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Features, Reviews and a Blog by John Sciacca

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Random Thoughts (Blog)

You're about to flip my Ass switch!

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 12:29 PM Comments comments (1)

I like to *think* that I like people. Not all people of course, but as a general rule, that, when push comes to shove, I like people more often than I don’t.  And I like to begin interactions in the manner of our judicial system; I’m going to assume that you’re OK until you prove to me otherwise. At which point, I’m liable to become an Ass. And, really, it’s your own fault. So, here are 10 ways to avoid flipping my Ass switch.

1)  ...

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She poops, she scores!

Posted on March 12, 2010 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (12)

We have been struggling for a while to get our 3 year old potty trained. And despite bribes (offers of candy and promises of wondrous toys – talking Buzz Lightyears, dancing dragons, etc.) and threats (poop-spanks and time outs and just all-around our crushing disappointment) she has been completely disinterested in using the potty for numero two.


Now, Lauryn is clearly smart enough to do this. She says things...

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Do you FaceLink? (UPDATED)

Posted on March 12, 2010 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (4)

I continually read e-mails from different outlets extolling the benefits of social networking. "You *have* to do it," they say. "It's the only way to reach a modern audience."

Seriously though, does anyone actually get any business from Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? (And by "business" I'm not talking the Tiger Woods kind....Hi-yo!) While there's no question that these sites have the "social" part down, it's just hard to imagine that anyone will actually be inspired ...

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3D: I kind of already hate you

Posted on March 11, 2010 at 1:11 PM Comments comments (4)

Can we all get together in a drum circle and bang out a few beats to slow down the marketing juggernaut which is 3D TV? Seriously, it's not even really out yet (though Panasonic had a small roll-out this week at select Best Buy Magnolia stores) and yet it is ALL anyone in the industry can talk about. Google CES 2010 and see if your browser doesn't choke on 3D results. Rather than straddling the fence on 3D, I'm still pretty much in the 2D camp, looking over the fence, sneering and hocking the...

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Top 10 List: Movies

Posted on March 10, 2010 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (18)

Whether inspired or angered by the Oscars, I've been thinking about movies quite a bit lately. My friend, Pierre, and I used to constantly hone and compare our lists of our personal Top 10 films, so I thought I'd post my most recent Top 10 list. Feel free to weigh in and add your own favorite films in the comments section. What did I miss? What do I need to see? Where do you think I was wrong? 

The films are li...

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Samson: Survivor Hero or Hulk Smash?

Posted on March 8, 2010 at 6:12 PM Comments comments (1)

One of my goals for 2010 -- besides just making it through with family, home, and career in tact. Thanks, recession! -- is to read the Bible through from cover to cover. I've been trying to create a routine where I carve out about 20 minutes each evening after I put Lauryn to bed where I can sit on the couch, put on some quiet music, and read. (Dana enjoys the time to work on her Grail-like quest of trying to  download every coupon known to the Internet.)

I've just...

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Oscars finishes with a whimper

Posted on March 8, 2010 at 9:44 AM Comments comments (0)

Like many of you, I watched the Academy Awards show last night. (And so did NY and NJ----about 15 minutes into it thanks to a last minute deal reached between Disney and Cablevision.) I liked the banter between Martin and Baldwin, and if you've been a longtime SNL viewer, you'll know they have somewhat of a friendly rivalry/comraderie which I thought came across.

For me, it was the show's ending that was such a major fizzle. The entire 3 1/2 4 hour show bui...

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Cablevision to NY: No Oscars for you!

Posted on March 7, 2010 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The relationship between cable provider and customer is often like a strained and horrible marriage, like the Costanza's on Seifeld. Neither side really likes the other any more, but breaking up is just too much hassle so they develop a cool impasse punctuated by occasional bouts of swearing and name calling.

My cable provider's attitude seems to be firmly in the vein of "Keep your pimp hand strong!" as they like to randomly increase charges for things and/or take channels ...

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Ethanol, kiss my Assanol!

Posted on March 6, 2010 at 3:08 PM Comments comments (1)

My wife and I are both really diligent about resetting the trip odometers on our cars whenever we fill up . It's habit now, probably started years ago as some form of personal flagellation to see that our cars weren't getting anywhere near the 38/44 and 21/30 mileage ratings that Honda and Toyota promised.

