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.
Wil Wheaton is doing an appearance at [Brookline Booksmith](http://www.brooklinebooksmith.com/) on July 2nd. They’re also trying to set up a screening of *Stand By Me* at [Coolidge Corner](http://www.coolidge.org/). Sounds like a geek event not to be missed.
The Globe Magazine has an article about my neighborhood, Jamaica Plain. Unfortunately, the author’s thrust seems to be that Jamaica Plain is a nice, colorful neighborhood with lots of Mom-and-Pop stores and a diverse population, but it would be just *perfect* if it had a Gap and a Starbucks and maybe a Barnes and Noble. Ugh.
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.
WBUR has canceled its highly-rated, award-winning daytime news talk show *The Connection*, which was also its most syndicated program, and replaced it with its nighttime news talk show *On Point*. *Connection* host Dick Gordon defends his show in the Globe.
These days *Microsoft* seems more [transparent](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transparency_%28humanities%29) than public broadcasting. I wonder what it will take to get public broadcasting execs blogging about the decisions they’re making.
Steve Garfield has a neat videblog tour of one of my favorite local places, Jamaica Pond. I also love the adjoining [Olmsted Park](http://www.taylorhouse.com/olmstead.html). Both parks were designed by [Frederick Law Olmsted](http://www.fredericklawolmsted.com/), who also designed Central Park in New York.
Boston City Councillor John Tobin video blogs on the unused trolley tracks on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain. I always thought that they kept those damn things around for use if/when trolley service returns to Centre Street but Tobin points out that they’d have to be moved anyway. [via Off On A Tangent]