This is what happens, Larry, when you find a stranger in the Alps.
Monthly Archives: April 2008
The Fed cut short-term interest rates by a 1/4-point today, down to 2%. At the rate these have been coming, The Fed is going to be paying banks outright to hold our loot by 2009.
I could rant for some time about how the Fed helping out the very banks that created our current economic mess is the very last thing the country needs, but in the dual interests of brevity and my mood for the evening, I will withhold that.
All of the streets in the lower 48 United States: an image of 26 million individual road segments. No other features (such as outlines or geographic features) have been added to this image, however they emerge as roads avoid mountains, and sparse areas convey low population. The pace of progress is seen in the midwest where suburban areas are punctuated by square blocks of area that are still farm land.
Looks really neat. Check out the closeup sections.
I removed the requirement to register/log in or use OpenID to post comments. I’ve decided to trust Akismet to filter allllllll the spam I get. Which is pretty much none.
A nice tale of sports(wo)manship involving softball, a home run, a torn ACL, the Pacific Northwest, and carrying one’s opponent across the field to the in-game detriment of one’s own team.
A web-based playable version of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy game by Infocom, located beyond this hyperlink. I spent countless hours in the Beaver Dam Community Library on an Amiga 1000 playing that game. I just spent about 2 hours playing it right now.
I remember noticing this the other day while skimming this week’s issue of the Dig (it’s usually too difficult to actually read the whole thing anymore). Someone ponied up for a 1/4 page ad ad put this in the space.
Thankfully, Rod Begbie has an internet-formatted version posted on flickr. Examine it here in all its full-size glory.
Every time I look at this, I crack up just a little bit more. It’s like peeling an onion.
Bill Buckner threw out the first pitch at the Red Sox home opener today. I think it’s great. Despite what most people tend to remember him for, Buckner was actually a really, really good player. He ranks in the top 50 all-time in singles, doubles, games played, at-bats, sac flies, and also lead the league in doubles twice and was the 1980 NL batting champ. He’s also 54th all-time in hits — not too shabby.
A lot of people on the Boston internets are whining about what a horrible choice it is, but seriously, if these people can’t let it go after the Red Sox won not just one but two World Series in the 22 years since Buckner made one measly error, they should probably reassess their priorities in life and but baseball a few dozen notches lower than they’ve got it now.
Anyway, a pretty funny comment was made on the boston.com Extra Bases weblog: “If the Varitek has any sense of humor at all, he’ll let the throw go between his legs.”
The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism has unveiled its new marketing slogan designed to woo vacationers from the four corners of the world to the fantastic Commonwealth: “It’s All Here“.
If you’re experiencing a sense that you’ve heard that phrase before, well, it’s because you have. Probably often, in fact; it was a tagline that accompanied Bud Light ads that was unveiled during a Super Bowl XXXVIII commercial. I recognized it instantly since I had heard it about 6.02×10^23 times during the 2004 Boston Cannons season as Bud Light advertises heavily with the MLL and I sit next to the PA announcer during games. Also, the ads were very common on MBTA trains; I recall entire 6-car Orange Line trains with nothing but “Bud Light: It’s All Here” ads. While I can understand that not all that many people have gone to a professional lacrosse game, I find it hard to believe that no one from the Office of Travel and Tourism has ever watched television or ridden the T.
So, Our Fair Commonwealth, I ask you: couldn’t you actually write something yourselves instead of blatantly stealing from a massive corporation?
The Woodrow Wilsons are playing with Harris tonight.
Chris and I have a long and storied history with Harris. Some of you may recall Center of the Earth. Center of the Earth played many, many, many shows with Harris. When Harris had some members leave the band, Jon and Jim joined forces with them and took their places.
So it’s exciting to play with our friends. But, it’s also the first time in about three years that all four members of Center of the Earth will be sharing a stage.
Not to overhype the show or anything, but I’m excited about this show in particular in a way that I haven’t been excited about a show in a long time. Plus, The Woodrow Wilsons will be giving you an unexpected surprise if you happen to be there.
Anyway, this show is the first of Harris’ month-long thursday night residency at O’Brien’s, and also features fantastic Boston bands Okay Thursday and Talk Modern.
I hope I’ve impressed upon you that this show will be awesome and that you should attend.
the quickshot info:
4/3 @ O’Brien’s in Allston (3 Harvard Ave.)
show starts at 9 (which is when we play), $8 cover