The map above is via Quartz. And it's based on the work of a linguistic researcher who sifted through millions of Twitter posts looking for geographic patterns indicating where people are more likely to use "um" or "uh." Blockquotage:
The regional breakdown is clear, and it doesn't look much like other maps that try to show where some phenomenon or another is happening in the United States. Grieve said the use of "um" looks to follow the elusive "Midland dialect," which linguists have suspected follows the Ohio River southwest from central Pennsylvania. That accounts for most of the blue that sweeps from West Virginia all the way to Arizona. Grieve said the "uh" and "um" analysis is the first time his research has shown clear evidence of the Midland dialect.
The Quartz article is interesting and includes some important details about how the map was created.
We were just struck by the distribution of "uh" -- the Northeast and upper Midwest.. OK, maybe not hard to believe. But the South as well? Surprising.
(Also, probably coincidental more than anything: The strong "uh" tendency starts to fade out in New York State about the same place as the pop/soda line.)
Earlier: An Albany dialect?
Farther afield: The power company for Burlington, Vermont -- a city of 42,000 residents -- says it now gets 100 percent of its electrical power from renewable sources. Here are some of the caveats and context. [AP/Washington Post via @stellapds]
The Capital Region is full of cities, towns, villages, and hamlets. And some of these places -- like Albany or Saratoga Springs or Troy or Schenectady -- get lots of attention. This series isn't about those places. It's about those other spots -- the "in-between" places.
The small village of Waterford is all about location, location, location -- along the water. Its spot at the convergence of the Hudson and Mohawk rivers has been a key part of history, and continues to play a prominent role in the village today..
The company that created the "Arctic Apple," the genetically-modified apple variety that's said to resist browning, has been field testing the variety on trees in an undisclosed New York State location -- which the New York Apple Association and some local growers are uneasy about. [Modern Farmer] [Hearst/TU]
The Found Footage Festival is a one-of-a-kind event showcasing videos found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters throughout North America. Curators Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher take audiences on a guided tour of their latest and greatest VHS finds, providing live commentary and where-are-they-now updates on the people in these videotaped obscurities. From the curiously-produced industrial training video to the forsaken home movie donated to Goodwill, the Found Footage Festival resurrects these forgotten treasures and serves them up in a lively celebration of all things found.
Among the videos they'll be screening: a 1997 instructional video called "How to Have Cybersex on the Internet."
The Proctors show starts at 8 pm Wednesday. Tickets are $9 / $6 for students.
photo: Eric Llung
Hoffman's Playland closes for final time, report concludes state's "restacking" saved money, over the White House fence with Pikachu
Hoffman's Playland closed for the season for the final time Sunday after more than six decades -- a few hours later than usual. The owners say it looks like they have buyers lined up for the park's rides who intend to keep the equipment in the area. [TU] [Biz Review] [News10] [WNYT]
A Times Union investigation looks at what motivated a shake up of the State Police's governor's protective unit ahead of the start of the Cuomo administration: Was it housecleaning following scandal, or race based? [TU]
The state Department of Health reports there have been more than a dozen confirmed cases of enterovirus EV-D68, a respiratory infection that can seriously affect children. Ten of the children have been treated at Albany Med. DOH says people should take the same prevention steps around children and people with compromised immune systems as they would during influenza season. [NYS DOH] [TU]
Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (a little too cool), to a restaurant week, to so many authors, to found footage, to spelling, to figure drawing, to LarkFest...
Sunflowers, light sweaters, cider donuts and other harbingers of autumn. It was also brought to you by AOA advertisers like The College of Saint Rose, offering 52 Graduate Programs with a purpose. Programs include: MFA in Creative writing, MBA, Computer Information Systems and more.
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Stuff to do
Live Nation presents Lewis Black with his stand-up show The Rant is Due, Thursday, October 16 at The Palace Theater.
A Couple of Blaguards
Proctors presents A Couple of Blaguards, written by Frank and Malachy McCourt, Septemeber 26-28 and October 3-5.
Other Desert Cities
Capital Rep's production of Other Desert Cities opens September 30
Take a cruise
Dutch Apple Cruise Lines, sponsors of the All Over Albany Rail, River, Hudson trip. Dutch Apple offers sight seeing and charter tours as well as trolley tours of the Capital Region throughout the summer and fall.
The Mop & Bucket Improv Company has started a new season of improvisational comedy at Proctors Underground. Every show is created by audience suggestion, so ever show is totally different. MopCo is also offering classes in improv, creativity and
+ The Arts Center of the Capital Region offers a wide range of classes, from dance to wood working to digital illustration. You can register for classes today.
Food and Drink
New World Bistro Bar, named #1 Best Restaurant, according to Times Union 'Best of the Capital Region' Readers' Poll and also listed as one of 'the 13 Best New York Restaurants, not in NYC' according to Thrillist.com.
