Saturday, January 31, 2009

Gift Swap

Today, Boston's urban playground group Banditos Misteriosos held "Freeform Gift Swap". It took place around 2:00pm at Copley Square right in front of Trinity Church. About 150 participants showed up with wrapped gifts to trade. We were each given a card with a colored number on it, which divided us up into swapping groups when the announcer, Ethan Feuer, called out "will all the 1's come up", or "all the blues". I traded gifts about 15 times total, and ended up with a bobblehead of Benjamin Franklin. Ironically, the gift was brought by a friend of mine that came down with me. The gift I gave away was a package of plastic army men wrapped in blue bandana wrapping paper-- quite appropriate for a banditos event! Here are a selection of the pictures I took of the event; to see more, click here.


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Monday, January 19, 2009

Metallica concert

Last night I went to Metallica's concert in Boston, Massachusetts at the TD Banknorth Garden. We got great seats through my boss's wife -- a VIP box on the fifth floor with its own private bathroom, coat closet, comfy chairs, and a bar-type seating area, as well as 12 seats on a balcony. The two openers were heavy-rock bands The Sword and Machine Head. When Metallica came on, they had a fantastic light show with lasers and spotlights that just added to the power of their music. I'm not really into heavy rock but it was a great experience. Here's a bunch of pictures and a video of the concert:


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(for a few more videos from the concert Click Here)

Saturday, January 10, 2009

No Pants 2009

Today was No Pants 2009.

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As you can imagine, no one was wearing pants; just underwear and everything else one would normally wear in New England when its 20 degreees outside. Luckily for us we spent most of out pantsless time inside and underground.

We all arrived at Alewife Station by 3:00pm today, Saturday, January 10th, and formed a large crowd on the subway platform. After dividing into groups of approximately 20, the group leaders (I was one of them) gave our team assignments of when to de-pants. The plan was to get on at Alewife on the Red Line and turn around and come back once we got to Park Street. At each stop along the way, about three from each group of 20 took their pants off and got off the subway car. They waited for the next train to come and got on that one in the same spot they got off. This was to slowly increase the presence of pantsless subway riders making it seem less like a planned event, at least for the people not in the "loop". I'd say this went very successful. I took tons of hilarious pictures and a few nice videos.

After the event, a bunch of the 21+ attendees grouped up and went to Johnny D's restaurant/bar, still wearing no pants and were treated to free appetizers and enjoyed a great time of no-pants dancing.

And now what you really wanted: the pictures and video clips!


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( Photography © Chris Andrews )

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Summary of 2008

Since it's just into the new year of 2009, I decided to make an album highlighting pretty much everything I did in 2008. I've selected just under 120 photos that really describe this past year:




New Years Eve 2007 - Nashua, NH
Typical snowy New England evening




January 6, 2008 - Home, Nashua, NH
My 20th Birthday cake




January 8, 2008 - DWC, Nashua, NH
Playing Crysis at Daniel Webster College on a battery-backup at work




January 10, 2008 - DWC, Nashua, NH
Removing a wireless access point from a billboard without the use of a ladder




February 12, 2008 - DWC, Nashua, NH
Co-workers at Daniel Webster College hanging out




February 18, 2008 - DWC, Nashua, NH
Attack Slug, sophomore Computer Science project at Daniel Webster College




February 23, 2008 - Faneuil Hall, Boston, MA
Banditos Misteriosos hosts Boston's Silent Dance Party




February 29, 2008 - Southwest Airlines, Somewhere above New England
Mid-flight on the way to Pennsylvania




March 1, 2008 - Courtney's House, Sinking Spring, PA
Weekend visit with Courtney in Pennsylvania




March 9, 2008 - Faneuil Hall, Boston, MA
Maci comes to Boston from Pennsylvania to visit Francois and then hang out with me




March 12, 2008 - Home, Nashua, NH
My office/room and all of its computers (minus one laptop that is Roger's)




March 16, 2008 - Long Wharf, Boston, MA
Boston Society of Spontaneity hosts "Riding the T is a Beach" beach-themed party on the subway in 34 near-freezing temperatures





March 20, 2008 - Home, Nashua, NH
Becka visits to bake some brownies




March 21, 2008 - DWC, Nashua, NH
Physics lecture at Daniel Webster College




March 22, 2008 - Copley Square, Boston, MA
Banditos Misteriosos hosts International Pillow Fight Day





