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Reservations are DONE! We’re going to Chicago for the first time. WHAT SHOULD I SEE? 2

Reservations are DONE! We’re going to Chicago for the first time. WHAT SHOULD I SEE?

I will be heading to a convention next month in a far off land call Indiana; while there, the Mrs. and I have decided to pop over and visit Chicago for a couple of days since it’s a city we’ve never been to.  Chicago seems like a cool place to...

Review: The Hunger Games 1

Review: The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins My rating: 4 of 5 stars I am so confused by the modern definition of “young adult.” Growing up, I always read books that were allegedly ahead of my maturity level (READ: I finished all of Vonnegut’s works before I was 14 years old.)...

Review: Dead and Gone 2

Review: Dead and Gone

Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris My rating: 4 of 5 stars I have watched only one episode of True Blood. Why? Someone told me I could see Anna Paquin’s boobies. The way I figured it, she owed me SOMETHING for her horrible accent in the X-Men movies. Thus, I...

Working Out with DOCTOR WHO: The Hand of Fear (4th Doctor) 1

Working Out with DOCTOR WHO: The Hand of Fear (4th Doctor)

…aka “WTF is Sarah Jane wearing?!” I haven’t had much time for TV lately (and I was away from the gym for a short bit.)  Pesky conventions keep taking up my time.  That said, here’s what’s I’ve watched thus far in the Who-niverse: The Ark in Space (4th Doctor) Planet...

Dear @SamsungService – need help diagnosing an 56 inch LED DLP issue! 2

Dear @SamsungService – need help diagnosing an 56 inch LED DLP issue!

My television is a Samsung HLS-5679W 56-Inch LED Engine 1080p DLP HDTV. The other day, the left half of the screen started “ghosting” green around everything. You can see in these three photos (click each one for a larger view): Now, I’m a “I can take it apart myself” type...

Nobody Reads the Con Guide (or “How I Learned to Love @GuidebookApp”) 1

Nobody Reads the Con Guide (or “How I Learned to Love @GuidebookApp”)

I have been playing with fan conventions as an amateur (READ: not my full time job) event designer and promoter for over a decade.  In that time, I learned that conventions are very similar to theme parks in a number of way.  My favorite parallel?  Con guides and park brochures....

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Concerts I’ve Been To (As of June 2011)

As I stated yesterday, I go to concerts fairly frequently.  The only thing that is consistent about the music I see performed, though, is that none of it fits in a genre that rhymes with “stuntry.” Thus, I present the acts I have seen perform live since my first concert...

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Last week I went to a Katy Perry concert (with photos!)

I have been to dozens of concerts over the past twenty years.  (Note to self: write blog post with an updated list of said concerts.)  The shows I attend have always been of a wide variety… blues, pop, rock, etc.  The important qualifier (for me) for going to a show...

Fellow Social Media Geeks: HELP! @GetGlue vs. @GoMiso… which should I use? 0

Fellow Social Media Geeks: HELP! @GetGlue vs. @GoMiso… which should I use?

I have been a fan of letting millions of anonymous strangers across “teh Interwebz” know what I am doing and thinking since the nineties. It was made worse when I caught the blogging bug in 2003 and now? Well… Let’s just say that I am writing this on an app...

Dear @XBoxSupport ^BA, Please pass this along to the appropriate management. 0

Dear @XBoxSupport ^BA, Please pass this along to the appropriate management.

I have been on XBox Live since 2005.  I pay my bill each year with the hopes that my money is going to a solidly staffed IT company that can keep my personal information secure.  A few years back, I got my girlfriend her own XBox Live account, too… effectively...

Review: Gator A-Go-Go 1

Review: Gator A-Go-Go

Gator A-Go-Go by Tim Dorsey My rating: 4 of 5 stars Serge A. Storms + Spring Break in Florida = YES PLEASE. Spring break is the stuff of legend in Florida. Growing up, I heard about it (and saw it on MTV) in Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale and later (thanks...

Flickr Friday: The view from the top of the Washington Monument. 0

Flickr Friday: The view from the top of the Washington Monument.

Note all the tourist traffic passing by. I occasionally update new photos (and old ones that I scan) on my Flickr account.  Each Friday I post one on my blog from my collection that I think is oddly patriotic. You can see the complete set this photo is from here.

Review: The City of Falling Angels 0

Review: The City of Falling Angels

The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt My rating: 2 of 5 stars My wife LOVES Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. When we met, I had neither read the book or watched the movie. Since she brought it up enough while we were dating, I decided...