Hawk attack in Somerville

Linking to this story about a dude getting jacked up by a hawk while he was walking down the street minding his own business (the dude was walking, not the hawk) because I have a fascination with the hawks that hang out in Boston. I can think of at least 3 posts I’ve written about them over the years, including the 2nd or 3rd post I wrote when I started blogging again in 2004. HOLY SHIT that was a long time ago.

Hawk attack in Somerville

Somerville asks, ‘Are You Happy?’

My city in the NY Times! I remember noticing this question on the City’s census form a couple months ago, but I didn’t realize it was among the first in the nation…

Officials here want this Boston suburb to become the first city in the United States to systematically track people’s happiness. Like leaders in Britain, France and a few other places, they want to move beyond the traditional measures of success — economic growth — to promote policies that produce more than just material well-being.

To draw up its questions, Somerville turned to a neighbor, Daniel Gilbert, a Harvard psychology professor who wrote the 2006 best seller “Stumbling on Happiness.” Dr. Gilbert, who donated his time, is also helping the city do a more detailed telephone survey, using a randomized sample of Somerville’s 76,000 residents.

Somerville asks, ‘Are You Happy?’

Watching the paint dry

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I always wanted to know what would happen if a truck carrying printer cartridges crashed, and it happened in my relative backyard!

Approximately 16,000 pounds of ink cartridges from the Flint Group, an Indianapolis-based company selling printing and packaging products, was bound for a newspaper company in Portland, Maine. Red, blue, and yellow ink cartridges were inside the truck, but Ferson said there is no evidence the yellow ink was released.

Via Wired

Watching the paint dry

Pop up restaurants in Boston

I’ve been doing a lot of food events around Boston the last year and a half or so, and I’m not sure how good of a job I do posting about them here. One of the things I’ve been working on is pop up restaurants. We were featured in a story in the Globe about our pop up in a coffee shop. For Valentine’s Day Weekend, we’re putting together a restaurant inside of a chocolate factory. Gotta say, that’s a pretty good Valentine’s idea, huh?

Pop up restaurants in Boston

Kennedy School class on The Wire

Add Harvard’s Kennedy School into the mix of colleges and universities teaching The Wire to their students. Here’s an explanation of why that was published a couple weeks ago in the Washington Post.

To D’Angelo, the formal labor market is fundamentally unfair. People are not rewarded according to their true worth, and powerful institutions regularly exploit those with less power. Social inequality is the inevitable result — the McNugget inventor doesn’t get his due. “It ain’t about right. It’s about money,” D’Angelo tells the young dealers.

Reminds me of the The Snot Boogie Rules. “Got to. It’s America, man.”

(Thanks, Dave!)

Kennedy School class on The Wire

What’s your opinion on this?

Recently, Tom Brady was in a car accident and all of New England held their breath. It turned out he was fine, but his car was pretty badly banged up. It turns out the $97K Audi S8, was a loaner vehicle registered to a non-profit, Best Buddies, on whose board Tom Brady sits. Is this an issue? Joanna Weiss in the Globe thinks it might be.

Audi is supporting Best Buddies by giving them loaner cars. Presumably, Audi wouldn’t be replacing these cars with a check. Presumably, Best Buddies can’t really use 12 $100K cars at once and lets their board members drive the left overs…

I just can’t get fired up about this. Audi wanted to support an org by giving them cars. The org wants the support of the corporation and takes the cars. The board member drives one of these cars. Maybe it’s not pure, but neither is it especially unethical. What do you think?

What’s your opinion on this?