November 21, 2014 |
All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone. - Blaise Pascal I'm so bored I want to tear my hair out. We all know that feeling. Yet until recently, boredom has been seldom studied. Perhaps it's because we believe it's an ethical category. As we like to say, idle hands are the devil's workshop. But psychologists finally seem interested in the topic. And a spate of studies suggest that boredom actually poses a threat to health - life, even.
November 19, 2014 |
Since the 1960s, bluesman Chris Smither has been a modern-day troubadour, playing thousands of shows across North America, Western Europe, and Australia. One city has been a special destination for him over the years: Philadelphia. "That was the first place outside of New England that I established myself," Smither says during a phone interview last month from his home in western Massachusetts. Smither performs Wednesday with the Motivators at World Cafe Live. He remembers the region's vibrant music scene and how it embraced a young singer/songwriter.
November 14, 2014 |
Standing before a City Hall crowd, Carl Freeland glanced over at the detective who returned his daughter to her family three days after she had been violently abducted while walking in Germantown and offered thanks to "the whole world. " Earlier, Joe Chambers stood beside the police officer he had pulled from a burning car Saturday and gave a simple suggestion that others follow his example. Heroes in two rescues that caught the nation's imagination were honored Thursday morning at a City Council meeting where applause for bravery drowned out the usual government business of bills and committee updates.
November 12, 2014 |
Registration is open for those wishing to attend the Roman Catholic Church's World Meeting of Families, set for next year in Philadelphia, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput announced Monday. While there has been no official confirmation, Pope Francis is expected to attend part of the gathering, set for Sept. 22 to 24 and based at the Convention Center. More than a million people are expected to come to the city for a chance to see the popular and controversial pontiff. The conference will consist of a Youth Congress for ages 6 to 17 and an Adult Congress for those 18 and older, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said.
November 10, 2014 |
THERE WAS TOO much news in celebrity world this past week and we had to leave some Tattbits out like, our fave, "Star Wars: Episode VII" has completed principal photography and is officially titled, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and Bill Cosby 's private and epic African-American art collection will make its public debut tomorrow at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art on the National Mall. Read on for more news in "Celebrityville. " Yesterday The daughter of "American Top 40" broadcaster Casey Kasem has filed legal documents asking a judge to force her stepmother to return his remains back to the United States, TMZ.com reported.
November 8, 2014 |
Tudo , the title of Bebel Gilberto's new album, means "everything" in Portuguese. That's an apt description of the record, Gilberto's fifth. It's a melange, a seamless and comforting mix of gentle acoustic tracks and percolating electronic ones, of originals and covers, of bossa novas sung in Portuguese and singer-songwriter ballads sung in English, of melancholy and joy. But Tudo has another layer of meaning, says Gilberto, 48, who comes to...
November 4, 2014 |
ROBERT BERGHAIER probably could have been a writer or an artist. He didn't take up either trade, but his son, Robert, said his father, a veteran of two wars, had a discerning eye. "He was very observant," his son said. "He had a very good eye and a gift for being very descriptive. He could process information and tell you exactly what happened. " What happened to Robert Berghaier might have made a good book. He and his son would sit around the kitchen table and the elder Berghaier would regale his son with stories of his adventures, down to the smallest detail.
November 1, 2014 |
When documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras was approached by an anonymous whistle-blower calling himself Citizenfour, he warned her to upgrade her computer security substantially if she wanted to evade government surveillance. "Assume your adversary is capable of 3 billion guesses per second," he wrote her. If anyone was familiar with U.S. officials' formidable capabilities for data mining, it was Edward Snowden, the cynosure of Poitras' alarming film, Citizenfour . It's a rather claustrophobic documentary, made up largely of Snowden - whom Poitras had lobbied strenuously to film - holed up in a hotel room in Hong Kong for eight days.
October 29, 2014 |
LONGWOOD Gardens has long been known for its pristine topiaries, gorgeous greenhouses, incredible lawns and generally flawless flora. But for several weeks, Pierre S. du Pont's vast and elegant onetime country estate has gleaned international attention for its lush, planted . . . potties. The 1,077-acre site's 4-year-old facilities are among 10 nationwide finalists in an online contest to be crowned (throned?) "America's Best Restroom. " It's no wonder Longwood's loveliest loos caught the eyes of competition organizer Cintas, a Cincinnati-based uniform, restroom and restaurant mega-supplier/cleaner.
October 22, 2014 |
The perennial bottom-feeding Kansas City Royals have run the table through the playoffs thus far in their first postseason appearance since 1985. They start the World Series tonight at home against the San Francisco Giants, who are on a quest to win their third World Series in 5 years and become the defining team of the decade. Take a look at how the teams match up in terms of hitting, pitching, fielding, running and managing: HITTING Royals: Timely hitting and small ball have fueled KC's underdog run to the American League pennant, but the Royals ranged from mediocre to poor offensively in the regular season (23rd in OPS+, which adjusts for ballpark differences)