Gun Control

Having a 6 year old niece in kindergarten and hearing about what happened today scares the death out of me. My heart goes out to all of the victims, children, and families tragically hurt by today’s school shooting in Connecticut. Let’s pray for safer times, not just here in America but worldwide.

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Renewed Urban Studio Tent (RUST)

I was walking around South Broad Street the other day and came across this empty lot with some odd hut structure. Upon closer review, I noticed the beauty of this ‘hut’ and took a bunch of pictures to share here on my blog. This project really gives a new perspective of turning trash into treasure. To learn more about this, read below and check out this video on their Kickstarter page (where they raised over $3,500 to create this piece of art!

In the summer of 2012 Andy Walker and Andy Heisey intended to build an oblong structure (20’ wide, 8’ deep and 10’ high) using various recycled materials such as wood, newspaper, slag cement, and glass bottles. The project is intended to be participatory during the building process and afterwards as a working studio for artists in the surrounding schools and area. There will be a show of work completed in this space. The whole process will be documented on film.

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The 12 Smelliest Places in Philly (by The Philly Post)

 

I just came across this article on the 12 Smelliest Places in Philadelphia by author Christine Speer Lejeune, and I had myself a good ole’ chuckle. Here’s the list:

  1. Independence Mall in Old City, where horses meets asphalt.
  2. Roosevelt Boulevard, which smells like cookies when you drive past the old Nabisco factory. “I remember hanging my head out the car window to sniff as a kid!”
  3. I-95 on the way to the airport. “Is it the pollution control plant? OMG.”
  4. 15th and Market. “Smells like doughnuts.”
  5. Subway. Any subway, every subway. Namely the underground stations.
  6. Chinatown. “Chinatown in the rain or the fog smells like hot neon, wet lettuce and old cigarettes.
  7. 19th and JFK. “Smells like an open sewer.” In fact, “sewer” in various places is a popular pick.
  8. Reading Terminal. Famous Fourth’s cookies meets Amish whoopie pies meets flower vendor meets cement meets mingling scents of frying meat and pizza. Is there any better Philly scent mash-up than this?
  9. Dumpsters. Sansom’s hardly the only offender.
  10. 9th Street, between Washington and Christian. “Fish!”
  11. Sarcone’s Bakery.
  12. Temple on 13th Street, now always filled with food truck smells.

I myself will have to add the Gallery at Market East to the list as that place is just a hot mess. Any other hot spots full of odor that you know of in Philly?

Linsanity

Linsanity is probably very prevalent on all of your social media websites. I mean, you can’t sign on somewhere without the top posts being about how awesome this kid is. I just saw this video of Jeremy Lin’s winning shot right at the buzzer in last night’s game vs Toronto and thought it was pretty dope! I mean, you see the confidence (and slight cockiness) in Link, but this kid does deliver. What a tale of the underdog! I like the fact that he’s showing the world that you don’t have to fit some mold or stereotype to be successful. Just work hard, keep your head in the game and prove yourself…a few key tips to the path of victory!!!