Friday, July 22, 2005

The outside is for drinking

So aside from us opening the station (which would be absolutely sick if anyone is interested in investing a couple hundred thousand dollars), Philadelphia is pretty much devoid of a money beer garden at which to take advantage of the warmer weather.

Sure, outdoor cafes are proliferating and they’re great, but every once in a while a trip to your local beer garden would be a nice respite. We don’t necessarily mean a genuine German beer garden, but rather a place that has a serious amount of outdoor seating where you can drink pitchers of beer and enjoy some good gastro-pub quality food. [read not Washington Square] While rooftops are definitely sick, street level access is a must for this beer garden. [sorry Continental] Street level access but somehow separated from people on the sidewalk (e.g. hedges).

We’ve been to a few in Chi-town that are pretty much up to par. Avram Hornick of Loie fame (who incidentally deserves a pat on the back for giving Rittenhouse [or CRAP] Drinker’s Pub and thereby delivering cheap drinks, a later happy hour and, most importantly, chicks in a relatively laid back and non-meatheadish crowd) had the right idea a while back when he tried to turn the parking lot on Market Street next to Lucy’s into an adjoining beer garden. We bet that would have been fairly hot — it’s too bad that the fascists at the Old City Civic Association put the kibosh on it.

So does anyone know of a beer garden in town? For now, we’ll have to continue to get our fix at the Jerk Hut, with a case of Lionshead under our arm.

UPDATE: Drinker's sucks. (It was cool for a few months, but then got overrun.)

Thursday, June 09, 2005

This seems really difficult... NOT

Why is Japan so money when it comes to the environment? After all, the archipelago isn't that big. why don't they take after westerners and just completely ignore consequences. Although 82° does seem a little steaky.

it would also be entirely unreasonable to expect us to recycle too. we mean, recycle, come on. who do we look like? cameron diaz?

Monday, May 02, 2005

Saturn blows its street cred

With its latest commercial, Saturn, a company that has built itself on a “do good” image, shamelessly attacks hybrid cars, implying that hybrid cars have no horsepower and routinely get passed by kids on mopeds. Times are obviously tough at GM. Most likely, they’re regretting their decision not to produce any hybrids if they now have to resort to attacking them in advertisements.

We imagine that hybrid buyers are a demographic that had previously bought Saturns and GM, now realizing that it’s completely losing a huge chunk of its customer base, classily decided to take the low road and scrounge whatever customers they can get with the worst kind of false advertising. Playing up a false stereotype of your competitor – sounds like GM might be taking marketing tips from
its friends at the Bush Administration.

In other news, the remix of
2 Unlimited’s “No Limit” in Mentos’ latest commercial is brilliantly pared with the commercial’s visual escalation. Birds should be involved in more music.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

We could all use a little less

A garden hose gushes water into a puddle on a lawn. A light shines brightly in an empty room. A man brushes his teeth with the sink’s faucet on full blast.

These examples of wastefulness are scenes from Honda’s latest hybrid commercial. The message is clear: we all waste precious natural resources. Buying a hybrid is a good start towards affecting change.

We can not find the commercial anywhere online. There are some other hybrid commercials, however, the accord commercial (not available) is a lot more powerful than the others.

Monday, March 07, 2005

We ♥ the Ukie.

Forget Will Smith, who can’t even open a restaurant successfully near his old hood, and Bill Cosby, who hates being un-controversial. Jessica Pressler might well be Philadelphia’s most valuable export -- despite the fact that she is very much still here. The Philadelphia Weekly columnist (who won a Best of Philly™ Award -- Best Newspaper Columnist – Slightly Ridiculous -- from Philadelphia Magazine this summer for her weekly Pressler’s Miscellany column) might still live in the illydilly but is doing her best to share all that is cool about it with the world. This Sunday was the fourth feature she has had published in the Sunday Styles section of the New York Times since September. philadelphia kills it at the Ukie

Yesterday, in the Boîte column, which chronicles hip restaurants, bars and clubs in cities like New York, LA and DC, she profiled the Ukie, or the Ukrainian American Citizens Association, on the edge of Northern Liberties. The article made the place sound good and was noticeably less contrived than your typical Sunday Styles piece. We would not be surprised if she is intentionally highlighting the un-pretentiousness of the Ukie, not unlike so many other Philadelphia locales, which is kind of atypical of an establishment from LA or NYC that might appear in the Boîte column.

Philadelphia’s perceived authenticity is a hook on which the city should build. And if Pressler can continue to let more folks in on some of Philadelphia’s cooler spots, the city (and all its efforts to achieve an improved image) should take note and, more importantly, say “Thank you.”

Friday, March 04, 2005

Are you sure that's Moscow?

Moscow's planned Federation Tower is going to stick out like a sore thumb.

But at least it's progress.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Leave it to Philadelphia to crucify Webber after only 3 games

Leave it to Philadelphia to crucify Webber after he's only played three games.

Today, lead with the headline "Is Webber a Cookie?" We don't exactly know what that means as we think cookies are generally good and the headline was clearly asking if he's a chump. (Perhaps it's similar to the use of lemon to denote a shitty car.)

Regardless, the point is that loves to cry wolf. If it was the Daily News' site, we'd understand. However, it is the Knight Ridder site that represents both the Daily News and the Inquirer and generally considers itself the homepage for the Philadelphia region. It could lead with actual news. Unfortunately, it seems to continually choose to instead lead with hype, more consistent with a tabloid like the New York Post than an actual news source.

The headline of the actual article is much subtler ("Let's hope Webber is an adjustable star") but that's kind of the point: why does always feel its necessary to lead with sensational headlines -- even more so than the Daily News? There was even another example today with the news that free agent Jeremiah Trotter was visiting with the Kansas City Chiefs. I don't remember the words exactly, but it was along the lines of "Trotter headed to Kansas City" instead of "Trotter to test free agency market."

So is lame.

Meanwhile, Chris Webber is EXACTLY what Allen Iverson has needed all along. The Sixers could very well bring a parade to Philadelphia this June instead of next.

Monday, February 14, 2005

advance amtrak, don't kill it

all i have time for is a few clips:

"President Bush wants to derail Amtrak by eliminating its operating subsidies. This is so outrageous that members of his own party are jumping off this train.

In the densely populated East, Republican Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania called the gutting of Amtrak "unacceptable." Specter wants Amtrak to get $14.5 billion over the next five years. His website says, "My vision for the 21st century includes high-speed magnetic levitation trains capable of traveling at speeds of more than 300 miles per hour from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh with an estimated time of 2 hours, 7 minutes."

In giant and sparsely populated Montana, Republican Senator Conrad Burns has said, "With the distances we have to travel in our state, it is critical to keep as many options as possible for passengers and commerce in our rural area." In the Deep South, the mayor of Meridian, Miss., John Robert Smith, a Republican who served in the 1990s on the Amtrak board, has said, "We cannot have a Third World method of transportation."

Bush's proposed cut stands in stark contrast to recent rail news from around the world. Britain recorded 1.05 billion passengers in 2004, the highest number in 45 years. The government announced last week that it is looking into building a London-to-Scotland line that would travel at up to 225 miles per hour and slash a 400-mile trip down to 2 hours, 35 minutes. In American terms, such a train would allow similar trips between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Boston and Baltimore, Minneapolis and Chicago, or Charlotte and Washington, D.C."