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I’d call my relationship with food average. I have never been the type to shop exclusively at Whole Foods, to frequent food blogs or spend much time thinking about locally sourced kale. I don’t abide by any particular diet. I probably eat more GMO’s than I’d care to think about. More

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5 Times ‘Goosebumps’ Stories (Sort of) Happened in Real Life
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As a child, hearing the haunting voice of a mysterious narrator utter the words, “viewers beware, you’re in for a scare,” unleashed a chill down my spine and a paranoid fear of monster blood, vampire neighbors, and psychopathic ventriloquist dolls.  I thought those days were over, but R.L. Stine, like his “Goosebumps” books, can’t be brushed away by time. On September 30, the teen-horror author released “Party Games,” the newest addition to the famed “Fear Street” series. More

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Instant Scream: The Best Horror Movies to Stream on Netflix
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Halloween is almost here, and the weather is getting cooler.  What better to do then curl up indoors with your laptop and subject yourself to some horror movies?  Granted, Netflix’s horror offerings are pretty weak overall, but if you dig through the crap, you’ll find some wicked goodies, from classics to more recent fare.  Here are the best horror movies streaming on Netflix.

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5 Ways to Take Your Halloween Party from Spooky to Sinister
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Tired of going to the same old Halloween party every single year?  You know the one: silly decorations (plastic spiders and bats), bowls of candy corn, orange and black streamers, “Monster Mash,” jungle juice, basic costumes, bogus themes, pumpkin beer, and on and on.  Well, luckily, I’m here to help.  This October 31, throw your own party and forget trying to be spooky.  Here are some music and theme pointers to take your Halloween party to sinister levels.

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With a black helmet tucked under one arm and a brown paper bag in the other, Tim Sorbanelli walked out of CVS one night with a package of condoms, two bottles of Fiji water, a sleeve of Oreos, a stack of paper plates and a scented candle and sped away on his moped.

But that wasn’t even the curious part of this scene. Despite what smirking onlookers may have thought, this bizarre slew of items was neither for Tim nor for “a friend.” Instead, it was for a complete stranger.

Tim, as revealed by the bright blue shirt peeking out of his coat, is an employee at Favor Delivery, and this happens to be just one of the many “interesting” orders he has delivered as a part of his job. In an age where technology has taken the throne, it’s safe to say that blooming startups like Favor are using this to their advantage. New companies including Favor, Lyft, Uber and Airbnb have combined innovative apps with everyday services, expanding the job market and making lives quite a bit simpler—and more interesting.

“In this modern world, it’s easier than ever to find a flexible job that’s also reliable,” said Favor co-founder and CMO Zac Maurais. “Favor’s a different type of job in the sense that we have Facebook groups and throw these Facebook events rather than meeting in a corporate office.”

To better understand how these startups have changed the job market, I decided to download these apps and get up close and personal with a few of their employees, using the transportation service Lyft and delivery service Favor in particular. Boston has served as a sort of expansion city for both companies, as it became the San Francisco-based company’s first east-coast city back in May 2013 and the Austin-based company’s second destination earlier this summer.

With the help of a few coupon codes and some hungry friends, I ordered some food and took some rides around the city, speaking with employees along the way.

 

Lyft

The driver: Shawn

The greeting: Fist-bump

Why Lyft?: “I just got out of the army six weeks ago, and I’m earning some extra money before I head to UMass Boston in January. I drive once a week and made $145 my first night, even after the 20 percent Lyft takes out. Once I’m driving for 50 hours, they’ll take out all fees to show us their appreciation. It’s nice.”

On driving: “Boston people, we drive aggressively around here. So as a driver, I have to temper my habits because I am from around here, and you know I don’t want to be scaring my customers. No going and ripping the steering wheel off.”

On convenience: “It all goes so seamlessly. And for the customers, I think it’s actually a lot safer than regular cabs because it’s cash-free. Everything’s connected to Facebook and credit cards.”

His motto: “I’m going to Lyft, man.”

 

The driver: Yaaska

Why Lyft?: “A good friend who’s also a Lyft driver told me about it and how he could set his own hours.”

On convenience: “You can drive whenever you want to. And I make money that I can be making at structured jobs, sometimes more. The only difference is that I don’t have to ask. I can just drive.

