Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Making a Stressful Day Slightly Less Terrible

Landlady just offered meatballs and ziti for lunch!


What will be opposite SkyViewParc in the new Flushing?

Apparently this.

This is River Park Place, being developed by Lev Real Estate. The warehouses that were there disappeared about a year ago.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008


Nothing brought this on. Just a reminder.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Medford Fire Detail

Police details at construction sites are a sore topic in Massachusetts politics. (For those of you just joining us, "details" are a required, privately paid police presence at all road construction and utility sites. Almost no other states require these, and the cost is ultimately borne by the taxpayer/consumer.)

Even more arcane, outdated, useless, and wasteful is the fire detail, which is required in the Boston area at a variety of events (link to Cambridge's regulations).

Across the city line in Medford, Tufts University recently bought the Sacred Heart Church and Rectory from the Archdiocese of Boston, helping the church pay off its dozens of abuse victims and fanning the anti-intellectual, anti-"expansionism" fears of blue collar Medford.*

Apparently Tufts is making the church into some type of convention center. Its rectory was just torn down, which surprised me, and I passed by the demolition zone at about 6:30pm. Pacing around the rubble was a Medford fireman talking on his cell phone. A beat up old Medford Fire Crown Vic was parked across from the demolition equipment.

I suspected that this might be one of those strange fire details. So I returned on foot around 10:30pm to see if the firefighter was still guarding the ruins of the rectory, watching the jagged chunks of brick and plaster for a wisp of telltale smoke. The cruiser was still there and the scene dark. As I grew closer, I spied a weak white light coming from within the vehicle. The firefighter was reclining under the reading lamp with the driver's door slightly ajar, relaxing with a newspaper.

So the fire detail does exist, and in Medford, firefighters receive overtime pay to guard piles of rubble 24/7. Both satisfied and disappointed, I walked to Davis to take advantage of the weather. There I found that new pavement markings were being applied in the square. And the striping crews were being protected by cops and cruisers from Everett and Somerville.

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Monday, April 21, 2008

cul-de-sac people

are not really trying
not really trying at all

from the debut INFRASTRUCTURE album, The Price You Pay
Fall 2008!!!

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Jobs should be limited to 40 hours per week.

Perhaps 50.


Thanks, Universal Hub!

Universal Hub is a great Boston metablog that often links to posts here and brings me all sorts of interesting visitors. Thanks to Adam and the folks over there who author that site and its links to this blog. You guys should have some sort of UH social so that all the bloggers can drink with each other and the commenters who hate me can tell me to my face.


Sunday, April 20, 2008

Revere Beach, April 19

Friday, April 18, 2008

People I Saw And Didn't Like at Toad Last Night

  • international superhussy
  • corduroy cowboy
  • cambridge trucker


Thursday, April 17, 2008

Dignity Hunt #8: Gas Station Diner, Tipton, Ind.

I can show up anywhere in North America at any time.


Stuff White People Like has already written about breakfast places, but, happily, they took more of a yuppie-attacking angle. I want to write a song about the hipster/cul-de-sac children who hang out at brunch all week long, suggesting brunch places as a manifestation of cultural resignation and uselessness.


When I arrived home from my last business trip of the season,

I slept for 11 or 12 hours. At the moment I awoke, I had just been in the middle of a dream sales call with an elderly, African-American female professor. She was asking how a young guy like me got into publishing when I opened my eyes to find it was 11:11 and that I had 67 new work emails waiting for me.


Monday, April 14, 2008

How Textbook Adoptions (Orders) Are Won (Perhaps) at the Corporate Publishers

A friend forwarded this actual Boston craigslist post:

My dirty little Pearson publishing girl.
Reply to:
Date: 2008-04-13, 2:30PM

You know who you are. I'm ready to play some more so get in touch when the text book grind lets up a bit.
Talk to you soon.

* Location: Boston
* it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

Original URL:



assuages collective guilt.


Hubig's Pies

More from my walk through the Bywater.

I don't have time for anything right now.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

"Looters WILL be shot. Katrina rule Applies in da bwater"

New Orleans, last Wednesday night.

The Joint BBQ

The Bywater, New Orleans, La. I walked a total of 7 miles here and back.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Dignity Hunt #4: Tugboatmen, New Orleans, La.

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Dignity Hunt #5: Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, La.

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Dignity Hunt #6: Publicity Shoot, Canal St., New Orleans, La.

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Dignity Hunt #7: Stripper, French Quarter

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Walgreen's, Canal St, New Orleans, La.

Wednesday night.

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Sunday, April 06, 2008

Tax Day 08 Scorecard

The Mass pen-and-paper forms were pissing me off, until saving my half-done Federal 1040 fill-in form locked all of the fill-in boxes, causing me to have to redo the entire thing in order to finish it.


Friday, April 04, 2008

Vantage Point for Long Night Exposure of Mill

Asheboro, NC. Curving railroad tracks will reflect light from the mill. Bridges between buildings are visible in satellite photo. Location scouted while lost on way to physics conference last summer.

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May 30-June 2.

We may have the chance to get these shots.

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Thursday, April 03, 2008

I am about to watch the last episode of the Sopranos for the first time.

I'm a little nervous.

Failure II

A lot of people around me seem to think of themselves as failed artists--particularly writers and musicians. It is troubling that a lot of these people are in their 20s.

Do people really give up this easily?


Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Frontier Fertilizer, Hurlwood, Tex.