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Sony KDS-55A2000 Grand WEGA 55" SXRD 1080p Rear Projection HDTV

November 28, 2006 EST | Home Theater

This is one television that truly puts a theater right in your own home. Sony's 55" SXRD rear-projection TV features 3 SXRD chips that can handle more than 2 million pixels each with a response time of 2.5 ms, exceeding the demands of the new high-definition standards. The Advanced Iris function and WEGA Engine also ensure enhanced color and optimal contrast even in low-light scenes. The CineMotion® Reverse 3:2 Pulldown feature makes full use of new progressive-scan technology for sharp, natural images even during high-speed action. For sound, the KDS55A2000 makes full use of the SRS® TruSurround® XT audio effect that replicates surround sound without the need for extra speakers while digital MPEG noise reduction restores the compressed audio in digital broadcasts to its original glory. If you've been looking for a rear-projection TV that can handle the new generation of high-definition audio and video, then your wait is over. [More...]

Elvis Presley: Elvis #1 Singles CD

April 27, 2006 EST | Music

Elvis Presley: Elvis #1 Singles CDThe Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) recently declared that Elvis had surpassed sales of 50 million singles in the US, making him the artist with more certified singles than anyone in music history! This LIMITED EDITION boxset commemorates that honor and the incredible music Elvis created. The limited-edition, deluxe box set is numbered for authenticity and includes all of Elvis' 20 #1 US hits on 20 singles with original B sides! Each single includes the original 45 rpm single artwork with each CD single having a black finish to replicate the original vinyl release. The boxset also includes a poster with cover for all 20 singles. The Elvis Presley Singles Box Set is a must-have for every Elvis fan and music collector!

Progressions: 100 Years Of Jazz Guitar CD

April 27, 2006 EST | Music

When Elvis Presley exploded onto the scene in 1956, the guitar experienced a dramatic upsurge in popularity. Eight years later, when the Beatles crashed America's shores like a tidal wave, the deal was sealed: the guitar was at once a ticket to possible instant riches and an omnipresent symbol of youthful rebellion.

But this orchestral instrument was not, of course, born in the mid-1950s and raised in the mid-'60s. Long before "the King" and "the Fab Four," there were great guitarists of all kinds, many of whom influenced the rise of rock 'n' roll. From the U.S., South America, and Europe during the last century came a string of masters who also gave the guitar a prominence it has enjoyed for the past four decades.

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Destiny's Child: LIVE IN ATLANTA DVD

April 11, 2006 EST | Music

Destiny's Child: LIVE IN ATLANTA2006 marks the 10th Anniversary of one of R&B's greatest trios. Along with numerous hits and countless awards, the group is also remembered as one of stage's greatest performers. Their new DVD Live In Atlanta features the group and their stunning performance in hotlanta singing and dancing to many of their classic hits including "Say My Name," "Soldier," "Jumpin', Jumpin'," "Lose My Breath," and more! Plus as a special treat, the DVD also includes a heartwarming fan testimonials section, a teaser for Kelly Rowland's upcoming sophomore album, "Dreamgirls" Movie & Soundtrack Trailer, and a Destiny's Child - A Family Affair special feature.

The DVD also includes bonus audio of:
• "Flashback" Featuring Kelly Rowland
• "Check On It (Remix)" Featuring Beyoncé (Bun B and Slim Thug)
• "Let's Stay Together" Featuring Michelle Williams [More...]

The Fray: How To Save A Life CD

April 11, 2006 EST | Music

The Fray: How To Save A LifeThe debut album from the Denver-based foursome The Fray, features 12 melodic pop-rock songs and soaring vocals that resonate with sprawling tapestries and tales of hopefulness and heartache. Their debut release How To Save A Life showcases The Fray's style - a sophisticated, emotional blend of tinkling pianos, acoustic and electric guitars, and gently insistent rhythms that serves as an ideal backdrop for lead singer Isaac Slade's pitch-perfect, achingly beautiful vocals.

The album includes the addictive single Over My Head (Cable Car) and the title track, How To Save A Life, a heartbreaking meditation on salvation inspired by Slade's experience as a mentor to a crack-addicted teen. Both songs employ an epic sweep, speeding up and slowing down so effortlessly that the listener can't help but become emotionally involved by the time the crescendo hits.

