Saturday, July 22, 2017

and finally old enough to drink

I was there in the ’70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

Then again in 2006.

11 years later and I still think Jim’s 
is the best cheesesteak in Philly.

Friday, July 21, 2017


Thursday, July 20, 2017

fishing for compliments

Here in New York City, 
wiring splices tend to be protected underground.

But in Philadelphia, utility boxes contain these splices so the historic streets can be left intact.

In a program sponsored by The University of the Arts, students have been encouraged to provide design and decoration.

The work is not painted directly on the boxes.

Instead the art is submitted to a print-film company who provides tough plastic veneers applied on top of the sheet metal.

The result is a $450 shiny and durable art object.

Here in NY these works might not survive for terribly long.

But in the City of Brotherly Love
these are expected to last about five years.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

the Chinese are different

Bicycles are everywhere in Japan and they are rarely locked up.
Chinese bike-share WUKONG relied on the same respect of ownership when they launched their first fleet of 1,200 bicycles in the city of Chongqing.

But the Chinese are different and Wukong failed hard.


First, the Chinese couldn’t be bothered to return the bikes to the docks, leaving them in growing piles on the streets.

And when Wukong introduced a small fine for not docking,
 the people showed the little start-up who was really in charge.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

industrial chic

neighborhoods are for neighbors

not vacation rentals. 
And NYC is doing something about it.

June 2016 brought new laws defining illegal Airbnb rentals subject to a $7500.00 fine.

New York City Council hiked the enforcement office’s budget from $1.6 million to $2.8 million and beefed up staff from 11 to 28.

The team scrapes data from Airbnb’s website, builds a map of listings and scours hosts’ profiles for prosecution.

Private investigators paid by the Hotel Association carry foreign IDs and set up fake social media profiles to book illegal rentals in sting operations, bringing hidden cameras to document the rooms.

They then relay their dossiers to the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement, which says it spends 95 percent of its time prosecuting Airbnb rentals.

Since the new law, Airbnb’s listings in New York have shrunk 10 percent from February 2016 to February 2017.

If living in an illegal boarding house seems unfair to you,
 call the anonymous hotline and they’ll launch an investigation.

Monday, July 17, 2017

old school cool

Sunday, July 16, 2017

emotional exhaustion


Cardinal George Pell was charged with “multiple historical sexual assault offences” and was summoned to appear in Australian court on July 26th, 2017.

The Cardinal was appointed by Pope Francis to #3 in the HolySee, turning out to be the most senior Catholic cleric in the world to face sexual child abuse charges.

Last Saturday Roman Catholics were treated to a cover of their Pope channelling St. Sebastian with arrows in his body, on a popular religious magazine.

The headline reads: 

Some are betting Francis damages his authority for promoting and protecting a Roman Catholic child molestor.

But this is beginning to feel normal, now. 

Roman Catholics the world over are exhausted.


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