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Features, Reviews and a Blog by John Sciacca

Random Thoughts (Blog)

Random Thoughts (Blog)

The Force is Strong with Star Wars in Concert

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 12:42 PM Comments comments (1)

I received an updated e-mail from the good folks at Star Wars over the weekend saying that they have added a slew of new dates and venues for the terrific Star Wars in Concert presentation. (Upcoming dates and venues can befound here: I *highly* recommend checking this out if it is coming even remotely near you. Below is a post that I wrote for EDG several months ago after Dana and I went to the show.You can check ou...

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All signs point towards Good!

Posted on April 1, 2010 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Sometimes you can just tell that it’s gonna be a good day (whether or not you need to grab your AK as Mr. Cube so eloquently put it years ago...).  Today has all the makings of being a good – dare I say “great”? – one.  Started offwith seeing that my site has a new member, someone who I didn’t directly invite or personally know. (Welcome, Mark!  Good to have you!)


Then I opened a brand new bag of espresso beans and mad...

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Things that go Diana Krall in the night

Posted on March 29, 2010 at 10:39 AM Comments comments (2)

I'm currently reviewing a new product from Russound called Collage (scheduled ot run in the September issue of S+V). I've been following Collage for a couple of years, and think it is a really cool idea. Basically, Collage is what they call a no-new-wires audio system. Instead of running speaker and control wire throughout your home, it utilizes the electrical wiring already within the home to distribute both control, metadata (that information like artist and album name) and audio signa...

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Eat here? Automatic!

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 4:14 PM Comments comments (4)

If there’s two things I love, it’s southern food and good, ole-fashioned home cookin’…


I kid. In fact, there’s few things I dislike more than either of those things. In fact, if you know me at all, you know that I’m kind of weird about eating other people’s cooking at all. With few exceptions (Colleen, Malia, Lori) I really don’t want to eat things cooked by other people. (It’s not you; it’s me. Let’...

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Has A/V lost extravagant enjoyment?

Posted on March 2, 2010 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (8)

My friend, Dan, called me last night. (For the record, Dan and I have shared *many* movies together without the "we're just Bros" empty seat between us.) Turns out that he's in the market for a new coffee machine.

In an e-mail Dan wrote, "Shamefully, I am spending way too much time on researching Espresso machines. I would spend less time researching a new car. 'I want the Maserati, I want the Maserati. Research over!'"


And we're not just talk...

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