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No red light running

Downtown Washington, DC has these signs everywhere. Boston is in desperate need for some:

No red light running photo on Flickr

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MoveOn's Eli Pariser to speak at the Ford Hall Forum on Sunday, 10/2

MoveOn's Eli Pariser will be speaking in Boston Sunday, Oct. 2 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The event, sponsored by Ford Hall Forum, will be held at Faneuil Hall. It is free and open to the public. The last 40 minutes of the program is reserved for questions from the audience, so please come to listen and to engage!

For more information, call Ann Sanders at 617-373-5800 or email [email protected].

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T billboard

Anyone see the new T billboard off the SE Expressway. It is right before you go in the tunnel. It says:

unleaded super unleaded premium plus... T
3.05 3.15 3.25... (This is the T logo, sorry i can't make it more obvious.)

Glad to see my fare money and taxes are going to tell me the price of gas. The Ts new thing is all about gas prices. The poll on their website is how much do you take the T because of gas prices.

Why am I complaning? Its better than the last sign that said: DependibiliT.

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Our own inner circles of hell

Newly arrived from California, Susan quickly gets lessons in how http://adam.rosi-kessel.org/weblog/boston/boston_v...">our fair state's insurance and mass-transit systems really work. First, she's forced to lie about where she got her car, because it was a gift from her aunt and the official form for insurance doesn't list "aunt" as a family member from whom gifts are acceptable:

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MDC Concrete Menagerie

While Geocaching in Medford/Woburn/Winchester this weekend doing a really cool series of caches about the Middlesex Canal, we came across this little glade with a menagerie of concrete alphabet animals in it. I didn't grow up here, and have never seen these before... so I found them endearing and lovely. I also thought they were horribly sad, because there was no one playing on or with them. The beach (Sandy Beach) was far away from these creatures. They should be moved closer to the fun.

I felt somewhat sad hanging around them, and totally enjoyed my 8 year old climbing on all of them.

Are any of you life-long Bostonians familiar with these creatures? Someone told me there used to be a similar grouping of these things in Nahant. Any other MDC parks have these (or do you remember some and they are no longer there?)

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Dude

Dude, how come when I go to "our blogs," the last several entries are mine and they're all like a month apart? Does no one blog in their blogs?

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A Dichotomy of Order

In London, while enduring the aftermath of a terrorist attack, they print signs to ease turmoil. In Boston, well, chaos reigns...

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Selective respect for life?

At least 30 people were killed in England this morning.

At least 27 people were killed in Iraq this week.

The people killed in England were killed using deadly weapons.

The people killed in Iraq were killed using deadly weapons.

The people killed in England were killed by foreigners who had not been asked by the country's government to enter the country for the purpose of detonating weapons.

The people killed in Iraq were killed by foreigners who had not been asked by the country's government to enter the country for the purpose of detonating weapons.

The people killed in England were killed by people who are believed to have disagreed with England's government and who are not believed to have known anything specific about the people killed.

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Well, it's, um, accurate

From an ad for a job at a large hospital network that has two similar hospitals in Westwood and Pembroke and has a small child/adolescent unit in Lowell:

"Salary will be commiserate with experience."

I used to work there; the salary and the experience DEFINITELY commiserate with one another.

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Boing for you, boing for me...

Dude. I'm loving the new Starbucks doubleshot promo where the guy rides around near North Station on a Starbucks bike and hands out doubleshots from his bike basket. I'm wondering how effective it really is as a promotion though, because I'm getting at least one per day from this guy, so I'm not going to need to buy the stuff ever. But hey, free boing. Gotta love that.

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I won't call him Mayor MeniNO* no mo'

So Tuesday of last week I used the mayor's online complaint/suggestion form to bitch about the rampant illegal parking in a Fenway/Kenmore resident zone on Ipswich Street during Sox games. I suggested making the street a tow zone during the hours it's residents only (after 6pm). To my surprise, a nice lady from the Department of Transportation (or some such agency) called me yesterday to follow up.(!) She gave me two pieces of information that made my day. First, the fine for illegal parking in a resident zone is up to $40 from $20, so it's roughly keeping pace with the cost to park legally on a neighborhood lot during baseball games. Second, she's calling the situation to the attention of a Jimmy Mansfield (I forget his job title but I think he's a state official). She said that during BU (I'm pretty sure it was BU, but it could have been BC) football games, the surrounding streets are temporary tow zones for nonresidents, and they're working on getting the same status for the Fens during Sox games. So yay for me, I'm civically active. :P

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Unless you hate kittens.....

