Archive | September, 2012

Boston Fashion Week

27 Sep

Boston Fashion week is here! Founded in 1995, the dedication and support of the Boston community is apparent in the evolution of this premiere fashion event. A collection of fashion education workshops, exhibitions,  events at various locations, and of course, the runway shows make up the accessibility and appeal BFW offers to anyone willing to participate. Most excitingly, this year marks the debut of The Tent, Boston Fashion Week’s official central location for the designer runway shows. Mayor Thomas Menino, as quoted in The Boston Globe, said “Having one central location will really create an opportunity to make this a premiere event for the city. This is going to be a truly professional event, and our talent in Boston deserves that.’’ The event, which runs from today all the way until the sixth of October, will feature do it yourself workshops, fashion shows, and much more! Many events are free or at a somewhat low cost, so be sure to take a look if you are interested.

To check out the detailed schedule and the official website, visit: http://www.bostonfashionweek.com/

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Autumn in Boston

25 Sep

New England is known for its unique seasons and beautiful fall foliage. Boston is sometimes overlooked because it’s not exactly rural and spacious like other nearby places like New Hampshire or Vermont, however there are a few hidden gems. The Charles river is always a great place in the summer to lay around and ride bikes, but the fall is also a great time to go for a run or walk. The leaves have just begun to change and it will only be getting more beautiful by the day! A great spot to see a lot of this is from the Esplanade, on the other side of the river from Cambridge. Another quick escape from the concrete jungle is the Urban AdvenTours, which guides cyclists on a foliage tour around Boston’s fabled Emerald Necklace – which should start to be filled with ambers and rubies within the next couple weeks – and through lush enclaves like Jamaica Plain, the Esplanade, and Arnold Arboretum. This is a great activity for families or anyone looking to do something fun while the weather is still enjoyable. There are also great places to hike if you are able to get out of the city, such as southern New Hampshire, Vermont, even connecticut. Get out there and enjoy the fall in New England, Boston Lifers!

PARK(ing) Day Is Here!

21 Sep

On September 21st, 2012, the City of Cambridge is partnering with lots of community partners to present 18 PARK(ing) Spots, in honor of International PARK(ing) Day!

PARK(ing) Day is an annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals (operating independently of Rebar but following an established set of guidelines) creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.

The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!

Original concept by Rebar.

For a map of the 18 spots, look here.

MCAS Results

20 Sep

The results of the state wide standardized test for public schools, the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System, are in and many schools in the area are lagging. Nearly two-thirds of Massachusetts public schools are falling short of performance targets under the state’s new evaluation system. Although almost two-thirds of schools fell short of performance targets, the state as a whole fared better than last year, when 80 percent of schools fell short. Most aspects of the No Child Left Behind law have now been replaced by a new form, crafted by state officials, that aims to have Massachusetts schools cut proficiency gaps in half by 2017. “That’s an ambitious target, but we know it’s achievable,” said Mitchell Chester, the state’s education commissioner. In Boston, 73 percent of 10th-graders reached proficiency in English, the highest mark since the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System began. So, certainly this is not all bad. New efforts and approaches are being made, and some scores are even on the rise. It also depends on how we look at things. Hopefully the results will continue to improve and these state educators will be noticed for their hard work. What do you think about this system?

Baxter the Robot coming to the workplace

19 Sep

When you think of robots, you don’t envision a smiling face who likes to work with humans.

But “Baxter” — a robot created in Boston — may fit that bill.
It’s willing to work on cheap, freeing workers to do more challenging jobs.

He may look like a cartoon character, but Baxter is a high-functioning robot programmed to do low level work.

“Baxter is a simpleton. It can do a simple job again and again. It’s a very low-key, patient, easy-to-be-with, simple robot,” said Rodney Brooks, robotocist and co-founder of reThink Robotics.

Brooks calls Baxter the PC of robots.

“Back in the old days, there were mainframe computers and workers didn’t touch them. When PCs came along, ordinary office workers now had computers. We are trying to do the same thing for robots and factories,” said Brooks.

How does Baxter work? To pick up an object and move it, a worker instructs the robot by moving its arm and making it grab the object.

The show and tell is programmed so that Baxter always remembers.

Baxter has already been tested in a handful of small manufacturing companies where repetitive work takes time and money. It was not built to compete with large, complex and expensive robots, which require trained technicians to control them.

Read more: http://www.wcvb.com/news/money/Baxter-the-Robot-coming-to-the-workplace/-/9848680/16666670/-/dg8vm4z/-/index.html#ixzz272zwgsBy

Movie Filming in the Boston Common

18 Sep

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The Makeover” stars Julia Stiles shooting a scene on the Common near the State House with co-star David Walton. Stiles was seen strolling around Copley and at Lucky’s in Fort Point this past weekend. The actress is known for her roles in 10 Things I Hate About You, the Bourne trilogy, and many more. “The Makeover” is set to come out in the spring of 2013. According to a press release, “The Makeover” is based on a novel by George Bernard Shaw called “Pygmalion.” In the film, Julia Stiles plays a professor, who returns to Boston to recruit a South Boston man as a potential Congressman. Every once in a while Boston is home to a new movie, and although we’re certainly not a city like New York or LA, this can still be exciting. Be on the lookout for Stiles and the rest of the cast!

 

Boston College celebrates 150th Anniversary at Fenway

17 Sep

Thousands of Boston College students, alumni, faculty, staff and parents gathered at Fenway Park Saturday afternoon to celebrate a special mass marking the school’s 150th anniversary.

Boston Archdiocese Cardinal Sean O’Malley presided over the mass. Boston College President William Leahy celebrated the service, joined by dozens of other concelebrants – including about 100 Jesuit and alumni priests and local bishops.

About 20,000 Boston College and Boston College High School students and alumni were in attendance.

The event formally launched a three-semester celebration that will feature academic symposia, a speakers series, a Founders Day celebration, a student concert and a convocation of leading Catholic college presidents.

The Mass also launched a service program in which each BC student and alumnus will be asked to perform 150 minutes of volunteer community service and other events.

Read more: http://www.wcvb.com/news/local/metro/Boston-College-celebrates-150th-Anniversary-at-Fenway/-/11971628/16618468/-/8mxd5x/-/index.html#ixzz26jv2TyVU