Engadget RSS Feed - Weekly Technology Technology TechnologyOne chip to rule them all? In the late a€™90s, out of all the players who showed up to the open mic at the Fast Folk Cafe, he was one of the very few who stood out and lasted. As a child, barely beyond his toddler years, Marc intuitively would sing songs around the house. Marca€™s brother, four years older, introduced him to a mix of things like Bob Marley, Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Eagles and The Beatles.
Hansmann used a standard Mel Bay system, teaching sight reading of melodic passages and chord formations at the same time with some music theory mixed in. After a year and a half, Marc came to class and confessed that he hadna€™t practiced that weeka€™s lesson. Before he got his first guitar, Marca€™s father actually rented a guitar for over a year for him to use. When he got to the eighth grade, he collaborated with other young musicians, finding a drummer and bass player. The music Marc was playing at the time was a mash-up of Beatles, Pink Floyd and Yes, who he also liked.
Late in his junior year of high school, Marc dropped out of the band and concentrated on solo guitar, preparing for a college music school. Marc applied to The Hartt School of Music, Dance and Theater in Hartford, Conn., The New School in Manhattan and the Ithaca College School of Music. Hea€™s still friends with the bassist of that college band, John DeCrescente, who played bass on Crash Boom Pow. For the first five years after getting out of school, Marc didna€™t care how he made money.
He did a stint in a cover band, which made money, but he found it wasna€™t getting nearer his goal of being an original solo artist. Around 1997-98 he wanted to start finding himself and performed solo at a number of venues including The Fast Folk Cafe open mic, where I first encountered him. Although he played a lot of rock music, he continued to expand his skills with the acoustic guitar, using it for his songwriting. Life took a quantum leap upward when Marc was asked to be a backup singer and guitarist for Rob Thomas, the lead singer for Matchbox 20. Crash Boom Pow fuses an intensity of rhythm and melody to create a groove that is impossible for the listener to ignore.
Marc likened a€?Who Are All These Peoplea€? to a€?Crash Boom Powa€? in its kaleidoscope of imagery. He always had that something extra, that power in the vocals, a sharpness in technique on guitar, an assuredness that rendered him memorable. His brother took a few guitar lessons but didna€™t like his teacher and didna€™t stick with it. At 13 he got an amplifier for Christmas so he bought an electric pickup for his acoustic guitar.
He got a distortion pedal and experimented with a€?throwbacka€? rock stuff, a lot of covers by a€™60s groups like Led Zeppelin.
Chords his guitar teacher taught him using the Mel Bay system would get used, perhaps by moving fret positions.
There were the typical college entrance requirements and, in addition, a music school audition to prepare for.
Marc was exposed to a student community that was eclectic, comprised of a mix of suburban, Midwestern and hippie types. He sang in choral and a cappella groups in college and got general advice on breathing from the choral director. One of them, McHale Barone, liked the sound and brought the band in to rearrange a Budweiser jingle, getting the Von Em sound on a€?This Buda€™s for You.a€? It premiered during the 2000 Superbowl broadcast and aired for two years. He also felt the desire to work solo tugging at him and had been mixing in solo gigs during that time.
Marc credits Hudson Valley performer Kathleen Pemble for turning him on to early childhood music. It seems to make use of everything in Marca€™s very deep toolbox and has the best examples of the vagaries of human interaction.
He got a distortion pedal and experimented withA  a€?throwbacka€? rock stuff, a lot of covers by a€™60s groups like Led Zeppelin.
He sang in choral and a cappella groups inA  college and got general advice on breathingA  from the choral director. It seems to make use of everything in Marca€™s very deep toolbox and has the best examples ofA  the vagaries of human interaction. Crossing 8th, in the crush of bodies around me, I feel someonea€™s toe against my left heel. His fathera€™s record collection included classical, blues and soul music, and that made an impact as well. Marc, who was burnt out on the mechanical repetition of exercises, was actually convinced he was going to quit and said so. Hea€™d find that certain changes would create similar sounds to the aforementioned groups, and hea€™d use them in his banda€™s material. During that time, Marc experimented with a wah-wah pedal and played around with progressive, blues and traditional progressions. On top of his natural ability, he finally took voice lessons in his late 20s, which helped with a€?placinga€? his voice, he said. He worked a variety of jobs, including as cashier in an A & P, and as a roofera€™s helper.
