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Leonardo DiCaprio at the Ritz?

3/31/2008 07:04:00 PM 7 Responses
I was walking home from my workout at the Sports Club LA just now and saw someone that looked strikingly similar to Leonardo DiCaprio getting out of a black Escalade in front of the Ritz.

The driver was unloading luggage from the trunk and a bellman was loading it all onto one of those hotel carts.

I'm assuming he's back in town to resume filming for Ashcliffe.

Can any of the folks out there that were cast as extras confirm that filming is starting up again this week?

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The Proposal Filming Site - TODAY!

3/31/2008 03:40:00 PM 4 Responses
Reader Bob was kind enough to inform me where they're currently filming "The Proposal" which is the Sandra Bullock & Ryan Reynolds movie.

The Proposal is filming today in a 4th floor corner office in the State Street Bank building at the corner of High and Oliver Streets. I sit across the street and have a great view.

Thanks Bob! I appreciate it.

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1.2 MM Single People in Greater Boston

3/31/2008 01:05:00 PM 2 Responses
The Globe had an article yesterday about where the single people are within the US. It's pretty interesting. Here are the general conclusions:

By far, the best places for single men are the large cities and metro areas of the East Coast and Midwest .... But women do have an advantage in the American West and Southwest.

Greater Boston is unusual among large metro areas. It is one of the very few with a near perfect balance of singles - having just 1,600 or so more women than men - 604,960 men to 606,580 women. Maybe that's why my guy friends tell me that it's way easier to chat up a girl at a bar in NYC than it is in Boston. There's ~210,000 more single women there than men.

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MIT Media Lab To Design Future Bank

3/31/2008 12:29:00 PM 0 Responses
I worked at the MIT Media Lab when I was a freshmen. That place was so cool - lots of really neat stuff that was being 'invented'.

Bank of America Corp. is donating up to $25 million to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab to establish a "future banking" center, the company said Monday. The center will be located at the Media Lab in Cambridge, Mass. and will research how the banking industry will be transformed.

What do you guys think the bank of the future will look like? I'm not creative enough to think of any design type stuff, but I think getting rid of the penny would be a good idea, considering the fact that it now costs more than one cent to make a penny.

Click (here) to read the article.

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Hi-Fi Pizza Shooting

3/31/2008 10:44:00 AM 1 Response
Well, add Hi-Fi Pizza to the list of places I won't be eating anymore. It used to be a standard late night destination after bar-hopping or clubbing - mostly because a lot of my friends lived in Central Square.

Although police have yet to identify a victim, witnessses said at least one person was shot during an altercation inside the Hi-Fi Pizza shop at the corner of Mass. Ave. and Brookline Street around 2:50 a.m.

2:50am. That's prime after-club dining time. Clubs get out at 2am, you figure it takes a little while to either catch a cab and/or stumble over to the restaurant, and then stand in line waiting for your slice of greasy greasy cheese pizza. And then someone comes in with a gun. Scary....

At least the guy was arrested right away. Good job to the officer on duty.

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Bruce Springstein Tix On Sale Tomorrow - 3/29

3/28/2008 01:57:00 PM 0 Responses
The last time Bruce Springstein was here, tickets sold out FAST! So I just wanted to give everyone out there a heads up that tickets go on sale tomorrow, Saturday 3/29 at 10am EDT.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA
Sat, Aug 2, 2008 07:30 PM

Tickets range from $47.50 to $97.50. Click (here) to go to the Ticketmaster site.

FYI. Don't press F5 too many times to refresh the screen or they will lock you out. Ticketmaster now has some software built in to prevent scalpers from using software to buy up all the tickets. I found this out the hard way while trying to buy Kanye tickets.

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A Night With Jay Leno Tickets - 6/21

3/28/2008 01:54:00 PM 0 Responses
Tickets just went on sale this morning for "A Night With Jay Leno." I don't really watch late night tv, but for those of you that are fans, here's your chance to see him live.

A Night with Jay Leno
Lowell Memorial Auditorium , Lowell, MA
Sat, Jun 21, 2008 08:00 PM

Tickets range from $47 to $63. Click (here) to go to Ticketmaster.

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1000 Words - Domain Furniture Auction

3/28/2008 12:06:00 PM 0 Responses

Domain Furniture Auction
3/28/08 - 3/30/08
Click (here) for details on Domain's Bankruptcy Issue

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Anti-Poverty Campaign in Boston

3/27/2008 01:42:00 PM 0 Responses
Contrasting that terrible Globe article that I just read is one in the Boston Business Journal that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Millionaire Ken Nickerson is starting a campaign called Boston Rising to combat poverty in Boston.

Boston Rising's mission is simple: To fight poverty in Boston, just as Robin Hood fights poverty in NYC. One appeal of the fund: Donors will see 100 percent go to charity. Boston Rising will have all its operating costs covered by its board of directors so all charitable gifts go directly to the programs and none to cover overhead.

Boston Rising's goal is to raise another $15 million to match Nickerson's grant, then release $15 million for programming -- and then go from there.

To Ken Nickerson: You rock! I applaud your philanthropy and wish you luck in raising the funds that you need to get this off the ground.

Click (here) to read the original article.

PS. Try hitting up the folks that bought units at the Mandarin Oriental. If they're willing to pay $2K per square foot for a condo, I'm sure they've got a million bucks laying around in their couch cushions that they could spare.

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Tax Breaks for Movie Industry

3/27/2008 01:33:00 PM 1 Response
Faithful readers of this blog know know that I love to blog about celebrities and movie filming sites around the Boston area. And for those of you that haven't been around for the past several years, this is a fairly new occurrence thanks to tax breaks that the state has given the movie industry. Off the top of my head, here are a few movies that are/were filmed in Boston: Pink Panther 2, Gone Baby Gone, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Ashecliffe, and a currently untitled Kevin James Comedy.....the list goes on.

There's an article in the Globe today that just strikes me as completely idiotic. The title of it is: "Tax Breaks Draw Films, But Cost State." Basically it's saying that the tax breaks = lost revenue for the state. Thanks Sherlock - that's the definition of a tax break.

Here's the thing, would you rather collect less taxes from the movie industry or no taxes at all? If there were no tax breaks in MA, you can bet that some other state would give them and we wouldn't be filming anything here - that's lots of lost revenue for all the businesses/employees that benefit from the movie folks being here.

