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John Sciacca Writes...

Features, Reviews and a Blog by John Sciacca

Random Thoughts (Blog)

Random Thoughts (Blog)

"Hide your kids, hide your wife..."

Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (3)

One of the real benefits of living in a home with no cable TV -- like my sister-in-law, Keely and her husband Miah -- is that you have a lot of extra time for other things. Sure these could be things like gathering together around the fire, roasting chestnuts and telling stories of pioneer times, or reading all those free books available on Kindle, or pausing to reflect on life's deeper mysteries and searching for personal discovery, or journaling, or making every night family ...

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Food, glorious food!

Posted on November 27, 2010 at 4:28 PM Comments comments (2)

Food is on a lot of people’s minds this time of year. Nearly every TV show or commercial or billboard seems to feature some image of a giant, golden, crackly-skinned turkey carcass heaped onto a table overloaded beyond capacity; straining under the weight of fixins enough to feed 20, but consumed by a family of 6. This eats-all-you-can-stands-til-you-can’t-stands-no-more gluttony amnesty has brought us a world where the “Oh my gosh! I can’t believe he...

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Yes! I WILL have another FIVE cups!

Posted on October 18, 2010 at 1:31 PM Comments comments (0)

We already know that as a White Person, I am predisposed to liking coffee.

I can’t even remember when it started to be honest. Like many people, I’m sure that my gateway drug to enjoying this yuck-bitter-bitter, eh-it’s-not-too-bad, hey-this-is-kinda-good, I-must-haves-you-my-precious! drink was Coffee-mate Irish Cream and Hazelnut flavored creamers...

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My New Job

Posted on October 3, 2010 at 4:31 PM Comments comments (4)

When an e-mail slips through the chasm-sized gaps in AOL's special-ed spam filter, it is usually always something totally personal, hyper-targeted and meant specifically for me. This includes all of those "Pills U Want Direct From Canada!" and "Last Longer! Please Your Lady Like a REAL Man!" ads. The Internet knows that I like the kinds of medication that can only arrive through the mail, from a foreign country in a plain, brown wrapper delivered addressed to "Current Occupant ...

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Sky Mall 3.0 - You give because you love!

Posted on September 27, 2010 at 6:28 PM Comments comments (0)

Sky Mall 3.0 – You because you love! Did some marathon plane flying lately and, of course, you know what that means. A new Sky Mall! My seatback was rockin’ the Holiday 2010 edition, and, once again, Sky Mall did NOT disappoint! I am thinking of elevating Sky Mall to Death and Taxes status as a sure thing. If you’re new to my love for all things Sky Mall, please check out my first post,

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Leaving Atlanta - The Hard Way

Posted on September 26, 2010 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (2)

Wake up this morning at the ungodly hour of 6:15 AM (honestly, I never really sleep well when I’m out of town; after 15 years I am conditioned to having Dana’s soft body next to me, ready for her sleeping hand to rise of its own self-aware accord and bat away any attempted gropes throughout the night, and sleeping alone in a strange hotel bed, in a strange hotel city with a strange, urgent assignment hanging over my head for the next morning doesn’t add up to a peaceful nigh...

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Festbier next to the L-Word

Posted on September 15, 2010 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (1)

Last night was another tapping party at GB, so I left work early and we headed over. (You can read about our previous tapping party good-fun times here. If for no other reason, check that link for some great pix of Lauryn rockin’ my Revos pre left lens falling out onto our looks-like-but-really-isn’t brick kitchen tile floor and the ensuing massive scratching.

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Move over, HD Vision! It's time for...Bionics!

Posted on August 5, 2010 at 3:51 PM Comments comments (1)

I thought that technology had reached its zenith when I was E-marketed with an offer to cast aside my lame, SD lifestyle and step up to the surreality which is living with HD Vision Sun Glasses. They promised that I could live my life just like I’m doing right now, except that it would be better. 1080p times better because it would be in HD. And I just couldn’t imagine that living...

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Spider Man, Spider Man...Oh, God! It's in my hair!

Posted on August 4, 2010 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Remember when i said that Home Theaters were better than Swimming Pools? Well, I discovered another reason why my theater (and probably your theater too, that is unless you have some serious hoarder, cleanliness issues; you don't have stacks of old newspapers and rotting food and boxes of cat litter spread around your living room, do you? Because that is going to *serio...

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Sky Mall 2.0!

Posted on July 24, 2010 at 4:38 PM Comments comments (4)

If you stick me in an airport for several hours and give me access to a Club Lounge with a “bar” (it's kind of insulting to even dignify it with that name!)  that has yet to get its liquor license so it can only serve soda and water, and a rain storm pouring outside *so* hard that I briefly wonder if God is upset with me and wants to punish me by forcing me to stay behind in Boston for another day at some airport Hampton Inn, if you do these things, then you must know that I ...

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Sky Mall, Sky Mall, totally cool, excellent!

Posted on July 21, 2010 at 4:06 PM Comments comments (4)

If there is a silver lining from my US Air debacle from last week (besides the fact that I am probably the only one that got $100 from the deal; take that all you sheep! Hannibal was right about the silence of you lambs! Can you still hear them, Clarice?!) it was that I got A LOT of opportunities to read through the Sky Mall. Oh, Sky Mall! I had forgotten how awesome you are...

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You've got to hear this, err, Schiit

Posted on June 26, 2010 at 7:38 PM Comments comments (2)

What's in a name? Not much, unless your name is Dick, and then, try all you want, but no one is really calling you "Richard" when you're not around. When you're a new company, selecting a name can be a daunting task, something that can be with you for years to come. (I ran across some lame ones on my trip to Alabama like "Gator Head Kennels" or "Hyman Viney...

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Two for flinching

Posted on June 11, 2010 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (4)

I have the little news headline thingy activated on my Vista laptop’s little sidebar window. And normally it is filled with little blurbs like “Lindsay Lohan: Not again!” or “Another cataclysmic down day for the Dow!” and “BP CEO says oil spill good for gulf” But, yesterday a headline popped up that left me utterly powerless to stop myself from reading more.


The headline? “Injuries from ‘sack -tapping’ on t...

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Just call me Big Money

Posted on June 7, 2010 at 5:19 PM Comments comments (6)

This might be one of my last posts for a while. You see, I have come in to a rather sizable amount of money and I might have to do some traveling. Now, I wouldn't normally boast, but it isn't every day that two million British Pound Sterling is just dumped in your lap. So, for all of you at there that thought my ass-switch was permanently flipped, I'd like to show you what Mrs. Faiza thinks of me! Also, I've got a pretty reliable source in Canadia for some cheap prescriptions a...

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A classy purse for an even classier lady!

Posted on May 31, 2010 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (1)

So, when you live not even 2 miles from the ocean, in a place where other people drive hundreds/thousands of miles to come and visit, where's the perfect place for you to drive 12+ hours and nearly 700 miles to go on vacation? Why a different, way further away beach of course!


This week finds me -- once again -- on the road, this time in Destin, Florida with Dana and Lauryn and much of Dana's family...

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Googling "incinerated testicles"

Posted on May 21, 2010 at 10:59 AM Comments comments (10)

As I’ve mentioned before, I am fascinated with my Website’s analytics. How many visitors do I get, where do they come from, what do they read, and how do they find me.


Google is the giantest repository for finding stuff, and I get my share of Googlers. Usually they wind up to me by searching “3D” or my name or (most recently) anything about Kaleidescape. But I do get the occasional random (and awesome) searches like “flower of dasvidaniya plan...

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