For the Love of God, Put #MuseumSelfie on the Shelfie!

The hardflinching staff has noted on several occasions the recent proliferation of museumgoers whose sole purpose is to record their presence adjacent to works of art, rather than actually looking at them.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, now the art establishment is actually encouraging the me-myselfie-and-I set.

From yesterday’s Boston Globe:

 

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Hey, what does Malcolm care – he’s abdicating the whole selfiepalooza.

Money quote from Museum of Science VP Mark Check:

Our studies are showing us that people are coming for a social experience.

Huh. And all this time we thought they were going for a museum experience.

Silly – or should that be selfie? – us.

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Erin Andrews Is Not a ‘Journalist’ – She’s a Huckster

First: The hardworking staff is at great pains to say that this is no Kirk Minihane-esque hit on Fox Sports personality Erin Andrews. We have no idea how good she is at her job since we’ve never seen her doing it.

Second: All we know is that you can’t be a journalist and simultaneously appear in consumer-product advertising.

Exhibit Erin: This Wall Street Journal full-page ad.

 

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Notice this?

 

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Not to get technical about it, but the ad itself removes Ms. Andrews from the ranks of journalists. As does this tweet:

 

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And then there are all those TV spots for some outfit called TruBiotics.

Representative sample:

 

 

To recap: Erin Andrews is indeed a Television Personality. She is decidedly not a Journalist.

Next case.

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Boston ‘Dream’ Doc Thomas Graboys Gets Elegant Farewell

Tom Graboys was someone special.

From his sweet Boston Globe sendoff by Bryan Marquard:

Dr. Thomas Graboys, 70; cardiologist, writer

On hospital rounds Dr. Thomas Graboys listened carefully to a chorus of beating hearts, placing his stethoscope on the warm, damp backs of bed-bound patients. As each sat forward, he Thomas_Graboys_2AAreached behind to flip the pillow. Asked why he took time for this simple courtesy, “he would imitate what it felt like to the patient to lie back on a cool, dry pillow,” Dr. William Rigby, a brother-in-law, recalled in a eulogy.

“These small gestures just came naturally to him,” said Dr. Caren Solomon, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a former student of Dr. Graboys, who was 70 when he died in his Chestnut Hill home Jan. 5 of complications from Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body disease.

A body he came to hate but never rejected.

Peter Zheutlin helped Dr. Graboys write his memoir, which was subtitled “A Physician’s Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss with Parkinson’s Disease and Dementia.” Reviewing the book in The New York Times, Dr. Abigail Zuger called it “a small wonder” and added that Dr. Graboys “does one of the best jobs on record of doggedly unpeeling the onion-skin layers of alternating ego and vulnerability that encase the doctor turned patient.”

Unsparing and unsentimental, Dr. Graboys examined his decline with candor that would give the most confessional memoirist pause, writing about “the tremors and involuntary jerks of the hands and arms; the drippy nose; the sweats; the old man’s stoop; the gaped, open mouth – I’m deeply embarrassed by it all.”

Tom Graboys was a member of the star-crossed Reggie Lewis Dream Team back in the ’90s, as Sam Roberts’ New York Times obit noted yesterday.

He skied and played tennis and joined fellow cardiologists as the drummer in a rock band called the Dysrhythmics. In Boston, he was famous as a member of the team that diagnosed the Celtics star Reggie Lewis’s heart defect before he died abruptly on a basketball court.

GRABOYS-obit-master315In short, “he was a medical version of one of Tom Wolfe’s masters of the universe,” one reviewer concluded after Dr. Graboys (pronounced GRAY-boys) published his autobiography.

But barely 60, after experiencing horrific nightmares, frequently flailing in bed, losing his memory, suffering tremors and finally collapsing on his wedding day, he acknowledged that he was suffering from Parkinson’s disease and the onset of dementia. He informed his patients that he had no choice but to close his practice.

And eventually his life.

