The Return of the Ugly Fish

“I have good news for you, Mr. Miller.”

This came from Dr. Templar, my retinal specialist yesterday.  For those of you who have been following my latest health concerns and issues, you know that I am currently suffering from massive hemorrhages in the blood vessels in my eyes, and to reduce the swelling in those tiny capillaries, I must undergo several medicinal injections straight into my eyeballs.

Yeah, I know you just winced at me.  Trust me, I winced when I read that paragraph out loud.

“After your initial injections, the swelling inside your eyes has reduced significantly.”

Well, that is good news, Doctor.

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A Delivery from Norman’s Kill Dairy (Conclusion)

Update.  For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been working on turning an old wooden milk crate into a piece of waycool hanging art.  I removed the oak slats from the crate, sanded them down to bring out the grain in the planks, and stained the edges of the planks with black stain.

Here’s where we are at now.

Now I’m not going to leave this bare wood just sitting there and aging.  That’s not part of the project.  I need to make this thing look awesome.

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A Delivery from Norman’s Kill Dairy (Part Two)

If by chance you followed my previous blog post … I acquired a vintage milk crate from the old Norman’s Kill Dairy, a historic Albany creamery.  Rather than just keep an old milk crate around – even though old retro wooden milk crates are kinda cool – I took some of the oak slats out of the crate, with plans to re-purpose them into a new artwork.  In the previous post, I removed the slats from their metal reinforced milk crate ribs, and I palm-sanded the front of each slat to expose the wooden interior.

Now for the fun part.

I need some more wood.  And by “need some more wood,” I have to apply the slats to some sort of wooden substrate backing.  Ergo … a trip to Silver Fox Salvage.

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A Delivery from Norman’s Kill Dairy (Part One)

The Capital District’s consumer product advertising history often fascinates me.  So when an eBay auction came up that featured this old milk crate … I couldn’t resist snagging it.

Is that completely waycool?  Yes it is.  That’s an old milk crate from the Normanskill Dairy – okay, back in the day it was called Norman’s Kill Dairy, and it – like many local dairies and creameries in the area – used these porchside milk crates as repositories for milk and dairy deliveries.  If memory serves me correctly, there was a Norman’s Kill Dairy outlet in downtown Albany – I believe its exact location is now part of the Empire State Plaza complex.

I’ve had this crate for a while – and during that time, I tried using it as a convenient endtable, as a storage crate, as something, anything.  But there was something about this little crate that really interested me… not so much as function, but as fashion.

And like my “K-Chuck Cabinet” project last year, where I took a 1930’s radio highboy cabinet and upscaled it into a super-awesome hideaway storage cabinet, I wanted to upscale this milk crate into something artistic.

And thus began my first steps in achieving this lofty goal.

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Eggy’s Place is open… spring is here!

It’s a small little food truck that’s tucked onto an industrial street in the warehouse district.

And if I’m in a rotten mood in the morning, I can go there, get an egg sandwich with bacon, and the world is a much better place.

And if I’m in a great mood in the morning, i can go there, get an egg sandwich with bacon, and the world is a much better place.

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Don’t keep us in stitches; pull up your britches!

There’s a great fried seafood soul food eatery on Central Avenue in Albany, and when I get a chance I always swing over there to order some fried and/or steamed foods.  Yum.

Yesterday, as I walked into the restaurant – I had a craving for their fried shrimp and hush puppies – I saw a brand new sign on the door.

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Wow.

In this day and age – no wait, in this climate where Nor’easters arrive like birthday parties – we still have people who enter businesses with their pants on the ground?

Holy Sansabelt slacks, Batman…

And of course, I see this sign and the first thing I remember is a hilarious American Idol audition from about six years ago… you know, with the old guy who sang a self-written song for his audition…

Yeah, that…

Of course, as I’m ordering my fried shrimp and hush puppies, I talked with the woman behind the counter about the door sign.

“You really had to make that sign?”

“Yes we did.”

“There are still people who walk in with their rear ends hanging out of their jeans?”

“I know, right?  We don’t need that here.”

By the way, the fried shrimp and hush puppies were as tasty as always … but I still couldn’t get that thought out of my mind.  Not only the sign, but the Internet meme it birthed.

Yeah, maybe when we get some warmer weather, I’ll put the top down on my car (which would be very difficult, since my car is not a convertible), crank up the speakers, and jam to this hip hop classic track.

And I guess if you do feel the need to wear your pants on the ground… perhaps you should consider purchasing some of these classic 1970’s denims.

So just remember, kids… you’re going into a restaurant, not a planetarium … nobody really needs to see your full moons when you’re ordering fried foods.  ‘Kay?

“Bohemian Rhapsody” – the violent crime drama

The first 45 record I ever bought with my own money – or at least the first 45 that didn’t have the words “Disney” or “Cricket” on it – was the 45 of “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen.  I’ve blogged about this before, about how I went to the Blue Note Record Shop in downtown Albany and the store proprietor, Avram Pock, climbed up a shelf to retrieve the record, even though I didn’t know the song’s official title (I just told him it sounded like an opera in the middle of the song).

In the 40+ years since that release, “Bohemian Rhapsody” has been honored, exalted, parodied, and celebrated.  And this morning, I found a brand new interpretation of “Bohemian Rhapsody” – as if it were directed as a violent, dark crime drama.

Yep.

Corridor,a YouTube channel created by Sam Gorski and Niko Pueringer, have had lots of fun re-imagining popular movies and music into artistic video creations.  And over the weekend, they debuted their latest clip, “Literal Bohemian Rhapsody.”  No matter how many times you’ve heard that 5+ minute song… you’ve never heard it like this.

Holy Sam Peckinpagh, Batman!!

These guys are damn good.  They’re the same people who created a short Star Wars film by attaching an X-Wing model kit to a personal drone aircraft, strapped a miniature camera on it, and took us all for a ride.

If you’re a fan of the machinima web series REDvBLUE, you’ll get a laugh or three out of their “RED vs BLUE” interpretation, including various reds fighting various blues.

These clips are really well-crafted and quite experimental.  Some of the clips might be a tad too violent, but I think what you see here is a good start to what Corridor can do.

For more information on Corridor and its upcoming projects, check out their Patreon page.

Now if they really want to impress me…

I want to see these guys do a literal version of Stairway to Heaven.  That would be aces.