I Take iOS7 To A Bachelor Party

Bachelor parties are a superb time to test iOS7. This is a terrific example of iPhone useability in the nightlife, a portrait of the adrenaline-fueled human with an advanced mobile software. There are bugs and crashes in the new iOS7, but I’m confident the techie artisans of Apple will flatten them out in time. Yet…

Stop Texting Before You Kill Someone

In my home state, it’s against the law to text and drive. If you can steer a vehicle while tapping your phone, you have an excellent chance of destroying a car or pedestrian. People have died from such technical tragedy! We can spot texting behavior from the vehicle in front of us: The driver’s head…

Militarized Police? Think Again

Randy Balko’s recent Huffington Post article speaks of newfound distrust between public and police. In a seven-point piece, Balko warns about U.S. funding trends that could lead to a “garrison state” with warlike cops, unrestrained budgets and brutality. In my opinion, Balko is blowing things out of proportion. Government programs lead to positive outcomes in the…

Three Cheers For The Roach Coach!

Our editorial meeting was interrupted by the sound of a ridiculous horn from the parking lot. Was it a kid on a bike or a clown car?  Only we knew for sure. Outside the office, a security guard leaned out of his booth and welcomed the visitor with a friendly shout. We squirmed in our…

Let’s Hear It For Ear Wax!

If you’ve got a history of blocked ears, then you know something about ear wax. This isn’t the sexiest of topics, but you’ve got to admire the automatic cleaning functions of the human body. Wax is a secretion that protects the ear canal from infection. Technically a liquid, the wax is also self-draining. The stuff…

Memories on Boylston Street

Like many parts of Boston, Boylston Street has a personality of its own. The long street runs east from the Emerald Necklace to the Boston Common. Newbury Street shoppers wander over here for lunch. Skateboarders turn sidewalks and benches into an obstacle course. People soak up the rays on the grass in Copley Square. Cars…

This Is My City

Once in a while, a Coast Guard helicopter flies over Boston Harbor on morning patrol. I like to watch the red and white aircraft from my office window. But yesterday morning, things were rather different. The pilot flew in slow, careful circles over the city. I could hear the sound of the rotors from a…

Life Ain’t Bad Underground

Mass-transit isn’t for everyone. A lot of drivers enjoy the privacy and comfort of their own vehicle on the morning commute. But for millions of commuters, subways, trains and buses are the only way to travel. People are linked to this network of thrills and chills, a pulsing nexus under cities all over the world.

“Here!”

One word and one motion is all you need to bring something of value to the greatest in need. When a remade Frank Cross extended his hands to the viewer and yelled “Here!” in Scrooged, he was urging viewers to provide the simplest of gifts:  food or a blanket or a little money for a…

Watch As I Use Delphi To Make You Do Stupid Things

Ex-Tea Party bad boy Field Searcy may be on to something. According to his spiel in a closed-door Republican caucus meeting in Georgia, the President of the United States has been using a mind control technique called “Delphi” to channel American citizens down the dark path to Socialism, homelessness and yeast infections. Well, that’s absurd,…

Let Freedom Ring

Today is to be savored. Election Day is a critical moment when Americans can be truly thankful for their freedom. When the dust settles tomorrow, a person will be selected to lead our nation for a finite term—not a dynasty. Our government has not forced you to vote for this candidate, and there will be…

There’s A Sucker Born Every Minute

There are some who say that P.T. Barnum never uttered those famous words. Maybe someone borrowed his identity. But suckers are always rising and falling in America. And I just swiped that from Hawthorne.