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27 Sep 02:09

Coming Distractions: Here’s a trailer for the final season of Legend Of Korra

by Sam Barsanti
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Whoa

Season three of Nickelodeon’s The Legend Of Korra just ended about a month ago, but the network isn’t wasting any time burning off the show’s fourth and final season. As we reported earlier this month, Nick will start uploading new episodes to its website every Friday starting on October 3, and now there’s an official trailer to give us a glimpse of what the next season will look like. As can be expected from an Avatar show, there’s a lot of kung-fu posing and elemental magic attacks, but what’s less predictable are all of the shots of mechs, Korra hacking off her hair, and the cool airbender wingsuits. Legend Of Korra will be jumping to three years after the conclusion of its last season this time around, so Korra’s new haircut is probably just the beginning of its interesting new changes to the ...

29 Sep 17:32

Kevin Sbraga’s Juniper Commons Will Be A 1980′s Theme Restaurant

by Jason Sheehan
Alecbugg

After reading Ready Player One, I am ready as I'll ever be for this restaurant.

sbraga-at-southstreet-lofts

No, seriously. I mean, I wouldn’t believe me either, but this is straight from the man himself (via his PR team, of course):

“When you talk about the eighties, everyone focuses on the pop culture, not the food or drinks. While many chefs have forgone revisiting this decade, I’m excited to reinvent dishes that have been deemed passé, into quality dishes that guests will relate to today.”

See? 19-friggin’-80′s theme restaurant! Which is so totally and completely insane, that I already love it and want to go there for lunch right now–despite the fact that Kevin Sbraga‘s new Juniper Commons isn’t scheduled to open until sometime late this fall.

And according to press descriptions, it gets even better. “Juniper Commons brings the spirit of the decade to life with quintessential American dishes, reimagined “classic” cocktails, with Lionel Richie and Chicago on the playlist.”

There’s gonna be a raw bar (at which, one can only hope, Sbraga will have positioned a coterie of hard-eyed Patrick Bateman clones with slicked-back hair and those pinstriped contrast-collar shirts) and a gin program (dirty martinis, natch). Sbraga and his guys will be knocking out seafood towers and shrimp cocktails, French bread pizza for the kids, stuffed flounder, beef burgundy and cheesecake.

What’s that? You want a menu sample? Well I’ve got one:

Smoked Fish Platter
with salmon, whitefish terrine, bluefish, lentil salad, and housemade black bread

Fries with Eyes

beef fat fries with Cherry Pepper Aioli, Pecorino

Caesar Salad

prepared tableside with housemade croutons and dressing

Eggplant Parmesan
rings of panko-crusted eggplant topped with marinara sauce, locatelli, and parsley

Rotisserie Chicken
served with Marsala sauce and herb bouquet

Wood Roasted Prime Rib
cooked on the rotisserie and served with ox tail au jus and roasted garlic

There are a whole bunch of insider-y cook jokes in that list (the tableside Caesar, the parsley on the eggplant parm and the herb bouquet), all making reference to the terrible things that American chefs did to food back before any of us knew any better. And if Sbraga keeps true to form here, I’m also hoping to see some quiche, the total misuse of lemongrass in one dish, lots of raspberry vinaigrette, maybe a cedar plank salmon or something served “blackened” with a couple wine coolers on the side.

Oh, wait. He already thought of that. Again, from the announcement:

“Drawing inspiration from iconic brands such as Bartles & Jaymes, Juniper Commons is macerating fresh fruit with wine, clarifying the mixture, and adding bubbles to create a selection of unique wine coolers.”

Honestly, the possibilities for this kind of thing are mind-boggling. And the fact that Sbraga seems truly committed to this gag wacky scheme brilliant remaking of one of the darkest decades in American gastronomy just makes me like the guy even more. That’s some hardcore crazy right there. And I respect crazy almost as much as I do talent when it comes to the food world. Nice to know Sbraga’s got both.