From Marquard’s Globe obit:

Near the end, the physician who once sat comfortingly close to patients had to place his lips by the ears of visitors, conversing in a near-embrace. “When I saw him two weeks ago, he said, ‘When do you think I should end it all?’ It was very hard to understand him, his voice was barely a whisper and his eyes were filled with anguish and agony,” [Dr. Bernard] Lown said. “We all hold onto life, but he knew when to let go.”

I encountered Tom Graboys several times before he got sick and I was always impressed by his combination of professional accomplishment and personal modesty. It was a shame – and a triumph – that he met the end he did.

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Quote o’ the Day (Jimmy Tingle Edition)

The hardworking staff yields to no man in our admiration for local comedian Jimmy Tingle, but we really must take issue with his statement in yesterday’s Boston Globe piece by Eric Moskowitz about whether the Hub of the Universe has an inferiority complex.

Tingle said Boston “has anything New York has, or any other city, in a more manageable level.”

Seriously, Jimmy?

Two questions:

1) Does Boston have as many (per capita) coffee shops as New York? (Coffee shops being the sine qua non of a major city.)

2) Does Boston have traffic lights timed by someone other than Joe Cocker? (How manageable are they?)

Boston – like Frisco – is a town, not a city.

All due respect.

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Liz Warren Groupies Ad to Their Daft Draft

For months now the Loony Left has been chasing Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Sort of No) to join the presidential scrum the way Vladimir Nabokov chased butterflies to join his collection.

Now they’ve ad-ed this (via Politico Playbook) in the Concord Monitor.

 

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And ditto in the Union Leader.

File under: You should Liz so long.

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Romney for President: InterMittion!

From our new Mitt-Mash desk

The indefatigable Andrew Kaczynski posted this listicle on BuzzFeed yesterday.

31 Completely Normal Things Mitt Romney Did After Losing The Election

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The candidate’s daughter-in-law has run an active mommy blog for years and it’s full of shots of how the former Massachusetts governor spent his time after losing the 2012 election.

Representative samples:

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That’s swell, except when we clicked on those links, we got this:

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Seriously? Kaczynski gets to see this chozzerai but we don’t?

Mittrageous!

They’ll be hearing from our lawyers as soon as we can afford some.

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Wait! A City Hall Plaza Redesign! (Exhibit Chumpteen)

From our Late to the Renovation Party desk

Here we go again.

In his State of the City address on Tuesday, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh promised to “reimagine City Hall Plaza as the thriving, healthy, innovative space that it should be.”

Via the Boston Globe:

In calling for proposals to reimagine City Hall Plaza, the city could create a public-private partnership.

“We have a prime space in the middle of the city that is our welcome mat to City Hall that is not being utilized to its potential,” Walsh’s chief of staff, Daniel Koh, said in an interview before the speech. “In our minds, all options are on the table.”

On the table is exactly where City Hall Plaza has been for decades, as the hardworking staff  has relentlessly chronicled.

To summarize:

 

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Ada Louise Huxtable, who loved the new Boston City Hall when it opened in 1969, is not yet turning over in her grave.

And neither is City Hall Plaza.

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Scott Brown Is the Political Equivalent of Bubbles in ‘The Wire’

Downturn Scotty Brown (R-Girl Trouble) has now been reduced to this (via John DiStaso in NHJournal):

BROWN OFFERS HIS HELP. Scott Brown told us back in December that he intends to play a role helping Republican presidential candidates get to know New Hampshire. He said he would set up roundtable discussions with candidates who ask and state leaders so they can make their cases.

On Friday Brown met in Boston with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and told us afterward offered his help as a “facilitator.” He tweeted a photo of himself, his wife, Gail and Bush from a law office in Boston after telling the Boston Herald he intends to help Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. He told us he will also meet at some point with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who helped Brown’s Senate run, although as of today, there was no meeting planned for next Wednesday, when Paul returns to New Hampshire.

Oh, yeah – there’s also this:

Brown said he will also make himself available to help other candidates make contacts with key Republican players in New Hampshire.

Uh-huh. Like Just One More for Bubbles in The Wire.

