"Rockonomics: A Backstage Tour About What the Music Industry can Teach us About Economics and Life" by Alan B. Krueger

Quick Book Review: “Rockonomics: A Backstage Tour About What the Music Industry can Teach us About Economics and Life” by Alan B. Krueger

I’m a huge music fan, but I’ve never thought much about the music industry and how it actually works: who makes the money, how they make it, and how much they actually make.  This book was loaded with interesting facts about the music business and how it has radically changed over the past few years.  Rock musicians used to make…

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Camera-Phone Photography – Moment’s Telephoto 58mm Lens: Unboxing and Review

Moment is a company that makes photography and video equipment, including lenses that attach to camera phones, allowing you to step up your mobile photography game.  I’ve written blog posts about their fisheye, macro, and anamorphic lens recently.  About two weeks ago, I bought a fourth lens of theirs, the telephoto.   Like their other lenses, it came nicely packaged, with…

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Camera-Phone Photography – Moment’s Anamorphic Lens: Unboxing and Review

I’ve become obsessed with Moment lenses.  I’ve stepped up my photography game in recent years, and with the iPhone cameras being of such high quality these days, I’ve elected to limit my photography solely to the iPhone.   Moment is a company that manufactures photography and video equipment, including lenses specially designed for the iPhone.  You have to buy an specially-designed…

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Camera-Phone Photography – Moment’s 14mm 170º Fisheye Lens: Unboxing and Review

One of the great joys of retirement is to be able to pursue interests that you’ve always had to put on the back burner.  I’ve always liked and have had a great appreciation for photography, but all of the technical details – ISO, shutter speeds, aperture, f-stop, the different lenses, etc. – made my head spin.  It felt to me…

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"Wild and Crazy Guys: How the Comedy Mavericks of the '80s Changed Hollywood Forever" by Nick De Semlyen

Quick Book Review: “Wild and Crazy Guys: How the Comedy Mavericks of the ’80s Changed Hollywood Forever” by Nick De Semlyen

I’ve always been a fan of comedy, and the 1980s were a golden age.  This is a well-researched book about many of the groundbreaking comedians of the era, and how they made the transition from television to film, changing the face of cinematic comedy forever.  Filled with juicy stories about Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, John Candy,…

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