Archive: May, 2006
What is the world coming to? Philebrity looks in the mirror and decides:
Let's get useful. Service journalism with a snark.
Introducing the Philebrity weekly Reader. (Not that publication.) A once-a-week email so you can plan your lives around bands that sound vaguely familiar, and follow the comings and goings of the locally famous:
Esquire magazine laces up its boots to report The Best Bars in America, and finds two water holes to habituate in Philadelphia - and they're not the usual suspects.
If you drop by The Grey Lodge, 6235 Frankford Ave.,) you might want to order a pint of Flying Bison, they recommend. "At the outer edge of the vast sea of decrepit two-story rowhouses that is Northeast Philadelphia, there's a cemetery. Past the cemetery, there's a Burger King and a car dealership. Past them, there's the Grey Lodge. If Moe Szyslak's umpteenth suicide attempt actually succeeded and if, through some unlikely but amusing chain of events, Comic Book Guy took over his bar, this is what you'd end up with. It's a long way to go for a beer. It's worth it."
By the way, its Web site advertises badger dancing.
Wondering how far the state of digital music has come? Go back a few years, to early 1978, when the call went out for hobbyists belonging to the Philadelphia Area Computer Society: Who wants to put on a concert? "Many of the computer musicians were reluctant or too shy to perform at a computer music concert, something they had never heard of before," writes Dick Moberg, the society's president. But word spread, and on August 23, 1978 an over-flow crowd piled into a large ballroom at the Sheraton Hotel for a three-hour concert. RCA had a "flute engineer" play on some of the tunes. An album, First Philadelphia Computer Music Festival, captured the excitement. Downloadable Highlights are posted on the Web at vintagecomputermusic.com. Try "Hey Jude" to hear the cutting-edge of computer music 28 years ago. Then click here to hear what the modern era can do with "Hey Jude" and a computer. (via, Phillyist.)
Dave Ralis at PhillyBurbs blog has a primer for the important visitors touring Philadelphia today - What To Tell Those Olympic Folks. They're scouting locations for the 2016 Summer Games. By that time the Delaware Riverfront should be done. Example:
Long ride home for all those Mets fans. Bobby Abreu squibbed a bases-loaded dribbler between the mound and first, and Mets reliever Aaron Heilman slipped as he fired wide. A walk-off error. Phils win their ninth in a row, 5-4.
Abreu was still laughing when interviewed afterward. "I don't know what happened," he kept saying.
Tom Gordon looked human for the first time this season, giving up a two-run shot to Carlos Delgado in the ninth inning that evened the score, and kept the legions of visiting New Yorkers from heading out on the highway. Pedro Martinez was touched early. Billy Wagner kept his jacket on. Brett Myers rocked. Phils are three games out. What's not to like?
We're as much a fan of the First Amendment as is former Phillies closer Billy Wagner. We don't think what happens in the clubhouse needs to stay in the clubhouse. Players should be free to speak their minds without being assigned to the rat squad. In that spirit, as the reliever readies himself for a feisty welcome here tonight, as the first-place Mets face the surging Phillies, it looks like some of the New York and national blogs are ragging at Wags. We admire a flame-thrower who can take the heat.
From a Mets fan's site called Yankees 2000: Promote The Curse:
Billy Wagner is starting to scare me a little. Everything that my Philly fan friends were telling me, about how Wagner has lost a step... let's just say this is cause for concern. He's blown 3 saves now and could have lost us Friday's game. Hopefully these days off will get him going.
The Webbys came out today, and Justice Learning -- an interactive civics project for high school students that's sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania -- won in the Law category.
Members of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences chose Justice Learning for the digital-media honor. The Webbys are in their 10th year.
Toll Bros. won a People's Choice award in Real Estate. MySpace, the social networking phenom, won for breakout of the year. Other awards went to columnist/author Thomas Friedman, maverick NBA owner Mark Cuban and Gorillaz, the somewhat virtual band.
Welcome To Phillyville has an environmentally friendly solution:
A British court today determined that a deal between Apple Computer and The Beatles' Apple Corps music label does not require the computer maker to strip the Apple name and logo from its line of iTunes and iPods.
The Beatles and their families had sued, alleging the computer company's music line violated an agreement signed in 1991 that gave the label exclusive rights to the Apple trademark for record business. Judge Edward Mann of Britain's High Court ruled that iTunes didn't create music, it only sold it, and that the Apple logo is used in association with the store, not the music.
Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs said he was "glad to put this disagreement behind us," but Neil Aspinall, the manager of Apple Corps, said his company would immediately appeal.