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Running a half-marathon

Christine cheers her sister on during yesterday's Boston Half Marathon:

... Afterwards over lunch I asked Sharon how she managed to look so fresh and upbeat at the end of her 13 mile journey. She said that her goal was to stay tuned in physically and mentally during the race; to listen to what her instincts and body were telling her and to move through the course at a pace where she felt energized yet comfortable. ...

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Shoudn't you be heading toward Mexico, little buddy?

Monarch

Monarch butterly on Bellevue Street in West Roxbury today. About 20 minutes later, I saw a monarch (the same one?) heading north over the West Roxbury library.

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Proper Masshole parking technique

Parked Masshole car

If you're going to park illegally, do it right and break two laws at once, as shown here on Centre Street in West Roxbury today. Bonus points if you're wearing a law-enforcement or guard uniform.

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Our own inner circles of hell

Newly arrived from California, Susan quickly gets lessons in how http://adam.rosi-kessel.org/weblog/boston/boston_v...">our fair state's insurance and mass-transit systems really work. First, she's forced to lie about where she got her car, because it was a gift from her aunt and the official form for insurance doesn't list "aunt" as a family member from whom gifts are acceptable:

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Warsitting

I was surprised the other day when I was having trouble connecting to our access point from our back porch (those durn metal door- and window frames!) and out of curiosity, turned on site survey and saw three other addresses pop up - all un-encrypted and one offering direct access to somebody's PC. Since we don't have all that many neighboring houses, it would probably be pretty easy to figure out who the networks belong to and talk to them about, at a minimum, turning WEP on. Should I?

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Oy, search engine not picking up everything

Yet Another Thing to Try to Figure Out

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Where I'm next appearing

I'll be a judge in Brigham's Wicked Boston Accent Contest at the New England Home Show at the World Trade Center on Thursday (the judging starts at 6:30 p.m., be sure to allow plenty of time to get a good seat and for photo ops and autographs).

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Just another day on the Red Line

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Strangers on a train

Who says the Metro's just good for messing up the T? Erin's ripping through the Metro crossword on the Red Line this morning when another passenger notices how fast she's going. Before she gets off the train, she has his business card and a request to send in her resume.

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Historic Hyde Square

Historic Hyde Square is a new blog-based site by residents of Jamaica Plain's Hyde Square section:

In 1984, the Boston Landmarks Commission identified six areas in Hyde Square that were eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

Historic Hyde Square is a group of residents who are organizing to pursue these historic designations.

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Lipstick on a pig

Sure, it's shiny and gleaming, but when you get right down to it, the Silver Line through Roxbury and the South End is still just a bunch of buses, one subject to all the whims of Boston drivers, John writes:

The Silver Line never really sounded like a real transit line, and it's proved to be the fraud that many predicted.

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Spectacular building

Carpundit is just loving the newly redone John Adams Courthouse (for you viewers at home, you can see it in the opening credits for "Boston Legal"):

... The only failing of the renovators, I think, was in their failing to secure permission to raze Center Plaza, which hides the courthouse from the city. Like City Hall and the JFK Federal Building, Center Plaza is an architectural insult that detracts from the city's old beauty. ...

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Welcome to the neighborhood

H2Otown is all Watertown all the time, powered by local blogger par excellence Lisa Williams. So if you live or work there, rush over right now.

Note: Lisa's using Drupal, the same community software we use here at the Hub, so she's obviously good people :-).

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At least it's pretty

The view down our street this morning:

Snowy trees

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Weekend concert reviews

Bradley sees, records and reviews Ida's show at the MFA on Sunday:

One of the best things about Ida is how relaxed them seem to be, how effortlessly their songs come across, how easily their three voices flow together. There's a real comforting, almost family atmosphere to their shows. Elizabeth, Dan, & Karla were joined by voilinist Jean Cook and drummer Ruth Keating, who were note and beat perfect.

He has MP3s up of Ida's songs.

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The case of the missing hyperlink control

Sometimes clicking on the link control in the WYSIWYG editor works and sometimes it doesn't. Problem with a conflicting JavaScript call? In any case, do something about it already!

And do something about the <!--break--> issue!

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Building ad-hoc breaking-news pages

What would be cool would be to create pages on the fly that bring up the latest Boston-area postings on breaking news (think gay marriage, the DNC, the February blizzard, etc.).

Drupal has a "news page" module for just that purpose - enter a keyword and the module checks incoming RSS items for it and then posts. Only problem: It works on a per-category basis. So I've created an "All" category and have been adding existing blogs into it, in addition to whatever real categories they belong in.

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What's confusing about the site

What's the difference between a "story" and a "blog entry?"

How do you get stuff done in general?

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Grassroots

Lisa and husband agree they're tired of living in a state with imported Republican governors:

... Maybe we'll join the town committee and try to do something about it. Vote for Dean, too, for national chair, what the hell.

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Brother, he can spare a dime

Charlie on the MTA explains why it would make all sorts of sense for the T to raise bus fares to an even dollar (especially if they added a transfer system).

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