As it turns out, Best Buy had a pretty good deal on a Sharp 50" TV for Labor Day, so we now have a brand new television to replace the sad old one that died last night. I need to get another HDMI cable for my PS3, so that get the full benefit with that, and at some point I should order a (sadly proprietary) Wii HDMI cable, but otherwise it's all hooked up and performing nicely. We did have to search through the menus to figure out how to turn down the motion smoothing. I had seen people talk about how it made movies look like soap operas, but I'd underestimated how extreme the result was. I found Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom while flipping through the channels and was amazed at how much weirdly smooth and bright everything was. It looked like I was watching a stage reenactment of the movie somehow. Happily, turning the feature down a couple of notches seems to have fixed the problem.
My other main pastime today was, again, Final Fantasy XIV. Yesterday I reached the point in the storyline where I needed to run the Stone Vigil dungeon to continue the main questline, so today Belghast, Ashgar, Tamrielo, and I ran that dungeon and two others. That got me caught up on my Grand Company hunt log and opened up more quests. Apparently the next big group fight I have to look forward to / dread is Garuda. The way everyone talks about it, it's way more difficult than previous stuff. We'll see if that remains true; I wouldn't be all that surprised if it's a bit easier a year later than it was when they all ran it originally.
And finally, Blaugust has come to a close. It's been a lot of fun, and amazingly enough I managed to post every day throughout. I'm not sure yet whether I'll try to maintain the pace going forward or not. I definitely feel like I need to post on a regular schedule if I don't want to end up procrastinating, falling behind, and ultimately letting the blog lie fallow. But something like 3 days a week or the like might be more realistic for me to maintain. We'll see.