January 21, 2011
IN THE ENTIRE history of mankind, there has been only one invention that fundamentally improved life for the beer drinker: the twist-off bottle cap. OK, two, if you count flushable toilets. And now there are three, thanks to the Bottoms Up Draft Beer Dispenser. It does exactly what it says: It fills beer cups through the bottom of the cup. A beer vendor simply places a plastic cup on the dispenser, and - without pulling a tap handle or even pressing a button - it fills up in seconds, with a perfect collar of foam on the top. It's not just some technological gimmick.
August 20, 2010
GIMME FIVE "The Last Song" wasn't a blockbuster, but it was Greg Kinnear's highest-grossing movie in a while. His last five outings: 1. "The Last Song. " (2010) $62 million. 2. "Green Zone. " (2010) $35 million. Plays a Pentagon Special Intelligence officer in Baghdad. 3. "Flash of Genius. " (2008) $4 million. Kinnear takes on Detroit over the invention of intermittent windshield wipers. 4. "Ghost Town. " (2008) $13 million. He's a ghost, meddling in his widow's affairs.
August 11, 2010
Inventors interested in speaking with TeleBrands can e-mail InventorsDay@TeleBrands.com with a description of their inventions. If TeleBrands is interested, it will contact the inventor.
July 16, 2010
DEAR ABBY: I am a 27-year-old woman who lives alone in a house I own. Sometimes strangers come to the house for various reasons - plumbers, electricians, etc. One question I am frequently asked is, "Do you live alone?" I just don't know how to answer that question without feeling like someone might take advantage of me. Can you help me and other single women by providing an appropriate response? - Cautious Bachelorette, Huntsville, Ala. DEAR BACHELORETTE : Gladly. Your gut instincts are on target.
June 20, 2010 |
Arika Okrent was studying languages at the University of Chicago. The languages people use and how they work. The rules, the changes, the charts. She was in the library, poking around. "And then," says Okrent, relaxing in her Germantown home recently, "I drifted down to the shelves with all the books on invented languages. It was a sad little collection. I felt sorry for it. " But something called to her. Tales of made-up languages and their makers. Esperanto, the most widely spoken of all; Volapük, once the most popular; Klingon, the bark of space invaders.
May 21, 2010 |
Since 2000, DJ and promoter David Pianka has hosted Making Time, a groovy series of party jams at various Philly venues, gay and straight. Pianka has always hosted the cr?me of electro-dance newbies on the verge of breaking big. Calling them "fellow intergalactic cosmic adventures," he's featured everyone from the Strokes in 2001 to Girls, Major Lazer, and Dum Dum Girls in 2010, plus many winning acts in between. While Pianka prepares himself for a 10th-anniversary season (already started on Wednesday)
March 28, 2010 |
Sleepy-eyed Philly, its weekend belly growling after a night on the town, used to know exactly where to answer the call for brunch - the neon-lit beacons of diner goodness like the Melrose, Mayfair, and Country Club. With that diner culture sliding into an alarmingly steep decline over the last decade, however, an entirely new genre has stepped into the a.m. hunger void. The funky bruncherie - part hipster cafe, part laboratory to explore the creative limits of stuffed French toast - has become to the old-school diner what gastropubs have been to aging corner taverns.
November 13, 2009 |
City auctions this weekend and next will reflect two aspects of American history: the inventive glories of 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century arts and crafts and the excesses of the opening years of the 21st century, as symbolized by exclusive Yellowstone Club in Montana. The sale celebrating the inventiveness of the last three centuries will take place at Freeman's tomorrow when it will offer American furniture and decorative arts, and on Sunday, when it will conduct its annual Pennsylvania sale.
October 29, 2009 |
Fred E. Shashoua, 78, of Cherry Hill, an inventor and retired aerospace engineer, died of complications from non-Hodgkins lymphoma Oct. 19 at Cooper University Hospital in Camden. In 1962, while an engineer at RCA in Camden, Mr. Shashoua developed an electronic machine for setting Chinese type. The device was a "revolutionary change" from setting Chinese type by hand from more than 5,000 characters, according to a New York Times account at the time. Mr. Shashoua's patented invention used fiber optics and television techniques to reproduce the characters rapidly on film, then transfer them to lithograph plates for offset printing.
October 1, 2009 |
"The Invention of Lying" turns out to be "Bruce Almighty" for atheists. Where the latter was a comedy about a man who taps into God's power, the former is a comedy about a man who acquires power by inventing God. It takes place in an alternate universe wherein mankind has evolved to be completely honest. Lying is unknown - indeed, men are incapable of lying. The movie (written by and starring Ricky Gervais) is funniest in the early going, when we see what life is like in a scrupulously candid society where there is no tact, because there is no need for it. Gervais plays Mark, a dumpy bachelor who endures a humiliating date with a gorgeous girl (Jennifer Garner)