In Praise of Nathalie Jacoby

Long-time readers of my blog know that I vote blue. That’s how I roll. And my Twitter page shows that I follow several progressive and liberal accounts, including New York members of Congress Alexander Ocasio-Cortez and Paul Tonko; many MSNBC reporters and anchorpeople (not Chuck Todd, though – any time he trends on Twitter it’s…

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The Saratoga, Corinth and Hudson Railroad – captured in AGFA Scala

I recently received news that the last company capable of developing AGFA Scala 200x B&W slide film will shut its doors soon. With that in mind, I looked through my film stash and found three rolls of 120 and one roll of 35mm. Well, no time like the present to burn those off. Actually, let’s…

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What’s Up in the Neighborhood, June 18 2022

Good morning, my amazing blog readers. Tomorrow is the blessed Juneteenth. It’s also Father’s Day. Or as Herschel Walker would call it … Sunday. But today is the day for sharing blog posts and photos and observances from the wonderful people that populate my personal blogroll. So let’s get right to the action, shall we?…

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The Nightowl Radio Show playlist for June 17, 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 episode features my new microphone. So if you notice a positive difference, let me know. If you notice a negative difference,…

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The hidden message in my old film

I’m sorry, but if I’m going to go to a college reunion, I’m bringing the cameras. And if I’m bringing the cameras, I’m bringing the film. And since the price of fresh film is rising every day (I’d blame Joe Biden, but last I heard he wasn’t the President of Kodak), I’m checking my stash…

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A surprise response from Professor O’Neill

I was not expecting to see Professor O’Neill at my recent Hamilton College reunion. But apparently, in his 90’s, he still made an appearance. Flashback. In 2020, I blogged about how, in my first-ever essay, as a Hamilton College pre-freshman, Professor O’Neill caught me using an incongruous grammatical error. The statement was, in effect, “Usually…

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So next week’s radio show will sound different … for all the right reasons.

About a year ago, I was recording the DJ part of my Friday night “Nightowl Radio Show” radio broadcast, when all of a sudden … the microphone shorted out. Ugh. I ordered a new microphone and headset combo, but the unit I received had a very tinny microphone. Essentially, I had to record my audio…

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The Self-Destruction of Jeff Hardy

Jeff Hardy, along with his brother Matt, redefined what pro wrestlers could achieve. The Hardys brought a very unique flair and style to their matches. They leaped off ropes as if it was second nature. They risked their lives in ladder matches and in other death-defying competitions. And it’s paid off for Jeff Hardy in…

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The Choirmaster and Essence

G. Roberts Kolb was the longtime choirmaster and conductor of several of Hamilton College’s vocal societies. He led the Oratorio Society every year, which was one of the few college classes that included non-students from the Clinton area. I took Oratorio for two semesters, and learned a tremendous amount from him. During one of those…

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