Benoc Wisdom Watch: Issue III


  • ^ – Popeye’s: Popeye’s has opened their first branch (as far as I can tell) in Boston, and it’s at Kenmore Square, just down the street from my apartment. Now, I’m sure some fair readers of this blog will have horrible, nasty things to say about Popeye’s for all sorts of reasons, but nevertheless, I give them a solid up arrow. I remember as an undergrad, Kristy and I driving out to the service area on the Mass Pike that had a Popeye’s, since that was, at the time, the only one anywhere near Boston.
  • ^38 pitches: Curt Schilling definitely hasn’t been at a loss for words on his blog. Let’s hope he keeps it up through the season — there’s really been some fascinating stuff on there. Supposedly the dude spends a large amount of time on the computer anyway, participating in forums and playing MMORPGs.
  • V – The unsustainable american lifestyle: Man, I bet it must suck to have to use a car to get around all the time, doesn’t it? I can’t imagine being trapped in my car for an appreciable part of the day just to get to and from work — and having to pay hundreds of dollars per month just for the privilege of filling the tank.
  • ^Grand Chau Chau: This place belongs in the hall of fame of chinese restaurants. It is second to none. It’s (arguably) within walking distance on a nice day, and that’s what we did yesterday after catching a movie (Shooter). Damn tasty chinese food. It’s the real deal.
  • = – TOD: We need to do a better job of making the distinction between real, well-planned Transit Oriented Development, which I still believe can be a good thing, and doesn’t have to simply be a sprawl-contributor, and Transit Proximate Development, which is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. I had a nice conversation with someone about this last week, but have just now gotten around to actually organizing my thoughts.
  • V – Qmail: Qmail sucks. It’s complete disregard for any sort of standard as to how the rest of the world and all of the other MTAs work and are administrated is mind boggling. It’s a shame too. I’m sure that DJB is a brilliant person, and the architecture of Qmail is very good and solid. But, dear lord it’s a frustrating technology trap that hasn’t been updated since sometime in 1998, and requires custom 3rd-party modules to even obtain some semblance of operability on today’s internet. Please, Qmail fanboys (I know you’re out there, and will come across this), save yourself the effort and refrain from arguing about it. Now, if you want to argue about Emacs vs. VI, that’s another matter…
  1. #1 by MRhé on April 3, 2007 - 9:29 pm

    I love the Benoc Wisdom Watches.
    I don’t think I’ve ever been to a Popeye’s. I also don’t really want to change that.
    Did you have dim sum at Grand Chau Chau?

  2. #2 by Mark J. on April 3, 2007 - 11:19 pm

    The 2 hours I spend in my car each day (1 hour each way) are either relaxing and give me a chance to chat with family (hands free), or are frustrating and even occasionally terrifying (white outs).
    Now the $120/week in the tank and the $375/yr to UIUC I could certainly find a more enjoyable way to spend.

  3. #3 by benoc on April 4, 2007 - 11:27 am

    I believe they also own a place called “Chau Chau City,” which is a dim sum mecca. I, however, have never been there, and furthermore have never had dim sum.

  4. #4 by Content Police on April 4, 2007 - 5:17 pm

    I remember when this place actually had some new content once in a while.

  5. #5 by MRhé on April 4, 2007 - 5:20 pm

    Chau Chau City is awesome for dim sum.