It's fun to listen to Judge Richard Posner of the 7th Circuit Court slap down disingenuous arguments against gay marriage. It's also fun to listen to the opponents to gay marriage try to defend their illogical opinions, such as Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fisher, a real asshole.
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there's a tumblr for weddings at boston city hall
phil winter has added a photo to the pool:
The carbon particles move the fastest because they’re afraid of dying.
While logistical acquisitions are managed by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), logistical operations in the field are predominantly coordinated by USTRANSCOM. On average, the command oversees almost 2,000 air missions and 10,000 ground shipments per week, with 25 container ships providing active logistical support. From October 2009 through September 2010 alone, USTRANSCOM flew 37,304 airlift missions carrying over 2 million passengers and 852,141 tons of cargo; aerially refueled 13,504 aircraft with 338,856,200 pounds of fuel on 11,859 distinct sorties; and moved nearly 25 million tons of cargo in coordinated sea-land operations. DLA and USTRANSCOM and their civilian partners are responsible for the largest, most widespread, and most diverse sustained logistics operation in history.The largest, most widespread, and most diverse sustained logistics operation in history.
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Sometimes, the best thing about the interwebz is when you just kind of come across some website that just feels incredibly out-of-place to you. A website that seems to not really understand what it is selling or promoting. A website that feels like it came right out of 1996 and somehow landed back in your computer, almost 20 years later. Today, for me, that site is:
First and foremost, it is clear they take what they do at the Cookeville Police very seriously. You know how you can tell? The way the website has flashes of lightning around the name. Heck, even that photo on the main page says: We are not playing any games (even though the site totally looks like it would totally be a load screen for some lame action game).
Keep in mind, we say this with no disrespect for the police force in mention. We tip our hats to what they do. It takes courage and bravery to choose that line of work and we commend you all for it.
But your webmaster on the other hand? Um, not so much.
He is also really good at humming.
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Florida Polytechnic University in Tampa has just opened, with over 300 students attending the first day of classes this week. The newly-built campus has a gorgeous library building, but no plans to stock it with books. Instead, it will be the nation's first all-digital college library. But it gets weirder than that.
When I was studying Buddhism at the University of Washington (Seattle) in 1967-68, there were about ten students in my first-year Sanskrit course for Buddhologists and Indologists. What intrigued me greatly was that there was another beginning Sanskrit course being offered at the same time. It had many more students than the class I was in and was offered by the Linguistics Department. The rationale for encouraging (I can't remember if it was actually required) linguistics students to take Sanskrit was that the foundations of the scientific study of language had been laid by Panini, Patanjali, and other ancient Sanskrit grammarians around two and a half millennia ago, so that it would be good to have at least a basic understanding of the roots of the tradition.
Still, there was always something antiquarian about the study of Sanskrit. After the rise of the vernaculars such as Hindi-Urdu, Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bhojpuri, Oriya, Sindhi, Sinhala, Nepali, and Assamese, especially when they developed written literary forms, Sanskrit was relegated to the position of a dead, classical language, studied mainly by priests and pundits.
Now, however, Sanskrit has somehow managed to remake itself as a living language. Universities around the world (including Penn), schools, and summer camps offer courses on spoken Sanskrit that are well attended, and there are villages in India where most of the people are conversant in Sanskrit.
The reason I bring all of this up now is that BBC News Asia just published an article entitled "Why is Sanskrit so controversial?" which focuses on the political aspects of the spread of Sanskrit in recent times. One thing that I think needs to be made clear is that the modern rebirth of Sanskrit began long before the ascension of the BJP to power.
Nonetheless, it is clear that the new Prime Minister Narendra Modi is well disposed toward Sanskrit and that this venerable classical language can expect to see additional gains in the coming years.
There's no danger of this ever happening with Literary Sinitic (Classical Chinese), since it has not been a spoken language for two millennia, if ever.
