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February 2011

6 Tide Street

The city is razing the building at 6 Tide Street in Marine Industrial Park (a $1.6 million project that was voted "not critical" by the folks over at Stimulus Watch) and what's left of it (for now) makes for a cool photo.

You see, rather than knock it down in one, fell swoop, they are slowly dismantling it piece-by-piece (presumably for salvage) and it's currently an iron skeleton one city block long:

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This is what it used to look like, back when it housed JJ Daly Incorporated (office supplies), Twin Lights Publishers (I think just warehouse space), and Reach Distribution

6 Tide St There's another old photo here. But soon it will be an open lot again. Not sure what the city's plans are for development.

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Happy Valentine's Day

How adorable is this Valentine I received from my friends at Helping Hands?!

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Yes, those are little Capuchin hand prints (more on the cards here; they have non-holiday ones, too, that are great for everyday use, and proceeds go toward monkey training).

Sure, cards, flowers, and candy are tradition around these parts, but not in other parts of the world. This month's Fast Company  magazine highlights a few alternatives:

  • In Saudi Arabia,sales of Valentine's Day gifts, including roses and candy, are banned. Some florists deliver in the night, and black-market flower prices rise 500%.
  • In Denmark, suitors send anonymous handmade notes called gaekkebrev on Valentine's Day. If the identity is guessed correctly, the note maker must also gift an Easter egg on Easter.
  • Women in Japan give chocolate to their boyfriends and male friends on Valetine's Day. Men reciprocate a month later by gifting white chocolate on White Day.

What's your Valentine tradition?


An Opinion about Opinions

"We live in an era in which it is important to have opinions. Not necessarily smart or original ones; almost any opinion will do as long as it's forcefully expressed...

"It wasn't that long ago that opinions were something carefully considered and weighed, so that they'd stand the test of time and reflect well on the author. Thinkers were like gourmet chefs laboring over an elaborate meal they wanted to be perfect. But today, opinions are Big Macs — thrown together hastily, served by the billions and not very good for you.

"But here's the problem: They're not very smart opinions. And they're forcing everyone around them, including you, to also have far too many opinions. We post them on Facebook; we tweet them; we express them in comments on Huffington Post.

"The Internet is a Petri dish of opinion inflation, breeding commentary like bacteria."

- Stephen Randall, Los Angeles Times

So very true. Read the full article here.