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Features, Reviews and a Blog by John Sciacca

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The three most beautiful words

Posted on July 11, 2010 at 11:48 PM Comments comments (1)

Today finds me flying back from San Diego after attending my grandfather’s funeral. (It is almost 9 PM CA time as I write this sitting outside the McDonalds at the San Diego airport, suckling greedily from the free WiFi.) I think this marks a maximum travel point in my life; I will now have flown cross-country – literally from coast to coast – twice in under 10 days; first the Sony event and now, unexpectedly, this.


Generally, I don’t trave...

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Posted on July 9, 2010 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

While writing my post on Glenn Shepard’s ass kicking RULES of WORK, I was reminded of things my first golf pro employer would say. His name was Bud Grant – actually, his name was Wade, but it seems that you can’t really be a golf pro without having a nickname. My second club job had two pros both named Paul; they were kno...

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Elgin, IL: Who are you? (AKA: I love you!)

Posted on July 8, 2010 at 4:14 PM Comments comments (3)

OK, as you know I ruthlessly monitor the traffic to my blog. Like I am watching in real time virtually every moment of the day. (During my off hours, I hire out a sweatshop in China for young, nimble fingered girls to keep up with those 1 or 2 random visits from Turkey or Afghanistan. I feel that them randomly refreshing my home page shouldn't cut too deeply into their stitching fake Nike and Gucci logos on random paraphernalia.)

So, when you tell me that you've read so...

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Making 3D Movies Less Sucky

Posted on July 8, 2010 at 12:36 PM Comments comments (0)

Let’s get it out there: A lot of things about the 3D movie-watching experience just plain suck. Like suck-diddily-uck.


First there is the price premium for the ticket. Then there are the glasses (does anyone else feel like their eyes are going blurry like every 15 minutes? Anyone?!) Then there’s the headache and eye fatigue from two hours of trying to focus and refocus your eyes all over the screen. Then there’s the rush to market with lam...

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Glenn Shepard's Rules for Kick Assery

Posted on July 7, 2010 at 5:17 PM Comments comments (0)

We get a wild mish-mash of mail at Custom Theater. While most of it goes straight in the trash (see you in hell, Mother Earth!), some of it is so interesting that it demands a quick look through.

Last week I got something inviting me to an employee management seminar and it must have been an especially slow day because I opened it up and I let Glenn Shepard lay some Jedi Employee Ass Kicking Mind Tricks on me! The top of the letter said that his class would help me to “...

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Losing a link to my past

Posted on July 6, 2010 at 6:01 PM Comments comments (3)

 My grandfather – my father’s father – passed away today. He was in mostly good health up until about a month ago, then he fell and started failing, and then really went down very quickly at the end.


If I'm being totally be honest, I must admit that I feel very emotionally conflicted over this.


On the one hand, this man – John Joseph Sciacca, more commonly known as Giovanni, but also somewhere along the way he adopted/earned/p...

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Letting it out at the Mayer Show

Posted on July 6, 2010 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I blogged about seeing John Mayer in concert several months ago. Well, I actually blogged about the feast of carnal delights that followed the Mayer show as a thank you gift for giving Dana’s ticket to a friend at the last minute. (So, I guess you could say that the “free” dinner only ended up costing my around $100...)

If you remember, this show w...

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This will make your camera happy

Posted on July 5, 2010 at 5:32 PM Comments comments (0)

Remember a few weeks ago when I went shopping for a new digital camera? (The part where it tumbled out of the box and smashed onto the concrete floor at Sam's...) Well, I finally got a new camera; an upgraded Sony model (the DSC-HX55) which I broke in this past week at the Sony press event. (And, yes, they noticed it was a Sony. And, no, I don't think it got me one lick of extra-s...

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No thanks for something

Posted on July 5, 2010 at 12:37 PM Comments comments (1)

In relationships – business, personal, social, romantic, what-have-you – words are cheap currency and often account for little. But a genuine, sincere, heartfelt “Thank you!” can really go a surprisingly long way. When speaking of medals, Napoleon remarked on how a man would risk his life for a silly bit of ribbon. Similarly, a well-delivered “Thanks!” can have the same effect, causing people to go that extra mile or be the balm that covers over mounds of c...

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Crashing back to reality

Posted on July 3, 2010 at 9:37 PM Comments comments (2)

A couple of months ago, we went to Alabama to attend a funeral for Dana's cousin, Bryan. Now, I never got the chance to know Bryan, but as Dana and her sisters were reminiscing about him, they shared an awesome anecdote about him. It turns out that Bryan either actually was or just thought that he was incredibly good looking. Like super-star handsome. (Judging by the overwhelming&...

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Behind the scenes at Sony

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 9:52 PM Comments comments (2)

Very late post today and none yesterday, but for a good reason. Yesterday was action-Jackson packed from morning till night. Then I caught a 10:30 PM flight from LAX to Charlotte, NC, arriving at 6:00 AM local. Flew in to Columbia, SC where I met up with Dana. So, a long, pretty exhausting day. But yesterday.....ahhh! Lots to talk about. Let's jump in, shall we?


One thing I will say about Sony -- besides the fact that they put us up in the shizzit of a hotel! -- was that th...

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