7 and 7 on Saturday, April 14, 2018

What is this thing outside?  It’s bright and warm and – I looked at it – it burns my eyes.  I think it’s called sunshine.  Haven’t seen it in a long while. But although we had to wait a very long time for spring to arrive, we still get – right on time -the Saturday…

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My car snitched on me … again … bruddah …

I wasn’t expecting the phone call.  I hadn’t scheduled any appointments with DePaula Chevrolet – normally I do my “Black Friday Tuneup” efforts on, I don’t know, the real Black Friday. But there it was, DePaula Chevrolet’s name on the Caller ID on my cell phone. “Hi Chuck, this is DePaula Chevrolet, how’s your 2013…

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Contemplations for San Francisco – my first seven entries

Yesterday, I posted my thoughts about competing in the brand new San Francisco Bay International Photo Show.  And I received some great suggestions from you, my blog readers – about what I should enter and what I might want to save for other competitions. And just for the record, I paid for ten entries into…

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A return to San Francisco Bay… competition-wise…

Four years ago, I added a new photography competition to my “Competition Season,” as I entered several of my images in the San Francisco International Photography Competition.  And one of my images – a slitscan photo called The Three-Two Pitch – earned a silver medal in competition.    Yep, that was my best effort in…

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The Results of Solarcan #368

Remember these guys? Last year, I installed five “Solarcans” – a Kickstarter-funded aluminum beverage can / photography paper pinhole photo project, piercing a particularly precise puncture, for a pleasantly powerful passive panorama. With only the light of the traveling sun in the sky illuminating the project, I set these cans at various locations in Albany,…

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The Buvez Coca-Cola Table

A year or so ago, I salvaged a sad-looking French-Canadian Coca-Cola soda crate, tore it apart, and upcycled the wood into a birdhouse.  That wasn’t my original plan for the soda crate; but it worked out well in the end. But now, I want to take some French-Canadian Coca-Cola soda crates, bash them up, and…

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And Omari Johnson becomes the first…

Last Friday, the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies lost to the Sacramento Kings 94-93.  The Grizzlies are in 14th place in the Western Conference standings, the Kings at 12th place, it was a game with no major postseason permutations. In that game, a 6’9″ forward made his NBA debut, garnering 16 minutes of court time with the…

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7 and 7 on Saturday, April 7, 2018

It’s time for the Saturday recap of blogs from my fellow writers, observers and conceptualists.  There’s a  big word.  Conceptualists.  That should at least get a quadruple word score in Scrabble. As always, let’s start our Saturday morning recap by pulling some blogs from the Times Union’s community blogging team, shall we? Rob Hoffman’s “Hoffman…

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Albany Patroons 139, Kansas City 111 – and Lloyd Johnson scores 53!!

The great thing about an Albany Patroons home game is that you have absolutely no idea how the evening will pan out.  You don’t know what player will take charge and lead the team. Well, last night the Patroons were led by a veteran who only made the starting lineup because Jamario Moon had swelling…

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How to remove bottle labels and caps without damaging them

So here’s the situation.  You’ve found this awesome beverage bottle.  And you think that the label – for a wine, for a beer, for some super-tasty beverage – would look awesome in your scrapbook or in an art project.  Heck, you might even want the bottle cap for something else. Problem.  That label is stuck…

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