June 27, 2012 |
The Slinky, that spring thing that walks down stairs, was invented in Philadelphia nearly 60 years ago, but it still has surprises up its helical sleeve. And we're not talking new novelties à la the Slinky Dog or Slinky eyeballs. A Slinky amazingly "walks" on a treadmill for minutes, flopping and flipping along, even self-correcting its course, on a YouTube video that has been seen more than 3.3 million times in just two months. Now comes some cool slo-mo of another freaky trick — how a Slinky seems to momentarily hang in mid-air as if it has some anti-gravity power.
June 12, 2012 |
You might not have noticed the difference at first. The figure behind the microphone as the Gainesville, Fla., quartet Against Me! drove through a hard-charging 45-minute set at the Electric Factory on Sunday night looked much the same as she did a few months ago, before the band's singer, who had been known as Tommy Gabel, announced that he had become a woman named Laura Jane Grace. If you stood 12 feet away from the stage, you might have missed the mascara and the dangling earrings and seen only a performer commanding the stage with a furious joy and the tight-knit knot of bodies churning on the floor below.
April 24, 2012 |
A Cherry Hill father said he sent his autistic son to school with a recording device and has posted a video of what resulted on YouTube. He said school staff can be heard speaking inappropriately in class and using bullying language toward his son. Now, he said, he wants the staffers involved to publicly apologize to his son, and has posted an online petition calling for legislation that would require educators who bully students to be fired....
April 20, 2012 |
MUSIC Lady of Mystery Matching her haunted, tremulous voice to darkly poetic, dramatic songs of the country-rock persuasion, Megan Reilly casts an enchanting spell. There's some sonic kinship to Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris, though Reilly seems more forceful and spirit-shaking. It's an impression enhanced on her new album ("The Well") by the rocking/tremulous guitarists James Mastro and Lenny Kaye and, in her mellower mode, by a fingerpicking/singing John Wesley Harding, whom Reilly's opening for Friday night.
March 19, 2012 |
By David Kenner Here's a puzzle: A video calling for international action to capture Joseph Kony, a Ugandan guerrilla who commands a couple hundred men and has killed 151 civilians during the past year, has been viewed by about 80 million people on YouTube. Meanwhile, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad - who boasts 600,000 men under arms, along with almost 5,000 tanks, and who often kills more than 100 people a day, according to activists - generates exponentially less outrage. The imbalance is particularly striking on Twitter.
March 7, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - A morbidly obese California man whose tearful, videotaped plea for help became a YouTube sensation may be getting the support he wanted. The "Dr. Phil" show reached out to Livermore resident Robert Gibbs, 23, after he posted his three-minute video last week. Gibbs mentioned the program in his clip, which has been viewed more than a million times and inspired dozens of responses from viewers offering diet tips and encouragement. A crew from the "Dr. Phil" show was scheduled to come to his house and film him today, Gibbs told the Associated Press.
March 7, 2012
Would you intervene if you witnessed an attack similar to what occurred in a River Line incident seen on YouTube?
February 29, 2012 |
Jackie Milestone hopes YouTube can be her ticket to Yale. The 18-year-old Harriton High School student applied for early admission to the Ivy League university in November. When her application was deferred until spring with thousands of others, Milestone decided to try an end run by way of the Internet. Aided by some friends, Milestone created a video performance featuring a self-authored anthem to her dream school, which is her father's alma mater. The video opens with the Harriton senior cuddling a stuffed bulldog, Yale's mascot, and later alludes to the school's chief rival when Milestone is seen roughly elbowing a passing jogger wearing a Harvard T-shirt.
February 23, 2012 |
Lower Merion school officials are warning parents about an outfit that posted a YouTube video of local high school and college students engaging in what appears to be underage drinking and illegal drug use under the name "I'm Shmacked. " In a letter sent home Tuesday, the principals of Harriton and Lower Merion High Schools termed the images "reprehensible and cause for great concern. " The video shows binge drinking, marijuana use, window smashing, and use of drugs and alcohol in cars by students purported to be from Lower Merion - all presented as a lark.
February 10, 2012 |
JERSEY CITY is rolling out the welcome mat, or throwing some more peanut shells down on the barroom floor, for the "women" of the "Jersey Shore. " Jersey's second-largest city has issued producers a permit to film a spinoff of the "reality" series featuring Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jenni "JWoww" Farley . Filming is expected to begin later this month. Hoboken last week denied the permit, citing safety and quality-of-life concerns for residents. Not sure what it says about the residents of Jersey City that Snooki doesn't bring down their quality of life.