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Septa Watch…my newest blog-obsession

I have a new favorite Philly blog that I’ve been meaning to post about for a couple of weeks now, but it has continued to slip my mind when I actually sit down to blog. But no more, I say. You must know and enjoy this blog as I have come to. So, may I present to you…Septa Watch!

That’s right, one enterprising soul has devoted much time and many words to document our messy, slow-moving, under-funded public transportation agency. The first post on the blog responds to the question many of you might be asking yourself, which is why would someone invest so much time in this?

I want to love you and encourage my friends to ride you, but you drive me crazy. Why does the rain cause you to give up and practically come to a grinding stop? Why must your buses stop at every. Darn. Block. The entire way into the City instead of, say, every other block? Why did you stop selling regional rail tickets from machines but still charge us $2 for buying a ticket on board? Why don’t you ever have any schedules in the schedule holders on the bus? Why do you stop the Market Frankfort El shortly after midnight? (Would another two hours kill you?) Why after every rider has complained about this–do most of the ticket booth attendants still not sell tokens or even give you change?

To read answers to some of these questions (or just more questions about why Septa continues to be so mediocre) you must check out this blog.

Register for BlogPhiladelphia

The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (known better as gophila.com) and Uwishunu.com are putting on this unconference this summer (July 12 and 13 to be exact) called BlogPhiladelphia. We mentioned it a couple of weeks back and as I hear more about it, my excitement level increases. I stopped by their site today and discovered that the registration form is now up. If you’ve been thinking of attending, now would be a good time to sign up, since it is free and space is limited (which means that it may fill up quickly). I hope I’ll see some of you there!

Blogadelphia is coming…

So I learned today that the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) and that cool new blog, uwishunu, are throwing a bit of an event this summer. The will be hosting the first ever Blogadelphia, an unconference about, well, why don’t I just let them tell you…

This two-day “unconference” will be open to bloggers and non-bloggers alike. There will be a few panels featuring leading tech pioneers spanning a wide spectrum of technology platforms and social media experience. We also plan to bring together a good cross-section of experts to lead break-out sessions covering various areas of social media: avatars, blogging/vlogging, mobile/sms technologies, online & mobile social networks, podcasting, PR in the world of CGM, virtual communities, community-edited news sites, social bookmarking, and of course, where and how marketing fits into all of this.

It will be July 12th and 13th here in Philadelphia and more information will be coming soon. But I thought I’d tell you what I knew.

Thanks Eric!

No blogger meetup

So Friday evening I put up a post about the monthly blogger meetup, encouraging all to attend. I’d like to apologize to anyone who actually came out, as there was no blogger meetup. Howard and I walked over there around 3:30 pm, and as we started to head in the back door, were stopped by the owner of the Ten Stone. He told us that there was a private party that day and that we couldn’t come in. So, no blogger meetup. Since we were a little late, we missed out on anyone who was there on time.

We then wandered around, trying to figure out a place to get something to eat, but discovered that 4 pm on a Saturday afternoon is a bad time to get food. Apparently many places close their kitchens between 4 and 5 pm, to give the staff some time to eat before the dinner rush. Having never worked in the restaurant industry, this was news to me. We finally ended up at Peking Chinese Restaurant, the only customers there while the family that runs the place sat around eating their dinner.

But please, if you missed out on the blogger meetup and are sad, do not be deterred. There will be another one next month!

March Blogger’s Meetup: the Green Beer Edition

Another month, another Philly Bloggers Meet-up coordinated by Scott of the Blankbaby Media Empire.

Full details at Philly Future:

Saturday, March 17, 2007, 3:00 PM
Ten Stone Bar & Restaurant
2063 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 735-9939

Look for the bloggers in the semi-private back room, and make yourself at home.

I must admit some trepidation about having a meet-up on a Saturday afternoon that’s also St. Patrick’s Day. Hope y’all have plenty of room and plenty of fun.

February Bloggers’ Meetup: Same Bat-Time, Same Bat-Channel

Well, Scott over at PhillyFuture reminds us this morning that not only does he look dead sexy in a ushanka, tomorrow is the monthly Bloggers’ Meetup!

