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Entries from September 28th, 2011

In Defense of (Shitty) American Beer

September 28th, 2011 · 114 Comments · Food, Humor

“Thank you, microbreweries, for making my alcoholism seem like a neat hobby.” – Jimmy Fallon
The fact that there is such a thing as “beer snobs” is both oxymoronic and deeply disturbing.
In the never-ending battle between snobs and slobs, us slobs were fortunate to claim some of the most awesome things that our society has to [...]

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The Classic Album Project: Introduction

September 23rd, 2011 · 12 Comments · Music

Like many of you, my record player eventually ended up in the basement – hooked up to the old stereo with the shitty speakers – unloved except for the occasional moments when I would torture my boys with the crackly sound of the greatest hits of 1972.
And then the last needle broke and my focused [...]

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Planning Ahead For My Mug Shot

September 21st, 2011 · 6 Comments · Humor

Unlike the damn kids of today when I was a youngster we were taught important life skills.
Like how to pose for a picture.
Coquettish half turn, eyes on the lens, no tension, warm smile – these are the techniques that you learn early and have to master before the Bar Mitzvah portrait goes on the wall.
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A Visual Guide to Cable TV Character Actors

September 14th, 2011 · 3 Comments · Pop Culture

In many ways we are currently living in the golden age of television. Over the last decade, original cable television dramas have delivered great stories, excellent acting and numerous innovations in the form.
One thing I’ve noticed, however, is that a lot of the same actors seem to pop up on many different shows. In particular, [...]

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Hubway Bicycles: Urban Transportation Miracle or the Devil’s Plaything?

September 10th, 2011 · 8 Comments · Boston, Humor

Recently I had my first opportunity to test out the new Hubway bicycle rental system and answer the question that’s been on everybody’s mind: are these bikes an urban transportation miracle or the devil’s playthings?
For those of you that don’t know what I’m talking about, bicycles are wheeled transportation devices that are manually powered by [...]

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