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2010
Very simple: light bulbs, white roof, Cursing Mommy, Fresh Fruit, the That There Paul Prize, and simulated reality.

Simulated reality
This
well-intentioned article suggests that if data storage and processing can be made infinitely cheap, all of us may actually be living inside a computer simulation. I don't think so, because data storage and processing is not infinitely cheap, I am. That's why the computer on which I'm typing this right now has only 32 MB of RAM. Visit my simulated Hong Kong here.
posted December 27, 2010, 8:14 am

Here's what you didn't winA depiction of the no-longer-available Super-Special That There Paul Prize!
It's been a whirlwind Prize Give-Away Week here on That There Paul. Very exciting. But not for you. Don't worry, though, it's not too late to get caught up in prize fever! You see, you get to read about the prize being given away to somebody else. Even as you read this, right now the Prize Committee is sorting through the single entry I received to choose the winner, which I can even now divulge is Emily, a skilled professional from my team at work. Emily, right now, I hope you're sitting down, because the Prize Committee is on its way now to present you your prize, personally -- in the form of a personalized e-mail, that is! For the rest of you, learn more about the super-special That There Paul prize, and how it's no longer available,
here.
posted November 1, 2010, 11:10 am

Fresh fruitNext door is Section 8.
Fresh Fruit, a local team of artists headed by a talented drag queen who likes to dress as Julie Andrews, examine the subtleties of Dorchester living while adding vibrancy to the 'hood. Their work, while perhaps not entirely politically correct, so far includes 19 other videos of unalloyed truth and genius, like The Sound of Music-inspired "
Dorchester" ("Dorchester's alive / With the sound of gunfire"), "Ebonics for Beginners" ("Repeat after me: 'I axed you a question.'"), and "Boston Common Girl" ("The Eighties called, they want their hair back."). More here.
posted August 24, 2010, 7:18 am

The Cursing Mommy
Today I fondly recall the New Yorker's Ian Frazier's delightful ongoing series about a tightly wound stay-at-home mother, "The Cursing Mommy," who consistently includes the Bush Administration into her tirades of profanity, despite it now being years after Bush's ignominious departure—so she always has my sympathy. For easy reading, I've put up her last three articles, "Easy Cocktails from the Cursing Mommy," "The Cursing Mommy Cooks Italian," and "Rx from the Cursing Mommy," all in one place, with their illustrations,
here.
posted May 29, 2010, 11:31 am

Painted my roof white
When I found out it would be 90 in April—not that there's anything
wrong with the climate or anything—last Sunday I decided to paint my flat black asphalt roof white. Using a 5-gallon bucket of good quality white oil-based primer, two 18" 3/8"-nap rollers, an 18" yoke, a roller extension pole, and an 18" paint tray ($164), I hauled all the stuff up a ladder onto the roof—carrying a 5-gallon bucket of paint up a ladder should really be a two-guy job—I managed to get the roof painted by 4:30 pm. See here for a little photo essay.
posted April 5, 2010, 7:14 pm

Light bulbsMy sisters would agree: only I would come up with an apartment lightbulb blueprint.
In the unlikely event you want to know about the light bulbs in my apartment, I bring you...
my official light bulb layout plan. I assure you, dear readers, that without this, your knowledge about how I live would be insufficient. So I invite you to click on the small light bulb graphic up there on the right, and see for yourself how I've transformed my apartment into a haven of energy efficiency, while still keeping those comforting halogen lightbulbs in strategic locations (compact fluorescent bulbs, I have found, do emit a very quiet humming—very quiet, but nonetheless loud enough to disturb my quiet studying by the kitchen windows).
posted February 7, 2010, 11:43 am

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