Monthly Archive for August, 2007

Free Wi-fi

The secret is outI’m not sure how I feel about the con­cept of free wi-fi in cof­fee shops and bars – sure, we all like “free”, and I’m always care­ful to order refills and tip the baris­tas copi­ous­ly. But, it can be impos­si­ble to get a table, because of wi-fi squatters.

This after­noon, I’m sit­ting at Fall Cafe in our new neigh­bor­hood, and look­ing around at the oth­er tables – each with a lap­top – and I see a lot of emp­ty cups – these peo­ple have been sit­ting here for hours. As you can see from the new sig­nage in the win­dow (left), this cafe believes that free wi-fi brings in cus­tomers. But I won­der if some peo­ple won’t become frus­trat­ed with the squat­ters, and go else­where for their coffee?

Con­tin­ue read­ing ‘Free Wi-fi’

First Week in Carroll Gardens

We arrived last Wednes­day, and unpack­ing is an ongo­ing project. We sold, gave away, or threw out most of our “big stuff”, so this move is not only about a new space, but also a lot of new pur­chas­es. A lot of the stuff we got rid of was from our col­lege days, and had also already made it through our fire.

Room & Board sofaI’m most excit­ed about our new sofa, which Lisa bought from Room & Board in SoHo. Thanks to Jason and Liz for tip­ping us off to this place – we loved every­thing we saw there. Their fur­ni­ture man­ages to be very mod­ern with­out look­ing uncom­fort­able or annoy­ing. (Of course, we real­ized lat­er that we chose the same sofa as the Yovanoff-De Mase home… but hey, good taste is good taste, right?

Con­tin­ue read­ing ‘First Week in Car­roll Gardens’

Free IKEA Sofa in Cambridge

Hi – one big piece of fur­ni­ture left before our move Wednes­day. It’s an IKEA sofa/couch:


Con­tin­ue read­ing ‘Free IKEA Sofa in Cambridge’

No Reservations”

Went to the Com­mon today to see a total chick flick: No Reser­va­tions [NY Times Review], star­ring Cather­ine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eck­hart. I fig­ured, hey, I’ve got lots of expired AMC The­aters gift cer­tifi­cates sit­ting around that have to be accept­ed in Mass­a­chu­setts by law, and I’ve got time… why not?

This film is a qui­et, under­stat­ed emo­tion­al tri­umph. Sure, we all love to watch Mrs. Dou­glas mope around the screen in a cute Chef’s out­fit, and who doesn’t like Aaron Eck­hart every moment he’s on screen? The dude made Thank You for Smok­ing watch­able, so he has talent.

But I was real­ly sur­prised by the down­beat, slow pace of the film. Abi­gail Bres­lin breaks your heart, as a recent­ly orphaned pre-tween forced to move in with her emo­tion­al­ly imma­ture Man­hat­tan­ite Aunt. Still, she finds the ener­gy to scheme and guilt her stunt­ed Aunt into falling in love with the goofy sous-chef that wears CrocsDid I men­tion that Eck­hart wears freak­ing Crocs in this film?

But, I real­ly focused on lit­tle Bres­lin – every­one knows her from the absurd, hacky Lit­tle Miss Sun­shine – but that’s too bad. She’s odd­ly affect­ing in this film, and her char­ac­ter is much more root­ed in reality.



To think that I feel guilty when our lit­tle ones’ dish­es are emp­ty, and they meow at me:

The sin­gle most effed up thing I’ve seen today.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, ‘Is Is’

New YYYThe new Yeah Yeah Yeahs EP Is Is is out, and it kind of reminds me why they were worth lis­ten­ing to in the first place.

From Pitch­fork:

Each aspect of her (Karen O’s) stage iden­ti­ty finds equal expres­sion on these songs, which only makes them sound more imme­di­ate and affect­ing. In fact, Is Is may be their most instant­ly acces­si­ble release, which is not a crit­i­cal dig but just a way of say­ing it finds a good bal­ance between alien­at­ing and invit­ing, between song and performance.

It was pro­duced by Aus­tralian Nick Lau­nay (who record­ed Gang of Four, Killing Joke, and Pub­lic Image Ltd). Not too shabby.

8/10 — iTunes


RavenclawAccord­ing to The Har­ry Pot­ter Sort­ing Hat Per­son­al­i­ty Test, I’m a Raven­claw — but just barely:

Raven­claw 75, Huf­flepuff 73, Slytherin 68, Gryffind­or 65

But, Lisa took the test for me, and is con­vinced that I’m quite Slytherin:

Slytherin 85, Gryffind­or 62, Raven­claw 61, Huf­flepuff 38

One of us has a per­cep­tion prob­lem, at least when it comes to me! What house are you?