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June 2, 2005

Second Darwin\’s sandwich shop opens in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Second Darwin’s sandwich shop opens in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

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Thursday, June 2, 2005

The exterior of Darwin's, Ltd.

Darwin’s Ltd. opened a second location of their sandwich shop at 1613 Cambridge Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in late May. It is situated across from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. Previously limited to one location at 148 Mount Auburn Street, the second store seats approximately 30 people and sells sandwiches, coffee drinks, locally made pastries, as well as some produce and snack foods. The establishment also provides free wireless access through the WanderingWifi service. The shop plays music during the day; during this reporter’s visit to the shop, selections played ranged from David Bowie to The Strokes. The store is air-conditioned.

Key differences between the original store and the new one include the unification of the cafe and the sandwich line now behind one counter, handicap accessible restrooms, no beer or wine sold at location, and a lack of a loyal customer base. Although the recent months have been slow, business is expected to pick up with the return of Cambridge area students this autumn.

While the original location of Darwin’s was recently cited for lacking sneeze guards before the kitchen counter, according to the Cambridge Chronicle, the new Darwin’s has acrylic sheets along the front of their sandwich counter. The original Darwin’s has installed the sneeze guard at the kitchen counter the day following citation.

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May 4, 2005

Charity haircuts and collaborative art at spring festival in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Charity haircuts and collaborative art at spring festival in Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Halsey Burgund speaks with a youth who did not want to try out Mr. Burgund’s portable recording studio.

A woman prepares to have her hair cut at a “Charity shave” at the 22nd annual Mayfair in Harvard Square.

A woman displays her friend’s trimmed hair at a “Charity shave”.

Church Street is covered with chalk drawings.

Halsey Burgund, self-described “voice collector,” explains the usage of his portable recording studio.

Close-up shot of a chalk replication of Hokusai’s “In The Hollow of a Wave off the Coast at Kanagawa” on Church Street.

Toussaint and the China Band perform.

Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Cambridge, Massachusetts —The 22nd annual Mayfair took place in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on May 1. The event, which ran from 12-6 pm, featured work from local artists, performers, as well as a large cadre of tents selling beads, ceramics, and fried foods. After light rain in the early afternoon, the sun came out around 4 pm.

Local streets were closed to cars, and vendors and artists set up along the curbs. Church Street was blocked off and dedicated to chalk drawings, which were drawn by professional artists and amateurs alike. One of the largest drawings was a reproduction of Hokusai’s “In The Hollow of a Wave off the Coast at Kanagawa,” known colloquially as “The Wave.”

The Alice Hoffman Breast Cancer Center and Locks of Love held a “charity shave,” in which members of the public were encouraged to donate to the charity. Upon donating they would have their heads shaved, or at least 10″ of their hair trimmed “in support of those who lose their hair to chemotherapy.”

Several bands played in succession on a stage set up in front of the offices of Dewey, Cheetham, and Howe. Performers included Toussaint and the China Band, as well as The Walkmen.

Self-described “voice collector” Halsey Burgund brought his portable recording studio and successfully recorded samples from many passersby. At one point, his small box was packed with five youths who wanted to record a collaborative performance. Not everyone was interested in Burgund’s box, though. “I don’t want to give my name and some crap out,” said one youth, pictured at right, who preferred not to give his name.

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May 1, 2005

FOX News previews Grafton Street restaurant and \”voice collector\” in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts

FOX News previews Grafton Street restaurant and “voice collector” in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Carrigan and Lavanchy of FOX talk with the chefs of Grafton Street at Harvard Square

FOX news trucks parked backwards in the taxi stand at Harvard Square during the preview

Halsey Burgund, a self-described “voice collector,” stands with his portable recording studio at Harvard Square.

Halsey Burgund with his portable recording studio (disassembled) on top of his car.

Sunday, May 1, 2005

The FOX Morning News broadcast from Harvard Square this morning in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Anchors Liz Carrigan and Gene Lavanchy profiled a restaurant and a musician who will take part in the 22nd annual Mayfair, which starts on Sunday, May 1. The restaurant, Grafton Street, is on Massachusetts Avenue.

The Mayfair is a festival that takes place in Harvard Square on an annual basis. On Sunday, the Square will be closed from noon until 6 pm to vehicular traffic; according to the Mayfair website, “200 artists and merchants” will participate in the event this year.

