August 31, 2003
Summertime in Harvard Square
Just a few photos I took a few weeks ago while wandering around Harvard Square. Click each image for a larger photo.
A banner hanging up outside the Harvard Square T.
Someone drew an enormous circle/canvas on the sidewalk area across the street from Wordsworth. Michael added a map of the United States.
A performance artist puts on his makeup.
August 30, 2003
Linked Up With Howard Dean
Howard Dean's zany Internet team is unveiling DeanLink, another opportunity for Dean supporters around the country to connect with each other. It's similiar to Friendster but looks more useful and focused on politics. And it's all about our favorite guy in politics. A few hours after I set up my account, Frank in Tulsa, Oklahoma sent me a message via the DeanLink website. Upon first glance I figured it was someone working directly for the campaign sending out welcome notes to newcomers. The note from Frank was actually an interesting, thoughtful note from a Dean supporter who used to live in my part of the world and thought he'd say hi.
August 29, 2003
It's hard to rely on my good intentions
When my head's full of things that I can't mention
Seems I usually get things right
But I can't understand what I did last night
"Good Intentions" - Toad the Wet Sprocket
I aspire to update the homepage of sooz.com on a mostly daily basis. I either need to try harder or find some more free time or ... both! Wednesday night we met up with two of Michael's coworkers and a few of my pals on the roof of the Museum of Science's parking garage to check out Mars. There were tons of people there which was cool to see. We decided that the event could have been a slow motion flash mob.
August 26, 2003
Howard Dean's Rally in NYC Tonight
We didn't make it to New York City today for Howard Dean's rally in Bryant Park tonight, alas. Mike is enjoying the festivities close to the stage according to the IM messages he sent me a few minutes ago. Apparently we should look for the red Philly for Dean banner stage left about 10 rows from the front and we'll be able to see his group. The event is being broadcast on CSPAN2 at 9:30pm EST for those of us who can't be there in person. It's also being broadcast live on the web at www.websoapbox.com.
August 23, 2003
Rose Polenzani's New Tune and Club Passim's Cutting Edge of the Campfire Festival
Rose Polenzani recorded "Girl", a new song on her 4-track, and shared it for download in the listening room of her website. It's a fun little tune that is a departure from her usual style of folk+rock. It's definately more rock than folk. Good stuff!
Rose has several shows with Lorna Hunt during the rest of August into September. She's also performing at the Annual Cutting Edge of the Campfire Festival at Club Pasim. The four-day event takes place on Labor Day Weekend and Rose performs in the round with Dawn Landes, Karaugh Brown, and Daniel Burke on Friday, August 29th in Harvard Square. It's $10 for a 1-day pass, $18 for the whole weekend.
August 22, 2003
Cynthia Von Buhler's New Gallery and Loft in New York City
Visual artist and performer Cynthia Von Buhler escaped Boston for New York City last year. Tonight she's hosting a reception at CVB, her new gallery and loft space. Based on photos on the website, the space looks very interesting and includes a large gallery, darkroom, theater and more.
Is there anything like this in Boston?
August 21, 2003
Everyone Needs a Theme Song
Michael wrote an excellent theme song in honor of John Ashcroft's multi-city tour promoting the Patriot Act. Rumor has it a holiday carolling book is in the works, too.
August 19, 2003
Boston to NYC Bus for Howard Dean's Sleepless Summer Rally?
I was hoping the Mass For Dean group would be able to get a bus organized for the upcoming Howard Dean rally in New York City on Monday, August 26th. Mike in Philadelphia (who is responsible for the Phillies jersey that Dean wore at the recent rally in Philadelphia) contacted the Mass For Dean group about a bus from Boston to New York City but apparently they aren't organizing anything for that event and focusing on a Portsmouth event instead.
I'd really like to go to the New York City event and it would be great to see a bunch of other Boston area people there, too. Should we organize our own bus? Post a comment or send me an email if you're interested. The Philly For Dean group organized a bus that costs $20 round trip per person and includes lunch and movies in the bus. Why not do something like that from Boston, too! It might be a few dollars more but probably not much.
Update 8/22: There's just not enough time to make arrangements for a bus. Maybe another time!