March 23, 2008 - Home, Nashua, NH
Me and my car on Easter





March 29, 2008 - South Station, Boston, MA
Mission briefing for Boston Society of Spontaneity's Human Dominoe





April 1, 2008 - DWC, Nashua, NH
April Fools prank on our boss Josh, replacing his monitors and keyboard with vintage 1990's equipment




April 1, 2008 - DWC, Nashua, NH
Physics lab class at Daniel Webster College




April 10, 2008 - Home, Nashua, NH
Photoshoot with my wonderful Pontiac G5




April 11, 2008 - Home, Nashua, NH
Courtney comes to visit and seen here eating the lasagna I made all by myself





April 13, 2008 - Home, Nashua, NH
Teaching Courtney how to drive





April 16, 2008 - DWC, Nashua, NH
An R-rated comedian performs at Daniel Webster College




April 17, 2008 - DWC, Nashua, NH
Working at HoloDek Gaming at Daniel Webster College




April 19, 2008 - The Common, Boston, MA
Boston Society of Spontaneity hosts a paper hat parade





April 21, 2008 - DWC, Nashua, NH
Still working on Attack Slug, the game designed by the sophomore Computer Science class





April 29, 2008 - DWC, Nashua, NH
The current DWC Computer Science software engineering class of 2010





April 30, 2008 - DWC, Nashua, NH
Students rush to finish their programming projects just days before the end of the semester





May 2, 2008 - DWC, Nashua, NH
Air Force ROTC hosts a stress relief activity for students: "Beat The Heap" with a sledge hammer





May 3, 2008 - Gulf Gas Station, Nashua, NH
My Pontiac G5 meets its evil twin: the Chevy Cobalt





May 6, 2008 - Home, Nashua, NH
My 1987 Pontiac Fiero GT comes out from hibernation





May 10, 2008 - Nashua Country Club, Nashua, NH
A family friend, William, graduates from the Citadel college and prepares to enter the military




May 12, 2008 - Home, Nashua, NH
Grand Theft Auto IV released recently, and I buy an XBOX360 just to play it




May 16, 2008 - Gas station, Somewhere along a highway, CT
Gas reaches peak prices





May 17, 2008 - The Fairgrounds, Carlisle, PA
Fieros at Carisle car show, where 54 Fieros and thousands of other cars attend





May 24, 2008 - The Common, Boston, MA
Zombies attack Boston, no reported casualties





May 24, 2008 - The Hatch Shell, Bosston, MA
The zombies seen earlier attend Earthfest





May 24, 2008 - Pier 3, Boston, MA
The view of downtown Boston from a pier nearby while visiting my friend Mike




May 27, 2008 - Government Center, Boston, MA
Boston Society of Spontaneity teams up with ZeeVee.com to bring a living room outside




May 28, 2008 - DWC, Nashua, NH
Myself and a few other students at Daniel Webster College find a giant turtle crossing the road




May 31, 2008 - Groton Country Club, Groton, MA
My friend Ally graduates highschool




June 1, 2008 - Home, Nashua, NH
My house on a quiet summer day




June 2, 2008 - Home, Nashua, NH
My aunt Anne and uncle Bill temporarily move in with us while they find a new house




June 3, 2008 - Home, Nashua, NH
I bring to life an old friendship with Crystal and we hang out for much of the summer




June 9, 2008 - Manchester, NH
I recieve a citation from Governor Lynch for a scholarship awarded by the New Hampshire High Technology Council




June 10, 2008 - Hotel, Williamsburg, VA
I play Grand Theft Auto IV on my laptop using a TV tuner while at a hotel in Virginia




June 11, 2008 - Remains of old fort, Jamestown, VA
A dig site where the Jamestown fort was presumed to be




June 11, 2008 - Colonial Williamsburg, VA
A wooden baracade shown to simulate the defenses of early American forts




June 12, 2008 - Mini golf course, Williamsburg, VA
My cousins Jesse and Joan play mini golf with my mother and I after visiting some historic sites




June 14, 2008 - Jesse's house, Woodstock, VA
The view from my cousin Jesse's kitchen window at his home in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia





June 19, 2008 - Kimball Farms, Westford, MA
Car show season begins





June 22, 2008 - Leanne's house, Springfield, MA
My friend Leanne graduates highschool




