Monthly Archive for November, 2005

links for 2005-11-29


eatWe spent the week­end eat­ing and drink­ing to near excess with Matt & Sharon, who were vis­it­ing from New York.

Pres­ley out­did her­self again with the meal– con­jur­ing a deli­cious turkey, all the fix­ings, and a cou­ple of pies for our enjoyment.

Dom 1995Matt and Sharon even brought along a bot­tle of 1995 vin­tage Dom Perignon cham­paigne. Sharon received it as a gift from her work, but we esti­mated that this vin­tage is worth more than $150 per bot­tle… it was tasty, but we agreed that it didn’t leave any bet­ter impres­sion that a $8 bot­tle of Korbel.

AT&T Wireless -> Cingular -> AT&T?

new AT&T logo So, hav­ing been forcibly con­verted from AT&T Wire­less to Cin­gu­lar, I read this today:

Well, you can say good­bye to Cin­gu­lar. SBC,

Why? On the day we read about GM shed­ding 30,000 Amer­i­can jobs, I’m hav­ing a hard time under­stand­ing just what the hell U.S. Big-Business is up to. Some­body is mak­ing money on all these shenani­gans, but I’m not con­vinced that work­ers and con­sumers share in the party.

UPDATE: Won­der­ing about that new AT&T logo? It’s weak, right? Well, Rus­sell Beat­tie has a nice put-down review.

UPDATE 2: Design­wee­nie also feels uncom­fort­able with the new AT&T mark.

links for 2005-11-21

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links for 2005-11-14

Saturday walk

23 Sydney 3Wow, another week­end with great weather. Like last week, I took another walk around the neigh­bor­hood, and snapped some photos:

One of the more archi­tec­turally inter­est­ing build­ings to go up in recent years, is the lux­ury con­dos at 23 Syd­ney. They’re really lovely, but likely inhab­ited by wealthy Aholes.

More pho­tos here.

Good News Garage This is the famed Good News Garage, oper­ated by Ray Magliozzi of Car Talk fame.

curbs A while back I men­tioned that they were tear­ing up and re-paving Brook­line Ave, near our house… well, we noticed some­thing cool — they’re going to nar­row the road by about half, extend­ing the side­walk out 20 feet or so. I sus­pect a nice bus stop will soon follow.

Don't Dump I love these lit­tle plaques, which can be found all over Boston and Cam­bridge: “Don’t Dump. Drains to Charles River.” Is that where our toi­lets drain too?

The Kennedy Kerry Klan?

Polit­i­cal dis­course is in such a sad state, these days. Peo­ple on the Right viciously brand Democ­rats and Lib­er­als (cap­i­tal “L”) with ridicu­lous com­par­isons, while simul­ta­ne­ously charg­ing us with doing the same to them. And they get away with it. Here’s the lat­est exam­ple, involv­ing Gov­er­nor (and likely 2008 GOP Pres­i­den­tial can­di­date) Rom­ney of Mass­a­chu­setts, who was intro­duced by attor­ney Ger­ald Walpin at a Fed­er­al­ist Soci­ety event:

Today when most of the coun­try thinks of who con­trols Mass­a­chu­setts, I think the mod­ern day KKK comes to mind – the Kennedy, Kerry Klan.”

Rom­ney laughed along with the audi­ence, The Boston Globe reported in a story for Friday’s edi­tion, and thanked the speaker for “a very gen­er­ous introduction.”

I’m not sure which part is more ridicu­lous, but since Rom­ney promptly backpedaled and apol­o­gized. As for Walpin, the com­par­i­son is more than offen­sive – it’s ahis­toric, given all the work Sens. Kennedy and Kerry have done in the area of civil rights.

Why not also assert that Rosa Parks sat at the front of the bus for States’ Rights? That makes about as much sense as this KKK joke.

links for 2005-11-12

WBUR Podcasts

On PointAsk, and ye shall receive. NPR pow­er­house WBUR has started offer­ing it’s pro­gram­ming in Pod­cast pack­ag­ing. Now, you can down­load and lis­ten to On Point and Here and Now, on your iPod.

There are some lim­i­ta­tions, how­ever… due to the music licens­ing cabal, they can’t offer con­tent that con­tains music licensed for broad­cast only – appar­ently ASCAP and BMI think that peo­ple will rip songs out of MP3 Pod­casts, and share it with their friends. Not only is this ridicu­lous on its face, but it also blindly ignores the inher­ent pro­mo­tional poten­tial afforded by Pod­cast­ing. So, they have to edit out bumper music, and prob­a­bly skip music shows altogether.

