Mets vs. Tiggers


The matchup of New York and Detroit that should have occurred 4 months ago finally took place today in Port St. Lucie. The Tigers won 5-4 despite a late Mets rally. Absolutely nothing happened according to Greg, but Mike says it signifies winter’s retreat. He’s right too as it is significantly warmer in the Northeast…

What do you do if you’re a meat-eater living with a vegetarian?


A lovely article in The Guardian has great suggestions for meat-eaters on how to relate with vegetarians. Lucky for me I live with a conscinetious omnivore, but the article is useful for anyone you know and may take a meal with. I wish I had this article twelve years ago. I could have given it…

Fun & Games


Easy: From Ironic Sans, see how many US States you can name in ten minutes. I got all 50 in 3:23. Hard: The Impossible Quiz Deluxe from DeviantArt (takes a while to load). Potentially Addictive: Vox Imperium, a web-based civilization-type game. I haven’t tried it yet. I’m not sure if I should but here are…

Metametaanalysis


Q: What’s worse than the media wasting a lot of time and space with endless coverage of celebrity fluff? A: Media wasting time and space writing about how bad it is that the media wastes a lot of time and space with endless coverage of celebrity fluff? Q: What’s worse than the media wasting time…

Equine Scatology


The Infoplease Editor’s Blog contains an entry about the popular misconception that the number of hooves in the air on an equestrian statue indicates how the rider met his death. I remember my father telling of this urban legend when I was a child (incidentally when describing the George Washington statue in Boston’s Public Garden…

White Airborne Objects


In Boston, it’s snow. In Port St. Lucie it’s baseballs. I’m not the kind of baseball fan who eagerly follows Spring Training from the moment pitchers and catchers report. Generally I tune in to the first couple of Grapefruit League games and the realize that non-competitive games are pretty dull and go back into hibernation…

Virginia Apologizes for Slavery


Some interesting news from my former home commonwealth Virginia. Both houses of the General Assembly unanimously approved a resolution to apologize for slavery and exploitation of Native Americans. The measure of course is merely symbolic. The crimes occurred a century and more ago committed by people long since deceased. Due to the liquidity of the…

Rite of Election


The first Sunday of Lent is one of those occasions that reminds me of the catholic (small “c”) nature of the Catholic (big “C”) Church.  The Rite of Election is the beginning of the home stretch for people who are becoming Catholic: the Catechumens (individuals who will receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and first…

Movie Review: The Twelfth Annual Bugs Bunny Film Festival!


Every February, The Brattle Theatre presents the Bugs Bunny Film Festival and last night I took in their All Bugs Review. Bugs Bunny is not my favorite Looney Tunes character — that would be Pepe Le Pew — but he was featured in these 11 classic comedy capers (dig that alliteration). The Rabbit of Seville…

Boston Athenaeum Lecture Series: Libraries and Copyright


Last night I attended a lecture called Libraries and Copyright: Hands Off, That’s Mine! Who Owns What And For How Long? at Boston Public Library’s Raab Lecture Hall. The lecture is part of a series Current and Back Issues: Persistent Themes in the Library, part of the bicentennial events of the Boston Athenaeum (despite this,…

Four Quick Movie Reviews


The movies were of average length, but the reviews are quick. Here’s what I’ve been watching on DVD the past week or so. Thank You For Smoking (2005) First off, I spent most of the movie wanting to slap Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart) across the face for being smarmy non-stop. Second, this is one of…

Ash Wednesday


And so Lent begins. It doesn’t feel like it’s started for me yet, because I’ve not yet been to church. I meant to get up early and go to Mass before work, but it didn’t happen. To paraphrase Neil Sedaka, “Waking Up Is Hard To Do.” I’m a bit peeved about it. Going to church…

Beer Review: La Fin Du Monde, brewed by Unibroue


I used to be in the habit of tasting and rating a variety of beers. Now that I have this blog I want to revive that habit and share my beer reviews for the world. I wanted to drink a fancy beer for Mardi Gras. I couldn’t find a New Orleans beer like Dixie or…

Happy Mardi Gras


“”I think there should be a national carnival, much the same as Mardi Gras in Rio. There should be a week of national hilarity . . . a cessation of all work, all business, all discrimination, all authority. A week of total freedom. That’d be a start. Of course, the power structure wouldn’t really alter….

My Favorite Podcasts


Not so long ago, I was under the impression that I would never need a mp3 player. After all, who needs to have 1000+ songs at once? After I received an iPod as a gift my opinion swiftly changed, and found that listening to a shuffle of a 1000+ songs was a good way to…

Boo Librarians! Yay Librarians!


A censorship scandal has arisen over Newbury Medal-winning children’s book The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron because the book includes the name of a body part, specifically “scrotum.” What’s shocking about this is that librarians are actually pulling the book off the shelves themselves whereas librarians are generally defenders against such ludicrous attempts…

Book Reviews: Mrs. Pollifax and Brother Cadfael


I tend not to read genre fiction (and by that I mean things like romance, sci fi, mystery, fantasy, etc.) but when I find a series I like I get hooked. Things like character, good writing, and drama tend to trump all other things regardless of genre. My book club introduced me to two different…

Urban Transit Round-Up


Suggestions are floating around the blogosphere that public transit systems should be free. Environmentalist Theodore W. Kheel made the suggestion at a conference in New York as documented by Streetsblog. Why make the subway free? First, Kheel said it would save the city money overall. (He didn’t elaborate on how, but I imagine that savings…

Advertising Gone Wrong


In my daily travels about town, I’ve noticed a couple of advertisements that are really sending the wrong message. First there’s this storefront in Union Square. Apparently this is the place to go when you are lucky enough to have a Nigerian general who needs to put large sums of money into your account. I…

A Parade in Olde Cambridge


Keeping with my resolve to participate more in the cultural events of the greater Boston area, I attended the Woman of the Year Parade presented by Hasty Pudding Theatricals. Somehow I have missed this event in my previous eight years. That the easy-on-the-eyes Scarlett Johansson was the guest of honor made a motivating factor to…