Empire State Plaza fireworks, 2020 Edition

So I’m submitting this awesome 2020 fireworks photo from the Empire State Plaza’s 4th of July celebration. And you’re looking at me as if I grew a second head.  “Chuck Miller, don’t bullshit your readers,” you say to me.  “Everybody knows that the Empire State Plaza 4th of July festivities were cancelled this year, due…

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Would you like some tomateos with your luttuce?

It’s morning in America, and I’m pissed off at my local Speedway gas station. Last Monday morning, I pumped some gas – no problem there – and then went inside to purchase some items; a couple of cans of Red Bull, some chips, and a slice of their breakfast pizza – which, by the way,…

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The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train won’t run in 2020…

Just when I thought that COVID-19 couldn’t mess enough with my world… Now it’s severely altered one of my favorite Christmastime traditions. For the past three years, I’ve photographed the brilliantly illuminated Canadian Pacific Holiday Train as it cruises through New York.  Last year, I participated in my first-ever “train chase,” where I photographed the…

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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…

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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…

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How to rebuild an old drive-in car speaker for modern times

As you might have read from various recent blog posts, I’ve been having fun at the local drive-in.  I’ve taken photos there, I’ve captured fireworks there, and now I want to try something very special with a piece of drive-in iconography. I want to take one of those old car speakers – you know, the…

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The day they tore our college’s statue down…

It was a moment that will be forever sealed in my memory.  It changed my thoughts about college and campus life and standing up for a cause.  And while part of me is still disturbed about why the statue was removed, I still have trouble coming to any sort of understanding why this had to…

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The “Three Word Movie” Game

I had fun yesterday on Facebook with a bit of a friend-participation game.  It’s a challenge, a fun challenge at that. Take any movie, and try to challenge people to identify it. But you’re only allowed to use three words to describe the movie. And, as a tougher challenge, you’re not allowed to use any…

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So Harry Azcrac graduated … huh huh huh huh…

It’s gotten to the point where we need a good old-fashioned bathroom joke to get us through this COVID-19 crapola. And it came in the form of the governor of Mississippi, who participated in a virtual graduation ceremony.  During the ceremony, he read off the names of the graduates … and one name somehow made…

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