Anime Boston

Marina and I went to Anime Boston this weekend and had a great time. Highlights for me were the Anime Music Videos, the MC Frontalot, Luv & Response, and Pillows concerts and all of the fantastic costumes. One staffer told us that they were expecting 16,000 attendees. I don’t know if they hit that number but there sure were a hell of a lot of people there. I’ll post some pictures later, there are already a ton on Flickr.

Pandemonium Books & Games T-Shirt Fundraiser

Pandemonium is an excellent sci-fi/fantasy book and game shop in Cambridge. They recently re-located from the Garage in Harvard Square to a larger location in Central Square. The move was lengthier and more expensive than anticipated which has left them in some dire financial straights. They’re running a shirt drive to stay afloat. There are two spiffy designs available for pre-order now with a new design coming each month.

A Night at the Coop

Aaron Swartz spends a night sleeping in front of the Coop in Harvard Square.

I made meticulous preparations. I took the bag and rolled it around in the dirt to scuff it up a big, so it didn’t stand out so much (this really didn’t do a whole lot, to be honest). Then I changed into sweatpants and a non-descript T-shirt. I left my shoes but put on a couple layers of socks, two subway fares and my keys. I buried the keys in a park by my house, spent one fare getting to Harvard Square, buried the other one inside Harvard, and then took my sleeping bag to a spot outside the Coop. The digital clock hovering over us read exactly 10:00.

Boston Podcast

The City of Boston has a podcast. I think it’s a little backward that Boston has a podcast before it has a blog, but kudos to the City for embracing new technology. I wonder if this is the first podcast produced by a city government.

Boston Herald on Linux

The Boston Herald tech columnist tries Linux and likes it.

The reasons you’re most likely to read in the popular press for using Linux are defensive.

  • Linux is immune to viruses.
  • It’s cheaper — free for individual users in most cases.
  • It’s not made by Microsoft, a company with more than its share of enemies in the computer world.
The first two are unarguably true. The third may or may not matter to you. What has gotten far less attention is that there are all sorts of positive reasons for using Linux. Kubuntu is a darn-nice operating system. In this reviewer’s testing, it was more stable than Windows. Over a couple weeks, it froze only once. And for many applications such as word-processing and e-mail, it was faster than Windows mainstays Word and Outlook. The biggest surprise to this reviewer was the beauty of the interface. It was nicer than any Windows variation.