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Archive: August, 2005

POSTED: Sunday, August 21, 2005, 4:00 PM
Filed Under: Lit

Thompson1_1 "We just threw a gallon of Wild Turkey in the back and headed west," said Kevin Coy of Chester, W.Va., who drove more than 1,500 miles with a friend in hopes of seeing Dr. Hunter S. Thompson blast off posthumously. The news that a fist-shaped cannon shot the good doctor's ashes into the heavens has prompted many flashbacks, including this one from Joe Trippi, Howard Dean's former campaign manager. Trippi writes that Thompson's Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail showed how important and ridiculous politics was. Trippi soon worked for his first candidate, an African American women eying San Jose's city council in 1976.

POSTED: Friday, August 19, 2005, 6:00 AM
Filed Under: Travel

China_gasWhat will it be? A gallon of gas or a nice 12-oz. Caramel Macchiato at Starbucks? They cost about the same.

For the past ten days in a row, gas pump prices have set records. Bad records. With inventories at a five-year low, refiners are having trouble keeping up with demand. How high? $2.59 per gallon nationwide Thursday, and some areas already are seeing prices at or above $3 a gallon. (That coffee will be $3 plus tax.)

POSTED: Friday, August 19, 2005, 3:54 PM
Filed Under: Weblogs

Joeysweeney Have made some tweaks to the blogroll - trading The Lighter Side of Rittenhouse for The Rittenhouse Review, moving Eschaton to a different category, and striking A Citizen's Blog, which is on hiatus.

And I have added one special friend - Philebrity - mostly because they write about me so often I thought I would return the favor. We actually started our relationship before Blinq went online. It was the Friday before the May launch and I got my first email at the site:

No "Dear Dan," or "Yo Blinq." Just right into it:

POSTED: Friday, August 19, 2005, 3:34 PM
Filed Under: Sports

Sportsfbneagles2ph_1 We've read a lot of takes, bought a lot of F.U.T.O. T-shirts. But we haven't heard from the political camps about the Terrell Owens situation. Human Events, the online publication on the National Conservative Weekly, tackles the big talker in this post. Matt Lewis weighs in on the lessons T.O are teaching our children.

A taste: "Any kid who patterns himself after T.O. or Moss is sentencing himself to a life of asking, "Want fries with that?"  Sad, but true: we’ve come a long way since the days of Vince Lombardi."

POSTED: Thursday, August 18, 2005, 2:28 PM
Filed Under: Poli Sci

Charles_de_menezes The South Asian guy in a padded jacket running away from police in the London subway when he was shot by police?

He was Brazilian, named Jean Charles de Menezes.

And wearing a light denim jacket.

POSTED: Thursday, August 18, 2005, 12:39 PM
Filed Under: Breaking News

Gaza_1 Israeli forces have stormed a Gaza synagogue's rooftop where protesters were resisting the disengagement. Acid thrown on police, CNN says. Soldiers shot water canons, moved commandos onto the building by container. Most of the hundreds of protesters were from the West Band or elsewhere. Many arrests. Some injuries. Amazing TV footage.

BBC has posted an anonymous Israeli soldier's diary.

Haaretz prints an essay by the novelist and journalist David Grossman (author of See Under: Love and The Yellow Wind.) Suburban Guerrilla found the piece, which begins:

POSTED: Thursday, August 18, 2005, 11:12 AM
Filed Under: Travel

MattMatt Harding quit his job as a computer programmer so he could travel around the world dancing like a hopped-up Walter Brennann to that loopy Deep Forest song. Then he made a video, at Mt. Kilimanjaro and in Prague, Siberia, Angkor Wat, Bankok, Kenya - all around the world - even in Westport, Ct., where vicious suburban dogs get in the picture. Watch him here. Read his blog.

Jason
Posted 08/18/2005 11:30:18 AM
What in the WORLD can be better than programming?!?!  ;-)

That's a nice find.  A very expensive idea, no doubt.
POSTED: Thursday, August 18, 2005, 11:00 AM
Filed Under: Blinq Favorites

Rit U-Hauls filled with futons from Downtown Furniture will soon be rolling through Center City streets, if you can believe the Sunday New York Times piece that pronounces Philadelphia to be the Big Apple's next unofficial borough.

But tell those carpetbaggers we're going to cost them a little more than advertised.

The SundayStyles centerpiece paints a portrait of our city as scenester's paradise, with its quaint BYOBs, edgy galleries, cool clubs and cheap housing.

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