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More thoughts on Stannis Baratheon and the future of the North

After I wrote my earlier commentary on Stannis, I found that I am not alone in feeling that Stannis has gotten the short end of the stick.  Both Anna Silman at Salon and Thomas Fichtenmayer at Esquire also have not only a soft spot for the unappreciated Baratheon brother, but possibly think even more highly of him than I do, and I think pretty damn highly of him indeed.

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Some thoughts on Stannis

Tonight I was thinking about writing something about what has happened so far in Season Five of Game of Thrones, but then Kelly and I had a conversation about Stannis that made me think I should do a post about him.

Frankly, I think that  Stannis is unjustly unappreciated by both the masses of Westeros and the masses of ASOIAF/GoT fans.  Allow me to explain.

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Game of Thrones really is everywhere

I mentioned in my last post that SNL had done a skit about Game of Thrones, and after doing some surfing around I discovered that a few other shows had been talking about our favorite TV show as well.

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Spring finally arrives… and so does Game of Thrones

Well, the weather has finally warmed up enough that I can reasonably wear shorts outside.  Most of the snow piles have disappeared.  This nasty winter seems to have claimed what I hope is its last casualty: my truck.

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Basil and the pothole from hell

Poor Basil.  He has suffered immensely this winter.  Still, our Mini Cooper has, like us, managed to survive this record-breaking winter and has been buried in snow more times than I can recall.  At least digging him out isn’t so bad most of the time since he is so small.  And it certainly makes it easier to park in narrow spots nestled between snow piles.

But getting through this winter unscathed was not meant to be, I guess.  Last night, on Route 99 where it goes under Rutherford Ave in Charlestown, we hit what was probably the biggest pothole I have ever seen, at least on a road that wasn’t being washed out underneath.

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@DavidScottJazz and @Shilanikus in concert 3/27 & 4/10 – Jazz by DYAD

DYAD- David Thorne Scott & Mark Shilansky present: Emerging from the musical wasteland

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Dave sent me an email about this fantastic pair of concerts.  Naturally, I’m working both nights.  *grumble*  But YOU should go.  Check it out.

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The two different kinds of apocalyptic fiction

The first is the kind that I read and/or watch.  Stuff like The Walking Dead comics, or Mira Grant’s awesome Newsflesh trilogy of novels, or movies like Deep Impactand even video games like Left4Dead 2 and Fallout 3.  I guess the thing I find most interesting is seeing how people adapt. It’s compelling drama.  And while I find it entertaining, it does have a certain amount of practical value if it makes emergency preparedness a little less dull, as even the CDC has discovered.

Then there’s the other kind.  The kind that makes seemingly ordinary people lose their minds, because they think it’s real.

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Support Cambridge Local Businesses and Win Great Prizes!

I received this email from Cambridge Local First and I think it’s GREAT idea.  Certainly this winter weather, now record breaking, has been hard on all of us.  But it has been especially hard on local business who don’t have a national or international infrastructure over which they can spread the cost and losses.

Join Cambridge Local First in this innovative and fun way to bring some of the lost revenue back into our local community.  And, if you’re one of our readers who isn’t local to the greater Boston area, give your own local businesses some love.  Shop, eat, bank, and do business locally!

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It’s official – we broke the record

After the light snow we got last night, it seems that Boston has officially broken the record for most snowfall in a single season.  Our current snow total is now 108.6 inches, beating the old record of 107.6 inches from the winter of 1995-1996.  Here in Boston, they began keeping records of snowfall in 1872.

Thankfully a lot of snow melted in the last couple of weeks, so the new snow hasn’t really done a whole lot to make anything worse.  But as the snow melts, it is revealing all the garbage and other stuff that got buried in the massive piles.

Ah, spring.

-Geoff

Another Season Five trailer and the hidden treasures within

Oh, man.  I saw this most recent Season Five trailer and I am getting excited.

There is so much potential awesomeness that is hinted at in little bits and pieces throughout the clips.  So let’s take a look, shall we?

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