May 17, 2013 |
CHIP KELLY, meet Sam Hinkie. Sam, Chip. The Eagles' new coach and the Sixers' new president of basketball operations share neither a sport nor a background - but they are united in a way they probably don't even realize. They are united in their ability to make people uneasy. Kelly insists that he is a football man to the core, but his philosophies about how to play the game - and, even, how to practice the game - have left some people with a permanent eye-roll. Hinkie, by all accounts, is a video fanatic who spends a large percentage of his time scouting the game in a traditional way - but his embrace of advanced basketball statistics leads some to marginalize him as a nerd.
July 27, 2012 |
Siri was wrong? You serious? That bot in the Apple iPhone who goes and gets everything for you? Who can find you a restaurant, bathroom, stock quote - or tell a good joke, as Siri tells John Malkovich in one TV ad? Lena Struwe, associate professor of botany and director of the Chrysler Herbarium at Rutgers University, was flying to a botany conference and idly paging through the July issue of the Economist, when she saw the ad. We're in the woods, and luckily we have a brand-new iPhone 4S ( http://bit.ly/ODLk0i )
October 24, 2014 |
The NBA is run by smart people, 76ers coach Brett Brown said. And on Wednesday morning, those "smart people" sided with the Sixers. The league's board of governors voted against making reforms to the draft lottery, changes that would have limited the Sixers' odds of landing the top pick in the draft. The proposed changes would have given the league's four worst teams identical odds (12 percent) to receive the first overall pick. The changes also would have allowed the league's worst team to receive as low as the seventh pick.
July 27, 1992 |
You've probably heard the one about the dumb blonde, the nun, Dan Quayle. But what about the man? Any man. Men are the latest target for jokesters these days, under the heading "dumb-men jokes. " As in: Q: "What's the difference between a man and E.T.?" A: "E.T. phoned home. " No author or group has stepped up to take credit. This is not new, said Frederic Hayward, executive director of Men's Rights, an Oakland-based group. Hayward said he hasn't heard jokes about men referred to as "dumb-men jokes," although there are plenty of jokes about men out there.
September 11, 2012
A trifecta: Boring, pretentious and arrogant. Pig Iron Theatre Company's Zero Cost House would have put me to sleep if it hadn't annoyed me so intensely. This is the kind of baloney that gets called "avant garde" and makes you wonder how so many talented, smart people could produce such rubbish. Writer Toshiki Okada, who is hot stuff in the Japanese theatre and literary scene (and whose own company has a show in this year's LiveArts festival, Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner, and the Farewell Speech )
October 9, 2014 |
A HIGH SCHOOL football powerhouse in central New Jersey had the remainder of its season canceled due to alleged bullying by team members. School district officials announced that Sayreville War Memorial High will forfeit its remaining six games while police and the Middlesex County prosecutor's office conducts investigations. The school has won three sectional titles over the past 4 years. Neither the prosecutor nor the school district would comment on the case, but ABC News reported that an unnamed local official said younger players were taunted and intimidated by older players and that the behavior often had "sexual overtones.
December 20, 1995 |
It's not too late for you to learn before the art of writing dies altogether. Here are some tips and observations from a long-time writing teacher. Write the same language you speak. If you don't say "indeed" or "thirdly," don't write it. Then eliminate words you don't need, like "of all," as in "first of all. " Write in the simplest language. You've never gotten an essay back from a teacher who criticized the smallness of your words. That's because when you use small words people are understanding you and concentrating on your message, which is all you should want.
April 8, 2012 |
"I learned how to be humble . Because there are a whole lot of smart people, and humility is important. " - Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, at the University of Pennsylvania to mark the opening of a new law school building. ? "In other cities, we're generally competing with three or four carriers, and in Philadelphia, we're really only competing with one. You know, my motto in life is, 'Screw it, just do it,' so we give things a try, and, generally speaking, we're successful.
January 31, 1994 |
The question was gun control, and Sam Katz was fed up. He thought his fellow candidates for governor were beating around the bush. "Tom Ridge had just given this gobbledygook answer," Katz said of the Erie congressman, "and I just went off the charts. I flipped. " Katz, a financial adviser from Philadelphia, was recalling a forum last month at which the half-dozen Republican candidates were addressing 200 of the state's business, legal and political leaders. "Everyone says you can't be elected in Pennsylvania if you are in favor of gun control of any kind," Katz told them.
January 2, 2006 |
At a time when it seems as if displays of any sign of education or intelligence have become liabilities; when we prize aggression and bullheadedness over thought; when anything other than the most rudimentary interest in education is considered suspicious; when voters such as those in Salinas County, Calif., can vote against a half-cent sales tax, thus endangering the county's three public libraries (as they did in 2004), but there always seems to be plenty of funding for more sports stadiums; when all of our scientists, mathematicians and engineers are coming from other countries because our students find those subjects too "hard"; when we are all (including newspapers)