[Hat tip Jim Breen]
I must confess that I have a hard time reading off this beautiful, ornate font, which is so different from the spare, simple, Japanese katakana. From Wikipedia, here's a chart of the latter for comparison:
I've seen the English alphabet written to look like Devanagari, like Chinese characters, and other scripts, but this Gothic katakana is one of the most amazing lettering tours de force I've even encountered. Yet what do all of these script metamorphoses tell us about the nature of writing? Do scripts look the way they do because of esthetic preferences? Or because of something intrinsic about the course of their development, including the surfaces on which they are written and the instruments with which they are traced on those surfaces? One thing is certain: the multiplicity of different scripts and their diverse appearances are wondrous to behold.
The Chemin de fer de Petite Ceinture (French for “little belt railway”) was a 32 km railway that encirled Paris, connecting all the major railway stations within fortified walls during the Industrial Revolution. In service from 1852 to 1934, the line has now been completely abandoned for 80 years.
Several developers and local officials have recently set their sights on the vast swath of unused land, tunnels, and stations as an opportunity for new development. However, some railway enthusiasts and related organizations want the tracks and stations to be preserved indefinitely as part of the cities’ heritage. Others want to turn areas of de Petite Ceinture into parkways similar to the nearby Promenade plantée, a 4.7 km park built on an elevated train track in 1988 that later inspired New York’s famous High Line.
As part of his project “By the Silent Line,” photographer Pierre Folk has been working since 2011 to photograph the 160-year-old railway’s last remnants before any final decisions are made. He stalks the tracks at all times of the year, often returning to the same locations to document nature’s slow reclamation as rusted tracks and crumbling tunnels are swallowed by trees, vines, and grass. This is just a small selection of Folk’s work, you can see many more photos right here.
Latrobe did a “brilliant” job here, picking up on a lot of important trends.
Let’s see how many instructive legal issues this one label raises. Extra points for anyone who can raise additional issues. No more ALS challenges, please.
This Tequila-themed beer shows that the above Whiskey-themed beer label is not just a fluke.
What did we miss?
* John’s parents will be proud that we have done some work for Tim Smith, Junior Johnson, The Hatfields & McCoys, Jesse Jane, Popcorn Sutton, Jesse James and other rapscallions. And this guy just looks guilty — I am not sure of what — but moonshining at least.
Image description: On Saturday, the Navy christened a new research ship the “Sally Ride” after the first U.S. woman and youngest person in space. It is the fifth current ship named for an astronaut.
Photo from the U.S. Navy
the person doing the christening is dr. tam o’shaughnessy, ride’s partner of 27 yrs. sally ride was not just the first woman and youngest person in space: she was also the first lesbian in space - likely, the first lgbtq person in space.
I know we shared this before but finding out that this ship was christened by Dr. Tam O’Shaughnessy was something that required re-sharing.
The Super Bowl halftime show is a coveted gig, but are artists willing to pay to play? According to The Wall Street Journal that's exactly what the National Football League is hoping, as they asked three finalists under consideration for this year's halftime show to make a "financial contribution" to the league in exchange for the slot.
And the response from Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Coldplay have been... not great. After all, it's not everyday that international pop stars who can usually charge hundreds of thousands or more for a single appearance are asked to shell out their own money to perform at someone else's event.
While the NFL doesn't pay artists to perform at the halftime show it typically covers travel and performance expenses, which can often run in the millions.
And although breaking even for an appearance isn't normal for most mega stars, they usually take a pay cut to perform for the Super Bowl's over 100 million viewers. (for reference only 12.9 million watched the finale of CBS's How I Met Your Mother).
In addition to the prestige and the exposure, Journal suggests that artists' concert and record sales get a boost from doing the 12-minute halftime show set. But despite the potential for a global audience, fans often remember the controversial and embarrassing moments (Janet Jackson, anyone?) more than the flawless performances.
