Blood Drive Episode review 1.02: “Welcome to Pixie Swallow”

Part of me really loves trashy, so-bad-it’s-good television.  Heck, that’s why I did those Amish Mafia episode reviews years ago.

And now that I’ve found a new television series – Blood Drive – that’s so far over the top it lands in the next county – I’m hooked.  Not only does the show – a cross-country road race where the cars are fueled with human blood – pay homage to every 1970’s late night double feature drive-in movie, it does so with the full and complete knowledge that the viewers are in on the joke.

Episode 2 of Blood Drive – the wryly named “Welcome to Pixie Swallow” – encompasses that trend.  Note – this review is of a television show that is rated TV-MA, and this review is recommended for mature readers only.  Viewer discretion is advised.

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The dress rehearsal at the Corinth Reservoir

It’s midnight, maybe half past midnight, and I just drove up to Saratoga County on what was essentially a lark.

Or, as I like to call it, a dress rehearsal.

Follow me on this.

At some point in time this summer, I’m planning on returning to the Boreas Ponds and capturing the photograph of my dreams.  But if I’m going to do that, I need to make sure I have all my variables contained.  I need to make sure all my equipment is ready.

Tip top condition, one would say.

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Week 11 of the Graney’s Stout Spring Trivia League

Last night’s trivia game was a bummer in many ways.  And I couldn’t be the only person who got bummed out.

I could call last night’s trivia exercise, “Right answer, wrong question.”

Let me explain.

One of the categories was on World Leaders – identify the leader from a picture, get the points.  I correctly identified the first two – Angela Merkel of Germany and Justin Trudeau of Canada – then the third image came up.

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The Solarcan Project: A year-long photographic experience

A few months ago, I backed a Kickstarter campaign for the Solarcan, a mass-produced pinhole camera that will capture a very long exposure – instead of minutes or hours, this camera is designed to capture an image over a period of months.

The Solarcan was created by Sam Cornwell, who initiated the Kickstarter campaign to get the first 1,000 Solarcans made in time for the summer solstice.  Although one could leave the cans out for as little as a week or two, I plan on leaving them out for as long as possible.

Why?

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Another Congress Park Duck Hunt

Photography has the ability to not only capture a moment in time, it also has the ability to soothe the soul.  There were countless times when I was in a dark place in my life, where I thought that things would never get better.  In those moments, I would grab a camera or three, jump in the car, drive as far as I could go, and take a picture of something spectacular.  A waterfall in the Adirondacks, a sunrise in the Helderbergs, something, anything.

Some time ago, I was in one of those dark moods.  It was a Sunday morning and I wasn’t in the best frame of mind.  Still, I decided that a trip to Congress Park in Saratoga Springs would help make things better.  I’ve done this in the past – there’s a flock of ducks that swim in the ponds and streams along Congress Park, and they don’t seem to mind being photographed.

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When Star Wars battles Star Trek…

We all have our personal fandom when it comes to the most popular science-fiction entertainment.  There are those who believe that the Star Trek universe rules, there are those who believe that the Star Wars universe is triumphant.  I personally don’t have a dog in the fight, I love both universes equally.

Which came to a head last night in Fresno, California.

Let me explain.

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K-Chuck Radio: Father’s Day Funk

On today’s edition of K-Chuck Radio, I’m going to provide you with a soundtrack of the nastiest, grittiest, funk tracks ever.  This is some rare funky stuff, the kind of tracks that cost lots of money on the vintage 45 RPM market.  But they’re worth every funky penny.  And if you have a special paternal member who deserves something more than a tie and a T-shirt and barbecue grill apron, two of three which would read “World’s Greatest Dad,” play him this soundtrack of funky music.  Heck, some of these sounds are so funky, he might call your mom into the bedroom and … well, nine months later, you could have a little brother or sister to help you plan future Father’s Day events.

Let’s start off with…

LARRY ELLIS AND THE BLACK HAMMER
Funky Thing (Pts. 1 and 2)

If you’ve ever heard Jay-Z’s song “Success,” that track features samples from this nasty groove.  Oh, and just a side note – this track was pressed on Al King Records, a subsidiary of Playboy Enterprises.  Yes, THAT Playboy.  So somewhere there’s a 70’s porn film with this being played during one of the “scenes,” I bet cha.

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