Thursday, December 29, 2011

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Battle of the Barbers, St Michael's Hall in March

I don't know much about this organization, but this is an absolutely brilliant idea for a fundraiser in Lynn. There's an abundance of barber shops and hair salons, so why not leverage that?

A lazy cut-n-paste via SCI Lynn -

Battle of the Hair Salons and Barbers

Hair Clippers
You are invited to the Battle of the Hair Salons & Barbers! This unique event will take place March 31, 2012 at St. Michael's Hall (25 Elmwood Ave in Lynn). Presented by Saving Our Souls Foundation, a faith based organization that is committed to responding to and preventing youth violence in the city of Lynn. Suggested $10 donation. For tickets, call Pamela Burton, Executive Director, at 781.913.0860.
If you are a salon or barber who would like to compete, click here to register.

It's also going on the LynnHappens calendar. Thanks SCI Lynn, for having an ear to the ground where I don't.

Morrissey - Hairdresser on Fire

Sunday, December 25, 2011

A very web 1.0 idea that can still be cool

Hey folks,

Yesterday, on a whim, I cobbled together a Central Square cam from some parts I had laying around. I found a driver online that someone made for the PS3 Eye camera to work with a PC/Windows machine and doubled up USB hubs just to get the length I needed to reach the window.
Twenty hours later, the cam is still there. I'm posting from out of state, so I can't do anything about it slowly tilting up as the less than ideal tape I had handy starts to peel off. I suspect by the time I get back this evening, you may have a lovely view of my ceiling.
I'll need a better quality camera, perhaps with fisheye, if I make it a permanent fixture.

Even though it's live, you still have to press play and wait out a 30 sec commercial. If it says "off air," check back later.

Happy Holidays and all that from, and UPSIDEMEDIA!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Central Square this morning

With a trash barrel like this, how can you miss?

(There must be a story behind the of you knows..)

We have so many trash receptacles, you almost have to try to litter. We just have to train people how to use them, I guess.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Broadcasting Holiday Cheer from Central Square

So Channel 5 and NECN weren't exactly there to deliver our holiday greetings, but to cover a story that had only slight, if any, relevance to Central Square, according to the Item's map of what happened where, in the story of the Statie and the Hooker. It makes for a better looking live-shot, though.

Also in Central Square that night, 40+ artists, friends and neighbors were having an arts holiday social in Turbine with Harvey Mapcase. The next one is January 20th. In fact, the ratio of good in DTL far outweighs the bad, and generally things are okay. What's newsworthy is what's different from the norm, and almost fifty people, most of them artists, gathered in a single space in downtown Lynn, isn't all that unusual anymore. We'll have to make a bigger noise next time!

Jeff Pearlstein (drums) and Neil Carlill of Harvey Mapcase

Here's Neil Carlill in Delicatessen:

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

No Fun: "Say your New Year's toast and get the #*@~ out before they shut me down!"

Tuesday was meeting day. I went from covering a Licensing Board meeting where every excuse was used to prevent bar owners from staying open just an hour later on New Year's, to meeting with the local and mbta police on some Munroe Street incidents, where I mentioned we could have a positive impact on our safety if we were out in the streets at night.

In DTL, we walk to and from bars and restaurants. In DTL, we're trying to build an arts scene. I've never known an active art scene that didn't put on shows or party until who-knows-when. And I don't think most DTL residents came here just for early morning craft fairs. In fact, many of us, including myself, find ourselves in other cities and states attending art events, shows, etc. because of the extended hours of not just bars - but of the art/music venues and food establishments. Elsewhere, we can be out eating something better than fast food (that I can't even eat, anyway) at just about any time. And then, there's Lynn..

The rollback actually hurts our efforts to build a neighborhood. The recent traffic incidents on Munroe? They happened at hours that had nothing to do with the closing of bars. The thefts in the garage? They had nothing to do with the closing of bars. Getting people out there more hours, will do a lot to prevent crime, however.

Yet the Licensing Board, which is heavily swayed by police opinion, instead of looking for solutions with bar owners to both keep the public safe and hold onto businesses, only puts up roadblocks and excuses.

They didn't like O'Brien's proposal because they said it allowed for all bars to stay open an extra hour on New Years, but they said they trusted his establishment. Fine. The City Council approves things with amendments all the time. Why couldn't the Licensing Board have amended, and then voted on an amended version allowing for a select number of bars passing a criteria of no trouble in X amount of days to stay open the extra hour?? Somerville has handed out provisional 2am licenses after being a 1am city, and you can't argue with what's happened there.

It's because the answer was going to be 'No' anyway.

Video of the Licensing Board meeting is here.