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Archive: July, 2006

POSTED: Monday, July 31, 2006, 6:01 AM
Filed Under: Stuff

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That Philadelphians, described a mere seven years ago as America's most porked-out people, have vaulted to the 23rd most in-shape, according to Men's Fitness. Phillyist writes: And who's to credit for our Charlie Brown-esque rise to 23rd place? None other than Mayor John Street, of course. Besides naming his friend Gwen Foster as Philadelphia's "fitness czar," he helped create the program "Health Journey," which encourages "travel buddies" to "travel to exotic places including fictional places such as Las Veggies, Nev.; Hon-A-Lose-It, Hawaii; and Fitadelphia."

That we like boobs a lot, according to Gridskipper. Writing about the Boobies exhibit at the Falling Cow Art Gallery in South Street, Gridskipper shows it knows its Fug lyrics. Philadelphia Weekly shows it doesn't mind using the word boobies: There'll be blinging boobies, double-D boobies, frosted boobies, battling boobies, sisters' boobies, cascading boobies, animal-topped boobies, Land O' Lakes boobies—hell, there'll even be three boobies you get to "examine." Neither do we. The show, which benefits breast cancer research, runs through Aug. 26.

POSTED: Monday, July 31, 2006, 4:06 PM
Filed Under: Music

Mtv Twenty five years ago, on Aug. 1, 1981, a revolution began with the words "Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll."

A rocket launched. An astronaut stepped onto the moon, planting a flag. After a few jagged chords and smacks of a snare, the camera cut to a mop-headed, former WMMR-FM DJ named Mark Goodman, who sat on a desk, arms folded, announcing, "This is it! Welcome to MTV, music television, the world's first, 24-hour, stereo music-video channel."

Yes, MTV once played music videos. That was hip back then. But turning 25 isn't so hip, apparently, which is why MTV is staying in on its birthday, with no plans to mention the occasion. Not everyone's happy.

POSTED: Sunday, July 30, 2006, 11:42 AM
Filed Under: Sports

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Done.

Bobby Abreu and Cory Lidle to the Yankees for reliever Matt Smith, and three prospects, including New York's No. 1 pick in 2005, shortstop C.J. Henry. The others: minor league catcher Jesus Sanchez and right-hander Carlos Monasterios.

POSTED: Sunday, July 30, 2006, 10:15 AM
Filed Under: Movies

Gibson2005byap Mel Gibson took heat back in 2003 when a New York Times Magazine profile of his father, quoted the elder Hutton Gibson, leader of a traditionalist Catholic movement, as denying that six million Jews were killed during the Holocaust.

I never felt the son should pay for the views of the father. Even if I left The Passion of the Christ thinking the boy had some issues.

Now this.

POSTED: Sunday, July 30, 2006, 10:01 AM
Filed Under: Weather

Wikipediaice_1 The power just having gone out on our block, I figure it's a good time for a public-service announcement about the heat.

If anyone you know is suffering from the weather, which is expected to feel like 100 degrees for a few days, tell them about the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging's heatline. It's 215-765-9040, and was activated Saturday at 2 p.m. The heatline will stay staffed until Wednesday, or until the National Weather Service calls off its excessive heat warning.

The heatline is a counseling service. City Health Department nurses take the calls. They're able to dispatch mobile relief teams and notify 911 for emergencies. It's not a number to call for fans or air conditioners.

POSTED: Thursday, July 27, 2006, 11:33 AM
Filed Under: Sports

SalnySalphlSo, if you're wondering what Sal Fasano looks like as a Yankee.

Ugh.

Actually, this picture is from an earlier stint in the organization.

POSTED: Thursday, July 27, 2006, 8:47 AM
Filed Under: Music

JohnnywinterThat 3-sided Johnny Winter Lp, Second Winter? $37

Santana's Lotus, Live in Japan? $80.

The Stones' Exile on Main Street with those 12 postcards, mint? $120.

POSTED: Thursday, July 27, 2006, 4:03 PM
Filed Under: Music

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There's The Black Crowes and The Black Ox Orkestar, Fiona Apple, Damien Rice and The Teeth, Genghis Tron and Lake Trout, The Adolescents and The Editors - all sorts of acts coming around this weekend that are made for word play. Some we'd even stand in line to hear. It's the weekend already in Kamchatka, so let's drop the needle on our weekend music grab:

Her story could be captioned Exhibit A in the case for the power of musical netroots. Fiona Apple's third album was going nowhere, shelved by Sony, when songs started leaking onto the Web. First two, then all 11. Fans and critics raved. A guerrilla campaign, called Free Fiona, which involved the mass mailing of foam apples, helped win the record's release. And so last October, the label finally released Extraordinary Machines. And it was extraordinary. The emotive waif with the emerald eyes comes to town Friday to play the Tweeter Center. Listen to this feature/interview from NPR upon the CD's October release. This would be a good show if it were Fiona alone. But you get Damien Rice opening for her, and David Garza opening for him. Rice is the Irishman, whose tender "Cold Water" was used to such strong effect in The Girl In The Cafe. It's from 2003's winning O.

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