The musician, Halsey Burgund, works for a computer security firm, but plays the drums and piano in his spare time. This morning, he had set up his portable recording booth to demonstrate the means by which he records passersby for voice samples in his music. Burgund will have his booth set up on Sunday and hopes to record festival visitors. Eventually, Burgund hopes to release his music under a Creative Commons license. Burgund noted that he previously tried recording people on the street with just a microphone, but he found that there was too much ambient noise for the quality of recording he desired.

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  • Christopher Muther. “Talk to me” — The Boston Globe, April 14, 2005
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April 28, 2005

Harvard University officials update Agassiz Neighborhood Council about local construction in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harvard University officials update Agassiz Neighborhood Council about local construction in Cambridge, Massachusetts

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A crane lowers a clamshell bucket into a trench at the construction site of Harvard’s Northwest Science Building.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Cambridge, Massachusetts — Harvard University planners met with the Agassiz Neighborhood Council to update the community about Harvard’s construction and expansion plans in the neighborhood on April 26, the Harvard Crimson reported today. The two major topics discussed were the Northwest Science Building, which is currently under construction on Oxford Street, and the expansion of the Harvard Law School. According to the Crimson, Harvard officials outnumbered the number of community members present at the meeting.

The plans for law school expansion are still unfinished, the Crimson reported. The director of community relations at Harvard, Thomas Lucey, said that Wyeth Hall may be demolished. According to the Law School website, Wyeth Hall is “the most popular dormitory at Harvard Law School”. It is adjacent to the Berkman Center for Internet and Society on Massachusetts Avenue, just south of Three Aces pizzeria.

The Crimson also noted that Tom Murray, the project manager for the Northwest Science Building, was slated for completion by May of 2007, with landscaping completed the following spring.

A visit to the science building site by Wikinews reporter Pingswept last week verified that the pouring of cement had begun. Four large cranes had been brought to the site; one of them was being used with a clamshell attachment twice the height of a grown man to dig a deep trench. The truck “wheel wash” station marked on the site plan was operational, in the form of a man with a pressure washer, though in this reporter’s brief observations, more windshields were washed than dirty tires.

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Cambridge Planning Board approves new science building at Harvard

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April 26, 2005

Wikipedia founder speaks at US law school

Wikipedia founder speaks at US law school

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Pound Hall at Harvard Law School, where the event was held.

Jimmy Wales and Samuel Klein discuss rcbirds before the talk.

Samuel Klein, in black and red at right, describes the Bambara Wikipedia project.

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales spoke at the Harvard Law School tonight with a presentation titled “Wikipedia and the Digital Divide.” Projected on a screen behind Wales was a running list — in real time — of edits to the German and English Wikipedias. Over the course of the hour, the list showed changes to topics like “Time Travel,” “Dante Alighieri” and, in German, “The Maronite Patriarchs of Antioch.”

Wales started with a summary of Wikipedia’s goals; the bulk of the time was given over to questions from audience members. Approximately 65 people listened to Wales’ remarks. According to a hands-up poll that Wales conducted at the start of the event, about half of those present had edited Wikipedia before. Six of those counted themselves as “Wikipedians,” a title Wales suggested than anyone who’s edited the Wikipedia even once should consider.

Before the event, Samuel Klein demonstrated the program, RCBirds, that created the running list behind Wales. RCBirds plays a bird call in response to each edit made to Wikipedia. Wikipedians edit constantly; one attendee found the frequency of bird calls distracting and asked Klein to turn down the volume on the program.

Wales ran through some quick statistics about Wikipedia:

  • Wikipedias exist in roughly 200 languages, but most of those are dormant.
  • The five largest, in order, are: English, German, Japanese, French, and (“You’ll never guess,” said Wales) Swedish. One attendee suggested, to general assent, that there was little else to do during long, dark winter nights.
  • Over 20 languages have more than 10,000 articles.
  • Over 50 languages have more than 1000 articles.