From Imgur: “I went to see David Lynch’s Dune in the theater in 1984. As we entered, we were given a glossary of Dune terms with our tickets. I understand this is not a common piece of movie ephemera, so I thought you might like to see it.”
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I am really psyched for Townsman
I hate these names:
The weather's getting cooler, but the restaurant scene is staying hot with a big crop of openings slated for the coming months. Here's what's currently known about the most anticipated restaurants that are opening up soon. Be sure to keep an eye on this page for updates in the next few weeks, and hit up the tipline with any intel of your own.
The Ames Street Deli / Study
[Image: Official Site]
What: This adjacent duo will be located in the new Broad Institute building in Kendall Square. Study will serve three meals a day in an "academic" ambiance, while the deli will offer "inventive sandwiches" and cocktails.
Where: 73-75 Ames Street, Cambridge
Who: The team behind Journeyman and Backbar
[Rendering: Tihany Design/Provided]
What: A "French-inspired bistro and wine bar" from world-renowned chef Daniel Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental, taking over the former Asana space. Boulud previously told Eater:
"I will have only one restaurant here, so there will be everything about Bar Boulud New York, but it will also be about what fits well here. How do we feel here in Boston cooking versus New York? Not that we are too far away, but still there is a lot of DNA of the food scene and also the supply here. You almost feel closer to the coast. I mean, a lot of fish comes from New England, and so it's obvious that New York is fed in part by New England. So I think we'll have a strong focus on that...Where: 776 Boylston Street, Boston
And of course the charcuterie program will be an important part. The wine program is about French wine, with the core from Burgundy and Rhône, so chardonnay, pinot noir, hermitage, syrah, mourvèdre, Châteauneuf-style. It'll be French-American in a way, and international, but with a French core. Of course the menu will be seasonal besides some of the classic dishes; seasonality — meaning local ingredients — has been the driving force of all my restaurants forever. Being born and raised on the farm, I always think that way."
What: A sibling to Bergamot (in fact, the name stands for "Bergamot Inman Square,") it'll serve "eclectic small plates" and "innovative charcuterie," according to a release. The 49-seat restaurant will have two bars, one looking into the kitchen. Design features include a wine chandelier. Potential menu items may pop up on the Bergamot menu for testing over the next few months. Wine director Kai Gagnon shared the following thoughts with Eater:
"I'm thrilled to have a forum for wine like BISq: great food in a convivial, even Rabelaisian, atmosphere. We're shooting for the raucous, yet inviting feeling of a Parisian bar à vin with the quality of food that that at Bergamot would lead you to expect. The experience will be highly informed by the wine we will offer: a large selection in multiple formats from all over Northern France (Loire, Champagne, Jura, Savoie, Burgundy, and Beaujolais), Germany, and Austria. The wine list will change frequently (almost daily, to a degree) so that every visit will present a different landscape. Guests will experience the same attention to detail in service and wine presentation that you'd expect from Bergamot but in an informal atmosphere. Our goal is to approach and present wine in the most lighthearted, purely passionate way possible but with all of the expertise and savoir-faire you'd expect from one of the best wine programs in the country. I am so excited to share the wine I love and the passion I have for it with everyone that walks in the door--whether you're getting a glass or two or one of the bottles we've been cellaring for four years."Where: 1071 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
The Brewer's Fork
What: A beer garden, wood-fired pizzas, and more in a former dry cleaning shop in Charlestown's Hayes Square. Expect 24 beers on tap, particularly Belgians and locals, as well as a reserve list of fancy bottles.
Where: 5-7 Moulton Street, Charlestown
Who: John Paine (Sorriso, Les Zygomates) and Michael Cooney (The Publick House)
When: Shooting for October, according to Cooney.
