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Mildly interesting website – Walk Score

Eh, you could find worse things to do with the next five minutes than to try out this website:

Walk Score

How It Works

Walk Score helps people find walkable places to live. Walk Score calculates the walkability of an address by locating nearby stores, restaurants, schools, parks, etc.

What does my score mean?

Your Walk Score is a number between 0 and 100.

The walkability of an address depends on how far you are comfortable walking—after all, everything is within walking distance if you have the time. Here are general guidelines for interpreting your score:

* 90 – 100 = Walkers’ Paradise: Most errands can be accomplished on foot and many people get by without owning a car.

* 70 – 90 = Very Walkable: It’s possible to get by without owning a car.

* 50 – 70 = Some Walkable Locations: Some stores and amenities are within walking distance, but many everyday trips still require a car.

* 25 – 50 = Not Walkable: Only a few destinations are within easy walking range. For most errands, driving is a must.

* 0 – 25 = Driving Only: Virtually no neighborhood destinations within walking range. You can walk from your house to your car!

How it Works

Walk Scoreâ„¢ uses a patent-pending algorithm to calculate the walkability of an address based on:

* The distance to walkable locations near an address.
* Calculating a score for each of these locations.
* Combining these scores into one easy to read Walk Score.

Fun with numbers

Okay, here’s a fun exercise for you and your kids.

Take out a blank piece of paper.

Now, I want you to draw a clock. Add arms to the clock showing the time, 1:45.


Now go here to learn whether or not you’re senile.

Very simple exercise. Very interesting exercise. Very disturbing exercise.

Have a nice weekend! If you can …

More: Dementia –

It’s quicker to walk there, I think

Here’s part of the subway map from the MBTA website:



How many tourists take a look at this map and take a train to Hynes/ICA, only to be told the ICA is now about 2.4 miles away.

Source: is awesome!

I’m surprised no one has clicked through on the advertisement for my new sponsor – – an “online-dating” company (see the ad half-way down in the right-hand column).

Don’t any of you want to meet the love of your life???

What’s the deal with

About Chemistry

Chemistry is a new site from the team at, designed especially for people who are actively seeking meaningful, long-term relationships.

What’s different about Chemistry?

It’s our belief that meaningful relationships are built on two equally important foundations: compatibility and chemistry. Other sites may help you find out if you’re compatible, but only Chemistry’s next-generation system, based on years of research into human attraction and successful relationships, is designed to help you find both of these essential elements.

Other differences you’ll notice about Chemistry:

* We give you the tools that make it easier to get face-to-face with the people you want to meet.
* Our Chemistry Profile is a fast, engaging, and in-depth look at who you are and what you want in a long-term relationship.
* Get to know your matches through our step-by-step introduction process where you select the questions and control the pace. What’s more, you can discontinue communications with any match at any time for any reason.
* From the moment you first sign in to Chemistry, our advanced matching system begins learning about your preferences and adjusts the matching criteria to better meet your needs.
* To enhance your privacy, only your fellow paying Chemistry members are able to initiate contact with you. Plus, your photo is revealed only when you’re comfortable doing so.

Check them out. At least sign-up for a free account so you can search around their site.

Who knows, maybe you’re life is about to take a huge turn for the better!

Get on TV!


The casting director for A&E’s hit TV show, “Flip This House”, contacted me today.

Producers are looking for a team of home-flippers – yes, they still exist – and want people from Boston to apply.

Here are details:

(If you end up contacting them, feel free to mention my name. If they use you, I get a $500 referral fee!)

Flip This House, A&E’s #1 rated lifestyle show, has been to Charleston, Atlanta, San Antonio, and New Haven. Which city will be next?!!

813 Casting and Departure Films are conducting a nationwide search for the new cast of characters who will be featured on the upcoming season of Flip This House! Will it be your team?

We’re looking for confident, charismatic, motivated and opinionated people who “flip” residential properties for a living. We want real-estate adrenaline junkies who love the high risk, high reward nature of their jobs and who are devoted to doing a great job!

