Monthly Archives: December 2008

Flames of Peace (Not)

captpalestinian_protest_2an1I understand anger. I understand protests. Don’t always agree with the causes, but I respect the First Amendment right that allows Americans to gather peacefully and protest whatever they see fit – be it puppies or people. What I don’t understand is the video of yesterday’s footage of the pro-Palestinian protestors. Can someone explain this to me? In the video footage accompanying Art Carey’s article, there is a segment where a fire is shown in the middle of the street (Market perhaps?) as participants cheer.  Check it out. It comes right at the 00:53 mark. For a second I thought I was seeing video from the Gaza Strip instead of Center City. The camera zooms in on a fire presumably started by the protestors near the demonstration at City Hall yesterday. What’s with that? This isn’t some third-world city somewhere where we can just go crazy and start rioting because we’re angry. Staying calm and orderly is the best PR, folks. Your starting a fire in Philadelphia isn’t going to help your cause in Palestine. Seriously. Give me a break. Somebody please explain this to me. Was there some sort of permit involved? Arrests? I assume there was a heavy police presence. Am I stupid, was this okay? Or did some Philadelphians just start destroying their own city. Ugh.

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The Year of the Batman

batman_the_dark_knight_image2“It’s a funny world we live in.” Joker, The Dark Knight

This is the year of the underdog. A year filled with thrilling victories. Horrific crimes. Countless tragedies. Indescribable joys. Basically it’s like any other year. But as for 2009, I say we make it the year of the Dark Knight. I’m talking about Batman. You have this guy who loves his city. Tries to make life better for his fellow citizens. Goes out on a limb to save Gotham over and over again. 

So in 2009, go a little crazy. Ditch the black cape, but do take some time to make this city a cleaner, safer, more beautiful place to live. Not just for yourself. For your kids. Your parents. Your neighbors. Your neighbor’s kids. 

Philly, here’s a toast to you.

In Memoriam II

I wasn’t surprised that Philadelphia media had minimum coverage of Z.P. After all, there are so many deaths and so little time. But it’s reassuring to find that Philly.com has a great in-depth article and a video montage on its website honoring the life of Zal Chapgar. It includes footage from family and school events. Watch it.

Walmart iPhone?

Somebody talk me out of this. Please. There’s a recession. I have grad school loans. But what else does one do in Kansas besides shop? Go to Walmart. Buy beer. Buy guns. Buy an iPhone for $99 197. Score.

The opposite of love…

opposite-of-love ….is the debut novel of one Julie Bauxbum, former bad-ass lawyer. Her book, as I suspected, is a memoir disguised as a novel. It tells the story of  Emily Haxby. Emily has everything a girl could want. A boyfriend about to propose. An apartment in the chic part of NYC. A high-paying job as a corporate lawyer. When Emily decides to dump her boyfriend Andrew, she sets into motion a set of events that change her life forever.

A great book disguised as chick-lit. Quite reflective and analytical. Which makes sense, the author attended UPenn and Harvard Law School. The book focuses less on shopping and make-up and more on reconciliation, responsibility and the like.

There was one scene that bothered me quite a lot. Warning: Spoilers!  Continue reading

Twisted TablaGirl

You heard it here first. TablaGirl aka 27-year old Tina Sugandh is releasing her first album January 2009 with Razor & Tie records. Definitely channeling Britney and Shakira in her new video, “Break Me.” (Disclaimer: Lyrics include “Maharajah, you’re making me hot!” and “Hey, hey you spicy thing!”) She also throws in a little Jewel in songs like “Stay.”

Can’t say I love it, but girlfriend is totally headed somewhere. I liked her better before I saw the slutty Bollywood/Pussycat Dolls/starlet side of her. I’m a little disappointed she turned to pop, but eh, what’re you gonna do. A remix of her song, “Break Me” is already climbing the Billboard Dance Chart (currently at #4).  Sigh, I guess somebody had to be the first Indian American pop princess.