As mentioned above, Juniper Commons is looking at a “late fall” opening at 521 South Broad. It’ll seat 140, be open 7 nights a week to start, with plans for adding lunch and brunch services.

I, for one, can not wait.

Juniper Commons [f8b8z]

The post Kevin Sbraga’s Juniper Commons Will Be A 1980′s Theme Restaurant appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.

26 Sep 11:00

Just relax

"Hey how you doin lil mama? lemme whisper in your ear, Tell you sumthing that you might like to hear, You got a sexy ass body and your ass look soft, Mind if I touch it? and see if its soft - Ying Yang Twins"

22 Sep 20:02

No Wake for Finnigan’s

by Arthur Etchells
Alecbugg

Shame

finnigans wakeMichael Klein received confirmation that Finnigan’s Wake, which had been for sale for a year now, is under agreement for sale and is now officially closed. The sprawling complex at 3rd and Spring Garden had only been open infrequently recently after a long run as a spot that was one part frat party and one part political hang, frequently serving for fundraising affairs and victory parties.

No word on what will become of the 19,140 square foot building. 

In news at other bars that targeted college kids and the recently graduated, Roosevelt Pub at 2220 Walnut Street has been totally cleared out. The bar seemed to lose business as it was covered in scaffolding for what seemed years, and a recent rebrand as the R Bar never seemed to take hold.

Sale pending for Finnigan’s Wake [The Insider]

The post No Wake for Finnigan’s appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.

23 Sep 18:50

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24 Sep 18:05

Newswire: AT&T now offering a $39 HBO Go/Amazon Prime package

by Katie Rife
Alecbugg

INTERESTING

In an exciting development for people whose friends are all too broke to have HBO Go passwords they can share, AT&T is now offering a $39-a-month bundle through its website that includes broadband Internet and HBO Go. Oh, and Amazon Prime, who just kind of showed up. It was weird at first, but Amazon had a car and offered to drive, so everyone just shrugged their shoulders and went with it.

The new bundle is AT&T’s opening salvo in the cord-cutting wars, which soon will include Internet TV packages from Sony, Viacom, and Dish Network, as well as AT&T. Four providers, all mustering armies for battle against the corrupt, incestuous forces of Comcast so that the strongest among them may claim its rightful place as the One True King Of Streaming Content. If that analogy doesn’t make sense, don’t worry—it will once you ...

23 Sep 03:16

Lassie Gone Bad

by Jonco

Lassie gone bad

Thanks DJ

 

24 Sep 11:59

Pavlov’s Dog

by Jonco

Ring for service

via

 

20 Sep 10:00

13 Times the TARDIS Was More Than Just a Time-Traveling Blue Box

The time it was a liquor cabinet.

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The time it was an awesome secret bed.

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22 Sep 15:58

Talking Smack

by Reza

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21 Sep 01:16

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15 Sep 17:38

7 C.I.A. Plots That Sound Like They Were Dreamed Up By A 12 Year Old

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Thank God for the Freedom of Information Act. Aside from giving us insight we need to be more responsible stewards of a liberal democracy, it provides us with the endlessly entertaining experience of learning how the Central Intelligence Agency has been spending our tax dollars to make the world a more horrifying place. Although the C.I.A. has been doing their best to portray themselves as self aware via their Twitter account in recent months, it's important to remember how many completely batshit attempts at world domination preceded their covert-conquest of our hearts in 140 characters. 
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15 Sep 22:48

thefingerfuckingfemalefury: SLEEP TIME IS NOW SWEET DREAMS...



thefingerfuckingfemalefury:

SLEEP TIME IS NOW

SWEET DREAMS HUMAN

I WILL BE HERE, SHARING MY WARMTHS 

I GOOD DOG

I KEEP MY HUMAN SAFE 

13 Sep 19:15

becausebirds: MAKIN’ IT RAINNNN



becausebirds:

MAKIN’ IT RAINNNN

14 Sep 21:15

Science!

