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I Really Liked “Straight Outta Compton”

I first learned of N.W.A. when they showed up on "MTV Raps" one afternoon. They hit the scene like a gut punch. They held nothing back and created the original "Gangster Rap" controversy that went right up to the White House.  The movie they just put out "Straight Outta Compton" is a pasteurized look at their […]

The Trailer for the “The Martian” Looks Great!

The book was great and the trailer for the movie is looking pretty good.

Recommended Stuff Spring 2015: The Martian, a Netflix Helper, Chef

  Here's the Spring 2015 recommendation list! TV Series – "Wolf Hall" on PBS from the BBC If you are looking for some high quality TV, "Wolf Hall" on PBS is worth your time. It is based on the Hilary Mantel book and covers the rise and fall of Anne Boleyn. It is one of […]

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                                          The 7 Best Ways to Get Free and Cheap Kindle Books

                                          I read quite a bit nowadays and about a year ago I realized it was becoming an expensive habit and  I started looking into the ways I could cut down on the overall cost of acquiring the books I wanted to read. Below are the 7 best ways I've found to find cheap and free books […]

                                          How Much did Paul Revere Charge for His Infamous Midnight Ride? Here’s The Bill He Submitted

                                          Paul Revere made his historic ride to warn the countryside that the British Regulars were coming on April 18, 1775.  Revere had a big family (8 kids) and was an astute businessman who had an engraving business, was a silversmith, a printer, and had several other enterprises. So when he had to take time off […]

                                          10 Things You Didn’t Know About “The Godfather” Including the Horse’s Head Was Real!

                                          Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather" which premiered on March 15, 1972, remains one of the great movies of all time. It is aging a bit, but it still holds up. Here's a few interesting tidbits about the movie: 1. The organization Who Shall Not Be Named Despite the fact that everybody knows it exists and that […]

                                          How To Get Kindle Books From Your Local Library. It Is Easy!

                                          For the last few months I've been getting all my Kindle books from the library. It is very easy to use and it works out great! Here's an outline of the offering from Amazon: More than 11,000 libraries in the United States offer Public Library Books for Kindle, which allows you to check out eBooks […]

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                                                                            Boston Then and Now: The Boston Public Library

                                                                            This is the first in a series of posts looking at different areas or places in Boston and how they looked in the past to what they look like today. For the past pictures I am using different archives (BPL, Boston City Archive, etc), and for the new versions I am visiting these places and […]

                                                                            How Boston Neighborhoods Got Their Names: King Charles -> Charles River -> Charlestown

                                                                            Boston as seen from Malone Park in Chelsea (aka Winnisimmeti) in November 2013 The folks over at Mental Floss have a great post on how the neighborhoods and towns around Boston got their names. Here's a couple of examples: Charlestown The area that now houses Charlestown was one of the first established European communities in […]

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