If you would like your team to be featured on the upcoming season of Flip This House, send an email to Include your contact info, bios on you and your team, and some reasons why your team should be the next to be featured on Flip This House! Teams should consist of four or more people.

This post will save your life …

Today, on your way home from work, stop and buy yourself a fire extinguisher.

Or, if it seems like too much work, I’ll even point you in the right direction – you can buy this one on for $35.95, and it’ll be delivered directly to your home or office.

Once you get it, put it under your kitchen sink.

Trust me, you’ll thank me one day.

Fundraiser for a candidate of a different kind

Hello everyone,

I would like to personally invite you to a great event on Monday June 25 @ 6-10pm.

It will be a birthday party for Grace Ross (Green Party candidate for Governor from last year).

The party will also be a kick-off for her new statewide non-profit, MassMovement (which will be working on all of the issues she had run on in 2006).

Please click the link below to find out the details about the party, and to RSVP:

I look forward to seeing you all there (and please bring a friend or two… and forward this email on to anyone you know!)

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or concerns.


David Havelick

Email me for Davey’s contact information.

Unfortunately, we’ll be vacationing on the Cape, and unable to attend. But, we’re sending money, anyway.

What’s a condo?

My best Canadian friends, Elli and Phil, have created another video explaining the benefits of buying and owning a condo.

Headline from the future …

Fake story from the future:
Green Line re-opens after six-month delay
Work had been scheduled to be completed by late August

The MBTA’s Green Line’s D branch re-opened today, six-months’ later than expected.

The line, which carries 20,000 commuters during the day, was supposed to remain open during renovation work, but was closed on October 29, 2007 when workers accidentally left materials on the track, which led to a derailing causing several minor rider injuries. At that time, MBTA and state officials decided to close down the line, completely.

The work, which was originally scheduled to be completed by the end of August, 2007, had already been delayed when MBTA officials admitted they had miscalculated the amount of time that would be needed to make the necessary repairs. “We flat out lied,” said MBTA spokeswoman Latitia Johnson, at a morning press conference. “If we told you the truth, we’d all have been out of jobs by now!”

Work was also delayed because, instead of doing the repair work in the evening, when it would have been less of a burden to commuters, MBTA officials decided to work around the schedule of the Boston Red Sox, who were in the American League Playoffs and, then, the World Series (where they were swept by the New York Mets, 4 games straight).

In addition, T officials made a select few very happy, but the rest of commuters very unhappy, during the months of repair work by providing direct service – no stops, from Riverside to Fenway station on game days,” according to the MBTA’s website.

Subway riders were happy that the line would be reopening, but seemed resigned to their fate. “Eh, what can you do?” asked daily Green Line rider Michael S Dukakis. “At this point, we can’t ask for more than this, right?”

The T’s Grabauskas, reached by phone at his winter vacation home in Mykonos, had no updates on other Green Line renovation projects. The Kenmore Square bus / subway station had been scheduled for completion in early 2007, but delayed first until late 2007 and is now scheduled for completion in early 2009.

The line’s Copley Square station is also undergoing repairs. Renovations were expected to be completed by 2009; that date has been steadily stretched, and officials are now estimating completion in the century’s second decade.

The Commonwealth’s governor, Patrick Deval, was traveling between his vacation home in Western Massachusetts and his home in Milton, and could not be reached for comment.

MBTA – D Line repairs, again?

I swear, about ten or fifteen years ago, riders on the D Line suffered three years of delays and weekend closings while all the above-ground stations were reconfigured for three-car trains.

I have never seen a three-car train on the D Line, ever, before or after this.

Now, riders will have to endure two months of delays and weekend closings while repairs and renovations are made, again (unrelated to the three-car thing).

If anyone can find details on the three-car thing, can you let me know?

Source: Summer repairs on Green Line will halt D branch trains – The Boston Globe