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Did many people respond to my survey?

So, one of the blogger panelists here at the conference said it was a good idea to post your blog entries in the form of a question. It helps with the search engines.

Anyway, just a quick update. Over forty people responded to my survey. Thank you so much.

It seems as though people are happy and find lots of useful information on this site.

The over-achiever in me was disappointed with the grading (I’d say it averaged out to around a B or B+) but I’ll try to not hold a grudge.

Have you checked out

I just heard about this website called “”.

It’s a social networking site … oh, god, another one?

Anyway, moving on, here’s their deal:

Going helps you find fun things to do and fun people to meet.

* Ever wish there’s one place where you can find all the events around town?
* Want to know whether an event is worth going to and see who else is interested?
* Looking to meet some new people who are up for doing fun things?

We felt the same frustration and decided to do something about it. The result is Going: we now have hundreds of events a day and thousands of people who are up for doing fun things.

How it works

* Find something fun you’d like to do. We have tons of ways to help you do that, such as by popularity (how many others are interested), by time, by distance, or using our Editors’ Picks.

* See who else wants to go. Don’t be shy; people are meeting up to go do stuff all the time. Feel free to post a message for the event to see who else’s up for meeting up.

* Find fun people who share your interests. Look up groups that sound interesting and say hi. See who’s similar in interests, then post a comment or send them a friend request. Most people are pretty friendly.

* Come to a Going party. We have parties every month for people on the Web site. It’s a great way to make a lot of friends in a jiffy. Hope to see you at the next one!

They’re active in four cities, including Boston, and are planning on growing quickly, over the coming months.

I don’t know. Sort of a good idea. But, of limited use, right?

I always figure, if you like doing something (snowboarding, seeing James Blunt (ick), etc.)you’ll already know when events are taking place. Like you need strangers to keep you informed?


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.