If You’re In Western Mass

I’ll be giving a talk at my old stomping grounds on Thursday evening, 8PM, in Fayerweather. If you might show up, let me know in the comments–I’d love to touch base with readers.

And until then … I’m off to solve US auto woes.

  1. Anonymous says:

    OT: Tonight, Frontline episode â€Cheney’s Law†features extensive interviews with Jack Goldsmith. Here in Phila. metro, it’s on WHYY at 10:30pm. PBS Frontline link. It’s also viewable online.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Off to solve the US auto woes. Jeebus, saving American democracy might be easier. Couple of suggestions. One, you are going to need single payer universal healthcare. Two, you’ll never beat the Japanese, Koreans and Germans at what they already do; better to skip ahead to the next generation/iteration of drivetrain ASAP and make them chase that.

  3. pdaly says:

    EW, I agree with bmaz. Good luck.
    However are you involved in the development of the next generation of cars such as the flying car?!
    I know NASA has already commissioned the software to do the â€traffic control†for the public flyspace which will be below airplane flight paths.

  4. pdaly says:

    Make sure that they grandfather in steering wheels–I cannot stay on a the road using a joystick when competing against my nephews on Sony Playstation.

  5. Anonymous says:

    pdaly – Boy, you ain’t kidding. I used to be private pilot. Learned how to fly on Cessnas and Mooneys with the nice little steering wheels. Went up with a friend in his aerobatic plane with the stick. I found no â€joy†at all with the control stick; about killed both of us….

  6. phred says:

    EW, any chance you’ll be swinging by the eastern part of the state? Amherst is a bit of a haul from here, but I’ll come if I can. I haven’t been back to Amherst in years, perhaps I should use this as an excuse to go, even if you are planning on making it further east…

  7. phred says:

    EW — thanks for the scoop! I just registered for the BC event in November, so I’ll skip the long drive tomorrow. I don’t know how your social calendar looks for the November event, but I know a fine Irish pub where a thirsty panelist can find a welcome pint o’Guinness…

  8. phred says:

    bmaz — bangers and mash?!? Time to whip out my Gaelic-English dictionary Here, I thought I was on top of things knowing about using malt vinegar instead of ketchup on the fries. Guess not, eh?

  9. pdaly says:


    I’ll try to drive from Boston to Amherst tomorrow if I can get out of my meeting early. Is it 2 hours to Amherst?

    Unfortunately, looks like I’ll miss your November talk at BC. Sister’s wedding will be across town.

  10. JohnLopresti says:

    E’, You should get a November laugh if you repeat the triple aphorism about Emmanuel, Amherst, and what was the other institution in the region whose social life was flexible? I used to help recruit for that institution, and the officials ignored the long paragraphs, though likely were sure it was the years study in foreign institutions that classicalized the diction. re: UM, I once met the ex dean of students who might have worked at the time you were there; she was marketing minicomputers for IBM when minis were very obsolete, prolonging the life of a senescent product; as I recall she resembled VPlame, somewhat; nah, impossible.

  11. phred says:

    EW, only too happy to help Can’t promise you bangers and mash though, but where there’s Guinness on tap, well, what more do you need? Looking forward to meeting you and the mr.

  12. Anonymous says:

    The bangers and mash was somewhat of a joke. Stick with the fish and chips, I certainly would. Heh. Course you might want to mate some black with your tan……

  13. phred says:

    EW, not sure, but I’ll find out. And if they don’t, well heck it’s Boston, there’s bound to be a pub that has it… I’ll do my best to find you one

  14. Anonymous says:

    Atta boy Phred; keep em happy and plied with the right kind of alcohol! It is the key to existence here in my household……

  15. phred says:

    I’ll do my best bmaz, nothing like a panel discussion to make one thirsty after all And for the record I go in for all black (rugby reference, couldn’t help myself but I’m married to a fan of the odd practice of watering down the black with some tan…

  16. Anonymous says:

    Thats freaking hilarious! I used to have friends who were ruggers in college; I used to go watch their matches. I was introduced to black and tans while hitting on their girlfriends on the sideline. Heh heh!

  17. Neil says:

    Marcy, I regret I cannot attend tonight. I would so enjoy hearing you sepak. Knock em dead. If you’re around this weekend for Homecoming, I’ll introduce myself. I look forward to attending your talk at BC in November. That’s just a stone’s throw away.

  18. Neil says:

    Looking for Guinness, Beamish, Bangers, Mash & Peas in the Hub? This will get you there. Phred, a banger is a sausage and mash potatoes.

  19. phred says:

    Neil, just tried your link, but it didn’t seem to work… I’m open to suggestions. Hope to meet you at BC! In the meantime, I’ll brush up on my Irish cuisine

  20. Neil says:

    phred, hey there’s a place called The Last Hurrah at 60 School Street. Dunno if its nice or if they have Beamish.

  21. phred says:

    Oooo, that would be perfect. We have a month, looks like I’ll have to start doing my homework looking for Beamish — it’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it