Saturday, October 31, 2009

Fortune Cookie

When working towards the solution to a problem, it always helps if you know the answer.

Learn Chinese:

Be full - bao

Lucky Numbers:

28, 31, 12, 32, 20, 51

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Lunch Story by Six Year Old Writer

today i got school lunch. i had

pineapples, a potato with sour

cream, and this green stuff. It all

was yummy, except i didn't

actually like the green stuff

yet. Maybe i just havent tasted it

yet. Maybe i just did't know what it
was. I was wondering what
that was for almost the whole
lunch time! But it was just half of
the lunch time. The pineapples,
the potato, and also the salad
was good.

-Tess Ptak

Read Complete Entry "found-art: what is this green stuff?" on 37 Days by Patti Digh, author of Life Is A Verb

Monday, October 26, 2009

New Releases

Briefcase 3 2009 LP - Pre-order Release Date 11/3/09 - It's the BEST of Suitcase 3 plus ONE bonus track (Tropical Robots Long Version) not on any other release. 21 tracks, ONLY 500 copies pressed, RED vinyl.

Suitcase 3 2009 4 CD Set - Pre-Order Release Date 11/3/09 - A four-disc set featuring 100 songs. The material spans from the mid-90s to the present, with the fourth disc filled with impromptu acoustic Guided By Voices jams recorded by Pollard, Tobin Sprout, and Greg Demos.


Friday, October 23, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Phillies Flag Flyes Again


Repeat - National League Champions - 2009, 2008

Note: The Phillies are the first team since 1996 to repeat as National League Champions

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Sincere Thanks for the Mention

from The Newshletter (Yesh)

MUTTS Shines the Light

This summer, Patrick McDonnell did a few series on which we've gotten a lot of feedback. Three in particular seemed to strike a real chord with MUTTS readers. The first was the puppy mill Sunday page which described the horrific conditions that the dogs have to live in, and the rescue one dog experienced. HSUS posted an article and reprinted the strip.

In August, Patrick did a week-long series on the plight of sharks which drew a lot of comments (many pro-shark, but also some from readers who just didn't underestand why we would want to save sharks from extinction(?).

And finally, pictured below is a MUTTS daily that was a head scratcher for many. "Where is the joke?" But Automotive Acne understood it - in triplicate!

THANK YOU to everyone who responded to these strips!

Friday, October 16, 2009


The Fishtown Community Branch
of the Free Library of
Philadelphia will be closed
Friday, October 16th, 2009 due to
a lack of security.

Signage posted at said branch location

Note: Click Here For More Info

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Phillies advance to the NLCS

Record: 2-2 All-time NLCS record between the Phils and the Dodgers. Phils won last two, in 1983 and 2008.

Tomorrow's Game (Thurs) Phillies at Dodgers, 8:07 p.m., TBS

Note: The Phillies are eight wins from becoming the first NL team to repeat as world champions since 1976.

info via Metro Newspaper


What the Phillies are doing is rare enough to warrant savoring

click here for complete commentary by Inquirer Sports Columnist Phil Sheridan

Monday, October 12, 2009

From The Vaults

Silver Jews - Random Rules on MUZU.

Silver Jews “Random Rules”
Director: Paul Finn
Drag City Records
Length: 4 min.
1999, music video

Info via: Rural Route Film Festival 2003

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Correction Of The Week

From the Washington Post

An editorial on Virginia's Democratic gubernatorial primary incorrectly stated that Terry R. McAuliffe had described himself as a "huckster." In his autobiography, Mr. McAuliffe described himself as a "hustler."

Constabulary Notes From All Over

From the Lake Oswego (Ore.) review

Following up a report of screaming at a residence on McVey Avenue, an officer defused a situation by assisting in the making of peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches.

above entries via The New Yorker

Humor Continued:

Bob Dylan Version

Highway 61 Revisited

One of the most celebrated recordings in rock history, "Like a Rolling Stone" is a song directed at a woman who once lived a life of privilege but has now experienced a reversal in fortune. Soon after recording the master, Dylan cut a test pressing for his music publisher and played it for several friends. It made an immediate, strong impression. One early listener was producer Paul Rothchild, who said "I knew the song was a smash, and yet I was consumed with envy because it was the best thing I'd heard any of our crowd do and knew it was going to turn the tables on our nice, comfortable lives." Dylan's friend, Paul Nelson, was recording a folk album at the time, and upon hearing it, he thought, "Oh boy, this just makes what we did obsolete."

