Posts Tagged ‘Boston’

in Boston!

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

Hey everyone! I just arrived in Boston for the GNOME Summit (and the UX Hackfest that precedes it).

GNOME Summit 2007

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

I’ll be at the Summit this year.

To spice up this blog post a bit, I’ll post a few pictures taken around the Summit (but not directly from the Summit!) from prior years.

early morning art Stata wrap
Andreas and his 770 isometric "illustration" of a New York City corner
Larry walking down the Stata stairway

Interestingly enough, I don’t think I will be bringing my big camera along this time… just a laptop and my little pocket Lumix.

Big hands

4th of July, Boston Style

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

It was raining; I left my real camera and tripod at home. When I was viewing the fireworks I thought I made a mistake.  “Oops.”

At least I had my pocket camera for the fireworks.

Perhaps it was good that I didn’t bring the big camera, as there was a huge fight between several drunk people on the overcrowded subway on the way home. Profanity was flying like only a Southie could say it.  (Think of “Good Will Hunting“.)  It probably could have easily turned riot level; lots of people were worked up about the fight.  A few brave individuals stepped in, thankfully, and forcefully shoved most of the misbehaving drunk kids off the train…  police later came and investigated the matter.  There was a report of a knife, too… and I somehow suspected that we weren’t the only part of the train (or only train for that matter) that had a fight like this.  Some people got messed up pretty bad; they’re going to need stitches.

Riding the MBTA during holidays usually winds up like this… and that’s exactly why I chose to leave my real gear and take my pocket camera instead.  I figured an event like this would most likely happen, and it did.

So… the Boston fireworks were absolutely brilliant and a joy to see, and witnessing the sky lighting event with some friends I hadn’t seen in a while was great too (even factoring in the ride home).

Winter weather beginnings

Sunday, December 3rd, 2006

For us residents of the Boston metro area (as well as many other parts of New England), the first snowfall of the season is about to begin tonight!

Here’s hoping that the wintery season is quick and mostly harmless this year! We’ve been off to a great start thus far, with all the jacketless days over the past several weeks.

T seats

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

As often the case, I sat on one of those ripped-up-and-hackishly-patched seats on the MBTA Red Line this morning.

I’m at work now, sticking to my seat, thanks to the duct-tape residue.

Boston sunset

Wednesday, October 11th, 2006

A few of us went to take photos after the Summit one evening of the Boston. Here’s a cliché sunset shot.

Be sure to check out my Flickr page for other recent pictures too.

Pesticide over Massachusetts

Monday, August 7th, 2006

Just a heads-up for everyone in Massachusetts: The state has decided to spray a pesticide called Anvil (primary ingredient is a pyrethroid insecticide called sumithrin) which can cause various problems in humans, such as breast cancer, nervous system issues, and thyroid problems. It also kills many forms of life, most notably bees, dragonflies, and fish. The chemicals have a half-life of 1 day to 16 weeks once in contact with the ground.

This is the first time in a while that the state has done anything like this. The decision was made without input from people affected, and the plan was only just recently disclosed with barely any warning. Lots of residents, local organic farmers, and environmentalists are upset (and rightly so).

Officials are urging people to stay indoors tonight. The spraying will take place between dusk and 1 a.m. just south of Boston (as far as I can tell), but since it’s an airborne chemical it may spread more than intended (especially with winds).

The spraying may be delayed tonight due to the weather; we’ll have to wait and see.

Update: The gov’t postponed the spray for mosquitos (possibly carrying EEE) until Tuesday, Aug 8…