less positive message I received from one reader:

BTW, I like the site. Your “About me page” is a bit over the top, but the rest is decent.
~ Tad ~

To be fair, he’s got a point!

This page was actually one of the first I wrote for this site – over ten years ago now.

I was planning on updating it and making it sound a bit more ‘professional’ – rather than like someone writing their first-ever about me page.

But, you know, I still like it – who wants to read a dull résumé when you can have nonsense like this? 🙂

I’ve made as much effort as possible to make sure all the facts are correct and that the technical stuff is accurate, and the information here should be helpful to you wherever you are in the world.

An article doesn’t make the site until I’m confident with the information on the page. However, if you find something here you think is incorrect, let me know, and I’ll look into it.

So that’s who the heck I am, and that’s why I’ve built this website. So there.

Anyway, I’ve given it my best shot.

I hope you find something useful here… and just in case you’re getting bored with the serious stuff, here’s another picture of a fish!

Goldfish

All the best.

Paul