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Back in the day when I was a nipper, televisions were reasonably priced and reasonably sized. Now most family homes resemble cinemas, with great swathes of wall being covered with flat screen LCD televisions.
Sometimes, when television programmes zoom in one someones face, the average viewer with
a 54 inch screen might now be confronted with a four foot wide ugly mug glaring at them from the wall. This is particularly true for programmes like "Mastermind" and "Who wants to be a Millionaire" where the camera zooms in incrementally, almost surreptitiously, until there is little more that a giant nostril left on the screen.
But theres no worry of the picture looming too large if you're sitting on the Space Invader Sofa. Hit the sofa shaped green button on your remote control, and your sofa's motorised castors rumble backwards on their reclaimed railway girders until the TV screen at a less invasive, less threatening, distance.
||Nice. You know, I had a similar idea rattling around my noggin, though this one related to the positioning of computer monitors, so as to avoid weakening of the eyes brought about by fixed-distance staring.
||Or the Spooky Basement sofa.... this is
where the sofa is on a hydraulic ram, that
waits until you and your guests are sitting
comfortably, then lowers you into the
creepy basement room for watching horror
||I may need to knock a wall or two down.
||Wake up, [sleepy]! Didn't you detect a note of excitement in [po]'s anno? They way I read it, [po] was pretty much typing with one hand and reaching for the lump mallet with the other.