Details:

Saturday, February 17, 2007, 3:00 PM
Ten Stone Bar & Restaurant
2063 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 735-9939

Look for the bloggers in the semi-private back room, and make yourself at home.

I’ve missed these gatherings for many a month (especially those months when I was no longer blogging), but I might actually have enough of an open schedule to attend. Whoever does go, I hope y’all have a great time. Try to risotto poppers—Ten Stone does ’em very yummy.

The End of an Era

I had myself an entirely self-indulgent, lazy Friday evening and Saturday morning, so I came to yesterday’s bloggy bombshell well behind the Internet info-curve.

Dan Rubin writes:

Tie a toe-tag on Blinq. I’m getting ready to start another assignment here at the Inquirer.

For those of you who have checked in regularly – hi, Mom and Citizen Mom – you are the reason I’ve kept such odd hours, failed to maintain any firewall between my work time and family time, and know what’s up with Terrell Owens. (Not so much since hugging it out with Donovan McNabb at a Super Bowl party in Miami.)

What I’m moving on to is the metro desk, taking a crack at being a local columnist. Talk about your old media.

I am more saddened by such news than seems appropriate, considering I’m just a random reader among thousands of same.
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Farewell Sarcasmo

They Might Be Giants Dinner

Star C. Foster, local writer, blogger and lovely human being, died this morning of a pulmonary embolism.

I first met Star at a blogger meet up at Fergie’s Pub, about a year ago. I was taken by her energy and friendliness from the first moment. I often ran into her in the neighborhood, walking home from work or out on a Saturday afternoon. We would always stop and chat for a few minutes before heading on our way. I looked forward to these random encounters. I can’t believe that it’ll never happen again.

Last May, a bunch of us went to see They Might Be Giants at the TLA, and met for dinner beforehand at The Latest Dish. I can see Star in my mind, sitting at the table, laughing and telling stories about the squirrels in her ceiling. I am without words to sufficiently describe the sadness and shock I feel that she is gone, and that I’ll never have the opportunity to laugh with her again.

Sad News [Phillyist]
Sarcasmo [Phillyist]
Star C. Foster passed away this morning [Philly Future]
Sarcasmo no more [Blankbaby]
I Wish I’d Met Her [Philly Roll]
* [The Smedley Log]
Je regrette [Pesky Apostrophe]

Updated to add: Andy Merrett has done an excellent job of gathering all the posts about Star. Instead of recreating his efforts, please go here to see a complete listing of everyone who is remembering and mourning Star.

Baghdad Treasure discovers “Jerry Springer”

An Iraqi blogger, who goes by the name “Treasure of Baghdad” moved to Philadelphia from war-torn Iraq earlier this summer to go to school. He typically writes about the things that are going on in his home country, but today, took a drastic departure from his normal topics to discuss the TV programs he’s watching here in Philly. He says his favorite channel is MyPHL17 and that he loves the program Cheaters. He says,

I liked this show because it makes a change! It helps reveal secrets.

However, there are other programs on the same channel that I really don’t like. One of them is called “Jerry Springer”.

That’s right, the Treasure of Baghdad has discovered one of the lowest points in American television, and he doesn’t get it either.

To read his entire post, go here.

That of which I spoke

A reader from Golin Harris saw my earlier post about the King Tut Ticket Sales Event and was kind enough to send me a copy of this photo*:
tickets.jpg

See what I mean? Cutest kids ever wearing headdresses that are not quite as cute as the kids but still plenty darn cute on their own headdress-ey merits.

I’m assuming Golin Harris has some involvement with the Tut exhibit—whether just here in Philly or at the national level, I’m not sure—because the email containing the photo also confirmed that the headdress I so instinctively coveted will be available at the King Tut store once the exhibit opens.

Which means: I WILL have one adorning my head in time for the Super Bowl.

* All loss of image quality on account of re-sizing to limit file size is purely MY responsibility. I do words. I don’t do pictures—at least, I don’t do pictures very well.

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