15 Sep 16:38

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15 Sep 18:36

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Kids Who Lost The Fight Against Sleep

10 Sep 19:32

Great Job, Internet!: Explore a thousand worlds at once with a new Minecraft art project

by William Hughes
Alecbugg

Nerdery

One of the pleasures of block-based-building phenomenon Minecraft is the sense of exploration it can engender. There’s a certain kind of wonder to be found in cresting a wooded hill, only to see yourself staring out over a vast, frozen ocean or densely packed jungle. The feeling is even more prominent in the game’s online worlds, where every twist of the path can lead to an elaborately crafted mansion or bizarre statue left behind by some past player.

The people behind the Minecraft Geological Survey, a massive effort to catalog information about 170,000 publicly posted Minecraft worlds, seem to agree with that sentiment. Using a small portion of their 12GB data archive, they’ve constructed “The Reef,” a downloadable map that takes “interesting”i.e., containing signs of player actionchunks of different Minecraft worlds and stitches them together into a single map.

The result is a ...

04 Sep 20:46

Great Job, Internet!: Lego Infinite Jest is just slightly less expansive than its book form

by Rob Dean
Alecbugg

Interesting project for an 11 year old

Rendering numerous English Literature theses lacking, an 11-year-old has been recreating scenes from David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest using Lego figures. Wallace’s magnum opus, an extraordinarily long postmodern tome about pop culture addictions, drug addictions, tennis, Canadian terrorists, and a whole host of things further explained in its copious footnotes, seems like an odd choice for inspiration to 11-year-old Sebastian Griffith. The whole exercise makes more sense once you learn that Sebastian’s father, Kevin, is collaborating with his son on the project.

The elder Griffith is an English professor at Columbus, Ohio’s Capital University and was inspired by Brendan Powell Smith’s The Brick Bible, a retelling of the New Testament using the versatile building blocks. Kevin finds passages from Wallace’s dense deconstruction of American obsessions that Sebastian can recreate as one still with his toys. There are some recurring pieces in the cast, most ...

27 Aug 23:30

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20 Aug 16:45

While discussing the internet...

by MRTIM
Alecbugg

Brilliant

(Thanks Allan!)
13 Aug 13:00

How Superman Actually Keeps His Identity Secret

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I don't even know if this is funny but i laughed a lot

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13 Aug 05:00

Spirit of Zaphod

Alecbugg

What?
0/0

Deep thought.

Whole sort of general mish mash.

“Dude, what happened last night?”

“I don’t know, man. I can’t remember anything after the third PGGB.”

“Didn’t that guy tell us you aren’t supposed to have more than two?”

“Psh. Please. He was a total dweeb. Did you see how he was dressed?”

“Yeah, that was weird. Hey, did he have a second head?”

“I’m still unclear on that, myself.”

“Say, who were those other two guys? One of ‘em said he was a reporter or something? He kept talking about the merits of towels.”

“Gah, I can’t remember. Something about a car. At least he had a personality. That other fella was pretty pathetic. Didn’t even drink any PGGBs. Just tea.”

“Hey, dude, while we're talking, let me ask you something: Do you ever feel like every original idea has already been hatched by the single mind of a genius, and that anything we have to add to the topic couldn’t possibly touch the pioneering and archetypal notions said genius shared with the universe before expiring way too early?”

“Huh?”

“Never mind. Just a lot of bathtime gurgles.”

12 Aug 05:00

Fett Lucky

Alecbugg

Nope, no, no no no, no way, bad, just no, not at all, wrong, just bad, no, no, can't, don't even wanna, wrong just no not at all

Harder, Fetter, Faster, Shirter.

Han after all.

Like the legend of the Phoenix

All trends help our earnings

What keeps ShirtWoot from hurting

The force from our beginning

 

We’ve gone too far

But you know who we are

These shirts buy us fast cars

And at least it’s not Jar Jar.

