Home Entertainment - Blogs http://www.hemagazine.com/taxonomy/term/65/0 BlogsBlogsBlogsBlogs and... blogs. en Great Performances (on YouTube) - Covers http://www.hemagazine.com/Great_Covers <strong>Own it</strong><br /><br />Covers are tough. Sounds too much like the original, and everyone will wonder why you wasted their time. Sound too different, and you risk not doing the original justice. <br /><br />But strike that Goldilocks balance, taking the song and making it your own but still showing the original reverence, there's the potential of being as good (if not better) than the original. That's what these covers do in spades. <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Great_Covers">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Great_Covers#comments Movies/Music/Games Blogs Other Features Geoff&#039;s Blog Tue, 27 Jul 2010 00:42:11 -0700 geoffm 21830 at http://www.hemagazine.com Apple Speaks Up about Misrepresented Signal Strength and iPhone 4 Antenna Solutions http://www.hemagazine.com/iphone4-antennagate <p><strong>Antenna Woes</strong></p> <p>In the first weeks of use, iPhone 4 owners found that there was a design flaw in the iPhone 4 antenna. </p> <p>The antenna wraps around the outer edge of the phone, and when held a certain way, calls get dropped. Last week, Apple offered an explanation and solution for what has been dubbed &quot;antennagate.&quot;(So named for the frenzy of Apple and iPhone bashing that has been occurring online because of the problem.)  All the info after the jump.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/iphone4-antennagate">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/iphone4-antennagate#comments Blogs Fri, 23 Jul 2010 19:32:18 -0700 barbg 21838 at http://www.hemagazine.com The Ramones - Judy is Punk - Live at CBGBs 1974 http://www.hemagazine.com/Ramones_Judy_is_Punk <strong>Second Verse, same as the first<br /></strong><br />Arguments on whether they were the first, the best, or even the most influential punk band are irrelevant. The Ramones rocked. Case closed. <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Ramones_Judy_is_Punk">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Ramones_Judy_is_Punk#comments Blogs Geoff&#039;s Blog Wed, 19 May 2010 00:59:25 -0700 geoffm 21714 at http://www.hemagazine.com Great Performances (on YouTube) - Art Tatum "Yesterdays" http://www.hemagazine.com/Art_Tatum <p><strong>Turns out, the piano does start here.<br /></strong><br />At first glance, what's impressive about Tatum's performance, and indeed his style and skill, is his right hand: clean, effortless runs at tremendous speed. <br /><br />But it's not his right that's amazing, it's his <em>left</em>. <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Art_Tatum">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Art_Tatum#comments Blogs Other Features Geoff&#039;s Blog Fri, 23 Apr 2010 00:03:24 -0700 geoffm 21682 at http://www.hemagazine.com Great Performances (on YouTube) - Buddy Rich Owns You All http://www.hemagazine.com/Buddy_Rich_Ultimate_Drum_Solo <strong>The only interesting drum solo. Ever.</strong><br /><br />&quot;What did the drummer get on his IQ test? Drool.&quot;<br /><br />Drum solos may be the part of the concert where everyone but other drummers gets up to get another beer, but this one is from one of the greats, and it's easy to see why. <br><br> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Buddy_Rich_Ultimate_Drum_Solo">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Buddy_Rich_Ultimate_Drum_Solo#comments Blogs Other Features Tue, 02 Mar 2010 00:03:09 -0800 geoffm 21598 at http://www.hemagazine.com Great Performances (on YouTube) - Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 - Martha Argerich & Riccardo Chailly http://www.hemagazine.com/Rach_3_Martha_Argerich <p><strong>Hands</strong><br /><br />So I'm starting a new feature here on the website. YouTube is great for a lot of things, but I think one of its greatest uses is as a repository of amazing performances by the world's greatest musicians. <br /><br />Now I'm not talking about ripping a concert DVD, but of meaningful, remarkable performances that are likely not found anywhere else. First up, the Rach 3 by Martha Argerich. <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Rach_3_Martha_Argerich">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Rach_3_Martha_Argerich#comments Blogs Other Features Geoff&#039;s Blog Fri, 12 Feb 2010 00:28:32 -0800 geoffm 21570 at http://www.hemagazine.com THX II 5.1 Audio System in the Lincoln MKS Review http://www.hemagazine.com/THX_II_Lincoln_MKS_Review <!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>Sync Sounds<br /></strong><br />I don't drive big cars. Hate them. In my book, if a car's going to weigh 4,300 pounds it better have a second car sitting on top of it. </p> <p>And despite all that, I was sad to see the MKS go. It's a fantastic ride, mostly due to the THX sound system and, gasp, Microsoft's Sync.