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John Sciacca Writes...

Features, Reviews and a Blog by John Sciacca

Random Thoughts (Blog)

Random Thoughts (Blog)

The Lawn Care of Custom Installation

Posted on October 13, 2010 at 11:32 AM Comments comments (1)

As I pulled out of my driveway this morning, I noticed that the grass was starting to get a tad unruly. And that made me think, “Ahhh… Mr. Russell will be coming in a couple of days to mow it. Then it will look nice.” Sure, I could cut my own grass. There’s nothing overly difficult about it. And, damn, I even have a riding lawn mower! But when you factor in the filling of the gas tank, the maintenance on the mower, the mowing time, the bagging time, the edging time, th...

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Appreciating the Little Guy...Me!

Posted on October 11, 2010 at 4:07 PM Comments comments (0)

If you’ve read the latest posts, you’ll know that I just got back from a little dealer expo/summit thingy at Talking Stick Resort on an Indian Reservation in Phoenix, Arizona. (If you want to know what items stood out to me at the Expo, read the blog I filed for Jeremy G at Resi, 12 things that caught my eye.)


I learned a few things about myself at this expo. (Must have been the cl...

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Dinner for One

Posted on October 10, 2010 at 1:19 AM Comments comments (2)

So the little Expo was over today at 2 PM meaning that I had several hours of glorious Phoenix 90 sunny weather to enjoy on my last day. So it was back to megalo pool to bask in the glory of a cloudless, gently worn denim jeans colored sky. After reading,  iPodding and sleeping for a bit, I felt like my left side – where the sun seemed permanently angled low and beaming and focused on me like a giant orange burning machine – was getting ready to spontaneously combust, I even ...

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My reservation on The Reservation

Posted on October 8, 2010 at 7:57 PM Comments comments (4)

Much to Dana’s delight, today finds me once again back on the road – with a 6:15 AM airport drop off no less! – and as I write this, I am in my room in Phoenix, Arizona. Why Phoenix you ask? Is this just some ploy to try out the new Gold status on US Air? Well, yes, of course it is. This might be hard to explain to the non-travelers out there, but you can neve...

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Blu-Rayus Interruptus

Posted on October 7, 2010 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (5)

A frequent telephone conversation with customers goes something like this:

“John, my such-and-such isn’t working.”

This opening volley is then followed-up by several – and I mean SEVERAL – minutes of multiple inquiries where I attempt to determine that it isn’t the cable box that is at fault (about 82% of the time) or that they don’t need new batteries in the remote control (10% of the time) and that it truly is NOT the cable box like I...

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Enough with the sharing! E....NUFF!

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 3:33 PM Comments comments (0)

Technology is opening ever wider the Pandora’s Box of “just because you CAN doesn’t mean that you SHOULD.” Nearly everyone is connected everywhere, every second. I watch people out “exercising” staring intently into the screens of their cell phones, thumbs akimbo, pecking away a rapid-fire staccato text of self-imagined importance. I see people driving with the backs of their hands or elbows as they cradle their phone to check or send a message other driver...

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CEDIA 2010 Tsotchkes

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Back in the glorious, pre-economic meltdown days of the swinging Early-Double-Oughts, you could count on returning from CEDIA with a backpack, NAY! A suitcase filled with swagoliciousness. And being a card carrying (more specifically a card-handing-outing) member of the most power A/V publication going, walking into a booth was much like the local Don coming to pay a visit.

“Oh, Don Sciacca. We thank you...

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My More Expensive-er Camera Case

Posted on October 3, 2010 at 11:03 PM Comments comments (4)

If you recall, a few months ago I went new camera shopping at Sam’s Club. After my first little “Whoops! Uh. Sorry!” of dropping the camera onto the concrete floor right in front of the saleswoman, (yeah; I did; read about it here) I ordered one on line and used it for a bit. It was a Sony, and it had great features: it was small, had a 3-inch LCD screen, 14 mega...

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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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Me. Expert.

Posted on October 2, 2010 at 2:41 PM Comments comments (0)

Back when Sound + Vision's Website was really rolling along (putting up cool new content, paying people like myself, Brent Butterworth and Leslie Shapiro and others to write original posts, and exclusive Web reviews, etc.) the person in charge of the site was a fella by the name of Rob Medich.

Well, magazine buy-outs and industry shake-ups being what they are, there came a time a whiile ago when Rob was no longer in charge of the S+V site, but he moseyed on over to Gillette ...

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Simple. One Sentence. Brilliant!

Posted on October 1, 2010 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (1)

My favorite children's book is called "No dessert until you've finished your mashed potatoes." Though, to be honest, calling this a "children's book" is a bit of a stretch as it is pretty mature, with the illustrations far more resembling Addam's Family style drawings and settings, and I have repeatedly told Lauryn she isn't old enough yet for this particular bedtime story. But what I love about that book is that each page has a simple black-and-white drawing with a brilliant, biting caption ...

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