Sunday, July 31, 2005

Naming our solar system's new planet: Let's call it Detroit

A new planet was discovered in our solar system, orbiting the Sun 36 times farther out than Earth. The planet, currently called 2003UB313, is said to be approximately one to two times the size of Pluto. Basically, it's the size of a rock in my back yard. But that's not what intrigues me.

I'd like to start a campaign to name our solar system's newest planet. And the name is already embedded in it. I would like to see the new planet's be DETROIT. C'mon, Detroit isn't such a bad name. Hell, we have a planet that makes children (and even some astronomers) snicker each time they pronounce it. And Detroit makes sense. Ever see the movie 8 Mile? There's this really cool scene, when the Eminem character wins a rap contest and everyone in the room starts chanting 3-1-3, 3-1-3. 313 is the area code for Detroit. And it's the code name for our new planet - UB313. So, let's start calling our new planet by its proper name: DETROIT.


The heck with that Greek/Roman gods naming convention. Let's call our new planet DETROIT.

World's best paper airplane

Because it's always cool to make a paper airplane that really flies. Here's how to make the world's best paper airplane.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

A map of Africa

Okay, I'll admit it, I don't know much about geography. I Googled Niger | Nigeria today to make sure they were two different countries. They are. People from Niger are called Nigeriens; people from Nigeria are called Nigerians. If people from either country send you a 419 e-mail, don't send them your life savings.

The full-sized map of Africa can be found here. I'm studying now.

Because I like the color orange

This Yahoo photo caught my eye this morning simply because I like the color orange. The caption says it's Laotian monks gathering their morning alms. (Which immediately makes me think of Monty make the connection.)

More missing Philadelphians

Howard points us to a stark fact on Philly Future: there are a lot of missing people and we have an opportunity to help. He references a story on PoliticsPhilly that shows more pictures of missing Philadelphians and who you can contact if you've seen them.

Saving Dubya

George W. Bush was out jogging one morning along the parkway when he tripped, fell over the bridge railing and landed in the creek below.

Before the Secret Service guys could get to him, three kids, who were fishing, pulled him out of the water. He was so grateful he offered the kids whatever they wanted.

The first kid said, "I want to go to Disneyland."

George said, "No problem. I'll take you there on Air Force One".

The second kid said, "I want a new pair of Nike Air Jordans."

George said, "I'll get them for you and even have Michael sign them!"

The third kid said, "I want a motorized wheelchair with a built-in TV and stereo headset!!"

Bush is a little perplexed by this and says, "But you don't look like you're handicapped."

The kid says, "I will be after my dad finds out I saved your ass from drowning!"

(Thx, Bill.)

Friday, July 29, 2005

Still looking for Latoyia

Inky has the details.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

George Bush flips the bird

Look at this idiot. President George Bush flips off the assembled reporters because they dare ask a question about CAFTA.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

American Christian Hypocrisy: The Christian Paradox

Author Bill McKibben writes The Christian Paradox: How a faithful nation gets Jesus wrong in Harpers. He says, "America is simultaneously the most professedly Christian of the developed nations and the least Christian in its behavior." The excerpt, and the entire article, are well worth the read.

Help Find Latoyia Figueroa

Latoyia FigueroaI copied Howard's post directly from Philly Future, where he started this thread about Latoyia Figueroa last week. Please help out on your site if you can. And help find Latoyia Figueroa:

When the news of Latoyia Figueroa's disapperance first made it onto the Philly Future front page last week, she was a relatively anonymous missing person. Unfortunately, she is still both relatively anonymous and missing. That's the continuing sad truth of the matter.

The hopeful news is that, thanks to local bloggers like Richard at All Spin Zone, and those who've followed his lead, her name is starting to get out, and hopefully her face has a greater chance of being seen by someone who may be able to help find her. Richard's post on Latoyia has been picked up by Evan Derkacz at Alternet.

Richard asks, and we echo his request, for all Philly area bloggers to put the word out on their blogs about Latoyia Figueroa, who's been missing for over a week now. Include a picture of her. Even if you only get one visitor a day, every little bit helps raise awareness of this missing Philadelphia woman, who is not only five months pregnant, but also has a seven-year-old waiting for her at home.

