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|Posted on June 18, 2013 at 12:35 AM||comments (0)|
Lying in the vast, middle Promised Land between connected things that are obviously useful and things that are uselessly awful, are connected appliances. Yes. Appliances. That connect. To the Internet.
“Why?!” you say. “How?!” you ponder. Why and how, indeed...
Several years ago I visited Microsoft’s campus in Redmond, Washington and toured their “Home of the Fut...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 12, 2013 at 11:45 AM||comments (0)|
As an industry that prides itself on doing custom work, we like to promise the moon and stars. No wish or desire is too grand, no hope or dream too elaborate or unobtainable. “You want the lights to turn on, the thermostat to drop, the blinds to raise, and the music to start playing the Rocky theme at full volume every time you walk into this room? Yep, sounds totally reasonable to me!”
And the truth is, when the budget and ti...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 5, 2013 at 12:30 AM||comments (0)|
Perusing the June 2013 issue of Residential Systems – the digital issue no less; you can read it here – I came across a column by Ira Friedman entitled “Targeting the Mega Rich: Why Ultra High Net Individuals are the Best Custom Integration Clients.”
Ira had some interesting points in his p...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 3, 2013 at 11:10 AM||comments (1)|
As much as I enjoy enjoy drinking, writing and talking about beer, I actually have no interest in trying to make any for myself. It’s kind of like sausage. Huge fan, don’t want to know or be involved in any part of how it is made. (I’m sure it’s a totally non-gross process that wouldn’t involve bits and scraps and snouts or anuses at all...)
My first encounter with home brewing was none too impressive. My fr...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 29, 2013 at 5:10 PM||comments (0)|
Dana and I had the pleasure of seeing Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers play with very special guest Edie Brickell this past Monday night (May 27) at the North Charleston Coliseum.
Don’t feel bad if you weren’t aware that Steve Martin is an accomplished banjo player (banjoist?), as that would just make you like 99% of the rest of the free world. (Apparently he is huge in North Korea. Kim Jung Un is a freak for s...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 28, 2013 at 3:40 PM||comments (0)|
A month ago, I wrote a post called “The Death of the Dedicated Theater Room” that listed all the reasons why a theater in a multi-use space such as a living room or family room makes so much more sense than going with a dedicated room. Multi-use spaces are generally more welcoming and comfortable, don’t require an exodus from one location...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 28, 2013 at 2:20 PM||comments (0)|
I’ll admit that watching reality TV is one of my vices. (Though, after coming clean about listening to Taylor Swift, I feel like I’ve pretty much thrown the medicine cabinet door wide open and invited you all to have a good long look.)
My particular brand of reality fetish has nothing to do with singing or dancing...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 24, 2013 at 1:35 PM||comments (0)|
Bringing you up to speed…
So, my custom installation company – Custom Theater and Audio – landed the biggest job in our 18 year history, both in physical size of the home (21,500 square feet under roof on one floor sitting on 4 acres of property just back from the ocean) and in financial scope of the job. I decided to chronicle the project over the next several months, the decisions I made in system design, the pr...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 24, 2013 at 12:05 AM||comments (0)|
You’ve finally sacked-up and decided to take that next step into the home theater Big Boy club; you’ve made the decision to abandon that weak-sauce, girly-man flat panel display and go with a strong-like-bull front projector! First things first...bring it in. We gotta hug this bitch out. Congratulations! For today, you are a man!
So, now that you’ve made this momentous decision you’re probably...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 21, 2013 at 10:05 AM||comments (0)|
I had the unique, two-hours-only-a-parent-could-love, pleasure of attending my daughter’s ballet recital this past weekend. And if you’ve never had the opportunity, I can assure you that watching dozens of 4-12 year old girls dancing ballet and tap to covers of Michael Jackson hits is every bit as fun as it sounds. (Did I mention that there was no intermission? Or bar? And that it was two hours?)
Here's a picture of Lauryn-don...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 20, 2013 at 6:50 PM||comments (0)|
“See the TURTLE of enormous girth!
On his shell he holds the earth.
His thought is slow but always kind;
He holds us all within his mind.
On his back all vows are made;
He sees the truth but may’nt aid.
He loves the land and love the sea,Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 13, 2013 at 2:50 PM||comments (0)|
Da Mayor: Doctor...
Mookie: C'mon, what. What?
Da Mayor: Always do the right thing.
Mookie: That's it?
Da Mayor: That's it.
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|Posted on May 10, 2013 at 3:15 PM||comments (0)|
I’ve mentioned my Definitive Technology rep, Woody, before. He is the one where we shared a Gay Chamsake at our local sushi bar, and then I think he *may* have proposed to me with a delicate selection of pastel colored sakes on another occasion…...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 9, 2013 at 12:20 AM||comments (0)|
The world’s largest technology distributor, Ingram Micro Inc., owners of CE distribution powerhouses AVAD and DBL Distributing, hosted a vendor expo for resellers this past week in Scottsdale, Arizona, at the absolutely beautiful Fairmont Scottsdale Princess resort, a AAA 5-Diamond rated property. (You can read all about this ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 7, 2013 at 3:10 PM||comments (1)|
Last week, I attended a vendor expo in Scottsdale, Arizona hosted by Ingram Micro. Our awesome rep, Brian Whittington, solidly hooks this brother up with an invite to the event each year, and I dutifully repay the favor by attending and sending as much business his way as I can.
In the past, the expo has been held at The Talking ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 6, 2013 at 4:40 PM||comments (0)|
Last week, I attended a vendor expo in Scottsdale, Arizona hosted by the world’s largest technology distributor, Ingram Micro, Inc. The theme of the expo was “Plugged In to CE,” and along with the manufacturers and venders on hand, Ingram invited representatives from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), including CEO Gary Shapiro, and senior research analyst Chris Ely.
Both guest speakers shared some interesting i...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 4, 2013 at 11:20 AM||comments (1)|
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Arthur C Clarke
Home automation. Smart house. Advanced home control. If those words conjure images of lights mysteriously flashing on and off at random times or of fat piles of cash and sweaty technicians huddled over their laptops programming for weeks at a time, then you need to read on. The truth about home automation today is that techno...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 3, 2013 at 9:20 AM||comments (0)|
As I wrote in Part One of this piece, I've been a custom installer for the past 15 years, and in that time I see people making the same home theater design mistakes over and over. And over.
And these are real-world systems costing between $10,000 to $50,000 where you can get an amazing home theater experience, but th...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 30, 2013 at 2:15 PM||comments (0)|
Since 1998, my full-time day job has been that of custom installer, and a frequent part of that job has been working with people on the design and installation of their new home theater/media rooms. And saying that I’ve been involved in over a hundred theater installs wouldn’t be an exaggeration. I’ve also had the opportunity to go on many jobs where another “installer” did the system and the homeowner was unsatisfied with the results—a lot o...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 30, 2013 at 11:15 AM||comments (0)|
Over the years, I’ve had my share of customers that used odd vernacular to describe things that I had to interpret what they were actually trying to say. One client called up complaining that his monitor wasn’t working. “Monitor?” I asked. “You mean the TV?” “No, not my TV, my monitor.” “Which TV are we talking about?” “My monitor! Not TV, Monitor!” We went back and forth for several minutes before I was ab...Read Full Post »