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Features, Reviews and a Blog by John Sciacca

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Random Thoughts (Blog)

Thanks! I AM kinda #PopularAV

Posted on March 31, 2012 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (2)

About ten days ago I told you about a little popularity contest that was going on. Custom Retailer was trying to garner some buzz and shares and hits and what-have-yous and decided to host a #PopularAV contest.

Having little better to do – and the entry being as simple as just emailing a link to a blog post I’d a...

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Survivor: One World - The Beauty in a Merge

Posted on March 30, 2012 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (7)

Previously on Survivor…(Thanks for the souvenir)

Back at camp after blindsiding Monica Calientepepper, Evil Queen Colton and Alicia make certain that there is no misunderstanding with Christina on her place in the tribe. After calling her “a thieving cockroach” they say that no ...

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Beer Tasting Episode V: The Fruit-Beer Strikes Back

Posted on March 27, 2012 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (1)

Dana found some coupon for Lowe’s Foods where if you spend $50 you then get $10 off your bill. Know what is $10 at Lowe’s Foods? A mixed 6-pack of beers! Huzzah! Free beer!

At this point I have tasted nearly every 12-ounce bottle at Lowe’s. Fortunately, they seem to bring in new stock occasionally, along with the occasional seasonal variety, but this might be my last Lowe’s tasting for a bit. Fortunately, I seem to...

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Survivor: One World - Thanks for the Souvenir

Posted on March 22, 2012 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (1)

Previously on Survivor…

Probst brings the One World house of cards crashing to the ground when he announces, “Drop your buffs! You are switching tribes!” It's time to switch up the teams; grab an egg, break it; Orange is Manono, Blue is Salani. Resulting in most…uneven…switch-up…EVER! Y...

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We're not so different, you and I...

Posted on March 21, 2012 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

There’s been some kinda-sorta negative stuff going around on the Interwebs lately about Kaleidescape and their awesome media server. They were handed down a pretty negative judgment at the first of the month which may or may not impact them from being able to continue selling their product in its current, DVD-importing form. (Kaleidescape is hopeful that the verdict will be stayed pending their appeal, which has already been filed.

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It kinda IS a Popularity Contest...

Posted on March 21, 2012 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (6)

"That's 'cause droids don't pull people's arms out of their sockets when they lose. [Sciaccas] are known to do that." ―Han Solo

So, this publisher – Custom Retailer – is having a little contest. And, well, I’ve entered. And if there is anything you know about me, it is that I don’t take well to losing…

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Beer Club Vol 1: We (finally) have a quorum!

Posted on March 18, 2012 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

As you'll possibly recall, I had the flash of brilliance a couple of weeks ago of forming a Beer Club. (You can read all about it here, as well as the Rules of Beer Club.) As I suspected, it was quite easy to get people to agree to join Beer Club. The title pretty much sells itself.

What surprised me was how difficult it was to ...

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Beer Tasting Episode IV: A New Hop

Posted on March 16, 2012 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

(May we just take a moment and revel in my clever-clever Star Wars beer title. Yes? You've appropriately soaked in my funny? Good. On we go...)

While waiting for my nascent Beer Club members to A) drink their beer and B) actually write me some semblance of a review on their experience I found myself quickly out of beer t...

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Survivor: One World - A Bunch of Idiots

Posted on March 16, 2012 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Recap, aka, last week on Survivor…

Right at the beginning we learn the shockingly awesome bit of info that Leif sleeps in a crate! This is actually brilliant because it is dry, out of the elements, probably warm, keeps him from having to have any of Tarzan’s hair or bulge touch him in the night and likely ke...

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I'm not a conspiracy theory guy, but...

Posted on March 14, 2012 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (2)

In general, I don’t want to hear about second gunmen or grassy knolls, or missiles into the Pentagon or bombs pre-loaded into the Trade Center buildings. I hate all of that nonsense. For most things, I subscribe to the Occam’s razor theory, being that when presented with multiple hypotheses, generally the simplest explanation is usually the right one. However the coincidence of Wal-Mart announcing TODAY a new “Exclusive Disc-to-Digital Service” seems jus...

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Kaleidescape Verdict: IT IS SO ORDERED!

Posted on March 13, 2012 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Updated! Scroll to bottom for new update 5:20 PM, March 15, 2012

That booming sound you may have heard yesterday was the echoing ripple of a bit of your electronic freedom and innovation being smashed under the heavy-handed gavel of Judge William J. Monahan of the California Superior Court.

As I wrote several weeks ago in my

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They ARE Giants in Providence

Posted on March 12, 2012 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

To know me is to know that I love – and HAVE loved – the band They Might Be Giants, or just TMBG. From the first moment that I discovered them – a cassette of Flood blasting on endless repeat over a giant, portable boombox back in the early 90s – I have been smitten. What other band can weave in deep, obscure literary references along with quirky riffs and hooks? Or have a song where “Minimum wage!” and a whipcrack are the entire thing? And d...

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Survivor: One World - Bum-puzzled

Posted on March 8, 2012 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (4)

Survivors ready? Let’s recap last week…

A massive storm of freezing rain comes in and the women’s hatches are anything but battened down. (Apparently “fire is life” and “you have GOT to keep your fire going!” are things the ladies have yet to learn or take to heart.) The...

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The New iPad, the Lame iName

Posted on March 7, 2012 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (1)

OK. So, as I mentioned a couple of weeks ago in my iPad3 19 Wishes, Wants and Predictions blog, we are in March and a new iPad announcement/launch was imminent.

Well, if you stepped anywhere near a networked computer today after 1:00 eastern, you know that a new iPad was indeed launched. And not just A...

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How full is your glass?

Posted on March 6, 2012 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (2)

As a custom installer, there are A LOT of market conditions that make it easy to be pessimistic about right now.


Many companies have gone out of business.

Those that remain have sales figures that often look like a giant, upside-down V, peaking somewhere right about 2007.

More and more people are choosin...

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And that's when Secret Service pointed a gun at me

Posted on March 3, 2012 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

(Catchy title, right? It’s totally true, but we’ll get to that in just a bit...)

So, I got into a little Twitter tete-a-tete yesterday with someone who *strongly* feels that my blogging on a certain reality TV show as of late “may cross the fine line between inspiration and imitation.”

After some back-and-forth, this person tweeted “and with all due respect, when I say ...

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Survivor: One World - One World is Out the Window

Posted on March 2, 2012 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (3)

Before I start in on what I believe is the first ever Leap Day episode of Survivor, I need to mention two things.

Thing 1: My DVR appears that it may be up to its old shenanigans again. Back in 2008 I wrote about how many people across the country were running into issues recording Survivor. So, last night at 8:14 my Spidey ...

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