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Carlsberg Jacobsen Dark Lager

 A great Dane
“What is your affair in Elsinore?” Hamlet asks Horatio in Act 1, Scene 2. “We’ll teach you to drink deep ere you depart.”
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 02, 2008


Know nukes

Why is our worst national nightmare so misunderstood?
I’ll never shake the sense memory of that numbed shiver.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 31, 2007


Browsing ahead

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
All that online talk (nine billion Google hits and counting) notwithstanding, “Web 3.0” won’t be happening any time soon.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 26, 2007


Scaldis Noël

A worthy indulgence
It’s the time of year for indulging and imbibing.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 19, 2007


Gardner growing pains

Her will be done
Isabella Stewart Gardner’s will is explicit: the experience she choreographed for visitors to her museum must continue in perpetuity.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 19, 2007


Wikipedia rules

Wikipedia doubled its number of articles in just 18 months. But who are the “Wikipediots” writing them? And why do they do it?
The ancient Library at Alexandria, once the largest on Earth, housed perhaps 500,000 volumes.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 12, 2007


Great Scotch is nothing new

Put a bow around the water of life this Christmas
In 1969, in Ballindalloch, in the Speyside region of Scotland's north coast, the master distiller at Glenlivet filled 10 wooden casks with raw and fiery whisky.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 10, 2007


Never-see TV

Writing wrongs
The Writers Guild of America strike, now in its fifth week, has exacted a serious toll.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 05, 2007


Stand-up guys

Tim and Eric’s 15 minutes
“In the sphere of thought, absurdity and perversity remain the masters of the world,” wrote Schopenhauer, “and their dominion is suspended only for brief periods.”
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 04, 2007


Suffrage net city

The Web has become key to presidential politics — we rate the candidates on how they’ve put Al Gore’s invention to use
Three years ago, when the Red Sox were winning and John Kerry was losing, YouTube hadn’t even been invented.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 28, 2007


Dropkick Husseins

Step dancing on Saddam’s grave
It’s been a good year for Dropkick Murphys.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 14, 2007


Greased lightning

Powering the anti – fossil fuel revolution, one fried catfish at a time
Oil has been discovered in a Brighton backyard.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 16, 2008


Rock bottom

Cavemen  bad!
Everyone knew it would be bad.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 06, 2007


Insure this!

Why some twentysomethings won’t buy health insurance — even though it means they’ll be breaking the law
“Actually, y’know, no. I think . . . fuck ’em. I don’t care.”
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 31, 2007


No war, okay?

One more time
You’d be forgiven for wondering why you should show up at the New England Mobilization to End the War in Iraq.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 24, 2007


Southie rules

Dot Ave goes to Hollywood
In Brad Gann’s film Black Irish , Tom Guiry plays a seething blur of Southie rage named Terry.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 24, 2007


Les bons mots pour Gagné

Kick him when he's down
Red Sox reliever Eric Gagné is not popular in Boston these days.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 17, 2007


Sweet harmony, sweet irony

Sox in dirty water
The Red Sox’ victory song, the Standells’ “Dirty Water,” is “a song about a guy who got mugged.”
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 10, 2007


Brit wits

As Nick Hornby and Irvine Welsh face 50, two of Brit Lit’s standard-bearers stare down middle age in very different ways  
Nick Hornby’s new novel is about a boy. Not About a Boy . Irvine Welsh’s new short story collection is filthy. Not Filth .
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 11, 2007


Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A.

Say what it wants in a big way
“The role of a comedian,” said the late Lenny Bruce, is to make the audience laugh, at a minimum of once every 15 seconds.”
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 03, 2007
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