June 27, 2008 - My father's house, Nashua, NH
I try to sell my 1984 Pontiac Fiero





June 28, 2008 - The Common, Boston, MA
Banditos Misteriosos hosts a team scavenger hunt covering much of downtown Boston




July 2, 2008 - Home, Nashua, NH
My new Dell XPS M1530 arrives





July 5, 2008 - The Marginal Way, Ogunquit, ME
Mom and some of my aunts/uncles walk an ocean-side trail in Ogunquit, Maine, on the way to dinner




July 6, 2008 - Perkins Cove, Ogunquit, ME
Small boats docked in the harbor





July 11, 2008 - The Beach, Ogunquit, ME
Ogunquit Beach as seen from the Marginal Way across the Ogunquit River during semi-high tide




July 16, 2008 - Home, Nashua, NH
I have my 1987 Pontiac Fiero GT towed to Rick's Auto Care to have a large amount of mechanical work done





July 18, 2008 - The Library, Boston, MA
Boston Society of Spontaneity briefs its agents for their next mission: going into the Apple Store just after the release of the Apple iPhone 3G and talking on our superior Banana Phones





July 19, 2008 - Nearby home, Nashua, NH
A summer storm knocks a tree down taking out power to the neighborhood





July 19, 2008 - Home, Nashua, NH
While the power is out, my friend Roger and I modify firework tanks for a custom explosive experience




July 22, 2008 - Home, Nashua, NH
Continuing firework engineering with Roger, we make a smoke-emitting can dubbed "Project Khaos"




July 26, 2008 - Dad's house, Nashua, NH
My 1987 Pontiac Fiero GT recently out of the repair shop goes to visit its long lost cousin, my 1984 Pontiac Fiero





July 28, 2008 - DWC, Nashua, NH
Jason and I construct a couch out of old "Ninja" PCs while at work




August 1, 2008 - Target, Nashua, NH
Car shows spreads north and I begin attending a weekly car show at Target





August 3, 2008 - DWC, Nashua, NH
Students play Rock Band at HoloDek Gaming





August 5, 2008 - Home, Nashua, NH
I build my mom a custom PC to replace her 2002 Dell





August 16, 2008 - The Esplanade, Boston, MA
Banditos Misteriosos hosts Revolutionary Water Gun Battle; the Colonists vs the Redcoats




August 16, 2008 - The Esplanade, Boston, MA
Banditos Misteriosos hosts Revolutionary Water Gun Battle; the Colonists vs the Redcoats




August 17, 2008 - Government Center, Boston, MA
Boston Society of Spontaneity plays tag with strangers





August 18, 2008 - Pond by the Captain's Corner, Nashua, NH
I take a photograph of my Fiero GT which would later become "March" in the 2009 Fiero Store Calendar
http://www.fierostore.com/Product/Browse.aspx?d=288&p=1




August 22, 2008 - Target, Nashua, NH
I continue attending car shows at Target





August 30, 2008 - Main Dunstable School, Nashua, NH
I drive both of my cars to a nearby empty parking lot to take a set of photographs




September 2, 2008 - DWC, Nashua, NH
Daniel Webster College's ITS department prepares for student computer registration





September 5, 2008 - Target, Nashua, NH
I meet "Bumblebee" from the Transformers movie while at a car show at Target





September 5, 2008 - Target, Nashua, NH
My 1987 Pontiac Fiero GT next its friend, a Pontiac Trans Am, at the Target car show





September 10, 2008 - DWC, Nashua, NH
View outside of the Eaton-Richmond Center at Daniel Webster College during a typical day




September 13, 2008 - Evergreen Country Club, Haymarket, Virginia
My cousin Barbara and Eric's wedding in Virginia




September 14, 2008 - The Capital, Washington, DC
The United States Capital from the National Mall





September 20, 2008 - Christopher Columbus Park, Boston, MA
The Boston Society of Spontaneity hosts MP3EXP, the MP3 Experience, in Christopher Columbus Park





September 24, 2008 - DWC, Nashua, NH
Gil tries on the Wii head-tracking goggles for our proposed software engineering project





September 25, 2008 - DWC, Nashua, NH
DWC's ITS department discovers the true power of Apple's Macbook Air and its ability to slice and dice anything it touches, including cake





