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Best of: The Spring 2010 Version

Posted on February 18, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Been a long hiatus since I’ve hit-em Shy Ronnie with a Best of recap. So...HIATUS OVER!


Here’s some of my member e-mails and favorite posts from May and June of 2010. And remember, if you haven’t read them, they’re new to you! (Though, I must say, even if you HAVE read them, some are worth a re-read.) And, if you missed your chance on commenting then, well, that’s a paddlin’! But now’s your chance to atone.

People ask me, "John. Why should I be a member?" Or, "John, why should I follow you on Facebook?" Or "John, just how much money should I donate for the life pleasure your site provides?" So, some answers. 1) If you are a member, you get the quasi-monthly e-mail thingy I send out. It's a personalized message of love beamed from me to your inbox. I don't think you can put a price on that kind of one-on-many attention. 2) If you Face-follow me, I believe that my posts show up on your wall, notifying you *immediately* (or something) of new content. Again, a virtual priceless bit o techhnology and surely why the Internet was invented and what the Winkelvoss Twins Mark Z had in mind when he created Facebook. 3) Search your feelings. I'm sure you'll do the right thing...


(E-message May 13)

OK, it’s been about 2 1/2 weeks since I issued the challenge to "out PR the PR Buddha" by bringing in new members, and, well, at this point you all need to consider yourselves FIRED from any future in PR-ing. So far, PR Buddha is leading everyone by infinity percent. (She’s brought in 2 compared to everyone else’s combined total of naught.) So, the game is still afoot for another 18 days! And let me tell you, I’m not sure WHAT the prize for winning will be, but it will surely be awesome.


And, because PR Buddha clearly knows more about this whole PR thing than any of you, at her suggestion I added my site to something called “Networked Blogs” (she had me all giddy and confused with hints of “$$$$” ) and added a Facebook login thing where *I think* you can add my blog to your Facebook page or say you like it or make it your friend or invite my blog out on a date; look, I’m not really sure. Anyhow here’s the link(I'm now kinda sure that I show up on your wall. But, well, why not sign-up and find out for yourself....? Life is full of wonderful risks. Take one today!)


Site highlights:

I’m fascinated with Web analytics, so I added a recent visitors and search results box to my site’s home page. Now you too can enjoy the mysteries of people searching for “flower of dasvidaniya plant” or ”south korea green packaging” or someone in France looking for our own member, “Malia 76” (or some other random Malia 76, who is possibly either really old or about 34?)


Big news this week was the release of Kaleidescape’s Blu-ray player. Two posts on the subject, brought in a record one day visitor total of 277. So, thanks!


I’ve been doing an abnormal amount of traveling lately; first was Ft. Lauderdale a month ago for the Runco event, then off to DC for a Lutron event and an unexpected trip to Alabama for a family funeral. And if you want to see respect given to a funeral procession, then you want to be buried in Alabama.


Some good posts from all those sojourns, but if you haven’t beheld Remoticus Maximus, then you’re missing out:


I also had a round 2 movie battle with the pizza counter worker at Piggly Wiggly

And how my young niece, Kinsley, nearly lost a bet with me on technology:

My often tumultous relationship with my DVR reaches detente, and we hug it out.


And navigating a grueling sea of never-ending, buffet meats.

As always, thanks for reading!


Two roads diverged in a wood, and I?    

I took the one that was paved and heading slightly downhill,    

And that has made all the difference.


(E-blast, June 1)


Another couple of weeks has passed, so time for another message. The blog has now reached (and passed) the 100 post mark, so thanks to all of you for reading and giving me the continued motivation to keep writing.


Here are some highlights from the past couple of weeks if you haven't had a chance to check in...


Two members of my beloved TV family have gone off the air. Of course I'm talking about the oft maligned and criticized finale of Lost and the best season of Survivor to date. Here are the posts. If you're a fan of these shows, please weigh in. Some good comments on both....


Filed under "bizarre" is a story about a guy that found my site by Googling "incinerated testicles." Yes. You read that right.


A post on Gay sake which apparently caused a brief work stoppage at Caster Communications.


but apparently my hilarity at Caster was not worthy of winning their little “tell us your best Caster memory.” Frickin’ not a Facebook user technicality...


A few home theater related rants:

You may be a theater snob if...

It's not about getting wasted

My high-end subtitle Whaaa!


A trip down to visit my parents in Florida inspires a blast of tax-payer venom at the GA Dept of Transportation.


And finally, some more iPad love, with a super cool video, proving that the iPad would be burned as a witch -- an AWESOME witch!


A post defending Head Monster, Noel Lee, from Monster Cable.

As always, if you have any friends, co-workers, people you meet on the bus, or are just looking for an ice breaker to start a conversation, pass along my site to like-minded folk.


Thanks again for reading, and stay cool, ninjas!


(E-blast from June 18


Site was down for like 4 hours today due to some "unscheduled maintenance" on end. I'll have more to say on it later, but just wanted to let you all know that your universes can now return to proper alignment and the site is back up for your reading pleasure.

Here’s the more to say. See, you didn’t even have to wait!

It’s been two more weeks and that means it’s update time! (“Update time” not to be confused with Miller, Business or Hammer times.)


First off, for all of you Facebook people out there, you can now “Follow” me. I’m not sure what that entails, but it sounds kind of culty and I like it. I promise to keep the mass in-gatherings and chanting to a bare minimum. Here is the link to my “Networked Blog” thing. (Depending on how this goes, all thanks or curses to PR Buddha for mentioning it.)


Fun stuff and highlights from the past two weeks.

I remember two movies that my dad should have never, EVER let me watch. As in EVER!

Best Buy somehow found out about Lady Phone. Consider yourselves all prime suspects.

A walk down video game memory lane as I recall my 10 favorite two player video games.

Incredibly, a total stranger wants to just GIVE me like 3.5 million dollars! I’m skeptical, but, come on! Free money!


A look at Remoticus’ smaller bar far more evil and worthless brother.

Filed under “those crazy kids” is the latest game craze: Sack-tapping! Yes, it’s *exactly* what you think!


This one builder that would just NOT shut up, just determined to thwart my sale at every turn.


Finally, here’s my plan to intervene before the eventual day when I’m reduced to washing myself with a rag on a stick.

Thanks again for reading, and in the immortal words of Gandalf the Grey, "Keep it secret; keep it safe!"


(E-missive from July 1)

It's been a busy past couple of weeks for me, capped off with a trip to Beverly HIlls this past week. If you ever get the opportunity to fly to Beverly Hills AND stay that the SLS hotel AND have it paid for by Sony, I *highly* recommend it. Check out the picks of my room and the sweeter-than-sweet (or sicker-than-sick!) swimming pool!


Also cool was the behind the scenes tour of Sony's film production and 3D post-facilities. Many more pictures to oggle.


Some commentary on Wal-Mart killing America with a smile, the Gulf Oil Spill madness and the World Cup plague sweeping the nation. How's that for a Hat Trick!

Some outstanding dating tips from the Bible book, Song of Solomon.

We also took Lauryn to see her first movie at a commercial theater.

And if you’ve ever wanted Monster Vision, it’s now available. But, sadly lacking in any actual Monster powers...

In closing, I thought I'd share some of the best Google searches I received over the past couple of weeks:

“John Sciacca Arrested,” “John Sciacca Musician,” “Sciacca Gator Head,” “Ass Switching," “When I say 'Doritos' I mean Cool Ranch Doritos,” “Guy Douchery,” “Are Child Molesters allowed in Barnes & Nobles Cafe” and “Can unfiltered sake give you diarrhea.”


Thanks for reading, and stay away from that unfiltered sake!

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