positive Allston Christmas comes again. We moved our year-old pile of “things we want to sell someday” out to the curb. First item was gone in 5 minutes. Last item in 15 minutes. Now that’s efficient!
neutral CVS stops selling tobacco to focus on health. I’m pretty sure they’re still selling Oreos and gallon jugs of Arizona Iced Tea in the diabetes meal supply aisle. Interesting position.

September 3, 2014 September 3, 2014 ww by Scott No Comments

positive Bought a house with room for the future! Workspace! A yard! In the city, by the river, accessible by bike!
positive Traveled to Amsterdam to spend some time with our lovely friends and their new baby.
positive Traveled to Finland for a fun-filled week topped off by the amazing wedding of two dear friends.
positive Sold our condo to a very nice fellow who, in the amazing way of things, we met in Finland.
positive Celebrated my one-year anniversary of marriage to a wonderful gal. Everyone was wrong: the first year is easy!
positive Made the difficult decision to quit my job of 5 years to pursue another opportunity in an exciting field: 3D printing.
positive Reconnected with old friends at the Open Source Hardware Summit.
positive Traveled to Minneapolis to reunite with family for my cousin’s wedding.
positive Things are looking up, I suppose!

September 23, 2013 September 23, 2013 ww by Scott 1 Comment

positive Honeymoon in the Maldives. Even more amazing than I could have imagined.
positive Winter camping at Mount Moosilauke with Feldmeier, Xmal, Zoz, and my amazing wife. A real shock to the system after 8 days of floating in a warm ocean, but still a lot of fun.
neutral Vacancies. Is anyone looking for a EE job?
positive Wisdom Watch returns to the Scottosphere after a 3-year hiatus. (But who still remembers circa-1997 Newsweek?)

March 10, 2013 March 14, 2013 ww by Scott 2 Comments

Thumbs Up MIT releases college admissions results on Pi Day.
Indifferent Today’s applicants expect instant online notification of their status. Remember waiting to see whether it was a big envelope or a little envelope?
Thumbs Down The Internet.

March 18, 2010 March 18, 2010 ww by Scott 2 Comments

Thumbs Up New Balance sponsors increased snow-removal efforts along the Charles River running paths. The results look very good! For this gesture they deserve to have their logo emblazoned on the plow.
Indifferent The Garmin FR60 watch: the speed and heart-rate information are nice (and finally calibrated), but now the lap button doesn’t work in sub-freezing temperatures?
Thumbs Up Salomon Gore-Tex trail-running shoes: superior traction on snow and ice and a waterproof toe box make winter running noticeably more pleasant.
Thumbs Up Time ATAC clipless MTB pedals: the first clipless pedal system I have tried that does not jam with snow. Since my snow boots do not reliably fit into my usual toe clips, I am using these (along with my trusty Lake winter cycling shoes) on the fixie for the rest of the season.
Thumbs Up Ice cream: Still tasty, and the best part is, it doesn’t melt.

January 9, 2010 January 9, 2010 ww by Scott 1 Comment

Thumbs Up Chinese food in China. Even with such failures as chicken feet and fish heads floating in the soup, it’s considerably tastier over there.
Thumbs Up Hong Kong’s giant displays of Christmas lights. Campy but spirited!
Thumbs Up Thanksgiving. Excellent.
Thumbs Down Media coverage of Tiger Woods. Seriously, who cares?
Indifferent Christmas: coming too soon?
Indifferent Blogging. Who has time?

