Monthly Archives: May 2012

Week in Review

A whole lot of new stuff this week.
– First of all, there’s a new blog post by Noah and Jonah.
– In this week’s Phillymag column, I look at how Jeremiah Wright has made a sudden reappearance.
– A lot of stuff at EntertainmentTell: I review “Men in Black 3,” look at why it’s not okay to punch a 10-year-old in a movie theater, notice that “House” and “Eastbound and Down” had the same ending, and point out that there’s another movie coming out called “Deep Blue Sea.”
– For Dealerscope, yesterday I covered an electronics distributor show in Cherry Hill. Here’s the writeup, a slideshow of the show floor and an interview with the company’s president.

Latest Writings

Various new things this week:
At Philly Post, I look at that Time magazine breastfeeding cover, and go into why that and so many other things in media shame and guilt parents, especially mothers.
At EntertainmentTell, I review two movies: The Dictator, and What To Expect When You’re Expecting” Also, essays on “How I Met Your Mother” and why “The Avengers” isn’t going to save 3D TV.

The Stadium Games Are Over

Both houses of the Minnesota state legislature Thursday approved the Vikings’ new stadium, which will be built (partially) on the site of the current Metrodome. A few thoughts on the passage:
– Sure, using that much public money on a sports stadium is questionable both morally and economically. But I won’t lie and say I’m not thrilled that my team will remain in Minnesota.
– The team picked the right city and the right site, much better than Blaine or Arden Hills would’ve been. It’s still uncertain whether or not it’ll have a roof; I’m hoping for not but I’m sure the promise of one Super Bowl or one Final Four will outweigh the potential advantage of becoming a feared cold weather team again.
– One of the best parts of this passing? No more wankery from Mike Florio on the subject. “Adrian Peterson is rehabbing his knee? Maybe he’ll be rehabbing…. in Los Angeles!”
– Even better, the Wilfs want to bring an MLS soccer team to the stadium. What will it be called? FC Twin Cities? Minneapolis Hotspur? They really should work “City” into “Cities.” Target Center improvement funds are part of the deal as well.
– Will the stadium make the team any better? Probably not, although when it opens in 2016 I’m guessing most of the current management or nucleus won’t be around anymore.
– The strangest thing of all is that the approval brings to an end 20 years of stadium fights in the Twin Cities. Every local team is all set, so Minnesota politics will be free of this from now on. Until Target Field needs replacing in 20 years, that is
– If you’d asked me a few years ago when the Vikings would get a new stadium, I’d have said, “yea, right, that’ll happen the day the president endorses gay marriage”

Obama on Marriage

It’s brave, historical, and I applaud him. True, it’s mostly a symbolic gesture, the president doesn’t have the power to legalize same-sex marriage all by himself, and just about everything he could’ve done to make marriage equality a reality, he had been doing already. So let people be bigots and show themselves as such.