Philadelphia

  • How to get around the Star Wars universe

    How to get around the Star Wars universe

    I think it’s safe to say that everyone knows what each and every one of the included photos is and which episode it was from, so I don’t need to bore you with details. I was hoping they’d have an Imperial speeder bike since those were my favorites as a kid, but they didn’t. I almost cried about it. Read More

  • Up close and personal with the Millenium Falcon

    Up close and personal with the Millenium Falcon

    It’s hard photographing subjects in crowded museums and such, but it’s even harder when there’s tons of glare and the object you’re trying to shoot is encased in glass. I did my best and hope you guys like it. All of the models and props at the Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia were used in at least one of the six… Read More

  • Off Topic: Tell me where to get the best cheesesteak

    Off Topic: Tell me where to get the best cheesesteak

    So I finally got around to getting a true Philly Cheesesteak this weekend. I was aware of the whole Pat’s versus Geno’s thing, but a sizable contingent of local Philadelphians steered Peter and me to Jim’s on South Street. As a born-and-bred Midwesterner, I’m down for anything with melted cheese, meat, or mayonnaise and while the cheesesteak I got from Jim’s (see… Read More

  • Inside Darth Vader's helmet

    Inside Darth Vader's helmet

    I remember watching a behind-the-scenes-type show on Star Wars years ago where they dissected and said what everything inside Vader’s helmet did, but this was the first time I’ve ever seen it in person. Looks like a complicated process, huh? I wish this had been an interactive display that showed what every gear and pulley does, but it was still a neat display. Read More

  • Attack of the Clones: Garrison Carida of the 501st Stormtrooper Legion

    Attack of the Clones: Garrison Carida of the 501st Stormtrooper Legion

    The Garrison Carida members of the 501st Stormtrooper Legion are a dedicated and crazy bunch, but in a good way. Aside from their normal appearances at events like this one at the FI, they also do a ton of community service around the area like handing out toys during the holidays and visiting sick little kids at local hospitals. It’s a tight knit group that makes all their own costumes and… Read More

  • 'Building Communities and Augmented Reality' Star Wars exhibit

    'Building Communities and Augmented Reality' Star Wars exhibit

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf This was a rather interesting section of the Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. From our press materials; “Visitors build a spaceport, moisture farm community and walled Jawa town. Placing cards on a table – the physical landscape – a… Read More

  • Epic Duel: Anakin vs. Obi-Wan

    Epic Duel: Anakin vs. Obi-Wan

    I know you can watch the video of the fight, but I thought I’d include the photos as well. These guys were really, really good and I could have sworn that the character actor playing Anakin was Hayden Chistensen. Enjoy the gallery. Be sure to stop by the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and check out the exhibit for yourself. It runs until May 4th. Want to know why it ends that day? May… Read More

  • Star Wars screen test

    Star Wars screen test

    http://www.collegehumor.com/moogaloop/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=23191&fullscreen=1 Since we’re all about Star Wars this weekend, I thought I’d throw in a favorite video of mine from SNL. You love it! I know you do. Read More

  • Philadelphia's Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit

    Philadelphia's Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf Here’s some quick footage from Philadelphia and the Franklin Institute Science Museum’s Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit. More organized videos and photos to come once Peter the Ha and I sort everything out between our various cameras. I called him Peter the Ha like Jabba the Hut… Read More

  • The non-dead Sam Jackson is rolling over in his non-existent grave

    The non-dead Sam Jackson is rolling over in his non-existent grave

    This is for the hardcore Star Wars buffs in the audience. Do you notice anything wrong with this picture? No? How about the Jedi on the far left? Still not getting it? Well, you’re not much of a Star Wars fan then. Heh. See, the supposed Jedi on the left has a purple lightsaber and that’s a big no-no. Sam Jackson, who played by Mace Windu, personally requested a purple lightsaber… Read More

 
  • Who is the little green guy from Star Wars?

    Who is the little green guy from Star Wars?

    Upon entering my room at the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia, I found a Yoda cookie. They have Star Wars packages, which can be found here. “Yobo? Is his name Yobo?” Someone’s significant other on the CrunchGear staff thinks Yoda’s name is Yobo. Who is it? {democracy:26} Read More

  • 'Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination' exhibit

    'Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination' exhibit

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf Peter the Ha and I are here in Philadelphia for the Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit at The Franklin Institute. We’ll be posting photos and videos from the show throughout the weekend. Metaphors be with you. Read More

  • Attention Star Wars fans

    Attention Star Wars fans

    It’ll be way cooler than this. Doug and I will have a special treat for you folks this weekend, so be sure to stick around. And no, I won’t be dressing up as Leia nor will Doug be dressed up as Jabba made from Play-doh, even though I know that’s what you guys want. Despite dashing your dreams, you will want to stop by over the weekend. Trust me. Read More

  • Philadelphia Reader Meetup & Blogging Conference

    Philadelphia Reader Meetup & Blogging Conference

    Tomorrow is Thursday, which marks the start of the two-day BlogPhiladelphia conference in Philadelphia, PA. I’ll be speaking tomorrow at 9:30am on a panel and it should be a lot of good, clean fun. Afterwards, anyone in NJ, DE, or PA who wants to meet up is more than welcome to. I figured we could all meet at a bar and have some drinks, talk tech, etc. If you’re interested, shoot me an… Read More

  • Philly Mayor Left iPhone Line After Being Asked About City's Crime Rate

    Philly Mayor Left iPhone Line After Being Asked About City's Crime Rate

    The mayor of Philiadelphia was waiting in line for an iPhone when an unnamed man asked him, “How can you sit here with 200 murders in the city already?” Ouch. (And how very John Kerry of him.) The mayor then left the line, tail between his legs and all. The moral of the story? If you’re the mayor of a major American city, maybe, *maybe* you would do well to send an intern to… Read More

  • Philadelphia Finally Getting WiFi Network

    Philadelphia Finally Getting WiFi Network

    Just heard some welcome news on NPR right now. The company setting up Philadelphia’s city-wide WiFi project has completed a 15-mile-wide test north of the city and word is that the system is ready to be deployed to all of Philadelphia. By Q3 of this year, the network should be setup so that anyone in Philadelphia city limits can acquire wireless Internet access for on the cheap. No price has… Read More

  • Sprint Expands Unlimited Pilot Plans

    Sprint Expands Unlimited Pilot Plans

    Use Sprint to the MAXX? If you live in San Francisco, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Tampa, or Philadelphia (booh yah!), you’re now eligible to take part in Sprint’s unlimited plan trial. The unlimited plan costs $120 a month and gives you unlimited voice, texting, and data use. Need a PC card thrown in there too? For $150 you can get PC card access thrown in there are well. Some would call… Read More

  • Philadelphians Get RSS-Based Audio Tours

    Philadelphians Get RSS-Based Audio Tours

    If you’re one of the lucky people to live or hail from Philadelphia like myself, you’re in for a treat. A service called “Sound About Philly” has been released from GoPhila.com. The service is aimed at both residents and visitors of the best city on the planet and offers comprehensive tours, fun facts, lively music, interesting tales, and a bunch of other adjectives… Read More