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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...

Flickr Friday: One of the main reasons I live in Florida… 0

Flickr Friday: One of the main reasons I live in Florida…

I’ll never see this in the morning outside of my house.  Ever. 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 icy cool. You can see the complete set this...

Review: The Downhill Lie: A Hacker’s Return to a Ruinous Sport 0

Review: The Downhill Lie: A Hacker’s Return to a Ruinous Sport

The Downhill Lie: A Hacker’s Return to a Ruinous Sport by Carl Hiaasen My rating: 2 of 5 stars Maybe I’m missing the fun because I’m not a fan of golf – but this reads like a cleverly witty but mostly mundane blog. Being a fan of Hiaasen’s fictional Florida,...

Flickr Friday: The Wizard of Oz – on crack – in the eighties. 0

Flickr Friday: The Wizard of Oz – on crack – in the eighties.

I took this photo at the Indian River County Fair.  It was on the side of a ride there.  It is… different. 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...

Review: Double Whammy 0

Review: Double Whammy

Double Whammy by Carl Hiaasen My rating: 3 of 5 stars Angry Eighties Carl Hiaasen is the best! I moved to Florida in the late eighties, so reading these books is like a trip down memory lane. The thing is, I was too young to note all that was happening...

So @BotCon aka “#BotFAIL” showed up on my radar again today. How long have they been doing cons? 1

So @BotCon aka “#BotFAIL” showed up on my radar again today. How long have they been doing cons?

Everyone makes mistakes. Wasabi Anime (Green Mustard Entertainment) has been designing and hosting conventions and events since 2001.  In that time we’ve had our fair share of “oops” moments.  You’d think, though, that the “professionals” would be a little more polished than us at this point.  You see, when you...