On customers: “The people are happy with the service. They seem to really appreciate what we’re doing, and we’re happy too.”

 

The driver: Redouane

Why Lyft?: “Lyft is a bit nicer than Uber in that the people are friendlier. They get to sit in the front seat with you, you get to have a conversation, and you drive when you want.”

On customers: “Everyone’s so kind. But I decided I’m not driving at night anymore. I had an experience where a lady had been drinking and then got in my car and fell asleep. I was worried she wasn’t going to wake up. But she did, and I’m not doing that again.”

 

Favor

The order: A Chipotle Burrito

The deliverer: Juston

The ups: “I needed quick cash, and I think [Favor] was definitely a great way to explore the city and learn about my surroundings. And it’s a great way to make money, so that’s cool.”

The downs: “Tonight it’s pretty ugly out. Right now the weather might affect my time by 5-10 minutes, but I can still do my job. I think later in the winter, when it’s snowing and whatnot, the deliveries are going to be a little less smooth.”

Weirdest moments: “The strangest thing – I’m actually on my way to deliver it right now – is that somebody order protein bars or mix or something from GNC.”

When asked if he would go into a sex toy shop for a customer:  “I mean you have to do what you have to do.”

 

The order: A Sunset Cantina Enchilada

The deliverer: Tim (featured above)

The ups: “I’m making my moped investment worthwhile. And also it’s fun finding places in Boston you haven’t been to before. I’ve lived here for like three or four years, and I’m still discovering new things.”

The downs: “Sorry, I hope you can understand what I’m saying. My lips are actually frozen from the wind.”

 

Other stories from co-founder Zac Maurais: “We have a Facebook group where everyone connects, talks about their shifts, shares stories from jobs. Last week someone posted about a delivery where he had to pick up a dress and flowers and drop it off at this girl’s house. It turned out to be part of a proposal…We’ve also had people who’ve left their keys at a friend’s house and asked us to pick them up.”

 

Whether Lyft or Favor, transportation or delivery, these service-based startup apps are finding their ways to smartphones across the nation. Are these technologies the new face of the future job market?

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The College Newspaper Round-Up is a weekly look at various stories published in Boston-area student newspapers, plucking out the most interesting pieces that are important to communities across the Commonwealth: the students, the faculty, and the residents of neighborhoods that house them all. More

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This New Cambridge Bar’s Drink Menu Hilariously Mocks Cocktail Culture
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Tired of the same old bars? Looking for a place to kick back after work and enjoy a delicious cocktail made with artisan booze, obscure liqueur, homemade bitters and a bizarre garnish? Then the soon-to-open Ames Street Deli is the perfect place for you.
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This Boston Ambulance Driver Is Mapping Boston’s Entire History (And It’s Pretty Impressive)
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Ed McCarthy has driven pretty much every road in Boston during his 22 years as an EMT / ambulance driver. Now he’s putting that knowledge to use by making a comprehensive set of maps that show Boston’s development over almost 400 years, and the results are nothing short of amazing.
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New York Music Festival Cancels Event After Ebola Patient Attends Venue
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CMJ, one of the country’s biggest multi-venue music festivals, is underway throughout clubs in New York, attracting performers and attendees from across the world. Unfortunately, the festival takes place as the Ebola scare continues to rise in the US. Now, it seems that the two have crossed paths. More

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Pre-Bar Exam: Light Fare for Green Line Commuters and $3 Million From Leaf Lovers
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The Ottowa gunman, Mayor Menino’s battle with cancer, and the death toll in Syria are all important news from this week that you should read up on and discuss over the first beer of the evening—but man, they do not make for great bar jokes. As the night wares on, the banter gets lighter, and you want to make jokes while seeming to know something about the world around you, stick with the classics: bros rioting, angry sculptors, and the ever-comical Green Line. More

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Game Over: North Attleboro Upholds Ban On Kids Playing On Sidewalks, Streets
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Kids these days are too focused on their iPads and their video games and barely go outside anymore, according to my 85-year-old neighbor Earl. But in North Attleboro, there might be a reason for that: playing on the sidewalks and streets are banned, and will remained banned, thanks to a vote earlier this week from Town Meeting members.
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