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Steampunk bleeds into industrial history at annual Watch City Festival

One weekend a year, the steampunks come out in the streets of Waltham, and it feels like home. In the much-preserved 19th century factory town just outside Boston — with displays of linotype machines the size of refrigerators, reanimated steam [...]

May 16, 2012 Arts & Culture, Blog, Geek, Portfolio, Writing
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Captain Marvel seeks new heights for women in comics

The new Captain Marvel is definitely not the first female superhero. In fact she’s not even the first female Captain Marvel. But she might end up being the first truly feminist icon in mainstream superhero comics — if her series [...]

April 9, 2012 Arts & Culture, Blog, Geek, Writing
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My Bloody Valentine

To mark the day, a love story between a geometric shape and the organ we know as the heart, spanning centuries and traversing medieval battlefield, cathedral, gambling hall and bedroom. Author Iain Gately details the long and meandering path the [...]

February 14, 2012 Blog, Science & Environment, Writing
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Penguin Stew

Turn-of-the-century Antarctic explorers had a cute, disgusting secret for fending off scurvy in a wasteland lacking fruits and vegetables. They ate wild, vitamin C-rich penguins. They ate penguin steak, they ate penguin stew, they ate penguin eggs, they fed them [...]

February 3, 2012 Blog, Science & Environment, Writing
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Paying for it

Originally posted on mrchair March 17, 2011. Within minutes of the email and website announcement of the NYT paywall details, Twitter was all aflutter. Cory Doctorow made his rote attack against all things not free and open to the public. His basic argument [...]

November 2, 2011 Arts & Culture, Blog, Science & Environment, Writing
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Spilled ink over Borders bankruptcy

Originally posted on mrchair 2/17/2011. The coincidence is not lost on me that the week I purchased a Kindle is the week Borders Books & Music — the big box version of a bookstore that I grew up on — filed [...]

November 2, 2011 Arts & Culture, Blog, Science & Environment, Writing
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Crashing Nader’s party

Originally posted on mrchair, 4/6/2004. Fiery Portlanders lined up outside in droves, so passionate about the liberal cause that they would support it to point of sabotaging Democrats in the 04 election. Other fiery Portlanders picketed the first crowd, so passionate [...]

October 15, 2011 Blog, Portfolio, Potpourri, Writing
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A fascinating evening at a local bar

Originally posted on mrchair, 6/2/2008. A couple of weekends ago, around midnight, everyone was going home from the bar and I didn’t feel like it yet. You know, those moods where you have to stay out in public and can’t quite [...]

October 12, 2011 Blog, Potpourri, Writing
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Scuba Gear

Originally posted on mrchair, 7/2/2008.  So Jamie and I were talking about urine tests the other day, and while regaling a classy story of a time I had to take more than one urine test and was unable to go, I [...]

October 10, 2011 Blog, Potpourri, Writing
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Snowy Day in Cheesman Park

Denver’s been colder than I’ve experienced during the past couple of weeks. I think we bottomed out at Feels Like 30 Below, but were below zero and single digits for days in a row. When it gets this cold, the [...]

February 13, 2011 Blog, Potpourri, Writing