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/THX_II_Lincoln_MKS_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/THX_II_Lincoln_MKS_Review#comments Product Reviews Blogs Other Audio Gear Other Features Geoff&#039;s Blog Tue, 09 Feb 2010 02:22:22 -0800 geoffm 21564 at http://www.hemagazine.com Five Great (Read: Cheap) Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Home Entertainment Fan http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Last_Minute_Christmas_Gifts <!--paging_filter--> <div align="center">'Twas two days before Christmas<br /> and all through the land<br /> significant others were scrambling<br /> to find that perfect last-minute gift for the <em>Home Entertainment</em> fan...</div> <p align="justify">&nbsp;</p> <p align="justify">Okay, so writing verse obviously isn't part of my job description. But finding and writing about (and coveting) cool stuff is, so if anyone in your house still needs another 'prise or two under the tree, feel free to crib from my own Christmas wishlist:</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Last_Minute_Christmas_Gifts">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Last_Minute_Christmas_Gifts#comments Movies/Music/Games Blogs Other Features Burger&#039;s Bloviations Wed, 23 Dec 2009 00:01:20 -0800 DennisB 21477 at http://www.hemagazine.com Geoff on TVs http://www.hemagazine.com/geofftalksTVs <p><strong>TV Talk</strong></p> <p>I was interviewed for a podcast over on DigitalTrends.com about the future of TVs.</p> <p>Shockingly, I don't make too much of a fool of myself, given that it wasn't edited. </p> <p>So if you want to hear me babble on for 20 minutes about all sorts of TV stuff, you can check it out <a href="http://www.digitaltrends.com/podcasts/hdtv-trends-of-2010/" target="_blank" title="HDTV Trends of 2010">here</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.hemagazine.com/geofftalksTVs#comments Blogs Other Features Geoff&#039;s Blog Thu, 29 Oct 2009 14:18:17 -0700 geoffm 21386 at http://www.hemagazine.com There's no such thing as an LED TV http://www.hemagazine.com/Theres_no_such_thing_as_an_LED_TV <p><strong>Pure Marketing Obfuscation<br /></strong><br />I understand the need for a manufacturer to differentiate their product. It's a crowded field out there, and anything you can do to make your product stand out is a good idea. <br /><br />Well, almost anything. <br /><br />But let's not call it lying, let's call it a gift for fiction.<br /><br /> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Theres_no_such_thing_as_an_LED_TV">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Theres_no_such_thing_as_an_LED_TV#comments Blogs Other Features Geoff&#039;s Blog Fri, 25 Sep 2009 21:28:51 -0700 geoffm 21329 at http://www.hemagazine.com The Beatles: Rock Band Review (With Video) http://www.hemagazine.com/Beatles_Rock_Band_Review I know what's about to happen. I'm about to sit here and type a thousand words or so, waxing left and right about <em>The Beatles: Rock Band</em>, how it fits into the current glut of music/rhythm games, whether it does justice to the band and their legacy, blah blah blah...<br /> <br /> When really, what it all boils down to is this: if you like The Beatles, go buy this game. Now. If you like the Beatles and don't own a PS3 or Xbox 360 (or Wii, I guess), go buy one of those. Now. And then buy this game. Right after that.<br /> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Beatles_Rock_Band_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Beatles_Rock_Band_Review#comments Movies/Music/Games Blogs Game Reviews Music Reviews Burger&#039;s Bloviations Mon, 07 Sep 2009 15:24:12 -0700 DennisB 21223 at http://www.hemagazine.com The Beatles Stereo Remasters Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Beatles_stereo_remasters <p>Within half an hour of Tweeting the fact that I finally got my paws on the new stereo Beatles remasters this week, my email inbox was clogged with the same question repeated practically <em>ad infinitum</em>: “So... don’t leave me hanging. How do they sound?” The ellipses were often stretched to the point of abuse, and the question marks ranged from solitary to the obscene, but I read that exactly question so many times I almost started to have Tweet remorse</p> <p>Honestly, though, who doesn’t want to know how these discs sound? So I’ll cut to the chase and tell you all what I told them:</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Beatles_stereo_remasters">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Beatles_stereo_remasters#comments Movies/Music/Games Blogs Music Reviews Burger&#039;s Bloviations Fri, 04 Sep 2009 13:37:23 -0700 DennisB 21214 at http://www.hemagazine.com One o' These Days, Alice... http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/To_the_Moon <p>Forty years ago yesterday, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin sat on the tip of a big metal stick at the end of a massive explosion and pointed themselves toward the moon. Forty