Wild Idea Gets Some Traction: 'Personal Movie Place'

A while back on one of my runs I had this 'wild' idea that centered around a geographical social networking site that linked movie buffs to each other by enabling them to come together and watch movies that they were very passionate about in a high-end but personal cinema environment.

One of the high-level use cases was:

Sandra goes online to mypersonalmovieplace.com and signs up to "host" her favorite movie "Blade Runner" on Friday night at 8 p.m.  Other fans of "Blade Runner" in her area would be notified and then they could reserve their spots in the 10-20 seat mini-theater.  Once some minimum is met, the room is reserved, and confirmations are sent out.

This movie establishment could have 10-20 of these mini theaters in standard footprint.  The scheduling and collaboration software would be the core glue to bring it all together.  I by no means think something like this is easy to do, the legal issues are probably enough to make most people go crazy.  But when I talk to folks about it, I always get a generally favorable response.

Well ... this idea has some traction no thanks to me.  Mark Cuban and his excellent team at Landmark Theatres is doing something similar at their $20 million multiplex in West LA near Beverly Hills.

They call their rooms - Living Rooms - where a few dozen people can watch a movie in their own personal screen room with access to bar, food, concierge services, and other treats.  The tickets per seat are $11.  There are also plans for slightly bigger rooms like for 60 people that would rent out for $1500 a show.

There is no indication that you can order up the movie of your choice, but I'm sure that is something that would be doable.

The source of the information for Mark Cuban's effort was from an article in the Union-Tribune published on July 22, 2007.

If you like this idea, please feel free to use it (it is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 License).  You do have to compete with the likes of Mark Cuban.  Good luck with that.


Brewery Recommendation: Mad Anthony in Warsaw, Indiana

I am working through my stack of stuff to blog about and I am up to my endorsement of a great brewery in the Warsaw, Indiana area:

Mad Anthony's Lake City Tap House

113 East Center Street, Warsaw, Indiana 46580

574-268-2537

www.madbrew.com

We had a great dinner there, amazing microbrews, and a great cover band called The Fabulous Rhythm Kids was on stage for several hours. They played some very good rock and blues covers.


Dinner Recommendation - Romesco, Bonita, CA

Christy and I were very lucky to receive a $100 gift certificate in the mail a couple of weeks ago thanks to the fine folks at RSVP San Diego.

The gift certificate was for Romesco Baja Med Bistro in Bonita, CA. 

Other than Google maps giving is bad directions because of construction, the evening was fabulous.

The bistro is located in a shopping center right across the street from the municipal golf course, but once you get into Romesco you easily forget that.  The interior style is very much like a French bistro and the atmosphere was relaxing.

The following items are all highly recommended: Ajillo Gulf Shrimp, Savervos Baby Spanich Salad, Giuseppis Napolitana, and Lasagna.  We also had Creme Brulee for dessert, and the wine for dinner was a Gewurztraminer from the Russian River area in Northern California.

We highly recommend Romesco Baja Med Bistro!


Warning: Stone 10th Aniversary India Pale Ale

Merry Christmas!

I have a warning for all micro-brew fans.  If you happen to try the Stone 10th Anniversary India Pale Ale it is highly recommended that you read the fine print at the bottom of the bottle.  Specifically the acknowledgment that it is 10% ALC/VOL.

We got home from Christmas Eve church services, and had a light dinner before watching Funniest Home Videos and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition with the family.  And I was still a little loopy by 9:30 p.m. while we were making final presents under the Christmas tree  preparations.

It is a great India Pale Ale.  I highly recommend it. ;-)


Two Great Food Recommendations for Washington DC Area

I had two great dinners at two very good restaurant during my recent business trip to Washington DC:

I had the four cheese ravioli at San Vitos which was very cheesy and had a great sauce.  And I had the bison meatloaf at the Montana Grill which was very flavorful.

I highly recommend both places.


Recommended - Hersehey Felder as George Gershwin Alone

Christy and I got to have dinner last night at our favorite Chinese food restaurant Szechwan Mandarin (San Diego), and see The Old Globe's production of Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone.  It was great!  Mr. Felder is extremely talented and passionate about his work.  It runs through Oct. 22, 2006.

I noticed on Archive.org a few George Gershwin works available for sampling.  Also this 'official site' has a great deal of content, and Wikipedia is a good source also.

[SDH - Archive.org search seems a little unresponsive at the time of this post.]


QuadPolar #002 - Hacking, Vinyl, Artwork, & Food

QuadPolar #002 ... links for you and me:

  1. Crosley Radio Specials: radio and turntables with support for CDs and tapes. {Crosley@Amazon}
  2. Military artwork by Charles Waterhouse
  3. Hack-A-Day notes that Metasploit is now running on the Linksys WRTSL54GS.
  4. 'Tech' Food Conference (25Jun06 via Wired)

Why?

  1. I'm looking to move some vinyl to digital format, and I'd also like to listen to some vinyl directly from time to time, especially Frankie Valli and The 4 Seasons plus I still have a pretty good size catalog of 80's music on vinyl and tape.
  2. This is interesting for a yet-to-be-announced new project.
  3. Just plain technically cool.
  4. Food and technology are independently interesting to me, together they seem even more interesting.

Survived the DC Trip - Theodore Roosevelt Island, Beer Recommendation, & W.E.B. Griffin

I managed to survive and still have a good time on my recent business trip to Washington DC (the way back was DCA to Dallas to SAN). 

One of the main reasons I had a good time, was that I managed to sneak in three great runs in the Rossyln area of Virgina. One of the better ones included an exploration of Theodore Roosevelt Island which is part of the George Washington Memorial Parkway that is operated by the Virgina Turkey Run Park.

I'm also going to have to recommend the following beers:

Lastly, I have to admit I'm becoming a fan of "reading fiction books" while in transit, vice pulling out the work Tablet PC or the personal iBook or a tech journal.  Right now, I am busy quickly turning pages of W.E.B. Griffen's By Order Of The President.  This is my first Griffen book (definitely not my last Griffen book). I had heard his name before, but never got introduced until I listened to his recent podcast at Pritzker Military Library.


Summary of Our New York City Trip

Thursday (4/6):

Friday (4/7):

Saturday (4/8):

  • Rainy day in NYC :-(
  • Some shopping in Midtown
  • Meeting up with Christy's high-school friend Judy:
    • Dinner in SoHo at Ino (excellent food & wine!)
    • Drinks in SoHo at The Room with (spotted Mike Myers drinking a hefeweizen - no picture though because he is paparazzi-savvy and he expertly dodged our 'staged' tourist picture attempt)

Sunday (4/9):

Monday (4/10):

Tuesday (4/11):

Wednesday (4/12):

Thursday (4/13):

  • Last minute gift purchasing
  • Fly from LGA to DEN to SAN (ran into a co-worker at LGA's security screening who was in NYC with her daughter for Spring Break)