July 20, 2013 |
Fish want to fly, birds want to swim, and snails apparently want to go fast. At least the exuberant title character (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) in Turbo does. In this hackneyed 3-D animated film, Turbo spends his days toiling with the other snails in the garden and his nights raptly watching the Speed Channel, fantasizing about being a race car driver. Or rather, because of his anatomy - a calcium chassis and lack of limbs - he dreams of being the race car. Well, what do you know?
May 25, 2012 |
DOES ANY foodstuff carry as much baggage for Americans as escargot or foie gras? When it comes to escargot, it can be hard to move beyond the old pop-cultural image of snail as "snob food. " Plus, for many newbies, there's a primal, knee-jerk repulsion to the animal itself or to the presentation that, when done badly, can look like boogers. And when it come to foie gras — the third rail of the food world — it's difficult to steer any discussion of fatty duck or goose liver away from the ethical or political and back toward the culinary.
April 15, 2012 |
Everyone arriving back from abroad must fill in a Customs Declaration Form. Whether you're traveling with immediate family members or not, you'd better fill out at least three or four extra copies since these annoyingly oversize, hard-to-fold cards tend to get crumpled and lost when Customs officials start barking, "Get in line!" "Turn off your cell phone!" "Open that passport to the photo page!" Here's a look at what you can expect: 1. Print your family name. Print your given name.
November 19, 2010 |
It's not every client who can get the celebrated architect Frank O. Gehry to show up at the groundbreaking for a loading dock. But when the Philadelphia Museum of Art assembled a crowd last week to cheer the start of its modest improvement, there was the snowy-haired, 81-year-old designer, gamely hoisting a shovel and doing his bit to advance a more glamorous project that seems - to outsiders anyway - to be moving according to geologic time. Gehry's star turn was the first time he has shown his face to the general public here since the museum hired him to design a major addition in 2006 - a full four years ago. In the typical course of such things, the signing of big-name talent would be followed, after a year or two, by the public release of architectural renderings.
August 22, 2007 |
Ah, France. the land of cultural enlightenment and sophistication, the birthplace of Diderot and Voltaire, home to haute cuisine and haute couture. Where the inhabitants are known for their social formality and chilling snobbery. When I moved here last year from South Philly, I thought I might learn to distinguish between chenin blanc and sauvignon blanc, discover a fabulous recipe for gateau au chocolat, maybe even read Proust en francais. Then at the end of July my husband took me to a cargolade - a snail barbecue - at the self-proclaimed Snail Capital of the World, where a reported 160,000 snails were consumed.
September 7, 2006 |
Charming antique shops, coffee houses, and gift stores border Main Street in Mullica Hill. I bet I can name each one . . . in order . . . from South to North. I've memorized their locations because I have plenty of time to do so while inching my way through town in bumper-to-bumper traffic. If the situation gets much worse, soon I'll be tempted to pull out a good book. At almost any hour of the day or early evening, the stream of cars, vans and tractor-trailers that creep off and on Route 322 by way of Route 45 (Main Street)
February 26, 2006 |
And now for today?s shocker: Men and women are different. Men are from Mars, women are from Venus, you may have heard. Men are hard, women are soft. Men are stoic and aggressive, women are tender and sensitive. In the realm of love and sex, men are fast, women are slow. Men fall in love with their eyes; women fall in love with their ears. Men give love to get sex; women give sex to get love. At least that?s the conventional wisdom. But is it true? Are women really wired differently?
May 27, 2004
THE EYES of the world, literally, are on Philadelphia and its "School of the Future" project with Microsoft. For better and for worse. Check out the Microsoft Web site (www.Microsoft.com) and see for yourself: Questions from all over the world. International conferences. Pleas from other locales for Microsoft to test out educational technologies in their district. This is a very big deal, and a very big test - but not just for the school district, or Microsoft. The school project is a test for the Fairmount Park Commission.
March 13, 2003
Daily on CNN, high-ranking Defense Department spokesmen brag about America's military might. Yet today, on Capitol Hill, Congress is likely to hear testimony that woodpeckers and dolphins are impeding military readiness. What's up with that? A larger agenda is playing out in Washington, one that wouldn't necessarily protect soldiers but would surely endanger public health. Under the guise of preparation for war, the Pentagon is seeking broad exemptions from environmental laws that regulate air pollution, hazardous waste and toxic cleanup and that protect endangered species, migratory birds and marine mammals.
December 5, 2000
Question: There does seem to be an attitude among many in the tech community that the creation of a New Economy makes the old politics obsolete. Answer: Do people really believe that?. . . When I look at people who say politics isn't relevant because other things are going to move faster, I say, "Well, wait a minute - the last time I checked, it was government that got us The Family and Medical Leave Act. " Within the software industry, people would go crazy if we didn't have family and medical leave ... Instead of just letting politics continue to lose relevance because it moves so slowly, let's figure out how to help change that process.