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SANS Insider Guide to Boston

This is a fact filled introduction to of one of the greatest cities in the U.S. as we look forward to returning this year for SANS Boston 2010. By the way, some of the facts are pure fiction especially any references to base 16; hope you do not mind, and this should not be used as a primary source.

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SANS Insider's Guide to Boston Movies, Books and Songs


By Stephen Northcutt
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  • Who knew Boston had a Movie Mile, from Boston Common to the "Cheers" bar, over 30 TV and Film locations, bring your video camera.
  • The Chippendales by Judge Robert Grant, novel, old Boston society confronted by the emerging new in the 1880s. (No, not that Chip and Dale, nor the Vegas Chippendales)
  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood; post-nuclear Cambridge and Boston. Here is a quote for you: "Ordinary, said Aunt Lydia, is what you are used to. This may not seem ordinary to you now, but after a time it will. It will become ordinary." The macabre explanation is here, you were warned. It is a gripping book, I could not put it down. I have not seen the movie, but it is on the list.
  • Love Story by Erich Segal, from which we get the soppy, "Love means not ever having to say you're sorry." I don't know about you, but my marriage has required a "Honey, I am very sorry" once in a while.
  • Make Way for Ducklings, iconic children's picture book taking place in Boston Public Garden. They sell the books in several places including Boston Common, just a block or so from the Hyatt conference hotel. A perfect gift for a young 'un.
  • Good Will Hunting where a math genius at MIT has to find his way
  • The Departed, undercover cop meets Irish Mafia includes locations in Boston Movie Mile,South Boston, Chinatown, Charlestown, the waterfront, Quincy and Chelsea.
  • Mystic River, Clint Eastwood directed film about three men that are reunited after going their separate ways, tons of Boston scenes.
  • The Verdict, movie about a medical malpractice case
  • If you have a bit of extra time, consider a Boston Movie Tour I also did the Movie Tour on Kauai and it was a blast.
  • If you are a movie fan, here is a Boston Globe article on 10 movies you may not be familiar with that were filmed in Boston, of the set, one to consider is Next Stop Wonderland, you will either be touched or turned off, but it is unique.

Fictional people from Boston include:

Boston is the home of the first Thanksgiving, 1621, The 96 Pilgrims landed in the dead of winter, good planning that, among the Wampanoag indians (Native Americans, First People) who lived in small villages along the coastline of both Massachusetts and Rhode Island. They fished, farmed, and were generally peaceful and friendly. They lived in wigwams, and wore deerskin outfits. The Indian which helped the Pilgrims the most was "Squanto" (real name Tisquantum, but these pre-Bostonians could not pronounce that, he is lucky they did not name him Shawmut). Some say his reward for helping the Pilgrims was poisoning by his people. He was buried in an unmarked grave in Plymouth's Burial Hill cemetery which was later excavated to put in the first subway.

Songs about Boston ( extracted from Wikipedia):

When you come to Boston, use the Boston.com music section to know what is happening!

And finally, my very own version of "Please Come to Boston" with apologies to Loggins
For SANS 2011
You'll be stayin' at the Hyatt with some friends
And they've got lots of room
You can check your email at the conference
And visit Chinatown where I hope to be eatin' soon
Please come to Boston
My boss said yes, get smart and then come home to me

(And) She said, hey security boy
Why don't you upgrade your skills
Lack of hands on ain't your kind of gig
You need a GIAC gold
To impress somebody like me
Then I'll be the number one fan
Of the man from Security