By - 3/3/08 - 8:48 am

Peter Berdovsky (the one with the hair) is originally from Belarus. His mother's still there. reports (scroll past the poll) on a benefit show March 8 to help her get out:

... While staying in the United States I have been finding out that most of my family in totalitarian Belarus have been dying one by one in mysterious circumstances. Now, only my mother is left from my close relatives.

"And the authorities have recently locked her up into a mental institution for not complying with them. She was facing an uphill legal battle to try to preserve her land and property and has made a decision to immigrate to Poland. ...

By - 1/31/08 - 10:34 am

Bostonist reminds us what happened one year ago today, with an e-postcard sent out by one of the participants (hint) . Also, local artistes remember with LED art all over the city. The one saving grace: Couple the anniversary with the news that Bruce Willis is coming to Boston to film a movie about run-amok androids or something and it gives me a reason to run this great trailer again:

By - 1/11/08 - 9:09 am

Mooninites! Boy, that's a word I was hoping I'd never have to hear again.

By - 5/11/07 - 12:21 pm

The boys have done some community service at Spaulding Hospital, they showed up in court all contrite and polite and stuff and so now they're free to go.

By - 4/9/07 - 10:55 am

Greg Reibman reports the Walnut Street parking lot at amazing Newton North High School was shut down - and a state police bomb robot (and the mayor) brought in - after the discovery of several potential bombs hanging on a fence. They turned out to be backpacks advertising some Web site - with fake money attached:

Police are comparing today's bomb scare to the promotional gimmick which shut down much of Boston, Cambridge and Somerville in January.

By - 3/7/07 - 10:44 am

So the Boston City Council will consider requiring marketers to get city permission before "pushing products." Michael Femia thinks the Council needs some craft projects to keep themselves busy:

... Does this mean all the flyers on all the lampposts in Allston will be regulated? Signs advocating electing a new slate of City Councilors? ...

By - 3/3/07 - 2:27 pm

If you only see one movie this year, make it this one (Bostonians will love the clip of Brian Williams reporting with the fake Boston skyscraper over his shoulder).

By - 3/1/07 - 7:50 pm
Don't hurt me!

Rod Begbie is going around Cambridge putting Not a Bomb stickers on objects to make life easier for local bomb squads.

Bomb squad detonates traffic counter.

By - 2/23/07 - 7:56 pm

If you get arrested for planting light-up cartoon characters and then hold a bozo press conference, don't count on getting the charges dropped anytime soon. If you plant what looks like a real bomb, but keep your mouth shut, you have nothing to worry about.

By - 2/9/07 - 3:47 pm

Jim Samples tells network staffers he's resigning because of the uproar here in the Hub, not because the stunt failed to lift ratings for the show.

Via John Cass.

By - 2/8/07 - 11:24 am

Mike Mennonno tells the LiteBriters (and their supporters) to suck it up:

By - 2/7/07 - 1:50 pm

It's all over when the fat lady sings, um, the Onion does a man-in-the-street about you:

... "What about all the Cheers shit you used to see around town? Man, that used to freak me out all the time."

By - 2/7/07 - 11:00 am

I know I'll sleep easier tonight, knowing that John Stossel has finally weighed in on the whole thing:

... The news media went wild, with television stations interrupting programs for alerts, and breathless TV reporters talking about the "terrorism threat." This went on all day. ...

Tough talk from a man who once did a breathless feature on dwarf tossing.

By - 2/6/07 - 1:56 pm

The Manchester Union-Leader reports that police want to question a geocacher who left an Altoids box attached with magnets to an electrical panel outside a Shaw's as a prize for fellow geocachers (you know, those people who try to find things using their handheld GPS units).

By - 2/5/07 - 10:47 pm

This is Casey Kasem with today's number-1 hit: 99 Mooninites by Nena Juldea. Lyrics by Holland Dozier Holland Spatch.

This is Casey Kasem saying: Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the I-93 overpass.

By - 2/5/07 - 10:51 am

Boston, Cambridge, Somerville to share in marketing bonanza - state homeland security effort to also be thanked for its part in a Turner promotional campaign that garnered a formerly obscure cartoon series headlines around the world and mentions on all the late-night talk shows.

"I guess you CAN buy publicity like this!" a gleeful Turner executive probably smirked in the elevator ride down from Mayor Thomas Menino's office this morning, after a settlement was reached with city and state officials.

By - 2/5/07 - 9:07 am

Yawn: Video of mooninites knocking down the Old State House and the Pru. But check out the USTrust flags flying near the Old State house. I miss USTrust.

By - 2/3/07 - 10:51 am


Best Mooninite game EVA.

You don't even have to actually whack any of the mooninites - just sit there and listen to Boston-accented mooninites take over Downtown Crossing, yelling "Bill Buckna!" and "Pahk the Cah!" and "Bucky Effin' Dent!" Should you get ambitious, you can whack 'em with your mouse and watch them disappear in a puff of smoke.

Via John Daley.

By - 2/2/07 - 5:34 pm

Cruising YouTube for the latest Boston-related videos this afternoon, I found one video of Harry Potter going to Boston, where no one knows his name, and roughly 76,000 videos of people ranting about what chuckleheads we all are (I think this guy is the best). For some reason, somebody posted a clip of NBC's Brian Williams introducing a report on BOSTON TERROR SCARE that featured the following backdrop:


My first thought: Man, what'd they do to the Hancock? Look closely, though, and you can see the unmistakable conical hat of one of the International Place towers on the right. So it's downtown Boston, not Back Bay. But, huh? Downtown doesn't have an 80-story skyscraper. Oh, of course! They used a photo of downtown Boston from an artist's rendering of what the area will look like after the Tommy Tower gets built in Winthrop Square (photo via World Architecture News):


So what does Brian Williams know that we don't? Will the mooninites return in 10 or 15 years, after this tower is built? And will one of their first acts be to eat the TV tower on the left side of the building?