Archive for September, 2007

Sadie at Lookout Farm in Natick

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

We took Sadie out to Lookout Farm in Natick this morning to run around and visit the animals. It’s a great hour or two to spend on a sunny Saturday morning. Make sure you get there early, though. We arrived at 10 and it was fine. By 11:30, when we left, it was packed.

Once you arrive, you take a train out to the orchards and the children’s play place. The train’s a little bumpy, so you need to hold on tight.

Daddy and Sadie on the train

They have a small zoo, with ostriches, llamas, a cow and a pig. They also have a petting area for Sadie to walk around with the sheep and the goats. She liked that.

Sadie and the goats

They have a fairly small playground on site, but it does the job. Sadie was a big fan of the red slide.


They also have a large straw ziggurat which is just a little too big for Sadie to climb — as if that would prevent her from trying, of course. Too bad getting down wasn’t as easy as getting up.


It’s $12 an adult to get in (not counting fruit, if you want to pick some yourself), but it’s a decent place to kill a couple of hours letting the toddler run around and look at the animals.

(Meta note: These photos were taken with the iPhone. They’re obviously not as good as the ones I take with the SLR, but definitely better than any other cameraphone I’ve had.)

They call her Pigpen

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

Sadie’s favorite spot at daycare is the sandbox. Anytime they have free play there, she always beelines to the sand. At the end of each day, she’s covered in sand, with a little cloud following her wherever she goes. They call her Pigpen.

We’re so proud.

Sadie in the sandbox

Patriots opening day

Monday, September 10th, 2007

We’re all excited to welcome football season, especially since the Patriots destroyed the Jets. Sadie’s getting used to how we handle football Sundays in the Butler household.

Jason and Sadie watching the Patriots game

Wilfork is one of the top Patriots players

Friday, September 7th, 2007

The Herald runs a great story this morning on the Butler family’s favorite player, Vince Wilfork.

Were it not for the presence of Tom Brady, Vince Wilfork might be the best player on the best team in football.

At worst, he’s in the Patriots’ top three, which makes it all the more amazing that three years ago, 20 players heard their names called before his at the 2004 draft.

Facebook thoughts

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

I’ve been playing around with Facebook a little bit — see Jason Butler Facebook — and it’s fun to see how far a lot of the ideas we were implementing at PlanetAll have made it into the mainstream.

I downloaded the developer API, and I’m going to start thinking a little more deeply about how to integrate the social graph into the various projects I’m working on. I wonder if there are interesting ways to map journalism to relationships. Hmm….

List of stores at Natick Collection

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

The new Natick Mall opens tomorrow. In case you were wondering, here’s the list of stores as of September 6th (I’m pretty excited about the Apple Store, myself…):

