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Nov 12

No-Decision Savings Ballot

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There’s a big decision you have to make. Some call it a responsibility. Others call it a right.

We’re talking, of course, about Vann’s No-Decision savings.

In a week where you’re going to be making some pretty tough decisions, we wanted to give you a very easy one: saving money on the best speakers, receivers, flat screen HDTVs, and more!

Here’s a few of the things that are making their way onto OUR ballot:

Mirage OMD5 speaker

Mirage OMD5 speaker — Speaker of the House

Speaker of the House

Mirage OMD5 satellite speaker

Nov 12

Holidays looming large? Don’t Panic.

Edward Munch The Scream

Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away

Sir Paul McCartney was never so correct.

On Halloween, it all looked so distant. The holidays were just a blip on the horizon. Just yesterday, it felt like everything was “months away”.

And now, it’s November. And we can feel the weight of holiday expectations bearing down on us. Thanksgiving — 21 DAYS AWAY. Christmas –54 DAYS AWAY.


river meanderingIt’s funny how the mind works. Less than 24 hours ago, we were mentally on a beach, next to a river. Possibly in Egypt. Why yes, that river we were next to was “deNile,” and it’s in flood stage.

So Now What?

Oct 12

How to take the best Halloween photos

(Image by Gaudencio Garcinuño, used under Creative Commons)

Happy Halloween! While it may be one of the most fun and exciting nights of the year, in a week, once the candy buzz has worn off (or in a month, or 6 months), you might not be able to remember all of the details. How did we get that face paint on so perfectly? What did that house with the amazing decorations look like? Wait, what costume was I even wearing?

In order to document all the Halloween festivities, you probably want to make sure you’ve got a top-rated digital camera to take photos with. And since most of the action will start once the sun goes down, here are some tips for taking nighttime, low light pictures. Because, well, a bad picture can be pretty scary.

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Oct 12

What’s your favorite Halloween Candy?

Candy! (By Bunches and Bits. Image used under Creative Commons.)

What candy do you love? (By Bunches and Bits. Image used under Creative Commons.)

There’s one thing that everyone loves and looks forward to on Halloween: CANDY.

Here at the, we’re especially fond of it, so I asked our regular writers to tell us about their favorite Halloween treats (and have since been blamed for a binge on their supplies of Stage 1 Halloween candy).

Read on, and let us know in the comments what your favorite candy is!

Oct 12

Halloween Playlist

Calling all witches, goblins, and ghosts—it’s time to bust out your scariest dance moves. That’s right, come get in the Halloween spirit with this spooky playlist. You can pump up these jams at your pumpkin carving party or as you’re getting ready to hit the streets for trick-or-treating.

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Oct 12

Small Space? Organize your rooms with these easy tips.

Living in a small house or apartment, it can feel like there’s never enough space. Finding room for new furniture or accessories or even simple storage is like a complicated puzzle that only a Jedi can figure out.

A magical home decorating Jedi.

While we can’t, unfortunately, expand your apartment (or give you a Jedi), we do have some ideas for how to make your home seem more spacious, using the powers of organization and easy design. So here are some tips and tricks about how to organize your rooms and make the most of your petite place.

Oct 12

The history of the World Series from radio to your HDTV

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We are so spoiled when it comes to viewing the World Series on our flat screen TV’s. Multiple camera angles. Super slo-mo. An electronic strike zone that actually shows the umps to be pretty consistent. And you can add a continuing stream of sabermetric statistics coming to your best smartphone via Twitter, and on-line exclusive camera angles and live time streaming, we have all the information at our fingertips. We live in the lap of luxury when it comes to the World Series.

But it wasn’t always this way.

Oct 12

How to hit a home run with your TV calibration settings

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Are your flat screen TV calibration settings on track? If the image on the right is a familiar sight, they might not be.

We’ve just seen baseball history being made.

There were four divisional playoff series, and each one went to a deciding fifth game. While the game seems to cooly laze through the summer, things are heating up now that it’s October. But when you’re glued to your flat screen TV, are you really seeing everything?

Did you see the flex of the bat when Raul Ibanez hit his walk-off, game winning second home run? Did you see the spin of the ball when Cy Young winner Justin Verlander mowed down the A’s to move onto the AL Championship Series?

If you didn’t, it’s time to calibrate your HDTV. Here’s how to find that flex and spin.

Oct 12

The Vann’s Rock And Roll Playlist

Image by freepics4, used under Creative Commons

No, it’s not a playlist of rock and roll songs, as that would be very, very long, and really un-focussed as well. No, it’s a playlist about songs about rock and roll.

It only makes sense that there would be a few songs out there about rock, because you always write best about what you know best. I’ve gone with a list of positive songs about rock– trust me, there are a few sad ones out there (immediately coming to mind, Bob Seger’s Turn The Page). So let’s celebrate a little Rock And Roll

Sep 12

Fall Playlist

Dropping some beats before we leaf!

Indeed, it’s fall. And a new season means a new playlist!

So, while you’re raking leaves, or baking a pumpkin pie, or doing other fall-filled things, turn on these tunes and soak up the season.

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