Click (here) to read the article, but only if you have three minutes of your life you feel like wasting.

UPDATE: I was informed that the name "Mallcop" is not the official name of the movie, and it is currently officially known as "Untitled Kevin James Comedy."

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Audrina Patridge at The Estate - 3/29

3/27/2008 11:01:00 AM 0 Responses
If you're a reality tv person, you might be interested to know that Audrina Patridge is going to be in Boston this weekend. She's going to be at The Estate hosting a Sheiki Jeans Fashion Show (which starts at 9pm)

For those of you that don't know her (including me), she's apparently on some reality tv show called The Hills. Maybe some readers can enlighten me about the show - I didn't even know what channel it's on (I googled it, it's on MTV).
Anyhoo, when I googled Audrina to find out who she was, I found that the most recent scandal about her is a set of photos that she posed for with the intent of getting into Playboy. Naturally, I also had to look around for the pics and found them (here). Warning, they are NOT SAFE FOR WORK! Wait till you get home, otherwise don't blame me when IT narcs on you and you get fired.

The pics were released about a week ago so it's sort of old news, unless you don't pay attention to teenage pop culture (like me). Here's a link to a news article (here) about the photos, this one's safe to read.

Click (here) to buy tickets to the event. Tickets are $20.

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New Jetblue Flights Coming May 1

3/26/2008 04:09:00 PM 1 Response
Happy Hump Day Everyone! I can't believe it's only Wednesday. Also, belated birthday to Scott, sorry I missed your birthday celebration, I was stuck in Chicago for some extra meetings.

Speaking of Chicago, I think I neglected to mention something pretty exciting (or at least to me). Starting on May 1st, Jetblue is going to be flying direct between Boston and Chicago. w00t!

That means more leg room and tvs to watch on my countless trips to Chicago for work. And also, if I do end up sticking with American, then at least a healthy dose of competition might help to keep the pricing reasonable.

Jetblue's also going to be to be flying to New Orleans starting May 1. One of these days I'll have to find my way down to Mardi Gras

Click (here) to goto the Jetblue site.

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Jordan's Furniture Red Sox Promo II

3/25/2008 01:45:00 PM 0 Responses
Do you remember all the commercials last year about how Jordan's ran a promotion where folks would get their furniture for free if the Red Sox won?

When the Boston Red Sox won the 2007 World Series, over 24,000 customers of Jordan's Furniture won free furniture in the company's "Monster Deal" promotion.

Well, Jordan's is doing it again. But this time with more constraints. This time, the Red Sox have to sweep the world series and win the first four games in order for you to get free furniture.
"If the Boston Red Sox sweep the 2008 World Series by winning the first 4 games, customers who make a purchase between March 25 and April 27, 2008 will receive sofas, sectionals, dining room tables, beds, mattresses, and rugs for free,"

If you're in the market for some new furniture and would be buying it anyway, may as well have the added benefit that if the Red Sox win, you get it for free. I wouldn't go buying furniture just because you think they'd win. Probably not a good idea.

Oh and if you're wondering, all those winners from last year did not have to pay tax on the free furniture that they "won." Click (here) for that article.

Or click (here) for the article on the new 2008 promo which starts today!

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Betsey Johnson Spring Fashion Show - 3/26

3/25/2008 12:37:00 PM 0 Responses
I can't believe it's only Tuesday. This week is going to be painfully long. Coming up tomorrow, Wednesday 3/26 - The Estate is hosting the Betsey Johnson 2008 Spring Fashion Show.

According to the flyer, if you reply by today, you get free admission. Otherwise tickets are $10. The show starts at 9pm.

Click (here) to go to the Estate website.

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1000 Words - Mix & Company

3/24/2008 08:50:00 AM 6 Responses

Jasmine Sola Reborn as Mix & Company
Newbury Street Location
More Information (here)

PS. That piece of white paper in taped to the window says that they're currently hiring if anyone is interested.

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Harvard Med Lowers Tuition

3/24/2008 08:27:00 AM 0 Responses
Harvard has been all over the news lately, those attention whores. First, they kicked off the whole undergraduate financial aid increase movement that several other schools have joined in on (here). Then they futilely (in my opinion) attempted to do something to convince their law students to work for the forces of good as opposed to the force$ of evil (here).

And then just last week, it was the People's Elbow to the faces of transfer students everywhere (here). As you can see from the comments on that post, people are pissed off. And they should be. How can you make applications due by February and then suddenly a month later announce that you're not going to be accepting anyone for the next two years? Poor poor planning. Good luck to all of you who are stuck in this boat. Someone commented with all the names and numbers of relevant administrators at Harvard, so start making some angry phone calls.

Anyhoo, just this past weekend, Harvard announced that they would be lowering tuition for the folks in their medical school (here).

Oh and just so the rest of you don't feel left out. If you don't fall into any of the previously aforementioned categories, then you probably got yourself a 3.5% tuition increase. Click (here) to read that particular article from last week.

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Harvard Lays Smack Down On Transfer Students

3/21/2008 11:49:00 AM 3 Responses
If you had your heart set on transferring to Harvard, you're in for a bit of disappointment. Harvard announced that they're putting a moratorium on transfer students for the next two academic years.

The reason? A student housing shortage. Doesn't Harvard own pretty much all of Harvard Square? Many of you probably weren't reading this blog back in October, but I blogged about how Harvard let a space sit vacant for 7 years because they wanted to handpick their tenant (here). Way to not plan ahead guys.

That pretty much ruins it for most current students. Assuming you're a freshman right now, by the time the moratorium is up, it'll be your senior year. No one spends three years at a school they don't like and then transfers just for their senior year.

Click (here) for the Globe article.

PS. To my friend Eric who works at Harvard - I've decided to place all the blame on you for this one. Cheers!

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Copley Mall Expansion

3/21/2008 11:34:00 AM 2 Responses
There seems to be nothing that Bostonians like more than shopping and luxury condos. As my girlfriend likes to say "Don't you know we're in a recession?" Is now really the time to be announcing another mall expansion and more luxury condos?

Simon Property Group announced yesterday that they're going to be undergoing a project to expand the Neiman Marcus store at the Copley Mall and also add three hundred condos. I think it's for all those baby boomers that want to leave the suburbs and live somewhere centrally located - like inside a shopping mall.

