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Deval Patrick slows commute (sort of)

The candidate himself did not make my commute more annoying. That was courtesy of his ‘political groupies’.
 People were out campaigning for Deval Patrick with signs this
morning on and around the rotary on the Jamaicaway (where it merges
with Arborway). This slowed my morning commute considerably, as the
usual problem of people being terrified to enter the rotary was
compounded by the spectacle (and resulting rubbernecking) of Deval
Patrick supporters happily waving and holding signs. Somehow, this
makes me less inclined to vote for him.
I imagine it was someone’s bright idea to do this today, as last night
was the (sort of freeform) pre-primary debate between the three
Democratic candidates for governor.

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Steve Irwin, 1962-2006

As read on PRrag.com

Steve Irwin, internationally known documentary film maker, entertainer and outdoorsman died Monday while filming an underwater documentary. He was 44 years old.

Irwin, known for his enthusiasm and genuine love for nature, died when a stingray, buried in the sand while Irwin was snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, stung him in the chest. Despite a direct puncture to the chest, Irwin was captured on film fighting to the end. He was able to remove the fatal stingray barb from his chest in the last moments of his life.

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Project Kite

Project Kite is an outdoor public art installation and benefit by Jessica Watkins and sponsored by Ministry of Art and Place and River of Life Church to promote the awareness of female infanticide and feticide in India.

Millions of women are missing from the Indian population from female infant mortality and the practice of gender-specific abortion. Gender ratios are catastrophically skewed, and in some areas, there are less than 700 women to every 1,000 men. This must be stopped. By spreading the word of this issue, and creating a shift in the attitude towards women in India, we can be the voice for these girls and give a chance to future generations.

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Driving test for drivers license in Boston

I have just failed the driving test two times at the Reading DMV. Each time it was for backing up but each time I have taken the test the expectations are different according to the testor. Has anyone taken the driver's test somewhere else where it is a little easier?

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A new blog source

Just wanted to drop a note here for the launch of the revamped dog boston web site.

http://www.dogboston.com/blog/

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Microsoft vs. Google: The Data War

Google began with an almost ridiculously simple web site in an age of complexity. At the same time, the most popular search engines including Yahoo! were complicated and verbose portals of information, sorted into detailed categories. Google appeared with little more than a dialog box and very rapidly changed the way people seek out data on the Internet.

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Rush hour pacing slowed

I wonder whose bright idea it was to do roadwork on VFW Parkway during the day? Why in the world would the DPW think it's a good idea to shut down an entrie lane during rush hour?

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A Red Sox question

Last night I decided to pull myself out of the funk caused by the Sox forgetting how to play ball. So we went out, to The Top of the Hub. A place where baseball does not exist.

And they won.

So, do I stay up and watch tonight, and hope they win again? Or do I find someplace else to hide tonight? Some place where my boys are far from my thoughts. Where by not paying attention to them, they could be convinced to win?

And 'they' say, the players are idiots.

Even the Onion is confused

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PRrag.com remembers Joe Rosenthal

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Joe Rosenthal, the Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist who captured the flag raising at Iwo Jima despite being told he was too blind for combat duty in World War II, died Sunday. He was 94.

Mr. Rosenthal captured one of the photography age's most treasured--and perhaps the most reprinted--images when, in a fraction of a second, he caught five marines and a sailor raising the American Flag over the disputed Japanese island on February 23, 1945.

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Fox + MySpace + Google

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This may cause a little confusion.

According to a News Corp. press release, Twentieth Century Fox will start selling movies and television shows through web sites owned by its parent company, News Corp, which also owns IGN Entertainment.

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Cooking for Singles ... or The Gourmet Recluse?

Recently single TellHimFred wonders about the Boston Center for Adult Education's class entitled "Cooking for Singles," and whether the class will help him learn to cook better meals, or if it's meant to (like the description of the course says) "meet that "special someone" while chopping carrots."
Commenters have added their own class ideas, including:

  • The Gourmet Recluse
  • Haute Cuisine for Hermits
  • Lunch for the Loner?
  • Dinner for the Detached?
  • Breakfast for bachelors/bachelorettes?
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NSTAR cancels paper bills for all E-Bill customers, without their permission

NSTAR just notified all customers who had signed up for the E-Bill service to be able to pay bills online, but who did not opt to stop receiving paper statements, that they were going to no longer receive paper statements whether they like it or not.

Read all about it on my main blog.

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“I am going to be a Rabbi, and I don’t believe in God”

The above quote comes from my new blog.

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Fox + MySpace + Google = $$$

This may cause a little confusion.

According to a News Corp. press release, Twentieth Century Fox will start selling movies and television shows through web sites owned by its parent company, News Corp, which also owns IGN Entertainment.

IGN Entertainment owns Direct2Drive, a successful PC game downloading entity in its own right.

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Dueling dual highway names

Why do people still use '128' to refer to Interstate 95?

As it was explained to me by several Boston and Providence natives, the road is Interstate 95 and no longer actually 128. Naturally, this leaves me very curious about why they do it.

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Ode to a quiet Saturday

My neighborhood is so quiet today. My neighbors work hard all week. So today is their one day a week to do nothing. Not to do yard work, not to work on cars, not to repair their homes. But to do nothing.

Dogs are not being walked, laundry is not being done. And since it is coldish out, in the mid 70's there are very few people walking to the beach. So the road is quiet. This day is cool, cool enough so that for the first time this week, all the air conditioners are just boxes in the windows. A light breeze plays with the trees, not strong enough to turn the leaves or threaten rain, but enough to rustle the grass and keep the birds and squirrels hidden away.

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More UMass Garage Fallout

On Thursday, UMass Boston Chancellor Michael Collins updated the university community via email on the state of UMB's crumbling garage: 

"I am writing to share a development regarding the original parking garage. Last night, several sections of pipe fell from the ceiling of the Lower Level. Thankfully, no one was injured, and since we had closed the garages on July 19, no vehicles were struck by the debris."

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The colors of fear

The Department of Homeland Security raised the terror levels for domestic air travel and all flights bound for the United States from the United Kingdom to high (orange) and severe (red) respectively. This move comes with the news that a major terrorist plot was foiled in Britain.

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Should I be sad at the loss, or happy to loose the posers.

The Sox are to say the least, returning to the not so glory days of the Sux. The amazing ability to walk into a major league park and completely forget what the heck they do for a living. To swing the bat as if Pitchers are throwing golf ball. I would say they are fielding with all the prowess of me, but I have caught a baseball once.

At the same time, I am watching my friends and neighbors, get bored with the Sox. People who in years past i.e. pre 2004 could not find Fenway Park on a map. Who became fans somewhere in the middle of the Dave Roberts run from first to second on October 17th, 2004 and Opening Day of 2005. These fans do not keep up with the players, or know who the team is playing until they turn on NESN. But what they lack in knowledge, they make up for in enthusiasm, and noise.

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Massachusetts, Boston and Cambridge police play pass-the-buck with potential terrorists

In an ideal world, the treatment received by a private citizen calling 911 would inspire confidence in the ability of the police to protect people from crime and terrorism. In reality, it seems designed to inspire confidence only in the criminals and terrorists.

Read more about my recent unfortunate encounter with the men in blue (or at least their 911 dispatchers) here.

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