August 16, 2003
Howard Dean's Sleepless Summer Tour : NYC August 26th
While George Bush is on a month-long vacation in August, Howard Dean's Sleepless Summer Tour takes place in cities around the United States. The rally finishes up in New York City's Bryant Park on the 26th from 8:30pm-11pm at 42nd Street between 5th and 6th. If my notebook computer didn't weight 4,000 pounds I'd bring it with me since Bryant Park has free Wi-Fi. Too bad the tour it isn't coming to Boston, too. The tour runs Saturday, August 23 through Tuesday, August 26th with stops in Falls Church, Virginia, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Seattle, Washington, Portland, Oregon, Spokane, Washington, San Antonio, Texas, Chicago, Illinois and New York City.
August 15, 2003
Asking For It
Kristen Fischer, a senior editor at ESPN.com wrote an article a couple weeks ago about the Kobe Bryant case that is actually worth reading compared to the bizarro coverage most of the press has given it. One news program shortly after the story broke went on and on about how Kobe's product deals might be affected. Regardless of what is or isn't the truth, it's sad to see people more concerned about selling shoes than human beings.
But she's a woman, you say -- no, she's a girl, but we'll get to that later -- and most likely an attractive one, so she should have known better. She should delve into the male psyche and know that he only wants one thing.
He's a 24-year-old married man with a child, but this 19-year-old girl should be smarter. She should know the score. How convenient for him, that she holds the key to all accountability. (full article)
August 13, 2003
Getting to Know Boston : The Mapparium
The list of places in Boston I haven't been to since moving to the area from Nebraska in 1994 is embarassingly long. Today I took one of those items off my list: the Mapparium! It's a three-story stained glass globe of the world that you can walk through (on a glass bridge) located in the Mary Baker Eddy Library near Berklee School of Music and a short walk from Newbury Street. Yes, it's a Christian Science thing but once you get past that you'll discover that it's actually pretty damn cool. Amazing acoustics, too! Unfortunately they don't allow photography inside the Mapparium but they've got great photos on the website and of course the obligatory magnets in the gift shop.
Next up: art museums. This is the really sad part of my list. I haven't been to any of the art museums in Boston yet.
August 12, 2003
Late Night Trips to CVS
Late last night Michael and I realized we were out of two important things: toothpaste and contact lens solution. Most everything in Arlington closes by 10pm so we hopped in the car and drove to the CVS in Porter Square. Who knew it would be such a happening place at 1:45am? We were fourth in line. The woman who was second in line told the clerk that she had an emergency and needed to pay for the children's cough medicine she was holding in her hand. But the guy in front of her was trying to redeem a coupon for a drug test kit and the clerk was having problems with it. Becoming more and more impatient the woman took the bottle out of the box and left the empty box on the counter with a twenty dollar bill. Apparently this didn't really phase the security guard standing nearby. Two more clerks finally came up to the front to help out. So while the clerk in line one was still trying to figure out the drug test coupon situation, the customer in line three was buying a gallon of bleach and the woman who walked out with the cough medicine came back in to pay for it.
I guess this is the sort of excitement we usually miss out on. Maybe that's not such a bad thing.
August 11, 2003
BunkoSquad.com Fifth Anniversary Party Tuesday 8/12 in Harvard Square
Michael's BunkoSquad.com website turns five years old this week so he invited everyone to join him on Tuesday, August 12th for a party. Festivities begin at 9pm at Grafton Street Pub & Grille in Harvard Square located at 1230 Massachusetts Avenue.
See you there!
August 10, 2003
Somerville's Urban Hot Zone ... Coming Soon?
Oooh! D. C. Denison reports in yesterday's Boston Globe that the city of Somerville is considering setting up an urban hot zone in Davis Square to provide free wi-fi to customers of participating businesses and three parks. The cost to merchants is expected to be approximately $30 per month with no charge to the city for access in the parks.
This is a great idea conceived by Wi-Fi activist Michael Oh of Tech Superpowers (who first setup the NewburyOpen.net hot zone prototype along Newbury Street) and Patrick J. McCormick, the chief information officer for the City of Somerville.
[by way of Wi-Fi Networking News]
August 09, 2003
Free Agent Boston
Lorissa was a big help with the design of my Free Agent Boston project's website. I've been hosting a lunch for freelancers in the Boston area since December of 1999. I'm working on doing more with the project so it seemed like a good idea to set it up with its own website beyond sooz.com where it called home for the first few years. I'm going through West Civ's CSS Level 2 self-paced course this weekend. I highly recommend it!