What: As the name suggests, this looks to be, well, an artistic and science-filled playground of food. It's connected to a Paris-based lab called Le Laborataire, a "contemporary art & design center" where Harvard's David Edwards creates culinary inventions, from chocolate that's inhaled to edible food packaging. A recent preview dinner offered approachable dishes like chilled basil potage (with buffalo mozzarella, marinated green tomatoes, and raspberries) and guinea hen (with polenta, fairy tale eggplant, and braised sunflower) — plus egg nog with egg nog spheres.
Where: 650 Kendall Square, Cambridge
Who: In addition to Edwards, the team includes Patrick Campbell (Eastern Standard) as executive chef, Chris Cordeiro (Clio) as sous chef, Renae Connolly as pastry chef, Todd Maul (Clio), and Tom Mastricola (Commonwealth).
When: October 31
What: A French bakery in the former Amsterdam Cafe space in the South End, serving "quality baked goods made from scratch by classically trained chefs at neighborhood prices." Also, light lunches. Here's the menu. The small space will seat six at a counter, and there will possibly be a patio at some point.
Where: 517 Columbus Avenue
Who: Chef/owner Frederic Robert, a James Beard Award winner who was in business partnership with renowned restaurateur Alain Ducasse for many years. Hana Quon, Robert's sous chef from PB Boulangerie & Bistro in Wellfleet, will be pastry chef.
When: Any day now. UPDATE: Opened on Monday, August 25.
Centre Street Cafe
What: This Jamaica Plain standby closed recently, but it will reopen this fall, renovated and under new ownership by the Tres Gatos team. "We will continue Felicia's tradition of sourcing as much produce, meat and fish as locally as possible," they promised on Facebook. The popular weekend brunch will remain largely the same (and some items are currently on the menu at Tres Gatos), but the restaurant will have a brand new Italian lunch and dinner menu, featuring pasta made in-house.
Who: Owned by Tres Gatos proprietors David Doyle and Mari Perez-Alers as well as wine director Keith Harmon. Rialto alum Brian Rae is executive chef.
What: The old Fenway HoJo's has become a fancy new hotel called The Verb, and O Ya's Tim and Nancy Cushman will open Hojoko there this fall. It'll be a "fun, high-energy izakaya."
Where: 1271 Boylston Street, Boston
Who: The Cushmans
[Photo, from left: Marco Caputo, Anthony DePinto, John DeSimone, and Nicholas Garoufalis/Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
What: Southern Italian cuisine, including Neapolitan pizza, in a vast Downtown Crossing space with a lounge, bottle lockers, and more. "We bring some New World and some Old World together; we try to combine everything," co-owner Marco Caputo told Eater previously. "I bring old-fashioned dishes from my mom, I bring some old-fashioned street food that I used to eat when I was a kid in the streets of Napoli. We try to combine this with the new future."
Where: 45 Province Street, Boston
Who: Co-owners John DeSimone, Anthony DePinto, and Marco Caputo; general manager Nicholas Garoufalis; chef Celio Pereira (an alum of Mamma Maria in the North End).
When: Late September. A rep notes that the menu is ready the build-out is almost complete.
What: Fresh juice, raw foods, and vegan snacks in a former bubble tea shop in Kendall Square. Mother Juice started out as a food (well, juice) truck.
Where: 625 West Kendall Street, Cambridge
Who: Ellen Fitzgerald and Laura Baldini
When: Aiming for September 2, according to a rep.
Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar
What: "Honest food" and "honest drink" in the historic Rosebud space in Somerville's Davis Square. "Folks can expect regional, homestyle comfort food from across the U.S.," partner and chef John Delpha told the DIG. "Our goal is to become part of the fabric of the neighborhood as a simple, laid-back, yet lively [dining] experience for all." At a recent event, the team served hickory-smoked ham sliders with barbecue onions and kimchi mayo.
Where: 381 Summer Street, Somerville
Who: In addition to Delpha, Ian Strickland (The Beehive, The Merchant) has signed on as head bartender. Joe Cassinelli's Alpine Restaurant Group, which also includes Posto and the Painted Burro, is behind the project.
