Tag Archives: Tech life in New England

When People Were Proud of Their Government

If you happened to be driving around the Chestnut Hill Reservoir in Boston and saw this building, what would you imagine it to be? A town hall?  A library?  Those are certainly the kinds of buildings that got this Richardsonian … Continue reading

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Crowd-sourced Ecology – the Picture Post

Near our house in Arlington Massachusetts is a nice little park called Menotomy Rocks.   It’s a paradise for dogs, with fields to chase balls in, a pond to splash around, woods for interesting smells, and wide walking paths where you … Continue reading

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Made in MA, Bought by CA (E.g. “Get Lamp”)

One of the depressing things about the Massachusetts economy is how many startups here get bought up by firms from other states, particularly California.  Lots of good ideas start here, but move elsewhere before they scale up to significant size, … Continue reading

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A Failed High-Tech Gamble

Ten miles north of Boston is the National Historic Site of  the Saugus Iron Works, site of the first heavy industry in the country.   It’s a pretty spot, and a great place for a picnic, which my family took advantage … Continue reading

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Promoting a Local Industry – Nobel Generation

So I saw a nice sign in the Raleigh Durham airport a while ago: “Congratulations to Prof Oliver Smithies of UNC Chapel Hill for the 2007 Nobel Prize in Medicine”.  There’s something for an area to be proud of!  Chapel … Continue reading

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