Gabbie's Goodies is the chronicle of a start-up bon-bon shop in Hingham.
The Boston chapter of TAG (Teacher Activist Groups) which is a national coalition of grassroots teacher organizing groups is up and running and their new website recently launched. You can check it out here:
There are already some interesting posts regarding Boston student assignment and videos about the potential school closings.
Jo dishes on the Publishers Clearing House-like way Google descended on her house with two cameramen, a sound guy, two producers and a technician to install the boatload of networking and computer stuff she's getting for a year to go along with the $100,000 Google Adwords campaign she's getting as one of five small business owners across the country. Oh, and a consultant to show her how to save energy on all that equipment.
"These are new laptops and droid phones for your business to use". The man drops to his knees in front of me and does a Vanna White towards the boxes. He gets up, wheels his cart behind me and starts doing the Google dance. Oh yea. The Google Dance. Next another man comes in. He's dressed in a jumpsuit with a hard hat and cat5 cable around his shoulders. "And we are going to pay for your broadband for a year so you can use these new computers!". He shakes my hand and gets behind me to dance with the man in blue.
Of course, there's one local site where her ads won't be showing up.
Wicked Local Arlington reports on the aftermath of Travis Corcoran's "1 down, 534 to go" blog post:
APD Capt. Robert Bongiorno said the department took his statements made in the blog as a credible threat and took precautionary measures. The weapons were seized Jan. 13.
Corcoran's blog is offline now.
For the past few months, Dan Kennedy had been running Google ads. He was just at about that point where Google was actually going to send him money when they cut him off, for "invalid activity." Google won't tell him what that actually means, aside from the fact that he won't be getting any money, so he wonders if maybe the state attorney general's office would be interested.
Travis Corcoran, the president of Heavy Ink, an online comic book retailer based in Arlington, Massachusetts and apparently a complete idiot, had some particularly moronic pseudo-anarchistic thoughts about the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords that he posted on his blog, and the blowback from the comics community is already being felt.
A very Boston advice column is here.
Smart People On Bad Days provides serious advice in language not geared to the "Dear Abby" set, and it's written by a local Jamaica Plain author.
Check it out at: http://www.smartpeopleonbaddays.com/ or "like" it on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Smart-People-On-Bad-Days/130252747035929
A pair of cartographers are starting a blog about mapping Boston:
In its geographical form Boston is, for lack of a better word, unique in this country. ... Culturally and physically speaking, it is an eminently mappable city. And I've witnessed the pride in the city that can be inspired by maps that speak to the character of Boston. This is part of my motivation in creating this site.
"Bostonography" could mean a lot of things, but my idea of it is maps and graphics that describe Boston and life in Boston, and the underlying stories about the city.
The state court system would treat bloggers as members of the news media under a proposed rule that would give them the ability to photograph trials and certain other court proceedings, just like reporters for mainstream media outlets.
The "Electronic Access to the Courts" rule, now under consideration by the Supreme Judicial Court's rules committee, would also let bloggers, other online journalists and traditional reporters use their laptops or smartphones to liveblog from inside courtrooms.
Open Media Boston reports it is setting up a co-op to fund its effort to build an alternative online news source.
In Worcester, where Jeff Bernard reports on a surprise from the mayor and a city councilor.
I have a new "game" I'm playing at work. Each day when I go out to buy lunch at the local Trader Joe's or Whole Foods, I'm buying one extra item.
My office building, like many others, is participating in a food drive for Thanksgiving in support of the East End House effort to hand out turkeys with all of the fixings this holiday season to people in need.
If I made my own lunch, I could probably rustle up something each day extra to put in my bag. But since I don't bring lunch, then those days when I get something at the store (instead of a take-out joint), I'm picking up a box of stuffing, or some instant potatoes, or maybe some powdered milk. It's only a few bucks each lunch that I'm less likely to notice and goes to a good cause.
Like the lottery says, "you have to play to win". Of course, the odds in my game are better. Every player's a winner.
The newly launched Boston Food Bloggers is "a resource for food and drink bloggers in and around Boston, Massachusetts."
Joe Kinsella lists ten Boston-based technology blogs he says you need to read.
It's part of the new JewishBoston.com's video contest.
North Shore Bloggers Consortium will highlight weekend picks from members every Thursday.
UPDATE: Looks like it's already full.
Yes, it's your yearly chance to mingle with the local bloggerati: Thursday, Oct. 21 at Ginger Park in the South End.
Respectfully dedicated to the young woman who died in the Brighton biking accident, and those who were involved.By Sky - 8/11/10 - 9:59 am
I am starting a new blog in memory of the 24 year old woman who was killed on her bike the evening of August 9, 2010 in Brighton, MA. This blog is not for those who wish to disect the accident, judge the driver or the victim or any other comments that are in any way insensitive to this unfortunate occurance. This is simply to offer ones consolences. I would like to start by saying that I witnessed the entire accident from start to finish. I am deeply saddened for those who knew this young woman and my heart, my thoughts and my prayers go out to her family and her friends. I would also like to put forward my regrets to the woman who happened to hit this young lady. While you are not at fault here, that is a terrible thing for you to undergo. Being a 25 year old woman myself, I feel strangely affected by this. I read up on this young woman who passed and she really had lived an tremendous life. So accomplished at such a young age and so loved by so many people! She sounded like a remarkable person and I feel a strong sense of grief relating to the way she went and for all who knew her. Rest In Peace.