LEGO Photo

Friday, December 2, 2011 at 3:36 pm
By Josh

Sadie, as seen through the LEGO Photo iPhone app:


Happy National Day!

Friday, December 2, 2011 at 3:26 pm
By Josh


“Let Us Continue”

Sunday, November 27, 2011 at 1:05 pm
By Josh

On November 27, 1963 Lyndon Johnson addressed a Joint Session of Congress and the American public only a few days after the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

It’s a pretty amazing speech, that starts as good as any I know:

All I have I would have given gladly not to be standing here today.

LBJ goes on to set up his vision of his presidency, deftly using JFK’s memory to lay out his own goals.

Check out the full text.

Broken Contract

Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 11:03 pm
By Josh

Just read a fascinating article in the new Foreign Affairs: “The Broken Contract: Inequality and American Decline“.

Coin-Covered Car

Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 6:40 pm
By Josh

Oh UAE, you never cease to amaze me: “Car with a coat of coins to be dedicated to UAE“.

New Yorker Cover

Friday, November 25, 2011 at 5:27 pm
By Josh

I meant to post this yesterday, but I forgot. Here’s the newest New Yorker cover:


Happy Thanksgiving.

Changes in Baseball, 2

Monday, November 21, 2011 at 10:46 am
By Josh

Also, along the lines with my not liking the Astros moving to the American League in 2013, I really, really don’t like the new Miami Marlins name and logo:


Political Class

Monday, November 21, 2011 at 8:53 am
By Josh

The Washington Post had a good article yesterday about the nation’s debt and the “supercommittee” tasked on fixing it: “Debt panel’s failure puts Bush tax cuts in spotlight“.

The key quote that sums up politics right now:

The deadlock on the committee offers the latest reminder that the country’s political class seems unable to address fundamental national problems unless faced with an immediate crisis. In this case, the Bush tax cuts – and, with them, the fate of the nation’s precarious finances – will in all likelihood be punted beyond next November’s election.

The person (or party) that recognizes this and campaigns on it will have a good shot of winning next year …

Burj Impossible

Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 10:03 pm
By Josh

Yesterday on the Apple site they added a minute-and-a-half featurette on shooting scenes from the upcoming Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

Check out the featurette.

Changes in Baseball

Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 11:41 pm
By Josh

Currently Major League Baseball has 8 teams of 30 reach the playoffs. New one-game wild card playoffs discussed today for the 2013 season would push that to 10 teams.

At first I thought 30 percent of teams reaching the post season was too high a ratio. Then I read this tonight:

In the NFL, 12 of 32 teams make the playoffs. In the NBA and NHL, 16 of 30 teams advance.



Friday, November 11, 2011 at 7:19 am
By Josh

So we’re at the Birthplace at Mercy, working on having this baby. It’s been an uneventful 11 hours so far.

Last night, while Liz was watching Grey’s Anatomy I watched the 2004 Red Sox video “Faith Rewarded”.

You might recall how Kevin Youkilis was on that team, but barely played. In fact, he was one of the handful of players who came to the parade in Portland. I believe, at the time, I made the joke, “Kevin Who-kilis?”

Anyway, it was funny to see him pop up in the video last night, more often than I would have thought, too.

Although, oddly, I found a commonality to all of the Youk sightings. See if you can notice it:





Parker House Rolls

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 5:41 am
By Josh

Last winter Liz and I had a wonderful weekend getaway to Boston at the Omni Parker House.

That’s not likely this winter, though. I just saw this Yankee Magazine recipe for Parker House Rolls. That might need to be our getaway instead …

Baby Blog

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 7:23 am
By Josh

There’s a new story over at the Greason-Edwards Family blog … Check it out!


Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 9:04 pm
By Josh

I haven’t had the official word from BU yet, but it appear from my student record online that I earned an “A” in my first class in Boston University’s Online Master of Science in Health Communication program!

Stop the Presses, Literally

Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 1:31 pm
By Josh

I hadn’t heard this: “Newsweeklies Plan Special Steve Jobs Coverage In rare move, ‘Time’ stops presses“.

Key quote:

Time’s regular weekly issue, which goes on stands Friday, will devote its whole feature well, 21 pages, to coverage of the Apple co-founder and software giant. (Time was closing the issue when the news broke, forcing it to stop the presses for what was believed to be the first time in at least 30 years.)

Good Line

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 11:39 pm
By Josh

Lately I’ve been reading, or re-reading, the short stories of Dashiell Hammett. They’re all reading the I have time for as my BU grad class is taking a good amount of time.

Anyway, while many people generally don’t praise the prose of early 20th Century crime fiction, I’m rather fond of it.

I just read a great line in “Afraid Of A Gun” describing the antagonist Rip Yust:

Yust was not possessed of the clearest of minds; he was not fitted, for all his patience and deliberation, to unerringly sift the false from the true.

Pretty clever …

Iger through 2015

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 10:48 am
By Josh

How did I miss this story over the weekend?!?

Disney CEO Robert Iger to Step Down as CEO in 2015.”


40th Birthday of Walt Disney World

Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 6:43 am
By Josh

I have too many things to say, so many memories to share, but I’ll start with a simple “Happy birthday” to Walt Disney World in Florida.

2011-2012 College Hockey

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 7:52 am
By Josh

Well this Bangor Daily News article got me a little riled up: “UMaine picked to finish fourth in Hockey East coaches poll“.

Boston University is picked to come in second place this year … after Boston College!


Fun Apple Quote

Monday, September 26, 2011 at 7:57 am
By Josh

I just read a fun quote on an unofficial Apple blog that I had to share:

From an upstart outsider to the most profitable cellphone manufacturer. From a PC also-ran to the laptop of the future. In less than two years, revitalizing an entire device category and disrupting just about every media business you can name. Not only becoming the world’s most valuable company, but seeing the stock continue to rise even after the exit of the company’s visionary founder.

For those of us who lived through the lean years of Apple, being around to witness all this is a bit strange. It’s as if we had been diligently preaching the benefits of a meat-free diet for years, only to wake up one morning and discover that everyone we knew had gone vegan overnight. Dealing with success is certainly better than the alternative, but some may mourn the passing of the special minority status we enjoyed as the Mac Elite. Now we have to figure out how to avoid saying “Yes, we told you so!” every five minutes.

I like the image of everyone I know going vegan overnight, that’s exactly what it feels like.