Archive for February, 2008

Boston Media Makers – The Place to Learn Videoblogging and Meet Cool People

Boston Media Makers is a group of area videobloggers, podcasters, photographers and even plain-old text bloggers who get together once a month to meet, have a coffee and talk technology and its application. This group was formed largely by Jamaica Plain’s very own Steve Garfield – the Paul Revere of videoblogging – and has attracted some very impressive members, including filmmaker David Tames and Amy Carpenter, a very talented Boston artist.

Interested in meeting some great folks and getting an insight into videoblogging or some other online media? Come on down. They meet every first Sunday of the month at Sweet Finnish in JP. Here’s the scoop on the next meeting, this Sunday:

March 2nd, 2008
Sweet Finnish
761 Centre Street
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 02130

Mingling 10:00 – 10:30
Roundtable Discussion 10:30 – 12:00

Tell Steve that Carl sent you.

Tim Reynolds Live!

This was passed along to me recently. Tim Reynolds (known best for his work with the Dave Matthews Band) is playing at the Regatta Bar over in Cambridge on March 26th. Having seen Tim with both the Dave Matthews Band and on Dave’s solo tour, I know he is an incredible musician and it will be really interesting to see what he does solo.

Le Cordon Bleu Opening In Cambridge

Aspiring chefs in the area will all rejoice at this news –

Le Cordon Bleu is opening a location in Cambridge! Although I am far from a professional chef, cooking is a true passion for me. I love to play around in the kitchen with whatever idea happens to come to mind.

For months I’ve explored the recreational offerings of the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, though I haven’t had the chance to attend yet. Honestly, what business have they got making those weekend classes start so early?

For me, this represents a new set of options in the world of culinary education and solidifies New England as a hub for the pursuit of fine cooking. Vermont has Neci, and in April we’ll have Le Cordon Bleu.

Jimmy Kimmel has a boyfriend from Boston …..

Just in case you missed it last night on TV or everywhere on the Internet today, Jimmy Kimmel’s response to his girlfriend Sarah Silverman’s revelation that she is “spending time” with Matt Damon:

Cameos in order of appearance:

Ben Affleck
Joan Jett
Robin Williams
Don Cheadle
Pete Wentz
Dominic Monaghan
Perry Farrell
Macy Gray
Benji and Joel Madden
Lance Bass
Cameron Diaz
Huey Lewis
Josh Groban
Dicky Barrett
Harrison Ford
Christina Applegate
Rebecca Romijn

Friendly Fancy Food in Boston

I had a wonderful dinner at Elephant Walk in Boston, just on the border of Brookline. The food was delicious, the portions were plentiful, but the thing that really struck me above all else was the menu. With an entire vegan section and an entire gluten-free section, Elephant Walk is a great way to have a tasty, fancy meal while following most dietary restrictions.

It Works!

I didn’t believe anyone ever actually got an opportunity to buy Sox tickets after sitting in that ridiculous virtual waiting room, but after four and a half hours I scored a pair of tickets to a Yankee game. I guess that thing actually works after all.


Let’s file this one under, “What the hell is that supposed to mean?”.

Sam Allis at the Globe writes:
“I’ve always considered Leap Year Day akin to the extra screw you put in your sock drawer after misassembling a table.”

Honestly, our journalists just keep getting weirder and weirder.

Fire In the Arlington Stop?

20080208(005)This evening as I headed to catch the T at the Arlington stop (green line), I was met with a surprising sight: fire trucks, police cars, and an ambulance, oh my! I took a look at my watch: 5:05pm. Then I opened my eyes, my ears, and my camera phone, and here’s the scoop.

The first thing I heard was a fireman telling someone there was a small fire and it was under control. When I asked someone if there had actually been a fire I was told, “I can’t talk about it.” Alas, nobody wanted to blab. I was told that above ground service was still running, but that there was nothing coming from Kenmore to us. The police expected things to be running again in ten to fifteen minutes.

True to their word, the police let folks in at 5:15pm. I sniffed the air and looked around trying to detect some sign of fire but saw none as I headed down the tunnel. I did feel an unusual breeze, though, and I soon found out why. When I went down to the outbound platform I found the fans blowing, and the door to the construction site was open with police hanging out nearby. Then I spotted the fire extinguisher. If I had to guess, and again this is just a guess, there was some kind of small fire in the construction site. Nothing in the public area looked at all damaged, and even as one of the first people in I didn’t see or smell any smoke.

How was your ride home?

When The Weather Outside Is Frightful

I was watching the weather channel this morning, as is part of my normal morning routine, and saw that the average snowfall for Boston by this time of year is 24.8″. We’re at 36.0″ so far this year. That’s quite something.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

Sundance Shorts at the Coolidge Corner Theater

The Coolidge Corner Theater is running seven shorts from the Sundance Film Festival as part of the Art House project. Check out details here.

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