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Friday, January 2nd, 2009
8:21 pm - Foodstuffs.
Hi everyone! Sorry I've totally fallen off the face of the earth, but school, travel, and work sort of ate my life. Anyhoo, Dana and I are back in Boston for a few short days and we were wondering if anyone would like to join us for dinner tomorrow (Saturday) night. We've made a reservation at Fire and Ice in Harvard Square for 8:30 tomorrow. We made a reservation for 10 people, so just drop us a line if you're interested in coming so we can make sure that there's space for everyone. Hope to see you all tomorrow!

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Friday, November 21st, 2008
3:17 pm - Find That Cardboard Box Fugitive!
And this, people, is why you should always break down your cardboard boxes before you leave them out for recycling.

That said, I feel like they should knock some time off the dude's sentence just for the sheer simple ingenuity of his escape.

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Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
1:34 pm - Yes We Did.

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Tuesday, October 7th, 2008
1:06 pm - They'll always be the Devil Rays to me
I make a motion to revive pseudoboy's MLB playoff look-alike contest from last year.

I make a further motion to cast William Shatner in the role of Joe Maddon.

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Monday, August 18th, 2008
10:42 am - Free Internet at Diesel!!!!
so... does anybody see themselves spending a lot of time at Diesel in the near future? I bought a monthly internet subscription when the internet went kaput in my apartment and then, like the smart fellow I am, forgot to cancel said subscription.

So basically I have free internet access through September 12 that I won't be able to use. Anybody want it?

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Thursday, July 17th, 2008
9:17 pm - Barba Q.
So I know this is super last minute, but Dana and I were wondering if anyone would be interested in little barbecue potluck at our place before heading over to ArtBeat for some music and such on Friday night. 7ish perhaps?

We're at 338 Summer Street, apartment #1. Our doorbell doesn't work, so just head down the driveway and we'll be out in the backyard.

Just shoot me a note if you're planning to stop by :)

[the preceding announcement was thoroughly plagiarized from she_ragroupie's journal]

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2008
1:17 pm - Staycations
In 2005 it was "Truthiness"
In 2007 it was "Subprime"

And now the Dig has got me thinking, will "Staycation" be The American Dialect Society's word of the year for 2008? It seems to have all the makings of it. A clever catchy portmanteau that captures the way that Americans have defined their lives around gas prices this year.

So even though the year is just over halfway done (and barring some new vocabulary being added by some goof in the presidential campaign) I'm thinking this one's got a shot.

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Tuesday, July 1st, 2008
9:31 pm - He who goes forth with a fifth on the Fourth may not come forth on the Fifth.
So after 8 consecutive weekends of road trips, I'm pretty determined to not go anywhere this weekend. Dana and I were thinking of celebrating the 4th by setting up shop down by the river, maybe bringing the trusty mini grill along (do they let you brandish open flame on the Esplanade?). Anybody else in town this weekend? Feel like joining us as we cower in terror from enormous sparkling smiley faces?

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Thursday, June 26th, 2008
10:03 am - Adios a Nueva York
wow. That half of a summer in New York went by remarkably fast.

But as of this Friday, we'll be out of here and taking up residence at the new place in Somerville. All that's left is packing the UHaul and spending some quality time in the grotesque New York weekend traffic.

Back to Boston, already have my job squared away, and living right in Davis Square (and a perilous one block away from Spike's Junkyard Dogs). The summer is looking promising indeed.

Is anyone going to be around this weekend?

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Tuesday, April 8th, 2008
9:57 am - "Police were unable to locate a squirrel running through the walls of a Pelham Road home."
For much of my life, I grew up reading the weekly police blotter in the Amherst Bulletin. There is something oddly poetic in the way they sum up everyday situations in ways that make them infinitely more intriguing and puzzling than the events themselves. for example:

* 6:22 p.m. - Youths playing a game with what was described as a ball of fire near Rao's Roastery checked out OK.

and of course, some which just encapsulate life in Amherst all too well:

* 11:21 a.m. - Select Board candidate signs were reported stolen from McClellan Street.
* 8:45 a.m. - Cows found loose on South East Street were returned to their pen.

I am now elated to discover that they post them online. Nearly every member of my family has done something Bulletin-worthy at one point or another. In fact, I'm pretty sure that my sister is responsible for this one:

* 10:01 p.m. - Police pulled over a pickup truck on North Prospect Street in which a man was riding in the bed of the truck. He and the woman driving the truck were both issued warnings for the offense.

