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Features, Reviews and a Blog by John Sciacca

Random Thoughts (Blog)

Random Thoughts (Blog)

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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Does my coverage include Face-Punching You?

Posted on September 15, 2010 at 1:54 PM Comments comments (0)

I hate Blue Cross. I mean, I *fricking* HATE Blue Cross. Your name should be Upside Down Black Cross. When the Bible prophecies speak of the Great Plagues to be visited upon the land in the book of Revelations – creatures the shapes of locusts with faces as the faces of men, and hair as the hair of women and teeth as the teeth of lions and with tails like scorpions – I think there is a VERY good chance that John was picturing Blue Cross. If they aren’t actually the Devil, th...

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Getting the old band back together

Posted on September 14, 2010 at 4:58 PM Comments comments (0)

You’d think that this would NOT be the time to be thinking about starting a new company. You know with the recession and all and with well and established companies going out of business all over the place. But let’s just say that you hit your head, got confused and decided that yes, NOW was the perfect time to start a new company, certainly any VC firm or accountant worth their paper would tell you that a new audio company would definitely be the last thing you should think of in...

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"...Even when I know you're wrong"

Posted on September 14, 2010 at 3:58 PM Comments comments (11)

While completing the daily bike circuit yesterday – oh, that’s right; I’m still biking! Not quite ready to join Team Lance but way less likely to join Team Heart Attack either – a song came on the old iPod from Train, “Drops of Jupiter.” That song has a line near the end that always resonates with me. In fact, I played it twice. The line is, “Your best friend always sticking up for you; even when I know you’re wrong.”



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MTV Video Music Awards?

Posted on September 13, 2010 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (4)

Last night was the VMAs on the MTVs. And, I’ll be honest, I primarily watched it for three reasons. One, I really thought it was the Video Movie Awards at first, and that is usually pretty damn hilarious, WAY better than the stuffy Academy Awards and their “play you off the stage after 30 seconds” rules. Plus, their skits are the awesome. (If you haven’t seen the one with Robert Downey Jr, Jack Black and Ben Stiller promoting Tropic Thunder, you need to head over to Fu...

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Dyson, you really suck!

Posted on September 13, 2010 at 12:39 PM Comments comments (0)

Ask Dana, I’m not much for cleaning. I’m not even really much for noticing when things have been cleaned. If not for Dana, I’d just push aside piles of clothing on the floor until I eventually ran out of clothes to wear; and at that point there’s even a good chance that I might just go and buy some more. That is I’m not much for it until I AM much for it, at which point I become a Nazi about it. When I’m no longer gonna speak about it, I’m go...

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Our Generation's JFK and December 7

Posted on September 11, 2010 at 4:02 PM Comments comments (4)

You’d think that with all the talk of mosque-building at Ground Zero and the National, oh, sorry, I mean INTERnational Koran Burning Day (and, dude, by the way, Paul Sr., called; he wants his handlebar moustache back! And when are people gonna get it through their heads that following fringe religious leaders guys whack-jobs named Jones might not be the best idea?) that I would have remembered that today was September 11. But it wasn’t unti...

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Hang-up. Regroup. Call back. Apologize and try again

Posted on September 10, 2010 at 5:48 PM Comments comments (1)

Almost 3 months ago, I met with this couple in our store. It was one of those meetings that just went SO great I felt like the job was a total lock.


The builder they were using was one that we had done a TON of business with in the past. This was also a builder who was a fa-reak for technology and often suggested upgrades – God bless him! – to customers. (And let me tell you, when the not-profiting-from-this-decision-at-all builder suggests a technology u...

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On verbosity and this whole blog thing

Posted on September 10, 2010 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (4)

Through activity on a LinkedIn discussion group (a more business-like Facebook, where people actually seem to go to discuss business ideas instead of describing the chunks of stuff found in their cat’s vomit or Justin Bieber’s hair), a marketing guy from New Jersey whom I’ll call Ted (mainly because his name is, in fact, Ted) found my story on the The Great Unfortunateness and decided to run his own post on it. (Here is a link to it:

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Mr. Cooper, NO! You can't buy that!

Posted on September 9, 2010 at 6:26 PM Comments comments (1)

Nearly five months have passed since I wrote about my client, Mr. Cooper. (Bring yourself up to speed on Mr. Cooper’s particular brand of insanity by reading this post: Customer’s always right, even when he’s crazy)


So, it has been some time since I’ve heard from him. Usually this means he’s saving. For the next bit ...

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"And bad mistakes , I've made a few...

Posted on September 8, 2010 at 3:59 PM Comments comments (1)

…I've had my share of sand kicked in my face - But I've come through."


I had the occasion yesterday to speak with a couple of fellow journalists (I’m using that term even though one of the people I spoke with specifically said that I am “a blogger and columnist but not really a quote unquote journalist.” I take slight umbrage at that since it sure seems like I fall under this definition: “A journalist collects and disseminates information about...

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JAES: I don't care WHAT you say! I say it's BETTER!

Posted on September 7, 2010 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (1)

(I’m warning you all up front; this is going to be a good bit drier and more technical-ey than my typical posts. So, if a normal blog post of mine is like a warm, sweet and gooey Cinnabon covered in icing that hurts your teeth so good, this is going to be like a piece of unleavened bread. With no salt. So get some red wine and brie ready, cause you’ve been warned.)


A former Sound & Vision (back in the good ole ampersand days before the move to the ...

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Loyalty: That and a buck gets you some gum

Posted on September 7, 2010 at 1:34 PM Comments comments (0)

Loyalty is almost totally lost in society today. I mean, you expect Russell from Survivor to tell you “Look! It’s me and you till the end! I swear on my children!” and then immediately cut your throat at the next Tribal. All the while grinning that missing-tooth smirk. But apparently that’s kind of back=stabbery is not just limited to Samoa any longer.


A sports star used to be identified with a team. Joe Montana WAS a 49er. Michael Jordan WAS a Bull....

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Education = Knowledge = Power = Money

Posted on September 3, 2010 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Recently I received a phone call from a prospective client. He said that he was remodeling his home and that he was having difficulty getting anyone to follow through on giving him a quote for the work that he wanted and that the first quote he received was absolutely ridiculously overpriced.  I assured him that one of my greatest joys in life is giving out quotes and that I could definitely prepare a quote for him. He then called me out, pushing his chips all in and saying, “Fine....

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Kaleidescape to iPad: THIS is why you need a camera!

Posted on September 2, 2010 at 5:32 PM Comments comments (0)

There are cool products, and then there are *cool*products.


And then there’s the Kaleidescape movie server. A product SO cool that it looks at other products that merely think they’re cool, drains its martini, takes a long drag on its Gauloises, buttons the top button on its Savile Row bespoke jacke, and then slowly walks over and stubs out its cigarette in their drink. Then buys their woman a drink and takes her home.


Kaleidescape’s ub...

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