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Archive: December, 2006

POSTED: Friday, December 15, 2006, 6:55 AM
Filed Under: Stuff

Jarts_1

As good for you as transfat, second-hand smoke and watching Sixers games, it's Blinq's first annual, when-does-vacation-start, end-of-year, list of lists!

Daniel Rubin @ 6:55 AM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Friday, December 15, 2006, 3:12 PM
Filed Under: Weekend Tunes

Damienrice Damien Rice leaned into the mic and mumbled, "This one is about messing it up even more than the previous," and he was into another delicate song about a broken love. Bed hair and all, he arrived on stage at the World Cafe Live a good half hour late - transportation troubles, they announced. He said he was a little disoriented - just awakened at 12:30 p.m. - his bus having traveled all night from his last gig, in New York City. You wonder what route they took.

It didn't matter. The eight songs he picked out to play for the full lunchtime house were spell-binding, whether it was Rice on the Rhodes electric piano, or gently picking his guitar, backed by a cellist, percussionist, bassist and Lisa Hannigan on vocals. This was really lovely stuff, even if he stuck to the "low songs," as he called them. He said he wasn't sure he could hit any of the high notes, given the indelicate hour. When he had to, though, he soared.

"A skinny, young,  Gentile, Leonard Cohen," my English-prof pal observed, adding Irish and dreamy.

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POSTED: Thursday, December 14, 2006, 10:33 AM
Filed Under: Modern Times

Santa_2The suburban cops beat has turned up a local skirmish in the War against Christmas - or let's just call it Philadelphia's War On Santa.

Headline in the Colonial newspaper of Fort Washington:

Philadelphia man swears at Santa at Plymouth Meeting Mall.

Daniel Rubin @ 10:33 AM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Thursday, December 14, 2006, 10:13 AM
Filed Under: Stuff

12122006 St. David's Square's holiday decorations are supposed to be snow drifts festooning the roof of the building - or icicles. We don't know. But one reader, who sent this photograph our way, wondered if some of those designs - especially that middle one - wasn't a little angry at the season.

salspalden
Posted 12/14/2006 02:19:57 PM
Perhaps it's a sign pointing the way to a display of fun-for-the-whole-family DVD's for Christmas..... featuring the movie "Big".


Daniel Rubin
Posted 12/14/2006 05:42:39 PM
awesome
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POSTED: Thursday, December 14, 2006, 8:29 AM
Filed Under: Food and Drink

David_sw There was the chance those filing into the University of Pennsylvania book store Tuesday night would learn the ending to one of the city's more gripping mysteries: What does Craig Laban look like?

Laban was coming to read from his book of Inquirer restaurant reviews. His looks have been the subject of myriad profiles and blog posts - he visits restaurants anonymously - and a few unfavorably reviewed chefs have schemed to post photographs of him during his career here and in New Orleans. Laban takes great pains to obscure his identity - having friends make reservations for him, mumbling into hidden microphones when reviewing a meal, even changing his facial topiary and body type, although this later stunt might be due to the vast quantities of delicious food he is required by his work to sample, and then work off.

But product must be moved, and so Laban agreed to speak at the book store in support of The Philadelphia Inquirer Restaurant Guide. What's an anonymous critic to do?

Daniel Rubin @ 8:29 AM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Thursday, December 14, 2006, 8:03 AM
Filed Under: Deaths

In memory of the actor Peter Boyle, who died Wednesday at age 71. Known to many as the crusty, Lazy-Boy-bound grandpa from Everyone Loves Raymond, the son of a Philadelphia kiddie-TV personality had this memorable turn as a monster, in Mel Brooks' 1974 spoof, Young Frankenstein.

Daniel Rubin @ 8:03 AM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Thursday, December 14, 2006, 3:18 PM
Filed Under: Web, Tech

A friend over at WHYY sends this link to his favorite new search engine. Turn your speakers on. Don't forget to search for something.

I asked "Who is Ms. Dewey?" Found this.

robert
Posted 12/14/2006 03:49:33 PM
wow, she's way too snotty for my liking - figures its a Microsoft project
Joe Coughlin
Posted 12/14/2006 03:53:09 PM
Daniel Rubin @ 3:18 PM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Wednesday, December 13, 2006, 7:31 AM
Filed Under: Health

Silkytinky Ok, hands down, favorite post of the day:

Soy makes you gay.

World Net Daily, a conservative Christian site, ran a column yesterday by Jim Rutz called the Big Picture. It begins:

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