June 2007

Scenes From a Vacation: Brownie Thing!

by Joey deVilla on June 30, 2007

On our first day of vacation, the Ginger Ninja and I enjoyed a simple but tasty dessert that her mom makes: Brownie Thing, which is simply ice cream between two sheets of homemade brownies. It’s 81 square inches of dessert heaven:

Brownie Thing

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It was good to see Berkman Center fellow and Global Voices co-founder Ethan Zuckerman at the Berkman Center luncheon. I brought presents for him and his wife Rachel (she, along with AKMA, officiated at the Ginger Ninja’s and my wedding) — Tucows squishy cows. He wasted no time in turning them into fashion accessories:

Ethan Zuckerman with Tucows squishy cows on his shoulders.

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After catching danah boyd’s “My Friends, MySpace” presentation at the Berkman Center at Harvard, the Ginger Ninja and I made our way to an old hangout during her days there: Grendel’s Den, a nice little pub in Harvard Square.

Joey deVilla and accordion at Grendel’s Den, Harvard Square

We took a corner table and caught up with all sorts of friends — from Wendy’s high school days, her days at a dot-com and from the Berkman Center. A friend of mine dropped by too — Mike Zole, creator of one of my favourite webcomics, the now-defunct Death to the Extremist.

Among other things, Mike’s a musician, and he brought his accordion with him, which meant only one thing: Jam session!

Joey deVilla and Mike Zole playing accordions at Grendel’s Den, Harvard Square.

Joey deVilla playing accordion at Grendel’s Den, Harvard Square.

Mike Zole playing accordion at Grendel’s Den, Harvard Square.

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Scenes From a Vacation: Rein’s Deli

by Joey deVilla on June 30, 2007

On the way from Boston to Hartford, the Ginger Ninja and I stopped for lunch in Vernon to enjoy the food of her people at Rein’s Deli

Rein’s Deli exterior

As with the Clam Box, this is much better road food than your typical fast food place will serve you. I opted for a tongue-and-swiss sandwich on rye with seeds, and shared some potato pancakes, baked beans and a lot of homemade pickles (which they serve free of charge).

Rein’s Deli exterior

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Scenes From a Vacation: The Clam Box

by Joey deVilla on June 30, 2007

While hanging out in the Boston area last week, the Ginger Ninja’s mom took us to The Clam Box in Ipswitch. The building was built to look just like a clam box, so I couldn’t resist taking photos…

Exterior of the “Clam Box” restaurant, Ipswitch, Massachusetts.

Exterior of the “Clam Box” restaurant, Ipswitch, Massachusetts.

Exterior of the “Clam Box” restaurant, Ipswitch, Massachusetts.

The food at the Clam Box is classic New England fried seafood: shrimp, scallops, fish and of course, clams. You can eat in their dining room or on the picnic tables outside. You probably shouldn’t eat this stuff — it’s all deep fried — every day, but as a special treat, it’s far better road food than your typical fast food joint.

Here’s what I had for dinner: the whole fried clams platter, with a clam cake on the side…

My fried clam dinner with fries, cole slaw and clam cake.

If you ever pass through Ipswich, make sure you pass by the Clam Box.

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The “South Park” Characters, Reinterpreted

by Joey deVilla on June 30, 2007

[via Reddit] I rather like these interpretations of the characters from South Park

Illustration: Realistically-drawn “South Park” characters (preview)
Click the picture to see it at full size.

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America: Still Number One

by Joey deVilla on June 29, 2007

Magazine cover: The Economist for June 30, 2007, featuring an illustration of Uncle Sam in the corner of a boxing ring

I’ve been a fan of The Economist since my last year of high school (a while back; it’s the year Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was released); it would be the magazine I’d point to if asked which publication was best aligned with my socio-politico-complexo-migraino worldview.

The cover editorial from the current issue, Still No. 1, shows the Economist’s trademarked sensible Americanophilia and is a pretty good summary of where the U.S. — now my home away from home — stands.

Here’s an excerpt; it’s the final paragraph in the editorial:

If America were a stock, it would be a “buy”: an undervalued market leader, in need of new management. But that points to its last great strength. More than any rival, America corrects itself. Under pressure from voters, Mr Bush has already rediscovered some of the charms of multilateralism; he is talking about climate change; a Middle East peace initiative is possible. Next year’s presidential election offers a chance for renewal. Such corrections are not automatic: something (a misadventure in Iran?) may yet compound the misery of Iraq in the same way Watergate followed Vietnam. But America recovered from the 1970s. It will bounce back stronger again.

Good stuff. Be sure to check it out.

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