 

Come on and buy at least one

Nerd shirts can never be done

We know you like a good pun

We hope you’ll all buy Fett Lucky

 

Pop culture has no ending

That gift keeps on giving

Per se, it's not stealing

If you want to leave - wait, don't actually do that, please.

 

Come on and buy at least one

Nerd shirts can never be done

We know you like a good pun

We hope you’ll all buy Fett Lucky

 

Come on and buy at least one

Nerd shirts can never be done

We know you like a good pun

We hope you’ll all buy Fett Lucky

 

Come on and buy at least one

Nerd shirts can never be done

We know you like a good pun

We hope you’ll all buy Fett Lucky

(times a billion)

(imminent shower of money)

05 Aug 16:00

Dude, Push For Pizza

by Ellis Hamburger
Alecbugg

The future!

It's 3:00AM. You're hungry. Your buds are hungry. The Cool Ranch Doritos bag is long past empty. "Oh my God, there's an app for this," says your bro Scott. He pulls out his iPhone and taps a red icon labeled PushForPizza. Moments later Scott lets out a primal scream as he stretches out on the couch and slips his phone back into his pocket. "What just happened?" you think.

One minute passes. Five minutes pass. Ten minutes pass. The water is dripping from the kitchen faucet like drop.... drop. It could be an eternity until... Knock knock. A steaming hot pizza's here. Is this a miracle? No, this is real life. This is Push For Pizza, the one-tap pizza-ordering app. It remembers your credit card and lets you pick your favorite pizza place so...

Continue reading…

08 Aug 13:03

Great Job, Internet!: Let A Better Queue help you navigate Netflix’s library with ease

by William Hughes
Alecbugg

Definitely needed

Netflix Instant’s large library of films is a great way to kill an afternoon or 300, but the interface has never been its strongest part. Though you can filter by genre and whether something fits the system’s nebulous definition of a “new release,” for the most part you’re left to wander the stacks on your own, lost in a forest of obscure films. That can be fun sometimes, but often you just want to find something goodor at least critically well-regardedwithout wasting an hour clicking through menus.

Enter “A Better Queue,” a new API released in May by Dave Jachimiak, which allows you to filter the Netflix Instant library by genre, year of release, critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and number of reviews. Once you’ve found a movie you like, one click will take you to its entry on Netflix, and you’re ready ...

08 Aug 13:00

Man Buys 23 Burger King Pies to Spite Screaming Child

Alecbugg

Awesome

Man Buys 23 Burger King Pies to Spite Screaming Child
Apparently, after waiting in line in front of a careless mother and her screaming small child, a man who was having a bad day (and had a headache) decided to ruin that family's day: The child was screaming "I want f**king pie!" so the man bought up every last pie — all 23 of them — and walked out of the Burger King location, turning only to see the enraged mother and child, helpless as the cashier told them that the restaurant had just sold out of pie.

Now if this doesn't warm your heart, I don't know what will.

Submitted by: (via Eater)

Tagged: news , spite , jerks , funny , children
11 Aug 03:02

Taney advances to Little League World Series!!

by David S. Cohen
Alecbugg

Awesome story

Taney dominated Newark, Delaware today, 8-0. Mo'ne Davis pitched like the ace she is. It was amazing.

This wasn't supposed to happen, on so many levels.

A team from Philadelphia that was playing in the official Little League tournament for the first time wasn't supposed to become state champs against veteran powerhouses from other parts of the state.

A big city team wasn't supposed to dominate against mostly well-funded and well-oiled suburban machines in the regional tournament.

A 12 year old girl wasn't supposed to look like the second coming of Roy Halladay (or, her favorite player, Clayton Kershaw) in the finals against a team that was in the World Series last year.

And baseball fans from Philadelphia weren't supposed to be going to bars and house parties on a Sunday night in August to watch 12 year olds they don't know play baseball.

But all of these things happened, and it was beyond glorious.  Philadelphia has a baseball team this summer that it can be proud of.  And the nation has a baseball hero they can root for with unadulterated joy.