September 27, 2008 - Somewhere in CT
I ride BoltBus with James and Cara from Boston SOS to visit New York City





September 27, 2008 - Governor's Island, NYC
I met the infamous Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere





September 27, 2008 - Governor's Island, NYC
Improv Everywhere hosts MP3 Experiment 5: The Battle for Governor's Island





September 27, 2008 - Times Square, New York City
I visit New York City for the first time, and take pictures like a tourist





October 3, 2008 - DWC, Nashua, NH
The Daniel Webster College ITS department cleans up the secret storage room





October 9, 2008 - DWC, Nashua, NH
Carolyn comes up from Long Island to visit DWC




October 20, 2008 - DWC, Nashua, NH
Fall foliage is seen from everywhere on campus





October 25, 2008 - Christopher Columbus Park, Boston, MA
Banditos Misteriosos hosts Monster Mash





October 25, 2008 - Government Center, Boston, MA
I prance around in a ghost costume outside the Government Center subway





October 30, 2008 - Boire Airport, Nashua, NH
An FA-18 Superhornet makes a historic landing at Daniel Webster College's tiny airport





November 1, 2008 - The Roxy Nightclub, Boston, MA
John Vesely of Secondhand Serenade performs live at the Roxy Nightclub in Boston with Automatic Loveletter, A Rocket To The Moon, and Cute Is What We Aim For





November 4, 2008 - Nashua, NH
I vote Republican in Election 2008





November 13, 2008 - DWC, Nashua, NH
King I.T. aka Steven working beside me




November 14, 2008 - DWC, Nashua, NH
Josh tests out the state's new Kiosk for a project I will be working on shortly




November 16, 2008 - Dad's house, Nashua, NH
I sold my wheels on Craigslist





November 16, 2008 - Home, Nashua, NH
Both my cars hang out in the driveway





November 17, 2008 - DWC, Nashua, NH
Pete busy in class




November 25, 2008 - DWC, Nashua, NH
Gil and Paul obviously hard at work




November 29, 2008 - Main Street, Nashua, NH
The City of Nashua closes off Main Street to vehicles and hosts the Holiday Stroll





December 6, 2008 - Emily's house, Quincy, MA
Boston Societies of Spontaneity official meeting




December 7, 2008 - Home, Nashua, NH
First accumulating snowfall of the season





December 12, 2008 - Nearby home, Nashua, NH
A massive ice storm criples much of New Hampshire, leaving nearly 350,000 households without power for several days





December 13, 2008 - DWC, Nashua, NH
Daniel Webster College Gaming Guild has pizza, and since I was busy programming in a lab nearby, I joined them





December 14, 2008 - Brookline Hills, Brookline, MA
Boston Societies of Spontaneity sing obscene Christmas carols to residents of the Brookline Hills area and commuters on the subway





December 14, 2008 - Gas station, Brookline, MA
Upon exiting the Boston area, Morgan and I stumbled across a very obvious "That's What She Said" joke waiting to happen




December 15, 2008 - Home, Nashua, NH
Mom sets up out little Christmas tree at home





December 20, 2008 - Home, Nashua, NH
Heavy snowfall the night before makes for a beautiful yet inconvenient blanket of whiteness





December 20, 2008 - Uncle Bob's house, Nashua, NH
My uncle Bob and aunt Diane host a family Christmas party





December 21, 2008 - Home, Nashua, NH
Continued and persistent heavy snowfall makes recognizing the difference in the street and the sidewalk impossible





December 25, 2008 - Marcia's house, Cape Neddick, ME
Me and mom go to visit aunt Marcia and Kathy at their house/farm in Cape Neddick, Maine on Christmas day. Here is Marcia and Lea the horse




December 25, 2008 - Home, Nashua, NH
My pile of loot from Christmas gifts




December 26, 2008 - Home, Nashua, NH
Morgan and her brother Cole came to visit the day after Christmas




December 26, 2008 - Roger's house, Nashua, NH
Roger cooks two giant omelettes for dinner to fuel us for a night of Halo 3




December 29, 2008 - Town Fair Tire, Nashua, NH
I bring my Pontiac G5 to Town Fair Tire to get my new rims installed




December 31, 2008 - Home, Nashua, NH
I watch the ball drop in Times Square on television as 2008 officially comes to a close