The two guys that run the Boston map blog, Bostonography, are looking for crowd-sourcing help in their project to define the boundaries of the neighborhoods of the city. They’ve put together a handy-dandy mapping tool that lets you select a neighborhood and click around its boundaries as you see fit. I just did my neighborhood and will probably do a few more when I have time.
It’s been in the post for a while now, but it looks like Hite Radio & TV, one of the last remaining stalwarts of the South End, will be gone sometime this summer. It’ll be too bad to see it go… it’s where I got by stereo second-hand around ‘04 and where I got it fixed a few years after that.
Is it a bit of an eyesore? Sure. Will I be sad to see it go? Definitely. The end of my block will never be the same when it’s replaced by—you guessed it—luxury condos.
More from one of my favorite new podcasts, Lexicon Valley.
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo on a little word with big ambitions.
Have you noticed the seemingly stratospheric rise of the word “so” in recent years? People use it not only as a conjunction or an intensifying adverb—as in “That’s so awesome!”—but also to begin or end sentences in a manner pregnant with implied meaning. So … Bob Garfield and I set out to determine what this sort of “so” might in fact be accomplishing.
What used to be the fusty world of the gourmet has been transmogrified by Anthony Bourdain and the like into rock ‘n’ roll status. Or at least that’s what this NY Mag story purports. I can’t say I totally diagree. Like the indie rock youth culture (some call it hipster) of I-know-what-I-like-and-I’m-going-to-lord-my-great-taste-over-you culture has now found it’s way to food (well, I mean, it has been for years). The head has found it’s own tail and is eating itself (and many good, cheap places along with it) … it’s too bad everything has to become a “thing”…
“I’m not a foodie, I just like what I like,” she says. “Yes, I know, it’s just like hipsters saying, ‘I’m not a hipster.’ ” (The cliché cracks her up.) “But it’s like when my boss says, ‘Oh, you’re such a foodie.’ I’m like, Oh God. When I hear the word foodie, I think of Yelp. I don’t want to be lumped in with Yelp.” Just then, her iPhone goes off, and I glimpse her screen saver. It’s a close-up photo of a pile of gnarly, gristly pig’s feet, skin singed and torn, half-rendered fat and pearlescent cartilage beaming back the flash. The dish is from a tiny food stall in Taipei, she tells me. “It’s braised in a soy-based sauce, and they serve it on rice with pickled mustard greens.”
I ride a bike everywhere, but I would never consider myself a cyclist. This is probably why I’ve never heard of Graeme Obree. Using a homemade, radical frame design that took cues from downhill skiing, he broke the World Hour Record (distance cycled in one hour) in 1994. It’s a pretty amazing story and a guy with a maniacally singular focus.
My favorite Boston blog, Universal Hub, covers one of our oldest and least known laws… the requirement for municipal officials to “perambulate the bounds,” or walk their borders once every five years to make sure nobody’s moved the boundary markers. Good stuff.
Here’s what experimedia.net has to say about ambient musician Tim Hecker’s new album:
Tim Hecker’s latest work approaches a form of secular musical transcendentalism from within the battered temple of spirituality. Recorded in a church in Reykjavik, Iceland and using a pipe organ as the primary sound source, this new piece is essentially a live recording. In reality, it exists in a nether world between captured live performance and meticulous studio work, melding the two approaches to sonic artifice as a unity. It is in parts a document of air circulating within a wooden room, and also a pagan work of physical resonance within a space once reserved for the hallowed breath of the divine.
While the title of the piece ‘Hatred of Music’ might be a clue, the album is also partly an attempt to confront a pervasive negativity surrounding music. Historical rituals of destroying pianos, mountains of pirated CDRs pushed by bulldozers in Eastern Europe, or the melancholy of the digital music era began as sideline motifs which quickly informed the work on this record. They also really didn’t at all.
Despite that the context is wide open in such a form of musical abstraction, the substance of these immersive compositions showcases Hecker’s continued mastery of organizing sound into a visceral near entity. It is an almost physical presence that the listener feels as much as hears. This work is a significant contribution to Hecker’s oeuvre, one which spans over ten years of musical production. Ravedeath is an enigmatic document of beauty and force.
The album was recorded mostly over the period of one day in July of 2010. Iceland-based musician Ben Frost assisted with the engineering and performs on this recording.
good to see that thieves in Wellesley dress appropriately
During the Boston Marathon yesterday a bank in Wellesley was robbed by a “a white male, possibly in his 30’s, 5’8”- 6” feet in height, wearing a light colored fitted baseball hat, sunglasses, a white button down shirt, khaki shorts and boat shoes.
We’d all like to forget the Tim Thomas White House incident from not-too-long ago, but it look like Washington Capitals fans will dredging it up to taunt Thomas during the playoff game in D.C. tonight… here’s a Caps website that has instructions for trying to get our goalie off his game with various Obama-related paraphernalia.
You know the drill. The big links below will download PDFs, which will fit a normal 8.5″ x 11″ page snugly. Please print out a trillion of these and camp out in front of the glass during warm-ups. Cut out the eyeholes on the mask, tie it in front of your ugly mug, and give Thomas a warm welcome to Washington, D.C., the most powerful city on Earth. This is your moment to shine.
As a student of epidemiology and economics I feel duty-bound to apply my cursory knowledge of statistics to the novel natural cohort presented in the Hunger Games novel, as documented by author Suzanne Collins. I present a Hunger Games survival analysis: in a Cox proportional hazards model, which covariates are associated with the odds (or hazard ratios) being ever in your favor?
1. an explanation of the Hunger Games and facts relevant to this analysis
2. a snappy literature review of peripherally-related things other scholars have written on the subject
3. construction and presentation of data set
4. do the Gamemakers rig the draw? an analysis of expected lottery outcomes in scenarios differing by tessera and demographic trends
5. the main event: a Cox proportional hazard model to explore predictors of survival time in the 74th annual Hunger Games.
Not bad, though it might be more reproducible if he’d posted SAS code instead of Stata.
Let’s hope you’re not reading this column while munching on a chicken sandwich.
That’s because my topic today is a pair of new scientific studies suggesting that poultry on factory farms are routinely fed caffeine, active ingredients of Tylenol and Benadryl, banned antibiotics and even arsenic.
The Benadryl is apparently to reduce anxiety, the antibiotics are to reduce infection, and, the caffeine to keep them up longer hours so they can eat more. I’m guessing the first two could be considered a direct function of them being crammed into smaller and smaller spaces. More pitfalls of industrial farming…
new data on MA's universal healthcare says it's not been the budget-crusher some folks are touting it to be
A new report on Massachusetts’ healthcare reform is revealing. It appears that Massachusetts has achieved near universal health care coverage with only modest additional costs to state taxpayers.
Massachusetts has achieved near universal health care coverage with only modest additional costs to state taxpayers, according to a new study released today by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation (MTF).
The report, Massachusetts Health Reform Spending, 2006-2011: An Update on the “Budget Buster” Myth, found that state spending directly attributable to the health reform law grew from $1.04 billion in fiscal 2006 to $1.95 billion in fiscal 2011. The state’s share after accounting for federal reimbursements was $453 million, which equates to only 1.4 percent of the state’s $32 billion budget in fiscal 2011.