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  • December 28, 2007
    By Ryan Stewart


    We feel obliged to say something about the Patriots as they stand on the brink of completing an undefeated regular season, but really - what hasn't already been said? They're good, obviously, and with the exception of some folks who still want to make CameraGate into a big deal, nobody thinks otherwise. We'd like to run with the "16-0 isn't as meaningful as 19-0" angle, that they'll be relegated to the same space in the history books as the 2001 Seattle Mariners if they don't win a title, that the legions of Patriots haters out there are really hoping for just such an opportunity to rub it in our faces if they go down in the Super Bowl or sooner - but that's not even how we feel.

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  • November 27, 2007
    By Sharon Steel


    Playing catch up on Jezebel, I caught this horrifying freakshow of Bindi Irwin rapping about the jungle book, grizzlies, and orangutans on Today. The fact that her mother let this happen makes me want to hurt someone. This girl needs a Degrassi marathon and some pants that aren't pedal-pushers. More importantly, therapy.

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  • October 22, 2007
    By Ian Sands

    It's Saturday, October 20th. Like most days that follow Friday, you plan to spend this one gathering up all of your sweets in the house and plopping down in front of the computer for a half day of TV, courtesy of the UK-based website TV Links. Complacent and happy, you press the necessary keys that would normally take you to the free goodness.

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  • October 18, 2007
    By Ryan Stewart


    Just announced Wednesday, Capcom is releasing Street Fighter IV, a continuation of one of the most popular fighting games of all time. We can't rightly call it the fourth installment because of the numerous different variations Capcom has made for each different iteration of the series. It's been ten years since the first proper release of Street Fighter III, but we suspect most gamers only remember the landmark SFII (plus Championship Edition, Championship Edition: Turbo, etc.

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  • October 15, 2007
    By Ian Sands

    Friend: ... are you for real? you’re really going to a UFO convention?

    Me: yeah

    Friend: you’re going willingly?

    Me: yeah

    Friend: with people?

    It’s been a secret dream of mine to attend a UFO event. I have long been intrigued by the paranormal.

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  • October 11, 2007
    By webteam

    When I first heard about the idea of “leaf peeping,” I thought it was a joke. It was in an episode of Family Guy, as I recall, and as I had never spent an autumn in New England, I could only assume that the “hoards” of tourists who descend like Hellfire on the Northeast “to watch the leaves change color” was some kind of hyperbolic mockery of people with a severely bastardized concept of both nature and vacations…

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  • October 08, 2007
    By Carly Carioli

    One of the traditions at The New Yorker that has continued unabated by tables of contents, photographs, bylined Talks of the Town, and other heady incursions of late-20th-century magazining is the "newsbreak" -- the wry, lightly condescending filler blurbs at the tail end of select New Yorker stories in which the magazine's copy-editing staff, having plowed through its 3,000-word feature for the afternoon and availed of no better way to entertain itself, takes to excerpting the copy-editing malapropisms of lesser publications.

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  • September 25, 2007
    By Ian Sands

    It seems like the Heroes writers were so busy packing their premiere with plot that they neglected to consider that they were also making it unwatchable. A character had barely enough time last night to finish his/her lines before we were whisked off to the next character’s scene. Ok that’s an overstatement. But you get my point.

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  • September 24, 2007
    By Caitlin E. Curran


    Last Wednesday night began average enough for Lee Peters. He stopped in at Economy Hardware on Mass Ave in Boston, near Christian Science Plaza, around 6 p.m. When he walked outside, he explains via an e-mail from the Boston Critical Mass chain, he saw “two people standing around my bike in the middle of stealing it.

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  • September 21, 2007
    By Ryan Stewart
    So the seventh season opens with Bauer on trial in DC for war crimes. No more CTU. Okay, fine, probably exactly what they had to do. Not a tremendous surprise.

    What is a surprise is that TONY ALMEIDA IS COMING BACK. WOW. WE ALL THOUGHT HE WAS DEAD AFTER SEASON FIVE.

    The all-caps makes us sound excited, but it's partial horror as well.



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  • September 20, 2007
    By Caitlin E. Curran


    Today’s Globe features a front page, above the fold story about Mayor Menino’s plans to make Boston more bike friendly (titled “Pedal Pushing,” ugh. Did someone’s grandmother think up that headline?). It’s serendipitous timing since, as I was biking to work today I: a) was nearly hit by some dude in a black two-door of some sort, who sped past me to get to the um, red light.

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  • August 02, 2007
    By Ryan Stewart


    As reported here and here, the kid in the video above is Rhain Davis. He's being called "the next Wayne Rooney" and he just signed with Manchester United. And he's nine years old.

    Since we don't really know soccer beyond the Deuce, we only have this to add: how long before real life turns into this Mr. Show clip?



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  • July 31, 2007
    By Nina MacLaughlin

    Yesterday was a day of triumph for Tom Lehrer. "It just takes a smidgen’ to poison a pigeon," the Harvard-educated comedian gleefully sang in 1959. "When they see us coming, the pigeons all try an’ hide, but they still go for peanuts when coated with cyanide." In his strained rhyme, Lehrer satirically worried about the response of the Audubon Society, but, as it turns out, his methods have finally earned the approval of animal-rights activists.

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  • July 31, 2007
    By Ryan Stewart

    Photo illustration © Ryan Stewart

    At first, I was oddly lukewarm on this. Sure, there's the obvious immediate benefits. The Celtics now boast an All-Star caliber trio that could easily run roughshod over the perennially weak Eastern Conference. It's not a stretch to say that the Celtics are now not only a playoff team, but also a contender for the Eastern Conference Finals as long as Pierce, Allen, and Garnett all stay healthy.


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  • July 12, 2007
    By Ian Sands

    Ever wondered what the MBTA map would look like if Boston ever got around to building a halfway decent subway system? Wonder no more, the people at Vanshnookenraggen.com are on it.

    --Ben Richardson

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