Oct 11, 2007

City of Saratoga Springs debate series

County Board of Supervisors (the two city members): Keyrouze (D,I,WF) vs Veitch (R,C) vs Yepsen (D,I,WF)

Commissioner of Public Works: McTygue (D,I,W) vs Scirocco (R,C)

Commisioner of Public Safety: Kim (D,I,WF) vs Wirth (R,C)

Commisioner of Accounts: John Franck (D,C,I,WF) - Unopposed

Mayor: Boyd (C,I) vs Johnson (R) vs Keehn(D,WF)
October 9, 2007

(post-debate continuance (audience Q's)coming shortly; upload in progress

Here is the post-debate Q&A Mayor session (not available on the TV broadcast)

Commissioner of Finance: Weihe (D,I,WF) vs Ivins (R,C)
October 9, 2007

Presented by: The League of Women Voters - Saratoga County
Produced by: Word of Mobile
Support from: Tech Valley Times

Cable TV Schedule: Times Warner Gov't Access Channel
October 9 Session: Airs Oct 16 & 17 @ 8PM
October 15 Session: Airs Oct 19 & 23 @ 8PM
October 17 Session: Airs Oct 24 & 25 @ 8PM


Oct 8, 2007


Here's how our live music shows usually work:

Pre-Show: "I never heard of this band. Must be pretty good if you're putting it on, though!"
Post Show: "Wow, that was fantastic. Where do you come up with these?"

Continuing with that time-honored tradition, may we present the Memphis-based Amy LaVere, set for The Parting Glass in downtown Saratoga on Saturday, October 20th, with Palatypus (Metroland's Best Acoustic Duo 2007) opening up at 8PM:

Tickets $8 Advance / $10 Door. Be there, so you can do the old "I saw her when..." routine.


Oct 1, 2007

Time to step up to a bigger home?

An interesting tidbit floated in through the news wire today at Action Central...

Llenroc Estate, the 20,000+ square-foot mega mansion in Saratoga County, is for sale. The asking price: $12.9 million. Sounds steep; but such a figure is a fraction of the estate's rumored 1992 construction cost of $32 million.

Located near the Mohawk River in Rexford, the ornate castle was constructed by the ultimately - disgraced insurance magnate Albert Lawrence, who modeled the elaborate home after the campus center at Cornell University, his alma mater. Llenroc's name is Cornell spelled backwards.

Crafted from 1,200 tons of Ithaca's Llenroc Stone (the same material used to construct the Llenroc dormitory at Cornell), the elegant home has a first floor master suite with his and her bathrooms, 15 fireplaces, $3.5 million worth of imported Scandanavian marble flooring, hundreds of unique hand-painted Portuguese tiles, a formal dining room featuring 24 karat gold guilded ceilings and moldings, walnut design inlaid hardwood floors, miles of mahogany moldings, a five-floor glass elevator, four galleries, and a servant's kitchen with its own elevator.

Other distinguishing features: a sailboat-shaped indoor pool with separate hot tub, a four-story solarium encased by a teak balcony, a mermaid bar with see-thru views of the pool, sauna, a radiant-ready heated pavers stone driveway, and dancing opera, water and tulip fountains.

Ken Lay of Enron fame would have loved it--but he's dead, too.


Talking shop -- on a nano level

Last night was interesting...

An enjoyable dinner for two at The Pump Station was extended for a few additional minutes by a gentleman at a neighboring table, brought on by the standard "I couldn't help but overhear you talking about..." introduction on his part.

It turns out that this fellow is with International SEMATECH, freshly relocated to Albany from Austin as the chipmaking R&D consortium continues to increase its local presence. He related how the balance of his week will be dominated by his playing the role of tour guide, showing the Capital Region to a 40-person contingent of associates as a way of assisitng each one individually determining if they wish to make the same relocation as he did. An estimate of "about 50%" was the reply to a question of "how many seem to be saying 'yes' so far?"

The balance of our chat was devoted to nano topics including the current state of lithography (EUV vs immersion); the history of SEMATECH; leakage issues; wavelenghts; yield rates and similar subjects that are near and dear to all those folks toiling at the busy corner of Fuller Road and Washington Avenue Extension.

Good stuff, especially with it taking place between three strangers on a random Sunday night in the Ole Towne. But this is the kind of thing we're all hoping for; right?