Though the Chinese Wikipedia has over 25,000 articles, according to Wales, the Hindi and Arabic versions are smaller than Wales would like. Referring to those two editions, Wales said that Wikipedia is, “not so strong where we really need to be.” Wales added later that the Chinese government has blocked access to the Wikipedia twice; once during the approach to an anniversary of Tiannamen Square, and once for no discernable reason. “We could make a big deal out of being blocked,” said Wales, “but we’d just score points with the western media, and it wouldn’t get us any closer to our goal.”

Wales described the organization behind the Wikipedia as an “International Red Cross of information,” able — and impelled — to work in a neutral fashion with governments and NGOs. When asked about reaching out to the UN, however, he said that he had been warned by a Dutch minister that large bureaucracies tend to be comfortable working with other large bureacracies; the Wikipedia employs only Wales and thousands of volunteers.

Wales cited three factors that correlate with Wikipedia growth:

  • Economic wealth
  • Degree of penetration of internet
  • the number of people who speak English

On the topic of the Hindi Wikipedia, Wales attributed the lack of growth to the prevalence of English keyboards. He said that when he has asked Hindi Wikipedia contributors what made the task difficult for them, they said that they were, “not used to typing Hindi.”

“I don’t know how to help with that,” Wales said. He hoped that the situation would improve.

At this point in the talk, Wales opened the floor to questions.

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April 21, 2005

Boston Cyberarts Festival opens with Hotel@MIT gala

Boston Cyberarts Festival opens with Hotel@MIT gala

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Martin Wattenberg, at right, demonstrates his visualization of a computer’s decision-making process as it plays chess.

Samuel Klein, bathed in blue glow at left, discusses Wikipedia with Stephen Wolfram and his wife. Wolfram, on being shown the Wikipedia page on Wolfram Research, stated, “It’s not horrible.”

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Cambridge, Massachusetts — The 2005 Cyberarts Festival, which runs through May 8, 2005, opened with a gala at the Hotel@MIT, a hotel near the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The gala, which took place in a series of function rooms on the third floor of the hotel, started at 6:00 p.m. and ran past its stated end time of 9:00 p.m. The event featured food and drink, as well as computer art from a variety of artists whose work will be featured in the festival.

Local Wikipedia contributor Samuel Klein displayed a customization of Daniel Wunsch’s rcbirds program, which converts Wikipedia recent changes feeds into a series of bird calls and other sounds from the open-sound peep project, differentiating edits by the anonymity of the user, the name and namespace of the article involved, and the user’s contribution history. Different types of edits produced different bird calls; once or twice during the evening, conversation was briefly interrupted to undo vandalism signaled by the stream of sound.

Martin Wattenberg, a researcher at IBM’s local research lab, who has also developed software to visualize the history of changes to Wikipedia pages, exhibited his visualization of the decision tree of a computer playing chess, described jokingly as “Tiny Blue.”

Other presenters included Newbury Open.net’s new Boston Music Project .

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April 17, 2005

Harvard University declines to discipline professor who plagiarized

Harvard University declines to discipline professor who plagiarized

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Sunday, April 17, 2005

Harvard University president Lawrence Summers announced that the university would take no formal disciplinary action against Harvard Law School professor Laurence H. Tribe for his admitted “failure to attribute” material used from another scholar’s book, the Harvard Crimson reported on April 15.

The accusation of wrongdoing first appeared in an article in the Weekly Standard in 2002. The Standard identified several passages in Tribe’s 1985 book, God Save This Honorable Court, that they claimed resembled passages in Justices and Presidents, a book written by Henry Abraham of the University of Virginia. Additionally, the Standard alleged that the sentence, “Taft publicly pronounced Pitney to be a ‘weak member’ of the Court to whom he could ‘not assign cases,'” appeared in both books. In September of 2004, Tribe admitted to a “failure to attribute some of the material the Weekly Standard identified,” according to the Harvard Crimson.

The Crimson noted that the press release from Elena Kagan, dean of the law school and Mr. Summers, stated that they were, “firmly convinced that the error was the product of inadvertence rather than intentionality,” although they did describe Tribe’s behavior as, “a significant lapse in proper academic practice.”

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April 16, 2005

Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, releases study of local emissions

Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, releases study of local emissions

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Saturday, April 16, 2005

According to the Cambridge Chronicle, a report issued by the city of Cambridge on the topic of greenhouse gas emissions claimed that despite a two-year old pledge to reduce harmful emissions, the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere in the city has increased. Since 1990, carbon dioxide emissions have increased by 27% in the city, mostly due to industrial processes, says the paper.