years ago this coming Monday, they arrived at their destination, kicked a little dirt, and said a few words we all know by heart, I'm sure. And to commemorate all of that exploding and dirt kicking and aphorism uttering, The Criterion Collection has released a new gussied up restored version of Al Reinert's seminal 1989 film <em>For All Mankind</em>. <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/To_the_Moon">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/To_the_Moon#comments Movies/Music/Games Blogs Blu-ray Disc Reviews Other Features Burger&#039;s Bloviations Fri, 17 Jul 2009 16:13:41 -0700 DennisB 21107 at http://www.hemagazine.com A Tale of Two Transformers http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Tale_of_Two_Transformers <p>It seems that the goal of the entertainment industry these days is to make me feel old. This fact first hit home for me a few years ago when Guns N' Roses' seminal <em>Appetite for Destruction </em>turned 20. It occurred to me, reflecting upon that fact, that as I terrorized the streets of my neighborhood during the summer of '87 in my beat-up old Camaro of Many Colors, pushing my newly acquired Learner's Permit to its limits, screaming &quot;Paradise City&quot; at the top of my lungs, <em>Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, </em>itself turning 20 that year, seemed like old fogies' music. Or, at least, I pretended to think of it as old fogies' music. But if &quot;A Day in the Life&quot; was oldies music then, what does that make &quot;Mr. Brownstone&quot; now? </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Tale_of_Two_Transformers">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Tale_of_Two_Transformers#comments Movies/Music/Games Blogs Other Features Burger&#039;s Bloviations Tue, 16 Jun 2009 10:38:45 -0700 DennisB 21050 at http://www.hemagazine.com Slacker Radio http://www.hemagazine.com/Slacker_Radio <p><strong>More Free Music</strong></p> <p>A few months ago I did a <a href="/Pandora" target="_blank" title="blog on Pandora">blog on Pandora</a>, the free online radio station. </p> <p>I was immediately deluged with emails about Slacker Radio, a similar service. So I gave it a try. As an inveterate music junky, the more places I can find new music, the better.</p> <p>Mini-review after the jump. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Slacker_Radio">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Slacker_Radio#comments Blogs Other Features Geoff&#039;s Blog Tue, 09 Jun 2009 15:04:45 -0700 geoffm 21038 at http://www.hemagazine.com Come On, Touch Me, Babe http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Pogo_iPhone_Stylus <p><strong>Our Resident Sasquatch Learns to Stop Worrying and Love the iPhone </strong></p> <p>The good news is that I don’t secretly loathe you anymore.</p> <p>Yes, you—you unapologetic iPhone users, walking around, flaunting your apps and your slick touchscreen interface. Yeah, I’ll admit it: I secretly loathed you, and not because I’m some anti-iPhone elitist or Luddite curmudgeon, but because I was jealous, plain and simple.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Pogo_iPhone_Stylus">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Pogo_iPhone_Stylus#comments Blogs Other Features Burger&#039;s Bloviations Fri, 08 May 2009 11:33:58 -0700 DennisB 20980 at http://www.hemagazine.com Why High-End Audio? http://www.hemagazine.com/Why_High-end_Audio <p><strong>Myths, Facts, and Self Doubt</strong></p> <p>Our friends over at Gizmodo recently did an &quot;Audio Week&quot; where they talked about all aspects of audio, from music to the <a href="http://i.gizmodo.com/5214792/giz-explains-the-difference-between-100--and-100000-speakers" target="_blank" title="Giz Explians the difference between 100 and 100,000 speakers">high-end</a>. </p> <p>Results were mixed, at least in reading the comments. It seems most people think high-end, or even &quot;decent&quot; audio is some kind of myth.</p> <p>The problem, as I see it, is all in the head. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Why_High-end_Audio">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Why_High-end_Audio#comments Blogs Other Features Geoff&#039;s Blog Wed, 22 Apr 2009 00:07:36 -0700 geoffm 20947 at http://www.hemagazine.com Bach in Color http://www.hemagazine.com/Bach <p>A friend of mine sent me a link to this video with nothing more than &quot;The most mezmorizing thing I've seen in a very long time.&quot;</p><p>I have to agree.</p><p>Video after the jump. <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Bach">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Bach#comments Blogs Other Features Geoff&#039;s Blog Tue, 14 Apr 2009 00:35:39 -0700 geoffm 20933 at http://www.hemagazine.com Pandora http://www.hemagazine.com/Pandora <p><strong>The greatest thing... ever.<br /></strong></p> <p>I admit, I'm way late to the party on this one. </p> <p>Still, if you haven't checked out Pandora, you really have to.