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My trip to the Dublin Worldcon

Folks who have followed this blog for a long time will recall that in 2017, I made two trips to Finland. For the first trip, I attended the World Figure Skating Championships. When I realized that the 75th World Science … Continue reading

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Three Reasons the Commonwealth Needs to Commit to Regional Rail Now

After writing that very long slide deck, I thought it was worth boiling down my conclusions for policymakers to three important points: 1. There is a large investment of some sort required in commuter rail infrastructure over the next ten … Continue reading

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Recipe quick takes: King Arthur Flour’s Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

This is the second of three promised posts to update you on my recent baking projects. As an occasional customer of King Arthur Flour’s “Baker’s Store”, they send me monthly catalogues, which I mostly just toss in the recycling bin, … Continue reading

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Week 4 chocolate tasting results

Yesterday we held our fourth weekly chocolate tasting. This week’s theme was “Taste of Somerville”, and the local products were widely panned. My summary of the results: This tasting was a bit of a challenge for the panel; Shirley described … Continue reading

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Early-summer cleaning

I guess I kind of missed the usual deadline for spring cleaning. I spent a bit of time this evening going through some bags of 20- to 25-year-old clothing down in the basement. I’m not sure why I kept all … Continue reading

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Musical collets

A month or so ago, the CSAIL machine shop got a new milling machine to replace a Monarch milling machine from 1956 (seven years older than the Lab itself). I never used this machine — or indeed any of the … Continue reading

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