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and the oscar for best short documentary goes to

well, damned if i know, but i did see all but one of the nominees monday night at the coolidge, plus last years winner.

Cheerleader A documentary about a jr cheerleading squad (ages seemd to be around 8-12 or so) working towards a bid at the national championships in florida. It examined the role of cheerleading through the years, as well as looking at how cheerleading affects the lives of these young girls. I was more than a little disturbed to see a nine year old flash her *spakies* (those things that cover cheerleaders undies) as part of a cheer, not to mention some of the other more *lavicious* moves. Not to sound like a neo-puritan, but arent we teaching young girls to be overtly sexual a little too early? It seemed a bit gross and disturbing. I find it especially ironic that this kind of stuff (along with those whacked out little miss beauty pageants) happen in those *red states*, where they get all up in a tizy about janet jacksons bare breast while teaching their toddlers to shake their fannies at adult male judges while wearing make-up and come hither looks. i'm just sayin. It was definately interesting.

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Lipstick on a pig

Sure, it's shiny and gleaming, but when you get right down to it, the Silver Line through Roxbury and the South End is still just a bunch of buses, one subject to all the whims of Boston drivers, John writes:

The Silver Line never really sounded like a real transit line, and it's proved to be the fraud that many predicted.

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Spectacular building

Carpundit is just loving the newly redone John Adams Courthouse (for you viewers at home, you can see it in the opening credits for "Boston Legal"):

... The only failing of the renovators, I think, was in their failing to secure permission to raze Center Plaza, which hides the courthouse from the city. Like City Hall and the JFK Federal Building, Center Plaza is an architectural insult that detracts from the city's old beauty. ...

Weekend concert reviews

Bradley sees, records and reviews Ida's show at the MFA on Sunday:

One of the best things about Ida is how relaxed them seem to be, how effortlessly their songs come across, how easily their three voices flow together. There's a real comforting, almost family atmosphere to their shows. Elizabeth, Dan, & Karla were joined by voilinist Jean Cook and drummer Ruth Keating, who were note and beat perfect.

He has MP3s up of Ida's songs.

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Building ad-hoc breaking-news pages

What would be cool would be to create pages on the fly that bring up the latest Boston-area postings on breaking news (think gay marriage, the DNC, the February blizzard, etc.).

Drupal has a "news page" module for just that purpose - enter a keyword and the module checks incoming RSS items for it and then posts. Only problem: It works on a per-category basis. So I've created an "All" category and have been adding existing blogs into it, in addition to whatever real categories they belong in.

Extended periods of snowstorm activity

Dan is getting annoyed with the inability of Boston meteorologists to speak English:

... Boston meteorologists need to lighten up and give a straight forecast. The forecast last night called tonight's anticipated "snowstorm" as one that will be plowable.

Plowable?

Geez. What's the alternative? That New England shuts down for four days because the plows can't get out?

Plowable.

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Going for a record

You wonder: Back in 1941, at what point did Yankees fans realize that Joe DiMaggio was heading for a record-breaking hitting streak? When did they get the sense they were watching something amazing unfold? I think it must be something like what you might feel now reading the Herald: The spunky little tabloid came through in the clutch today with its fifth front-page Metro story in a row. And ya gotta love the picture of a crumpled-up Metro sitting on top of some trash, as well as nice objective statements such as:

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Gooey

Michael reminds us that tomorrow is the 86th anniversary of the Great Molasses Flood, when 21 people drowned in molasses after a giant North End storage tank full of the stuff burst. Molasses fans will recall it happened on an unseasonably warm January day - good thing there aren't any molasses tanks left in the North End today, eh?

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