By - 3/29/09 - 5:34 pm
Heavy fog

Brian Lewandowski watched yesterday's fog roll over downtown from Mt. Auburn Cemetery.

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By - 3/27/09 - 9:31 am

Cambridge Community TV reports Cambridge officials are thinking about setting up a farm on some of the land the city owns surrounding its reservoirs in Lincoln, Weston, Waltham and Lexington.

The idea would be to create an "interpretive" farm where poor kids from the city could get the same sort of educational and fun opportunities that rich kids from the city can get by driving to Drumlin Farm - as well as raise food for city food banks.

Wait, did somebody just mention poor people being bused to Weston? Oh, mercy, sound the alarms and raise the bridges on the moats, Muffy!

By - 3/23/09 - 8:45 am

I work from home. Now that it's getting warmer out, I'd love to get my work done in the fresh air. But I can't think of any place that:

* Has reasonably comfortable benches
* Has shady spots (can't see the laptop in the sun)
* Is near a public WiFi access point
* Isn't next to noisy traffic
* Is reasonably close (15-20 minutes) to Central Square

Anyone have any ideas? I need a Starbucks-in-the-Park...

By - 3/22/09 - 11:49 pm

As several folks noted today, there were some odd things about today's City Weekly section in the Globe, such as the lack of any farewell messages and the fact that readers were invited to submit another cartoon caption entry.

Ron Newman dug up this Globe marketing page, which says the new regional zones start April 2, which means the Globe either pulled a Sopranos on City Weekly readers or they're giving us one last chance to say good bye.

What's also interesting about the new zones is that apparently Brookline readers will now get copies of Globe West (so they'll finally be able to stay up to date on those Westborough highway improvements - but also on what's happening in Newton). Somervillains, meanwhile, will no longer have to worry about missing any news about the Rowley school budget (but they'll also get some Medford news). And Cantabridgians and Bostonians? Sniff, we're just a blank spot on the Globe zone map, as if the sea level's already risen and flooded us out.

By - 3/21/09 - 9:17 am

Overmatter strongly recommends the Spanish Chili ice cream at Toscanini's:

... You taste it on at least two parts of your tongue, because the tongue works that way. And because cold, sweet dairy is an antidote for chili burns, the flavors spar in your mouth. Fantastic.

By - 3/20/09 - 3:16 pm

MIT students have their flaming bars of sodium and Harvard students have their little burning cardboard boats floating down the Charles. The annual Harvard rite went horribly awry this week as students began dousing their boats with stronger accelerants and both the fire and police departments arrived en masse. In fact, the Crimson reports that Harvard police acted as human shields to protect the students from the Cambridge constabulary.

When Cambridge police arrived, Koff said, “They talked to us in a really condescending way," saying that an arrest would lead to expulsion and that "'Mommy and Daddy will be pissed.'"

Still, some upperclassmen found time to relish the evening. ...

By - 3/20/09 - 3:14 pm

J.L. Bell provides a map of Cambridge drawn by an Englishman shortly after he arrived back in England after Evacuation Day.

By - 3/20/09 - 8:45 am

The Tech reports that two MIT police officers were put on leave without pay for throwing roughly 300 copies of the paper in a recycling bin, apparently out of anger that the paper had reported on the arrest of an MIT cop on drug charges in East Boston.

Wait, MIT students still get their news on paper?

By - 3/19/09 - 8:32 pm

Shane Curcuru's reaction to spotting a coyote on a dock next to the Museum of Science in Cambridge? Yikes!

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By - 3/18/09 - 12:17 pm

MenuPages Boston reports on the summer opening of Trina's Starlite Lounge, which will serve "Southern-influenced bar food and cocktails in a 1940s/50s-inspired room."

By - 3/18/09 - 12:13 pm

Alright, probably more like LED-illuminated hula hoops of fun, but that just doesn't sound as good. In any case, the Hula Hoop Light Show on the Common is Friday, March 20 at sunset (6:57 p.m.). Wear black clothing and sturdy boots.

Via Views of the Northeast.

By - 3/15/09 - 12:14 pm

Kim reports her legs are sore this morning - standing for five hours through three sets at the Middle East will do that to you. But it was worth it, she writes:

... Throwing Muses, 50 Foot Wave and Screaming Females: A + + +

By - 3/12/09 - 9:41 am
Another book seller leaves Harvard Square

Richard Beaubien mourns the impending loss of the Almost Banned in Harvard Square book guy.

Copyright Richard Beaubien.

By - 3/11/09 - 9:33 am

The Crimson reports that when the night was done at a Chinese Students Association "graffiti-themed party" Friday night, organizers were outraged to discover that some of the wall messages were anti-Chinese.

By - 3/10/09 - 12:01 pm

Bostonist attempts to track down the little shaver responsible for the moustache-consultation fliers showing up all over Cambridge, but reports her suit is not returning phone calls, or maybe they just missed her by a whisker.

By - 3/10/09 - 8:45 am

The Crimson reports some East Cambridge residents are not taking kindly to the idea of having a 10-story research building built 50 feet from their property lines.

By - 3/9/09 - 10:47 am

The Massachusetts Court of Appeals today rejected a career criminal's contention that because nobody actually saw him steal somebody's car, he was wrongfully convicted of robbery.

The court also rejected Antonio Cruzado's argument that he shouldn't have been convicted of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon because it wasn't his fault that a guy jumped onto the car to try to stop him and then got dragged along the road when Cruzado accelerated up to 40 mph.

In its decision, the court relates what happened after Cruzado made off with a car belonging to an employee of Jack's Gas in Cambridge in 2005:

By - 3/8/09 - 5:28 pm

There are flyers all over the place promoting an event called Zombie Outbreak 09. This "lurch of zombies" and "zombie hunters" is scheduled for 12:30pm on April 12, 2009. "Mass at Davis Square for a lurch to Harvard Square."

No website or contact info is listed on the flyer.

By - 3/8/09 - 1:09 pm
Cantab empties

Rob Bellinger notices a few empties at the Cantab Lounge on Saturday night.

Copyright Rob Bellinger.

By - 3/6/09 - 9:31 am

The Tech reports on what was no doubt an epic battle of wits at MIT the other night:

... Leighton arranged two 9" by 10" triangular pastries into a 90 square inch rectangle, shifted them diagonally, and sliced off the protruding two trangular corners to form two new baby hamentashen.

If hamentashen can keep growing and reproducing, he said, their exponential growth could solve world hunger! Of course, you can't do the same with round latkes. "Latkes don't have sex," he said. "They are shredded potatoes!" ...