Nostalgia
Nostalgia

Earlier this week, my esteemed colleague Alistair Birrell wrote an article detailing the many candies invented in Massachusetts, going so far as to say that “When it comes to candy, Hershey, PA ain’t got nothing on Boston.”
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Sloppy Snacks: Rating the Best and Worst Late Night Convenience Store Buys
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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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Broke Beats: Nolto & Dren – ‘Noltferatu & Drencula’
Music

DeJ Loaf – Drake’s latest cosign out of Detroit – was unequivocally the biggest thing in free rap music this week, and by now, you should’ve seen, downloaded, and played her new tape Sell Soul. But, we here are a Saturday blog, and we got way beat to the punch. So, take the tip from above, and let’s move on to something decidedly more out of the ordinary… More

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Art
Boston’s Meet The Maker Series Kicks Off, Showcases Local Artisanal Businesses
Art

Collaboration has always been at the foundation of independently owned and artisanal businesses, where they can come together and focus on creating unique, one-of-a-kind pieces. By supporting the skilled artisans who employ creativity and manual dexterity, this weekend’s event Meet The Makers – A Pop-Up is dedicated to preserving the trade of handcrafted goods here in Boston. More

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Vine Celebrity of the Week: Will Sasso
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Will Sasso describes himself on Vine as “the actor that played the good guy’s friend in that thing.” This solid, one line description perfectly sums up Sasso’s style; he is clearly capable of intelligent humor, he just isn’t always in the mood for it. When scrolling through the former “MAD TV” star’s vines, one feels the “box of chocolates” kind of effect, since you don’t know what you’re going to get from video to video. Sometimes he introduces his almost two million viewers to his videos while wearing a sweet snap back and throwing up deuces. Other times he dives right into a freestyle jingle, without ever establishing real purpose. The topic, duration, and effort put into each of Sasso’s vines may not be consistent, but one thing is for sure: if he is willing to make a 31-part vine series of him doing an Arnold Schwarzenegger impressions while driving, he is committed. More

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Michael Keaton from ‘Batman’ to ‘Birdman’: Recovering Sitcom Actor or Future Oscar Winner?
TV

Growing up, one of the great thrills of Oscar watching came during moments when lowly sitcom stars and comedians received awards attention. It felt like a validation of the things I watched with my friends, an acknowledgement that these performers – whether it was Bill Murray, or former “Fresh Prince” Will Smith – were just as worthy, and capable of the sorts of pathos, as traditional dramatic actors. More

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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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News
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College News Round-Up: Harvard Higher-Up Caught in Catfishing Scandal and More
News

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
Restaurants

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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