Archive for March, 2007

Mass Pike Paving Returns

The signs went up at some point this week letting everyone know that they will be starting up paving of the Mass Pike starting April 1st. It runs from something like 8PM to 5AM each day. I am guessing as they have the past two summers that they will first tear up and groove the road and then re-pave the surface. It looks like they will be doing in towards the Pru tunnel this time. Not sure if they are doing some work west of 495 as well, as there is no information out on the Mass Turnpike Authority web site. This is one of those things that always makes summer driving on the Pike interesting.

Google invading Boston?

According to this article, Google may be coming to Boston. There are a number of jobs listed in various places (including Google Jobs) looking for people in Boston. So, who’s going to be the first to get a Google Boston job?

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Reinacting the Ides of March

Magnifico! From the Crimson:

“My particular favorite part was when the dead Caesar pulled out a bright purple umbrella,” said Reyzl R. Geselowitz ’10, the only spectator watching a reenactment of Julius Caesar’s assassination yesterday in commemoration of the Ides of March.

And don’t forget to take a look at the photo. Don’t you love the commitment from the guy in the hoodie with one hand in his pocket? That’s so method.

St. Patty’s Day Vids: Dropkick Murphys an’ Conan

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Know Your Local Press: Black Widow Press

The owner of Commonwealth Books founded Black Widow Press not too long ago, sometime in the past two years, if memory serves, where you can now read works brought “back into print” by Tristan Tzara, AndrĂ© Breton, Paul Eluard, Guillevic, and Robert Desnos. Long introductions to all the books, and good translations. (Author links all wikipedia.)

Free Iced Coffee!

Dunkin Donuts is trying to keep you caffeinated to start off the spring. According to this press release:

Dunkin’ Donuts, the largest coffee and baked goods chain in the world, wants to help customers put winter “on ice.” On Wednesday, March 21, the official first day of spring, Dunkin’ Donuts will host its first-ever all day, nationwide “Free Iced Coffee Day.”

For 24 hours on March 21, customers can visit any participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant in the country and receive a free 16 oz. cup of Dunkin’ Donuts’ premium iced coffee, which is double-brewed to ensure full flavor with every cup.

So make sure you ring in the spring with some good ole DD’s :)

St Patrick’s Day

The drunkest day in Boston falls on a Saturday this year which means the event will see even more beer flowing than normal. What are you planning on doing? Seeing the Dropkick Murphy’s? Finding a nice Irish pub to drink some Guinness in? (Yes, I said Guinness, that is an Irish drink, not green dye put in Bud Light). Something else? Me? I will be headed to over to the TD Banknorth Garden for the final game of the Hockey East Championship. May hit a bar afterwards, but that is the big plan for the day :) So, let us know how you will be celebrating.

Rock n Roll This Weekend

Two great original bands playing this weekend around town.

Tonight (Friday), you have Electric Sugar at the Basement of the Baseball Tavern with the All Mod Cons and the Illegals. It’s at 1306 Boylston St. Electric Sugar is a hard rock/heavy metal outfit from Boston and are sure to provide a good time.

Tomorrow (Saturday), The Mudhens reunite for a reunion show at Harper’s Ferry in Allston Rock City. If you have been hanging around the Boston music scene long enough you already should know who these guys are :) From what I have heard tickets are going fast, so get yours today! I have heard great things about the opening band, Scamper, so get there early!

Have a great weekend!

Then I guess I am stupid

I have been known to say that the lottery is pretty much a tax on the stupid or at least those deficient in math skills. The odds of winning are so small, why spend your money? If you just saved all that money you would probably have more money than if you played all the time anyways. (Note: I have a VERY different take on gambling in casinos ;)

Well, after seeing the nice billboard on the Mass Pike go from $340M yesterday to $355M today, I guess I just could not resist tonight’s Mega Millions. I stopped by the gas station by the office this morning and purchases $20 in quick picks ($15 for me and $5 for a friend). Though I know I have little (or more likely no chance) to win, this is one that you just need to play. The cash payout option is over $200M. I just could not resist.

So, are you playing Mega Millions today?

UPDATE: Just to prove my mathematically challenged comment from above, this CNN article says the chances of winning tonight’s jackpot are 1 in 176 MILLION.

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