EsotericAppeal
July 23, 2014
During my time in East Texas, a police officer told me that if I ventured beyond Shelby County I’d learn that Tenaha was far from an outlier in the region. When I looked through courthouse records and talked with local interdiction officers in nearby counties, I saw what he meant. In Hunt County, Texas, I found officers scoring personal bonuses of up to twenty-six thousand dollars a year, straight from the forfeiture fund. In Titus County, forfeiture pays the assistant district attorney’s entire salary. Farther south, in Johnson County, I came upon a sheriff’s office that had confiscated an out-of-state driver’s cash, in the absence of contraband, in exchange for a handwritten receipt that gave the traveller no information about who had just taken his money, why, or how he might get it back.
Taken - The New Yorker. The injustice of how local PDs are using civil forfeiture.
July 22, 2014

I’m not the most wild about Clover’s food, but I love that they’re trying for a 24 hour store, and I dig the three-letter code that they’re giving this location HFI.

June 26, 2014
Attached to an article about the MA Buffer Zone case, this picture really highlights the extent to which photographers can have a distinct viewpoint and bias in reporting. This picture was taken with a very wide angle lens. From where the photographer is standing to the building is 35 feet, but from the perspective, you’d think it was much more. The protestor is being made to look like she is very far from the building. Thirty five feet isn’t much at all.

Attached to an article about the MA Buffer Zone case, this picture really highlights the extent to which photographers can have a distinct viewpoint and bias in reporting. This picture was taken with a very wide angle lens. From where the photographer is standing to the building is 35 feet, but from the perspective, you’d think it was much more. The protestor is being made to look like she is very far from the building. Thirty five feet isn’t much at all.

May 30, 2014
May 28, 2014
I’m not a doctor, and I try not to give medical advice in these articles. However, I will confidently say that you shouldn’t drink the blood of someone with Ebola.
Blood Alcohol. If you don’t read these, you probably should. Though this one is a little gross.
May 16, 2014

Hannah Foell and I were on the Overthinking It Podcast, discussing The Amazing Spider Man 2. That was my summary of the bulk of the film.

May 5, 2014

Additionally, the court wrote, “this interpretation would criminalize otherwise legal conduct.”
Most criminal laws do this. That said, criminalizing something that poses no danger to the person doing the act, or the public at large is something that I don’t think we should be spending our time doing.

(Source: eastbayexpress.com)

May 4, 2014
An Imagined Scene from Avengers 2: Age of Ultron

Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch are hanging out with their new team members are the most recent additions to the Avengers. Stark makes some reference to Hulk smashing Loki during the battle of New York and everyone laughs but Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, who aren’t in on their little inside joke.

April 24, 2014

According to Facebook and the NYT, neither the Mets nor the As are the most popular team in any zip code, including the zip codes in which their respective stadiums are located.

If, like me, you spent 8 minutes looking at this trying to figure out why there are only 27 teams on this map, even excluding the Mets and the As, it’s because this doesn’t include Canada. And for some reason, the Toronto Blue Jays aren’t popular in Detroit or Rochester.

April 15, 2014

More great news for the Boston culinary scene. Toro took NYC by storm last year, and this will only further cement Boston as a great (but under appreciated) food town.