How to explain Cold Chisel, the All-Blacks and a pub with no beer while eating lamb

Australia Day is Australia’s celebratory holiday. And even if we look past what Australia Day symbolizes – for those whose families lived in Australia for 40,000 years as opposed to those who barely crack two centuries – there are two main traditions to this holiday. The first is to, for some reason, enjoy barbecued lamb…

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Found another Italian Cheeseburger restaurant… yum-o

Last July, I blogged about the delicious (and seemingly Albany-centric) restaurant delicacy known as the Italian Cheeseburger. An Italian Cheeseburger consists of two beef patties on a toasted or grilled grinder roll, with the beef patties layered with cheese, mustard, ketchup and French fries inside the grinder roll. The sandwich is sliced into a “short”…

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Horny walruses and raunchy senior citizen rappers … Rue Britannia, my ass!

What’s the best way to ring in the year 2023? Champagne? Confetti? Paper horns? Off-key performances of Auld Lang Syne? Oh, this has them all beat. And I do mean “beat.” So here’s the deal. Somehow a walrus wound up on the beach in Scarborough, England. Now a walrus is not something one sees in…

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Attending BUILT 2022

I arrived at the Argus Hotel on Thurlow Terrace at around 6:00 p.m. And the place was already packed. Such is the case with Historic Albany Foundation’s BUILT charitable auction. BUILT is HAF’s biggest fundraiser, it encompasses artwork as created by the Capital District’s creative talent, and showcases architecture and history as seen through those…

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The NEBA Roast Beef – Mike’s Submarines Latch Hook Project, October 14 2022 progress

One stitch left. One final pull of dark cornflower yarn into this massive rug. Background. Earlier this year, I had planned to produce a latch hook rug of one of my photographs, my shot of the Quechee Covered Bridge in Vermont. The problem was, however … I started the project and hooked in the wrong…

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The NEBA Roast Beef – Mike’s Submarines Latch Hook Project, September 19 2022 progress

Man, I had a great couple of weeks on this. Suffice it to say, if I had all the yarns I needed when I started this … and if I started it three months earlier, instead of doing this as a replacement for a latch hooked rug that I previously FUBAR’d … this could have…

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The NEBA Roast Beef – Mike’s Submarines Latch Hook Project, September 5 2022 progress

I was on a really strong run … and then I ran out of lime strands. Again. Ran out of yarns. Nuts. But during the time when I had enough yarns to go around, I made a lot of progress on this latch hook rug. In fact, let’s do the comparison. Scrolling back and forth…

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So that’s what an AI artwork generator does with my photo titles. Hmm.

I’m not sure how to react to news of this nature, so I’ll react accordingly. Apparently the Colorado State Fair’s digital art competition offered a blue ribbon to a print named “Théâtre D’opéra Spatial,” as credited to Jason Allen. Well, Jason Allen had a bit of help. He used a program called MidJourney, a program…

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The NEBA Roast Beef – Mike’s Submarines Latch Hook Project, August 29 2022 progress

So I haven’t posted any progress in the past few months. That does not mean I’ve given up on the project. Let’s recap. Earlier this year, I digitzed a 1960’s postcard of an old NEBA Roast Beef / Mike’s Submarines shop that previously existed at the corner of Central and Colvin Avenues in Albany (around…

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