The Cheese Traveler has launched Cheese School. Upcoming classes include: Cheese 101, Cheese 102, Charcuterie, and Artisanal Foods from Spain. Information and tickets can be found here. Sign up for the Cheese Traveler Newsletter to be notified of weekly specials and events here .
Broadway Plaza Liquor is now open at 418 Broadway, next to Coulson's News.
+ Mingle on Delaware Ave in Albany. Be on the lookout for Fin the Fishmonger's "Fin"-tastic specials, including fresh haddock fish tacos & pan-seared whole trout. Their chef will be using local products to create new specials daily to keep the menu fresh. Try the Kimchi fries.
Food and beer
+Brown's Brewing-- a sponsor of the AOA BAd Boys, Broads and Bootleggers tour. Relax with a cask beer at the new Malt Room.
Historic home help
Historic Albany's architectural parts warehouse -- the Capital Region's only not-for-profit architectural parts warehouse.
April 15 has come and gone, but Staff Ciampino & Company, P.C. can still help you with your business and personal tax needs. They're also the sponsors of the All Over Albany Start Up Grant business contest.
Berkshire Bank, providing the $1,500 prize money for this year's AOA Startup Contest. Great rates on home equity loans.
Stuff to learn
The College of Saint Rose, proud sponsor of the All Over Albany Tournament of Pizza. the College of Saint Rose offers 52 Graduate Programs with a purpose. Programs include: MFA in Creative writing, MBA, Computer Information Systems and more.
The Albany Public Libraries. Their mobile app helps you find library locations and hours, check your library card account, learn about upcoming events, download eBooks, audiobooks, music and more. You can even check ISBN bar codes on books, DVDs and CDs to see if the library owns what you need.
Stuff to Try
Local gift ideas
+Urban Maker -- art, clothing, sculpture, jewelry and photography, made here in the Capital Region. Urban maker is currently seeking artists and crafters to sell their wares in this online local marketplace.
Places to live
+The Lofts at Harmony Mills, Manhattan style loft living in the Capital Region.
+Choose Cohoes -- Tourism, dining, entertainment and shopping in the Spindle City.
Here are a few highlights from the past week on AOA:
+ We gave away tickets to ASAP's Festival of Meats by asking about meaty things in the Capital Region.
+ Mary asked for roofing company recommendations.
+ We watched the 4+ hours of Capital Region casino presentations and condensed them into a 4-minute (or so) read.
+ Lauren surveyed composting services in the Capital Region.
+ We put together a clickable map of the results from the Andrew Cuomo-Zephyr Teachout primary -- Cuomo did not do well in the Capital Region.
+ What was up in the Neighborhood this week: not voting for Cuomo, jazz at the rumble site, woodland finds, a long hike, Grant's Cottage, the Saratoga Wine & Food Fest, beer week in Troy, salad, the right decision at the right time, sashimi with twigs, watching football, a metal silhouette of a massacre, an abandoned car wash, and goodbye.
+ If ever you need an excuse to go outside/leave work early/whatever on a sunny day, here it is.
+ Schenectady HS senior Draven Rodriguez won yearbook and the internet this week.
+ A peek inside the new City Line Bar and Grill in Albany -- a new building that doesn't really look like anything else around.
+ And, yep, they're broken up.
Here's the whole week all lined up.
Thanks to everyone who posted a comment or shared an idea or photo this week!
Draven Rodriguez photo: Vincent Giordano
When your ex takes your name off the chip fab.
Well, also, when they find someone new and together take a new name.
A lot of new buildings in this area are nice enough, but they don't really stand out.
So we've been keeping an eye on the new City Line Bar & Grill building as it took shape on Western Ave, constructed new from the ground up on the site of the former Sutter's Mill -- because it doesn't really look like anything else around it.
City Line officially opens Saturday. But it was operating Friday afternoon for a soft opening and we had a chance to get a look at the new restaurant and chat with one of its managers for a few minutes.
Here are a few bits and a handful of photos...
This is it: After more than six decades, Saturday and Sunday will be the final days for Hoffman's Playland. The kids amusement park is set to be open from noon-6 pm each day.
A crew from local production company Working Pictures has been documenting the amusement park's last few weeks for a documentary that will air on WMHT. They'll be there this weekend, recording memories of the park from people. WMHT is also collecting stories, home movies, and family snapshots for the documentary -- if you have something you'd like to share, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earlier on AOA: What I'll miss about Hoffman's Playland
photo: Tim Dawkins
Remember on Monday, when you wished it was the weekend? Well, wish granted. What you do with it is up to you.
After the jump, a few ideas we thought you might like. Got anything planned you don't see here? Drop it in the comments so the rest of the crowd can see.
And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend!
