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Archive: February, 2006

POSTED: Friday, February 24, 2006, 5:52 AM
Filed Under: City Life

Pittsburgh If Philadelphia is New York's sixth borough, then Pittsburgh is its West Village, declares New York Magazine in another one of those annoying attempts to annex the free world. (See: "Hip to be Square")

"It’s more gay-friendly than Manhattan," says Coldwell Banker relocation specialist Mark Rutigliano, who moved here (with his partner) from West 11th Street. It's not just that Queer As Folk is set here—a serious performing-arts scene thrives downtown and the city hosts the annual International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Of course, Pittsburgh's appeal also lies in its affordable real estate: $300,000 gets you a three-bedroom house. And if you do get homesick, there’s an upscale gay bar called New York, New York.

POSTED: Friday, February 24, 2006, 5:30 AM
Filed Under: Weblogs

One arrival and one departure to note in the blog world. Both formidable.

Say goodnight, at least for the foreseeable future, to the Command Post, the news collective that rose at the start of the Iraq War and has since enlisted correspondents from around the world to chronicle elections, natural disasters and terrorism.

And say hello again to A Citizen's Blog, Chester County-reared lawyer Michael Berquist's painstaking analysis of the Philadelphia Phillies.

POSTED: Thursday, February 23, 2006, 9:32 AM
Filed Under: Modern Times

Heart-warming news about the eight meat packers who won that $365 million Powerball. "This is a great country," said Quang Do, 56, who will send some of his $15.5 million back to his family in Vietnam, which he left in 1988.

Mean-spirited are these two videos that show what happens when your friends set you up to think you're holding the winning ticket. But funny. (Bad language alert on the second one.) Hat tip, The Funniest Thing this Side of Rhode Island.

POSTED: Thursday, February 23, 2006, 9:00 AM
Filed Under: Sports

Clarke News item:

Flyers captain Derian Hatcher, playing for Team USA, knocked out two teeth from the mouth of Finland's Teemu Selanne in what turned out to be USA's last game. AP quotes Selanne: "Of course I'm disappointed to lose two teeth," Selanne said, speaking through a cut lip, "but that's an okay sacrifice for the gold. You can always get new teeth."

Made me wonder: Is there a blog called Hockey Teeth that collects details of professional players who get hit in the mouth with sticks and pucks, or that collects classic images, such as the triumphant two-toothed Bobby Clarke smile?

POSTED: Thursday, February 23, 2006, 6:34 AM
Filed Under: Weblogs

I was thinking I'd draw the scales of justice to illustrate this post. Never mind that I can't draw, and you might turn the page laughing.

A federal court decision in California makes me pause before reproducing artwork here.

In a ruling that could limit the way people use photographs for their blogs and web sites, a U.S. District Court Judge has sided with Perfect 10, a publisher of adult photographs, and stopped Google from displaying thumbnailed-sized reproductions of its images.

POSTED: Thursday, February 23, 2006, 5:53 AM
Filed Under: Music

StereolabSo, which shows to catch? You could start by browsing the BM Rant's list of upcoming concerts in Philadelphia.

Belle and Sebastian with the New Pornographers at the Electric Factory on March 4th? Check.

Neko Case with Martha Wainwright at the Troc on April 8th? Check.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 21, 2006, 1:44 PM
Filed Under: TV

Trading_places The Dutch, who have brought us drive-through pot stores, open houses for bordellos and floating abortion ships, are working on a television show that makes over a homeless people in the hopes they'll land gainful employment.

And it's called ... wait for it ... Pimp My Life.

I had to Google around for a while to make sure this was not from The Onion. It's serious. The show is sponsored by the Dutch Evangelist Broadcasting Union and is based on the MTV automobile makeover show called Pimp My Ride.

POSTED: Wednesday, February 22, 2006, 12:09 AM
Filed Under: Blinq Favorites

Chuck Chuck Norris doesn't read books. He stares them down until he gets the information he wants.

Chuck Norris is currently suing NBC, claiming Law and Order are trademarked names for his left and right legs.

Chuck Norris recently thought to sell his urine as a canned beverage. We know this beverage as Red Bull.

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