Tag Archives: Boston

Humanity and Society

16 Apr

Yesterday, unknown person or persons perpetrated an unspeakable and senseless crime against innocents in an American city.  Three people are dead, over a hundred injured – people who got up yesterday morning, got dressed, went over to Boylston to watch people finish a marathon. People like you and me. Videos showed timed, coordinated bombings going off along the Boylston Street terminus of the Boston Marathon, designed to inflict massive carnage in crowded groups of celebrants. 

There’s no sense in trying to speculate who might be behind it until there’s actual news reported about it. For instance, one would have been dramatically misinformed had he relied on the horrible Murdoch rag the “New York Post” for news about the attack. 

Some people are insufferably horrible – especially those cynical vampires who make their living by being conspiratorial, paranoid idiots. 

Boston was my second hometown, and I’m sick over this. We live in a dangerous world with a lot of crazy people, and there’s absolutely no way that we can always prevent bad people from doing horrific things, no matter what we do. 

But if you’re one of those people who see a tragedy and immediately speculate – without any proof, evidence, or information – as to the perpetrators or cause of a horrible terrorist act like this, you’re just a horrible person. Is it hillbilly militiamen protesting tax day? Is it brown-skinned people with accents? If those are the questions you’re asking right away, you’re an idiot.

If, like conspiracy salesman Alex Jones, you’re suggesting that the government is behind it, you deserve nothing but scorn and humiliation.  If, like newly minted glibertarian but former Bush supporter, Patriot Act backer, Iraq War microphone belligerent, and security-porn enthusiast Tom Bauerle, you warn against “liberties” being taken away, you’ve missed the point of anything important about humanity. When you think about how a tragedy such as this affects your personal comfort, while 400 miles away an 8 year-old dies and people struggle with catastrophic injuries, you’re sort of a monster.  

Humanity makes me sick when innocent people are murdered or attacked without cause or provocation, but also when it worries about how others’ misfortune might affect their individual political prejudices.

What A Difference A Day Makes

25 Apr

I know we have a rapid fanbase of political junkies here at WNYMedia, but I occasionally tire of the horse race (pun intended), what with the late yet looming Albany budget, continued Buffalo patronage pits and Paladino equine porn. So, instead, let’s talk about the actual #1 story in Buffalo this weekend: the Game 5 win of the Sabres down at the arena.

There is nothing like an old fashioned beatdown to change your opinion about a team, eh?

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In my imagination, Paul Gaustad is slowing pushing his fist into Chara’s broken nose while they are at the bottom of the pile.

I’m the kind of fan that owns a couple jersey’s, but make the choice of jersey to buy very carefully. They have to epitomize what I like about the team – hard work, scrapiness, heart. Obviously, I am not an owner of an Afinogenov, Connelly, or Roy jersey.

No, my three are Gaustad (old school white, like at the Winter Classic), Mair (new third jersey) and Miller (2010 Team USA). And when I watch the Sabres, I want those three guys to do well. I was in heaven Friday night. Gaustad finally showed up, had a bunch of hits, key faceoff draws (one for an assist to Grier) and clearly got under Big Zed’s skin. Mair scored the opening goal less than two minutes in, and he has stepped up his hitting game all series. And of course, you can’t say enough about Miller. No only does he stand on his head, but he has the best moustache – mutton chop combo in the city.

There was a lot to love in the game: tons of blocked shots (many from guys laying down in the lanes), timely scoring, physical domination, and a lack of quit. I felt pretty down about the team over the three game losing streak. They haven’t won the series yet, but suddenly it seems possible. And even if they lose it out, I’ll feel a lot better going into the post season after seeing this team’s heart finally appear – I wasn’t sure it existed at all at times. I’m a much happier Sabres fan in general this weekend.

There has been a lot of talk about Sabres who haven’t shown up for this series yet: Connelly, Roy, Pominville (less so) and Stafford. What we don’t hear about is the Bruins who forgot they were in the playoffs. My number one is Milan Lucic: hitter, fighter, and goal scorer – everything Buffalo wishes it was more of in one package. But currently Lucic has been a non-factor, sitting at zero points in 5 games, a couple shots and a 13 penalty minutes. Humph. If he was a Sabre, we might have run him out of town by now (see: Torres, Raffi).

I have a theory on Lucic’s disappearance, however. I think he’s remembering back to last February every time he goes to make a hit – he’s scared Mair is going drop him on his ass and then wet his nose again while he’s sleeping:

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That’s the kind of team I want to be a fan off.

Boston FAIL

9 Aug

From the Boston Herald:

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From WBZ Boston:

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Cities Speak

30 May

Via Richard Florida’s blog, this essay:

Great cities attract ambitious people. You can sense it when you walk around one. In a hundred subtle ways, the city sends you a message: you could do more; you should try harder.

The surprising thing is how different these messages can be. New York tells you, above all: you should make more money. There are other messages too, of course. You should be hipper. You should be better looking. But the clearest message is that you should be richer.

What I like about Boston (or rather Cambridge) is that the message there is: you should be smarter. You really should get around to reading all those books you’ve been meaning to.

When you ask what message a city sends, you sometimes get surprising answers. As much as they respect brains in Silicon Valley, the message the Valley sends is: you should be more powerful.

(Read the whole thing here)

What is Buffalo saying?

Sense, Indeed

14 May

The largest Apple store in the world opens on Boston’s Boylston Street on Thursday morning. It is located just inside Boston’s famous/infamous Back Bay Architectural District. Let’s just say that this organization does not make it easy for developers in the tony Back Bay.

Here’s what the store looks like:

(Photo courtesy CKelly at Flickr)

The store is literally eight years in the making, and the preservationists did not make this remotely easy for Apple.

Preliminary design proposals for Apple Computer’s first Boston store got a cool reception last night from the Back Bay Architectural Commission, but several commissioners said a revised design might address their concerns.

Apple hopes to demolish a small building at 815 Boylston St., which is occupied by a Copy Cop store at street level, and build a flagship store across from the Prudential Center.

Projects involving the demolition of an existing building in the Back Bay Architectural District generally require the commission’s approval

Sounds almost Buffalonian, no?

One concept presented was a three-story building whose front would be largely glass. The building would likely have a green roof, said Bob Bridger, an Apple vice president of retail development.

Glass. Green roof. Definitely modern. Definitely different, given the brownstone-y nature of that neighborhood. But this is the quote that helped to underscore how similar Buffalo and Boston are:

Donna Prince, an alternate on the commission, acknowledged that the design was ”beautiful,” but that it ”doesn’t have a sense of place.”

Luckily, Apple prevailed, and the glass, green building opens tomorrow for business.

Here’s the building with “sense of place” that it replaces:

Photo courtesy Clarkwood at Flickr.