Apparently, I am not alone in admiring these koans of Western Massachusetts life. Back in 2002, Harper's compiled some of their favorite reports in its own feature article. I guess somebody on the Harpers staff cut his teeth writing for my dear home town journal.

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Monday, March 31st, 2008
4:53 pm - Who needs housing in NYC?
So Dana's apartment in New York is fixing to have a couple vacancies in the near future. It's a three bedroom place in Morningside Heights (the Columbia neighborhood) and it's easily the roomiest place I've ever seen in Manhattan. Full Kitchen, Full Living Room (big enough to hold 2 couches and a dining room table!) and two bathrooms.

The price is about $900/month depending on the room. There's two rooms opening up: one in Mid-May and the other in late July. Plus as an added bonus, you get me for a roommate in May and July! Eh? Eh?

So if anyone out there in lj land knows someone moving to NYC this summer, do drop me a line.

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Friday, March 28th, 2008
10:16 am - Random murder at the subway stop I go through every day
Man Beaten to Death in Philadelphia Subway

I'm not sure if this story makes me lose my faith in all humanity, or just the slice of it that lives in Philadelphia.

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Thursday, March 27th, 2008
1:06 pm - Powdered wigsmanship a-plenty
So I just found out last weekend that we've had HBO at my house this whole time. Which means, oh yeah, it's time to immerse myself in John Adams.

Unsurprisingly, I'm a fan, but yeesh, this is some trying stuff. 90 minutes of nothing but debates in the Continental Congress does not make for entertaining TV. Even when something exciting like, say, the Battle of Bunker Hill happens, we only hear about it from wounded soldiers walking by once the battle is over.

I know it's been getting some stellar reviews, but if you're looking for some quality HBO historical drama, go out and rent some old episodes of Rome. I predict this show will have viewership of two people by the time it's done.

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Thursday, March 20th, 2008
9:25 am - Big in Japan
Writers Guild aside, these are not exactly heady days for organized labor. However, the Red Sox seem to be out to buck that trend by securing travel stipends for their coaches during the upcoming trip to Japan. Even the Philadelphia Inquirer, which is normally grouchy about everything non-Eagles (including their own baseball team) thinks they did the right thing So, yeah, while professional baseball coaches still make more than most people in the US, and $40K does seem more than adequate for a week in Japan, I still tip my hat to Youk for continuing to be an all-around good guy.

I also think that, after this trip, Jonathan Papelbon will have an enormous fan base in Japan.

On a completely different note, I was chatting with a (much more socially well-adjusted) friend yesterday who has never heard of the concept of being pwned. So I need some examples that can adequately explain the concept. these three images are my personal favorites, but I'm sure there's some equally great ones out there that I've missed.

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Tuesday, March 18th, 2008
1:03 pm - Politics and Pokemon
It's good to know that someone has summed up my thoughts on the election in a handy forty-second YTMND.

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Saturday, March 15th, 2008
12:59 pm - Return From Mexico
Last night, just around 10:00, I was on a plane leaving Atlanta. Just about the time I was on the air, this was happening on the ground.

So, for all I know, I might have been sucked into some strange time-space vortex or parallel universe and am writing this post from there. The Morning Glory was closed this morning, so something seems definitely awry.

What's the situation on the ground like in Atlanta? mshepburn? formandfile? Haven't heard from you kiddos in a while.

On another topic, I'm not sure if any of you UMass types have been following the basketball season this year, but it appears that the Minutemen, after a disappointing A-10 tournament, have become the ultimate bubble team. Depending on who you ask, they are either the last team in the tournament or the first team out. A nail biter if I ever saw one.

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Wednesday, March 5th, 2008
1:56 pm - Fun times at law school, part II
Mentally unstable Penn Law students put us in the news once again. Yay.

In other news, apparently half the world doesn't realize that UPenn and Penn State are two different universities.

current mood: ready for Spring Break

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Tuesday, February 19th, 2008
9:04 am - Holy Crap!
Castro resigns as president of Cuba

Wow. I coulda sworn this guy was going to stick it out to the bitter end.

And I will personally come to George W. Bush's home and sucker punch him in the gut if he takes personal credit for any of this.

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Friday, December 14th, 2007
3:18 pm
At times I belly ache about New York. But the upside is that you often get to see movies before they get released anywhere else. Like Juno. Great movie (and an Arrested Development reunion of sorts). As funny as Knocked Up, plus no discomforting images of a dilated cervix. And J.K. Simmons is my hero. So yes, go check it out and maybe watched Knocked Up the night before by way of comparison.

