May 26th, 2008

Sunday night's entertainment...

It's a poetry slam, at the Lizard Lounge near Harvard.

Poetry slams have one huge advantage over most forms of live theatre: you can leave at any point if it starts going downhill :)
Sunday night's entertainment...

A piece of TV history

Apparently this is the bar which inspired the set and atmosphere for the TV show "Cheers." They renamed it after the fact.
A piece of TV history

Massachusetts State House

Note the Celtics banner hanging in front of it.

If there's one thing I've noticed so far about Boston, it's that these folks are seriously into watching other people play sports.
Massachusetts State House

Ha ha...

I'm trying to imagine myself as a sports announcer: "Oh look, someone seems to have hit the ball! Players are running everywhere! It's chaos ladies and gentlemen!"
Ha ha...

I'm off to Walden Pond...

I'm taking the inexpensive local commuter rail to Concord to visit Walden Pond. As you can see I've brought some reading material that I felt would be appropriate.

Given that Thoreau's core lesson was "simplify," I admit it's kinda weird that Walden Pond has a Thoreau gift shop: I mean, if you read Walden and then want nothing more than a souvenir Thoreau bottlecap opener, to accompany the bottlecap openers you already have, then it's probably fair to say you missed the point :)

If I were managing that gift shop, then just to make the point the gift shop would carry only one item: paperback copies of Walden. There wouldn't even be alternate editions. In fact, at that point I suppose the gift shop wouldn't even need a normal cash register: the cash register could just have one big button that says "Book."

Or, better yet, get the books in bulk and dispense them on the honor system for a suggested donation.

Then the "cash register" wouldn't even need that one button. In fact, you could skip it entirely.
I'm off to Walden Pond...

Tonight's activity

This is the Cambridge meeting of the Boston Skeptic Society. The evening's speaker is a woman who spent over 20 years in Scientology, and has now become a significant Scientology critic. Spicing up the evening are a number of participants in the anti-Scientology activist group called "Anonymous," who are all wearing masks identical to the one worn by the protagonist in the movie "V for Vendetta."

I wouldn't have posted this picture if anyone in it were even remotely recognizable. The low light conditions took care of that :)
Tonight's activity