Can CivMix take the spot of All Over Albany?

Let’s first remember the great website All Over Albany, the independent site that featured the best and most interesting and noteworthy happenings in the 518.  Such a great site.  I still miss it today. And with that, I have news.  There’s a new Albany-based cultural website that just went live earlier this week. It’s called…

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Why I use ad-blocking software (and you should as well)

Oh look, my Google News page suggested I might like this article on a nationally known website / news source. Okay, I’ll give it a glance. And a quick click and … I can see the article, but two seconds later, the screen goes black. And in that blackness, there’s a new screen on my…

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Ann Coulter uses discriminatory slurs, film at 11…

Let’s get this on the table right away. Ann Coulter is a demagogue.  She’s a fearmongerer.  She’s a baiter who fancies herself as a polemicist.  She’s a shit-stirrer who wants to use your silverware for stirring the shit. Every so often, she ventures out from under the bridge and tries to charge a toll.  She…

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Do not mess with Katie Porter. EVER.

Currently, the House of Representatives has some amazing new members who have, for lack of a better term, shaken up the old guard.  Of course you know many of them – Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Ilhan Omar – and, of course, these brilliant members of Congress have been lightning rods for the…

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The #NoGoodWay Challenge – eliminate the R-word from your vocabulary

My friend Jad Crnogorac is a fitness instructor and model.  She was also one of the chief operators of the Halifax Rainmen basketball team when that franchise was in the Premier Basketball League years ago.  She’s a good person and she cares about health and fitness and well-being. And her post yesterday on her Facebook…

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How to avoid being a paid blogging shill

My blogging buddy Heather recently opened her Girl Gone Smart blogging platform.  It features book reviews, travel reviews, and life reviews, among other things.  It’s a great site and you should read and visit it often. That being said, apparently she received some shade from a reader who said something to the effect of how…

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Buh-bye, F+W Publications. You won’t be missed.

One of my greatest achievements was the time I spent with Goldmine magazine, a music collector’s biweekly publication.  From 1995 to 2007, with a one-time return in 2012, I interviewed and talked with various musicians, singers, artists and legends.   My time with Goldmine also allowed me to write two record collecting guides, Warman’s American Records…

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What DOES it take to get into college nowadays?

Spin the clock back to the spring of 1981.  My high school guidance counselor is helping me fill out college enrollment applications.  He knows I need to get out of Albany and away from my toxic home life. I also know that one of my beloved high school teachers, Bonnie Diefendorf (God rest her soul)…

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Preparing for my taxes in the age of Donald Trump

I have a personal tax preparation agent.  The moment I get my tax forms, I race to his place.  We sit at his kitchen table, he sharpens his pencils, he pulls out an old solar-powered calculator, and we go to work.  At some point in time, his pet cat will walk into the kitchen and…

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The Times Union – now only $5 an issue!

One of my blog readers, Bill, contacted me about something the saw – and didn’t expect. “Hi Chuck, Maybe there’s a blog for this. I purchased today’s Times Union mainly because of the Preview Guide. The cover price was printed $5.00! This was in Valatie. The daily price WAS $2.00. I rarely buy it &…

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