When the single was released, Paul McCartney recalls hearing it at John Lennon's house: "It seemed to go on and on forever. It was just beautiful ... He showed all of us that it was possible to go a little further." A very young Bruce Springsteen would hear the recording on WMCA while driving in a car with his mother: "That snare shot that [kicked it off] sounded like somebody'd kicked open the door to your mind." Frank Zappa later recalled, "When I heard 'Like A Rolling Stone,' I wanted to quit the music business, because I felt: 'If this wins and it does what it's supposed to do, I don't need to do anything else.' ... It sold, but nobody responded to it the way that they should have."

Blonde on Blonde

For his Dylan biography, Bob Dylan: Behind The Shades, Take Two (2000), Clinton Heylin interviewed Blonde on Blonde drummer, Kenny Buttrey. Buttrey gave this account of the recording of the song Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands: "He ran down a verse and a chorus and he just quit and said, 'We'll do a verse and then a chorus and then I'll play my harmonica thing. Then we'll do another verse and chorus and we'll play some more harmonica and see how it goes from there.'...Not knowing how long this thing was going to be, we were preparing ourselves dramatically for a basic two to three minute record, because records just didn't go over three minutes... If you notice that record, that thing after like the second chorus starts building and building like crazy, and everybody's just peaking it up 'cause we thought, Man this is it. this is going to be the last chorus and we've got to put everything into it we can... After about ten minutes of this thing we're cracking up at each other, at what we were doing. I mean, we peaked five minutes ago. Where do we go from here?"

Saturday Evening Post writer Jules Siegel (who was traveling with Dylan while writing a cover story on him) was present in Dylan's hotel room in Vancouver, British Columbia, when Albert Grossman brought him what was probably the first acetate dub of Blonde on Blonde. According to Siegel, after playing "Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands", Dylan said, "Now that is religious music! That is religious carnival music. I just got that real old-time religious carnival sound there, didn't I?"

Nashville Skyline

"Sometimes... I go to the artist and say, 'What do you hear on the drums?' Because sometimes when people write songs they can hear it completed, they hear everything they think's gonna be on it", says drummer Ken Buttrey. "I went over to Dylan and said, 'I'm having a little trouble thinking of something to play. Do you have any ideas on ['Lay Lady Lay']?'... He said, 'Bongos'... I immediately disregarded that, I couldn't hear bongos in this thing at all... So I walked into the control room and said, 'Bob [Johnston], what do you hear as regards [to] drums on this thing?'... [He] said, 'Cowbells.'... Kris Kristofferson was working at Columbia Studios at the time as a janitor and he had just emptied my ashtray at the drums and I said, 'Kris, do me a favor, here, hold these two things... hold these bongos in one hand and the cowbells in the other,' and I swung this mike over to the cowbells and the bongos... I had no pattern or anything worked out. I just told Kris, 'This is one of those spite deals. I'm gonna show 'em how bad their ideas're gonna sound.'... We started playing the tune and I was just doodling around on these bongos and the cowbells and it was kinda working out pretty cool... Come chorus time I'd go to the set of drums. Next time you hear that [cut], listen how far off-mike the drums sound. There were no mikes on the drums, it was just leakage... But it worked out pretty good... To this day it's one of the best drum patterns I ever came up with."

Dylan info via Wikipedia

Friday, October 9, 2009

Signage Saying

Since the love of money is
the root of all evil, I'll
dream of things money
can't buy. -- Michael Albrecht

First Presbyterian Church in Kensington

Sunday Worship
10:30 A.M. & 5 P.M.
Wednesday Bible
Study - 7:00 P.M.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Hours of Operation

Central Library

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)

Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Fishtown Community Branch

1217 East Montgomery Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19125-3445
(Montgomery Ave. & Flora St.)

Monday, Thursday, Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday 12-8 p.m.
Saturday CLOSED

Port Richmond Branch

2987 Almond Street
Philadelphia, PA 19134-4955
(Indiana Ave. & Almond St.)

Tuesday, Wednesday 12-8 p.m.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
(Indiana Ave. & Almond St.)

Ramonita de Rodriguez Branch

600 West Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19123-1311
(6th St. & Girard Ave.)

Monday, Thursday, Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday 12-8 p.m.
Saturday CLOSED

For More Free Library of Philadelphia Branch Locations & Schedules click here

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Phillies win third consecutive NL East title

Bonus Round:

Video Montage: 'Win it for Harry'

Unctuous - Small Talk Gone Bad

Me: You can tell I'm a single guy, always shopping here and buying this fine food. I need to go to a real grocery store.

Young Female Clerk: Um, ok. (rolls eyes)

Me: You know, I think saw you yesterday driving in your car. (pointing in general direction of street)

YFC: Uh, yeah, probably. (shrugs shoulders)

Me: I didn't know you had two daughters.

YFC: (no response - rolls eyes again)

end of conversation



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