The expansion will include a complete renovation of the 115,000-square-foot Neiman Marcus store and an addition of 54,000 square feet. An additional 60,000 square feet of expansion will include new retail shops and restaurant space and a "public winter garden," which will replace the existing Stuart Street plaza.

No additional parking space is to be built.

Good job guys. Cause parking doesn't suck enough in downtown Boston. Click (here) to read the Globe article.

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Death Cab for Cutie Tix On Sale Tomorrow - 3/22

3/21/2008 11:16:00 AM 0 Responses
I'm still mulling this one over. I went to see Death Cab last year when they were here and my friend dwillens I think will agree with me on this one - they sucked. They played at the Orpheum (I think, or maybe it was the Opera House) and the space was just too large for them - they didnt' fill the auditorium.

This time around, they're playing at the Bank of America Pavillion, which is even larger. Will they sound even worse? Possibly, I don't know. But they do have a new album coming out in May, so the concert will probably feature some new stuff.

For those that are interested, tickets go on sale tomorrow, Saturday 3/22 at 10am EDT and it looks like tickets are $38 no matter where you sit, so buy early.

Click (here) to to go the Ticketmaster site.

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More Ways to Get to NYC - MegaBus

3/20/2008 02:20:00 PM 3 Responses
Can anybody explain to me how these discount bus lines make money when they charge $15 per ticket? I've tried doing the math and I can't figure it out. Assuming a full bus load (56 people for a Lucky Star bus) that's $840 dollars. I'd guess gas costs at least $200 to get a huge bus like that to New York and let's say the driver gets $10 an hour for the 4 hour drive. That leaves $600. I'm assuming they have to pay something to South Station and I'd hope that they have some sort of insurance to cover accidents/injuries. And then there's all the other employees on the Boston and NYC end that man the ticket booths. How much profit is left at the end of the day? Bear in mind, not all buses are full when they leave.

Anyway, another company MegaBus, a subsidiary of Coach USA, is working on being the next low cost bus service between Boston and NYC. Like BoltBus (here) they're going to have a tiered price structure for tickets ranging from $1 to $14.

MegaBus service is scheduled to start May 30th. Buses will have wifi, but no electrical sockets. None of it will really help me anyway, I've found that these busrides are way too bumpy for me to use my computer. I end up getting carsick (or should i say bus-sick?) really fast.

Stay tuned for my reviews of all the busing services once they all start running. I used to ride Fung Wah, but after all the safety issues - I've been riding Lucky Star lately. Once BoltBus and MegaBus are up and running, I'll give them a shot and then report back.

Click (here) to read the Globe article.

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Sports Club LA - 50% Off Initiation Fee

3/20/2008 12:25:00 PM 0 Responses
I just received an email from the Sports Club LA extending the 50% off initiation fee promotion for another week until the end of March (3/31).
It is a member referral promotion, so anyone that is interested in joining - email me and I'll give you my name and membership number to use as your reference.

Click (here) to go to the website that is currently hosting the initiation fee voucher.

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The Great Boston Burlesque Exposition - 3/21

3/20/2008 10:30:00 AM 0 Responses
I'm entering uncharted waters here folks - but here goes. The Great Boston Burlesque Exposition starts tomorrow, Friday 3/21 and runs through the entire weekend. Ask me what I think "burlesque" means and I'd probably respond "um... like strippers but classier?" Here's what wikipedia has to say:

Burlesque is a style of live entertainment that encompasses pastiche, parody, and wit. The genre traditionally encompasses a variety of acts such as dancing girls, chanson singers, comedians, mime artists, and strip tease artistes, all satirical and with a saucy edge.

Anyhoo, the expo is going to take place at the Hyatt Regency on Memorial Drive (575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA). There's going to be parties, classes, fashion shows - all sorts of shenanigans.

Click (here) to see the official schedule and also a link to purchase tickets.

Just a word to the wise, in small print at the bottom of the web page it says: "Charges for your tickets will show up on your credit card statement as "Professional Burlesque Society" So, full disclosure might be smart if you were originally planning on going and not telling your better half.

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Spring Fashion Show at 33 Tonight - 3/20

3/20/2008 10:09:00 AM 0 Responses
If their clothing looks anything like the flyer for the event, I'm not interested. In any case, Christian Audigier, Ed Hardy, and Smet are holding a fashion showcase tonight at 33 Lounge.

I've never heard of these designers but apparently they're worn by celebrities such as: Britney Spears, Jessica Alba, and David Beckham. Apparently you have to be on the guestlist to get in tonight, so if you're interested, here's the info on how to get on the list:

Doors Open @ 11 Dress to Impress!
For Tables/VIP/Guestlist text 617.970.8739
21+ Proper Dress Required
Must Be On Guestlist

Click (here) for more information.

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Harvard Law Waives Tuition for Public Sector

3/19/2008 10:37:00 AM 0 Responses
Someone is going to have to explain the math to me because it doesn't really make any sense - but I'll get to that later. Harvard Law School announced yesterday that they will now waive your last year of tuition if you promise to commit to work in public service for five years.

One year of tuition runs around 41K. For arguments sake, let's say that's equal to about 60K in pre-tax dollars. Spread out over the five years, that's 12K per year. Now let's look at what the Globe says average salaries are:

"First-year salaries at firms with more than 500 lawyers rose last year to $145,000"
"The current entry level salary for prosecutors in Massachusetts is $37,500"

Assuming the corporate lawyer gets no pay raises over the first five years that he/she works (highly unlikely). That's still over $500K more in salary that would be earned at the corporate job vs the 60K in free tuition he/she got from Harvard.

This program will NOT persuade anyone to work in the public sector. What it will do is make life a little easier on the folks that were already planning to do this type of work.

Click (here) to read the Globe article.

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Zara Newbury Grand Opening Tomorrow - 3/20

3/19/2008 09:55:00 AM 0 Responses
After an embarrassing exchange on John Keith's Blog (here), where I demonstrated my obliviousness to the fact that they're building an Apple store in Back Bay, I spent yesterday walking up and down Newbury and Boylston to check things out.

I found out two things:

1. The Mandarin Oriental doesn't look nearly as impressive as the concept picture they released all those years ago (here). But then again, they're not done yet, so maybe it'll come around.

