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Fredericksburg father and son look at CES as animator, blogger

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Every January, Fredericksburg physician and cartoonist Steven Mussey

keeps telling himself this International Consumer Electronics Show in

Las Vegas will be his last. It’s one New Year’s resolution that’s proving tough to keep.

CES, which is put on by the Consumer Electronics Assocation, an

industry standards and trade organization based in Arlington. is a

madhouse that always attracts well than 100,000 visitors from around

the world.

It involves long hours of walking many miles to, from

and through enormous exhibit halls and long lines for buses, monorail

trains and cabs.

He said his legs were aching from all the walking during the show.
But Mussey is fascinated by gadgets and loves getting the first

glimpse of new trends in technology. So do his son Andrew and daughter

Emily.Andrew, a software engineer, is also a blogger who has been reporting

on CES live at. with some contributions from

his father. Steven has done satirical YouTube cartoons on the show for

years at

This year’s event ends Saturday.

Biggest CES trends of 2013.

Steven admits he may be becoming a little jaded after attending a

number of shows, but found this one a bit disappointing. In an email

this week, he said crowds at the Las Vegas Convention Center continue

to be “crushing,” but this year’s show has been “less interesting” than

past ones.

“As a whole, looking at the bigger companies, there is one theme,” he

wrote. “The big players: LG, Sony, Samsung, etc. seemed to have taken

carbon copies of each others presentations: TV, stove, washer/drier,

refrigerator etc. will be smart and connect to your phone, while also

reading your mind to predict what you want… as long as all of your

appliances and devices are made by our one company.”

Steven said this year daughter Emily, a freshman at the Commonwealth

Governor’s School at Stafford High School, was able to fly out to Las

Vegas briefly and see a little of CES and write a blog post.

Sharing it with his son and daughter could keep him coming back for