While Von Em had played to 500-1,000 concert-goers, the Rob Thomas tour was a whole other beast. The title track, a€?Crash Boom Pow,a€? conjures up cinematic imagery, but not so specific that it dictates a story line. Over a funky guitar line, hea€™s rapping: Did I say that Ia€™d spray you with mace?A  All I meant was I needed my personal spacea€¦ Ita€™s the very apropos track a€?Personal Spacea€? from his new CD Crash Boom Pow.
Images,snapshots,and pics often capture a sentiment,a mood,a feeling,or even an idea of a person who's at the center of attention. The strings on mine were so high off the fret board, I quit (much to my regret later) because my fingers hurt.
They played in a couple of bars to enthusiastic reception until the owners stopped it to avoid problems with under-age laws. The national touring acts that came through included the Spin Doctors, Blues Traveler and, early in its career, Phish. Carrying hundred-pound batches of shingles up long ladders was perilous, and protruding nails on stripped rooftops were hell on the flimsy shoes he wore. They toured the East Coast and opened for acts like The Mamas and the Papas and The Young Rascals. Marc laughingly agreed, joking that he might have thought, a€?I can buy FIVE falafels today!a€? He also wrote a jingle for HIP insurance and a few others.
At this point, Ia€™d been playing it for about three weeks, dropping into a groove each time. The national touring acts that came through includedA  the Spin Doctors, Blues Traveler and, early in its career, Phish. It presents a a€?collage of imagesa€? gathered from Marca€™s time in New York City.A  It allows listeners to have their own reactions and pictures.
Throughout the years,pictures has become one of the most popular ways to capture memorable moments. He developed a long-term friendly relationship with his teacher, Bob Hansmann, who still occasionally shows up at Marca€™s gigs.


They did a couple of a€?battle of the bandsa€? competitions in school a€” one each in his sophomore and junior years.
He remembers a course in sight reading where, in the final exam, the student was expected to see and play sharp and flat notes placed in odd places in a random test piece.
For larger, special-event, multi-band shows with groups such as No Doubt and The Black-Eyed Peas, sponsored by Z-100 fm, there were audiences of 30,000. His robust playing style leaves him particularly suited for ruminations on the fragmented human condition, especially that of New Yorkers. And certainly,for a tantamount of consumer and shoppers you cant put a price tag on family and holiday pics. I wanted to learn something cool like a€?Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.a€™a€? He told Hansmann about this. He continued learning from early Beatles albums like Rubber Soul, experimenting with chords and guitar runs. They also played at some block parties, outdoor flea markets, an Ossining fair and a birthday party. Unlike some of his classmates, Marc liked a movement class where the student had to clap and step in different rhythms, ingraining the music on a physical level. When they played Live 8 in Philadelphia, counting cable viewers, the audience was more than two million. Decades after the invention of the first camera, a large number of consumers and shoppers continue to take pics, in a hgh tech fashion. His stuff is not exactly folky, but ita€™s definitely wooden music and it sure generates excitement. Demonstrating an astute sense of timing, she fled Germany before the Nazi Holocaust could claim her. Hansmann told Marc, a€?It took a strong kid to hold out for a year and a half.a€? He immediately switched gears and prepared a blues song for Marc to learn and worked out a Beatles song as well. Marc wrote songs all through high school, though many were not suitable for the rock group he was in. His sense of rhythm is so strong that it would seem hea€™d have a real affinity for this class. Therea€™s a syncopation that captures the uneven nature of relationships and a minor key melody expressing a pessimism in outcomes.
