The Contents of Solarcan #369

Remember how I said that I acquired FIVE Solarcan passive photography cameras?  Yes.  I installed four of them in one location in Menands. Last December, I installed the fifth one in downtown Albany. And here’s the installation. Right on the Hudson and Green parking garage, with a clear view of downtown Albany.  Well, at least…

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7 and 7 on Saturday, April 21, 2018

Hey everybody, it’s Saturday morning, and you all know what that means.  It’s time for another recap of the best of the blogs associated with my personal blogroll and my previous writing associations. So let’s get started, shall we? First off, let’s see if I can find seven blogs from the Albany Times Union that…

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Remembering a “Living Legend”

It’s the early 1970’s, and my local TV station airs Saturday morning and Sunday morning professional wrestling programs.  The shows were part of what was then the World Wide Wrestling Federation organization, with babyface champions like Andre the Giant, Chief Jay Strongbow, “Polish Power” Ivan Putski, and tag team specialist Tony Garea.  It also had…

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Is the Tech Valley Center of Gravity in my future?

If you’ve read my blog for any discrete amount of time, you know that I have a tendency to work on projects.  Dream Windows.  Crate Art Projects.  Stitching burlap endeavors. And, for all intents and purposes, I’ve done all these things in a small two-room apartment.  Not exactly a maker studio, but I do get…

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Why “full disclosure” is so important

When you are in any form of media, it’s important to disclose that the information you’re providing is either your own, or that you were requested or required to say something by your company’s mandate.  Or if you are offering testimony on a product in your blog or in your podcast, you need  to disclose…

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Collarworld: Vincent’s Epilogue

It was a quiet, lazy morning in the afterlife waystation known as Collarworld, where pets wait until they are once again joyously reunited with their masters. It was very quiet.  From his home in a green meadow, Vincent the king orange tabbycat could barely hear any noises from the nearby realms.  That’s fine, he thought. …

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Jeremy McNamara: Badge 5475

Tomorrow, my friend Jeremy McNamara gets to fulfill the #1 entry on every competitive runner’s life list. He’s going to run his first-ever Boston Marathon.  He’s wearing running bib number 5475, and he’s going to race the 26 miles from Hopkinton to Copley Square on Monday morning. This is a major, major, major achievement.  I’m…

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7 and 7 on Saturday, April 14, 2018

What is this thing outside?  It’s bright and warm and – I looked at it – it burns my eyes.  I think it’s called sunshine.  Haven’t seen it in a long while. But although we had to wait a very long time for spring to arrive, we still get – right on time -the Saturday…

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My car snitched on me … again … bruddah …

I wasn’t expecting the phone call.  I hadn’t scheduled any appointments with DePaula Chevrolet – normally I do my “Black Friday Tuneup” efforts on, I don’t know, the real Black Friday. But there it was, DePaula Chevrolet’s name on the Caller ID on my cell phone. “Hi Chuck, this is DePaula Chevrolet, how’s your 2013…

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