Category Archives: Syracuse

Skankin’ to the Beat

Fishbone performing @ The Westcott Theatre, Syracuse, NY. May 6, 2015.

Fishbone @ The Westcott Theatre. Syracuse, NY. May 6, 2015.

Dr. Madd Vibe

Dr. Madd Vibe aka Angelo Moore of Fishbone.

Angelo Moore of Fishbone.

Angelo Moore of Fishbone.




S95 – Markhor on High

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Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY. November 2014.


Pogo – Noam Chomsky


Noam Chomsky. Polaroid Pogo print. May 2011.


My wife & I attended “An Evening with Noam Chomsky” last night, part of the 75th anniversary celebration of the Syracuse Peace Council.

He gave a wonderful, insightful talk on US foreign policy that would’ve rankled the nationalistic zealotry of the Far Right (had any attended); was logically eye-opening to political Moderates; and preached to the choir of the Left. Given the majority of the filled-to-capacity auditorium tended toward this latter demographic, Dr. Chomsky’s words had many a sympathetic ear to listen.

The local newspaper’s coverage, however, comes across as troll bait.

The headline of “Noam Chomsky: US policy serves ‘the masters of mankind’” seems to imply nut-job-conspiracy-theory-cabal-Illuminati-mumbo-jumbo, misrepresenting the actual theme that the US government itself endeavors to be the “master of mankind” by projecting its authority through its foreign policy.

Likewise, the gist of the article neglects the majority of the talk, instead focusing on the more salacious tidbits from the Q&A session afterwards regarding Chomsky’s recent response to the death of Osama bin Laden.

Now I realize Dr. Chomsky’s views can be unpopular, if not polarizing, but he’s one of the most important figures in the modern intellectual discourse of political dissent. Wasting column-inches on his response to being called “stupid” by a commentator, even including it in the article’s lede, is tabloid journalism.

Eh, I’m digressing. This post wasn’t intended to be a media critique (for that, read Herman & Chomsky’s watershed “Manufacturing Consent”).

Anywho, after the talk, Dr. Chomsky had a book signing. I got my notebook & “Essential Chomsky” signed. While patiently waiting in line, I took a couple of snapshots; nothing of import or consequence. I printed a couple to accompany his autograph in my notebook on the Pogo.

UPDATE: You can watch his talk over on youtube:

Part 1
Part 2

S95 – Hockey in Syracuse

War Memorial, Syracuse, NY. April 2011. Canon S95.

My wife recently purchased a Groupon for 50% off tickets to our local AHL team, the Syracuse Crunch against her hometown Binghamton Senators. Two ice-level seats, two hot dogs, a shared soda, parking, and a free Jon “Nasty” Mirasty bobble-head for only $26.50; what can I say, I’m a cheap date.

Our wonderful evening was full of life lessons, such as:

– Sometimes the drunken hockey hooligans sitting behind you aren’t actually drunken hockey hooligans; sometimes they’re just Australian tourists.

-When you & your wife are featured on the ‘kiss cam,’ the police sergeant in your section won’t be impressed unless there’s tongue involved.

-All of Syracuse’s goals were brought to you by bread.

-The “Hanson Brothers” impersonators should prolly lose some weight to be more believable; especially in a building where parts of ‘Slapshot‘ where filmed.

-It isn’t awkward at all to have a bobble-head night for a fan-favorite player that your NHL affiliate unceremoniously demoted and then traded away.

But it was refreshing to see, on a night that the Crunch were celebrating perhaps their most beloved enforcer ever, the current team remembered how to toss the gloves and play some Syracuse style hockey.

S95 – Spring comes, Summer waits in Syracuse

Spring comes, Summer waits in Syracuse. Canon s95.

Update: The trestle is part of a larger mural project “A Love Letter to Syracuse.” by Steven Powers.

Reminder – World Pinhole Day is April 25th

Hidden Canal, Onondaga Lake Park, Liverpool, NY.

Hidden Canal, Onondaga Lake Park, Liverpool, NY. Home-made Altoids pinhole, expired T-Max 400 developed in Diafine.

Just a friendly neighborhood reminder that this Sunday! Sunday!! Sunday!!! is World Pinhole Photography Day.

In previous years, I’ve been well-intentioned, but still never quite actually participated.

This year however, I’ve built a custom pinhole camera from an Altoids tin (would that make it a ‘mint-hole’ camera, a ‘pintoid,’ ‘curiously lensless’???) from scratch. There are still some kinks (light leak, frame spacing/film winding) but, knock on wood, I should hopefully have them ironed out by Sunday (Sunday!! Sunday!!!).

For more info:
http://www.pinholeday.org/participate/