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By adamg - 10/22/19 - 9:39 am
Judgment vs. judgement

One of the legions of prescriptivist spelling nerds who have long harshly (if normally quietly) judged Planet Fitness for their "judgement free" zone finally couldn't take it anymore and took pen to health-club ad on the Red Line - only to be countered by one of the legions of descriptivist gadabouts who tells him to chill, as Michael, who appreciates "some good old fashioned pedantry," shows us.

By adamg - 10/15/19 - 10:21 am

An annoyed citizen filed a 311 report this morning about a "horrific fan" noise reverberating through the Back Bay, possibly from a busted roof fan at a particular building on St. Botolph Street.

Another annoyed citizen posted some audio last nigh of what sounded like "a massive tea kettle going off:" Read more.

By adamg - 9/30/19 - 5:24 pm

John Godfrey reports he and other Forest Hills residents are struggling to understand how a planned Neversource repair outage that was supposed to end by morning, then by 6 p.m.. is now scheduled to end at midnight - 21 hours after it started.

City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain/West Roxbury) says he shares residents' "frustration with the lack of communication throughout the day," but says that long term, the work will mean fewer problems in the future.

By adamg - 9/26/19 - 9:36 pm
Stupid drone

A privacy-deprived citizen files a 311 complaint about the drone hovering outside a residential buildeing at Avery and Washington streets downtown:

A drone with a camera was hovering outside the apartment windows... I took a short video then closed the blinds. When I check a couple minutes later it was gone.

By adamg - 8/20/19 - 4:10 pm
Message from Steam about how they had to tax some guy

As you may recall, this past weekend was officially a tax-free weekend in Massachusetts. So Kilonum was surprised when he paid for and downloaded a game on the Steam game platform and got charged Massachusetts sales tax - surprised enough that he wrote the company. And the company wrote back with a list of products for which products still had to have tax levied on them. Read more.

By adamg - 8/18/19 - 9:38 pm
Smelly truck

Several nose-holding citizens (or maybe just one particularly incensed citizen) filed 311 complaints yesterday and today about a stench-creating garbage truck that's been just sitting on North Street over the weekend: Read more.

By adamg - 8/16/19 - 9:29 am
Christmas trees for sale

Roving UHub photographer came back a bit aghast from a trip to the At Home store in Dedham (where the Sears used to be), which already has Christmas trees and large, fake candy canes for sale.

By adamg - 7/22/19 - 9:23 am

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DHL responded this morning:

By adamg - 7/15/19 - 11:29 am
Truck parked the wrong way on Washington Street in Roslindale

At least the Clydesales would be cute: Courtney Feeley Karp‎ spotted this Bud truck this morning parked against traffic on Washington Street, and blocking traffic from leaving Kittredge Street, in Roslindale, where the road is just one lane in each direction.

By adamg - 6/22/19 - 11:06 am

The Boston Sun reports some New York company has been doing Airbnb-like rentals on new apartments in the South End without registering them with the city or bothering to alert neighbors.

By adamg - 5/31/19 - 10:46 am

David Gaffin and Christian Lopez say text messages they got from New England Fat Loss 2, Inc., of Longmeadow violate the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act and so the company should be made to pay. Read more.

By adamg - 5/27/19 - 10:06 am

A collection of complaints filed with 311 last night from Allston, Brighton, the Fenway and Brookline, including:

The noise and vibration is outrageous!!! 7pm or 8pm is fine. 10:15 and disturbing nearby neighborhoods. Find a new location!

By adamg - 4/22/19 - 1:56 pm

Visualizing environmental justice on the Chelsea Creek

Researchers from Northeastern, the MIT Media Lab and Chelsea's GreenRoots worked with local teens from along Chelsea Creek to graphically illustrate ongoing chemical discharges into the river, which basically serves as a funnel for most of the Boston area's heating oil, jet fuel and road salt.

By adamg - 4/17/19 - 2:46 pm

An irate citizen files a 311 complaint about the Bird scooters from Brookline he or she says are now piling up along the Riverway in Boston, where the things are not (yet) legal: Read more.

By adamg - 4/2/19 - 9:58 am
Blue glow from W

An annoyed citizen files a 311 complaint about the bright billboard atop the W hotel and condo building on Stuart Street: Read more.

By adamg - 3/29/19 - 5:24 pm
Wow jet at Logan Airport

Theradrebe spotted a jet belonging to the suddenly defunct Wow at Logan today.

By adamg - 3/21/19 - 11:31 am

Boston.com reports that TD Bank has apologized for, and taken down, a street ad that makes it sound like if your debit card has been stolen, it's probably in Dorchester. The wording's very similar to that on Samsung ads a couple years ago that implied stolen phones all wind up in Mattapan.

By adamg - 2/16/19 - 5:41 pm
Globe Direct circulars lying in the snow in East Boston

An annoyed East Boston resident files a 311 complaint about festering Globe Direct circulars:

Boston Globe Direct marketing is all over my neighborhood! Opting out does not stop the delivery. Also, their plastic bags are just as bad or worse as plastic shopping bags, which Boston already banned!

By adamg - 11/10/18 - 2:15 pm

Now on offer on Craigslist: Piece of garbage HP color laser jet printer with off-brand ink cartridges. But the current owner repeats himself there.

Anyhoo, this is free to anyone who enjoys self-flagellation, being annoyed, someone into sadomasochism, my enemies, or someone who is handy and has the talent to fix things like this without too much effort.

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