Friday aggregation: Dwelltime yay, Thrillist blech; Akamai and Harmonix; murder; and MassHealth
Dwelltime opens Saturday, according to the Thrillist website. The 364 Broadway coffee shop, by Jaime Van Schyndel, the roaster behind Barismo in Arlington, is described as being, um, very handsome — cooper bar, tin ceiling, gooseneck lamps and so on. Definitely visit the the post and look at the pictures. (Reading the post, though, isn’t recommended for everyone. Thrillist writers follow some sort of weird stylebook that really forces the alleged fun and inserts links to “funny” photos. If you met somebody at a party who talked like Thrillist reads, you’d be edging away and excusing yourself pretty quickly: Schyndel and his partners are “artisan java mavens,” for instance, and the coffee shop has “giant retractable front windows that make you feel like you’re outside, even though you’re so f-ing not.” And when you click on the words “you’re outside,” it takes you to a picture of a man using a toilet installed outside his house, phone in hand and beer nearby. Again, it’s “funny.”)
The Boston Herald had a double dose of business news: a Thursday brief that pay for Akamai Technologies jumped total compensation for Chief Executive Paul Sagan to $11.9 million last year from $6 million the year before; and a Tuesday item touting the release of “Rock Band Blitz” by Central Square-based Harmonix. “The new game, available this summer on Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network, will dispense with plastic instruments,” the Herald said. “Gamers will play Blitz using only a controller.”
Local Fox news says the 1997 abduction and murder of East Cambridge’s Jeffrey Curley, 10, keeps haunting his father, Robert Curley, who got notification last week, telling him that one of the men convicted for the crime is still trying to get his conviction overturned and get a new trial. “I didn’t know he could appeal it. I thought when his final state appeals were heard, I thought that was it,” Robert Curley told Bob Ward’s Crime Files blog. “I didn’t know he could appeal it to a federal level.”
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s skepticism about forcing the young to buy health insurance gets an answer from Andrea Louise Campbell, an associate professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Thursday’s New York Times. She tells the story of her sister-in-law, a expectant mother suddenly made into a quadriplegic in California, which has no equivalent to MassHealth. “Were the Obama health care reforms already in place, my brother and sister-in-law’s situation — insurance-wise and financially — would be far less dire,” Campbell writes.