July 10, 2015 |
Ahead of his very recent musical ascension, Armani White says he destroyed himself, deleting from public view all his music on the Internet. Then he rebuilt, working with a new team of people in hopes of rebranding himself. But not long after, he destroyed himself again and rebuilt. Destroy. Rebuild. Destroy. Despite it all - or maybe because of it - the New-Age black nerd rapper from West Philadelphia is quickly making a name for himself with his rapid-fire lyrical flow. Armani screams complexity and contradiction.
May 25, 2015 |
Zach Woods, the Trenton-born, Yardley-bred star of HBO's Silicon Valley , roused the ire of many a Philadelphian last month when he said Philadelphia is "kind of a racist city" on Marc Maron's WTF podcast. Adding insult to injury, he referenced a mishmash of memories about fan behavior: "When I was growing up and Santa Claus would skate onto the ice around Christmastime at Flyers games, people would throw batteries at Santa Claus," Woods told Maron. Uh, nope. "I totally get how I sound like some B-list moron bashing Philly," Woods said about the podcast.
May 13, 2015 |
'Here comes the nerd squad!" This is how forensic scientist Gil Grissom is greeted as he arrives at a crime scene in the pilot episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in October 2000. Spoken by a couple of macho cavemen cops, the word nerd was meant to be derisory, but Gil wore it as a badge of honor during the nine seasons he was the top nerd on the CBS procedural, a tenure ending in 2009. CSI wasn't unlike most cop shows: Its heroes didn't pack guns and handcuffs, but tweezers and test tubes.
May 5, 2015 |
AS A SEA of smiling faces surged around her, no one at Community College of Philadelphia's graduation was more joyful than Wanda Klinefelter of Mayfair - unless it was her mom, Gloria. "My mom's held our family together," said Klinefelter, 34, who was among 2,000 students graduating from CCP over the weekend at Temple University's Liacouras Center. "Mom worked as a housekeeper and sacrificed so much for me, my brother and my sister," Klinefelter said. Her mom said, "I love you and I am a very proud Mama Dukes.
May 4, 2015 |
Joel Hodgson made his bones as the creator and star of the cult classic show Mystery Science Theater 3000 . The beloved comedy (Jerry Seinfeld called Hodgson one of his "favorite cultural visionaries") featured Hodgson as a janitor trapped on a spaceship, forced to watch B movies, riffing along with robot buddies he constructs to keep him sane. Hodgson left MST3K , as it's affectionately known, in 1993. But he's back in orbit for his first regular acting gig since MST3K in Other Space , a Web series on Yahoo Screen.
February 23, 2015 |
There are many reasons to be apprehensive about whether a dating app can deliver true love, but I won't play coy with you. What has kept me from uploading myself to Cupid's digital arrow is this: the pictures. Perhaps I'm revealing myself to be vain, or maybe insecure, but this is real talk, #nofilter. The prospect of choosing pictures of myself for potential dates to judge gives me a cold sweat. First, there's the feminist objection. Aren't women objectified enough? With many dating apps like Tinder, the written bios are short-to-nonexistent, and the profiles are primarily photos.
August 1, 2014 |
"THE BIG BANG THEORY" is reportedly the most popular sitcom in the world. Perhaps the solar system. It's been translated into more languages than Sheldon knows and generated enough revenue to launch Howard into space or get Raj a girlfriend. As it is so popular, the actors want to receive just compensation. At the moment the number being bandied about for just compensation is $1 million per episode, per actor (and it's not as if they were making $8 an episode last year)
June 20, 2014 |
AT THIS YEAR'S Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con convention, attendees can travel back in time in the Delorean, ride with Dinosaurs in the Jurassic Park jeep or try their hand at sci-fi speed dating. "Find your perfect nerd," shouted the two men manning the dating setup. Turning their noses up at the vendor, two young Dr. Who fans shouted toward the booth: "I do not dream about nerds, I dream about comic books!" At the first day of the annual four-day festival yesterday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, diehards were enthused.
April 8, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA One of Philly Tech Week's new events had a shaky start Sunday, but it wasn't a complete strikeout. Baseball Hack Day, a Boston event brought to Philadelphia for the first time to encourage baseball-themed app and website designs, went on despite a six-person turnout at Indy Hall in Old City. The 2012 and 2013 events in Beantown each drew about 30 participants, who were divided into working teams of two or three. "It's just a day where we get together and chat about baseball," said organizer Kyle Fiedler, 28, a developer at Thoughtbot Inc. who moved to Philadelphia from Boston last year and who wanted to replicate his Baseball Hack Day experience in the Hub here.
December 6, 2013 |
THERE'S a new (2.0 edition) musical in town called "Nerds" that techies will relish for its smart, insider's perspective and that pretty much any theater fan should enjoy for its flip attitude (think "Book of Mormon," "Avenue Q" and "Spamalot"), inspired performances, rocking (and even rappin') show tunes and snappy staging. Just launched by the Philadelphia Theatre Company at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, "Nerds" is a ridiculously amusing, mocking and also knowledgeable (ouch!) send-up of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, the oft-warring titans of tech who changed everything with the commercialization of affordable and user-friendly (sometimes)