December 6, 2009 December 6, 2009 ww by Scott No Comments

Thumbs Up Harpoon Five Miler (June 6). Finally, a race for a cause I can support—two free pints of beer!
Thumbs Up The 100th Anniversary of the MIT Radio Society (June 7). I was once the president of this organization. A very unusual crowd! Seated to my right was Gordon from the class of 1948, who was drafted in his sophomore year and sent to Austria to perform SIGINT on Nazi communications. On my left, Clayton, a Harvard grad student studying the role of the Interstate Highway System on the spread of conservativism in rural American neighborhoods. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Thumbs Up The Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl (June 10). I’m getting my PhD in all-you-can-eat ice cream studies.
Thumbs Up Buzz Aldrin and the Boston Pops (June 11). The legendary fighter pilot, orbital mechanics expert, astronaut, and moonwalker, looking sprightly and athletic at 79 years, narrated a Pops performance of Holst’s The Planets synchronized to a stunning large-screen display of scientific imagery from outer space. An unforgettable, staggeringly cool experience. “One small step for man?” This guy was standing right there! On the fucking moon! 239,000 miles away! The Pops really ran with the motif, also playing Also Sprach Zarathustra, themes from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Trek and Star Wars, and a hilarious Moon Medley Sing-Along (featuring everything from “Fly Me to the Moon” to “Moondance” and “Bad Moon Rising”).
Thumbs Up Taking pictures while my bicycle gets built.
Thumbs Up Sailing in Boston Harbor. Give me a few more weeks and I’ll stop it with the accidental jibes.
Thumbs Down Jellyfish. On a recent outing the harbor was full of these critters, including a small swarm that appeared to be chasing a styrofoam coffee cup. (Mommy?)
Thumbs Up Chris Piascik at the Chorus Gallery (June 13). An art gallery attached to an urban bike shop? You bet. Too bad this place has a serious hipster infestation.
Thumbs Down Narragansett Beer. The new PBR. This is not a good development.
Indifferent Darkrooms. Years from now, in a time when children will ask their parents what film is, I will appeal to retro artiste sensibilities by unveiling a cologne scented like ammonium thiosulphate. Mmm, darkroom!
Thumbs Up The 6th Annual Printing Arts Fair (June 21). Fantastic live demonstrations of all types of printing. For a small fee one could typeset custom stationery on the Linotype and walk home with paper (and souvenir metal slug) just 20 minutes later. A group of artists printed large-format woodcuts with a steamroller in the parking lot. Papermaking and bookbinding crafts were on display. Dozens of art-house printers from around New England were hawking their wares. Wet ink looks delicious. Type is a beautiful thing.

June 21, 2009 June 21, 2009 ww by Scott 4 Comments

Thumbs Down Tax Day Tea Party at Long Wharf (April 15). Stumbled upon this event by accident. Actual demonstrators were largely outnumbered by cameras and weirdos. One woman was holding a sign that read “Who is John Galt?”
Thumbs Down Pecha Kucha Boston 9. Disrespectful audience + only one good presentation = disappointment.
Indifferent Swapfest at MIT (April 19). A sure sign of spring. But for once there was nothing I wanted to buy!
Thumbs Up The 113th Boston Marathon (April 20). Watched for the first time. An inspiring display of athleticism. Gave me irrational thoughts about wanting to run one someday.
Indifferent Ratatat live at the House of Blues (April 20). Good music and trippy visuals, but the band’s electronic instruments are configured to pretty much play themselves. End result: just like the records, but louder.
Thumbs Up Border Cafe. Always fills me up; never lets me down.
Thumbs Up Unaffiliated Reading Series at Outpost 186. I never go to poetry readings, but this was a pretty fun Saturday afternoon diversion.
Thumbs Up Mozart’s Requiem at Sanders Theatre (April 25). Erin Rhode may have carried the alto section, but the orchestra and soloists blew me away. Nice seats, too. (Thanks Rhode!)
Thumbs Up Sailing on Boston Harbor. So much fun that I paid money so I can do it all summer.
Thumbs Up Volvo Ocean Race. Watched the finish of the Rio-to-Boston leg of this insanely hardcore sport. The winning team survived the final few days without a reliable supply of drinking water. Another finisher sailed for a week with a broken rib. The boats are pretty too—check it out.
Thumbs Up Summer weather. Keep it coming.
Thumbs Down Swine flu. Imagine what it’s like when you have a cough, a sore throat, laryngitis, and possibly a slight fever, and suddenly they start talking about this in the newspaper?
Indifferent A newly-minted software plug-in for the Scottosphere permits quick authoring of these posts using the heretofore unknown Wisdom Watch Markup Language (WWML).

April 29, 2009 April 29, 2009 ww by Scott 3 Comments