November 12, 2007
Federal agents wiretapping the phone of alleged drug kingpin Alton Coles say that drugs, money and guns were rarely referred to directly. Here's how agents interpret what they heard. Coles: " There's 95 in that bag and I got five in my pocket. . . . I forgot to put it in that bag rushing." Agents: Coles allegedly paid $95,000 with an additional $5,000 due for a previous cocaine purchase. A caller to Coles: "Bitin' on them fish, been hookin' them . . .
March 17, 2011
Third Wave: First came Maxwell House and Folgers, then the quality jump of "second wave" companies like Starbucks (and La Colombe). Third Wavers have upped the ante more, with single-origin beans sourced directly (at great expense) from individual farmers, lighter roasts, extra-intense short espresso shots, and the perfomance of brewed-to-order cups. Pour-Over Bar: Remember the Chemex and Melitta drip? Third Wavers have perfected this primitive method by grinding beans to order for every cup, and carefully steeping with precision streams of water heated digitally to just over 200-degrees, and poured onto a cone filter (usually a Hario V60)
January 12, 2001 |
Producer-director Greg MacGillivray scaled the heights in more than one sense with Everest, one of the most successful Imax films yet released. With Dolphins, he proves equally at home in the depths. Of course, it's hard to imagine how a film devoted to the hidden lives of such photogenic and fascinating creatures could go far off course. Dolphins is both a compact survey of what science has learned about the way the animals communicate and a heartfelt plea to encourage their survival.
April 15, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Nothing fades faster than a primary campaign's losing slogans and all-the-rage moments. Remember Rick Perry's big "oops"? Rick Santorum's sweater vest? Before it's all lost, here's a look back at the lingo of the race for the Republican nomination: Trump for President - "The Donald" fired himself from the race early. He could have won, Trump declared, but business comes first. Oops - All Perry could say in a cringe-worthy debate moment when he couldn't come up with the third federal department he wanted to eliminate.
May 12, 1991 |
Yerodeen Williams wanted to get paid one night last month and set out to find his prey in Society Hill, police said. He settled on a man withdrawing money at a MAC machine. Seconds later, a New Jersey prosecutor lay mortally wounded, a bullet in the brain. Williams, 17, was charged with murder. In North Philadelphia, gang members wanted to get paid at a delicatessen in January and at a nearby Roy Rogers restaurant in February, police said. One man was killed and another was shot five times.
May 31, 2012 |
Inspired now to host your own Brew-vitational? Jeff Alworth's Beer Tasting Tool Kit has all the gear and literature you need (down to brown paper bags and twine, in case you don't have any lying around) to conduct a proper blind tasting. In case you don't already know the lingo, the kit also comes with a handy "how to" booklet with a glossary, standards for different styles, and detailed scoring charts to note your every sip, swallow, and aftertaste. Beer Tasting Tool Kit by Jeff Alworth (Chronicle Books)
November 11, 2007 |
We're campaigning this week against business jargon. Limit your own bandwidth for buying into the buzz. Are you in agreeance? Career advice. The Monster job site provides a primer on how to avoid business jargon. Learn how to avoid a "brain dump," evade "thought leadership," and unlock "turnkey solutions. " Lingo humor. There are several versions of this list online, so we don't know where it originated. It's a humorous effort at translating some key expressions from employment ads and job interviews.
September 26, 1989 |
Lower Merion and Upper Darby played two football games in one afternoon on Saturday. In the first game - actually the first half of a game - Rogers Frassenei's Lower Merion Aces took a commanding 21-7 lead, accumulating 134 total yards of offense and causing three turnovers. But as a cold, steady drizzle began in the second half, Jack Shingle's Upper Darby Royals staged a remarkable resurgence, compiling 182 total yards while holding the Aces to 32 yards. When it was over, Lower Merion (1-0 league, 2-1 overall)
November 5, 1999 |
The oddball comic fantasy "Man of the Century" deposits a 1920s newsman in modern Manhattan. He doesn't arrive in a time machine, he's just there, and apparently always has been - one of the movie's modest charms is that it doesn't bother to explain the jarring anachronism. The newsman, who calls himself Johnny Twennies, is the creation of writer/actor Gibson Frazier and writer/director Adam Abraham, who have made a keen study of movie lingo and film conventions from the '20s and '30s, and regurgitate it here to fast-paced funny effect, as when Johnny tells a gun-wielding thug to "go suck a lemon.
September 19, 1989 |
Most of us by this time of year have had a refresher course in vacation lingo. That's the special language of travel agents and people who write tour brochures. In vacation lingo a "lively" hotel means one in which your room is over the all-night disco. "Secluded," to the lingo wise, signals inacessible. "Cozy" means cramped, "quiet" means dull, "bustling" means next to the trolley track. "Panoramic view" means at least a $15 taxi ride from downtown. "Pleasantly informal" means kids barefoot in the bar. "Historic" means the plumbing won't work, and anything "within an easy walk to the beach" means you'll need your hiking boots.