The Movie Diary

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May 10, 2017

Game on

By Dom Cioffi

On Dec. 19, 2006, a young Swedish high school student named Felix Kjellberg registered a YouTube channel, uploading occasional short videos not unlike thousands of other early users. His interest was sporadic and purely for fun and entertainment; he never dreamed he…

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May 3, 2017

Living out loud

By Dom Cioffi

The moment is burned into my mind: It occurred around 2007 on a weekend when my niece was home from college.

I had read several recent news stories about a young tech company called Facebook. The organization had developed a social networking…

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April 26, 2017

Diamond in the rough

By Dom Cioffi

I was in Nashville, Tenn., this past week for a marketing conference. This was my first trip to the country metropolis known as “Music City.” And while I spent most of my day attending lectures and workshops with my 20-something coworker, I…

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April 19, 2017

Life in the Fast Lane

By Dom Cioffi

I took my family to the ocean this past weekend for a birthday celebration. This needed to be a bigger-than-normal event since my son was officially transferring into the realm of a teenager. The plan was to soak up some sun, play…

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April 12, 2017

Information Overload

By Dom Cioffi 

Throughout my school days (elementary through college), I rarely stepped foot into a library. Sure, I wandered in whenever I had a book report due or needed to research something, but other than that, I avoided the institution like the plague.  To…

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April 5, 2017

I fought the law, and the law won

By Dom Cioffi

Nearly 35 years ago, on the day after I received my driver’s license, I drove to my girlfriend’s house and parked out front. After hanging around inside for a couple hours, I returned to my car and found a ticket slid between…

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March 29, 2017

Signs of life

By Dom Cioffi

I’ve had several people ask me if my outlook on life has changed since my recent cancer scare. I suppose it’s a valid question. We all face the quandary of mortality, but under the auspice of a life-threatening diagnosis, forming (or reforming)…

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March 22, 2017

Feeding the Joneses

By Dom Cioffi

At the end of last summer, just as the school year was beginning, I executed my son’s Xbox. I had been warning him for weeks that this scenario might unfold if he didn’t show some restraint with his burgeoning gaming addiction. But…

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March 16, 2017

Finding the zone

By Dom Cioffi

I’m at a bit of a crossroads with my son. He’s on the verge of turning into a teenager and with that transition he’s displaying many of the negative traits associated with the age. Lately he’s been on this kick where he…

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March 8, 2017

Present and accounted for

By Dom Cioffi

Does the name Andy Whitfield ring a bell? Unless you’re 35 or younger and a frequent attendee at Comic-Con, probably not. Born in Wales in 1971, Whitfield initially studied to become an engineer, and at the age of 28, moved to Sydney,…