2. You don't have to drive all the way to Natick anymore to go to Zara. The one on Newbury Street (in Emporio Armani's old space - Emporio Armani moved into the Copley Mall) has it's grand opening tomorrow, March 20th.

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Mike Birbiglia's Secret Public Journal

3/18/2008 12:12:00 PM 1 Response
I love blogs and I'm always looking for new ones to read. Well the Globe had a small blurb today about a fellow named Mike Birbiglia who's blog "Mike Birbiglia's Secret Public Journal" has been doing quite well for him.

According to the Globe, CBS has ordered a sitcom pilot based on Mike's blog. Mike hails from Shrewsbury, MA (yay for Massachusetts) and the show will star him as a "stand-up comedian who lives with his girlfriend in Brooklyn and struggles to do the right thing."

Here's a little bit more about the soon-to-be tv star taken from his webpage (here):

I’ve had two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials and appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Late Show with David Letterman. I’ve performed at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, (my brother Joe joined me) The Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, and the Kilkenny Arts Festival.

If you don't have enough blogs to read yet, here's another one to add to your list. Seeing as how he's a comedian, I'm sure his blog will be pretty entertaining and probably funnier than mine. Click (here) to go to his blog - And be sure to let Mr. Birbiglia know that we still like him even though he moved to NYC.

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Marijuana or Video Games - Which One's Worse?

3/18/2008 11:38:00 AM 3 Responses
I almost laughed out loud while reading the papers this morning - our local government is so entertaining sometimes. From the Boston Globe (here), I read that Mayor Menino is backing a proposal to ban the sale of violent video games to minors. Presumably because it turns kids into violent killers or something like that.

From the Metro (here), I read that 80,000 people have signed a petition put forth by the Massachusetts's Committee for Sensible Marijuana Policy and as result, there will be a hearing today on Beacon Hill to attempt to decriminalize the possession of an ounce (or less) of marijuana.

Strict on video games for minors, lax on illegal drug possession. Good work guys!

Here's what my crystal ball is showing me the future holds. Parent smokes up and gets high. Kid asks for parent's credit card to purchase violent video game online since he can't get it at the store. Parent gives kid the card and says "Order me a couple pizzas while you're at it."

Just kidding, I'm sure parents would never smoke in the presence of their children. They'd do it secretly in the bathroom with the fan running and a can of Febreze in hand.

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Shecky's Girls Night Out Starts Today - 3/18

3/18/2008 11:32:00 AM 0 Responses
Maybe Bloggery readers of the female persuasion can enlighten me on what exactly this event is, but something called Shecky's Girls Night Out is touring the country and it's currently in Boston for the next 3 days. The best I can gather is that it's some sort of sample sale that involves drinking as well as shopping.

Shop up to 50 hot brands in our emerging fashion & accessories pavilion
Sip delicious cocktails & refreshments at our 5-hour complimentary bars
Sample fabulous products & services by our supreme sponsors
Score loads of goodies in Shecky's Deluxe Goodie Bag (now in a NEW tote!)

Tues-Thurs, March 18th-20th, 2008; 5pm-10pm
Boston Center for the Arts—Cyclorama
539 Tremont St. (Clarendon & Berkeley Sts.)
General Admission Tickets: $10
Deluxe Goodie Bag Tickets: $30 (Includes admission and Shecky’s Deluxe Goodie Bag)

Click (here) to get tickets. FYI, tickets for Thursday are sold out.

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Free MIT Courses Available Online

3/17/2008 02:39:00 PM 0 Responses
If I had more free time, I would spend a significant portion of it on MIT's open courseware site. Open courseware started just a few years ago, where MIT had undertaken an initiative to offer videotaped class lectures, notes, problem sets, exams - the whole shebang - for free online.

I have a backlog of stuff that I'm reading right now. I'm currently reading an Investment text book (because it's pointless to work had save money just to lose it all in the stock market), then I still have Ben Mezrich's new book Rigged in my queue along with a book on running (I've lost about 15 lbs, but I've got 20 more to go).

Once I get those off my plate - which should happen sometime before 2010 (I hope) - I'm hoping to revisit some of the classes that I sucked at back in the day. Namely 18.03 - differential equations, and 6.002 - Circuits and Electronics.

They've got 1800 classes to choose from, so whether you're a retiree that wants to fend off the Alzheimer's or a crazy/overzealous parent that wants to make sure you're kid has every advantage in school (sorry kids, didn't mean to ruin your weekends) - you should check it out. I'm sure there is a class that would interest you.

Click (here) to access MIT's open courseware. Harvard has a paltry 27 classes videotaped and available online through the Harvard extension school. But they're not free (so I'm not linking to them). Why? Because Harvard sucks....tee hee hee.

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John Adams: A Life in Letters

3/17/2008 11:11:00 AM 0 Responses
There's been a lot of hooplah lately about our 2nd president thanks to the HBO miniseries based on David McCullough's book. If you're interested in learning more about John Adams and are willing to get off the couch, I'd recommend you check out the new exhibit at the The Massachusetts Historical Society (here)

The event runs from March 8-May 31, 2008 1-4pm and is free to the public. Note that they're closed on Sundays - so if you're going to go on the weekend, go on a Saturday.

Reader Emily was kind enough to send me a photo from the Boston Public Library event that I blogged about previously (here).

Photo credit: Michael Dwyer
Historian and author David McCullough poses with President of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Dennis Fiori, in front of the Boston Public Library before the premier of the HBO miniseries John Adams.

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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

3/17/2008 11:03:00 AM 0 Responses
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Hopefully you all get a chance to go out during your lunchbreak and pound a few Guinness's before heading back to the office - just kidding - you should have Black & Tan's instead.

What's in store for folks today? If you haven't made plans yet, here are a few options for the evening. If you're using a 'sick day' to celebrate St. Paddy's day, head over to Game On! in Fenway. They're celebrating with Irish music, Red Sox triva, prize giveaways (including a 42" plasma tv), and drink specials.

They'll be showing the Red Sox - Yankees game that starts at 1:15pm today.

Or perhaps you couldn't bring yourself to use that 'floating holiday' and so you're saving the partying until tonight. In that case you could head over to Kings tonight for some free bowling, pool, live music, and comedy.

