It’s still summer at the Rhode Island Seafood Festival this weekend

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Ready to see the Ocean State out-Ocean State itself? Head down to India Point Park for the Rhode Island Seafood Festival today (9/7) and tomorrow (9/8)  from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. (First-years and/or directionally challenged Brunonians: click here for map.) The idea may sound fishy to you, and that’s literally why you should go: hang on to the last smells, tastes, and sounds of summer while the weather is nice and you have very little homework to do.

You don’t have to pay anything to get in, and there are tons of great food vendors—Clam JammersPlouf Plouf, and Blount Calm Shack, to name a few—who will be serving up yummy (read: fishy) dishes. If you’re over 21, you can let loose by the water and enjoy a brewski or a glass of wine from the local breweries and wineries that will be serving at the festival. Any local seafood festival without live music by local bands who play on “The Pier Stage” would simply be nautical nonsense; let these jams become the soundtrack to your meandering, eating, drinking, and merriment.

Enjoy the final few days of summer in true Rhode Island fashion. Be sure to get a group of friends and make the trek south to the Rhode Island Seafood Festival today and/or tomorrow. You’ll be glad you did.

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7 ways to break the Internet: Brown edition

I began this post as a warning of sorts. Men and women of Brown who care about your fantasy football teams (I realize this may be a very small demographic), SET YOUR LINEUPS EARLY THIS WEEK. Why? Last Sunday, millions of fantasy football slackers were shocked to find that Yahoo! Sports was down in the precious hours before kickoff at 1 p.m. Because of Yahoo!’s technical difficulties, lineups were left unchanged, players with bye weeks were in starting positions, and approximately 1.2 million pounds of hair was torn out nationwide. As often occurs these days, there was a decent-sized Internet riot in response (thank you Twitter). Last week’s debacle got me thinking, what Internet disasters would garner similar rage—most likely as measured by prevalence of clever hashtags—at Brown?

1. G-Chat fails. Again. Ffffffuuuuuu how am I supposed to procrastinate now in a way that even looks like I’m being productive? Let me take to another procrastination web site like Twitter to communally gripe!

2. BCA Spring Weekend Tickets. Too real, I guess this one is kind of inevitable. Until they book the “John Schnatter and Grover Norquist old-time string band” to headline Spring Weekend, that site is going to go down, and people are going to complain.

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Yet another food truck: Clam Jammers

 What with Mama Kim’s, Mijos, Plouf Plouf, and various other trucks clogging the sidewalk outside of Metcalf, it may be hard to believe the food truck bubble hasn’t burst on Thayer Street yet. Nevertheless, yet another one has opened for business. Starting this past Tuesday night, the Narragansett restaurant Clam Jammers has been operating a food truck on the corner of Thayer and Waterman. If not for grey-eyed/clouded Athena, they would’ve been around more this week, but the truck’s operators promise we’ll be seeing more of them in the future.

One might be skeptical of the preposterously out-of-season menu of half and whole clam rolls, lobster rolls, “stuffies” – these are stuffed quahogs, right? – fish & chips, and more, but Clam Jammers delivers. Its clam roll ($10, $5 for half) offers a healthy (?) portion of freshly-fried clams with tartar sauce and lettuce on a gently-toasted, not-so-gently-buttered roll. Great with a little bit of vinegar.

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