In other news, some joker out there wants to do a remake of Metropolis. I'm skeptical, unless they can somehow get Kraftwerk to do the soundtrack.

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Wednesday, December 12th, 2007
11:51 am - Yipee
So the fine folks at Slate have dubbed desktop tower defense as game of the year for 2007.

I know I'm hooked.

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Monday, December 10th, 2007
2:45 pm - Ebola.
One of the classes I took this semester was a seminar that focused on the civil war in Uganda. As part of this class, all of the members had the option of taking a trip to Uganda to do field research over Winter Break.

I decided to opt out of this trip and am feeling quite wise in this decision. It looks like the resurgence of the Ebola Virus might put a bit of a damper on that party. Especially since the Gulu district is exactly where most of them were going to be doing their field research.

So if any of my friends come home oozing blood from every orifice, I'll be sure to let you know.

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Thursday, November 29th, 2007
11:03 am - Basquetbol
UMass Stuns Syracuse 107-100

Huh. So it looks like UMass is fixin' to put together another halfway decent season that ends with humiliation in the A-10 tournament. Now I realize that Syracuse is not exactly a top 25 opponent, and that the A-10 has a long way to go before any teams other than Xavier get national recognition. Still though, 107 points in a college game? That's kinda ridiculous.

Also, does anyone know if there's a way to watch the games online, or is streaming audio the only game in town?

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Thursday, November 8th, 2007
11:48 am - sausages.
OK, so I haven't posted anything in like 3 months. Consider this my apology for not keeping in touch:

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Monday, August 27th, 2007
4:19 pm - Typing Cats
Dear lj friends,

I have officially moved into my new apartment in Philly which I will be sharing with two rambunctious kittens with a knack for pouncing on the keyboard. Expect all my future posts to be laden with entries like: c666666666666666666666666667y7y7y7y7y7y7y7y7y7y7y7y7y7y7y?"<

that is all.

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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007
10:02 am - Moo ha-hoo ha-hoo-vin' day
Dear friends in Boston:

As you may know, Dana and I are hitting the road for New York/Philly on Saturday morning and, as you probably could have guessed, our house is a total shit storm right now. Basically, we have two main objectives over the next few days: get everything moved out, and clean out the rest of the beer and food that remains in our kitchen.

So this is where we ask you for your help. The end of the summer is coming and we'd really love to have your cheap manual labor company for one last time. This Friday, if you come by our place at around 6pm, we will gladly exchange all of this excess alcohol for a bit of help getting our lives packed into a 14' UHaul van. I promise it will all be in easily portable boxes by then.

So please let me know if you think you can come by. And save room too, cuz we're thinking of hitting up Redbones once everything is packed.

Thank you muchly.


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Friday, August 17th, 2007
7:14 pm - I went for a boat ride...
...and then I got engaged. It was pretty awesome.

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Tuesday, August 7th, 2007
3:44 pm - More testicles means more iron
So... Simpsons Movie. I know I'm setting myself up for disappointment here, but has anyone else out there seen it? Is it worthwhile?

Also, I am willing to concede that, for the last few years, Family Guy has been the much better show in Fox's Sunday night lineup. But the Simpsons is 17 freakin' years old, and of course the creativity's gonna start waning after that much time. However, I am trying to prove to a certain girlfriend that, in its heyday, the Simpsons was - and remains to this day - the greatest show of all time. I started by buying the DVD for season 4, and while it contains some classics - Last Exit to Springfield, Duffless, the first Ralph Wiggum episode - she remains wholehartedly unconvinced. Any ideas about what episodes/seasons can make for a true believer?

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Wednesday, July 25th, 2007
11:06 am - This is the end, my friend
So I'm done with Harry Potter.

beyond this place there be spoilersCollapse )

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Tuesday, July 24th, 2007
10:25 am - Knibb High Football Rules.
So the world is a scary place, full of trouble and turmoil. But this doesn't bother me because my fantasy baseball team just clinched their division!!!!!1!

God bless you, Torii Hunter.

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Monday, July 23rd, 2007
11:11 am - The weekend that was
So two main events seemed to dominate the proceedings this weekend. First, the wedding of Mike and Kerri, and second the long awaited crush of Potterpalooza.

The wedding was a wonderful affair, even if my first kind-of attempt at catering resulted in a lot of burnt fondue. Heartiest congratulations to the both of you, and hope it has generated some quality iron poetry in return.

Friday night, before picking up my copy of Deathly Hallows I decided to check out Harvard Square. It was an interesting scene. Tons of people in hogwarts regalia, highlighted by a few duels on JFK street. But a lot of the HP tie-ins seemed heavy handed at best. Grendel's claimed to have a special Harry Potter menu, which merely consisted of adding Rogue Dead Guy ale to the beer list. yuk yuk.

