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The Little Things in Life: Awww, how cute: Monica Hesse and Dan Zak made the day of that guy in Mount Pleasant who sells homemade popsicles! That warms our ice-cold heart, just a little bit. +2

It’s Time for an Information Age Colonic: Uggh. This Twitter spat analysis is almost as ridiculous as The New York Times‘ Sunday Styles 2008 feature on the Florida Avenue blogger flophouse. We’re all worse off. Then again, D.C. sort of deserves this mess. -4

Baby Steps, But Necessary Ones: Metro is moving on the eventual replacement of SmarTrip. Progress! +2

Abramoff Aspirations? Does Jack Abramoff have plans for a “fast food bakery” in his old Signatures space at 801 Pennsylvania Ave. NW? Probably not. But if so, that would be most exciting! Let’s daydream about the possibility! +2

Jobs Are Good: The national job market still sucks, but if you’re looking for work, you’re in the right town. +2

Yesterday’s Needle rating: 65 Today’s score: +4 Year-end bonus: +3 Almost Friday bonus: +1 Today’s Needle rating: 73