The team is the Taney Dragons and the hero is Mo'ne Davis.  Tonight, the Dragons destroyed the Newark National, and Mo'ne Davis was most of the reason why.

In the final game of the regional championship, she was as unflappable as Cliff Lee on the mound.  She came out firing, throwing her 70mph fastball (from 46 feet, the equivalent of a 95pmh major league fastball) and her knee-buckling curveball for strikes.  The Newark hitters were helpless against her.

Imagine yourself in her shoes.  She was on national television.  She was starting the regional championship game.  She was the only girl left in the tournament in the entire country.  She was facing the regional champs from last year.  And she did nothing but shut them out on three hits, three walks, and six strikeouts.  Really, only one of the hits was a hard one - a double down the third base line.  The others were a bloop single between the infield and outfield and a grounder that just went over her head and into center field.  Otherwise, she was as dominant as anyone could have wished for in such a high stakes game.  It was amazing to watch.

She had help, of course.  The defense behind her was impeccable.  Jared Sprague-Lott fielded shortstop with the flair and ease of a seasoned professional.  He had a gun to first base that he showed off many times.  (He also had 3 RBIs at the plate - not a bad day!)  There were also some nice outfield grabs and a game-ending 4-6-3 double-play (by 12 year olds!) that had the runner by several steps.

On offense, Taney didn't have a dramatic home run like they did in some other games, but they won with key hits, both bunts and long drives, and excellent base running.  They were aggressive on the base paths throughout the game, taking the extra base whenever they could.

Newark had no answer to this all around dominance -- pitching, hitting, running, and fielding.  Taney, again for emphasis, against last year's regional champs, made it look easy.

It's amazing to write, but this team from Philadelphia, this little league that my sons play in, this organization that entrusted its biggest game to the only girl in the country still playing little league baseball this year, this group of incredible kids who have become the city's heroes, is going to the Little League World Series in Williamsport.

More on what comes next later in the week (first game is Friday at 3pm against Tennessee), but for now, enjoy the victory and the regional championship.

And to Mo'ne Davis and Jared Sprague-Lott and Zion Spearman and all the other Dragons, it's been a pleasure watching and following you.  Keep up the amazing work.  You have a city of baseball fans pulling for you!

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Courtesy of my friend Josh Sevin, who was there today, here are a few pictures from today's game:

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11 Aug 05:00

Death By Kitty

Alecbugg

Death by Kitty. People like cats, clever concept, unwearable. 45%, 1%

Only a matter of time.

Claw and Order: SVMew

DETECTIVE PURELLE PATS: Toxicology reports have come in on all of the victims.

DETECTIVE HINK POPTHROB: Anything?

PATS: Doesn’t look like it.

POPTHROB: (Exasperated sigh.) What is happening to this town, Purelle?

PATS: I don’t know, Hink. I don’t know.

POPTHROB: We’ve got six victims, six backgrounds, six different CODs … what is the common thread, here?

CAPTAIN LOG BLOODLUST: I DON’T CARE. JUST FIND IT.

POPTHROB: Why don’t you just come out and say what this is really about, Captain? You don’t think I can do this job.

BLOODLUST: I DON’T PAY YOU TO DANCE. WE’VE GOT A CRIMINAL MASTERMIND ON THE LOOSE AND NO ANSWERS. GUUUH. Shoves a bunch of stuff off nearby desk in frustration.

PATS: Is this about us?

BLOODLUST: IT’S ALWAYS ABOUT US, PURELLE.

OFFICER CRAM CHIPPY: What’s a toxicology report?

PATS: You’re drunk again!

BLOODLUST: No, no. It’s just my allergy medication. My sister’s cat is staying with us and he’s killing me -

POPTHROB: (Slaps sandwich out of Bloodlust's hand.) Hold on. Say that again.

BLOODLUST: That cat is killing -

Everyone gasps the gasp of epiphany.

TO BE CONTINUED?