</p> <p>Mini &quot;review&quot; after the jump.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Pandora">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Pandora#comments Movies/Music/Games Blogs Music Reviews Other Features Geoff&#039;s Blog Thu, 09 Apr 2009 00:01:01 -0700 geoffm 20927 at http://www.hemagazine.com Mother of All Funk Chords http://www.hemagazine.com/node/20870 <strong>YouTube Maestro Takes Mashup to New Heights</strong><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://thru-you.com/" target="blank">This</a> is, without question, the single greatest YouTube video I've ever seen.<br /> <br /> Click through to see. <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/20870">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/20870#comments Blogs Other Features Burger&#039;s Bloviations Fri, 13 Mar 2009 17:25:17 -0700 geoffm 20870 at http://www.hemagazine.com Who Isn’t Watching the Watchmen Movie? http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Watchmen_Movie <p><strong>I'm not, dammit!</strong></p> <p>I’m starting to feel like a nerd pariah.</p> <p> Seriously, I may well be the only geek in the ‘verse who isn’t even slightly interested in seeing <em>Watchmen </em>this weekend. Even my wife gets a gleam in her eye when we see the trailer, and she’s never read the comic!</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Watchmen_Movie">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Watchmen_Movie#comments Blogs Other Features Burger&#039;s Bloviations Thu, 05 Mar 2009 11:48:12 -0800 DennisB 20857 at http://www.hemagazine.com Where have all the plasmas gone? http://www.hemagazine.com/Future_of_Plasma <p><strong>Why has the once shining symbol of the future of TV almost completely disappeared from the landscape?</strong></p> <p>It seems like every TV manufacturer either makes or sells LCDs, but only a handful make plasmas anymore. </p> <p>With the departure of Pioneer from the market, what does that mean for the future of plasma?</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Future_of_Plasma">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Future_of_Plasma#comments Blogs Other Features Geoff&#039;s Blog Tue, 03 Mar 2009 00:23:36 -0800 geoffm 20846 at http://www.hemagazine.com The Incredible Shrinking PS3? http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Incredible_Shrinking_PS3 <p>A few months ago, the unthinkable happened: my PlayStation 3 went on the fritz. </p> <p>My first reaction, of course, was denial. <em>PS3s don’t break, do they? Who ever heard of such a thing? And mine gets plenty of open airflow. Maybe it’s just a glitch—some bug in the new firmware.</em></p> <p>A few days and a whole lot of spontaneous shutdowns later, it became obvious that I had on my hands the rarest of all birds—a Norwegian Blue PlayStation 3—so I hesitantly sent it in for repairs, all the while pleading with the techs at Sony to fix my precious machine.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Incredible_Shrinking_PS3">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Incredible_Shrinking_PS3#comments Blogs Other Features Burger&#039;s Bloviations Mon, 23 Feb 2009 09:54:11 -0800 DennisB 20832 at http://www.hemagazine.com 3D - White Elephant or Pipe Dream? http://www.hemagazine.com/3D <p><strong>3D<sup class="glossary-indicator" title="3D, so much more than 2D. 50% more, really..."><a href="/taxonomy/term/68" title="3D, so much more than 2D. 50% more, really..." class="glossary-indicator">i</a></sup> is getting a big push both at movie theaters and in TVs at home, but does anyone care? Should anyone care?<br /></strong></p> <p>I was a big fan of 3D. When I was 12. All those things zooming out from the screen made even <em>Captain Eo</em> watchable. </p> <p>But 3D has been &quot;just around the corner&quot; for years. Why aren't we any closer?</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/3D">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/3D#comments Blogs Other Features Geoff&#039;s Blog Fri, 20 Feb 2009 00:43:27 -0800 geoffm 20826 at http://www.hemagazine.com Fear & Loathing (and Peace & Relaxation) in Gameland http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Fear_and_Loathing_in_Gameland <p>I can think of exactly three things more peaceful and soothing than thatgamecompany’s new interactive toy/stress reliever, <em>Flower </em>(the spiritual, if not thematic, successor to <em>flOw</em>). </p> <p>The first is napping with my little boy in newly laundered sheets on a stormy Saturday. The second is that last fleeing moment of awareness right before succumbing to anesthesia—that faux-Zen state that would last oh-so-much longer in a fairer world...</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Fear_and_Loathing_in_Gameland">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Fear_and_Loathing_in_Gameland#comments Movies/Music/Games Blogs Other Features Burger&#039;s Bloviations Fri, 13 Feb 2009 16:05:18 -0800 DennisB 20810 at http://www.hemagazine.com