• Try these wonderful ways for grandparents to spend terrific time with grandkids.

    "What do you wanna do? I dunno -- what do you wanna do?" These words are all too familiar between grandparents and grandkids looking to spend time together. The goal is to really spend time together: talking, relating, sharing unique life adventures. After all, grandparents have so much wisdom to offer. And kids, well, grandparents never experienced being a kid in this millennium, so the youger generation has something to share, too. If you're in San Diego or Southern California, try these fun ideas. If you're somewhere else, look for similar opportunities in your town (or come visit San Diego).

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  • RV and TV are a fun combination

    A motor home or travel trailer can be outfitted to watch TV on the road.

    The primary RV activity is seeing the world. But every adventure needs some downtime. Sometimes, it's nice to kick back and see what's on television. Virtually every modern RV has one or more TVs. But the best way to receive live TV programming can be puzzling, because there are several options, and quite a bit of money can be spent only to be disappointed at the outcome.

    There are several factors to consider. Your best choice is where the factors intersect -- FOR YOU.

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  • Scenic Kanab, Utah

    Location of hundreds of movies and TV shows, this small town with big scenery has earned the titles Little Hollywood and Dog Town.

    Kanab, Utah is a beautiful region 6 miles north of the Arizona border. Known for dramatic red-rock bluffs, deep canyons and beautiful rivers, it's easy to see why Hollywood showed up in 1924, and hasn't left.

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  • Hairy Tale Film Crew sign

    A movie production crew takes over my street.

    Ahh, the glamor of Hollywood, the excitement of film-making... Unless the movie crew has filled up your street and you just want to get home! It happened in my neighborhood (again). Here's a report. San Diego might not be known as a hotbed of film production, but one day the one block street leading to my house once again filled with movie-making trucks, equipment, people and even actors who aren't people.
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  • Young Voters For The President pin

    How I spent a week immersed in politics -- and rock 'n' roll.

    How did a young San Francisco radio station DJ go to Washington, sit in the President's chair in the White House Oval Office, then play rock 'n' roll piano with a dozen legendary performers?

    It all happened to ME -- one October week in 1972, and especially one amazing night. Here's my Boomer Years experience.

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  • The 39 Steps - title shot of classic movie

    New films feel new, old films feel old. But why? There's a scientific explanation.

    It's more than black-and-white vs. color, standard screen vs. widescreen, classical music vs. rock soundtrack. There's something else that makes films of yesteryear feel very different than modern films -- something about the rhythm and texture. But what?

    New research suggests that modern movies are more engrossing — we get "lost" in them more readily — because the universe’s natural rhythm is driving the mind. Really.

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  • Julie Christie

    Two movies give us revealing looks at Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

    "Away From Her" stars Julie Christie and Olympia Dukakis.

    "The Savages" stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney.

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  • Highway Patrol TV show title shot

    21-50 to Headquarters: The classic cop show is back on the air. Here's how to watch it.

    Mention "Highway Patrol" to anyone who grew up watching TV in the 1950s or 1960s, and chances are the immediate response is "10-4". Starring academy award winner Broderick Crawford as Dan Mathews, the gruff, intense chief of a state police force, Highway Patrol was produced from 1955 to 1959, rerun endlessly in the 1960s and 1970s, and popular in 71 countries.

    The classic Highway Patrol image is fedora-topped Dan Mathews leaning against a black and white patrol car, holding a radio mic, barking "21-50 to headquarters!". The invariable response is "Headquarters by" (standing by). Radio code "10-4", sirens, and guns are sure to follow. Highway Patrol is fondly remembered because it is, well, unforgettable -- different, compelling, fascinating, and a TV pioneer.

    Highway Patrol is no longer just memories -- it is back on the air across the U.S.A. See the end of this article for details.

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  • Sound the way you like it!

    J. River Media Center and a compressor plugin provide the music sound you've always wanted.

    It's obvious that music played on the radio sounds different than when you play the same music from a CD or download. Radio station music is stronger, fuller, more consistent, more powerful. And it flows smoothly (segues) from song to song. The affect can be magical. After first getting to know a song on the radio, it's often disappointing to hear it directly from CD or download; the music feels weak, lethargic, empty.

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  • NCIS mobile truck prop

    Hollywood locations of NCIS, CSI, 24, The Mentalist, Star Trek, The Unit, and more... 

    Hollywood movies and TV shows are almost never filmed in the real Hollywood, a neighborhood of the City of Los Angeles. Some studios used to be there, but many years ago most production companies moved to other parts of the greater "LA" area. This is why tourists who go to the corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Vine St. rarely see anything interesting. But I do, because I know where to look.

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  • Tips to make your Garage Band a success

    Whether you have been in a garage band for several years or just a few days, it's a group effort, which isn't always easy. In years of playing, I've learned tips and tricks that all members of the Band should adopt to make it work and get along.

    Here are some recommendations for garage band harmony:

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