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Thursday, August 14, 2014

WHAT THE HELL...New York Daily News

This time I know it's for real...

I thought the Post was the New York City tabloid with the occasionally offensive front page headlines. This week, in its reporting on the death of Robin Williams, it was the New York Daily News hitting new lows.

How utterly tasteless, offensive, repulsive is this? And almost as bad is their internal memo celebrating their success at getting their online articles to the top of search engines, because there's nothing more important than social media buzz.


Monday, August 11, 2014


UPDATE: I'm leaving this up because I'm still going to do this little feature. However, it seems that the Twitter account is fake, so...

That's a sentence I seem to be saying a lot lately. A few times I use it on Twitter or Facebook when someone does or says something so idiotic, so mean-spirited, so egregious, that the question just has to be asked. I'm gonna start using this as a regular feature here so I can rant on some stuff.

So let's begin with the only people who aren't profoundly saddened by the death today of actor-comedian Robin Williams: right-wing conservative scum...well, one in particular...

This genius, from the 5th Congressional District in Arkansas, followed up 45 minutes later with a desperate, laughable attempt at deniability (without even doing something smart like, say, deleting the original tweet; I mean, really, nearly four hours have gone by and it's still up there?):

You know what they say: if you have to ask...wait, wrong line. Affordability doesn't really apply. But this does. You know what I say? Congressman Hankle, or should I say Hankle the Congressional Cankle, or maybe just plain old Rep. Jackass: WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU??????

So THIS Happened Last Month...

I don't think the embedding of this will work, so here's the direct link to the video I posted to Instagram last month. It's a few moments of the broadcast of "6ABC Action News on PHL17."

This is a byproduct of TV stations subletting time to competing (in theory, at least) stations rather than fund their own news production. NBC10 used to provide news on WPHL. Now it's WPVI. Whatever you think of local TV news (and I think less of it with every passing day, it seems), you must admit that superimposing an animated blurb for a Disney movie on the screen during the newscast -- and worse, during a report on severe weather -- is a new low.

Interestingly, the 6ABC anchor that night responded when I tweeted this out last month. I quickly screengrabbed it because I thought it might be deleted, as seems to be the case.

I also tweeted the local gossip columnist for the Daily News about it. She replied that she'd look into it, but since I never saw anything in the paper about it, I guess it wasn't newsworthy.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Fake Homer

I got a notification that, for a second, I thought said that Homer J. Simpson was following me on Twitter. Then I looked at the profile...

Really? I like "straggling" my son Bart? No. If you can't spell, don't make a parody Twitter account.

Accept no substitutes! Note that this is a verified account!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Megawords And Scientology?

So there's this old building on the 1300 block of Chestnut Street that has been vacant for many years. It's been owned by the "Church" of Scientology since 2007, and the most recent information I can find is that the city of Philadelphia, as of December 2013, planned to take them to Blight Court. (I didn't even know there was such a thing as Blight Court.) Anyway, this has been sitting in the window in the front of the building for years...

A couple of closeups which I took in 2013 (the pic above is from about 3 weeks ago)...

I always wondered what this was. It seems to be related to this, although the Facebook page hasn't been updated in a year and the website which led me to the Facebook page has gone nearly two years without updates.

Sadly, as I was walking on Chestnut Street last week...

I'd love to know if this means the Scientologists are finally doing something with the building, or if the Megawords people just reclaimed their work.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Summer! NOT Summers!

Over two years after her death and people still get it wrong, including someone on KYW Newsradio earlier. So I need to take a stand.

Quick Review: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

So while everyone else was rushing out to see "Guardians of the Galaxy," I took advantage of a bit of extra cash to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the second chapter of the reboot. It takes place ten years after the events of "Rise of the..." The virus that gives apes an intelligence boost has wiped out human civilization. The apes, led by Caesar (Andy Serkis), have built a community in the Muir Woods north of San Francisco. They eventually discover that a colony of humans, immune to the virus, remains in San Francisco and some of them are trying to access a hydroelectric dam that could restore power to the city. The story plays out under a cloud of distrust. The humans don't entirely trust the apes. The apes don't trust the humans. There's some dissent in the ranks of the human leaders (Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman), as well as among the apes. Oh, and there's a point to be made about guns, as the humans have a stash of weaponry. I enjoyed it all, but not overwhelmed. Maybe it was because there was only a cameo from James Franco? My grade: B.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Comparison: ESPN vs. NFL

ESPN says Stephen A. Smith will not appear for a week on their TV show "First Take" or his radio show because of comments he made that implied some women provoke domestic violence. The comments were in the wake of the NFL suspending Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for two games for beating up his fiancee (now his wife).

So...knock out your woman and drag her unconscious body out of a hotel elevator? Miss two games.
Talk about it in a stupid manner? Miss ten "games."

I'm so glad the NFL and Roger Goodell have educated us on the correct levels of punishment for dastardly acts.

(These two clips should actually be connected into one, as they were part of the same scene. This won't be a problem in a few months.)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Flattered Or Frightened?

I received this response to my profile on a personals site (not OKStupid for a change)...as for the question in the title above, I am surely more the latter.

Hello hun i must admit you really look good sexy and charming and you caught my attention (smiles).My name is ----- am from Pennsylvania - Philadelphia - South am a construction engineer and am presently working on a construction project here in Michigan,but would be done and back home Philly real soon.Baby am 33 single and been gay all my life lol.Hun am tired of being single i need a sweet real man in my life who i would make happy and in return also make me happy,satisfying both our sexual needs and we can have so much fun together.Baby am not looking for gifts or money i have all that already all i want is true love care affection and intimacy,baby will you be that man to make me happy and i be yours too.
I love to chat but because i do get busy mosetimes i only do it on yahoo chat so here is my messanger id baby
(-------------@yahoo.com),whats your yahoo chat id?baby lets get to chat soonest ok,also here is my phone number you can text me (---) ------- ,i can only text at the construction site phone calls not allowed.So baby whats your number so i can text you as well.Hun i hope to read from you back soonest till then kiss kiss stay sweet.-----.
(---) -------
Yahoo chat id....(-----------@yahoo.com)

Monday, July 14, 2014

More Mural Arts, Plus A Question

I am a big fan of the Mural Arts Program, as you can see if you search through this blog for my prior photos and albums from various murals. I have a few miscellaneous mural pics from 2012. I uploaded them to an album on Flickr which you can see here. But I have a question about two of the photos...

These are from a mural on the wall outside the Fels Planetarium at the Franklin Institute. I am wondering if this mural is a Mural Arts Program work. I don't remember from my visit (it was back in 2012) and I can't find anything about it online. If you have any info about this, please let me know.

UPDATE: Got a tweet from the Mural Arts Program -- it is one of their works, and it was painted by Cesar Viveros Herrera.