February 10, 2015 |
What do an Ivy League university, a frozen-yogurt chain, and John Cipollone, a 70-year-old Center City grandfather not at all self-conscious about being bald, have in common? All have embraced a whimsical trend rapidly altering the way business communicates to consumers and employees: Animation. Walt Disney Studios has known of the appeal of hand-drawn moving figures since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs wowed audiences in 1938. Now, in increasing numbers, businesses and institutions outside the entertainment industry are turning to animation to make an impression.
February 6, 2015
HAVE YOU heard? Science shows that, contrary to popular thinking, fish is not a vegetable. Many so-called vegetarians harbor that fluid dietary ethic. I include my own 15 years as a so-called vegetarian, when I celebrated the occasional birthday or holiday with shrimp or New England clam chowder because, come on, "It's just seafood!" But serious science has established a couple of other facts. One is that ocean drift nets grab a huge amount of "bycatch" - nontargeted animals that die just the same.
January 21, 2015 |
"Without it, we're animals. " In Patrick Marber's 1997 play Closer , you can take your pick of the qualities his four characters lack: honesty, conscientiousness, or any semblance of kindness as the quartet swap partners in an evening-long daisy chain of lies, betrayal and humiliation. By contrast, Luna Theater's intense, brutal production leaves little to be desired theatrically. The simmering chemistry between Gina Martino and Sam Henderson (as Alice and Dan) is at first adorable, complicated later by Dan's infatuation with Anna (Kirsten Quinn)
January 14, 2015 |
AmerisourceBergen Corp., of Chesterbrook, already among the biggest U.S. distributors of pharmaceuticals for humans, is moving into the faster-growing and more profitable animal-drugs market with the $2.5 billion acquisition of MWI Veterinary Supply Inc., of Boise, Idaho, the companies announced Monday. "We believe that it's the next logical extension of our business," Tim G. Guttman, AmerisourceBergen's chief financial officer, told analysts on a conference call to discuss the deal, which is expected to close during the quarter ending March 31 and to add to AmerisourceBergen's earnings immediately.
January 11, 2015 |
As the elderly live longer, baby boomers stay in their homes as they age, and veterans with disabilities congregate in cities, expect to see an increase in assistance animals - even if your apartment or condo building doesn't allow pets. Such animals are not pets, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, but companions who work, assist or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Assistance animals, also known as service animals, guide individuals who are blind or have low vision, alert the deaf or hard-of-hearing to sound, pull wheelchairs, fetch medication, and alert humans to impending seizures or problem blood-sugar levels by smelling their owners' breath.
December 9, 2014 |
Sue Johnson needed little time to make up her mind about Jenny. The Chihuahua sported a black-and-white coat and little tufts of reddish-brown fur over her deep, dark eyes. "She's very sweet," Johnson said. "How could you not?" Jenny met one more criterion that was essential for Johnson, of Quakertown, who got the dog for her sister Saturday at the Pets Plus Natural store in Lansdale: The animal came to the store from a rescue shelter. The big-eared pup was one of at least 10 rescued animals customers had adopted at the store by 5 p.m. Following the lead of hundreds of other pet stores nationwide, the owners have vowed to stop selling animals from commercial breeders at all 10 of their stores by the end of 2015 - converting them one by one to stores that handle adopted dogs and cats only.
November 11, 2014 |
Often described as quiet or laid back, 12-year-old Nehemiah is an introvert by nature, often content to be the observer. When meeting new people he can be timid, but once he feels comfortable with them he warms up. In the company of his siblings and in familiar places, he's a fount of energy. Nehemiah is fascinated by insects and animals, and spends many hours engrossed in the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. He also enjoys watching comedy movies, reading mystery novels, and listening to music, especially gospel.
November 10, 2014 |
Their visages enthrall us, their physiques amaze us. Why, then, are so many A-list stars so eager to deprive us of those pleasures by acting in animated films? Why would acclaimed thespian Sir Ben Kingsley and his Boxtrolls costars - Elle Fanning, Simon Pegg, and Tracy Morgan - want to be in a film that won't allow them to use their actor's bag of tricks? No facial gestures or physical movements. No costumes, no props, no set. Voice acting, after all, consists of speaking lines in a lonely sound booth.
October 31, 2014
SEVENTY years ago this month, Donald and Dorothy Watson, of Britain, took "the beginning and end of vegetarian," coined the word "vegan," and with a couple of dozen vegetarian friends formed the Vegan Society. That auspicious beginning is celebrated on Nov. 1, this Saturday, as World Vegan Day. The celebration's taking a local turn this year with Philly Vegan Day. There's never been a better time to check out vegan food and vegan living, because this joint will be jumpin' with vegan activity of all sorts.