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"Binks hates puppies; killed grandma!"

Posted on October 14, 2011 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (1)

About a month ago, I succumbed to the overwhelming Force pressure and bought the latest release of the Star Wars saga on Blu-ray. And while I haven’t gotten around to watching all six films – yet! – I did take a quick perusal of some key scenes for my

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Caught and Released!

Posted on September 3, 2011 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Thrice now over the course of my married life, Dana has made prophecies that have almost *instantly* come true. As in, the air molecules had barely finished vibrating their way from her lips to my ears before her words were fulfilled. In fact, come to think of it, that prophecy has really been more like a curse, a harbinger of instant doom, than an actual helpful warning.

 

The prophetic warning proclamation is always the same. “The ...

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Lauryn the Artist's new medium: PhotoBooth

Posted on August 15, 2011 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (2)

Lauryn the Artist is always pushing and challenging herself to find new ways to express the pent-up, ready-to-boil-over-rage of artistic expression that always seems to be ever-lurking just below the surface of that giant mount of curls and tangles which is her hair. While she has given exclusive artist interviews in the past she is generally more aloof...

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Eureka! Lauryn found it!

Posted on July 25, 2011 at 9:48 PM Comments comments (5)

Fields of prancing Pegasus unicorns, a perfectly struck mid-iron, the first bite of an amazing steak, the first sip of an amazing red wine, a package delivery on Saturday morning, finding out that your tickets in Row ZZ are not near the back but rather the *very* front…yes, these are all great things. Things that would cause the normal heart to well up with emotion and unbounded joy to be sure.


But they all pale to one thing: Findin...

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Lauryn, the Artist: One Afternoon, Four Monsters

Posted on July 15, 2011 at 12:37 PM Comments comments (3)

As a quasi-artistic-type myself, I understand that euphoria, that hypnotic borderline lunatic-crazy-inspiration-fueled burst when your synapses are all fired off simultaneously by something and there is no other outlet than to express your feelings through your art. Or cut off an ear. It can really go either way.


Yesterday, Lauryn was inspired by the Home Box Office cinematic representation of the DreamWorks film, How I Tra...

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Real life word of mouth trumps the virtual

Posted on July 1, 2011 at 11:12 PM Comments comments (0)

This moment in time finds me in Columbia – the South Carolina Gamecocks (two college World Series in a row, baby! I say that as if I have any actual investment in the team or even knew they were in the Series to begin with. Or that they had a baseball team at all for that matter.) Columbia, not the Medellin cocaine drug cartel Colombia – for the weekend and have the family in tow.


Normally I’m not much for eating on the...

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See! Sam. I see Sam read!

Posted on June 29, 2011 at 10:12 PM Comments comments (5)

Read a story to a Lauryn, and she’ll just ask you for another. And another. And then a glass of water. And then maybe a snack. And then probably wander out to ask what show you’re watching and if she can have some popcorn and are you drinking wine. And then she'll probably want a gummi vitamin. And then a gummi calcium...

 

But, TEACH a Lauryn to read! Ah! Then you have given her a skill for life! And prob...

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Would you be my friend?

Posted on June 15, 2011 at 4:08 PM Comments comments (5)

“I've built walls,

A fortress deep and mighty,

That none may penetrate.

I have no need of friendship; friendship causes pain.

It's laughter and it's loving I disdain.


I have my books

And my poetry to protect me;

I am...

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Pancakes and Beer (Cali Adventure pt 4)

Posted on May 31, 2011 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Like all good things, my Cali adventure was bound to come to an end. And like most things John-related, this trip could not, of course, go quietly and/or softly into the night.


My brother graciously volunteered to drive me to the airport to make my morning flight. This was extra special nice because BART apparently doesn’t start running until 9 on Sundays meaning that I wouldn’t have been able to make it...

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Fools in the Rain (Cali Adventure pt 3)

Posted on May 29, 2011 at 9:26 PM Comments comments (0)

I’ll have you know that as I write this, I am approaching five – FIVE!!! – full twenty-four hour persiods where I have not watched one single, RGB pixel or frame droplet of television goodness. Since around 11 PM on Tuesday night in Myrtle Beach, I have been so on the go, that there hasn’t been even a moment to sit down and veg. This proves that it is possible to not only survive, but thrive without a steady stream of scripted and r...