Instead of the antiquated bulky cameras with huge lenses,consumers and shoppers frequently use SmartPhones and digital cameras to capture images and to take holiday pics. It breathed new life into Marca€™s dedication and he left feeling that he wanted to study and play music forever.
From family gatherings,to family picnics to traditional weddings to the holidays,consumers and shoppers often seize the opportunity at planned events and during the holidays for instance Thanksgiving and Christmas to take pictures of loved ones,family,friends and co workers. Then WFUVa€™s John Platt picked him for one of his monthly On Your Radar acts at the Living Room in New York City in August of this year.
I hadna€™t seen him in the flesh since the long-gone Fast Folk days, but we quickly got reacquainted before his set.
Coming down off of that high perch, though was necessary for Marc to realize his dream of being a creative solo act. Since founding csaccac Inc in 2010, as Founder and President,I fill many hats including Product Tester and photographer. The intensity of his guitar and vocal attack sold me and I offered him a cover feature on the spot.
And truthfully speaking,in the beginning I experienced some difficulty;however,after I purchased my first digital camera I began to feel comfortable and enjoy the ease of taking pics with a digital camera. Months after I purchased my first digital camera,I set my sights on a tripod, a universal stand to hold my digital camera. The main reason I purchased a tripod__ at the time, I wanted to create high quality self pics and group pics. Eventhough, I've had my tripod for some months,I am still learning the ins and outs of both my digital camera and tripod. Well,if you havent guessed or envisioned what the featured product for the month of November 2013 looks like or remotely even resembles __then as productor tester I guess I'll do the honors first__it's my tripod. Eventually, I wanted to find out what the craze had been all about and the reason that consumers seemed to ofA  been trading in personal computers for Tablets,_well, at least leaving them at home.
Ultimately, I placed online an order for a NookHD+ then opt to pick up the tech item from the store instead of waiting for it to be shipped to my place of residency.
AA  few weeks with the NookHD+, I was hooked_eventhough, IA  wasna€™t a fan of touchscreen only. And in all honesty, since the beginning of the Smart Phone craze, I had insisted upon that all of my primary tech gadgets used for work, research and blogging had to be equipped with a QWERTY keyboard. However, in this particular instance,The NookHD+, again, touchscreen only, I made an exception. As I continued to learn the ins and outs of my newly purchased NookHD+ , at the same time, I began to inquire about the accessories compatible with the tech gadget.
In doing so, I foundA  the tech item had a Stylus Pen specifically made to use with the NookHD+. Weeks later, I purchased a different kind of Stylus Pen , I noticed while standing atA  the checkout counter at Walgreens,pictured next to this article is that Stylus Pen.
Quite astonishing the Stylus Pen worked wellA  with both of my tech gadgets ( Smart Phone & Tablet). A frequent question a tantamount of consumers and shoppers find themselves entertaining especially during the holidays when manufacturers and retailers offer what they consider to be great deals and bargains.
After giving the device a run for its money as well as a brief critique of the various apps and functions,I stated in my review of the Nook HD+ how pleased I was with the tech gadget. Further into the critique, I also commented that I was soooo pleased with the tech gadget that I wanted to protect my investment. Based on my income and budget,I considered the purchase of the Nook HD+ to be a major purchase of the year. Shortly after, I purchased the Nook HD+,I began to look at the recommended accessories for the tech gadget. Eventually, after I and my Nook HD+ survived the return and exchange 14 day trial period,I chose to protect my investment with a Nook HD+ cover.
As I began to search and think of different items that could be the product of the month for September,I began to heavily weigh in on August's product of the month,the Nook HD+cover. Hours later,I arrived to the assertion that there's more than one way to protect your investment. With the assertion___, there's more than one way to protect your investment, I made the final choice to make Smart Phone covers as the product of the month for September. Furthermore, within the past five years,Ive purchased several Smart Phones from Virgin Mobile.
