Centers And Squares
Archive for the 'Everything Else' CategoryEtnies website has amazing videos of skateboarders and cyclists in the PAS House prototype. A recent New York Times article includes an article with architect Francois Perrin about the skateboard house. Senizergues' current house, filled with skateboard art and artifacts, is pretty fabulous as well. In fact, the LA Times called it the "ultimate skateboarder's place". It's almost as though Senizergues thought "I'll show you the ultimate skateboarder's place" - and commissioned Francois Perrin to create it.
Boston Globe reported that it was a mattress strapped atop a car that broke off a sprinkler head in the garage of the Metropolitan condo building at 1 Nassau Street in Boston. The fire protection system then pushed additional water through the system, eventually causing a sprinkler to burst on the 23rd floor of the high rise. Water flowed through a number of floors, damaging multiple condos. Ouch! The Metropolitan was built in 2004. Penthouse condos in the building sold for $1M+.
portfolio, Houses, by photographer Julia Baum documents the wonderfully varied appearances of tract houses in a Santa Clara California development. The houses were initially quite similar when built in the 1950s but now are showcases for their owners' personal, sometimes quirky, choices. It's great fun to scroll through Baum's 13 images.
cutout shutters in an earlier House Parts post I wrote. Sadly, the squirrel shutters pictured on the Cambridge house have since been removed. And here's the charming Melrose colonial adorned with scotty dog cutout shutters.
Internet Marketing, Web and Blogging Groups Around BostonIf you're a blogger, an online marketer, have a website or plan to create one, there are amazing opportunities around Boston to learn from and meet with many who are making a splash online. Most of these groups are free. When there's a cost for a program it's typically very low relative to the value of the get-together. Here are some of the meetings and groups in and around Boston - some I've been to, some I haven't. Be sure to check out Meetup.com for plenty of other groups that may more closely match your interests - from the creative to the super-tech. The Cambridge SEO Meetup This long running group meets monthly (usually the first Monday evening of the month) at the Arlington Public Library. Speakers and discussion about search engine optimization (SEO), affiliate marketing and and social media. Not to be missed. SEMPO Boston Local branch of the Search Engine Marketing Professionals Organization (SEMPO). If you're responsible for your own SEO efforts or your company's these meetings and presentations will be valuable in your efforts. Boston Internet Marketing Meetup Meets in Boston and Cambridge. Meetups include presentations, Q & A, and networking on topics that include websites, social media, SEO, video and more. Boston WordPress Meetup Meets on the last Monday evening of the month, usually at Microsoft, overlooking the Charles River in Cambridge. If you're a WordPress blogger or developer this popular meetup is a must. Boston Media Makers Meets the first Sunday of each month at Doyle's in J.P. With a focus on audio and video on the web, the group's members include videobloggers, filmmakers, writers, social media enthusiasts and more.
Camps Coming to BostonPodcamp Boston is scheduled for September 24-25, 2011 at the Microsoft N.E.R.D Center in Cambridge on Memorial Drive. Podcamp Boston will have sessions on podcasting, blogging, video blogging, social media and more. Tech Day Camp will be held in Quincy on October 22, 2011. Tech topics of all sorts will be explored: Facebook, the Ipad, video, computer basics, self-publishing, Twitter, and lots more. No matter your skill level you'll find something of interest here. If you know of other upcoming or ongoing opportunities near Boston be sure to leave the info in a comment.
Cambridge Pod Patrol will be hitting the streets and city green spaces. The Cambridge Pod Patrol is a volunteer endeavor organized to spread the word about this highly invasive vine-like plant and to enlist residents' help in stemming its spread throughout the city. Black swallow-wort is a danger for birds and butterflies and its aggressive growth forces out native vegetation or garden plants. Once you know what it looks like you'll likely spot black swallow-wort all over the city. It covers chain link fences, it grows in gardens and winds its way around other plants, it's likely to sprout up anywhere there's a bit of dirt. It's most distinctive features are green, shiny leaves in opposing pairs and, at this time of year, smooth greed pods that look like a cross between a milk weed pod and a peapod. What can you do about black swallowwort when you see it? Pick pods! Carry a bag with you when you're out on a walk and pick all the pods you can find. Tightly wrap the bag and dispose of it in the trash - not in a compost bin or with yard waste. And let your neighbors know about black swallow-wort in the neighborhood. Here's the Cambridge Pod Patrol flyer with more info and pictures of Black Swallow-wort. Estimates suggest that a thick stand of black swallow-wort will produce 2,000 seeds per square yard. Pods left on a dead vine will still open and send out seeds. Unfortunately, black swallow-wort has made inroads at Fresh Pond Reservation. This Sunday, July 10th, the Cambridge Pod Patrol will hold it's debut event at Fresh Pond Reservation. Come join the battle against Black Swallow-wort and help pick pods. There'll be information and refreshments for pod pickers. The Cambridge Pod Patrol kickoff is scheduled for Sunday, July 10, 2011 from 1 to 4 pm at Fresh Pond Reservation. Volunteers can meet in the Water Department parking lot and will head out around Fresh Pond to pick pods.
Black Swallow-wort - Help Spread the Word - Not the Seed!
reported recently about the Cambridge Police Department's warning about rental scams on websites like CraigsList and Zillow. I've received calls myself from people asking for info or advice after becoming suspicious about a to good to be true rental. It's the height of the rental season right now in Cambridge and the Cambridge police have noticed a corresponding uptick in reports of rental scams. Scammers advertise apartments online that they have no real connection with - often using photographs they find on real estate websites. Typically the ads promise rents that are well below market rents in Cambridge. The prospective tenant is encouraged to send the supposed subletting tenant or landlord money - by check or wire. When the unsuspecting tenant arrives in Cambridge they discover there's no apartment for rent and their money is gone. What's an apartment hunter to do - especially when trying to find a Cambridge apartment from afar? Probably your best bet is to enlist the help of a Cambridge rental agent. He or she will be able to match your needs and wish list to the best available rentals. Renting an apartment when you're not here to look for one is not easy - getting an experienced agent to help you will make your search much easier. But if you're winging it and hoping to secure a rental on your own do keep in mind that if it sounds too good to be true - it is. Landlords or tenants subletting their apartment do NOT offer absurdly low rents out of the goodness of their hearts (ok - maybe somewhere out there there are some rentals where altruism rules - but better to assume that's not the case). Here's a rough idea of what realistic - i.e. real - rents are like in Cambridge: It's difficult to find an apartment - any apartment - for less than $1200 per month in Cambridge. If you're close to the T, in one of the popular squares like Porter Square, Harvard Square, or Central Square, then $1200 is going to get you a basement apartment - probably a studio or one-bedroom apartment - at best. Typically, Cambridge two-bedroom apartments rent for $1500 and up with higher rents closer to the T and to the squares. Again - if the ad says the apartment is close to Harvard Square you can expect to pay top dollar. There are no bargain apartments near Harvard - or if one pops up, it will last a day before it's rented. The landlord will not need to jump through hoops with checks in the mail, wire transfers, etc. He'll have would-be tenants waving applications at him right off the bat. So - remember - if it sounds too good to be true - DO NOT SEND MONEY!