Picked up my actual copy at Porter Square books. Frankly, I think the scene there was more of what J.K. Rowling had in mind, in the sense that there were children in attendance, instead of the exclusively over-20 crowd down the road. There was a time when I could have sworn I was too old for the books, until I came to the odd realization that, once the numbers are added up, Harry is actually two months older than I am.

As for the reading of Deathly Hallows, I've been pacing myself so far, and am only at about page 350. So basically, if you've already made it to the end, kindly STFU until, oh, next Monday, lest you wish to be tossed into a lake full of inferi.

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Friday, July 20th, 2007
3:50 pm - They sent for lawyers, guns, and money and they got faustnbulbous instead
Adventures in lawyerin' #1:
Got my first chance to represent a client at mediation yesterday. Fun times. The first three hours were basically spent ensuring that she didn't wander off before her name was called. When I asked why she hadn't paid her rent in eight months, she brought up the 1-2 defensive punch of "they called me stupid" and "all my neighbors are Chinese." Ultimately, the case resulted in a continuance when she got sick and barfed in the mediation room trash can. Not sure whether this goes in the win or the loss column, but I think getting the hell out of the courthouse was a win-win situation for everyone involved.

Adventures in lawyerin' #2:
I GOT ONTO LAW REVIEW!!!! I now get to spend the majority of my waking hours editing hundreds of pages of text to find that one spot where Alan Dershowitz used a comma instead of a semicolon. Supposedly this is a very prestigious thing to do. At the very least, I'll be able to release spoilers of the new Akil Amar article before it hits the stores. I hear he kills off the 4th amendment in the next installment. Muhahahaha!!!

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Wednesday, July 18th, 2007
10:00 pm - Sesquecentenemail!! plus 100!!!
Huh. After some thorough investigation, I just realized that this here is my 250th livejournal post. Oh the wasted hours.

Anyhow, I figured I'd celebrate with this oldie but goodie.

On your current playlist, hit shuffle and pick the first twenty songs on the list no matter how cheesy or embarrassing, and write down a line of the song. Try to avoid putting the song title in the line. Then, have your friends comment and see if they know the songs [you're not allowed to Google them, either!].

1) You can keep the furniture/a bump on the head/howling down the chimney/release me Radiohead: Morning Bell (trapsparky)
2) A ho on South Street hired for kicks/Little girls pickin' up sticks Ween: Freedom of '76 (ridethebird)
3) Is it up to me/you won't to see/screwed us both again/'bout as close as you dare Dinosaur Jr.: Feel the Pain (pseudoboy)
4) Imperialistic house of prayer/conquistadors who took their share Joy Division: Dead Souls(pseudoboy)
5) Brains for every single meal/why can't we have some guts? Misfits: Braineaters (pseudoboy)
6) I noticed that he had a watch and hat that looked familiar
7) Broad latitude/broad latitude/pull the rudder down/pull the rudder down
8) You seem so out of context/in this gaudy apartment complex The Postal Service: The District Sleeps Alone Tonight (trapsparky)
9) brother don't get worried/brother don't get worried/brother don't get worried/for the world is almost done
10) Saw the convertible driving by/loaded up the slingshot and let one fly
11) But, oh, what a wonderful feeling/Just to know that you are near/Sets my a heart a-reeling/From my toes up to my ears. Bob Dylan: The Man in Me (lizzimonster)
12) Tell me junkie/If you're able/Are you playing your cards/On the table?/Are you happy when you stick a needle in your vein? (hint: Stevie Wonder)
13) The vultures took off like a jet plane/they were flying United
14) When you're sitting back/in your rose pink Cadillac/makin' bets on Kentucky Derby Day Rolling Stones/Townes Van Zandt: Dead Flowers (lizzimonster/ridethebird)
15) You're ridin on the take and you're always on the make/Squeezin all the blood out of men
16) I believe that I'm lackin' affection/that's why I'm walkin' in his direction World's Greatest Sinners (sandmistress)
17) The guy in the dress is a beauty/Go all the way, I swear you never can tell
18) I find it hard to believe you don't know/the beauty you are Velvet Underground: I'll be your Mirror (pseudoboy)
19) Mr. Governor/I swear there's a cover up/Every other corner there's a liquor store/fuck is up?
20) I know I'll never lose affection/for people and things that went before Beatles: In My Life (conculate)

go git 'em.

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