This morning a few people joined me for free wi-fi and brunch at Panera Bread in my neighborhood of Arlington Heights. It would be fun to make that a monthly gathering.
August 08, 2003
New photo album: A Random Assortment
I finally finished a roll of film that had been sitting in my camera for eight months.
Shakespeare and Flashmobs
To the oodles of people who have been visiting sooz.com lately via search engines looking for flashmob info: visit Brad Searle's and Shannon Okey's websites. They attended the Boston flashmob (I wasn't able to make it) and have a lot of photos, commentary and good summaries on the topic.
To the oodles of people who have been visiting sooz.com lately via search engines looking for Free Shakespeare on the Common info: go! There are only a few more performances of Macbeth through Sunday. Go! It's outstanding.
South Coast Day Trip Adventures Around Massachusetts and Rhode Island
I planned to post photos from the day trip around Massachusetts and Rhode Island that Michael and I took last weekend. Unfortunately the photos didn't turn out so well. But all is not lost because Michael wrote an excellent summary of our adventures on his little website that turns five years old in a few days.
August 07, 2003
My digital camera is terminally sick so I'm once again making the effort to use my old manual SLR camera. I finally got around to finishing the roll of film that's been in the camera since December. This is a photo I took in the used department at the Harvard Book Store where Michael works. Click on the image to see a larger photograph.
My first Howard Dean in 2004 Meetup
I attended my first Howard Dean in 2004 Meetup in Cambridge a few hours ago organized by the local Mass for Dean volunteer group. The particular Meetup I RSVP'd for was supposed to be held at TT The Bear's in Central Square but it moved to Upstairs at the Middle East at the last minute. The Middle East crew was very accomodating and the room worked out very well. When I went to get another soda, I noticed that the bartender had placed a note written on napkins on top of the bar that read "Thank you for tipping." I asked him if that was a hint for the group and he nodded. I think future Meetups would benefit by having a tip jar that is either passed around or placed in a prominent place. It's important to take care of the people working at the venues -- especially if the space was donated.
The project for the night at Dean Meetups around the country was a letter writing campaign to 40,000 undecided voters in New Hampshire. I was really impressed with the way it was organized. Everyone received a little letter writing kit-of-sorts that had a small leaflet with two names/addresses and instructions, nice quality stationary and matching envelope, two stamps and a business card with the Dean website and wireless alert information. I don't remember the last time I wrote one letter, let alone two. Especially by hand. Several people around me mentioned that their hands hurt from having to use a pen instead of a computer keyboard. Hopefully the people I wrote to will be able to read the letter I wrote despite my sloppy handwriting.
As trite as this may sound, it really felt like I was part of something tonight. Something that in a few years I can look back on and remember that I participated in a campaign that really mattered. Besides, I don't want to share my birthday with another George Bush inauguration.
As an added bonus at the Meetup, Brad Searles gave me a music tip: go see British Sea Power at TT The Bear's on Sunday night. I listened to an MP3 on the band's website and they sound great. Looks like there's something to do Sunday night!
August 06, 2003
Free Wi-Fi and Java on Saturday August 9
I'm experimenting with a new networking+social mixer. If you're around this weekend, join us in my neighborhood of Arlington Heights for free Wi-Fi, beverages and conversation at Panera Bread around 10am on Saturday morning. Along with a relatively new (free!) wireless Internet network, the cafe has a new brunchy menu on the weekends, too. For more information check out the event listing at Exploit Boston!.
August 02, 2003
Who Are The People In Your Neighborhood?
Last night Christine and Mike hosted a gathering at Redline in Harvard Square. It's always fun when it takes two people from Houston to get a bunch of Boston people together! Lorissa was a familiar face in the crowd and I had the opportunity to meet Robert whose truck808 website became a daily visit a few months ago. Marshall and I talked about his work with Collaborative For Development Action and our quest to see more live music.
Anyone who is around on Tuesday is welcome to join Shannon and I for Shakespeare on the Common. The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is performing Macbeth at a free 8pm performance. We're meeting up at 7:30pm near the fountain on the Boston Common. More info on the invite!