Ruben Studdard: I Need An Angel CD

March 27, 2006 EST | Music

Ruben Studdard: I Need An Angel CDThe second album from the 2nd Season American Idol winner Ruben Studdard features 12 amazing tracks that not only further showcase his beautiful voice but his passionate and deep-affection for staying true to his virtues. On I Need An Angel, Ruben sings with his heavenly vocals with perfect timing on beautiful songs such as "Center of My Joy," "Shout To The Lord," the classic "Amazing Grace," "Don't Give Up," and the title track "I Need An Angel." Ruben may have become a huge celebrity after winning American Idol but he isn't afraid to remain true to the soul. [More...]

Barry Manilow: The Greatest Songs of the Fifties CD

March 27, 2006 EST | Music

Barry Manilow: The Greatest Songs of the Fifties CDThe #1 Adult Contemporary Recording Artist of all time, Barry Manilow, revisits the greatest hits of the 1950's! Highlighted by a guest appearance from Phyllis McGuire of the McGuire Sisters on the medley of 1954 hits, "Teach Me Tonight/Sincerely," The Greatest Songs of the Fifties is a veritable jukebox of favorites - from his remake of the Four Lads' "Moments To Remember" (1955) and the Everly Brothers' "All I have To Do Is Dream," to Bobby Darin's "Beyond The Sea" - but to hear them collected on one album is a dream come true. The album (just like the era it emulates) cuts across musical genres, from The Four Ace's "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing" to Frankie Avalon's "Venus," to Johnny Mathis' "It's Not For Me To Say," to Tommy Edwards' "It's All In The Game" and Diniah Washingston's signature "What A Difference A Day Makes." Some of America's greatest artists are evoked on songs that are forever associated with them. For example, Tony Bennett on "Rags To Riches," along with Frank Sinatra's "Young At Heart," and Elvis Presley's "Are You Lonesome Tonight." For Manilow, The Greatest Songs of The Fifties is a true labor of love. [More...]

Carrie Underwood: Some Hearts CD

March 27, 2006 EST | Music

Carrie Underwood: Some Hearts CDShe won America's hearts and delighted our ears with her heavenly voice! Now American Idol Season 4 winner, Carrie Underwood, comes out with her debut album Some Hearts! The much-anticipated album features 14 brilliant, touching tracks including the uplifting hit "Some Hearts" and her new single "Jesus, Take the Wheel," as well as the bonus track "Inside Your Heaven." But most importantly Some Hearts features the breath-taking voice that captivated audiences throughout the nation! Click here to order online!

Release date: 11/15/2005
Label: Arista Contemporary

Soprano Saxophones

March 20, 2006 EST | Musical Instruments

A saxophone is a musical instrument that belongs to the woodwind category. It is one of the youngest musical instruments. Saxophones were generally used in the military and in big orchestras but are now found in smaller bands as well. They are generally used for big band music, pop music and jazz. The saxophone was invented by Adolphe Sax, a Belgian, in the 1840s. Later, many people made their own alterations to the instrument. There are many types of saxophones but the four most commonly used saxophones are: Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone saxophones.

The soprano saxophone is the smallest as well as the highest-sounding. It is straight in shape and resembles a clarinet, though curved models, resembling miniature alto saxophones, are also available. Curved models were more popular during the 1930s. The soprano saxophone is a B-flat instrument. It is generally preferred for jazz music, but rarely used for classical compositions. [More...]

Tenor Saxophones

March 20, 2006 EST | Musical Instruments

A saxophone is a musical instrument that belongs in the woodwind category. It is one of the youngest musical instruments. The saxophone was invented by Adolphe Sax, a Belgian, in the 1840s. Later, many people made their own alterations to the instrument. Saxophones were generally used in the military and in big orchestras but are now found in smaller bands as well. They are generally used for big band music, pop music and jazz. [More...]

Golf Solitaire strategy guide

March 20, 2006 EST | Games

The more important thing to realize with Golf Solitaire is that Kings and Aces are special. Every other card in the deck can be removed onto cards ranked directly above or below the card. For example, a 5 can be removed onto a 4 or a 6.

But Aces and Kings are different. An Ace can only be removed onto a Two, and a King can only be removed onto a Queen.

This means you have to be particularly careful when you use Queen's and Two's.

Because of this, the very first thing you should do when you start a game of Golf Solitaire is to count all the Kings and Aces. If all the Kings are in the tableau, then every time you remove a Queen, you MUST make sure you also remove a King, or you wont be able to finish the game. And if a Queen is dealt from the Talon, then you MUST remove a King straight away. If you can't, you may as well undo, or start a new game. [More...]