Man, that’s sad: Scott Brown, Granite State Tour Guide.

New Hampshire geography being his strong suit and all.

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Why Boston Would Be Screwed by the 2024 Olympics

TO: No Boston Olympics

FROM: The hardworking staff

RE: Ammunition

You guys,

Good work so far on the Cassandra front regarding the Greek tragedy that the 2024 Olympics would visit upon the local environs.

Here’s one more warning you might want to add to your press page.

From Andrew Zimbalist’s piece in the Weekend Wall Street Journal:

Boston Would Be Lucky to Lose the Olympics Competition

There’s no evidence that the Games boost tourism, and the costly new facilities turn into white elephants.

Construction executives in Boston celebrated on Thursday as the U.S. Olympic Committee selected the city to be America’s candidate in the world-wide competition to host the 2024 Summer Games. Their companies will get lots of new, large contracts.

Informed taxpayers in Boston were more subdued. They will have to pick up most of the tab.

There is always great hype about hosting the Olympics. City and business leaders anticipate exposure, leading to increases in tourism, trade and investment. With a few exceptions, these buoyant expectations are not realized.

A candidate city can expect to spend between $70 million and $100 million on its Olympic bid. Costs include drawing up architectural plans for 30-35 sporting venues as well as an Olympic Village, infrastructure, security, consulting agencies for planning and PR, staffing and travel, glossy publications etc. Chicago spent $100 million on its failed bid for the 2016 games.

It just gets worse from there.

There are two ways to avoid the negative economic impact of hosting the Games. Los Angeles showed one, when it was the only bidder for the 1984 Summer Games. The city told the International Olympic Committee that it would be host only if the IOC guaranteed the organizing committee against any losses. Los Angeles planned to use its existing sports infrastructure, plus a few smaller, privately funded venues. And Peter Ueberroth, the head of the organizing committee, introduced a new corporate sponsorship model, based on fewer contracts with exclusivity to help cover operating expenses. The Los Angeles Games ended with a $215 million operating surplus.

Barcelona 1992 is the other example. The city began to develop a plan for the renovation of the city after Spain’s dictator Fancisco Franco died in 1975. Crucially, the renovation plan predated the bid to host the Olympics and the Olympics were fit into the plan, reversing the typical sequence. And like Los Angeles, a large majority of the sports venues in Barcelona were already built.

Neither circumstance applies to Boston.

Ouch.

Memo to Marty Walsh: Let the bidder beware.

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Could Scott Brown Run for U.S. Senate in . . . California?

From our Late to the Revival Party desk

It’s hard to believe that Downturn Scotty Brown (R-Girl Trouble) might ever run for higher office again, but then there’s this from yesterday’s New York Times First Draft:

Boxer’s Retiring, and Ad Agencies Are Celebrating

The actor George Clooney, former Senator Scott P. Brown of Massachusetts and the billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer now have one thing in common. They are all in the conversation about who might take a shot at filling Senator Barbara Boxer’s California seat in 2016. (She announced on Thursday that she wouldn’t be running again.)

Oh, wait – it’s just a joke. Via the Washington Post:

Maybe Scott Brown would like to run in California now?

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Former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown’s hop across the state line to make a run as a New Hampshire resident didn’t work out so well for him. But now that he’s got a permanent scarlet C on his chest (for carpetbagger) why not try again?

Maybe next time a little further from his actual home state? A place that would really appreciate a former centerfold model. Somewhere like, say, California?

Parody accounts on Twitter happen almost instantaneously with news events. So it took almost no time after Sen. Barbara Boxer announced she would not seek reelection for her California Senate seat in 2016 for someone on Twitter to imagine an opening for Brown.

It was @ScottBrownCA , with 18 tweets and 576 followers about eight hours ago. The bio read: “Proud to have long and strong ties to the Golden State.”

It’s gone now.

Here’s the real Scott Brown in the Googletron.

And here, for good measure, is Sen. George Clooney.

As the late-to-the-party Barack Obama might say, it’s the silly season.

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