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Alicia Keys Tickets On Sale Tomorrow - 3/15

3/14/2008 04:25:00 PM 0 Responses
If you haven't listened to her new album "As I Am" it's a pretty great one. Alicia Keys is coming to Boston on Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 and it should be an awesome show.

I would get tickets, but I'm all tapped out for now. Speaking of which, if anyone has any highroller friends that would be interested in 10th row tickets to Jay-Z next month, I have a pair that I would like to sell because I can't go anymore.

Anyhoo, tickets for the Alicia Keys concert go on sale tomorrow, Saturday 3/15 at 10am EDT. Click (here) to go to the Ticketmaster site.

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Give Me Trans Fat or Give Me Death

3/14/2008 11:22:00 AM 9 Responses
I'm sure you've read it already. It was on the front page of everything today. The City of Boston has officially banned trans fat. I blogged about it months ago (here) and my attitude has only changed slightly.

I still do not appreciate the idea of the government telling me what I can and cannot eat. Which part of my attitude has changed? Well after reading Good Calories, Bad Calories - see my review (here) - I'm no longer of the mindset that it's fat that is the main culprit. I am now a believer that it's carbs. Fat probably isn't good for me either, so for now I've been sticking with fruits/veggies and protein.

You know what makes this dangerous? I'm going to use a firearm example - all you anti-gun people don't get mad. So in 1998 MA passed a gun law requiring all these extra safety measures in guns. Glock (everyone's heard of Glock right?) decided not to comply and just not sell in MA anymore. So now, any Glock that you want to buy in MA has to be a preowned one that was in the state prior to the passing of the law in 1998. Now, I know this won't happen, but what if McDonald's decided - I like trans fat, I'm just going to close down all the McDonald's in Boston. Where would I get my Egg McMuffins?

I don't know much about cooking with trans fats, so I'm hoping that stuff still tastes just as good as it used to. Or maybe I'll move to New Hampshire and petition to change the motto to "Live Free & Eat Trans Fat, or Die"

Click (here) to read the Globe article.

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Boston Comic Con - 3/16

3/14/2008 11:08:00 AM 0 Responses
I never read comic books as a kid. They were too damned expensive. Even now, I guess I could afford them, but paying $5 for about 15 pages of reading material? You're better of spending $10 on a paperback book that will at least last you several hours.

That being said, there is one comic book that I've been reading, Y the Last Man. It's pretty awesome and I can't wait for the last compilation to come out. I don't buy the individual comics, I've just been waiting for the books to come out that aggregate 6 comics into 1 book. Rumor has it that it's also going to be turned into a movie.

Anyhoo, the Boston Comic Con is coming to the Back Bay Events Center on Sunday March 16th.

The Boston Comic Con is coming back! This time around we are pleased to announce that our special guest will be none other than comic legend Carmine Infantino!

Boston Comic Con
Sunday March 16th

Back Bay Events Center
180 Berkeley Street
Boston, MA
corner of Berkeley & Stuart St.

$8 Admission
children under 10 free

Click (here) to go to the official website

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Paul Oakenfold at Estate Tonight - 3/14

3/14/2008 10:38:00 AM 0 Responses
Paul Oakenfold is the reason I got into trance music. My friend dwillens lent me his Tranceport cd during freshman year of college and I was hooked. I haven't really been a fan of Oakenfold's later stuff, now I'm more into PVD, DJ Tiesto, and Armin van Buuren - but it would be pretty cool to see Oakenfold live.

He's going to be at Estate tonight. Doors open at 9pm, but more than likely he won't come on until 11'ish - but I'd still go early and secure a nice spot in the front. Have a few drinks, stay away from the ecstasy (drugs are bad for you) and bust out the glow sticks (just kidding, that was sooooo 8 years ago)

Tickets are $40. Click (here) to go to the Estate website for more information.

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Harvard Applicant Information Stolen

3/13/2008 12:23:00 PM 0 Responses
If you applied last year to grad school at Harvard's School of Arts and Sciences there is a good chance that someone has your personal information. They were hacked last month and someone may have pulled data off their servers.

University officials also announced that they will send notices today to approximately 10,000 of last year's applicants, who were exposed during the breach.

For approximately 6,600 applicants, the information included Social Security numbers, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, test scores, and school records. The remainder of the sensitive data did not involve Social Security numbers.

If you're paranoid like I am you could consider using a service like and their credit monitoring service to keep an eye on things for you. I did it after the whole TJ Maxx debacle (here).

Click (here) to read the Globe article.

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Student Housing Limit Zoning Change

3/13/2008 11:42:00 AM 2 Responses
If you're a student, I'm sure you've already been aware of this for a while. For those of you that haven't heard, the Boston Zoning Commission passed a measure yesterday that limits the number of college students allowed to live together in an apartment.

The Boston Zoning Commission set a limit of four yesterday on the number of college students who can live together off campus, a far-reaching decision that could spur a citywide crackdown on crowded student housing.

Some students and property owners condemned the sweeping measure, arguing that it further burdens already cash-strapped students and may force many into more expensive college dormitories.

So supposedly, this was done to make the city more "family friendly" and prevent those rowdy late night parties that youngins in college tend to have.

First off, I believe the law is that you can have two people per bedroom in an apartment. So if its a 3 bedroom place, then I'd say legally they should be able to have 6 people in there if they want - whether they're students or not.

It does bother me a bit though that as the Globe said this would force students to live in their "more expensive college dormitories." Isn't that a pretty serious issue? The fact that the dorms are more expensive than finding apartments outside? I will admit, I joined a fraternity while in school for two reasons. One, the guys were awesome. Two, it was cheaper to live at the frat house than it was to live in the dorms. I was already paying a ton in tuition, the least the school could do was provide affordable housing.

With all the measures from schools lately to provide more financial aid for tuition (here) - how about also looking at how much you're charging students for their dorm rooms. Student housing should not be a profit center for colleges. They're already paying you to be there. No need to gouge them cause they need to physically be nearby to attend class.

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A $1 Bus Ticket to NYC Coming Soon

3/12/2008 12:56:00 PM 1 Response
This is what happens when I have to travel for work, I miss out on reading important news. I'm reading yesterday's Globe right now and on the front page, there is an article about a new bus service (a division of Greyhound) called Bolt Bus that is going to jump into the low priced Boston-NYC game starting next month.