DVD CD archive storage

March 01, 2006 EST | Music

Organize and protect your collection, save space, and instantly access your discs. This compact, sturdy case holds up to 100 DVDS, CDs, or games and locks for storage and travel. Push the title sheet bar to see a list of what's inside, slide the selector button to a slot number, press the retrieval bar, and up goes the lid- offering the disc you want. Write your titles by hand or use the company's Web site to create, update, and store alphabetized, printable title sheets. Sturdy ABS plastic. 14 ¾"w x 5 ½""h x 6 ¼"d. [More...]

Booking a magician

February 10, 2006 EST | Parties & Fun

The most important thing is to make sure you book a professional. An amateur or part-time magician maybe able to perform amazing magic but there is a lot more to it than that. Will they turn up on time? Will they be smartly presented? Will they work hard to make sure they see every guest? Will they have the experience to cope with any last minute changes?Remember that if you are hosting or organising an event, the magician you choose will reflect on you. In the same way, a professional magician who's livelihood depends on performing regularly will look after all the small details because it reflects on them and their prospects of getting more work. [More...]

What is Close-up Magic?

February 10, 2006 EST | Parties & Fun

Close-up magic is magical entertainment that happens right in front of you, magic you can not only see but feel and touch. This intimacy is what makes it so different from other types of magic. An expert close-up magician will involve and interact with the audience far more than a stage magician (or any other form of entertainer for that matter). [More...]

A brief history of tattooing

February 05, 2006 EST | Parties & Fun

Tattooed mummies provide the earliest concrete evidence of tattoo, and these have been found in various parts of the world, from Nubia to Peru. Probably t he most ancient tattooed man is the "Iceman", a Bronze Age man uncovered after being frozen in a glacier on the Tyrolean Alps since 3000 B.C. A tattooed band of stripes was found on his lower back, a simple cross on the inside of his left knee and more stripes on his right ankle.

There are many examples of tattooing in ancient Egypt, the oldest found on the mummy of Egyptian priestess of the goddess Hathor at Thebes, Amunet, who lived approximately 4000 years ago, she was tattooed with parallel lines of dots. Because of her religious status, some archaeologists have speculated that her body art had spiritual or magical connotations. Others feel the designs were of sexual nature. [More...]

Clown Fears - How to prevent clowns from being scary

February 05, 2006 EST | Parties & Fun | Comments (0)

No true clown wants to scare a child. However, some children can and do grow up with a Fear Of Clowns-- the clinical name for this is coulraphobia. The question is, how can professional clowns prevent children from being scared?

Before even discussing make-up, let's look at some basics. Remember when dealing with children, all adults are "giant-sized" from their perspective. When interacting with children, clowns (or other children's entertainers) need to come to their level physically. Get down on one knee, or sit on the floor. Remember what it felt like to be that age. [More...]

Beginner guitar tips: How to get a feel

February 05, 2006 EST | Musical Instruments

Adding "feel" to your guitar playing is easy to learn and will make a huge difference to the way your playing will sound to others.

"I don’t like to go into the studio with all the songs worked out and planned before hand…. You’ve got to give the band something to use its imagination on as well. That can make a very ordinary song come alive into something totally different….. the X Factor – so important in Rock And Roll - which is the feel" - Keith Richards.

When you’re learning or writing a new song the most important thing is the feel.

The beat, the pulse…. Call it what you like. Its stirs the emotions.

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The top ten romantic tunes of all time

January 26, 2006 EST | Music | Comments (0)

Ah, the power of love! Your heart beats faster, your eyes open wider, and you're much more likely to listen to a love song. Each February 14, and during the weeks leading up to Valentine's Day, the musical choices of the nation turn more romantic.

Over the years, some wonderfully potent love songs have been recorded. In fact, the most difficult part of writing this article was trimming the list down to just ten tunes.

So, if you don't find your favorite love song here, send me an e-mail at immedia@pacbell.net and let me know your desires on the subject. Meanwhile, you might want to visit www.romantic-lyrics.com or www.theromantic.com for a large selection of songs, often with the complete lyrics.


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Book review: Who Gets The Apartment?

January 26, 2006 EST | Books | Comments (0)

During the past few years most of us have watched reality television shows such as Survivor and The Amazing Race. In essence, these shows revolve around contestants teaming up, paring off, and plotting against one another in their quest for victory. First time author, Steven Rigolosi, has now skillfully adapted this reality format to the printed page with, Who Gets the Apartment?

An advertisement is placed in a neighborhood Manhattan newspaper, The Clarion, where a luxurious 3000 sq ft. duplex penthouse comprising two bedrooms, fireplaces and three baths, and some other goodies, is offered for rent at the incredibly monthly low rental of six hundred dollars. If you have any idea of the tight and expensive rental market situation in Manhattan, you can very well appreciate how laughable this sounds! [More...]

