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Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jul 01, 2024  |  3 comments
Is this one giant step backward for technology? Another example of the evils of technology? Or just another case of misguided youth? It's hard to say. And I don't want to read too much into a small thing. But sometimes trends portend the future, and in this case, this is a future I don't particularly appreciate.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jun 17, 2024  |  3 comments
Of course, seeing is no longer believing — especially if you're watching anything on video. You've seen the deepfakes of celebrities and politicians and everyone recognizes the potential societal harm that is brewing here. But, this AI AV cloud has at least one silver lining.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jun 10, 2024  |  1 comments
Congratulations! Welcome home! That five-year mission to Mars (and back!) must have really been something. While you were gone, honestly, nothing much happened. There was a flu bug of unknown origins, but that’s about it. Well, you might want to look into something called AI. I think it’s going to really shake things up.
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jun 02, 2024  |  3 comments
Are you ready for your first question? Let's go! For $500, which item would you most likely find in a frunk? 1) Ham sandwich; 2) Swimming pool; 3) Tire inflator; 4) Home theater.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  May 20, 2024  |  2 comments
Question: What is the difference between wood-burning fireplaces, and solar panels? The difference between Colt Single Action Army revolvers, and Glocks? The difference between Mabel's Rib Shack, and McDonald's? Answer: The former have souls. The latter do not. Which brings us to today's news item, concerning Lamborghini.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  May 05, 2024  |  6 comments
You will, of course, fondly remember the Drácula move of 1931. What a classic piece of cinema — the film that kick-started the Gothic horror genre that continues to this day. And who can forget the unforgettable performance of Drácula himself, as portrayed by the one and only Carlos Villarías. Wait. What?

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Apr 15, 2024  |  2 comments
Hello S&V readers. This is Bram Stoker speaking to you. I passed away in 1912 so if you do the math, I am communicating from beyond the grave. But that's not important right now. What is important is that the classic movie Dracula is complete B.S. Let me explain.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Apr 08, 2024  |  2 comments
I have great news for you! All that gear in your home theater will soon be junk. Or, more specifically, obsolete junk. You see, Artificial Intelligence (AI) will soon revolutionize everything, including audio/video. Instead of wasting precious time twiddling knobs, you will simply have a pleasant conversation with an AI that, I am told, is far more intelligent than any of us.
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Apr 01, 2024  |  6 comments
When I saw the press release, I couldn't believe my eyes. I thought it was some kind of joke or, as they say — misinformation. But I checked and double-checked and even placed a call to a high-ranking official in Washington. They confirmed that it is true. Starting in 2025, sales of turntables will be banned in the United States.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Mar 18, 2024  |  2 comments
Every film buff worth their salt knows about Nosferatu. Even if you haven't seen the complete film, the image of Count Orlok is almost as famous as Mona Lisa, and significantly more creepy. But did you know that the film was the subject of a brutal court case? Make sure your doors are locked. It's gonna get scary.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Mar 04, 2024  |  7 comments
Students of history will know that about 100 years ago, various events occurred in Russia. More specifically, between 1917 and 1924, the Russian Empire collapsed, the Bolsheviks won the Russian Civil War, the Soviet Union was formed, Lenin died, and Stalin took charge. And five years after that, in 1929, a guy made a movie.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Feb 19, 2024  |  5 comments
Stop me if you've heard this one. An international arms dealer, a music composer, and a Hollywood starlet walk into a bar.....

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Feb 12, 2024  |  4 comments
This is my last communication. Outer walls breached. Door is splintering. Hinges giving way. Out of ammo. Just one grenade left. I’ll take as many as I can with me. God have mercy on my soul.

The 2023 holiday season was another last hurrah, this time for DVDs and Blu-ray Discs...

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Feb 05, 2024  |  4 comments
It may surprise you to learn that yesterday was not the past, and tomorrow will not be the future. In fact, it is the opposite. Yesterday will be the future, and tomorrow was the past. I would not make such a bold claim unless I have proof. And I have proof.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 22, 2024  |  13 comments
I love tubes. You love tubes. Everybody loves vacuum tubes. Of course, the ultimate vacuum tube is a cathode-ray tube — the glowing heart of good, old analog televisions. What a cool invention — a device that can input electrical signals and convert them into visible moving images. Hmm — would it be possible to build your own CRT as a DIY project? You betcha!

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