The Nightowl Radio Show playlist for December 2, 2022

The following is a playlist for the broadcast of the Nightowl Radio Show, a one-hour college radio show on station WHCL-FM.  The show can be streamed tonight at 7:00 p.m. Eastern at whcl.org. Tonight’s show features a “Sample Example” of a 1950’s Italian song that became a millennial hip-hop hit, and the return of the…

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Candlepin bowling and a 1980’s computer program.

During my freshman year at Hamilton College, I spent most of my free time at the college’s computer center (well, aside from class time and radio station time). The Hamilton College Computer Center in 1982 consisted of several standalone desktop terminals known as TERAK computers. Software existed on 8″ floppy discs that held about 12…

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1970’s Saturday morning cartoons that have not … aged … well.

I’ve blogged about Saturday morning cartoons before. Many times, actually. If you had the opportunity on a Saturday morning to get up early, fix yourself a bowl of Sugar Smacks and plop your 7-year-old tuchus in front of the television for 5 1/2 hours until your folks got out of bed and told you to…

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Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Chase, 2022 Edition – DAY 3: The Surprise at Port Henry

This was the final day of my train chase. I had a fantastic time on Day 1 in Quebec; I made the most of a rainy situation on Day 2 in Albany. Now comes the hard one. A Day 3 chase from Saratoga Springs to as far north as I could comfortably travel. With surprises…

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Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Chase, 2022 Edition – DAY 2: Albany in the Rain

The plan was to capture the Holiday Train as it passed the old Delaware and Hudson structure (the SUNY Administration building). It’s a popular shot for local train-chasing photographers, and I thought I had the perfect spot. Well, I did. What I didn’t have was perfect weather. Let me put it this way. It was…

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Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Chase, 2022 Edition – DAY 1: Welcome to Quebec

Three years. I’ve waited three freakin’ years for this moment. I survived a broken ankle. I survived the pandemic. But I’ve waited, and waited, and waited. Patiently, mind you. Very, very patiently. Because this is the weekend. The weekend when that big, illuminated freight train with its traveling concert of Christmas music chugs through North…

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What’s Up in the Neighborhood, November 26 2022

By the time you get around to reading this, most likely I’ll be on my way to Canada for the first day of my three-day Canadian Pacific Holiday Train chase. But before I head off to the Great White North, I made sure that the blogroll recap for this week was complete. Because I’m that…

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The Nightowl Radio Show playlist for November 25, 2022

The following is a playlist for the broadcast of the Nightowl Radio Show, a one-hour college radio show on station WHCL-FM.  The show can be streamed tonight at 7:00 p.m. Eastern at whcl.org. Tonight’s show features a “Sample Example” of how an 1860’s folk song turned into a 1970’s double-entendre sing-along, as well as some…

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So I’m not driving for Equinox this year … but it’s not for the reason you think it is.

For the past two decades, my Thanksgiving holiday tradition – between eating turkey dinner and watching non-Steelers football games – includes bringing turkey dinners to those in need. In other words, I’m a driver for the local Equinox Thanksgiving Day charity. Years ago, I would queue at the Empire State Plaza with hundreds of other…

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Revisiting Iverhill this Christmastime.

Iverhill is a small logging town in the Adirondack Mountains. The best way to reach Iverhill is to drive up the Northway until you smell sweet pine needles, then take the next exit. Iverhill is the basis for a collection of short stories and novels. I started writing the Iverhill cycle in college, as part…

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