To be truthful, I've even purchased Smart Phone insurance,a good choice because a few months later my Smart Phone had an accident.
Despite all of the stuff I tried, sampled, tasted and tested during the recent months, as a result of a long review and critique besides from featuring the Smart Phone as a product of the month,I began to think of the different ways Ia€™ve used to protect my Smart Phone as an alternative product of the month. For instance,Smart Phone insurance has been one the ways I protect my investment from unexpected accidents. Ostensibly, there's more than one way to protect your Smart Phone from accidents such as, for example, you accidentally drop and break your Smart Phone or in some weird, odd, freak accident as you rush out the door you accidentally step on your Smart Phone or heaven forbids the same thing happens to you that happen to me, a few months ago, I dropped my Smart Phone in the toilet. Without a question, eschewing further debate, Smart Phone insurance is a great investment for consumers and shoppers who use their Smart Phone daily and for work. Best of all, Smart Phone insurance usually saves the consumer from digging deep into their pockets.
So, what about before those mishaps and accidents, if you havena€™t figured it out__ there's more than one way to protect your investment.


Even though, at first, I might of skipped over protecting my investments, I am more open to the idea of investing and protecting my major purchases.
Here's an example of what I am talking about, I currently have several Smart Phone covers to protect my Smart Phone from breakage, moisture, and malfunctioning. Varying in price,color,size and shape, most of today's Smart Phone manufacturers and retailers offer to consumers and shoppers Smart Phone covers as an accessory. From passwords, to anti-theft apps, to screen locks and codes, there's more than one way to protect your investment.
Regardless of the price, and hopefully it is within your budget, a true frugal savvy shopper knows the importance of protecting their investment. Above everything else,both I and my Nook HD+ survived the return and exchange process,quite remarkable,I even have the receipt to prove it. Unlike sooo manyA  items, I ve returned and exchanged in the past,__it,meaning my Nook HD+ survived the fourteenth days as printed on the receipt. A business practice that's part of Barnes and Noble store policy that allows customers fourteen days to return an item. In short,the 14th day, adhering to store policy was the final day that I couldA  actually return my Nook HD+ and get cash back. It goes without saying ,I readA  the instructions,totally unavoidable with a new tech gadget,as well as,downloaded apps,and,uploaded wallpapers.
Not quite sure,on the day I purchased my Nook HD+__ifA  in fact, I would be satisfied with my purchase,I chose at the time not to purchase any kind of accessories.
As it turns out,I was soooo pleased with my purchase of the Nook HD+,I wanted to protect my investments.
It doesnt matter if you're on lunch break,on a mini vacation,at a webinar or conference,filling out an online report or having to send emails can be a hassle if you don't have a wifi connection,a Broadband device is just one of the many tech gadgets that consumers and shoppers frequently use to get an internet connection.
Constantly,on the go,I wanted to have access to wifiA  while away from my place of residency. Because,I perform an arrary task that frequently requires wifi access ,I purchased a Broadband to Go device from Virgin Mobile.
Egregiously,as a Virgin Mobile customer and fan,I live by Virgin Mobile products except in the case of Virgin Mobile wifi devices. Recently,I purchased Virgin Mobile's MiFi 2200 to conciliate my worries about not being able to access wifi home.
Aside from very slow internet speed,the device could only connect to one tech gadget and,the 3G USB plug n play stick broke too easily. Affordable,great to have on hand for shopping emergencies,the latest in recycling,a recyclable tote makes shopping less of a hassle.
Ditching the old biodegradeable plastic bags for a recyclable tote,it's a smart move and a great investment for frugal,savvy,and environmentally conscious consumers and shoppers.Available in most local chain stores and at grocery stores,recyclable totes are becoming the better choice than leaving stores with the traditional biodegradeable plastic bag. Part of a movement to get consumers and shoppers involved in recycling and to think about going green,consumers and shoppers now have the option of trading in those plastic bags for a recyclable tote.
