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Squeeze some more fun out of Summer
55 ideas for enjoying what’s left of the season
By Hippo Staff

In 19 days, summer 2010 will be over.

Sure, the first official day of fall is Thursday, Sept. 23. But for many kids in the area (those going to school in Concord or Nashua, for example), summer ends on Tuesday, Aug. 31, the first day of the new school year. In Manchester, the school year starts on Thursday, Sept. 2. For those of us who have graduated out of the academic calendar, the last day of summer might be more like Monday, Sept. 6, Labor Day and the final day of the last three-day-weekend of the season.

LONGSHOTS: I don’t want to tell you I told you so, but I told you so.
By Dave Long

Here’s an assortment of random thoughts that have been piling up as the summer has moved along.

I don’t know about you, but I’m to the point where I almost feel sorry for Tiger Woods. The guy finished 39 shots BEHIND the record he set on the same course 10 years ago at the Bridgestone Classic over the weekend. It’s like the gods have gotten together and said we’re going to teach this guy a lesson in humility. I mean Ebenezer Scrooge didn’t even get it this bad in A Christmas Carol.

FOOD: The world in your cup
Coffee Roasters Café brings international beans to Windham
By Madeleine Staub

Coffee Roasters Café in Windham offers a wide range of coffees and fresh products created by Barry and Lynn Goldman. With a lifetime of experience roasting coffee, Barry Goldman has set out to create a unique experience in which coffee beans are roasted, brewed and enjoyed in an 1800s farmhouse.  

THEATER: Alice sings
Multi-age cast takes a new and musical trip to Wonderland
Adam Coughlin

Alice in Wonderland the musical makes its world debut on Aug. 12 at the Hillsboro-Deering Middle School but the production wouldn’t have happened at all if a conversation hadn’t run a little bit long.

TECH: Cloud one
A new OS hits version 1.0
By John “jaQ” Andrews

If it weren’t for that friend in college named Joli, this might have slipped under my radar. An operating system named Jolicloud, based on Linux and designed for netbook users who want to keep all their data online.

Dork vs. Dork: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
If you don’t cotton to 8-bit NES-based humor, then move right along
By Glenn Given and Dan Szczesny

I’m certain that a large segment of the crotchety old know-nothing caucus will hand-wave Scott Pilgrim vs. the World off as “post-modern” and “hipster frippery” while remaining willfully ignorant of both the film and the definition of the very terms it levies to degrade said film. The reality is that Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novella series is a delirious treat. Its six-volume hyperbolic epic of too-charismatic-for- his-own-good slacker Pilgrim and his herculean quest to vanquish his new lady love’s seven evil ex-boyfriends aptly walks the lines between indie twee, Ritalin-addled gaming/anime fetishism and punk snark. Plus, they make me hate Canadians a little less.

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