Another course of action Richard has suggested is to write an email to Nancy Grace at CNN, who has provided wall-to-wall coverage of missing teenager Natalee Holloway. In a world where only the white-skinned, blond-haired young women seem to be missed by the mainstream media, these are some ways to help bring Latoyia's story a little attention too.

UPDATE: CNN is covering the story.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

It's too hot to post

My house windows were covered wih condensation this morning...and the air is filled with moisture. It's supposed to be 98 degrees in Philly today...and it's too hot to post. Short summary on dew point: Over 70. Too. Freakin. Hot.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Top 10 Conservative Idiots

Read The Top Ten Conservative Idiots, N. 207, on Democratic Underground. As always, food for thought.

Kathleen Connally interview on Philly Future

Albert posted an interview with photographer Kathleen Connally on Philly Future in a new feature he calls Photoblogger Fortnight. Kathleen's work on A Walk Through Durham Township is one of my favorite (and frequent) visits. Click on over to the excellent interview and have it a la mode by spending some time with Kathleen's beautiful photographic art.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Lance Armstrong in 7th Heaven

This AP photo shows Lance Armstrong sipping celebratory champagne on the way into Paris, where he won his seventh consecutive Tour de France.Vive la Lance!

Saturday, July 23, 2005

London police shoot and kill the wrong guy

Hey, I wonder when this will happen in NYC. The man that London police shot and killed on Friday in the subway because "he was involved in the bombings" wasn't. Poor sucker was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Which makes me all the happier to see police walking around in NYC with machine guns. I wonder when one of those is going to go off accidentally.

Abu Ghraib was far worse than we imagined

The real story of Abu Ghraib is on Daily Kos. I have to say, it's so ugly it's unimaginable.

Friday, July 22, 2005

George Bush Ringtones

Blinq has a piece about George Bush ringtones. I'm seriously thinking about a download. It'd be really popular on the R5.

Supreme Court Nominee John G. Roberts Has Republican Hair

I laughed when I saw Stepford Supreme Court Nominee John G. Roberts standing next to George Bush, not because his son, Little Lord Fauntleroy, acted like a little libertarian, but because the first words that came to me were "Republican hair." And on a narrow Google search of that phrase, I found 589 references to that combination. One of my favorites from the search was this piece from Magellan's Log titled Partsalot: Republican Hair and the Coming Plotocracy. Great pictorial of what "Republican hair" is. Since I'm growing my hair longer, it's definitely not Republican hair. In fact, the only Republican hair that I has is on my...oh, never mind.

Update: Attytood has more about the Roberts going into the Way Back Machine.

Remember when George Bush called John Kerry a flip-flopper?

From our friend at Zen Comix comes this reminder of the duplicity of George Bush and Karl Rove.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

More London Bombings

They're reporting that four "incidents" have happened on London subways and a bus. Ugh.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Rocket Man

Did you see Google Moon? They say:
In honor of the first manned Moon landing, which took place on July 20, 1969, we’ve added some NASA imagery to the Google Maps interface to help you pay your own visit to our celestial neighbor. Happy lunar surfing.

Lance Armstrong: Wow

I'm sick of all the political news today, and thought I'd upload a Yahoo picture of Lance Armstrong starting the 17th stage of Le Tour de France in Pau, France. I watched Lance win two Tours in Paris, and I'm still dazzled by him. At a time when I'm mostly sick of professional athletes, Armstrong continues to be one to be admired.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

I want to go to Burning Man

I've wanted to go to Burning Man for a while. And one of these years I'm going to come down from base camp at Everest, run with bulls in Pamplona, and then head into Black Rock City at the end of August. Either that, or I'll be tending my garden. Plan A sounds better.

While I still like the idea of Chomolangma and San Fermin, the Playa sounded just a little less compelling after I read this essay titled How to Enjoy the Burning Man Experience from the Comfort of Your Own Home.

Ever seen the Man?

Vote Tancredo. Get the Bomb.

