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Posted: May 09, 2006 0 comments

I've heard that you started out as a set dresser, but became an actor to have more control over how a film turns out. My heroes growing up, going back to the silent days, were actors like Buster Keaton and Clint Eastwood who empowered themselves as filmmakers.

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Bob Lefsetz Posted: Apr 03, 2006 0 comments

"Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)" was my favorite track on Led Zeppelin II. Maybe it was just teenage hormones, but the way the song took off like a shot appealed to me. Like you could OUTRACE society. And I've always been about playing outside society.

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Mike Gaughn Posted: Feb 26, 2009 0 comments

A voice booms from the ether of the home theater like a female Jehovah. "Pick up Line 2," it commands. "Meryl wants to talk to Natasha." I'm alone in the room and, tech-savvy guy that I am, can't figure out if I should shout a response back into the void as I fumble around looking for a handset to pick up or a button to press.

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Ken Richardson Posted: Jul 06, 2006 0 comments

Recommending a recent gig by Franz Ferdinand, The Village Voice said the Scots "generate an in-person intensity that you just can't download." Or get from a CD. Sure, you can go digital or disc to sample these acts, but Austin's 20th South by Southwest proved once more that the show makes the band.

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David Katzmaier Posted: Apr 09, 2003 0 comments
Photo by Tony Cordoza All diagrams by Dimitry Schidlovsky except for the LCD which is by Mark Schrieder. Given that cathode-ray tubes (CRTs) provide the best pictures, why are so many companies moving away from tubes and into new technologies? Because that's how they can make the thinner and lighter TVs everybody's clamoring for.
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Nick Kolakowski Posted: Sep 16, 2008 0 comments

On the NBC action-comedy series Chuck, geeky electronics store employee Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi) unwittingly becomes the U.S government's most valuable secret agent - helping save the world from the threat-of-the-week.

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John Sciacca Posted: Jan 10, 2007 0 comments

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John Sciacca Posted: May 27, 2004 0 comments

Every day, in audio/video superstores across this great land, the same scenario plays out with frightening regularity. Someone, lusting after high-definition TV, spends thousands of dollars on the set of his dreams. And then, having been turned on to surround sound by hearing his buddy's home theater, he asks the salesman to recommend a speaker system.

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Posted: Jan 05, 2005 0 comments

Everyone appreciates surround sound as a part of a home theater, but many people don't enjoy being surrounded by speakers.

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Ian G. Masters Posted: Jun 01, 2007 0 comments

Comparing Contrast

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: May 18, 2005 0 comments

Over 10 million of them have been sold, and it seems like everybody has one. Some are pink, some are green, some are blue, some are black, but most are white. Owners caress them, lovingly running their fingers back and forth across "my precious." Some can hold 10,000 of your favorite songs, and they'll follow you wherever you go.

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Rebecca Day Posted: Dec 05, 2007 0 comments

New school of thought: You're only as "green" as your plasma. And by "green," we're not talking about how accurately your flat-panel generates that primary color. We're saying maybe you should look into just how eco-responsible your consumer-electronics-makers are.

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Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Sep 18, 2012 0 comments

Close your eyes. Wait, don’t do that. You won’t be able to read. Imagine yourself sitting in the center seat, center row, of a dark and empty theater. It’s a good theater, quiet, and you can feel the space stretching out from you in all directions. A sound rises to an audible level far in front of you. It’s a bee. Okay, maybe you don’t like bees. It’s an old plane, rotary engine struggling to turn over, the sputters emanating from a center channel speaker unseen behind the screen in the dark theater. The plane taxis left. There’s no picture on the screen: You localize it just by how the sound moves toward the left speakers.

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John Sciacca Posted: Jan 14, 2006 0 comments

Forget about DLP vs. LCoS or Blu-ray vs. HD DVD. The biggest battle heating up in the home-entertainment world right now is over who's going to rule the next generation of gaming. And Microsoft just launched the first strike - 100 megatons worth of silicon known as Xbox 360.


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