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Off On A Tangent

Steve Garfield's weblog on pop culture, wine, beer, travel, food, politics, golf, cars and technology as seen in TIME, BusinessWeek and the New York Times.

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Belkin's new $39.95 Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar gives iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus two female Lightning ports

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 22:13:00 +0000


Belkin announces simultaneous Lightning headphone and charging adapter for iPhone 7

Belkin's new $39.95 Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus was "developed closely with Apple," the company said on Thursday. It features a single male Lightning plug on one end, and two female Lightning ports on the other.(image)

Planning the 2016 MarketingProfs' B2B Marketing Forum Photo Walk

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 16:03:00 +0000

Planning the 2016 MarketingProfs' B2B Marketing Forum Photo Walk PRESS RELEASE: LANDS’ END FUNDS PROJECT TO RESTORE BOSTON LIGHT BOATHOUSE The company’s third rehabilitation project will honor country’s first and oldest lighthouse DODGEVILLE, Wis., July 26, 2016- Today Lands’ End announced supportive funding administered by the United States Lighthouse Society, in partnership with non-profit, Boston Harbor Now, the National Park Service and the United States Coast Guard, to address the condition and needed repairs of the Boston Light Boathouse. Celebrating the 300th anniversary of Boston Light this year, the Boathouse, located on Little Brewster Island, will receive funding to repair the outdated foundation to allow for the building to be reopened as a Visitors Center for the public. This project is part of an ongoing partnership between Lands’ End and the United States Lighthouse Society. “We are honored to once again work alongside the United States Lighthouse Society in support of the rehabilitation of a vital structure to our nation’s first lighthouse, a treasured beacon that has been beloved by the Boston community for 300 years,” said Federica Marchionni, CEO, Lands’ End. “This meaningful project is very important to Lands’ End, since our first company logo over 50 years ago was a lighthouse symbol that signifies our longstanding commitment to quality, value and service that we still believe in firmly today and will for decades to come.” The selection of the Boston Light is in line with Lands’ End’s Lands’ Friendly campaign, a mission to continually strive to be a leader in sustainability through partnerships and projects designed to support and protect the environment. Lands’ End is also providing support through the sale of a limited edition canvas tote bag with the Boston Light lighthouse logo on it at local Lands’ End Shops at Sears for $35. For each tote purchased, the company will donate $10. Participating locations include Hanover, Peabody, Braintree, Hyannis, N. Dartmouth, Burlington and Natick. “Boston Light is an excellent choice for this year’s rehabilitation project,” said Jeff Gales, Executive Director, and the United States Lighthouse Society. “It is the oldest operating light station dating back 300 years. It’s important to ensure the quality of the historic Boathouse so that it can eventually be re-opened to the public and the Boston Light Station overall will remain a beautiful historical landmark.” The Boston Light is a focal point in United States history and its home city of Boston. As the first lighthouse in the country, the Boston Light lived through two world wars, three turns of the century and the evolution of lighthouses by modern day technology. Though all of that has contributed to the history, it has not lost its heritage. The Boston Light is the only lighthouse that is kept by a lighthouse keeper today. By preserving the historical structure, the history and heritage of the Boston Light will continue for generations to come. “This rich historical landmark has a story to tell and we are happy to see that it will continue to do so with the help of Lands’ End,” said Kathy Abbott, President and CEO, Boston Harbor NOW “We hope that with these renovations, the Boston Light will continue to be a staple in the rich history of the city of Boston.” This year’s project is continued through the partnership between Lands’ End, United States Lighthouse Society, with support from Boston Harbor Now, United States Coast Guard and National Park Services. In 2015, the rehabilitation of the Alcatraz Lighthouse was the first of this project. ### ABOUT LANDS’ END, INC Lands' End, Inc. (Nasdaq: LE) is a leading multi-channel retailer of clothing, accessories, footwear and home products. We offer products through catalogs, online at, and affiliated specialty and international websites, and through retail locations, primarily at Lands' End Shops at Sears[...]

Highland Street's Free Fun Fridays: Friday, July 22, 2016

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:21:00 +0000

Highland Street's Free Fun Fridays offer visitors no-cost admission to many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts. This program was created to increase access and enrichment opportunities for children and families throughout Massachusetts during the summer months. Every Friday, from the end of June through the end of August, multiple sites are open for free.

Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
New Bedford Whaling Museum
Cape Cod Museum of Art
Pilgrim Hall Museum
The Eric Carle Museum
Fruitlands Museum
Museum of Russian Icons(image)

Highland Street's Free Fun Fridays: Friday, July 15, 2016

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 22:30:00 +0000

Highland Street's Free Fun Fridays offer visitors no-cost admission to many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts. This program was created to increase access and enrichment opportunities for children and families throughout Massachusetts during the summer months. Every Friday, from the end of June through the end of August, multiple sites are open for free.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Edward M. Kennedy Institute
Boston Athenӕum
Larz Anderson Museum
Cape Cod Children’s Museum
Edward Gorey House
Danforth Art Museum/School
Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History
Fitchburg Art Museum


Review: MacFamilyTree 8 Demo Version

Sun, 10 Jul 2016 12:36:00 +0000

I tried a demo version of MacFamilyTree family tree software. It looks pretty, but fails to save. DATA ENTRY Data entry is fairly easy. You have to make sure that you choose the correct sex of the person you are entering, otherwise children get the wrong surname. This can be fixed later though. CHARTS If you've ever wondered how you are related to someone in your family, the relationships chart with help you figure it out: It makes pretty looking Fan Charts: The charts are a very nice feature of this program. GENEALOGICAL DATA It works with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints's free FamilySearch to allow research into genealogical data. You can then download info into your family tree, and upload info you have found that isn't there. There is no integrated connection to GEDCOM import/export is available. DEMO VERSION But, if you enjoy using the demo copy and want to purchase the full version, you can't transfer anything you've entered into the demo version into the full version. You lose everything. Seriously! What a failure in software design. I have never seen this in a demo software program. Usually you buy the program and then unlock all the features, allowing you to save the data you have created with the demo. It would have been nice to have been given a warning about this when first opening the demo version. You only get a warning when you try to save or print. Let's make this clearer. You get a warning that you can not save or print, but you do not get told that you will NEVER be able to save or print the data you have entered into the demo version. From their FAQ: I want to try MacFamilyTree before buying, what do I do? Please download the demo version here. You cannot save or export your entries using the demo version. Additionally, iCloud is not supported in the demo version. Please note that entries created with the Demo Version can not be transfered to the full featured version from the Mac App Store! CONCLUSION They almost had me with their Mac user interface, but after entering in so much data, and now facing the task of having to enter it in again, I might as well pause and take a look at other options including Mac software, REUNION, and the popular online and iOS solution If the developers of MacFamilyTree want to be more helpful, they should either alert demo software users that they will never be able to save their work, or update the demo version to be able to be unlocked when paid for and then allow saving and printing of the data. [...]

If/Then in Boston.

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 12:28:00 +0000


We saw If/Then Musical last night and were blown away by the talent of Jackie Burns who played the lead character, Elizabeth.

Jackie was the understudy of Idina Menzel for the title role of this play on Broadway. You can see why. In addition to her thoughtful acting, her voice is truly amazing. At one point int he play, Carol turned to me and said, "She does this multiple times."

This was at the point of a powerful solo, packed with emotion.

It was incredible to watch as she left everything on stage as if she was experiencing everything for the first time, and sharing it with us.

At a few points during the play, they audience couldn't help but let go their emotions.

During one sweet kiss, a woman nearby softly said, "Awww..." Everyone around us smiled at that...

The play follows Elizabeth through two different paths that her life would lead depending on the choices that she makes. Her life becomes both happy and sad, and she becomes both weak and strong. I didn't expect that the writers would go there, but they did. There are some powerful moments here.

In addition to Jackie Burns, Anthony Rapp, you know him from RENT, brings his unique voice and portrayal to the character of Lucas. Also featured is American Idol's Tamyra Gray as Kate. Tamara did an excellent job. Matthew Hydzik brings power and nuance to the role of Josh.

The staging is RENT-like, starting out with a guitarist on stage, but it's the floor to ceiling video displays that become part of the show to indicate where in NYC the action takes place. Also innovative was the staging for scenes that took place in the NYC subway system.

IF/THEN at the Boston Opera House July 5 - 17.

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