Paraphrasing The Lazy Blogger, this congressman from Colorado is The Wanker of the Day. Congressman Tom Tancredo says, "Let's drop the bomb on Mecca, baby." Tancredo can be found blogging at

Monday, July 18, 2005

George Bush, Karl Rove and iFlipFlop

George Bush endorsed the idea of iFlipFlop today.

And Blinq has the story of ANOTHER iFlipFlop controversy.

Sen. Hillary Clinton at National Council of La Raza

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) was the keynote speaker at today's National Council of La Raza (NCLR) in Philadelphia. Senator Clinton was very highly received by the group in her remarks about education, health, and opportunity for the Latino community. The group of over 2,500 gave Sen. Clinton a standing ovation when she spoke about legislation she's sponsoring to provide healthcare for children born outside the U.S.

The Annual Conference of NCLR, the largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S., will take place July 16-19. Upcoming speakers include DNC Chair Howard Dean and CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien.

Karl Rove stars in "Being George Bush"

Crack open George Bush's head and walk around. Be Karl Rove for a day. Help Karl Rove hatch his dark, theatrical version of Being George Bush.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

See George Bush Dance

George Bush is doing a dance-a-thon for Karl Rove. Dance, George, dance.

Use a cell phone when driving, get squashed

This study shows that using a cell phone when driving increases the chance of being in an accident by a factor of four.

Friday, July 15, 2005

Is Karl Rove from Seattle?

Now I know why Rick Santorum was so worried about man-on-dog, it's because his friend Karl Rove is into riding horses.

Republican Talking Points on Karl Rove: The Lie Paper Strategy

More from the incisive mind of Zen Comix.

For a thorough and brilliant analysis of the Republican talking points on Karl Rove with a referenced and documented rebuttal, take a look at the work that Matt did on The Tattered Coat in The Great Rovian Sit-and-Spin. (I liked the picture that goes with that one, too.)

Thursday, July 14, 2005

I'm glad Bernie Ebbers got a 25-year sentence

Bernie Ebbers, Former CEO of WorldCom, was sentenced yesterday to 25 years in prison. The lede that was used in most papers was that Ebbers cried when the sentence was handed down. And people are questioning if his sentence was too harsh. I'm sorry, but I don't think so.

Ebbers left thousands of employees and investors crying because their savings were wiped out by a greedy criminal. As architect of an $11 billion fraud (THAT'S 11 BILLION!), he should have thought about how sad he would be for being a thief long before his sentencing. (I have a personal interest in corporate fraud, because my former employer, a multi-national insurance company, committed price fixing fraud that cut the value of my retirement fund by two-thirds overnight and stripped over $10 billion in market value from the company's investors. I'm eagerly awaiting the law suits and prosecutions. I hope the courts will use Bernie Ebbbers sentencing as a guideline for the leaders of my former company.)

Wednesday, July 13, 2005


Zen Comix. RockOn.

McClellan Gets Roved

This Yahoo photo shows White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove goring White House spokesman Scott McClellen, whose ass is sore after the press briefing he gave yesterday. I wonder how long it's going to be before someone gives Karl Rove a happy slap for all his lying.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Fire Karl Rove

John Kerry sent a letter today with a link to this petition site titled Fire Karl Rove. I say give Bush's Brain the Pinky. Here's the letter from John Kerry to George Bush:
Dear President Bush,

In the days following the 9/11 attacks, you movingly spoke of the unity of purpose emanating all across America. Now, Karl Rove, your top political aide, wants us to believe that you weren't telling the truth -- that Americans were offering "therapy and understanding to the attackers." You cannot remain silent as your most senior advisor purposely twists the truth about a great moment of American unity for political gain.

It isn't the first time Karl Rove has crossed the line. It needs to be the last. I call on you to thoroughly reject his cheap, divisive efforts to challenge the patriotism of your political opponents. It's time to fire Karl Rove.

Karl Rove and John Bolton will stop lying when pigs fly

Read Zen Comix. Be enlightened.