Axiom Millennia M40ti Floorstanding Tower Speakers

January 07, 2006 EST | Home Theater

Millennia M40ti"Axiom Millennia M40ti Floorstanding Tower Speakers" is no longer available. Please check out other floorstanding tower speakers from amazon.com below

The M40ti adds deep bass extension to a classic two-way design. This slender, elegant tower effortlessly produces smooth, laid-back music for a pleasant listening experience.

The M40ti is a great place to start your home theater system. Its aluminum woofer and titanium tweeter reproduce movies with remarkable realism, setting the stage for a gripping home theater experience.

These 8-ohm, easy-to-drive speakers will create clean, crisp music in medium-sized rooms. The M40s come with rubber feet for wood or tile floors, and spikes for carpet. [More...]

Epic Grand Master 500 In-Wall Home Theater Speaker System

January 07, 2006 EST | Home Theater

Epic Midi / 500 home theater systemThe Epic Master / 500 system combines the power and awesome subterranean bass output of the new Epicenter EP500 DSP 500-watt subwoofer with the acclaimed transparency and musicality of the compact M3ti speakers.

The Epicenter EP500 DSP subwoofer achieves ultra-low bass with none of the uneven performance of conventional subs. The Axiom custom-programmed Intelligent DSP “algorithm” controls every frequency from 16 Hz to 100 Hz, maintaining a smooth, flat response within 1.5 dB across the range. That means you'll hear undistorted, profoundly deep rumbles all the way to 15 Hz or even deeper in typical rooms. And the sophisticated DSP chip inside prevents the EP500 from ever being overdriven into distortion. With its 500-watt internal amplifier and 12-inch aluminum-cone woofer, lets you use it in living rooms as large as 4,000 cu. ft. Click here to order today! [More...]

Epic Grand Master 350 In-Wall Home Theater Speakers

January 07, 2006 EST | Home Theater

Epic Master 350 home theater systemThe Epic Grand Master 350 system provides a level of sonic transparency and detailed sound with significantly improved deep bass impact from a bigger subwoofer. The EP350 powered subwoofer with its powerful 12-inch woofer and 200-watt internal amplifier make this system a good choice for average-sized or larger rooms (2,100 cu. ft. to 2,500 cu. ft.) where compact speakers with convincing bass impact are desired.

The critically acclaimed M3ti bookshelf speakers anchor the Epic Master system's main channels. Highly praised by critics and customers alike for their transparent, detailed and natural music reproduction, the M3ti's each use a 6.5-inch woofer, for greater bass authority than smaller bookshelf speakers provide, and a 1-inch titanium dome tweeter. The same drivers that the floorstanding M40ti and M50ti tower speakers use for bass, midrange and treble. So it's no surprise that the compact M3i presents tonal balance similar to its larger brethren, in particular the M50ti floorstander. To extend the deep bass octaves for powerful orchestral music, jazz, or exhilarating DVD movie soundtrack realism, the EP350 produces tight, musical bass with impressive home-theater impact. Commanding bass to the low 20-Hz region can be expected in typical rooms. Click here to order today! [More...]

Epic Grand Master 175 In-Wall/On-Wall Home Theater Speakers

January 07, 2006 EST | Home Theater

Epic Master 175 home theater systemThe Epic Grand Master 175 system provides a level of sonic transparency and detailed, uncolored musical sound that is unprecedented in a moderately priced home theater system. Intended for average-sized living rooms (2,100 cu. ft. or less) or small dens, bedrooms and dorm rooms, the critically acclaimed M3ti bookshelf speakers anchor the Epic Midi system's main channels.

Highly praised by critics and customers alike for their transparent, detailed and neutral music reproduction, the M3ti's each use a powerful yet precise, 6.5-inch woofer, for greater bass authority than smaller bookshelf speakers are capable of, and a 1-inch titanium dome tweeter. These are the same drivers that the floorstanding M40ti and M50ti tower speakers use for bass, midrange and treble. So it's no surprise that the compact M3ti presents tonal balance similar to its larger brethren. To extend the deep bass octaves for powerful orchestral music, jazz, or movie soundtracks, the EP175 powered subwoofer's 10-inch woofer and 175-watt internal power amplifier deliver tight, musical bass with excellent home-theater impact. Solid bass to frequencies below 30 Hz can be expected in typical rooms. Click here to order today! [More...]