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Beer Club Vol Tres: Dark and Stoutey

Posted on May 30, 2012 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, it has been a good while since the last gathering of the Beer Club members. Sadly, I fear that it is just not possible to find five other people that want to drink quality beer and then write about their experiences. As it is, after much haranguing and harassing, I was only able to muster reviews from two other people; one of them supplying just a single,...

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Money Matters

Posted on May 29, 2012 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Unless you are the butt of some cruel joke conspired by a universe where 42 is *not* the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything, then you probably did NOT get into the audio/video business because of an overwhelming love of the BUSINESS part of things.

 

As a rule, the custom audio/video installation industry does not seem attract the finest accounting minds and top-shelf Wharton graduat...

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Disney World Day 2: Magic Kingdom

Posted on May 25, 2012 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (7)

Fast Facts:


Day’s Big Event(s): Lauryn’s first ever haircut, “Daddy, that’s the Castle!”


First Ride: Space Mountain


Most Ridden: Three-way tie: Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean (all 2 times)


Ride with longest wait: Peter Pan ...

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Meet CEDIA's Tweeps

Posted on May 24, 2012 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

If you have spent any time on Twitter lately, you have probably encountered the #CEDIATweeps hashtag. This is a new concept CEDIA is experimenting with to try and build buzz around the 2012 Expo being held this September in Indianapolis.


In the beginning of May, CEDIA put out a call for applicants. They were looking to fill out a team of 10 “social media fanatics” to help spread the word on why the CEDIA...

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Disney World Day 1: Animal Kingdom

Posted on May 19, 2012 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (3)

Fast Facts:


Day’s Big Event(s): Lauryn’s first Disney experience; Lauryn’s first Disney ride


First Ride: Kilimanjaro Safaris


Most Ridden: Expedition Everest (3 times)


Ride with longest wait: Kali Rapids (90 minutes)


Clo...

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DisNeylAnd: It's in our DNA

Posted on May 18, 2012 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (1)

“We love to be happy. We love to have fun. We love to play and laugh and we love to do it together. As a family. We do all of that at Disney. Because DisNeylAnd is in your DNA.”


--Sciacca Disney ad pitch


My parents used to both work at Disneyland in California. My dad was a ride operator – The Matterhorn, Autopia racecars and the Submarine Voyage – and my mom worked at...

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Survived Survivor

Posted on May 15, 2012 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (1)

For some insane reason, I decided to start blogging this season of Survivor. Of course, I jumped headlong into this venture without really knowing how far down the rabbit hole that decision would truly lead. Well, thank the reality TV Gods, season #24 of Survivor is finally over! (You can read my finale blog here if you want to get caught up....

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Survivor: One World - Perception is Not Always Reality (Finale)

Posted on May 14, 2012 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (3)

Previously on Survivor… (It’s Human Nature):


The girls have a nervous chuckle over Kat declaring her love of blindsides right before HER blindside and how bitter that’s gonna make her on the jury. Tarzan says that strategically the girls should have voted HIM out ins...

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Survivor: One World - It's Human Nature

Posted on May 10, 2012 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Previously on Survivor… (It’s Gonna Be Chaos):


Back at camp Kat says, “Did you hear what [Troyzan] told me when he knocked on my shoulder? He’s like, ‘Do it.’ And I was like, ‘What?” Then Alicia is like, Christina is dumb. Every time she opens her mout...

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We're at Disney World!

Posted on May 8, 2012 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (1)

So, you’ve probably noticed that there haven’t been any updates in the past couple of days…


Well, that’ because we’re at Disney World! And it’s a bit tough to write when you are up at 7, at the park when it opens, stay until it closes and then hop into the bed, exhausted, and preparing for the next day when you’ll do it all over again!


So, expect the regular...

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Some is bad. But some is good too.

Posted on May 4, 2012 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

At this point, I have been in this business a fair length of time...


I started with Custom Theater and Audio in 1998, three years after the company was founded, and at 14+ years in this industry, that makes me somewhat of a veteran. And in that time, I’ve experienced quite a few fairly significant changes to the industry.


When I started, people would ask what I did for work and I'd say, R...

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Survivor: One World - It's Gonna Be Chaos

Posted on May 3, 2012 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Previously on Survivor (Never Say Die)...


Tarzan realizes that with only two boys left they are in a tight spot and Troyzan feels like he’s all alone. “Like I’m one man against all the women. And Tarzan.” Reward challenge reveals a bunch of dolls fashioned in the caricature of each of the playe...

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