Scott McClellan: Chief White House Liar

Karl Rove's in deep shit, and it's all over the White House. Now, White House Chief Liar, Scott McClellan, says his cat's got his tongue. From PART of the transcript yesterday during the White House press briefing, where reporters were asking the questions that needed to be asked (read the whole thing - there were 41 questions about Karl Rove in 35 minutes, and McClellan answered...NONE; also, read Matt's Parse This and play the McClellan Game):
And with that, I will be glad to go to your questions. Terry.

Q Does the President stand by his pledge to fire anyone involved in the leak of a name of a CIA operative?

MR. McCLELLAN: Terry, I appreciate your question. I think your question is being asked relating to some reports that are in reference to an ongoing criminal investigation. The criminal investigation that you reference is something that continues at this point. And as I've previously stated, while that investigation is ongoing, the White House is not going to comment on it. The President directed the White House to cooperate fully with the investigation, and as part of cooperating fully with the investigation, we made a decision that we weren't going to comment on it while it is ongoing.

Q Excuse me, but I wasn't actually talking about any investigation. But in June of 2004, the President said that he would fire anybody who was involved in this leak, to press of information. And I just want to know, is that still his position?

MR. McCLELLAN: Yes, but this question is coming up in the context of this ongoing investigation, and that's why I said that our policy continues to be that we're not going to get into commenting on an ongoing criminal investigation from this podium. The prosecutors overseeing the investigation had expressed a preference to us that one way to help the investigation is not to be commenting on it from this podium. And so that's why we are not going to get into commenting on it while it is an ongoing investigation, or questions related to it.

Q Scott, if I could -- if I could point out, contradictory to that statement, on September 29th, 2003, while the investigation was ongoing, you clearly commented on it. You were the first one who said, if anybody from the White House was involved, they would be fired. And then on June 10th of 2004, at Sea Island Plantation, in the midst of this investigation is when the President made his comment that, yes, he would fire anybody from the White House who was involved. So why have you commented on this during the process of the investigation in the past, but now you've suddenly drawn a curtain around it under the statement of, "We're not going to comment on an ongoing investigation"?

MR. McCLELLAN: Again, John, I appreciate the question. I know you want to get to the bottom of this. No one wants to get to the bottom of it more than the President of the United States. And I think the way to be most helpful is to not get into commenting on it while it is an ongoing investigation. That's something that the people overseeing the investigation have expressed a preference that we follow. And that's why we're continuing to follow that approach and that policy.

Now, I remember very well what was previously said. And at some point, I will be glad to talk about it, but not until after the investigation is complete.

Q So could I just ask, when did you change your mind to say that it was okay to comment during the course of an investigation before, but now it's not?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I think maybe you missed what I was saying in reference to Terry's question at the beginning. There came a point when the investigation got underway when those overseeing the investigation asked that it would be their -- or said that it would be their preference that we not get into discussing it while it is ongoing. I think that's the way to be most helpful to help them advance the investigation and get to the bottom of it.

Q Scott, can I ask you this; did Karl Rove commit a crime?

MR. McCLELLAN: Again, David, this is a question relating to an ongoing investigation, and you have my response related to the investigation. And I don't think you should read anything into it other than we're going to continue not to comment on it while it's ongoing.

Q Do you stand by your statement from the fall of 2003 when you were asked specifically about Karl and Elliott Abrams and Scooter Libby, and you said, "I've gone to each of those gentlemen, and they have told me they are not involved in this" -- do you stand by that statement?

MR. McCLELLAN: And if you will recall, I said that as part of helping the investigators move forward on the investigation we're not going to get into commenting on it. That was something I stated back near that time, as well.

Q Scott, I mean, just -- I mean, this is ridiculous. The notion that you're going to stand before us after having commented with that level of detail and tell people watching this that somehow you decided not to talk. You've got a public record out there. Do you stand by your remarks from that podium, or not?

MR. McCLELLAN: And again, David, I'm well aware, like you, of what was previously said, and I will be glad to talk about it at the appropriate time. The appropriate time is when the investigation --

Q Why are you choosing when it's appropriate and when it's inappropriate?

