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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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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

AS SEEN ON PRRAG.COM

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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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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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.

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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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.

Westie way ahead of Paul Ruditis

My wife and I just returned from our summer vacation but not before she insisted on a trip to Barnes and Noble in order to augment her supply of summer eading materials. We are new to the "empty nest" situation but have lost little time in adapting to our new lifestyle. I was intigued by one of my wife's selections written by a Mr. Paul Ruditis. This particular tome introduced me to an altogether new meaning to the phrase "rainbow party." The unfortunate reality is that when I googled the phrase, it confirmed a suspicion harbored by my wife and I for the last 5 or 6 summers.

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Smear campaign against Jack Hart and James Rooney

I just got a phone call with a prerecorded message about House BIll 4493, which you can read here. The message claimed that the bill was going to be passed "tomorrow" and that I should call the backer of the bill (Senator Jack Hart) and the director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (James Rooney) to complain. The message directed me to visit the site mccabillexposed.com for additional information. But something's not right about this.

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MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR 2006 CANDIDATE STEVE MACMILLAN 14494 REPUBLICAN

THIS CAMPAIGN IS FUNNY I GREW UP IN MILTON NEAR PATRICK HE LIVES NEXT DOOR TO JOE DEBESSE AND NOW LIVE NEAR CHRISTY AND GOT PAID FROM TOM RILEY RECENTLY,AND I HANG AROUND WITH WILLIAM GALVIN THE NEPHEW IN HYANNIS SAME NAME,AND MY GIRL FRIEND CLEANS TEDS HOUSE MANSION FROM BRAZIL SALETE BATISTA AND ISABEL THEY SEE MISTER WILSON THERE INVENTER IN NORWOOD FIRST INETERNET BUILDER NAVY VET STEVE MACMILLAN PO BOX 1114 FORSTDALE MA 02644 I WAS TRAINED BY THE TOUGHEST IN THE NAVY AND PERFECTION WAS A MUST THATS WHAT I BRING TO MASSACHUSETTS I WILL GET THE STATE HOUSE IN SHAPE IN TWO WEEKS LIKE MY DRIL

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Romney and Gibson, unlikely to be paired up...

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In an interesting twist of public relations fate today, two public figures have found themselves fending off allegations stemming from the use of language considered racially or ethnically charged.

One is a Mormon governor. One is a conservatively-Christian Hollywood mainstay.

In the first example, Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney used the phrase "tar baby" to describe the Big Dig. The story started out on the local television and radio programs and made national headlines this morning.

Roundhouse

Today as I walked to work I made my ritualistic glance at the Roundhouse that at first I never noticed and ever since I have it has haunted me. I am on a quest to learn as much as possible about it and this seems to be a good venue to share things I find and get in put from those of you who know more about certain aspects of the house... so today I have compiled a list of links (this is my first step of course):

Wikipedia:
en.wikipedia.org/...Somerville,_Massachusetts)

Culture Junkie:
stephanierogers.typepad.com/stephanie_rogers/architecture_home_decor/

Somerville old House Organization

www.somervilleoldhouse.com/article.php?articleID=r...

Enoch Robinson:
www.erbutler.com/...page=2#12

Somerville Historic Preservation Commision
www.ci.somerville.ma.us/CoS_Content/documents/minu...

Answers.com
www.answers.com/topic/round-house-somerville-massa...

Next chance I get I need to go to the library, and somerville meuseum.aside from the owners, does anyone know of anyone else who woudl be a good resource?

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When writing starts to feel like work...

I finished the first draft of my first novel last week, which gave me a great sense of accomplishment and pride, along with excitement and some relief.
Since then though, as I've been reading the whole book from start to finish for the first time, I've realized that a whole new project has begun. And this is not the part of writing that I find to be fun; the editing and the re-writes...

It's an amazing process though really. You can almost see that I was probably in a different place in my life during different sections, just by the writing, and scenes that I thought worked for me then, need to be tweaked some now. I know full well that going through this process will make the novel much better in the end, but right now, having to actually do the work just sucks! :)

What the FUCK!

I am offended as a man and someone who lives in this country...
I just saw another disgusting HUMMER commercial. A guy is in line at a supermarket and the clerk is scanning his package of tofu (which I don't like, by the way, so this is not a vegetarian rant. I love meat!) and it won't go through. He looks behind him and sees that the man to his left has a pile of meat on the belt. He looks embarassed and then flees the store, runs out and buys a Hummer!
And the AD say, "Restoring the balance of man."

So is it not manly to eat tofu or NOT drive a Hummer?? These commercials, the Hummer in general, insult me in so many ways that I can barely explain them all.

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Big Dig Questions About Faulty Materials/Design

I'm working on a story about the materials failure within Boston's Big Dig/Central Artery Tunnel Project. I'm hoping to find engineers, etc.. who would be wiling to offer me their thoughts on what has happened to this multi-billion dollar project. And how this type of failure leads to all sorts of speculation and second guessing.

Anyone care to offer their thoughts?

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