Their lowest price? One dollar. They're currently serving a route from NYC to Washington and the basic setup is that they promise to offer at least one $1 seat on each bus. The remaining seats on the bus will be higher priced and prices will go up as the bus seats fill up to a max of $25.

Smart marketing? Of course, it got them on the front cover of the Globe afterall. But is it just another bus service? Supposedly not. According to another article I had read previously Bolt Bus is supposed to have more spacious seating, electrical sockets, and free wifi. That would make it amazing - seeing as how Vamoose got their permits revoked and currently isn't doing business in the Boston area.

Click (here) to read the Globe article. Lucky Star, eat your heart out. Click (here) to read about the other ways to get to NYC.

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Free Taxi Rides in Cambridge Saturday

3/12/2008 12:42:00 PM 0 Responses
There was a tiny blurb on Monday in the Globe this week about the Cambridge safeRide program and how they're going to provide free taxi rides to all the drunken folk that are out this weekend celebrating St. Patrick's Day.

The Cambridge safeRide Program will provide free taxicab rides for St. Patrick’s Party revelers leaving from Cambridge licensed Alcohol establishments and traveling to residential addresses. This program, designed to deter driving under the influence, will be in effect in Cambridge from 7 p.m., on Saturday, March 15 until 4:00 a.m., Sunday, March 16. There is a $35 cap on cab rides. Those needing a Cambridge safeRide should call 617-864-5000 beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 15.

So don't worry about driving, finding parking, catching the last train of the night, or crashing on your buddy's couch - if you're partying in Cambridge - get a free ride home.

Click (here) for the original Globe blurb (it's near the bottom of the webpage) or click (here) for a link to details on the official Cambridge safeRide page.

PS. Don't forget to drink lots of Guinness.

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Korean Supermarket H-Mart Coming Soon

3/11/2008 02:50:00 PM 0 Responses
Words cannot express how happy I was to read this yesterday. H-mart is a large Korean supermarket chain that is in the words of Barney from HIMYM - Legen............wait for it.........dary. I've been to the one in New Jersey and the one in Chicago and I love them both.

You can purchase pre-marinated meats (like the stuff you get at Korean bbq), you can get pan chan (the little side dishes they serve at korean restaurants), as well as a plethora of other grocery staples.

H Mart, a chain of Korean and Asian supermarkets with a devoted following, plans to enter the region with a 51,000-square-foot superstore in Burlington, near Route 128 and the Burlington Mall.

I'm slightly miffed that I'm going to have to drive all the way out to Burlington to go to H-Mart, but if I can find a Costco out there as well, I can do a grocery road trip whenever necessary and get all my shopping done at once.

I hope they have a food court, like the other ones I've been to. That would be fantastic.

Click (here) to read the Globe article and drool in anticipation.

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Chipotle Nutritional Calculator

3/11/2008 08:25:00 AM 5 Responses
Thanks to reader Sarah for sending me a note about the Chipotle Nutritional calculator on It just validates the fact that I need to stop eating there. Another reader Will, told me a few weeks ago that a Chipotle burrito had like 1200 calories in it. This website pretty much validates it.

My favorite barbacoa burrito with guacamole, sour cream, and cheese? 1173 calories.

Click (here) to go to the original website and calculate out your own food.

PS. The website also has recipes on there. Next chance I get, I'm going to try out the grilled chicken recipe.

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Beija - The New Rum in Town

3/11/2008 08:08:00 AM 1 Response
This is a great story. Two young entrepreneurs choose an industry that they are passionate about (who's not passionate about alcohol? hehe) and dive in head first to see if they can make it with their own brand of rum. It's also a story that involves global sourcing - which is a topic that is near and dear to me.

I love reading about folks that are willing to take the risks to succeed. It's inspirational, and also a nice kick in the pants for me. The new kid in town? An entirely cane sugar based rum called Beija.

Customers at the more than 20 trendy restaurants in Boston that serve the new rum may be surprised to learn that Beija is a tiny start-up run by two men who have no experience in the liquor business. Kevin Beardsley, 24, and Steve Diforio, 23, who grew up together in Weston, Conn., are taking a big risk with this venture, but they have faith that it could pay off. After all, Grey Goose was started by an entrepreneur who eventually sold his premium vodka label to Bacardi for more than $2 billion.

I haven't tried it yet. I've been working so much that I haven't seen the inside of a bar since I don't know when. But I will endeavor to get my butt over to one of these bars to give it a shot. I support entrepreneurship.

Where can you try it? Alibi, District, No. 9 Park, Eastern Standard, OM, City Bar, Olives, Via Matta, Green Street Grill, and Foundation Lounge - just to name a few.

Dear Steve and Kevin - good luck on your adventure. I'm sure it'll be a great ride.

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Mandarin Oriental On Fire

3/10/2008 01:43:00 PM 1 Response
Man that place is bad luck. If you haven't heard or seen, the Mandarin Oriental was a tad bit on fire earlier this morning: four-alarm fire that is.

Fire department spokesman Steve MacDonald said the blaze broke out at 7:43 a.m. on the fourth floor of the 14-story structure at 776 Boylston St.

Firefighters arriving found heavy smoke and fire in three rooms containing construction materials, said Deputy Fire Chief Richard DiBenedetto.

I remember reading about 6 months ago about how the person that bought the penthouse unit sued the developer to get out of buying it. Then more recently, I read that many of the owners that had purchased pre-construction are now trying to sell their units.

If you've walked past the building recently, it doesnt' really look as impressive to me as I thought it would be. I'm sure lots of other folks feel the same way, seeing as how they're all selling. Besides, $2k per square foot? Gimme a break.

Click (here) for the rest of the Globe article.

I'm reading my papers backwards, so right now I'm reading the Sunday paper and the front page of the real estate section talks about how the Mandarin Oriental is also going to feature rental apartments - ranging from $6K a month for a one bedroom up to $12,500 a month for a 2 bedroom. The real estate agents the Globe interviewed said they didn't foresee any problems renting units out at that price. I disagree, but I guess time will tell.

Click (here) to read the article for yourself.

John Keith has a couple of posts on the Mandarin Oriental as well. Click (here) to see the MLS listings for the re-sale units at the Mandarin.

Update 3/12/08
Click (here) for an updated article on the extent of the fire damage and a possible delay in the grand opening that was originally scheduled for July.

