I saved this coffee cup to document my annoyance. (Now that I’ve taken a photo, it can be recycled.) If Starbucks’ marketing department had anything to do with the success of their holiday cup “news” coverage, then kudos to them for gaming some system. (It’s actually a very nice design.) Related: Chris Hardwick’s least favorite word […]

Portland Patch Project

File under gifts that keep on giving: a year subscription to the Portland Patch Project (the Maine one, not the Oregon one). To kick it off I was able to choose my first patch and went with WHATEVER by Molly Steinmetz. Looking forward to what the coming months bring.


It only took a few months of planning, but finally connected with old friends at Nada. My only wish is that we’d had another hour or two to catch up, but there was sleep to be had.

The State We’re In

Currently winding down the days reading The State We’re In: Maine Stories by Ann Beattie after hearing a segment on NPR about their 2015 picks of short stories. It’s taking a bit to get into the rhythm of a new author, but the bite sized stories are perfect for bedtime.


Tom & Wendy got me a LEGO VW Bus a few years ago, and I had all the pieces sorted in bowls and a muffin tin sitting under the guest bed. Found it while tidying and realized: 1.) Oh, that’s where all my bowls are and 2.) I should finish this. Man it was fun […]


Tower A

Tower A at the Museum Center affords a nice view of the tracks, with bonus historical bits about trains. Unrelated, but this Oldsmobile Silhouette parked outside made me realize that this minivan I once chastised was actually really far out and pretty remarkable, designwise.

Lego thing

Here’s how to enjoy The Art of the Brick when it comes to your city: when you’re corralled at the beginning and forced to watch the video explaining the art of it all, wear headphones and listen to music. It will make the rest of the exhibition all the much more enjoyable if you don’t […]

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