Archive: August, 2006
Folks hoping to gin up some publicity for a new online game called "Gold Rush" ordered a Zogby International poll of Americans' knowledge of popular culture versus, say, things that one might pick up in school.
Yes, you might have heard the headline, U.S. citizens are more versed in Homer Simpson than the Homer that wrote The Iliad.
Took me a little while to figure out what was so fuzzy about the South Philadelphia portrayed in 10th & Wolf, the based-on-a-true-story mob flick that has its local premier tonight.
The streets and steps looked vaguely familiar, the accents sounded ripe enough, but where was one building I could recognize? It was like some feverish bad dream.
They they showed the main character, a tough-guy Gulf War vet named Tommy, returning to South Philly on a bus - only he's riding something called PTransit.
Been reading a bunch of blogs taking U.S. Sen. George Allen, R-Va., to task for racially insensitive comments about an Indian campaign aide of his Democratic challenger. He called him "Macaca." (Video here.)
Only it's pretty clear no one really knows what Allen was talking about. Including Allen, himself, perhaps.
This from Wonkette should clear everything up.
Most athletes have their pet charities - a way of giving back, connecting with their communities, working those deductibles. Former Sixer Dikembe Mutombo is pouring his millions into a giant hospital in his native Congo.
He's paid more than half the $29 million cost of building a 300-bed facility in the capital city, Kinshasa, USA Today reports.
The reserve center for the Houston Rockets, who played on the Sixers team that made the 2001 finals, paid for the Congolese women's basketball team to travel to Atlanta for the 1996 Olympics. He picked up the track team's uniforms and expenses. He regularly sends medicine and equipment home. Now he's allowing the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital to open next month.
Becomes a star.
The kindly Brit with the handle Geriatric1927, for the year of his birth, has made nine videos now, describing where he's been and what he's seen. He likes motorcycles and the blues. Has no piercings or tattoos.
For the past month, Travis has been bunking with an old frat brother. The recent B-school grad from the University of Virginia is waiting for his job to start downtown. So he's been jogging, carrying his laptop, catching "Seinfeld" marathons and occasional stares as he navigates through this bizarro world he calls Phila. (Philly, he proclaims, is a handle that's a little worn.)
He uses his MySpace page to share a few observations about his new home in a post he calls "Illadelph, PA... live, without a DJ."
It's 10:09, according to The Human Clock, a Web site that posts reader-sent pictures to show the time.
Time Magazine (no relation) just included the project in its annual list of the 50 coolest Web sites.
The list also includes such Blinqed sites as Wolfgang's Vault, a music streamer that sounds like a night at the Fillmore, Zillow, which shows you how much your house - and your neighbor's - is worth, and Deadspin, the puckish sports center, which has something up today about Sal Fasano's faux mustache.
A trio of Philadelphia progressive blogs are asking that question on the heels of an NBC News report that quotes British officials as saying U.S. officials forced the arrests one week early.
All-Spin Zone, The Tattered Coat and Suburban Guerrilla wrote separate posts over the weekend that wonder whether the threat was pumped up and the time accelerated for base political expediency.