August 16, 2013 |
ALL THAT summer rain has made the flowers grow and spawned more pretty fireflies than Gizmo Guy has seen in aeons. But it's also made this an intensely good (and we mean bad) summer for mosquitoes, and sparked lots of pitches for products claiming to ward off the critters. To deal with the onslaught (of bugs and devices), I turned to my expert in all things organically outdoors, Mike McGrath, host of the syndicated radio show "You Bet Your Garden. " (It airs 11 a.m.-noon Saturdays on WHYY 91-FM.)
May 7, 2012 |
Kevin Kline and Lawrence Kasdan, actor and writer/director, respectively, have known each other for 32 years now. They met when Kasdan, making a name for himself in Los Angeles as a go-to screenwriter (Steven Spielberg went to him for Raiders of the Lost Ark , George Lucas for Return of the Jedi ), was looking for the lead for his directorial debut, the neo-noir Body Heat . "I was seeing people in L.A., but there were all these incredible stage actors in New York," Kasdan remembers.
November 9, 2011 |
INSPIRED BY eight cases of hypothermia that hit Occupy Philly afterthe early snowfall last month, a camp of Occupiers have built a warming station with insulation, propane heat and fire, and carbon monoxide detectors. Fernando Antonio Salguero, 38, who was manning the station yesterday on Dilworth Plaza, said about 30 members of the Truth, Freedom and Prosperity camp of Occupy Philly built the temporary structure over four days for $800. "We were motivated by the cold and the Continental Army and what they had to go through at Valley Forge," he said.
January 14, 2007 |
When Robert Sachs was a young boy in North Carolina, his mother bundled him up and tied garbage bags around his feet on cold days. The plastic bags made him feel like an idiot, and didn't do much to keep out the cold or the wet. Neither did all the bundling. "Mom would just pile all this stuff on us," he said. "You just sweat through everything. " These days, Sachs, 26, an all-season hiker from Manayunk, has exchanged his plastic bags for polypropylene, a plastic fiber that wicks water away from the body.
May 14, 2004 |
IN AN ATTEMPT to impress the husky-voiced Kathleen Turner at the Cannes Film Festival, Quentin Tarentino told her he preferred her 1980 noir film "Body Heat" to the 1944 Barbara Stanwyck classic "Double Indemnity. " "I think even ["Body Heat" director] Lawrence Kasdan would be surprised to hear you say that," Turner responded, the New York Post's Page Six reported yesterday. Tattle is also surprised. To quote Walter Neff, the evil hero in "Double Indemnity" played by a pre-Disneyfied Fred MacMurray, "Do I laugh now, or wait 'til it gets funny?"
July 21, 2003 |
Children adapt less effectively than adults to hot weather, making them more vulnerable to heat-induced sickness. Children produce more body heat than adults, sweat less, and take longer to get used to temperature changes. At the same time, maybe because their thirst mechanisms are not well developed, children often feel no need to drink enough to replace fluids lost during exercise. On a hot day, this puts them at risk for dehydration. "They'll keep playing, especially if it's something they enjoy doing," said Denise Salerno, a pediatrician at Temple University Children's Medical Center.
August 25, 2000 |
Next to the white heat generated by a 14-year-old girl, the temperature of Rachmaninoff's passion feels kind of tepid. A comic look at two teen groupies who idolize an eccentric concert pianist, The World of Henry Orient (1964) stars Peter Sellers as the musician/playboy desired by all the females in New York. The teenagers are played by Tippy Walker, tossing the best haircut in Hollywood history, and Merrie Spaeth, a tightly curled blonde who catches on quicker than her pal that a teen crush is sometimes displaced feelings for one's own father.
July 10, 2000 |
Children generate more body heat than adults, sweat less, and acclimate more slowly to changes in temperature, making them more vulnerable to heat-related sickness. And - perhaps because their thirst mechanisms are not as well developed as adults' - children often don't drink enough to replace the fluids lost while exercising, the American Academy of Pediatrics reports. As a result, they can easily become dehydrated on a hot day. "If a kid is saying they're thirsty, it means they are probably dehydrated," said Dr. Eric Small, a specialist in pediatric sports medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.
July 24, 1999 |
Holy heat wave, how will we cope? Maybe we can take a few hints from the creatures of the wild. Sure, we should have adapted now that we're into the second day of the summer's third string of above-90-degree days. But there are a few odd ways - not all quite worthy of imitation - that our friends of field and forest use to try to keep cool: Black vultures urinate on their legs. Turtles and frogs go into a form of hibernation, lowering body heat. Worker bees gather together and do just the opposite, beating their wings furiously.
July 18, 1997 |
The air shimmered with 90-degree heat. Strolling on Forbidden Drive in Fairmount Park, Patrick Monsego, 21, and his fiancee crept to a secluded spot. "We were in the woods, the sun was coming through the trees . . .," the video clerk recalled, blushing at the memory of last week's interlude. "In 10 minutes, my back was so wet it was like someone poured a bucket of water on it. " Mal Gran, 56, had just walked into the Chestnut Hill video store. Listening to Monsego's story of summer abandon, his lips curled into a grin.