Also, even with this caveat, they aren’t offer­ing the full shows. On Point‘s shows are approx­i­mately 20 min­utes long, and Here and Now seems to only include 1 main seg­ment (8–10 mins). I’m not sure if this is a band­width con­sid­er­a­tion, callers’ per­mis­sion, or what. Since they stream on the inter­net both live and full on-demand archives, I don’t see how either of these could be reason.

Maybe they just want to ensure that you tune in your radio dial…

links for 2005-11-10


Our ceil­ing is leak­ing, ever so slowly, above my 20-inch apple cin­ema dis­play… bet­ter double-bag it.

links for 2005-11-08

Election Day


It’s Elec­tion Day, and I haven’t done much research on the City Coun­cil race here in Cam­bridge. The Globe has a spe­cial elec­tion sec­tion, but I can’t find much infor­ma­tion on Our Fair City.

I hate to cast votes blindly, but what can I do at this point? Go by the signs in my neigh­bors’ yards? By how much polit­i­cal mail I’ve received? (Jesse Gor­don wins on that count) Or, per­haps I’ll just take the advice of drunk­ards.


The national media seems to be writ­ing an awful lot into the Vir­ginia governor’s race. Due to a one 4-year term limit on that office, pop­u­lar Demo­c­ra­tic Gov­er­nor Mark Warner is out, but his Lieu­tenant Gov is still lead­ing by 4–5 points:

[Warner], who has anointed Mr. Kaine the can­di­date who can con­tinue the poli­cies he says have brought the state a bud­get sur­plus and improved scores on school tests.

Sounds like Al Gore’s 2000 strat­egy… Being a charis­matic Demo­c­rat from a Red state, it will be inter­est­ing to watch Warner in the next 3 years. ABC News’ The Note points out:

Sen. Clinton’s camp is closely watch­ing the out­come of the Vir­ginia guber­na­to­r­ial race, claims the New York Daily News, out of con­cern that a Kaine win could make Gov. Mark Warner a more for­mi­da­ble oppo­nent for the 2008 Demo­c­ra­tic pres­i­den­tial nomination.

Obvi­ously, if Kaine and the Dems can hold on to the VA Governor’s man­sion, the White House should be the one wor­ry­ing. Can’t wait to see how they spin this one.

Squirrel Brand

Squirrel BrandWe dis­cov­ered an inter­est­ing urban story on a walk we took this past week­end, down Colum­bia Street in Cam­bridge map… the famous Squir­rel Brand candy and nut com­pany fac­tory, made famous by 90′s swing-revivalists Squir­rel Nut Zip­pers, (don’t let that turn you off).

After decades of pro­duc­tion, the com­pany moved on, but the city and com­mu­nity stepped in and con­verted the build­ing and grounds to afford­able housing:

The Squir­rel Brand build­ing had to be gut­ted. Its 132 6-by-8-foot win­dows, 12.5-foot ceil­ings, and wood floors had been sat­u­rated by more than eight decades of molasses steam. Just-A-Start offi­cials esti­mate a cost of $6 mil­lion to ren­o­vate the fac­tory and two smaller build­ings the orga­ni­za­tion pur­chased nearby. But they say they remain com­mit­ted to sav­ing the build­ing rather than lev­el­ing it.

Also, I had no idea just how much candy was man­u­fac­tured here… Necco, Tootsie-Roll, Squir­rel Brand:

In 1928, at the height of an era when Cam­bridge pro­duced most of the treats that sat­is­fied the nation’s sugar crav­ing, 32 con­fec­tionary man­u­fac­tur­ers flour­ished within the city lim­its. They took ships’ holds full of sugar or molasses from the West Indies and turned it into gooey, sticky, and choco­latey treats.

Unfor­tu­nately, only a Toot­sie sub­sidiary remains on Main Street…

links for 2005-11-06

PageRank and Me

When I switched this weblog’s domain from to a while back, I wanted to main­tain both URLs for a tran­si­tion period, so as not to lose readers.

Sounds inno­cent enough, but since then, Google has stopped deep-indexing this site. On the advice of Casey, I tried re-directing with 301s, pro­vid­ing a sitemap with every entry on this site, and a whole lot of other trick­ery… all with­out luck. To this day, search­ing the old domain is more fruit­ful than search­ing the new one.

Since I’ve tried every­thing I can think of, I think the fact remains that has a higher PageR­ank than… There are still many peo­ple who link to the old domain.

I’ve started send­ing out emails to the peo­ple I know about. But, won’t you help me out, and update your URL?

Thanks in advance.

links for 2005-11-02

links for 2005-11-01