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Dick DeBartolo, MAD's Maddest Writer, and co-host of The Giz Wiz at GizWiz.TV, The Giz Wiz on ABC's World News Now, Tech Guy Labs on TWiT and on Computer America. But wait, there's More »

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    Dick's Blog & Log...

    Here's stuff that's more than 140 characters so it won't fit on TWITTER, or photos or videos, stuff that I found interesting, and hope you might find it interesting too.



    Comic Con 2016 & DC Entertainment Has It's Annual Ferslugginer Fun Fest.

    Tom Richmond, DickDe, Ryan Flanders. Behind us, Dave Croatto, and hardly visible, the way he likes it, Jacob Lambert. And below, (most of) the special drink menu for the ferslugginer DC Entertainment bash.

    I had a couple of "Alfred E. Neuman's", followed by "The Lighter Side" beer chaser, then I folded-in. This special menu is a one-night-only thing.  



    Who shoots all those Giz Wiz Videos?

    The number of videos shot for the Giz Wiz Show, our YouTube Channel and even World News Now have passed the 260 mark. Almost all of them have been shot by Dennis Wunderlin. Dennis not only designed the Giz Wiz logo, but he also roams the aisles at trade shows looking for gadgets for The Giz Wiz to use on his ABC News spots, the Giz Wiz Show, The Tech Guy Radio spots, and Computer America. He's done a couple of reviews of his own, but he prefer to remain behind the camera. 

    The Giz Wiz video channel:

    In addition to shooting great videos, Dennis is a commercial artist for Metro Creative Graphics. He also does other freelance art. You can sample of his work at this website.

    Dennis Wunderlin's Website:


    The 6th Annual Giz Wiz Meet-Up is October 2nd & OMGchad is flying in to join us!

    The 6th Annual Meet-Up takes place Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 from 2 to 4 PM.  

    OMGChad is flying in from Dallas to attend so it will be a super meet-up!!! It's at the same great place as all the other meet-ups, 

    Friends, Fun, Match Game questions, prizes too! It's all free, but we'd like to know if you're coming so we can save the proper amount of space. Just send an email to and put "Meet-Up" in the subject line. If you're bringing guests, "Meet-Up +2" or whatever number of guests. Hope to see you there. Come early and treat yourself to breakfast, or stay late and treat yourself to dinner. Food is great and priced right. Menus are on the Boat Basin Cafe website. Great location too, overlooking the Hudson River. (And my little work boat.)

    Thanks to Joe Bolanos for the great photo. Who knew so many people would grow mustaches for the event!

    One meet-up happened to fall on my birthday. Long time Giz Wiz fan Beckee was kind enough to bring Kazoos for all, so I had my own 'Kazoo Band' Happy Birthday. It's at the link below. Don't worry, it just lasts one minute!

    And TWiT's (and Giz Fiz director) Alex Gumpel (red jacket back row right) has come in for two of the meet-ups. Will he be there for the 2016 meet-up? Hmmm.... Come and be surprised with the rest of us.

    The Kazoo Birthday Song:

    Hope you can make it October 2nd, 2016. 


    Who shoots those Giz Wiz Videos & much of my ABC WNN b-roll?

    Dennis Wunderlin does that. (He's already shot more than 300 videos for various Giz Wiz appearances!) And I know you're asking: "What's b-roll?" That's the video we use on World News Now when the gadget we're talking about has a demo that can't take place in the studio. For example we needed b-roll when we field-tested the Fugoo Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker. I dropped it in the Hudson River as the engine on my boat ran at full bore making waves, while Dennis shot the video of it still playing! (More info is at

    Dennis also shoots all the videos for The Giz Wiz Show on TWiT. (This Week in Tech.) Although his videos are downloaded via iTunes over 20,000 times a week as part of my Giz Wiz show on TWiT, we also put a few a on YouTube as a stand alone videos. We recently added a green screen to our recording abilities at Gizneyland Studios, but if you want to own a green screen, here's a fun video of a device we found at Pepcom, the Jakks Pacific Selfie Booth! It has it's own built in green screen so you can be 'anywhere' digitally! You can find the Selife Booth at Target. Adult size is about $60 and a smaller kid's version is in th $30-$35 range.

    Giz Wiz Video: 

    And I have my own YouTube Channel with hundreds of Dennis' Videos:


    PLEASE! No more Star Wars talk. - A Giz Wiz Holiday Message.

    Let's concentrate on the importance of the holidays.

    Yes, it's the time of year when kids are so excited that The Force Awakens them early Christmas morning. Most will like love want gifts they receive, but a few will not like anything and throw a tauntaun.

    Some folks will stay close to home while others will travel to a galaxy far, far away often on jet-eye night flights.

    But once they arrive, it's time for drinking eggnog and making Wookie. For many the main event takes place on December twenty-fifth, but then it's all over on December twenty-sith.

    Through it all, keep it light and airy, or to put it another way: “May the Froth Be With You.” 

    Happy holidays.