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Tuition Free at MIT

3/10/2008 01:32:00 PM 1 Response
Two days ago, I got a huge slap in the face via email from MIT. It went a little something like this:

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) today announced its financial aid program for 2008-2009. Increases in financial aid will make it possible for a larger fraction of MIT students to have their tuition and fees completely covered.

Whereas I'm glad that perhaps my kids in the future will get to go to MIT for free (although I suppose I'd like to endeavor to make enough $ that I don't need to worry about it) it's a little bit painful to know that I've got loans to pay for the next 12'ish years and my sister has loans for the next 15.

Where were you guys a couple years ago? Sheesh.

Anyway, the gist of the story is that those coming from families making below $75K a year will be able to go to MIT tuition free. This adds MIT to the growing list of schools that are increasing financial aid for their students. Other schools include: Stanford, Dartmouth, Cornell, Harvard, Yale Brown, etc.

Click (here) to read a Globe article covering the subject.

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Passing Strange: A Review

3/10/2008 12:38:00 PM 1 Response
I saw my first Broadway show this past weekend - a relatively new show that - called Passing Strange. I was especially excited to see it because I had read a blurb in the Boston Globe earlier in the week about how this particular show is produced by Boston-based theater producer Spring Sirkin. Even on Broadway in NYC, there's a little bit of Boston in the air.

The show recounted the tale of a teenage boy that leaves his middle-class suburban home in LA in search of himself and in search of what's "real." His travels take him to Europe with brief stints in Amsterdam and then Berlin while he searches for himself. He never really succeeds until he comes full circle and returns back home to LA at the closing of the musical.

Passing Strange is a small production with a sparsely decorated stage and a relatively small cast. Nevertheless, it was an amazing show with great music. The gf and I had a great time and coincidentally, we left the theater with the same curious thought. Was the narrator telling an autobiographical story about himself? We had both noticed the similarities in dress that the main character and the narrator shared. Same color shirt, blazer, and shoes.

I didn't find the answer until I went back to the Boston Globe blurb this morning while preparing to write this review. It states that Passing Strange is a "semi-autobiographical show by the LA musician and performer who calls himself Stew." It was somewhat satisfying to know that we'd both picked up on the subtleties of the play. Sorry for ruining the mystery for you readers.

I highly recommend the show. Make a weekend trip down to NYC. You won't regret it. How do you get down there? Refer to my previous post (here) for ways to get down there. I take the Lucky Star Chinatown Bus myself. You can't beat a $15 bus ticket if you're looking to travel cheap. And once you've decided on transportation, click (here) to get your tickets to Passing Strange.

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Eric Clapton Tickets On Sale Tomorrow - 3/8

3/07/2008 11:15:00 AM 0 Responses
I was never really that into Eric Clapton. He has a couple of songs that are amazing, but I don't really own any of his albums. But I know that he's super popular, so for those of you that would like to go to his concert, tickets go on sale tomorrow, Saturday march 8th at 10am EST.

Eric Clapton
Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
Mansfield, MA
Wed, Jun 4, 2008 07:30 PM

Click (here) to go to the Ticketmaster site to purchase your tickets. And start pressing F5 at 9:58am tomorrow morning until the screen comes up to purchase tickets.

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Celebrity Sighting: "The Proposal" Stars

3/07/2008 10:48:00 AM 1 Response
I blogged a week or two ago about a casting call for "The Proposal" a romantic comedy featuring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds (here). Well, it looks like production is in the works or it will be soon.

The Globe reported that Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds were spotted eating at Davio's in Park Square earlier this week (Wednesday). Joining them was Anne fletcher, director of the film.

Rumor has it that they'll be filming in Gloucester sometime soon.

PS. If you haven't eaten at Davio's before, the food is delicious - I recommend you check it out Oh, and Gloucester is nice too. I drove through there last summer on the way to Rockport.

Click (here) for the original Globe blurb.

Past Link 2/28/08 - The Proposal casting call (here)

Update 3/31/08 - Filming at the State Street Bank (here)

Update 4/21/08 - Sandra Bullock in Car Accident in Gloucester (here)

Update 12/30/08 - The Proposal Trailer (here)

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Amex Presale: Alicia Keys - Starts Today

3/07/2008 10:33:00 AM 2 Responses
Who doesn't love Alicia Keys' new cd? Well she's coming to the TD Banknorth Garden while on tour for a concert on Wed, Jun 11, 2008 and the presale just started today.

For those of you with an American Express card, or a friend with an Amex card, the presale started this morning at 9am and runs for the next week. Tickets go on sale to the general public on 3/15 so that gives you plenty of time to get tickets.

Just a word of warning though, I took a look at tickets and couldn't get anything on the floor - so I wonder if they're saving the better tickets for the fan club presale or the amex gold presale.

Click (here) for the link to ticketmaster and take a look at the fourth option that says "American Express Cardmember Presale."

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Obama, Affleck, and Garner - 3/16

3/06/2008 11:23:00 AM 0 Responses
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are hosting a party at Rumor in support of Barack Obama. Here's the details from (here).

CORRECTION: Just to let everyone know. I was notified by someone at Generation Obama that my original post was incorrect. Barack Obama himself will NOT be in attendance. I got my original info from the Globe (here) where they said "
Oscar-winner Ben Affleck and his wife, Jennifer Garner, will host Barack Obama at a fund-raising party at the Rumor nightclub in the Theater District." So, sorry about that guys.

Please join Generation Obama in welcoming Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner to Boston in support of Barack's candidacy! Ben and Jennifer are strong supporters and we are honored that they have chosen to spend an evening with us here in Boston.

Here are the details:

Sunday, March 16, 2008 (7 PM Pre-Party and 7:30 PM Main Party).

RUMOR Nightclub, 100 Warrenton Street, Boston (NOTE: Rumor is a 21+ venue).

Pre-Party is $250 each (very limited capacity); Main Party is $50 each.

You MUST use the URL below to RSVP and make your contribution. Once you do so, your name will be on the door list; you will not receive "tickets" in the mail.

Click (here) to get signed up for the event. I'm not sure how you designate that you want to go to the pre-party. The info says that it's "very limited capacity" so I'm not sure how they'll shut it down after registration is full. For those that are interested - you might need to do a little more legwork to find out.

