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Fred Manteghian Posted: Dec 28, 2005 0 comments

Christmas is a special time when madness invades the homestead and the urge to give and give and give and, well, you get the picture. But what are these gifts with which we hold these truths to be self evident? One year, a very long time ago, it was a special little baby I found in a cabbage patch. At least, that’s what is said on the label. When the blue light went on – and yes, there really <i>was</i> a blue light - I, along with all the other shoppers in that alphabet-mart, went careening through the aisles like so many pinballs driven in reverse until we converged at the same single spot. A towering monument of pastel packaged Cabbage Patch dolls had just been unwrapped. We, one man and host of hostile woman, were the chosen ones. We each grabbed. I got one. Studying her, my little rainbow coalition brown Jolene, asleep with her eyes open, waiting for the moment when her child would hold her and bring her to life.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Dec 21, 2005 0 comments

There’s no better way to make yourself seem foolish than by trying to predict the future, but if I limit myself to one year, how far off can I be?

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Dec 16, 2005 2 comments

After hearing he was leaving the public radio waves for pay-per-swear satellite service for the umpteenth time, the day has finally come and, halleluiah, he’s gone. It’s a little too late though. After all, he already, almost single-handedly, ruined radio.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Dec 16, 2005 1 comments

While we’re sitting around waiting for Blu-ray or HD-DVD high definition players and discs to hit the shelves, we can still do a little hi-def pickin’ and chosin’ on our own beyond switching hi-def channels. On Apple’s web site, you can find links to hi-def trailers that you can download and watch right now, like <A HREF="http://www.apple.com/trailers/fox/x3/" TARGET="NEW"> <b> this one for <i> X3</i></b></A>. Of course, you need a home theater PC if you want to show it on your projector or hi-def set, but I was satisfied to watch it on my not too shabby IBM T42P laptop. Even though the 15” screen’s aspect ratio is an old school 1.33:1, the resolution is an eye-popping 1600 x 1200.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Dec 11, 2005 0 comments

Looking for home theater on the cheap? The 1280x720 <A HREF="http://www.infocushome.com/amer/eng/products/screenplay/sp5000.asp" TARGET="NEW"> <b> InFocus ScreenPlay 5000 </b></A> LCD projector can be had at Costco for $999. Follow the directions glued to the box and they’ll mail you a 72” screen as well. Not that the guy in front of me in the checkout line was going to bother with a screen. Last year he bought his first projector and just painted his basement wall white. This second InFocus projector was for his kid (click <u>here</u> to download adoption papers).

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Dec 10, 2005 4 comments

That’s right, don’t buy an Xbox 360, especially if you live in Connecticut. This just out – the models being distributed in Connecticut are defective <i>and</i> Microsoft’s warranty has a special Connecticut exclusion clause which invokes double secret arbitration as the consumer’s only remedy in the case of a defect, odds of which are, I’m told off the record, in the very high 90th percentile.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Dec 08, 2005 0 comments

We enjoyed the company of eight first year law students last night. Taking the shortest of breaks during the “reading week” which precedes final exams, they came for dinner and a few even stayed for a movie. Some of my daughter’s friends have become regulars of the blog, so they were expecting shock and awe. I don’t believe they left disappointed.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Dec 05, 2005 0 comments

Here’s how girls know if you’re checking them out. They yawn while looking away. Then five seconds later, they turn around and look at you. If you’re yawning, dude, you’re busted.

Fred Manteghian Posted: Dec 04, 2005 0 comments

Are you looking for love in all the wrong places? Picking a preamp/processor is a lot like picking a wife. Lots of guys (not me &ndash; almost 25 years and ticking, thank you) can be fickle. You marry a girl and you're leaving the church, waiting to get into the limo and you look over and see someone who makes you think "Hey, I didn't see <I>that</I> one! " It's sort of the same thing with pre/pros. You get one and the next time you're back in the store, it's "Hey . . . " You get my drift.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Dec 03, 2005 1 comments

Michael Fremer is bitching (what’s new) about Sony giving owners of their $5,000 <A HREF=" http://ultimateavmag.com/rearprojectiontvs/1105sony/"> SXRD rear projection display</A> the ability to actually tweak it, and tweak it good. Mikey, I say, Hallelujah, and what-the-hell’s-it-to-ya’? It’s not like the good old days where you could really damage a CRT if you cranked the contrast up too much. In fact that’s what manufacturer used to do to make their sets stand out at Bob’s TV and Refrigerator Warehouse. It’s also why, until rear projection LCD and DLP projectors came along, I never recommended anyone buy a floor model.

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