Even so, I used to be able to count on getting a solid 380-400 miles between fill-ups with my trusty little Honda, and on long road trips, it wouldn't be unheard of to pu...

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Thursday evening, please be gone I'm tired of you....

Posted on March 5, 2010 at 2:19 PM Comments comments (2)

Yesterday was not a great one. The entire day I just felt like I was covered in a blanket of beige where I didn't feel like doing anything. Work was slow, I'm caught up on proposals and paperwork and AOL kept me from being able to do anything e-mail related. I did manage to send a message from my lady-phone that, thanks to predictive texting, came through as "Will I lord the 24 bit pre loaded content? Also he I can't import owes the network them i'll basically lord everything." (Translation: ...

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A quickie....

Posted on March 5, 2010 at 12:21 PM Comments comments (0)

Here's a quickie.... This is a post I did for EDG which I think is pretty good/funny. We are constantly faced with the confusion of high-end companies and trying to educate people as to who they are. This is a post about that.... Click HERE to read...

AOL, why are you persecuting me?

Posted on March 4, 2010 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (1)

As most of you know, I still use AOL as my e-mail provider.

(Pause for the laughter and totally inappropriate name calling to die down....)

Now, I don't actually USE AOL to log onto the Internet. God, no. But I established my e-mail address YEARS ago, right around the time that Al Gore built the Internets. (At the time, the address I chose seemed like a clever contraction of mine and my wife's initials. I believe my comment was, "Hey! We can share!" Now, I ...

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Star. Wars. Legos. Awesome!

Posted on March 3, 2010 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (2)

Found this video on another site. It makes you long for the pre-CGI Star Wars days of yore and for all that the prequel-ology could have been. Also kind of sad that Lucas is now being out-Lucased by someone living in his parent's basement with a camera, a computer and some Legos.

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My most popular story

Posted on March 3, 2010 at 9:46 AM Comments comments (5)

At the height of its reign, Sound + Vision Magazine ruled like a Caesar over the land of A/V publications, reaching upwards of 300,000 readers. And it was certainly empowering to know that I would be reaching a ton of people every time I wrote a story.

But compared to the Web, those 300,000 readers are like shouting out your front door. Sure a couple of neighbors hear you, but if you want to reach the world, then that means the Web.

The greatest thing...

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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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Look at your man...

Posted on March 2, 2010 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (2)

"Hello, Ladies.  Look at your man. Now back to me.  Now back at your man. Now back to me.  Sadly, he isn’t me.  But if he stopped using lady-scented body wash and started wearing a $6000 tuxedo and driving a $270,000 car, he could look like he’s me."

Good to go, Bro

Posted on March 2, 2010 at 11:34 AM Comments comments (1)

I was off yesterday, and was killing time at a Barnes & Noble waiting for Happy Hour to kick in at Gordon Biersch....

(I just re-read that sentence, and for those of you who don't know me that well, it actually offers a more profound look into my personality than probably spending an entire day with me.)

Anyhow, while browsing, my wife found this book, "Bro on the Go," written by Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris), the shining star of "How I Met Your ...

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Blockbuster: I come to bury not praise

Posted on March 1, 2010 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (2)

Oh, Blockbuster.... Do you remember that time like 10 years ago when I came in at 9 o'clock at night to rent a movie? And when I got up to the counter with my movie that said "2-day rental" and your counter girl said that it was due back the next day by 5 PM? And I said that wasn't even 24 hours, let alone 2-days and the girl just shrugged. And I threw the movie down in disgust and said "I will NEVER come here again!"? Do you remember any of that?

Or the time when yo...

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Rewarding expert service

Posted on March 1, 2010 at 10:07 AM Comments comments (8)

I purchased a chainsaw at Home Depot this weekend. (Stay tuned for next week's post where I describe the challenges of typing one-handed...) My knowledge of what makes a good chainsaw is pretty much limited to what I've seen in movies like Scarface and Massacre, so I was looking for a little help in making a selection. The older gentleman at the Depot clearly knew his way around power tools and sensed my struggles and came over and totally helped out. He discussed all the pros and cons of dif...

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