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Smart Benches have plugs to charge your smartphone and wirelessly connect to the internet to provide location-based information, like air quality data. Boston will be the first, and they will get "smarter" over time.
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Good for Craig - so many would have shrugged and walked on.
I had a very "Make Way for Ducklings" moment today.

I was walking back to my office from the rec center on campus when I noticed a woman watching a duck. "That's odd," I thought..."Why would a duck be in the middle of campus? There's no standing water here." Then I noticed her five fuzzy little (and I mean tiny) ducklings peeping and trailing close behind her tail at every step.

The woman, a librarian, had been watching the ducks for almost an hour, trying to figure out what to do about them. Campus groundkeeping was gone for the weekend and, if left there, the ducklings would likely perish due to lack of water. So, we decided that we would try to usher / herd the ducks across campus and across a busy 6-lane road to the adjacent park. It has a small lake and would be ideal for wild ducks.

So, we herded and we ushed, looking bizarre to any casual onlookers, I'm sure. Momma duck was pretty upset at us a few times, and she refused to budge from under a big fir tree at one point. We gave her a couple of minutes to regroup and then moved them along with kind words and waving arms.

Ducks aren't too bright, it seems. Momma duck kept hopping up curbs and ledges only to turn around and realize that her wee ones couldn't make it up. After the 6th or 7th time, you'd think she'd learn. But apparently not.

The most dramatic moment (for me, at least) was when I had to step out into 45 mph traffic and stop 6 lanes of oncoming cars in order to make a path for the ducks to get across MLK (a major road next to campus). An uptight lady in a minivan was waving her arms the whole time as if to say, "Why are you making me stop?" DUCKLINGS! madam...ducklings.

Momma duck made a beeline for the park across the street once the cars stopped and, after we lifted her babies up over the 8" curb, they all waddled down the grass in the direction of the lake. It was a rather triumphant feeling seeing them back in a friendly habitat. The librarian and I shook hands, shared a moment of self-congratulation, and departed.

If you've never read Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey, it's certainly worth doing so. Having a small child beside you when you do is nice, but not'll enjoy it all the same.
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I think you just made my day, +Craig Froehle. It will be hard to top that. 
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We were driving on the MA Pike Tuesday and stopped at Charlton to get ice cream.

At the next table were two men with their backs to us and a boy maybe 10-13 facing us. Another man joined them and set beside the boy. He showed him something and said something about "special date".  I think he then said something about 40% silver because one of the other men asked "Why didn't they use steel?'" or maybe he asked about copper? Not sure, hard to hear them, but he'd definitely found either a steel cent or a war nickel.
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Isn't amazing that people argue about the cost of saving us all from doom?

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When money is all you value or measure, this is the result. 
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What's next, air?

I prefer extreme solutions for people like this.

"Nestlé's Chairman of the Board, Peter Brabeck, has explained his philosophy with "The one opinion, which I think is extreme, is represented by the NGOs, who bang on about declaring water a public right. That means as a human being you should have a right to water. That’s an extreme solution."
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How do you defend that idea to, say, your mother — or anyone's?

People from 100 years ago and 100 years hence would never understand this. 
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As promised, the answer to the Second Eagle giveaway was posted sometime in June. I also put numerous clues in other articles, with more to come this month.  Anyone who actually reads this blog should have no trouble finding ...
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