Monthly Archives: January 2009

Banned at Panera: hot lime on duck action

I met up with Newsgal Extraordinaire A at Brookline's Coolidge Corner Panera Bread for brunch today.  She was delayed so I booted up my laptop and availed myself of Panera's free wifi. After tweeting a bit, I headed on over to this very website and was greeted with this screen: "Forbidden Category 'Other'"?  Well, it's…
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Horseshoes, hand grenades, and LinkedIn?

Not that long ago I laughed at comparisons of Facebook and LinkedIn because I didn't see much point in using Facebook.  Now I laugh because the tools are so different, most comparisons seem silly.  Facebook is still the place where people live their online lives, and LinkedIn is still the place where people seek business…
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Which kind of PR do you want?

If you've been following @tangyslice (and if you haven't, what are you waiting for, an engraved invitation?) you may have noticed that he's back and tangier than ever.  For a while there he was spending many long hours a day comforting a screaming child - and then he had to go home to his new…
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It's a nice day to start again (with social networking bankruptcy?)

I try to rethink on a daily basis, if not constantly, but like most people, I don't do the Big Rethinking often enough, maybe mostly around milestone birthdays, new years, yom kippur, presidential turnovers, etc.  Now I'm preparing to move and going through all my stuff, evaluating what to keep and what to discard, donate,…
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The fifth burger revealed

The long-awaited secret fifth burger at Four Burgers has been revealed, and frak me, it's a hot dog. Who would have suspected such a thing?  It's tasy enough, if a bit on the small side, and all natural like the rest of Four Burgers' lineup.
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Fun with phone(y) customer support

My mobile phone is showing signs of age. Sometimes it has trouble going to sleep or waking up, sometimes it's just slow, sometimes it suffers from embarrassing premature discharge. So I headed over to the local T-Mobile store this weekend to have it checked out. It turns out that they don't have people who troubleshoot…
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Starbucks oatmeal: not quite just right

In New England's icy winter, you can't underestimate the importance of oatmeal. It warms you up inside and lowers your center of gravity for safer transit across unscraped sidewalks and unplowed streets. I was pleased to note the addition of oatmeal to the Starbucks breakfast lineup. In addition to the basic mush, you can add…
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Ends and beginnings at Hudson Street Gallery

The Hudson Street Gallery's inaugural show has officially come to an end.  I helped take the show down yesterday.  When and what will be the next HSG show?  I can't say just yet, but we're still interested in hearing from artists and others who want to help advance the Chinatown art scene. Photographers Lee Cullivan,…
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Super big turnip cake, size never seen

It's like I'd spent my life enjoying potato skins and suddenly got offered a whole stuffed baked potato. If you know what I mean. As you may know, I like fried turnip cake.  I liked it in Hong Kong.  I liked it in San Francisco.  I liked it in London.  I like it here in…
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Lunch factory

Every now and again I get inspired, usually while avoiding some other work, to cook a lot of food.  Sometimes a week's worth of lunch at a go.  After violating one of the cardinal rules of grocery shopping - don't go while hungry - I came home and whipped up a week of lunch.  There's…
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Happy shred day

Shred day is my new favorite holiday, supplanting yak shaving day.  I've been remiss in observing shred day so I've got some catching up to do.  Shred day is observed by some in early January and by others in mid-April.  It's when you shred a year's worth of records you no longer need.  How many…
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Is there a duck in your throat?

I stopped in a local Starbucks this afternoon for a hot drink.  I ordered my usual soy mocha and a pastry.  The barista looked at me sympathetically and said, "I had what you have a few weeks ago, it was terrible." I paused a moment and realized what she meant.  "I'm not sick; I always…
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