Posts Tagged ‘Boston’

Boston area interestingness

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

Now that it’s spring again, I’d like to explore New England some more. Does anyone have any awe-inspiring or interesting favorite places to recommend?

Any suggestions within Boston all the way to a short day trip from the city (a few hours drive) would work fine.

Also, if the place is conducively photogenic, that would be a plus. (:

When everything shuts down

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

Monday was Patriots’ day, and it seemed that nearly everyone and their families had the day off from school, work, and any other obligation.

Marching Patriots

There were parades erupting all over the metro area, especially along the route I take to get to work. No cars or busses could get through… Not that it mattered much, anyway. On Monday, the MBTA ran on a holiday schedule, meaning that the busses pretended as though the day was Saturday… and my oft-used bus route doesn’t run on the weekend.

When I finally got to the subway by walking a maze of sidestreets (as the parade required many barriers along the way), I discovered that MBTA’s “holiday schedule” also meant the subway was running less often than typical. (The subway train stopped to a standstill when it neared work — but, to my dismay, that’s hardly odd.)

It seemed that greater than 90% of the Boston area was out enjoying the wonderful spring weather, travelling around the city, watching parades, and viewing (or even participating) in the Boston Marathon. One would think public transportation would be running much more frequent and effiecent than on a typical day — instead, it was the exact opposite.

I did get a nice walk to the subway and did snap a couple of quick pics while walking to work. The photo above is the most interesting of the few.

(I’m still not really used to Boston and its quirky ways.)

Our recent nor’easter

Monday, February 13th, 2006

Snow fell all Sunday, leaving the Boston area under at least 17.5 inches of the powdery stuff (according to a swiftly disappearing page on With the help of wind, snow drifts may be taller than the official reading.

Since we woke up with lots of snow at our doors (and our doors open inward), we remained inside all day long to watch the fluffy flakes fall. All the shops were closed and none of the snow was cleared away during any of the daylight hours, so venturing out would have only gotten us cold and covered in snow.

It was exciting to watch the blizzard-like conditions through the windows of a warm room, but after a while we wondered when it would end. A few hours later, at sunset, an amazing purple glow from the sky permeated everything outside. I would have a picture to post here, but my tripod (necessary for the low light) was inacessible in the trunk of my car, due to the snow covering both my car and the walkways to it.

Near seven o’clock, the snowfall event tapered off. Shortly after, people from around the neighborhood ventured outside to scoop the white stuff off of the sidewalks and driveways while we ate our dinner and watched.

I enjoyed staying at home, cooking things like a spinach and wild mushroom pasta dish and brussels sprouts (the proper, tasty way) on this Sunday snow day. Not much else was accomplished, but parts of the day seemed surreal.

First snow of the year in Boston

Saturday, October 29th, 2005

Up here in the Boston area, we got our first snowfall of the season. It started this morning with the largest flakes I’ve seen, and it has been continuing all throughout the day, causing nearly everything to be covered in white. The snowfall will continue throughout the night, according to several weather websites, although it should clear by sometime tomorrow. We’ll have to see how long it lingers — but for now, we’re enjoying the scenic winterland from inside, cozy and warm, sitting next to the fireplace.

GNOME Summit talk: Building a great community website

Friday, October 7th, 2005

At this year’s GNOME Summit, I will be giving a talk on “building great community websites” at 3:45 pm on Sunday.

I will be focusing on the content that typically should be included on a project’s website as well as discussing some of the software (blogs, wikis, CMS, etc.) which can be used to present content.

If you’d like me to cover anything in particular, please post a comment.

Rent or buy?

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

In many parts of the country, it can make a lot of sense to buy a home. Not so for Boston, New York, or the Bay Area, if the New York Times is right.

This makes me feel not-so-bad for not having the desire to purchase a super-expensive, overpriced old shack in the Boston area.


Saturday, June 18th, 2005

Ever wanted to see crime statistics in Massachusetts? How would you like to look at an overview of the outrageous house prices? There’s all that and much more at MassStats, a neat, interactive map site that provides visualizations of census data.