Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

Here's the Scoop: May 26, 2010

Necessity is the mother of invention
Those of you who are easily grossed out (I fit that bill) should stop reading here. I learned this week that a Roxbury resident has become a star on the Internet because of a blanket he invented. This isn’t your everyday blanket. And it’s apparently not going to replace the Snuggie (another great concept that I wrote about awhile back) in homes across America.


Here's the Scoop: May 19, 2010

You don’t say...
When I go online, it’s sometimes interesting to click on the stories that the Home Page folks have deemed important. Just last week, there was a headline that screamed out at me: “The Worst Words to Say at Work.”
I naturally figured that I knew all of these — and a few more.


Here's the Scoop: May 12, 2010

Hot dog! That’s a great idea
As a general rule, I hate Internet advertising. These ads are a little too “in your face” for me. Plus, there’s the indisputable fact that newspaper ads are the only ones that work.


Here's the Scoop: May 5, 2010

Blasts from the past
I’m not really a Classic Rock kinda guy. To me, Classic Rock equals Nostalgia which equals Old. I have my knees to give me the age message, I don’t need my ears echoing this reality.
As a result, I have a stereo cabinet filled with discs that I have played countless times, but most of which I no longer load into the disc player.


Here's the Scoop: April 28, 2010

Seedy neighborhood
On occasion, I have updated fascinated readers with The Bird Situation at our house. Since many of you have written to me seeking the latest news, I felt obligated to include another installment.
I suppose, if I were a cool tech-head, I could merely go on Twitter and “Tweet” about these bird-related events — it seems that would be very appropriate indeed. But I can’t get paid for that type of communication, so the latest news will appear here.


Here's the Scoop: April 21, 2010

Read the fine print...if you have time


Here's the Scoop: April 14, 2010

Pick it up
Walking and Stalking Season is now officially open. Before you get the wrong idea, I should clarify, that the “Stalking” I’m referring to is not the fun type that eventually leads to restraining orders and movie-of-the-week subject matter.


Here's the Scoop: April 7, 2010

Analyze this
When I grow up, I have decided that I want to become an analyst. I’ll admit that I’m entirely sure what an analyst does, but that doesn’t seem to matter very much.


Here's the Scoop: March 31, 2010

Old-school memories
As I glanced at my incoming e-mail last week, a familiar name flicked past. If the e-mail was from whom I thought it was from, it had been three decades since I’d been in touch with this person (or since he’d heard from me).
Sure enough, “Little Rhodie” was the e-mail author.


Here's the Scoop: March 17, 2010

Now we’re all wet
This will hopefully be the final installment of Storm Columns. Sure, there will probably be traces of the monster snowfall still around in June at higher elevations. But everywhere else, this episode should be committed to memory and photographs very soon. Naturally, the actual snowfall amounts will continue to increase each time the story is related.


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