Posts Tagged ‘Massachusetts’

Facebook is now valued at $15 billion

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

Facebook logoI was talking to some 30-something, non-tech-industry friends last week, and the topic turned to Facebook. What’s the deal with Facebook? they asked. None of them had profiles, none of them had ever even visited the site, all of them thought I was nuts for having set up a profile. “You mean you put it online that you live in Massachusetts?!” they asked. I tried to explain that Facebook is huge (as is the state of Massachusetts). They didn’t buy it.

“Today Microsoft agreed to invest $240 million for a 1.6% stake in Facebook that values the social-networking site at $15 billion, beating Google in a closely watched contest.”Friends, Facebook is worth $15 BILLION dollars. I am not the only one who uses the site.

Pumpkin carving and the Internet

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

The foliage is at its peak here in Massachusetts, the Red Sox are heading to the World Series, the weather is in the 70s…and on Saturday I went to Russell Orchards with Chris and some friends for our yearly pumpkin purchase. What could be better than that? If you live in the area or are anywhere close to Ipswich, MA, I highly recommend a trip to Russell’s. They have fresh produce, apple picking (in season), farm animals (including the largest pig that I have ever seen – Big Boy is his name), hay rides, and to-die-for apple cider donuts. Cara picked out the ugliest pumpkin that she could find and was determined to use the stem as a nose, so she got on the Internet to see what patterns she could find. There are a slew of pumpkin-carving resources online, including Pumpkin Masters, which has free patterns, tips & tricks, a $15,000 contest for the most original carved creation and the latest tools (does anyone really need a battery-operated pumpkin carving saw?!) She finally decided that she wanted her pumpkin to look like the book cover below and delegated most of the work to Chris. Here’s the model and the final product.

Massachusetts BBQ

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

BBQIt might seem to be an oxymoron, but there is good BBQ to be found in  Massachusetts. This photo was taken at Tennessee BBQ, where I dined this weekend – I recommend the ribs, they were delicious. But my favorite Massachusetts BBQ joint is at The American BBQ. Finding anything Internet-related about BBQing is slightly more difficult, but if you’re interested in cooking some ribs yourself, you’ll find a good list of resources about firing up the grill at About.com’s BBQ & Grilling section.