Sunday, September 19, 2010

the world could use a little more jon stewart

I'm not consistent about following current events. I always hesitate to make political judgments, in fear that I just don't know enough to sound like an informed citizen. I'm usually pretty sure that someone else can out-argue me about politics if they have taken the time to watch even an hour's worth of news that day. Unfortunately, most of the information that people use to argue about politics comes from extremely unreliable sources motivated primarily by profit maximization, not information dissemination.

That's why I love watching Jon Stewart. He can't be firmly labeled as liberal or conservative, Democratic or Republican. Regardless of his personal, debatable, moral convictions, The Daily Show only seeks to comment on the logic of political decisions and political reporting. Jon Stewart is smart, and concerned about the irrational ways Americans judge the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of the political system. He is a comedian, but takes his responsibility to report honestly seriously.

I would love to share tons of my favorite clips of him. Instead, I will just share what I am most excited by at the moment, his call for a "Rally to Restore Sanity." Please enjoy this clip:
I will not be in attendance, as Jon Stewart says, because I have s*** to do. But I hope the rally gets some real attention and promotes the voices of the quiet people, who just want to see some thoughtfulness in the political arena.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

sometimes it's nice to just sit by a window and think

xoxo, Maus

it's hard to plan a bad day around beer and sushi

Last weekend, T&C came to visit us. We stuffed our time together full of fantastic activities (which included a special showing of To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar). But our Saturday featured two gems of local attractions: the Harpoon Brewery and the Fish Market Sushi Bar.


T will probably kill me for posting this picture from the brewery, but it really perfectly captured the time we had there. Beyond being really interesting and full of insanely good beer, Harpoon's atmosphere mixes a go-with-it attitude with some pretty impressive technology. It made me feel like we had stepped into Willy Wonka's beer factory, relocated onto an organic barley farm. If that description is too much for you, just trust me when I say we had a great time, and this place passes the test for a Saturday afternoon adventure.

Harpoon Brewery
306 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02210

Later that day, when our bellies were no longer full of delicious beer, we refilled them at the Fish Market Sushi Bar in Allston. Besides being adorable, this little restaurant serves up some mean sushi. It's always easy to leave room for dessert when doing sushi, but at this place, it's a requirement. T got a cute little green tea mochi, and I had my first helping of sesame ice cream. Both of us went home happy.

Fish Market Sushi Bar
170 Brighton Avenue
Allston, MA 02134

We were so happy T&C were willing to make the trip up here and hope it happens again. Maybe next time we'll try wine and cheese...