This Saturday, the Ellen M. Gifford Sheltering Home, the sole no-kill cat shelter in the Allston/Brighton area, is holding a yard/craft/bake-sale to raise funds from 9 AM to 3 PM.
This shelter is truly deserving of your support, as it serves as a safe-haven for cats in need of homes and never resorts to euthanasia (translation: up to 20 years of kitty litter, cat chow, and vet bills per cat!) There will be a raffle for gift certificates to local businesses; handmade jewelry, baked goods, crafts, and plants for sale. Not to mention all of the wonderful kitties looking for good homes.... The shelter is located at 30 Undine Road, off of Lake Street in Brighton. Lake Street is off Commonwealth Ave., just by Boston College (the last stop) on the B-Line.

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"Emergency Peace Demonstration" in Cambridge

The following is from an email announcement I received:

Emergency peace demo Tuesday June 14, 10:30 to 1, Cambridge Common

Veterans for Peace are coming as early as 8 AM. Others are setting up grave markers in front of the churches.

This Tuesday, the Army and National Guard will try to solve their
recruiting crisis -- in Cambridge. They are bringing military bands and
honor guards, a parachute jump team, Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans,
Recruiting and Retention's Super HumVee, and a UH-60 "Blackhawk"
Helicopter to Cambridge Common for the 230th birthday of the army.

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Warsitting

I was surprised the other day when I was having trouble connecting to our access point from our back porch (those durn metal door- and window frames!) and out of curiosity, turned on site survey and saw three other addresses pop up - all un-encrypted and one offering direct access to somebody's PC. Since we don't have all that many neighboring houses, it would probably be pretty easy to figure out who the networks belong to and talk to them about, at a minimum, turning WEP on. Should I?

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I Hate Remembering Passwords

I just want to say that I am so sick of trying to remember passwords and what email address I used to register where, etc. etc.

Can't we just hurry up and get to the point where we all have those little fingerprint readers (what are they called, isometrics or something?) so that the universe can just recognize me by that? I promise to avoid getting boo boos on the pads of my fingers. Just stop the password madness!

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Boston Rant #1

Here's something appalling I've noticed about Boston drivers:

They don't get out of the way for ambulances!

Read the rest of my rant here.

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Flag desecration amendment is back again.

The US Congress is once again talking about the constitutional amendment to prohibit the physical desecration of the US flag. The House joint resolution (H.J. Res. 10, 108 sponsors) was introduced on March 2, and the Senate (S.J. Res. 12, 51 sponsors) on April 14.

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Talk of the Nation: BostonWAG Reaction

Talk of the Nation had a story about Municipal WiFi today, with representatives from Chaska, MN, Philly, Verizon, and CNET (huh?).

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?story...

For those of you that haven't heard the discussion between "the sides" of the Municipal WiFi debate, it's an interesting place to hear the opinions, including those of Verizon and public opinion. Requires real player or Window Media.

IMO:

- The CNET guy is an idiot (sometimes). He claims that anyone putting together a network with 802.11b is using 'old old' technology and it will have to be replaced in 3 years, thus implying that you shouldn't do it.

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The Joys of Boston

Two experiences tonight, the first wonderful and the second annoying.

First, the good news. I went with Evan to see Same Sex America at the MFA as part of the Independent Film Festival of Boston. Great movie and great audience. Lots of cheers, or boos and hisses when appropriate (especially when Gov. Romney's face appeared onscreen). The filmmakers were there, as were most of the cast members, and they had a nice question and answer session after the film. This kind of film festival (we're going to see Stolen at the Brattle Theatre tomorrow) is one of the great things about living in the big city.

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Sometimes, It's Bad to Be Number One

I am only posting this here because I don't want to add any fuel over at my own site (http://www.bigdumptruck.com).

See, apparently, because I take random words and string them together to form semi-coherent thoughts, those random words can also be strung together in other ways. And apparently, something in this weeks entries have shot me to the top of the MSN search engine results if you are looking for...girls with big butts.

I did not write about girls with big butts. I certainly don't have pictures (if that's what they want). But yes, MSN is sending people to me. Maybe I should put a paypal link up and tell people I'll have my big butt send them a personal email - and then I'll just sit on the keyboard.

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