90’s Nails
A.T. Cross – Opening September 7
Abercrombie & Fitch
Abercrombie Kids – Coming Soon
Aldimami – Opening September 7
Aldo Accessories
Allen Edmonds – Opening September 7
Alpha Omega
American Eagle Outfitters
Amy’s Hallmark
Ann Taylor
Ann Taylor Loft
Anthropologie – Opening September 7
Apple – Opening September 7
Art of Shaving, The – Opening September 7
Au Bon Pain – Opening September 7
Auntie Anne’s
Bag n’ Baggage – Opening September 7
Banana Republic
Bank of America
Bare Escentuals – Opening September 7
Bath & Body Works
BC Sports Collectables
BCBG MaxAzria – Opening September 7
Betsey Johnson – Opening September 7
bluemercury – Opening September 7
Body Shop
Bose – Opening September 7
Bottega Veneta – Coming Soon
Brighton Collectibles – Opening September 7
Brooks Brothers
Build-A-Bear Workshop
Burberry – Opening September 7
California Pizza Kitchen
Calvin Klein – Coming Soon
Champs Sports
Cheesecake Factory, The – Opening Soon
Children’s PlaySpace
Cingular Wireless
Claire’s Boutique
Clarks England – Opening September 7
Club Libby Lu
Club Monaco – Coming Soon
Cohen’s Fashion Optical
Coldwater Creek
Cool Waves – Opening September 7
Crabtree & Evelyn
Crate & Barrel
crewcuts – Opening September 7
Dellaria Salon
Dellaria Salon & Day Spa
Easy Spirit
Eddie Bauer
Everything But Water
Express Men
Finale Dessert Company – Opening September 7
Fire & Ice – Opening September 7
Flamers Charbroiled Hamburgers
Fossil – Opening September 7
Fruits & Passion – Opening September 7
Games Workshop
Glamour Shots
Gloria Jean’s Gourmet Coffees
Godiva Chocolatier
Gordon’s Jewelers
Gourmet India
Gucci – Coming Soon
Guess – Opening September 7
Hanna Andersson – Opening September 7
Hannoush Jewelers
Helzberg Diamonds
Hollister Co.
Hot Topic
Hugo Boss – Coming Soon
J. Crew – Opening September 7
J. Jill
Jacadi – Coming Soon
Jacob – Opening September 7
Janie and Jack
Jessica McClintock
Johnston & Murphy – Opening September 7
Juicy Couture – Opening September 7
Karen Millen – Coming Soon
Kate Spade – Opening September 7
Kay Jewelers
L’Occitane – Opening September 7
Lacoste – Opening September 7
Lady Foot Locker
Landau Collection of Costume Jewelry
Lane Bryant
Lauren – Coming Soon
Levi’s – Opening September 7
Lids Kids – Coming Soon
Limited Too
Lindt Chocolate
Links of London – Coming Soon
Lord & Taylor
Louis Vuitton – Opening September 7
Lucky Brand Jeans – Opening September 7
lucy – Now Open!
Lululemon – Opening September 7
Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics – Opening September 7
Madewell – Opening September 7
Marciano – Opening September 7
Marina Rinaldi – Coming Soon
Martin + Osa – Opening September 7
Massachusetts State Lottery
Max Mara – Coming Soon
Melt Gelato & Crepe Café – Coming Soon
Metropark – Opening September 7
Metropolitan Bar & Grill – Opening September 7
Michael Kors – Opening September 7
Moonstruck Chocolate Café – Coming Soon
Na Hoku – Opening September 7
Neiman Marcus – Opening September 15
New York & Company
Nine West
Nordstrom – Opening September 7
North Face, The – Opening September 7
O’Kaidi – Coming Soon
Oakley – Opening September 7
Optica – Opening September 7
Origins – Opening September 7
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro – Coming Soon
Pac Sun
Payless ShoeSource
Piazza Sempione – Coming Soon
Portrait Simple
Pottery Barn Kids
Prime Blue – Coming Soon
Puma – Opening September 7
Radio Shack
Regis Hairstylists
Ritz Camera One Hour Photo
Rockport – Opening September 7
Ruehl – Opening September 7
Salad Creations of America – Now Open!
Sarku Japan
Sarku Japan
Scene – Opening September 7
Sel de la Terre – Opening September 7
Select Comfort
Shabby Chic – Opening September 7
SHI by Journey’s
Sleek MedSpa
Solstice Sunglasses Boutique – Opening September 7
Spencer Gifts
Sports Treasures
Stil – Coming Soon
Stride Rite
Stuart Weitzman – Opening September 7
Sunglass Hut
Sunglass Source
Sweet Factory
Talbots Accessories
Talbots Kids
Teavana – Opening September 7
The Sharper Image
Things Remembered
Thomas Pink – Coming Soon
Tiffany and Co. – Opening September 7
Tommy Bahama – Opening September 7
Tourneau – Opening September 7
Trade Secret
Travel 2000
Vera Bradley – Opening September 7
Verizon Wireless
Victoria’s Secret
Walking Company, The
White House/Black Market
Wok Kitchen – Coming Soon
Yankee Candle Company
Zara – Opening September 7

[tags]Natick Collection[/tags]

LEGAL as a programming language?

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

Jeremy Zawodny hosts a good comparison of software languages and legalese. Pretty funny for those of us exposed to both worlds each day. Read the comments, too; they add a lot to the conversation.

He goes on to answer the question “Why is LEGAL such a [poor] language?” and finds that, among other problems, “it doesn’t use modern techniques like subroutines or standard libraries.” Doing so would save a ton of time and effort. It’d probably also reduce the lawyer’s income.

As he concludes:

Of course, there is one additional reason that legal documents are so long: Many lawyers are paid by the hour.


Clay Buchholz no-hitter!

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

Wow, what an amazing game for the Clay Buchholz in his second major-league start.

This may be a special year for the Red Sox yet. I believe.

An outlier in my own home

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

I walked around the house this morning all excited, saying “Woo Hoo, our copy of the new Programming Collective Intelligence book came!”

No one else in the house seemed all that excited.