Troy councilwoman responds to accusations made over Lansingburgh incident, 35k E-ZPass users overbilled, push continues for Medal of Honor for Henry Johnson
Troy City Council member Anastasia Robertson said Thursday she had been "slandered and defamed" by comments made by Sgt. Thomas Hoffman, the head of the Troy Police Benevolent Association, at a city council meeting last week. And she asked for an ethics investigation of Hoffman. The PBA head had accused Robertson of inciting a crowd that had gathered around police during an incident in Lansingburgh in August, but a video indicates she had been trying to calm the crowd. [TU] [TWCN] [News10] [WNYT]
A casino employees unions has sent a letter to the state Gaming Commission alleging that managers for Rush Street Gaming -- which is aiming to open casinos in Schenectady and Newburgh -- have been harassing employees the union is trying to organize at the company's other casinos. The company has settled labor charges in the other city, and points to multiple "best workplace" awards for the casinos. [TU] [Daily Gazette]
The East Greenbush Zoning Board of Appeals has set a date for a public hearing on the planned development district being sought by the proposed Capital View casino project. [TU]
The Thruway Authority says about 35,000 E-ZPass users were overcharged because of an error at the Harriman toll barrier on I-87. The authority says users will be credited the overcharges. A spokesman declined to state the total amount of the overbilling. [Thruway Authority] [TU]
What could a parking space be if it wasn't a parking space?
That's one of the questions posted by Park(ing) Day, an event that will temporarily repurpose parking spaces in cities around the world on September 19. One of those cities is Albany.
Park(ing) Day blurbage:
PARK(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into "PARK(ing)" spaces: temporary public places. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals (operating independently of Rebar but following an established set of guidelines) creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.
The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat ... at least until the meter runs out!
The city of Albany is making spaces available at spots around the city from 11 am-4 pm on September 19. If you'd like to take over a space, contact Mary Millus in the city's Department of Development and Planning: email@example.com. The deadline is September 15 (here's a pdf of the application).
One example of what people have planned: The Graduate Planning Student Association at UAlbany is working to cobble together enough spaces to create a pop-up protected bike lane on Madison Ave along Washington Park. If you'd like to help them do that, we get the feeling they'd be happy to hear from you (there's contact info at that link above).
Something to listen to this afternoon: "Desiree" by Sean Rowe. It's off his new album, Madman, which was released this week. About the video, from his FB page: "I put aside my hatred for heights and and weariness of clowns to find my inner child. enjoy!" (People, the man is working through his clown issues for you.)
From a GQ bit this week pegged to the album:
Sean Rowe's new album Madman, which drops tomorrow, is gritty yet somehow catchier than a Taylor Swift song. More soulful too. His extra-deep voice pairs with folksy guitar riffs to make this the kind of album that's at once recognizable and nothing like you've ever heard before. The kind you can leave on repeat all day long: Seriously, try listening to "Desiree"--we have the premiere on the video below--just once. He describes Madman has his most buoyant, most personal album so far.
Oh, and also, he made a squirrel burger this week.
As mentioned, Rowe is playing a hometown show at CAC Woodside in Troy October 3 to celebrate the new album.
Going into Tuesday's Democratic gubernatorial primary, Andrew Cuomo had an enormous campaign cash advantage compared to Zephyr Teachout. So the Washington Post did some math on how much each campaign spent per vote won in the primary: Cuomo $60.62 | Teachout $1.57. (Cuomo will almost certainly have a huge money advantage in the general election, as well. His campaign had $32.5 million at the last filing. The Astorino campaign reported $2.4 million at its last filing.) [Washington Post]
Schenectady High School senior Draven Rodriguez has won yearbook this year. And the internet.
That's the photo he planned to submit to the yearbook this year, and started a pre-emptive petition for the photo's inclusion. Over at the Daily Gazette, Mark McGuire has some backstory -- and word from the school district about the photo's chances of making it in.
photo: Vincent Giordano
A string of brilliantly sunny days + walking by a house getting solar panels installed = our curiosity about how much sun Albany gets, and how it compares to other cities. (Of course, it had to be cloudy today.)
So we looked up the numbers -- and found a few things you might expect, and a few things you might not.
Capital Region commemorates 9/11, McCoy vetoes law to prevent cigarette sales in stores with pharmacies, post-game on Cuomo victory, the awesome photo that won't be among the senior portraits
Commemorating 9/11 in the Capital Region on the 13th anniversary.[TU]
Tuesday's election brought the lowest voter turnout in nearly a decade - only about 9.3 percent of registered 5.8 million Democrats showed up to vote. [CNY]
Cuomo on the narrower than expected margin of victory: ""Was this an opportunity for the groups that had an ax to grind to come together? Yes, I'm fine with 60 percent."[NYT]
Albany County Executive Dan McCoy vetoed legislation on Tuesday that would have banned the sale of tobacco products in stores with licensed pharmacies, claiming that the law is flawed because it lacks and enforcing agency, and a procedure to collect fines and a licensing law to allow the county to regulate cigarette sales. McCoy has directed the county attorney to instead draw up legislation to band the display of tobacco products in stores with pharmacies.[TU][WNYT][Record]
And you can always try searching for it: