When I started my expansion of the Biomes Center three years ago, I approached the state's quasi-governmental Economic Development Corporation to help out with financing. The EDC's main mission is to encourage job growth in RI. They helped me out, but the funds were a pittance and I had to jump through hoops for a ridiculously small grant. Meanwhile they doled out $75 million to Curt Shilling's now bankrupt 38 Studios. I've hired six employees since then and Curt and the then Republican Governor screwed the taxpayers of my state. The NYT has a good article on the entire debacle that is worth a read. For what the state threw away on a single startup that went nowhere they could have funded over a hundred small businesses like mine and would have created hundreds, or even thousands, of new jobs.
Ten years ago Kevin Drum was one of the first liberal bloggers I read daily. I don’t follow him on a regular basis anymore, but this post on why the white working class hates democrats is an example of why he’s still on my reading list.
Happy Bare Sticks Day. Wow, this spring will be 20 years since the divorce and I'm still a bachelor.
A case against home cooking. Although I love to cook, the hours I keep seven days a week keeps me away from the stove. I live on Dave's Market's hot bar, which provides a huge and changing variety of meals to go. Wash the containers and reuse them and you have an endless supply of healthy meals. And the cooking is fantastic. A single guy's Nirvana.
Anyone who’s ever cooked pasta knows that salting the water (preferably before it starts to boil) is a key first step. Olive Garden no longer salts their water so they can get an extended warranty on their pots.