Today Clif Garboden worked his last day as Senior Managing Editor of the Boston Phoenix. This post is here as our tribute to our comrade, who fell victim to the Phoenix's first layoffs in a generation. After we recover from sending him off in traditional Phoenix fashion -- old friends, tall tales, and several drinks too many -- we'll be serenading him in the comments section.
Hey, folks -- I'm going to be interviewing the Discovery
Channel's "Shark Guy" (and local marine biologist) Dr. Greg Skomal on
Monday, and I want your input.Skomal just put out a new book, The Shark Handbook,
which is awesome. (And if you're caught reading it in a restaurant,
will probably cause your server to start squealing giddily about the
Discovery Channel's "Shark Week."
No Winnebago Man.No Numa Numa guy.No Little Superstar.The dynamite booms no longer, and only the echoes of the "small daring boy's" chortling remain.
Something about Waxy.org's "meme scenery" is profoundly unsettling. The silent emptiness seems to whisper balefully, like those scenes in 28 Days Later, or an old mining ghost town, or Prypiat
Previously we alerted all Masshole would-be actors of a casting call for Mark Wahlberg's upcoming Irish Mickey Ward biopic. But if you didn't make the callbacks list for that one, don't fret: Ben Affleck is going to be shooting The Town, his adaptation of Prince of Thieves (we hadn't heard of it before, either). Here's the notice, check out the Comic Sans:
Seriously, more trouble for the MBTAFBI investigating allegations of sexual misconduct [Boston Globe]
Cop shoots copIn NYC [Newsday]
Obama wants a cyber czarFor security purposes [BBC]
Bush is talkingDiscusses "enhanced interrogation," among other things [Dallas Morning News]
2009 Spelling beeWinning word: Laodicean [Philly Inquirer]
GM expected to file for bankruptcyLooks to be about certain [LA Times]
Time Warner spinning off AOLMerger undone. [CNN]
Robot may have destroyed evidence of life on MarsBooooooo, Mars Robot. Boooooooo. [New Scientist]
Chris Brown speaksRefers to those angry at him as "haters" [WaPo]
Barcelona wins UEFA ChampionshipIt's pretty hard to root for Man U. [USA Today]
I missed the Ann Coulter-Bill Maher bout this past March – when a fistfight broke out at the Wang Theatre – but I imagine the mix resembled last night’s crowd at the James Carville-Karl Rove smackdown. There were no vigilante mobs or dreadlocked liberals yelling “war criminal,” but heads were certainly prepared to throw fists across the aisle.
Looking closely at SotomayorCourt opinions scrutinized, battle looms [NY Times]
So this North Korea thingIs this going to be trouble? [WaPo]
California Supreme Court upholds Prop 8Ugh. [LA Times]
Microsoft unveils new ZuneThey still make Zunes? [PC World]
Buffy remake without Joss Whedon?REALLY!?!?!???!!??? [Entertainment Weekly]
As your morning paper might have told you, this week Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick embarks on a statewide town hall meeting tour. Today’s event is in Dennis, and from there he’ll be taking questions in 14 other community forums from Boston and Arlington to Chicopee and Pittsfield. If you plan on attending the summer town hall festivities - and you should - here are some recommended questions.
If there is one place where you can just sit back and relax, it's 42-feet above the esplanade in an arm-chair.
When Disney's Up promotional team and Allied Advertising came to the Charles River Esplanade last Thursday offering free rides in their balloon-powered arm chair, I jumped at the chance. How many people get to chillax in an arm chair during work hours, over 40 feet above the esplanade for free?
This past weekend marked the ninth year of the Northeast’s largest anime convention, Anime Boston. Gamers, geeks, and cosplayers flooded the Hynes Convention Center by the thousands, and luckily for them, much has improved since last year. For one thing, AB finally outsourced its registration to professionals, so long lines for pass pick-up are a thing of the past.
Obama picks SotomayorFirst Hispanic Supreme Court nominee ever [NY Times]
North Korea runs second testThis is probably not good. [CSM]
California Court to rule on gay marriageDetermine constitutionality of Prop. 8 [CNN]
Clark Rockefeller trial opensSurely we'll learn more about this guy now [ABC News]
I had the pleasure of choosing my favorite Rooftop Comedy clips and calling it "work."
One of my choices? This bit from Mike Birbiglia. For the remaining fruits of my comedy labor, visit RooftopComedy.com
New England Product: WFNX's top FIVE local songs of the week
DEE AND THE DEELINQUENTS, "KEEPING TIME"
"WE HAVE ARRIVED" (NEW ALLIANCE SESSION)
3. WHITETAIL, "WE STAY"
4. ST. HELENA, "FORTUNE COOKIE"
5. ALICE AUSTIN, "SHOOTS LIKE YOU"
(Check out New
England Product on WFNX 101.7 every Sunday, 11 pm-midnight)
I was up pretty late last night. How could I have been so irresponsible on a Wednesday? Well, I have an awful lot of work to do before Friday morning, and the list taped to my apartment wall still has a few items that aren’t crossed off: “finish armor,” “paint gloves,” “make arm bracelets,” and a couple other bits and pieces that I’ll have to wrap up tonight.