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So what the bleep do I know?*

Matt’s been caught late at work the past two nights, which has given me some time to finally get through part of my Netflix queue.

So I’ve just finished watching What the bleep do we know? and saw, to my great surprise, that not only one, but two of the expert scientists hail from Philly-area institutions.

Impressive. (Though I’m too chickenshit to count the number hailing from Boston—just in case Philly were then to come up short.)

* Evidently, not much.

A Change in Season

I am freshly back from vacation,* and I guess I’m back just in time for the beginning of the back-to-college season.

On my way to Marisa’s to pick up my weekly farm share that she’d so generously picked up on my behalf yesterday morning, I was stopped outside Bonner’s by a young woman asking out the window of a fully-loaded car:

“Do you know how to get to Broad Street and Temple University from here?”

* Didja miss me? didja even notice I was gone? ;)

All the Time In the World

Mark Franek, Dean of Students at the William Penn Charter School, has an op-ed piece in today’s New York Times* about that bane of all college applicants: the SAT.

(More below the bump.)

There’s a punchline somewhere…

Cory tells me it’s some kind of Philly-area cosmic joke that I’m applying to Beaver College. And part of the joy of applying to Beaver College is telling everyone that you’re applying to Beaver College so they can make jokes about Beaver College and involve your name. These jokes seem to be equally funny if you are male or female or trans or any other gender you please. These jokes are funny when applied to anyone, because the idea of ANYONE going to Beaver College is funny, according to Cory.

So there. You have your joke.
suzanne + Beaver College = ♥♥??

PS: Both Brady and Jeannette of this very blog went to Beaver College. Believe it. Brady rocked Beaver College La Salle. But Jeannette rocked Beaver College. Oh man…

Snowed in.

So I dunno about you folks, but Cory and I got snowed in out at La Salle last night. We headed that way to host a night of Family Feud, complete with a womanizing host (on the left). All in all, good fun. Until we walk out.
OH NOES! Snow is sticking! Roads are icy!
Cory is a new driver! suzanne is scared!

So we pursued alternate plans, basically doing what any good college student does and crashing where space happens to be. In this case, St. Miguel Townhouses. A friendly crew of seniors (mostly connected to WEXP) took us in and offered us a bed and a couch and even some floor. (Big ups, guys! I appreciate the space and time and fun! )

Part of the fun of being snowed in at college as a commuter is staying up late with friends, laughing at the weather, taking random pictures, and sleeping on an uncomfy, unfamiliar bed/couch/floor. And fighting with parents. And stealing food. And tromping across campus to make last minute car runs. On one such trip across campus, Cory paused to take a picture of the tennis courts in all their winter glory. It’s a little blurry, but it really was beautiful at midnight.

After we snagged the picture of the tennis courts, we kept on towards the car and happened upon two young ladies from North Carolina. My accent matched theirs, and they requested pictures with a rather nice snowman (their first!) and then offered to snap pictures of me, the Cory, and our host- Pat. (I wish I had that picture, too.)

The rest of the night was less eventful, but still pretty fun. Maybe a video of frozen tundra exploring will surface…

Interesting (although esoteric) talk at the Writer’s House


On Tuesday, January 10 at 6:00 pm in the Arts Cafe at the Kelly Writers House at Penn, Svetlana Boym will present a talk entitled “Estrangement and the Architecture of Freedom: Victor Shklovsky and Hannah Arendt.” It’s just the sort of topic I can imagine my Jewish Communist ancestors discussing over glasses of tea in silver holders, gesticulating wildly in the flickering light.

Svetlana Boym is Curt Hugo Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University. Her selected works include The Future of Nostalgia (2001); Death in Quotation Marks: Cultural Myths of the Modern Poet (1991); Common Places: Mythologies of Everyday Life in Russia (1994); “From Russian Soul and Post-Communist Nostalgia” (1995); “Socialist Realism and Kitsch” (1995); “Estrangement and Exile: Shklovsky to Brodsky” (1996).

Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk, University of Pennsylvania Campus

Making of Battle of Hoods: Part I

Perdie is originally from upstate New York. the family moved to Jim Thorpe when he was about thirteen, and the following year he and his friends were just lounging around on a snow-laiden day when Perdie said, he wanted to try out these special effect on this program he had. He said, let’s film a fight scene.

So the guys sat around trying to figure out what the story would be, when Andrew said, “My hoodie’s better than yours.”

That’s how history is made.

The progression in his technical skill is apparent in his “Battle of Hoods” movies, the first shot in his freshman year, the second during sophomore year, and the third shot over the next three years, in a vain attempt to complete it.

Filming was never completed, but the story just would not die. Perdie’s baby had been born, and needed to coninue its life. The saga of the hoodie had to be told.

I’m glad to see people from Washington like us

I thought UPS was United Parcel Service. But apparently Charles is referring to some University in Washington state. He visited Philly over the weekend and had a few nice things to say. Among them, “Philly Cheese Steaks taste better in Philadelphia.”
Here’s the rest.

We’re going MBA hunting!

In case you guys missed it, Wharton MBA students had a no-pants pub crawl on the 1st and made general asses of themselves by walking the city around in suit jackets and boxer shorts.

Spotted at 12th and Chestnut by yours truly.

Saturday school! SWEET!

I would have KILLED for this in high school! KILLED!!

Cancel the cartoons. Hang up the hockey sticks. Sleep in no more. Saturday mornings in Philadelphia could take on a much faster pace for some students.

Beginning next month, the school district will begin offering some of its Advanced Placement courses on Saturdays.

The rigorous classes will last three hours. And they will run through May.

Up to now, the district has used Saturdays for remedial work or disciplinary classes.

Yes. You’re reading that right. The Philadelphia School District will be offering AP (advanced placement) classes on Saturday mornings to benefit smart kids in crappy schools. (And over-ambitious smart kids.)

Freaking awesome. Hopefully, this will work out; and the district will love the scores and smarts produced!

More info: Full article @

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