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John Sciacca Writes...

Features, Reviews and a Blog by John Sciacca

Random Thoughts (Blog)

Random Thoughts (Blog)

Dude! Just...shut...UP!

Posted on June 14, 2010 at 6:07 PM Comments comments (7)

There’s this one builder who occasionally calls us to do work for him, so, like a dutiful little soldier, I head over to the jobsite with my clipboard and pen ready to talk to the homeowner and fulfill all their wants and dreams.


But, lately this builder has been lurking just off to the side waiting for ANY opportunity to torpedo my sales pitch. I’ve met with him on two different jobs in the last week and both times he just stands there with his shotgun of ̶...

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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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Posted on June 11, 2010 at 11:21 AM Comments comments (3)

OK. Deep breaths. Heart rate slowing down...

Imagine... What if they remade the Mortal Kombat movies with a serious, gritty, and real edge. Imagine Dark Knight meets a less grisly Saw meets AWESOME!

If they took all the characters and shed them off their silly little throw-away one-liners and made them dark and twisted and then stuck them in a psychotic infested metropolis and kept poking and antagonizing them until they had no choice b...

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Well played, Mike! Well played!

Posted on June 10, 2010 at 5:19 PM Comments comments (4)

In the past, when I had some brilliant bit of industry insight or some biting criticism, my only outlet was Dana. And, as long suffering as she is – and after being married to me for 15 years, I’ll leave it to your imagination to determine the exact ratio of “long” to “suffering” – there are only so many times that she wants to hear something about the electronics’ industry. (For the record, that number of times is one. After one, it is feigned ...

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Nguyen, we meet again!

Posted on June 9, 2010 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (2)

Several years ago we had a Vietnamese customer named Hai Nguyen (Hi Nu-when). This guy was in his 30s, and he would always come in wearing these awful flip-flops. I keenly remember this because I had to look at these horrible, elephant hide textured calluses on his feet that looked like they would be perfect for doing a little barefooted soft shoe on shards of glass. Hai would stroll into the store and plop down in a chair in front of our desk and barter about prices...for hours!


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Lamest invention ever

Posted on June 8, 2010 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (4)

I was flipping through the latest edition of TWICE (This Week In Consumer Electronics) today, and I stumbled across an ad for "The Voice of Freedom." Basically, RCA is claiming that they have “revolutionized the universal remote” by introducing the *next* generation remote by adding the perhaps the lamest feature ever---voice command! Now, I *probably* could have let this go, if it wasn't for the advertorial that plays when you go to the Web page. (I TRIED to embed the video h...

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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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Put my thumb in a hurt locker

Posted on June 7, 2010 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (5)

The other night at my parent’s house, I told Lauryn that she was getting so big and that I was sad because she wasn’t my little, baby Lauryn anymore. And she looked at me with big eyes and shook her head and said, “It’s OK, daddy. I’ll always be your little baby Lauryn.”


Then minutes later she broke my heart by saying those 3 words no parent ever wants to hear: “I…hate…chocolate.”


I don’t ...

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You've got to call it....

Posted on June 7, 2010 at 1:12 PM Comments comments (0)

There are few events in life that are as exciting and capable of delivering the pure, primal, giddy scream-like-a-school-girl joys of stumbling across found money. I once ran pell-mell through a parking lot before a concert gathering up $1 bills that were blowing in the wind. My total take was a mere $9, but the joy in grabbing those wandering Washingtons was priceless. (I sometimes wonder if someone was filiming it; the footage they would have captured for a mere $9 would have been priceless...

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To all the games I've loved before...

Posted on June 4, 2010 at 12:34 PM Comments comments (6)

Being just miles away from the impending oil spill/wash-up while in Destin, Florida this week, you are constantly hearing about the efforts  lame-ass attempts by BP to stop it. "We are attempting Top Kill." "Top Kill is underway." "Top Kill is working!" "Top Kill has failed..."


All this talk about Top Killing has me thinking of the videogame, Halo, which has a deliciously wicked play on words that gets cooler and funnier as you rack up more and more ki...

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Best Buy knows my shame!

Posted on June 2, 2010 at 4:17 PM Comments comments (2)

Just got back from lunch at Chick-Fil-A, where I was inspired with a topic for today's post. So I plopped down in front of my laptop, fired it up and then logged in to check my e-mail where I saw a mysterious message in my in-box that totally derailed what I had in mind. (Don't worry; it'll keep.)


The message was from Best Buy and was poignantly, cruelly and oh-so-spot-on entitled, "Living with an embarrassing phone?"


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Movies: Scarring lives since 1975

Posted on June 1, 2010 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (24)

Part of the thrill of reviewing a movie server is getting to check out all of the content they have pre-loaded onto it. Seriously, it’s like a mini-Blockbuster arrives at your house without all of the lame workers or threats looming of late fees.


I just finished reviewing the new Kaleidescape Blu-ray player, and they sent me a server filled with 4 Terabytes of sweet lovin’, including movies that I’ve not seen in years (The Sting, Forrest Gump), m...

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