Archive: June, 2006
ESPN baseball guru Pete Gammons is releasing a CD of rock and roll covers and an original song next month on Rounder Records.
Before we make room for it in the closet with the William Shattner and Shaq records, know that it starts off with a version of Warren Zevon's "Model Citizen" and that the original number is a ode to Lowell George, the late, great Little Feat leader.
We knew he was a polymath, but we didn't know Ben Franklin laid out Philadelphia's squares.
The Lighter Side of Rittenhouse writes:
KYW News Radio reports the Friends of Rittenhouse Square are holding their annual fundraiser, including a black-tie ball, in the park this week.
Apologies to a member of the Blinq commentariat named bedece1 for my returning for another bite of the Geno's story, but I have some expertise in not knowing the local language: I spent three years in Germany and couldn't hold a conversation with a kindergartner.
You want to talk Ugly American? That was me. I had taken a couple dozen classes in German at Penn before I landed in Berlin the summer of 2000, and then spent most of the next half year in the Balkans. At least that was my excuse. To go to the cobbler to get new heels, I had to take one of my sons, who went to a German-American school, and I sensed what it must have been like for my great-grandparents when they came here and had to rely on their children to do business with the outside world.
My German was fine for the bakery or taxi, and worked well enough on Lufthansa, but God help me if the flight attendant veered off course and asked me about anything other than Would I like something to drink? Which they didn't, of course, because German is one language and culture where if you memorize little dialogs you can get through three years none the wiser.
The end of email? Karl Martino at Philly Future tips us off to a piece on teens using MySpace and other social-networking sites where they have everything in one place: comments, messages, pics, strangers. Here's another, about monetizing MySpace. It involves ad giants like Google and Yahoo!
Is that multi-tasking, technologically facile 14-year-old you know showing keen intelligence, or are they just out of focus? asks a CBS News special report.
This time from the right.
Philly radio talker Michael Smerconish, in a column to be published in Thursday's Daily News, calls Coulter's rant against a group of September 11th widows "appalling, irrational and indefensible."
That flushing sound you heard yesterday was Philly.com's server after the Drudge Report sent tens of thousands of patriots to our site to read about the city agency that smells something discriminatory in the "Speak English" sign at Geno's.
Talk about a cheesesteak with legs, I wrote in piece for the actual newspaper today.
Actually our server was fine, if a little preoccupied, but papers from Manila to Mankato have picked up the story. By quitting time yesterday, we had about 90,000 people reading Mitch Lipka's piece on the city action, which is the sort of audience reserved for a photo of a topless T.O. doing sit-ups on his blacktop.
Can J. J. Redick claim he was only trying to fight prostate cancer? (See next post.)
I don't know about you, but I'm thinking this is Duke's longest season.
First the rogue lacrosse team.
The down side? You have to consume 17 a day for it to be effective.
More evidence that Woody Allen was right in Sleeper.