Archive for the 'Pop Culture' Category

A Philadelphia Eagles Experience

Saturday, August 26th, 2006

Last night I attended my first Eagles game. I feel like a true Philadelphian now.

It was great. You couldn’t have asked for a better night. I’ve been to the old Veteran’s Stadium before for other football games and compared to the former stadium, the Lincoln Financial Field is just amazing. I was even was able to check out the seats on the field and there really isn’t a bad seat in that stadium. The box seats are even better.

The preseason game was sold out since the Eagles were playing the Steelers and this was the last preseason game that the starters would play. Approaching the stadium, it was a veritable sea of green as folks (I was surprised at how many families with small children were attending) were walking from parking lots in South Philly to the game.

The Philadelphia fans, true to their nature, booed the opposing team loudly and chanted such gems as “You Will Suck”, “Steelers Will Suck” and my favorite, “Steelers Suck”. There were also the enterprising young men outside the stadium selling “TO Sucks, Parcells swallows” t-shirts. When the Eagles made a great play, we clapped. When the refs threw a yellow flag against the Steelers, we grinned at the good number of Steelers fans grousing about the refs. At halftime there was a ceremony for Vince Papale. And when the Eagles made a touchdown, everyone sang the fight song. Eagles fans definitely have spirit.

And the Eagles won against Pittsburgh.

[tags]Philadelphia, Philly, Philadelphia Eagles, football[/tags]

The Magic Garden

Sunday, August 13th, 2006

File this under: Oh the things you can find on the Internet!

There are a few cultural icons of being a kid in the 1970s in the NY Tri State area - Romper Room on WOR - channel 9, the Bronx Zoo commercial with the Simon and Garfunkel song and, of course The Magic Garden on WPIX - channel 11. This was back in the days when there were only 13 broadcast channels.

The Magic Garden was a show created and hosted by two educators, Carole Demas and Paula Janis. And yes, they still tour together. Hallmarks of the show included the theme song, the chuckle patch and the closing song lyrics.

See ya, see ya,
Glad that you could stay a while, da dum,
Glad that we could say “Good morning” to ya,
Hope you’ll have a shiny day

[tags]1970s TV, 1970s, kid shows, children’s television [/tags]

but the water came out of the ceiling

Saturday, August 12th, 2006

This article by a Portland, OR based film critic manages to tell us about water that falls out of a hotel room bathroom ceiling on purpose, how real life people are much more interesting than the celebrities who play them in movies and oh, happens to be the reason why the film critic is now banned by Paramount Pictures from attending any of their press junkets.

A good amusing read.

[tags]pop culture, movies, movie studios, tasteful sketches above the bed [/tags]

So hip that it hurts to think about it

Saturday, August 5th, 2006

So, the NY Times has an article today about how rose wines are The Summer Drink To Be Seen With.

If you log in to read the article, there is a hilarity inducing image of three hipsters drinking such wine and a sidebar image of Coppola’s Sofia Rose Wine, a wine that I reviewed a few podcasts ago.

[tags]hip, hipster, rose wine, NY Times pop culture, sarcasm [/tags]

In case you’re out of the loop

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

concerning elementary school tween fashion, I hear it on good authority that the boys are wearing Tough Guys Wear Pink t-shirts.

I have no idea on the cultural significance of this particular shirt (other than you can get one at your local Hot Topic), so if anyone wants to clue *me* in…

[tags]Pop Culture, tween, Whatever happened to shocking your Mom with three earrings in one ear? [/tags]

seventh cleverhack podcast

Sunday, July 23rd, 2006

We’re back and back to normal after a power outage earlier this week. The seventh cleverhack podcast covers such topics as Ironman Lake Placid, the Wall Street Journal using Technorati tools, trends in accessibility for the blind on the Web including Google Accessible Web Search and the importance of describing Web site elements correctly via “alt tags”, a discussion of RSS in Web Marketing spurred by Robert Scoble, new music from Cut Chemist, a new Death Cab tour date and some sound effects.

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this is what you get

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

when a few (grown, I might add) guys decide to obliterate a Mac Classic by way of rifle, hand gun, propane, fire, and more.

[tags]Apple, Mac, Unspeakable hardware destruction[/tags]


Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

Come to think of it, during the past week or so I’ve watched more YouTube than regular cable and tv. I can also say that I’m thrilled to be able to choose what I want to see rather than wait for a show or movie to come on. Am I on top of this user generated content trend or what?

[tags] Web, YouTube, cable and broadcast networks will be withering away soon [/tags]

First impressions

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

Quick impression of the front page:

The front page had images of (mainly) white guys podcasting to (mainly) white guys in Silicon Valley. There was one picture of a woman who was a cohost of a show, and three or so mentions in the copy of female speakers.

You’ve come a long way baby.

[tags], podcasting, gender [/tags]

third cleverhack podcast

Sunday, June 18th, 2006

The third cleverhack podcast is now posted. This podcast features introductory music by mathgeeks and was edited with the help of audacity.

Podcast topics include site news, the Philly blogger meetup, thoughts about software user interface design, CSS boxes and a pop culture critique of Rolling Stone Magazine.

Note: To follow up with something I noted in the podcast, I apparently need to use the WordPress rich text editor to use the podPress plugin.

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oh my Bonnaroo on XM 47

Friday, June 16th, 2006

I am listening to the XM live feed of the bonnaroo main stage on XM right now, and uh, Ben Folds had many a missed note.

And now Ben Folds is doing a piano reinterpretation of a Dr. Dre song which I won’t mention on this family blog. It’s hilarious (if you don’t have little ears around). The audience is singing the chorus at the moment.

Later tonight, Bright Eyes and Death Cab For Cutie!

Update: Apparently, the feed isn’t live - so no other bands tonight. That stinks.

Update 2: It seemed that the feed was live on Saturday and Sunday…but they had non-main stage acts. Which was all well and good…if you’re that into the Disco Biscuits or something. Otherwise, I’m not impressed with the XM’s coverage.
[tags]XM, XM Radio, Bonnaroo, Bonnaroo 2006 Ben Folds, Bright Eyes, Death Cab For Cutie [/tags]

a sound just for kids

Monday, June 12th, 2006

One very amused 8 year old wanted me to blog about the sound that adults can’t seem to hear. I tried to, but I could only hear it if I had a pair of headphones on with the sound at full volume.

However, I suspect that if I were younger, having that sound as a ringtone would be mighty annoying.

[tags]ringtone, kids, sound [/tags]