Wednesday, June 27, 2012

On Kevin Youkilis

Thunder and lightning have been crackling all around Boston for the past few days. Why? Because Red Sox Nation is not happy.

Trading Kevin Youkilis to the Chicago White Sox has been/still is a divisive decision in the Bean -- enough to elicit a collective "Nooooooo" from Youk fans across New England. There are numerous opinions being aired on the deal, but some of the most interesting thus far are these: SUPPORT and AGAINST. No matter what side you fall on (personally, I want Youkilis to remain active on the Red Sox), this decision could make for an addition to this collection of surprising Fenway events from

For more about Fenway, but from an architectural perspective, check out this awesome feature on the park's official site. It allows you to see original plans for the park and how it has changed throughout the years. Very cool. 

Til next time!

ADDED: The Curse of Youkilis, a tongue-in-cheek look at the first post-trade game the Sox played.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

More Graff

Hello All,

More graffiti for your perusal.

Reminders: (1) I am not in the business of condoning such behavior, and (2) the site only passes along the image, not any intended meaning or social context (of which I would be utterly oblivious anyways).

Til next time!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Ode to Joy

Like many Bostonians, I take public transit to work on a daily basis (MBTA, please don't hike the fares!). Kenmore Square just so happens to serve as one of the Hub's transit... hubs. If you come to the Bean with the intention of taking the bus, you will find yourself underneath this canopy. Or should I say cannoli? The stop certainly resembles a cannoli shell!

Til next time!

Monday, June 11, 2012


Pop Culture Bean

Hello, all! Welcome to a new feature called Pop Culture Bean. It's all about when Beantown shows up in different media. Today's inaugural item comes from an upcoming videogame, Assassin's Creed 3.

Just to bring you up to speed, this series of videogames takes place in different cities during different historical circumstances, including Jerusalem during the Crusades and Florence, Rome, and Istanbul (nee Constantinople) during the Renaissance and just after.

If you take a quick look at the video titled "E3 2012: Boston Stealth Walkthrough" here, you will see that the third installment takes place -- at least part of the time -- in Boston during the American Revolution. At approximately 30 and 40 seconds the Old State House will pop into view. In order to satisfy your comparative impulses, take a look at the photos below. Just a quick note -- these were taken on the camera packed into my less-than-stellar, no-g phone.

Visiting the Old State House is a lot of fun, too. Every entrant receives a fresh colonial identity. Some lucky museum-goers even get to be the second President of the United States, John Adams ("If I was from Paris, I would say, 'Ooooh la la, la la la la'"). Most famously, just outside of the building marks the site of the Boston Massacre, and built into the sidewalk at the corner of Washington and Court Street is this map of Bean history.
Til next time!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Fine Arts, Museum of

I am a bit tired now, and can't think of much to post. Scrolling through my pictures, however, did turn up these gems from the new(ish) contemporary art wing of the Museum of Fine Arts. My girlfriend and I went months ago, so I must apologize for the tardiness.

If you do go to the museum sometime soon, allocate some time for the contemporary art wing -- at the very least because it is so different than much of the rest of the collection. Take a peek at Iago's Mirror, one of my favorites. (This link to Iago's Mirror is through the Brooklyn Museum, where it is no longer on display -- as it is here in the Bean, natch.)

P.S. All credit for the pictures really goes to the people who assembled what has been photographed.

P.P.S. For you art enthusiasts, be sure to check out Google's awesome new service to humanity, the art project, a digital museum patched together from the world's finest (from the Acropolis Museum to the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University -- that's its A-Z, folks).

Til next time!