You mean those spots AREN’T on my camera sensor? Then that means …

In 2017, I captured my first-ever solar eclipse photographs. I drove all the way to South Carolina, and with the help of a special solar filter applied to my camera lens, I captured some sweet eclipse phases. I still have a soft spot in my heart for that image. You know … this one. But…

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The Resurrection of Toll Gate Ice Cream?

Understand this. There was a time when I treated the Toll Gate Ice Cream shoppe as both a comforting location for some tasty ice cream and burger food, but also as a place to center my photographic concepts. Think about it. A cute little ice cream parlor, situated at the confluence of New Scotland Road…

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What’s Up in the Neighborhood, January 15 2022

Good morning, my wonderful blog readers. It’s Saturday, and surprisingly, I see this big brilliant ball of light in the sky. It’s been a while since we’ve seen that. And with reports of an upcoming monster snowstorm in the next couple of days, it may be a while before we see it again. But until…

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The Nightowl Radio Show playlist for January 14, 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. 7:01 PM Norma Tanega Walkin’ My Cat Named Dog Walkin’ My Cat Named Dog 7:04 PM Big Dee Irwin and Little Eva…

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Tower Hill – Stories from a Volcano and the Belfast Coast

There’s a section of Australia known as the Shipwreck Coast, not far from Melbourne. And on the Shipwreck Coast is a section known as the Belfast Coast Reserve, where 37,000 years ago, a great volcano created a geological outcropping known as Tower Hill. And after dealing with the cold weather of upstate New York, I…

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Just because Novak Djokovic can hit a tennis ball, doesn’t make him better than you.

I don’t follow professional tennis as much as I used to. But I do have a reasonable idea of the top stars in the sport. Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, you know, enough to at least have some semblance of who are the big names in the competition. And I know of…

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I don’t believe you, OnwardMobility.

As you know, I used BlackBerry cell phones for decades. I went through seven different iterations of that physical keyboard phone. And I loved every one of them. Then BlackBerry stopped making their phones. And a Texas-based startup named OnwardMobility claimed they would build a new 5G BlackBerry with a physical keyboard and all the…

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Two specific wins, and a third game to not end in a tie. That’s all I want.

For the Pittsburgh Steelers, it all comes down to today’s contests. There’s only one path for the Black and Gold to advance into the postseason. It’s a longshot, but it can happen. (1) The Steelers have to defeat the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore. Now Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson is ruled out for the game with a…

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