I’ve got a Dirty Pair to show you…

I do enjoy watching anime.  But my initial forays into anime involved watching American-dubbed and American-edited versions of such Japanese TV shows as Space Battleship Yamato (Star Blazers), Mach Go Go Go (Speed Racer), and Gatchaman (Battle of the Planets). So one day, back when the Thruway Inn in Albany was hosting a sci-fi convention…

Read More

Tony Goldmark dog-walks Fox News, film at 11.

I first met Tony Goldmark at, at all places, a “Weird Al” Yankovic fan convention in 2000.  Yes, there are such things. Yes, I went to more than one of them. Tony at that time was a very talented song parodist, and could compose some nerdcore with the best of them. Tony has a few…

Read More

There are nominations. It is the way.

We live in very crazy times right now.  VERY crazy times. And yesterday, I received a teensy tiny bit of normalcy in my crazy life. Somewhere along the line, the Emmy Award nominations were announced. And among all the usual nominations (Jeez, can you give the award for Best Supporting Actress Comedy to D’Arcy Carden…

Read More

A Capital District-themed drive-in speaker: The Mohawk Drive-In in Bluetooth

Some time ago, I chronicled, step by step, how I took an old, beat-up drive-in speaker and turned it into a beautiful, Bluetooth-enabled speaker.  Yeah, I can do things like that. So I tried again.  Only this time, I had a specific purpose in mind. Walk with me. This is a vintage Simplex speaker.  In…

Read More

Taylor Swift’s Two Versions of Copyright Protection

Taylor Swift is fiercely protective of the copyrights to her songs.  From where they stream online, to her battles with her former management over the rights and ownership of her first six albums, she’s been an advocate for copyright protection. Which makes this latest news about her more perplexing. Recently, Swift released a brand new…

Read More

What’s Up in the Neighborhood, July 25, 2020

So, normally I would list the blogs from my personal blogroll and direct you to enjoy them.  But today, I’m going to ask you to read a specific blog first. This one, from the Girl Gone Smart platform, “Girl Gone Local: Unsolved mystery in upstate New York.”  The unsolved mystery is the murder of Betty…

Read More

Apologies that aren’t apologies, 2020 edition (or: New York Strong defeats Florida Man)

By now you might have heard of this.  House representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – you know, the person who beat the odds to defeat a ten-term senator and revitalize New York’s 14th District, has been working hard in her freshman Congress stint, despite the misogyny and unabated vulgarities thrown at her. And recently, she received a…

Read More

Jennifer Hager’s Wall of Gratitude

Jennifer Hager and I went to college together.  We were good friends – and if you could say someone was “kind of intelligent,” Jennifer was certainly “intelligent and kind.”  Still is, in fact.  Although the years have guided us on different paths, we recently re-connected on Facebook. And apparently, during COVID-19, she’s found a new…

Read More