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Boss-across-the-hall update

Boss-across-the-hall update

He just got a polyphonic Hey Ya ringtone. I look forward to hearing it 50 times a day.

South Philly

South Philly

Bizarre sandwiches aside, Sunday was a perfect day to explore the city–sunny and unseasonably warm. During a late afternoon stop at the South Philly Tap Room, where Lenny Kravitz and Frank Sinatra were in heavy jukebox rotation, I saw another slice of South Philly. Beethoven’s Fur Elise began playing, which didn’t seem unusual since it’s […]

Courier is dead.  Long live Courier.

Courier is dead. Long live Courier.

Boing Boing, a blog that cannot be accessed here in the souless office park due to our internet security filter, is reporting that as of today, “courier new 12” is obsolete and unacceptable at the US State Department. The new standard font is Times New Roman 14. Exceptions to the new rule include: telegrams treaty […]

Mail Bombs

Mail Bombs

An Arkansas lawyer and his son are going to jail for mailing a poisonous snake: Bob Sam Castleman, an attorney and former city judge in Pocahontas, Arkansas, and his son, Jerrod, were charged with mailing a cardboard box containing a venomous copperhead snake to a neighbor with whom they had feuded. The two pleaded guilty […]

Boss-across-the-hall update

Boss-across-the-hall update

Very happy news–Mrs. Boss-across-the-hall delivered a healthy baby boy over the weekend (their first child). Best wishes to all! And remember, boss-across-the-hall, that you are entitled to three months of leave.

That Ain't Fare

That Ain’t Fare

I got into a cab on Saturday night and was greeted by really loud Middle Eastern-style music. It sounded not quite right, and after a few minutes I figured out why. The music wasn’t coming from the cab’s stereo–it was coming from the two-way radio. Once the music ended, the airwaves filled with disgruntled chatter […]