A frequent shopper,I usually purchase a couple of recyclable totes to hold store purchases and other stuff.
Eventhough,I like having the choice to purchase a recyclable tote,I havent completely stop using biodegradeable plastic bags.
However,I have to point out the fact that when a consumer and shoppers purchase a recyclable tote they're not limited to using the tote only in that store,that's why they're called recyclable totes because they can be used more than once. In fact, most recycable totes last for more than a week,I should know because I still have a few leftover from the previous month.
A great deal,a really good find,a price you wont find anywhere else,and the best price among competitors,I love a great sale and I love rewards for shopping. Savings and Rewards,for most consumers and shoppers,it's all about getting the best price for items purchase daily.
From household supplies to groceries,anyone who shops frequently knows consumers and shoppers love a really good sale_,the economic recession of 2008 could be the culprit. In fact,since the 2008 economic recession savings and rewards has become extremely important to American families on a budget.
For many American consumers and shoppers,the unexpected downturn of the American economy caused a disruption in their daily activies thus forcing consumer and shoppers to rethink the way they shop and how they shop.
As a frequent shopper and consumer,I am constantly looking for a great deal and sales on items I purchase regularly,mainly because I do live on a strict budget. Admittedly,after the 2008 economic recession,I rediscovered coupons,and began clipping coupons frequently.
In addition to clipping coupons,I also began to check sale ads at home and at the door of stores before shopping. Along with making a shopping list,clipping coupons at home,checking sale ads at the door and comparing prices,these days one of the best ways to save and get the best deals,I feel without a question has to be with a savings and reward card.
And speaking honestly, a savings and rewards card from your local chain store should be a consumer or shoppers BF(bestie). A must have for consumers and shoppers who seriously want to save,a savings and rewards card. Throughout the years, my experience with last minute shopping in most instances was not too pleasant. Admittedly,I empathize as well as concur with consumers who express sentiments that last minute shopping makes the shopper(consumer) feel uncomfortable and forlorn with the just thought of buying a gift at the last minute. Often tight on funds to purchase a gift ahead of time,last minute shopping for an overwhelmed consumer with a limited budget could cause the consumer to be late and in some instance not to attend the event or special function. Subsequently, over the years, I have come to realize that last minute shopping it's not the best of fun. As a result, I definitely would not recommend last minute shopping to a consumer as a shopping tip. Unequivocally, shopping for special events and functions such as finding an appropriate could take several visits different stores. Finding the appropriate could mean spending an entire day in a Hallmark store reading cards, it could also mean spending all day on the phone with friend or relatives discussing gift registry,preferences,stores,likes and dislike of the recipient. Ostensibly,the older you get the adults in your life expect two things from you one not to embarrass them in public and two if you don't have a gift to bring at least show up at special functions on time. Indeed, an earnest shopper as well as a meticulous shopper knows finding the right gift or card for a special function could require hours of shopping and visiting different stores. Shopping done precipitously could result in purchasing the wrong size,color, or something way out in left field. Don't wait until the last minute to shop for a party,baby showers,bachelorette bash,birthdays,holidays ,and anniversaries avoid uncomfortableness and the feeling of being inadequate,plan the week before. On certain days, I have even shopped the day of the event that often leaves me feeling embarrassed ashamed, and guilty about my finances even worse depress. Incontrovertibly,last minute shopping in many instances could causes the consumer to become distraught,exasperated, and disconcerted not surprisingly all the emotions take away from the planned day. What's more important being punctilious for the planned event or arriving with a hand picked gift for the recipient or recipients? Ultimately,the answer remains with the shopper (consumer) The answer should be non bias and based on the event as well as the recipient and not the shoppers wallet . The meticulous consumer that normally keeps track of birthdays, holidays,and anniversaries with calendars,through emails,P DA's ,Smart phones and other tech savvy gadgets of courses would not necessarily share the same feelings of a last minute shopper .



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