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That sense of entitlement

I read myriad newspapers. I also listen to radio and television news reports (with an affinity for the BBC, which has always seemed to know how to do broadcast news).
Musing on “me, now, more”; hope in RI; marriage doesn’t need defending
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  July 22, 2011

Homer's home

A hundred years after his death, Winslow Homer is still making waves.
The PMA shows the Maine coastal artist at work
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  June 18, 2010

Is genius immortal?

No disrespect to the man who let there be electric light, but Ray Kurzweil is Thomas Alva Edison on steroids.
Tech god Ray Kurzweil is a modern-day Edison. Now he's battling to stay alive — forever
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 30, 2010

Tilting at Windows

Stallman — a legend in the programmer community for more than a quarter century — considers it his life's work to proselytize the free-software gospel, educating the lay people who'd otherwise assume that Microsoft or Apple are exclusively synonymous wit
Software 'Saint' Richard Stallman fights for computing freedom — and against corporate control
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 18, 2009

It's hip to be icosahedral

Be they beer geeks, comic-book geeks, or music geeks, nowadays people flout their geekdom proudly, even wearing it like a badge.
In a new book, Ethan Gilsdorf  tracks his global quest to visit the holiest nerd-world sites
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 02, 2009

Cheesy and crackers

There is no place hotter in the media lately than South Carolina, "The Cracker State," whose logo is still  essentially the Confederate flag.
Too much southern exposure. Plus, a rant — unpamper those kids!
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 18, 2009


The Accidental Billionaires

In this nonfiction account of the Harvard origins of the social-networking phenomenon, the author boils down the essence of why Facebook — orginially called thefacebook — was created and the root of its power: nerds obsessing over sex. In this excerpt,
The founding of Facebook: A tale of sex, money, genius, and betrayal
By BEN MEZRICH  |  July 24, 2009

Space cowboy

Ronald Mallett wanted to build a time machine.
For more than 50 years, UConn physics professor Ronald Mallett had a secret. Now that it's out, we may be one step closer to traveling back in time.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 15, 2008

The Faint

It’s as if I were at a party where they’re endlessly playing “Dead or Alive” while some guy next to me mumbles nonsense in my ear and some kid in the corner hits random keys on a Juno.
Fasciinatiion | Blank.wav
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 12, 2008

Crossword: ''Bizarro world''

Everyone's against me!
By MATT JONES  |  July 23, 2008

The 100 unsexiest men in the world

Welcome to the first installment of's 100 Unsexiest Men in the World.
Who would Scarlett least like to be with?
By BILL JENSEN & RYAN STEWART  |  March 27, 2008


Browsing ahead

All that online talk (nine billion Google hits and counting) notwithstanding, “Web 3.0” won’t be happening any time soon.
You can’t do much when you’re dead   — but you can still send e-mail. That’s just one Internet innovation that will loom large in 2008
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 26, 2007

Just for him or her

This goes well beyond engraved pen sets and monogrammed napkins.
Personalized gifts they have to keep
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  December 10, 2007

So long, Master Chief

Halo is the great unifier of the video-game world, bringing together people of all stripes, from hardcore geeks to competitive jocks.
Halo 3 calls it a day
By MITCH KRPATA  |  October 01, 2007

O Positive

Although the press covers them pantingly, endorsements often mean little — if anything — in presidential politics.
Can an Oprah endorsement deliver her fans to the Obama camp?
By STEVEN STARK  |  July 25, 2007

Dry Daisey

Fortunately for Mike Daisey, Bill Gates is on the other coast and Thomas Edison and Sam Walton are dead.
The monologist opens Monopoly!
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 03, 2007


The Ultimate Gift

Stingy are the rich, as we know from Ebenezer Scrooge and even Bill Gates before he became a crusading philanthropist.
Pretty hoky stuff
By TOM MEEK  |  March 14, 2007

Unlucky number

Dear Dr. Lovemonkey, My boyfriend gets very worked up whenever there is a Powerball drawing. We sit around and talk about what we’re going to do with the winnings.
Dr. Lovemonkey
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  October 25, 2006

Crossword: 'Behind the music'

Butt seriously, folks
By MATT JONES  |  September 13, 2006

The new Web geniuses

As the Web has evolved, becoming more and more democratized, capable of being customized and used in ever more ways, a funny thing is happening. Wanna be startin' something?: A five-step guide to being a new web millionaire. By Bill Jensen
How slackers with one dopey idea are getting rich
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 25, 2006

Crossword: 'Not so great'

Water you looking at?
By MATT JONES  |  August 02, 2006


The rich and the petty

As it happens, many of America’s wealthiest people, including Warren Buffett and co-philanthropist Bill Gates, want the US to keep the estate tax. But someone must stand up for the Paris Hiltons of this country.
Forbes whines, Buffett shines
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 28, 2006

Flashbacks: June 30, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Whitney Kimball and Hannah Van-Susteren.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By EDITORIAL  |  June 28, 2006

Phantom of the Oprah

Letters to the Boston editor: February 24, 2006
By EDITORIAL  |  February 23, 2006

Attack of the 50-foot Oprah

David Letterman is by no means the first one to realize that the road to success — or forgiveness — entails planting a kiss somewhere on Oprah’s oft-fluctuating anatomy.
Why America’s most powerful celebrity should be more feared than loved
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  February 09, 2006

Wish list

[1] An MBTA Red Line station without a broken escalator. [2] Someone in the White House who at least pretends we’re still looking for Osama.
106 things the Phoenix wants to see in 2006
By  |  December 30, 2005