MR. McCLELLAN: If you'll let me finish --

Q No, you're not finishing -- you're not saying anything. You stood at that podium and said that Karl Rove was not involved. And now we find out that he spoke out about Joseph Wilson's wife. So don't you owe the American public a fuller explanation? Was he involved, or was he not? Because, contrary to what you told the American people, he did, indeed, talk about his wife, didn't he?

MR. McCLELLAN: David, there will be a time to talk about this, but now is not the time to talk about it.

Q Do you think people will accept that, what you're saying today?

MR. McCLELLAN: Again, I've responded to the question.

Go ahead, Terry.

Q Well, you're in a bad spot here, Scott, because after the investigation began, after the criminal investigation was underway, you said -- October 10th, 2003, "I spoke with those individuals, Rove, Abrams and Libby, as I pointed out, those individuals assured me they were not involved in this." From that podium. That's after the criminal investigation began. Now that Rove has essentially been caught red-handed peddling this information, all of a sudden you have respect for the sanctity of the criminal investigation?

MR. McCLELLAN: No, that's not a correct characterization Terry, and I think you are well aware of that. We know each other very well, and it was after that period that the investigators had requested that we not get into commenting on an ongoing criminal investigation. And we want to be helpful so that they can get to the bottom of this, because no one wants to get to the bottom of it more than the President of the United States. I am well aware of what was said previously. I remember well what was said previously. And at some point, I look forward to talking about it. But until the investigation is complete, I'm just not going to do that.

Q Do you recall when you were asked --

Q Wait, wait -- so you're now saying that after you cleared Rove and the others from that podium, then the prosecutors asked you not to speak anymore, and since then, you haven't?

MR. McCLELLAN: Again, you're continuing to ask questions relating to an ongoing criminal investigation, and I'm just not going to respond any further.

Q When did they ask you to stop commenting on it, Scott? Can you peg down a date?

MR. McCLELLAN: Back at that time period.

Q Well, then the President commented on it nine months later. So was he not following the White House plan?

MR. McCLELLAN: John, I appreciate your questions. You can keep asking them, but you have my response.

Go ahead, Dave.

Q We are going to keep asking them. When did the President learn that Karl Rove had had a conversation with the President -- with a news reporter about the involvement of Joseph Wilson's wife and the decision to send --

MR. McCLELLAN: I've responded to the questions.

Q When did the President learn that Karl Rove had --

MR. McCLELLAN: I've responded to the questions, Dick.

Go ahead.

Q After the investigation is completed, will you then be consistent with your word and the President's word that anybody who was involved would be let go?

MR. McCLELLAN: Again, after the investigation is complete, I will be glad to talk about it at that point.

Q And a follow-up. Can you walk us through why, given the fact that Rove's lawyer has spoken publicly about this, it is inconsistent with the investigation, that it compromises the investigation to talk about the involvement of Karl Rove, the Deputy Chief of Staff?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, those overseeing the investigation expressed a preference to us that we not get into commenting on the investigation while it's ongoing. And that was what they requested of the White House. And so I think in order to be helpful to that investigation, we are following their direction.

Q Scott, there's a difference between commenting on an investigation and taking an action --

Monday, July 11, 2005

Karl Rove and Valerie Plame: The I didn't do it, my hand did it defense

The Bush Administration lost all credibility for me about two stolen elections ago, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised that Karl Rove, who exposed Valerie Plame as an undercover CIA operative, is now using the "I didn't do it, my hand did it" defense. In this story in the Washington Post, Rove's lawyer plays along:
White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove spoke with at least one reporter about Valerie Plame's role at the CIA before she was identified as a covert agent in a newspaper column two years ago, but Rove's lawyer said yesterday that his client did not identify her by name.
From the very group who nearly brought down Bill Clinton's presidency over the "It depends on what the definition of is, is" phrase comes this outright lie. Rove didn't break the law and identify her by name, their story goes, he just called her "the wife of Ambassador Joe Wilson."

I've said it before, these guys, Rove being the worst of them, have no shame. The worst part: they keep getting away with it.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Some Thoughts About "Everything I Ate"

Everything I Ate: A Year in the Life of My Mouth is a powerful idea. Author Tucker Shaw took a picture of everything he ate for a year and published it in a book. In his interview in Gothamist, Tucker was asked if photographing his meals made him change his eating habits. He said, "It's changed everything about the way I eat, and the way I approach food at the table...I began to notice and contemplate what I was eating, where it came from, who made it, what its history is, what it will do for me, and so on. It's made me much, much more thoughtful about food." (Paying attention to what we eat is the premise of this book about French women and their eating habits.)