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The Terrafirminator -- Oh, yeah, brother!

Posted on May 27, 2011 at 1:37 AM Comments comments (3)

Despite the fact that I’m convinced that a “free” Redbox rental is really just a cleverly disguised ripoff like that stupid power balance wristband infomercial, Dana can’t look a gift coupon horse in the mouth. So when a Blockbuster – oh, you blue-signed Devil! I don’t care what you say about your “new” and “improvedR...

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On death and dying

Posted on May 24, 2011 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

A friend of mine was found dead in his bathroom yesterday. His name was Ken Draper. This news was shockingly unexpected and it sucks. I got the news in that most impersonal of 21st Century delivery methods, via voicemail. “Don’t know if you heard, but Ken Draper was found dead this morning.”  I guess it could have been worse; it could have been a text message. Please promise me that you'll never text message someone with news of a death. I hung up and was...

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Lauryn, the Artist. An exclusive interview.

Posted on May 6, 2011 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (1)

I’ve shared some of Lauryn’s amazing artwork with you in the past. Who can forget “Giant glass of Red wine” or the horrific visage which is “Daddy that’s you. I’m drawing you."?


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iPlay wIth iPad2 iS iMminent!

Posted on May 3, 2011 at 11:22 PM Comments comments (0)

Yes, yes, I know that I haven’t spoken about iPad for awhile but that definitely doesn’t mean that I have forgotten about this little bit of techno-magic, carried down from Mount Tecca and bestowed upon us by his Jobs-ness. Oh, no. Oh, Good Gawd no!  It’s just that, well, like some kind of intense burning tropical fever that bakes aw...

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The Sciacca name stands for Quality!

Posted on April 22, 2011 at 5:52 PM Comments comments (1)

Two completely disparate things collided to make me come up with this post; a commercial heard on the radio on my car ride in to work (Dana took my iPod FM modulator thingy, subjecting me to two weeks of terrestrial radio, nearly unbearable) and then a song served up from Rhapsody on the Meridian system.


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What if...

Posted on March 14, 2011 at 10:42 AM Comments comments (0)

When looking back on life’s decisions, it’s easy to picture all of those seemingly little choices as dominoes that all managed to end up lining-up in the grand master plan that has slowly toppled down one after another to end up at wherever you are right now.  And it’s hard NOT to play the “What if...?” game, wondering how your life might be now if you had made some seemingly minor or different decision earlier. What if one of those dominoes w...

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Our Paper Family

Posted on February 21, 2011 at 10:07 PM Comments comments (2)

My mom sent Lauryn a package the other day and inside was this whole kit of materials for making paper dolls. There were tons of papers and cutouts and glue sticks and pens and kid-proof scissors and sheets of accessories that popped out and basically made a giant mess everywhere.

 

So, Lauryn took all of these materials and dumped them out all over our dining room table. And she started working; cutting, color...

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Lauryn Presents the Kaleidescape Kid's Remote Experience

Posted on February 10, 2011 at 10:58 AM Comments comments (1)

I’ve talked at length about my love for the Kaleidescape Movie Server system, and really, what’s NOT to love. It has taken ALL of my movies – Blu-ray and DVD – and transformed them into digital space and then presents them in a beautiful GUI for easily selection and instant playback. Every time I turn it on, I discover some new cool aspect of the system or just reconnect with a movie in my collection that I had forgotten about. (“Oh, The Italian...

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Now! That is the right time

Posted on January 29, 2011 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

My mom gave me a gift subscription to Wine Spectator a few months ago, and while it would be lying to say that I read every word on every page, I do try I flip through and keep up with the latest, greatest super-cab finds under $10 or the wine futures coming out of Bordeaux or those heated discussions on terroir. This issue has a ton of pages dedicated to single malt scotch, a new area of potent potables I’m starting to discover. (I fear a giant tangent coming up here. Ye...

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The best part of waking up...

Posted on January 12, 2011 at 1:49 PM Comments comments (1)

...is totally NOT Folger’s in your cup. At home, we have an awesome, super-wonderful, borderline magic fairy and elves powered Saeco Royal Professional super-automatic espresso machine. It grinds, tamps, brews and disposes of beans one delicious cup at a time.

 

In Alabama, Dana’s sister and her husband drink coffee not so much. So, when we arrived their coffee cupboards were desolate and bare. Miah volun...

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