When: Late summer
Somerville Brewing Company's American Fresh Taproom and a Brewery & Taproom in Boynton Yards
[Rendering: American Fresh Taproom/Provided]
What: The makers of Slumbrew have two big projects in the works. American Fresh Taproom, a seasonal 60-seat beer garden, is slated to open soon in Assembly Row. It'll offer snacks, charcuterie, and sandwiches, probably through late October. The company is also building their own brewery in Somerville (they've been working out of Mercury Brewing Company in Ipswich.) It's located in Boynton Yards (near Union Square) and will also feature a taproom, with "nothing that's good for you" on the menu — think cheddar beer soup and a "deconstructed" Fluffernutter.
Where: 100 Foley Street, Somerville (Assembly Row) and 15 Ward Street, Somerville (Boynton Yards)
Who: Somerville Brewing Company, founded by Caitlin Jewell and Jeff Leiter
When: Shooting for September 1 (Assembly Row) and late 2014 (Boynton Yards)
[Photo: Kate and Matt Jennings/Provided]
What: Boston natives Matt and Kate Jennings are coming home from Providence, where they just closed their decade-old restaurant, Farmstead, Inc., to open Townsman in the new Radian building on the Greenway. While they haven't revealed much yet, they're known for a commitment to local sourcing and artisanal goods, and Matt is a three-time champion of COCHON555's Boston competition, so it may be fair to expect creative pork dishes and thoughtful New England cuisine. The space is 4,500 square feet.
Where: 120 Kingston Street, Boston
Who: Aside from the Jennings, Brian Young (Post 390) is also onboard.
When: Late 2014
[Photo: Serafina on Broadway in New York City/Official Site]
What: An international chain serving Northern Italian food is making its first foray into Boston, taking over the former Radius space in the Financial District. It's poised to be the start of a larger New England expansion.
Where: 10 High Street, Boston
Who: Seth Greenberg (Mistral, Bastille Kitchen, etc.)
the kids these days
Boston Magazine takes an in-depth look at Alden & Harlow's chicken fried rabbit, a popular dish that incorporates blue cheese and chili oil. "Overall, I think it's a really good example of the type of food we do here," chef/owner Michael Scelfo tells the magazine. "It might look simple at first glance, but there's a lot of legwork and a lot of prep that goes into it." [BM]
[Photo: Alden & Harlow/Meg Jones Wall]
Though much of the U.S. is focused on the racially-charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri, a New York City district attorney is moving forward with his investigation of the death of another African-American man, Eric Garner, who also died in a fatal confrontation with police.
Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan announced on Tuesday that he will soon empanel a grand jury to potentially bring charges regarding Garner's death, which the city's medical examiner ruled a homicide in August.
"Based upon the investigation that my office has conducted to date regarding the July 17, 2014, death of Eric Garner, and after a careful review of the recent findings of the Medical Examiner regarding the cause and manner of Mr. Garner’s death, I have determined that it is appropriate to present evidence regarding the circumstances of his death to a Richmond County Grand Jury," Donovan said in a statement. "I intend to utilize that Grand Jury sometime next month to begin presenting evidence on this matter."
Several Democratic members of Congress and other critics have accused Donovan, a Republican, of being too close to the NYPD to objectively prosecute the police officer who aggressively arrested Garner shortly before his death. In a video, the officer appeared to use a chokehold — a banned police tactic — to subdue Garner, who repeatedly yelled, "I can't breathe!"
But Donovan insisted he was simply taking his time in order to be fair in how he approached the case.
"Mindful of the solemn oath to enforce the law that I took when I was first sworn into office as District Attorney in January of 2004, and with a full appreciation that no person is above the law, nor beneath its protection, I assure the public that I am committed to conducting a fair, thorough, and responsible investigation into Mr. Garner’s death, and that I will go wherever the evidence takes me, without fear or favor," he said.