Archive for April, 2013

→ David Smith’s New Feed Wrangler RSS Solution is Out

The iOS looks really slick. I have a feeling his servers are getting just crushed at the moment though.

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→ John Siracusa on WWDC: The Lottery

A slightly different take than he had on ATP1:

Many more people want to attend WWDC than the conference can accommodate. There has been no shortage of interesting suggestions for how to fix this. Broadly speaking, WWDC has not changed in decades. Apple and its developer ecosystem, on the other hand, are radically different than they were just five years ago. Something has to give.

I think he also has a good, at least partial, solution:

Many more people want to attend WWDC than the conference can accommodate. There has been no shortage of interesting suggestions for how to fix this. Broadly speaking, WWDC has not changed in decades. Apple and its developer ecosystem, on the other hand, are radically different than they were just five years ago. Something has to give.


  1. On the podcast, he thought that everyone would get a ticket. 

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→ Sox Win Behind Napoli Grand Slam!

It was a pretty fun game to watch. I hope Napoli can keep this up.

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→ Trailer: Thor: The Dark World

This looks awesome.

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→ Under Obama’s budget, most Americans would face somewhat higher tax burden – The Washington Post

Oh, really? You don’t say?

Of course Obama’s budget is going to raise the taxes on everyone, that is what liberals do. Thankfully, this report is in the Washington Post, which–every one knows–has a huge conservative bias.1


  1. Well, either that or it is a completely slanted to the left. Close enough. 

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→ Scott Fujita retires as a Saint in the coolest way possible: atop Machu Picchu

This is amazing.

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→ Tuesday’s Red Sox-A’s matchups: Alfredo Aceves vs. Bartolo Colon

The aces are going today, baby. Woo hoo!1


  1. Seriously, how has Colon not been busted for PEDs yet? 

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→ If your flight is delayed, don’t forget the Transportation department’s budget went up despite sequestration

It will be interesting to see if the Obama Administration’s efforts to make sequestration into an actual, impactful disaster will work. It’s ridiculous to think the FAA cannot get by with only .6 billion dollars more than it did last year.

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→ Ray of light in the darkness

I just got around to watching Stephen Colbert’s response to the Boston Marathon bombings. As you might imagine, it was spot on and awesome.

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→ Allen Webster to pitch second game of Red Sox’ Sunday doubleheader

I was really looking forward to watching him pitch. Other than a little hiccup in the 5th, he did really well.

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→ Video: MLB fans react to the capture of the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings

Great moments from stadiums around the county.

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→ The script for what was a pregame cermony few will forget

The script from yesterday’s moving pre-game ceremony.

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→ Brian MacPherson on the Emotional Day at Fenway

Like Tom Brady and Paul Pierce now and like Larry Bird, Bobby Orr and Carl Yastrzemski in years past, Ortiz is an icon in Boston — and has been for the better part of a decade. What he means to the city goes well beyond the more than 300 home runs he’s hit in a Red Sox uniform. His production at the plate is only part of the reason the franchise looked past the risks of signing a 37-year-old coming off an injury to sign him to a lucrative two-year contract last November.

What Boston means to Ortiz is just as immeasurable. He made that clear with the words he used on Saturday at Fenway Park.

Bringing Papi back was the right decision, both baseball wise and for days like yesterday. He deserves to end his career in Boston.

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→ Nava brings a Win to the Sox and to Boston!

What a great end to a great day at Fenway.

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→ FCC chairman Julius Genachowski backs David Ortiz profanity

Good. This decision was no brainer.

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→ Neil Diamond leads Fenway Park crowd in singing of ‘Sweet Caroline’ (video)

Well done, Mr. Diamond. Well done.

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→ Neil Diamond, Andrew Bailey offer a few musical surprises at Fenway

Major props to Neil Diamond. What a great story.

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→ Firewurst Brier Creek rumored to Open Next Weekend

At least that’s the scuttlebutt around this area. I have my fingers crossed.

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→ An Argument for Likable Movies

Ann Hornaday writing for the Washington Post:

But recently, I’ve begun to question whether “middlebrow” always deserves to be a pejorative. There are plenty of movies that, while not aspiring to high art or slumming their way to the lowest common denominator, qualify as middlebrow — and also happen to be skillfully made, generously humanistic and genuinely entertaining.

These are exactly the kind of movies I want to see.

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→ Bill Simmons on Boston

You can’t break Boston. People have been trying for 350 years. It’s not happening. We will mourn the fallen, raise money for the victims and come back more defiant than ever. For anyone who thinks the marathon has been ruined or irrevocably altered — you’re wrong. Too many people will do whatever it takes to rebuild that race, improve it, protect it, make it better than it was. I bet more people run next year’s race than ever before. It’s our own little holiday, the most sacred of days. Everyone from Boston has watched the race near the finish line at least once. Everyone has gone to that 11 a.m. Red Sox game. Everyone has a family member who ran the race and at least one or two good friends who pulled off the 26.2 miles. So when someone tries to blow that day up in the most evil way possible, you pull yourself back together, try to process the senselessness, slowly feel yourself getting pissed off, and then sing the national anthem at the top of your lungs and send a message to everyone else. I’m proud of you, Boston.

We all are, Boston. Stay Strong.

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