May 11, 2007 |
It is an awesome mantle to carry: the ultimate summer Shore band. After all, Bill Haley and the Comets first played "Rock Around the Clock" live in Wildwood, and Bobby Rydell made a hit out of "Wildwood Days," singing about partying at the Shore. Todd Rundgren and the Nazz were Shore-band guys, and Chubby Checker has claimed he first danced the twist there. Also claiming their place in the beach-band sun are the Nerds, a bunch of Jersey guys who have been mainstays on the Monmouth County and Long Beach Island scene since, well, pocket protectors and ill-advised plaid became nebbishy cool.
November 29, 2000 |
Nerds, the drivers of a high-tech economy, don't really like cities. What they like, says urban thinker Joel Kotkin, are "nerdistans" - techie enclaves, often on the fringes of major metropolitan areas, with the nerd necessities of high bandwith Internet access, low-rise office complexes and malls with a Sharper Image. Kotkin is a senior fellow with the Pepperdine University Institute for Public Policy and a research fellow in urban studies at the Milken Institute in Santa Monica, Calif.
August 4, 1988 |
The dictionary defines nerds as "contemptibly dull, unsophisticated, ineffective, etc.," with their weird hairstyles, pocket penholders, Coke- bottle glasses, bizarre social behavior and fashions from hell. Yet Hollywood finds nerds delightful, laughing - ha-yuck, ha-yuck, ha-yuck all the way to the bank. The world's reigning nerd, Pee-wee Herman, has joined the circus in his new movie, Big Top Pee-wee, a follow-up to 1985's exuberant Pee-wee's Big Adventure. While the clown with the crew cut entertains audiences in theaters, early episodes of Pee-wee's Playhouse, his acclaimed Saturday morning TV show, are being released on video.
November 5, 1998 |
Bob Cringely is a nerd, and proud of it. In fact, he's the Liz Smith of Nerd-dom, chronicling the social habits, such as they are, of those pocket-protector-wearing folks who slave at their computer screens to bring us the wonders of PCs, spreadsheets, Web sites and video games. "I live in Silicon Valley, therefore I have an Internet start-up," said Cringely by phone from his Palo Alto, Calif., office, just as he was being interrupted by the cell phone in his pocket. "Sorry, occupational hazard.
September 19, 1996 |
Behold Wired Man. Seated at a table in a funky West Philadelphia restaurant, he is wearing sandals with dark socks and a bolo tie. There's a plastic protector in the pocket of his white short-sleeve shirt, a two-way pager belted above his right hip, and a tiny cellular telephone hanging by his left hip. He totes a small zippered case with a personal digital assistant. Seeing him here, an electronic pack mule, it's hard to believe that David J. Farber is a hip icon of the wired future.
January 24, 2007 |
It's funny before it starts; Erik Weiner, coauthor of Nerds: A Musical Software Satire and a 29-year-old techno-geek, is having trouble with his phone: "Circuits are busy. " Another number: That call is dropped, and then his voice, little and far away, says, "Toby? Toby?" So he calls from yet another phone, and finally, on the third try, we manage that high-end technological event called A Telephone Call. Nerds, having its world premiere at the Philadelphia Theatre Company as part of the city's New Play Festival next month, will begin previews tomorrow and open next Wednesday.
December 8, 1988 |
SPORTS INJURIES. Forget torn rotator cuffs. The more common sports injuries are skin problems, such as "black heel," "bikini bottom," "jogger's nipples" and "runner's rump. " Rodney S. W. Basler of the University of Nebraska Medical Center says the skin "bears the brunt of the punishment" from vigorous exercise and can develop injuries in unexpected ways. But most such injuries go away when the exercise is halted, and few represent any continuing problem. But, said Basler, they can cause irritation, pain and cosmetic concern.
August 26, 2011
In my pursuit of documenting Philadelphia style, I'm often asked where do I find the most stylish people in our town. I always say 18th and Walnut streets - Rittenhouse Square - where you'll find an eclectic mix of well-dressed people. You'll see cosmopolitan couples, fashion nerds and fashion plates, and statement shoppers. New York has its 57th Street and Fifth Avenue, but Philadelphia has 18th and Walnut. Follow Reuben Harley on Twitter at @BigRubeHarley and at streetgazing.blogspot.com.
April 28, 2013 |
If you can't stop the world, can you at least slow it down? Because lately it's wobbling way out of orbit. This week, Gwyneth Paltrow was anointed "The World's Most Beautiful Woman" by the ultimate arbiter of pulchritude, People magazine. What am I missing here? Not just beautiful, the most beautiful. In the world. I haven't been this shocked since Leonard Cohen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Paltrow's appearance might best be described as "fairly pleasant.
April 9, 1997 |
There's a revolt under way against "The Religion of Unfettered Markets and The Economists Who Worship Them. " Even some economists are starting to defect. The rebellion began with left-leaning journalists like William Greider and Robert Kuttner, who in recent books have taken on the reigning premise that all's well in economics so long as government stays out. Greider, in One World, Ready or Not, sees doom ahead for unprotected U.S. workers if pitted against dollar-a-day Third World labor.