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Shane Buettner Posted: Apr 14, 2007 0 comments

Bond is back, and he's a bad man. Yes, 007 has blond hair and blue eyes for the first time, but it's his character that takes on much darker tones here. His license to kill is his primary occupation, not a smart-ass tagline and Daniel Craig is almost feral under the cool veneer of James Bond. This remarkable and gritty new entry takes the series out of the realm of gadgets (no Q anywhere to be found) and special effects, and back into the realm of hard, breathtaking physical stunts, which is something director Martin Campbell, of <I>Mask of Zorro</I> fame, excels at. Even the theme song is grungy, being sung by former Soundgarden front man Chris Cornell. And it's exhilirating from the opening foot chase to the finale. Not only is Bond back, I can't wait for him to return!

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Shane Buettner Posted: Apr 14, 2007 0 comments

What a fun surprise this turned out to be! <I>Night at the Museum</I> stars Ben Stiller as Larry, a wannabe entreprenuer who just can't make it happen for himself. His ex-wife is remarried, and Larry's son Nick now wants to be a straight business man like his step-Dad. Seeking to impress Nick that he's a reliable Dad, Larry grabs a job as the night watchman at the Museum of Natural History. There's something immediately off about the orientation given to Larry by the outgoing trio of watchmen (led by Dick Van Dyke in an inspired turn), not to mention the oddly thick packet of hand written job instructions they hand him.

Shane Buettner Posted: Apr 14, 2007 7 comments

According to Comcast, the SATA port on the back of my Motorola DTC3416 set-top box/DVR isn't yet active and there are no promises on when, or even if it will be activated. I have to admit I'm halfway considering testing this out for myself to make sure the info I got from Comcast is correct. I had a 500GB drive with a sleek case picked out already, and the entire rig would only cost about $170.

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Shane Buettner Posted: Apr 07, 2007 0 comments
  • $1,999
  • 125-Watts x 7 into 8 ohms
  • Processing Modes: DD, DD-EX, ProLogicIIx, DTS, DTS-ES/Discrete/Matrix/Neo: 6, DTS 24/96, SRS Circle Surround II, HDCD decoding
Features We Like: THX Select2-Certified, Four HDMI 1.2 inputs and two outputs with video upconversion and cross-conversion, four component inputs, Audyssey auto calibration and room EQ, three coaxial and four toslink optical digital audio inputs, one 7.1-channel analog audio input, XM Ready, 7.1-channel preamp outs, AV sync delay, multi-source/multi-zone
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Shane Buettner Posted: Apr 07, 2007 0 comments
  • $1,799
  • 50" Plasma
  • 1366x768
  • Key Connections: One HDMI and two component inputs, one PC/DVI input
Features We Like: OTA HD tuner
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Shane Buettner Posted: Apr 07, 2007 0 comments
  • $2,999
  • 47" LCD
  • 1920x1080
  • Key Connections: Dual HDMI and component inputs, one PC input
Features We Like: 1080p resolution, Silicon Optix HQV video processing, full factory calibration to 6500K, OTA and QAM HD tuners
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Shane Buettner Posted: Apr 07, 2007 0 comments
  • $3,500
  • 46" LCD
  • 1920x1080
  • Key Connections: Dual HDMI and component inputs, two i.LINK IEEE1394 in/outs, one PC input
Features We Like: 1080p resolution, OTA and CableCARD HD tuners
Shane Buettner Posted: Apr 06, 2007 5 comments

I'm sure all of you have read by now that in a move to improve its financial performance, Circuit City canned 3,400 sales assistants and will be replacing them with lower paid employees. If you haven't, check out Mark Fleischmann's take <A HREF="http://www.hometheatermag.com/news/040707circuit/">here</A>.

Shane Buettner Posted: Mar 22, 2007 Published: Mar 23, 2007 6 comments

The first bitter disappointment associated with moving into my new home and reconfiguring my AV system came to fruition earlier this week when it was discovered that I can no longer use DirecTV as my source of TV and HDTV programming. While the southern exposure at my new place is good, a beautiful little patch of fir trees across the street blocks one of the satellites critical for HD programming. Looks like Comcast is the only game in town for me now. Ugh. Can't say I'm looking forward to it. Let me tell you why.

Shane Buettner Posted: Mar 16, 2007 3 comments

Actually, move out day was Wednesday and move in day will be next Tuesday. That's right, my <I>UAV</I> supersonic, holosonic, holistic laboratory grade home theater is all packed up and on a Bekins moving truck somewhere between California and our new home Gig Harbor, Washington. (I couldn't help the references above, an homage to an editor I used to work for with a penchant for overly elaborate handles for his home theater rigs).

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