I'm halfway tempted to follow Tucker's lead. I logged onto one website called from the 30 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do on the Internet that Dan at Blinq wrote about. DeathClock told me that I didn't have as many seconds left as I'd like to have (it's always a strange moment to realize you've lived longer than you're going to live). I don't really have any destructive tendencies - except one. I need to eat better. To think about eating well. To keep track. To pay attention to what they used to tell me in Catholic School: "Remember the starving children in China and Africa." After Live 8 that point is even finer. Which brings me back to Everything I Ate.

My birthday is in a few days. And I usually use that day for a least a little introspection. Maybe this is could be the year to think about what I eat. I don't think I'll make pictures, but I would like to think I'll pay more attention.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Happy-happy joy-joy at the G8

Zen Comix shows us the smiling faces of the G8 conference in Gleneagles.

What is there to say about London?

This collection that Matt posted on The Tattered Coat says what needs to be said about London in the compressed language of poetry.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

A note from London

I got this note this morning from a friend in London:
Just to let everyone know, I'm fine and so is everyone I know.

x Caroline
I got a very similar note from a friend in Madrid when that subway bombing happened. While I'm happy to get a good note from Caroline, I'm sad that this is happening again.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

The Dalai Lama and George Bush: Could two world leaders, who were born on the same day, be any more different?

Today, July 6, is the birthday of the Dalai Lama and President George Bush. Could two men, born on the same day, be any more different? One is a man of peace, the other a self-professed war president. One is a reluctant leader who describes himself as a simple monk, the other a prideful man who says he can't think of any mistakes he's made. One who prepared a lifetime to better himself through his beliefs, the other who "found" God when drug and alcohol abuse were dragging him down and God told him he should be president. The disparities between the men could go on and on - I thought these pictures tell a fairly complete story about each one.

The Dalai Lama: Peasant Child and Man of Compassion
From the Dalai Lama's official biography:
His Holiness the 14th the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, is the head of state and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He was born Lhamo Dhondrub on 6 July 1935, in a small village called Taktser in northeastern Tibet. Born to a peasant family, His Holiness was recognized at the age of two, in accordance with Tibetan tradition, as the reincarnation of his predecessor the 13th Dalai Lama, and thus an incarnation Avalokitesvara, the Buddha of Compassion.

The Dalai Lamas are the manifestations of the Bodhisattva (Buddha) of Compassion, who chose to reincarnate to serve the people. Lhamo Dhondrub was, as Dalai Lama, renamed Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso - Holy Lord, Gentle Glory, Compassionate, Defender of the Faith, Ocean of Wisdom. Tibetans normally refer to His Holiness as Yeshe Norbu, the Wishfulfilling Gem or simply Kundun - The Presence.

George Bush: Child of Privilege and War President
From George Bush's official biography:
President Bush was born on July 6, 1946, in New Haven, Connecticut, and grew up in Midland and Houston, Texas. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University in 1968, and then served as an F-102 fighter pilot in the Texas Air National Guard. President Bush received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1975. Following graduation, he moved back to Midland and began a career in the energy business. After working on his father’s successful 1988 Presidential campaign, President Bush assembled the group of partners who purchased the Texas Rangers baseball franchise in 1989. On November 8, 1994, President Bush was elected Governor of Texas. He became the first Governor in Texas history to be elected to consecutive 4-year terms when he was re-elected on November 3, 1998...President Bush has taken unprecedented steps to protect our homeland and create a world free from terror.

