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Features, Reviews and a Blog by John Sciacca

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My Biggest, Bestest, Mostest CES 2014 Takeaways

Posted on January 16, 2014 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (27)

Another CES is in the bag, and after spending a week in the eye of the storm, it is nice to be back home away from the throngs of people and electron bombardment.

After taking a couple of days to let things settle and go over my notes and work through the weird ear-clogging head cold I came back with, here’s a list of the items that most stuck out to my eyes and ears while wandering the near 2-million square feet of Vegas show spac...

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Like Being Strapped to a Rocket: Racing Jags

Posted on March 7, 2013 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (1)

“Serendipity means a ‘happy accident’ or ‘pleasant surprise’; specifically, the accident of finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it.” -- Wikipedia

I had a serendipitous moment at CES this year. I was in Meridian Audio’s suite in the Venetian Towers when I started asking them about car audio. They were quick to tell me that they had inked a deal with Jaguar &...

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CE-Swag: The best CES give-aways

Posted on January 17, 2013 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (3)

“Swag may refer to:

•    Swag (album), a 2002 album by former Guns N' Roses guitarist, Gilby Clarke

•    Swag (bedroll), an Australian bedroll

•    Swag (motif), a garland

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I am the 26% - My top Resi Systems Blogs of 2012

Posted on January 3, 2013 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Residential Systems sent out a series of e-mail blasts last week counting down their “first-ever Top 50 Countdown for the most-read web stories from 2012.”

As a regular Resi (that’s what us cool, insider people call it) contributor, I was pleased to have several -- and by "several" I mean 13 -- stories included in the Top 50 list.

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Top 12 Blogs of 2012

Posted on December 31, 2012 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (36)

It seems to be the end-of-the-year blog thing to recap your top stories of the year, and who am I to buck the trend? Surely at least one of you out there has wondered, “Just what was the most popular story John wrote over the past 12 months?” Or, perhaps you’re a casual Sciacca Writes reader (to which, I ask the must-be-asked question, “Why?!? You should be coming every day, hungry, nay starving for new content!") and you hav...

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Beer Compendium: The Complete Review Resource

Posted on August 21, 2012 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (2)

Here is a handy resource where all of my beer reviews can be found in one location with quick tasting blurbs to answer all-important beer questions once and for all.

To date – February 10, 2013 – I have drank and reviewed – 142 – different brews. Each beer is listed below alphabetized ...

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Top 11 of 2011

Posted on December 31, 2011 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

On this final day of the year, it seemed fitting to post up the links to the most popular stories over the past year. (Fitting because I see so many other sites doing it, so, well, it must be the meta, blog recap thing to do.) So with a couple of clicks through Google analytics and some custom date range adjustment, I was able to quickly compile a list of the most viewed stories for the past 365 days.

The popularity of some stories surpr...

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(500) Blogs of Sciacca

Posted on August 3, 2011 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (7)

This is a story of blog meets world. The blog, John Sciacca Writes, grew up believing that it would never truly be happy until the day it met the one. This belief stemmed from early exposure to depressing chick rock and a total mis-reading of many of its Top 10 Movies. The one, you, from wherever, did not share this belief. Since the proliferation of other blogs and twe...

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Best of: The Spring 2010 Version

Posted on February 18, 2011 at 12:13 PM Comments comments (0)

Been a long hiatus since I’ve hit-em Shy Ronnie with a Best of recap. So...HIATUS OVER!


Here’s some of my member e-mails and favorite posts from May and June of 2010. And remember, if you haven’t read them, they’re new to you! (Though, I must say, even if you HAVE read them, some are worth a re-read.) And, if you missed your chance on commenting then, well, that’s a paddlin’! But...

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Give thanks to Sciacca-nidas and the brave 300! TO BLOGGERY!

Posted on November 14, 2010 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (2)

This post – this ONE; the one you’re reading right here -- is my 300th. Which I figured was milestone enough to, well, at least mention. And then make a blog of it.

And since several of you – principally my dad who never misses an opportunity to comment about my stories being long, WAY too long; some guy named Ted who wrote that I write “an oftentimes long-winded blog"; Jeremy G,...

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Best Of: Volume 3 - The April '10 Years

Posted on November 9, 2010 at 3:09 PM Comments comments (0)

Here’s another round of previous e-blast mails sent to my members. If YOU want to be included in the e-blasting – which is quite a bit less painful than it sounds – join up! It just takes a second and membership is still free while supplies last! Like to see if I can get up to 100 before the end of the year...


These messages are from April 9 and April 26 when I had catapulted to 51 members. Links t...

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Best Of: Volume 2 - Slightly Less Early Years

Posted on September 17, 2010 at 10:58 AM Comments comments (0)

These are the second batch of e-mail blasts to my members (I believe numbering a whopping 24 at the time!) sent on March 12 and 25.

Ever wondered if PR works? Yesterday, PR Buddha tweeted my post about hating 3D TV and *INSTANTLY* I received tons of hits. Like 800% more than my best day ever. And from all around the world (England, Germany, Canada).

Never doubt the power of good PR or especially that of PR Buddha! (Caster Comm in da house!)  [Cas...

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Best Of: Volume 1 - The Early Years

Posted on September 17, 2010 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I know that many of you have found me recently. And to each and every one of you I say a sincere, "Welcome!" And while I would *love* for you to go back through the archives and read each and every one of the classic gems, I realize that that is unlikely. (Unless you are Andrew from Elgin, IL, who did that very thing!)

So, I have been sending out fairly regular bi-ish weekly e-mail missives to members talking about the goings-on here, and I thought I would start posting up ...

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