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Always argue with Fast Lane

Earlier this year I went through a Fast Lane toll gate to fast for the Fast Lane to pick up my id, but not so fast that they did not take a picture of my car and license plate.

When I received the letter telling me I had been charged 20 dollars for not being picked up on fast lane, my first reaction was to call fast lane, and get all 'Masshole' on them. The person I was talking to suggested it would be easier for me to send in a fax, than to discuss it with him.

What a genius! True genius. Because I sent in a fax, explaining how I did NOT know my car had not been read, and that I would like to pay for the missed toll.

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September 11th

This is another trinket received from MySpace. It is one thing to hear about it. It is another thing to see the names and to realize that these were people with lives, hopes and dreams and that they will never come back. It is equally disturbing to know how many of the victims were local to Massachusetts.

Please scroll through and remember.

Victims and Heroes who died at World Trade Center

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Beating a ticket

Got a ticket for improper passing on the right on Washington St. at the intersection with Waverly Ave. near Newton Corner. Contested the ticket. Spent hours preparing for the hearing. Punchline: The trooper representing the Commonwealth didn't have a copy of the citation, so I was found "not responsible" without saying a word in my defense.

The three people whose hearings were before mine were also found "not responsible".

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I believe I have discovered the latest exercise craze.

It's fun, you can work with or without a partner, and only a small amount of money is needed for apparatus. Most importantly, it will draw all those television addicted two year olds outside where they can get exercise.

Does a two year old screaming in glee, and clapping her hands count as exercise for her? Or just for the adult who should have known better, providing the entertainment.

The back story...

I had a small party yesterday, 30 people. two people under the age of 5. I, knowing nothing about children except that if you purchase them fudge, don't be there when their Mother sees them. - I also hear that until about the age of 3 they leak, but I have no experience in this phenomena. I purchased some large balls they could throw, some bubble stuff they could make bubbles with, or dump on the floor. Option two being the most popular with the two year old. I also bought some blow up punching bags.

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What happens when the city...

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Outfoxing Outfoxed

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Money is the driving power in media. Fox is driven by money but their drive is more visible because they stand alone on the right side of the spectrum. This article is less about the documentary, Outfoxed, than a commentary about modern media and politics.

Bear with me as I've written a ton of soft features lately. Here's something to wake up the politicos.

Somewhere, towards the end perhaps, this will be relevant to public relations.

Outfoxed, a 2004 documentary by Robert Greenwald, tries to show the dangers of corporate control over the media by citing commonly right-of-center news source, Fox. Greenwald and a group of volunteers monitored Fox News Channel 24 hours per day for several months looking for “conservative bias” in its news reporting. The resulting film shows that Fox is indeed a conservative-leaning media outlet and corporately controlled

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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

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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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