Right Wing Chickenhawks Stay Home to Blog the Country to Safety

Because commenting on blogs is almost the same thing as fighting a war, here's one from Zen Comix for the chickenhawks who spend their time advocating for empire building in Iraq with the phrase taught to them by Karl Rove: "Better to fight it there than here." Hey, get out there and slap a couple more "We support our troops" ribbons on your SUVs.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Fireworks over the Philadelphia Art Museum

Here's a shot from of the fireworks over the Philadelphia Art Museum, which followed the Elton John concert. The entire celebration, from the parade to the concert to the fireworks was done very well. The crowd of hundreds of thousands of people ooh'd and aah'd in unison.

Brian Adams in Philadelphia on July 4

I have a large set of pictures of Brian Adams at the 4th of July celebration in Philadelphia, and I'll put those up in a collection. I like this one, even though professional photographers would hate the lens flare.

Sir Elton John at Philadelphia's Welcome America Festival

Okay, I took a couple hundred pictures at the Sunoco Welcome America festival in Philadelphia. I have pictures of Brian Adams, Patti LaBelle, Rufus Wainwright, Wayne Brady...and Sir Elton John. I'll wade through the pictures and cull the best ones. Here's one for this evening.

Monday, July 04, 2005

Live from the 4th in Philly: Welcome America Festival

I have a much better seat than I did for Live 8. It's actually incredible. I have taken 59 pix so far and will upload a bunch tonight...but suffice to say this is MUCH BETTER working with press credentials. Here's a closeup from the start of the parade.

Remember what happened to the Pharaohs, George?

From the always brilliant Zen Comix comes this appropriate cartoon on the day that the Declaration of Independence was signed against one King George. King George W. Bush, how'd you get so funky?

Fourth of July Festivities

I'm going to head down to the Sunoco Welcome America festivities today and snap some pictures. Since I have press credentials I'll hopefully get some decent shots of Elton John and Patti LaBelle during the concert (although after Live 8 I don't know if I feel like pushing through thousands of people again). I'll also do some live blogging from the Ben Franklin Parkway if I can get Philly's free wireless to work on my Powerbook (it didn't work on Saturday during Live 8).

It looks like it'll be a beautiful day in Philadelphia, so that should make the 4th of July activities even better. Cheers.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

A couple Live8 shots as I watch what I missed by being there

When I arrived at Live8 Philly everything looked so promising. I went up on a construction trailer to take this shot. At that moment I actually believed that I'd be able to get close and see some of the acts up on stage. About five minutes after this shot was taken I was starting to feel like I was in the The Who concert in Cincinnati. People were really pushing and there was no space. I bailed.

I had signed the petition online, so I was happy to see them there. I also picked up a few ONE bracelets. You can see them in this picture.

I'll put up a Flickr set of pix I took...some are better than others. And they're mostly pictures of other people not seeing much of the concert either. But I'm going to spend time tonight reading coverage and will enjoy that.

Live8 heat

Here's my view from Live8 Philly. It's smoking hot and this is the best view I got all day. It's nuts. The large screens they promised aren't even close to adequate. And there's a crush of people. The only cool thing...I got a ONE bracelet. So that makes me happy.

Heading over to get my SEPTA train passes for Live 8

I just read on SEPTA's website that they won't be selling passes onboard because of the expected high I'm going to head to the Paoli train station to buy four day passes for Live 8. And then I'm going to be joining one million of my closest friends on the parkway to watch the concert. I'll live blog some pictures...and will be watching Philly Future's coverage throughout the day.

UPDATE: Got my passes. Here they are.

There were at least 500 people waiting in the Paoli train station this morning for the 8 am train. I'm going to guess that the one million people mark the Live 8 cited is going to looked like the concert was going on right in the train station from the strems of people flowing in.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Google Maps for Iraq War Casualties

I saw this post on Akkam's Razor about using Google Maps to plot out Iraq War casualties. Wow.

Ben and Jen and Baby Makes Three

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner were married this week. And she's going to have a baby. Tom Cruise has scheduled time on the Today Show to pre-emptively tell Jennifer that there's no such thing as post-partum depression. Brooke Shields says Meanwhile, Tom Cruise can bite it about the Pretty Baby Blues.

Oh, in other news, the Iraq War rages on, and besides the 16 soldiers killed in Afghanistan when their helicopter was shot down by an RPG, the reconnaissance team sent to find the wreckage is also missing. Find that on the front page of