In 1999, the city joined Cities for Climate Protection, a coalition of towns in Massachusetts interested in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. In 2002, the city released a study, the Cambridge Climate Protection Plan, which set emission reduction goals for the city. The plan proposed that “we reduce GHG emissions by 20 percent below 1990 levels. This means the community needs to reduce and prevent annual GHG emissions of 494,400 tons of carbon dioxide.”

While the city has failed thus far to reduce its emissions, it has been experimenting with alternative transportation technology in its vehicles. According to the city’s website, Cambridge currently owns and operates 20 electric vehicles and 1 compressed natural gas truck. Additionally, most of Cambridge’s fleet of diesel vehicles are currently running on 20% biodiesel, which is “derived from domestically produced vegetable oil,” according to the Cambridge Department of Public Works website.

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March 23, 2005

Ground broken on Northpoint development in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Ground broken on Northpoint development in Cambridge, Massachusetts

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A view of the Leonard Zakim bridge from the construction site.

A view of the Leonard Zakim bridge from the construction site. The warehouses at right will be replaced by a five-acre park within two years. The elevated roadway in the foreground is the John F. Gilmore Bridge.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Cambridge, Massachusetts — Construction of two condominium buildings and a five-acre park began on March 21, in East Cambridge, Massachusetts. The buildings and park are part of the 45-acre Northpoint development, which will take 15 years and more than $2bn to complete, according to the Boston Globe. The buildings, designated as “Building S” and “Building T” by the planners of the project, Spaulding & Slye Colliers, have been designed by local architectural firm Childs Bertman Tseckares and Architects Alliance from Toronto. Buildings S and T are the first of an eventual 20 buildings planned at the site.

The development will fill what used to be a railroad yard for the Guilford Rail System, a subsidiary of Guilford Transportation Industries. According to Hoovers.com, Guilford is controlled by Timothy Mellon, heir to the Mellon banking fortune. Guilford Rail Systems has its headquarters in North Billerica and owns 1600 miles of railroad throughout New England. The tracks in the Northpoint plot have been removed, though Boston subway’s Lechmere station remains within walking distance of the site, along with parts of Boston and Cambridge. The site is bordered by Route 93 on its eastern side, Monsignor O’Brien Highway to the west, and the Gilmore Bridge to the south.

The landscape architecture of the park is provided by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, a landscape architecture firm on Concord Avenue in Cambridge. The firm’s principal teaches in Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. MVVA is also completing the landscape for Harvard’s Northwest Science Building.

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Cambridge Planning Board approves new science building at Harvard, February 28th, 2005

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Minuteman bike path iced out through Arlington after 4th snowiest winter on record

Minuteman bike path iced out through Arlington after 4th snowiest winter on record

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A cyclist carries her bike over the icy patch near the Brigham’s office in Arlington. A parking lot to the right affords a bypass to this section.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

The Minuteman bike path, which runs 12 miles from Cambridge to Bedford, Massachusetts, is now passable by bike through Arlington, after what the National Weather Service has called the fourth snowiest winter in Boston’s recorded history. The path has been covered in snow and ice since the Blizzard of 2005 covered it in late January.

The stretch of the path that crosses Lexington and Bedford is marginally rideable, particularly between Lexington Center and the bridge over Route 495, according to a sortie undertaken by Wikinews writer Pingswept. The first large patch of snow occurs just past the four-mile marker, near Trader Joe’s in Arlington.

The path is not plowed in Arlington, Lexington, or Bedford, though the city of Cambridge plows a short section near the southeastern terminus of the path at the Alewife subway station. In the winter, the path can be a “scenic trail for cross-country skiing,” according to the Friends of the Minuteman Bikeway website.

The bike path runs in the right-of-way once accorded to the Boston and Maine railroad. The conversion from abandoned railway to bike path occurred from 1991 to 1993. The path is named for its similarity to the route followed by Paul Revere and William Dawes on their rides to warn the Minutemen of Lexington about the impending arrival of British soldiers on April 19, 1775.

Spy Pond, adjacent to the bike path in Arlington, has not yet iced out. Unlike the bike path, the pond is not safe for travel by standard road-bike after the ice melts.

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