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Sports Club LA - March Promotion

3/06/2008 11:09:00 AM 2 Responses
As I've been doing, I'm posting for the readers out there whenever the Sports Club LA sends me stuff on member referral discounts. Here's the latest.

As a privilege to your friend, we will extend a 50% savings on the Regular Health Initiation Fee when they join the Club, or a 75% savings when your friend joins with another friend.

Enclosed you will find complimentary one week passes to share with friends, family, and colleagues.

I consider anyone who reads this blog a friend, so as of right now, I have two of the one week passes I can give away to you guys, and I think I can get my hands on two more. Just note, you have to use the pass on or before 3/24 - so don't ask for one if you can't go before then.

All you have to do is email me your name and address, and I'll drop it in the mail to you. I'll also write my name and membership number on the back of the pass so you can get the referral discount.

PS. I've received lots of emails from folks in NYC and CA asking if I can get them a discount. Sorry, but these passes are only for the Boston location.

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Harpoon Brewry St Patricks Festival

3/06/2008 10:53:00 AM 0 Responses
St. Patrick's day is coming - and where better to celebrate than a brewery? Harpoon Brewery is hosting their annual St. Patrick's Festival this upcoming weekend:

Friday, March 7th, 5:30 PM to 11:00 PM (Doors close at 9:30 pm)
Saturday, March 8th, 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM (Doors close at 7:30 pm)

Live Irish music, local rock bands, food vendors, and of course beer - it should make for a fun-filled evening. Tickets are $15.

Click (here) for more information as well as the band schedule.

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Fox's Unhitched: Review

3/05/2008 12:18:00 PM 1 Response
I was pretty excited when I heard that we'd be getting a Boston-based sitcom. Hopefully this isn't it. I just recently watched the pilot for Unhitched and it was kind of awful.

The main character gets sexually assaulted by a monkey during the first five minutes of the episode and then the stereotypical Indian doctor character ends up getting conned by a prostitute that he hires to keep him company on his birthday. Here's what the Herald had to say:

You naturally want to root for a show with so many local ties. “Unhitched” was created by locals Chris Pappas and Mike Bernier. Jones graduated from Harvard and Bierko attended Boston University.

Set in Boston, “Unhitched” filmed its exterior shots here. You’ll catch glimpses of the Public Garden, Downtown Crossing and Zakim Bridge.

I'm in agreement. You want to root for the show, but it's just too awful to watch. Click (here) to read the rest of the Herald review.

Or click (here) to watch the episode for yourself. It's only half an hour, it won't kill you. Let me know what you think.

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Casting Call - I Can Do That!

3/05/2008 10:26:00 AM 0 Responses
Yet another casting call is coming to Boston this upcoming Saturday, March 8 from 12noon to 5pm. I'm not sure what it is about Felt, but The Biggest Loser casting was there and now this new one will be as well. Maybe some execs at NBC just really like it there. The name of the show is "I Can Do That!"

We are looking for people from all ages and socio-economic backgrounds who love physical activities, are motivated and thrive by success in all areas of life, and consider themselves type-A personalities.

We want people who may want a change in their life and would see this as their opportunity to motivate that move or decision. We are looking for go-getters who will see this as the chance of a lifetime that this will be!

Also, we are looking for people of all shapes, ages, and sizes- real people from everyday life, not just in-shape 21-year olds.

According to an ad in the Metro, applicants can call Heath at 323.802.0558 or email him at

I had also previously received an email from Jason at saying that applicants could sign up through their website (here).

Good Luck everyone! Be sure to report back if you get casted.

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Cambridge Is Number One Walking City

3/05/2008 10:17:00 AM 0 Responses
Congratulations to Cambridge for being named the "best walking city in America" by Prevention magazine. Boston got 9th place.

Cambridge is the best walking city in America, with more residents walking to work and more parks per square mile than any other city evaluated, according to a just-released study by Prevention magazine in its April issue and the American Podiatric Medical Association.

10 Best U.S. Walking Cities of 2008
1. Cambridge
2. New York, N.Y.
3. Ann Arbor, Mich.
4. Chicago, Ill.
5. Washington, D.C.
6. San Francisco
7. Honolulu
8. Trenton, N.J.
9. Boston
10. Cincinnati

10 Worst U.S. Walking Cities of 2008
1. Oklahoma City, Okla.
2. North Las Vegas, Nev.
3. Gadsden, Ala.
4. Davenport, Iowa
5. Mount Pleasant, S.C.
6. Enid, Okla.
7. Laredo, Texas
8. Springdale, Ark.
9. Clarksville, Tenn.
10. Lafayette, La.

Of all the cities they surveyed in Texas, they came up with Laredo? No one walks anywhere in Texas. Everything is too darned spread out. If I had to walk to school when I was a kid, it'd take me two hours each way.

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Nordstrom Rack Coming This Fall

3/04/2008 11:07:00 AM 2 Responses
I'll start off by admitting that I loathe paying retail. I just won't do it unless it's absolutely necessary. A lot of what I do for work involves global sourcing in Asia - so I know what it costs to make a lot of the stuff we buy.

Those $300 earbuds that you bought - they cost about 3 dollars to manufacture. What makes it so expensive? The profit.

Nordstrom Inc. announced Tuesday it is opening its off-price retailing concept, Nordstrom Rack, at the Liberty Tree Mall in Danvers, Mass., this fall.

Nordstrom Rack is like TJ Maxx for highe-end brands - they usually sell old stuff that originated from the regular Nordstrom stores at discount prices. There was one in Texas where I used to live. They did great business.

I'm pretty psyched for this because I'm going to need to redo my wardrobe sometime soon. The cutting down on carbs has been working quite well. I'm down about 6-8 lbs since I started. Click (here) to read more about that.

Otherwise, click (here) to read the blurb in the Boston Business Journal.

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Tom Hanks in Boston Update - 3/7

3/03/2008 01:57:00 PM 0 Responses
I blogged earlier that Tom Hanks would be here this upcoming Friday 3/7 (here) but there were no details. Well, thanks to the Globe today, the details are here.

Executive producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman will join Mayor Tom Menino at the Boston Public Library at 6:30 p.m. The series, which begins airing March 16, stars Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney as John and Abigail Adams.

Maybe I'll try to swing by the BPL after work and snap some pictures if the crowd isn't too big. I'll report back later this week if I make it over there.

Here's a link to the Globe blurb (here).

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