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Tuesday, October 21st, 2008
2:05 pm
PAWS takes in over 30,000 animals a year. Yesterday alone we received 54 cats - and only had about 12 adoptions. We need to amp up our adoption rates, now! Spread the word! There are hundreds of beautiful, adoptable cats and dogs at PAWS! Here's just a sample of some of the beautiful animals who need homes. Please, cross-post this and spread the word. The animals need you!

Pictures and Descriptions of Animals HereCollapse )


IF YOU CAN FOSTER OR ADOPT AN ANIMAL: Come to the shelter (111 W. Hunting Park Avenue) immediately. A staff person or foster care volunteer will be thrilled to help you find the right animal(s) for you to take into safety. Foster care and adoption hours are 11 am to 6 pm every day of the week.

Directions to the shelter are available here: http://phillypaws.org/Directions/default.asp

PAWS, the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society, is a donor-funded division of the Philadelphia Animal Care and Control Association (PACCA) dedicated to saving the lives of Philadelphia's homeless, abandoned and unwanted animals. Taking in nearly 30,000 animals each year, PAWS is dedicated to making Philadelphia a city in which all healthy and treatable animals are guaranteed a home. Supporting PAWS helps fund lifesaving initiatives including adoption and foster care programs, spay and neuter surgeries, low-cost vaccinations, and other community-based programming, all of which help reduce and will ultimately eliminate the unnecessary killing of Philadelphia's animals. For more information, please visit: www.phillypaws.org.

Help make Philly a No-Kill city:
Thursday, September 25th, 2008
4:47 pm
Sign the Petition and Write to the Mayor/City Council to Save the Animals!
There is now an official petition here:


And you can write to the mayor and all the council members at once here:


Please, whether you live in Philadephia or not, take 10 minutes out of your day and help save 30,000 animals!
Wednesday, September 24th, 2008
11:29 pm
Animal Control in Philadelphia

RIght now, there is a lot going on with Animal Control in Philadelphia.  PACCA is in danger of losing their contract with the city, as the health dept has put out an RFP on a contract to start Jan 1 2009, even though PACCA's contract is through June 30, 2009.  Philly PAWS and PACCA have gone leaps and bounds beyond what animal control in philly was doing 5 years ago, and that can't stop. Philly must be No-Kill. There is no lifesaving language in the current RFP, it only calls for "disposal of animals."

Read more here - http://phillypaws.org/savelivesnow/

Join the cause here - http://phillynokill.com/NoKill/Welcome.html

And contact these people, too!  http://www.phila.gov/health/Commissioner/CommissionersOffice.html

Please, the only thing that will save the 30,000+ animals that come through animal control each year are concerned citizens.
Monday, August 25th, 2008
9:00 am
Many Mom Cats and Babies at PAWS need Your Help!
I'm a volunteer at PAWS, the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society, and I've been looking for more places to get the word out about fostering kittens. PAWS/PACCA gets over 30,000 animals a year and right now we are still battling kitten season and usually have between 25 and 40 litters who need to be fostered or they'll be euthanized due to space. I thought there might be people in this community who'd be interested in fostering - please let me know if you are and i can help you out. This is a post I make a couple times a week with pictures i've taken of every litter of kittens in the building, and i post it on craiglist, myspace, facebook, blogs, and anywhere I can find - please let me know if you know of any other good places i might find philly-area foster parents!


Tuesday, August 5th, 2008
3:14 am
Why do all of the fun craft/art shows/flea markets that are once a month in Philly always happen on the same day? It STINKS!!! I want to go to all of them but right now my loyalty lies with mew gallery and craftadelphia!

Friday, June 27th, 2008
3:06 pm
Need (suburban) space for charity work
Hi friends,

I'm doing a 3day, 60 mile walk to fight breast cancer in October. It will take place in Philly. Needless to say, there is some MAJOR fundraising that needs to happen because I have committed to raise $2200. I would like to host some small events such as a scrapbooking crop and an Avon party. However, I do not have any space in which to do these events and I do not attend a church so I don't think I could get a donated space. Could someone suggest a place?

I am looking for potential places in suburban Philly, either in PA or NJ.

I've tried Craigslist and such, but no luck so far.


(So you know I'm legit, here's my site: http://08.the3day.org/goto/tara )
Wednesday, May 7th, 2008
9:48 am
Hey all, i have a question. I have a stack of books starting from my freshman year of college and they are old editions so i know i wont be able to sell them back anywhere. I feel bad just throwing them out, especially because most of them are in new condition, and barely used. Does anyone know if i could sell them back anywhere or atleast donate them so ill know they are being used? They range from all different subjects such as bio, nursing, italian, public speaking...thanks for your help. 
Sunday, April 20th, 2008
10:57 pm
VOTE Tuesday!
Remind everyone you know.



+ The Pennsylvania primary is Tuesday April 22nd.

+ All Pennsylvania Democrats who registered by March 24th, 2008 and who will be 18 years of age by the date of the primary are eligible to vote.

+ Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Anyone in line at 8:00 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

+ Only first-time voters must show proof of identification. Approved forms of identification include a valid photo ID or voter identification card, or a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government check. For more information, click HERE.
Sunday, April 13th, 2008
7:30 pm
Thursday, March 13th, 2008
3:00 pm
thrift stores?
Hi, I have a question about thrift stores, or stores in Philadelphia that allow you to sell used clothes, in good condition, to them. I have some clothes that are in good condition and always give it away to good will.. well now, i would love a little extra cash and i read in a magazine that it is possible to sell back some stuff for a few bucks. I wanted to know which stores in Philadelphia do that? I live in NE, but I'm all over the city so i'd be willing to go pretty much anywhere. Thank you! 
Sunday, January 20th, 2008
7:39 pm
Thursday, August 9th, 2007
6:00 pm
Does anybody know of any boutiques in Philadelphia? I make one of a kind handmade clothing and i'm looking to consign/sell wholesale to some new places.
Friday, April 6th, 2007
2:12 am
Mark Mothersbaugh's Postcard Diaries and my clothing in Bambi Boutique

Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo, has also scored all of the Wes Anderson films (Life Aquatic, Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tennenbaums. Not only that but he has done the music for RUGRATS!, and Clifford the Big Red Dog. Come see his postcard diaries at Bambi Boutique and Gallery in Fishtown! Shameless self promotion: I'll be there and so will my shirts, come check them out! The opening reception is at 6pm and it goes until 10pm
Bambi Boutique is located at 1817 Frankford Ave. in Philadelphia, PA 19125 (in Fishtown if you are familiar with Philadelphia)
Hope some of you can make it!
Wednesday, March 14th, 2007
9:18 pm
How serious are you about Internet radio?
I know this is not Philly-specific, but I'm involved in Philly radio and I hope fellow citizens and listeners have a little activism in 'em because this affects American music lovers from all walks. x-posted like whoa.

Imagine opening up iTunes on your computer and seeing the Radio section... empty. No great themed stations from radioio, AccuRadio, or SomaFM. No niche outlets featuring big-band jazz, or industrial, or '80s music, or classical.

Imagine great American audio streams simply drying up. No exclusives from KCRW. No mixes from Indie 103.1. No archives from WXPN. No FolkAlley.

Imagine untouchable tech companies deeming their music offerings business losses. Goodbye AOL Radio. Goodbye Yahoo! LAUNCHCast.

Imagine the music experiences you define online... taken offline. No Rhapsody. No Pandora. No Live365.

On Friday March 2nd, the U.S. government (specifically, the Copyright Royalty Board, or "CRB") announced its determination of the royalty rates Internet radio webcasters must pay the owners of sound recording copyrights to license the music they play for the years 2006-2010. The owners of these sound recording copyrights are, in the vast majority of cases, recording companies ("labels").

While successful webcasters which have built loyal audiences can usually cover most of their costs from their revenue (and sometimes even make a little profit), these new rates will almost certainly destroy the Internet radio industry, as they amount to well over 100% of even the most-successful webcasters' online radio revenues. In other words, these fees are grotesquely disproportionate to any other expense a webcaster would normally face, and certain to bankrupt him or her.

There's absolutely nothing wrong with artists getting their fair share of royalties due them from song performances. However, the structure put in place by the CRB may ultimately be unfair to artists as well as webcasters as it threatens to kill, or put a financial chilling effect on, many online venues where musicians' work might be heard.

Click the graphic above to find out more, to petition Congress against this move, and to help spread the word.
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007
3:26 pm
Live film soundtrack this Sunday (for fans of film, experimental music, classical, rock)
Hey everyone

This Sunday afternoon on the UPenn campus, there will be a really neat screening of a silent film with a live improvised soundtrack performed by Relache. I've taken the liberty of copy/pasting the info on it below, as I think some of you might be interested in coming out to see it.

Sun. 1/28/07 3:00PM @ International House
3701 Chestnut St., Philadelphia

......Buster Keaton's THE GENERAL: a new live score by Relache
......Randall Woolf's "Bring Your Own Dancer"

Considered by critics as one of the greatest comedies of all time, The General (1927) is Buster Keaton's fast-paced tour de force. Pitted between the love for his locomotive and his sweetheart, Johnnie embarks on the craziest train ride in film.

Philadelphia's contemporary music gurus, Relache, will test their mettle as they perform a self-composed score full of the daring improvisation that put them on the map. Paired with Randall Woolf's kinetic "Bring Your Own Dancer," this multisensory extravaganza is sure to be a highlight of the 06/07 season.

Special student rates available. Call 215-569-9700 or visit www.relache.org for more info.

See you there!
Friday, July 14th, 2006
11:29 pm
Fight Hunger Now
As part of its 10th anniversary celebration, the Coalition Against Hunger is issuing a challenge to the community: experience the physical, emotional, and social difficulties of poverty and food insecurity by living on a food stamp budget for just one week.

read more....

Monday, April 17th, 2006
10:15 am
are we allowed to post apartment/sublet listings? if not, let me know and i can delete it.

i live in The Courts apartment complex and i'm trying to sublet my apartment for the months of june, july, and august. i'm going to repost the craigslist ad here:

Partially furnished 4th floor apartment available for sublet June first through the end of August with option to renew lease if wanted. Blocks from Drexel and Penn campuses, 30th Street Station, Art Museum, shopping districts, and the Philadelphia nightlife. Rt. 10 trolley stops at the next corner, and Market-Frankford EL is three blocks away. Great view of the city with large windows that let in tons of light.

Complex is controlled access w/ 24-hour doorman. Apartment features a spacious living room/dining area (approx. 10' by 16'), master bedroom (approx. 9' by 17') w/ walk-in closet, washer/dryer, wall-to-wall carpets, kitchen with dishwasher/microwave/garbage disposal, central air, cable ready, and a den that is currently being used as a small second bedroom.

Apartment comes with queen-sized bed in master bedroom, and sofa, coffee table, and shelf unit in the living room. Water/sewer is included in rent, electric separate. Cable-ready. FREE gym in apartment complex. FREE high-speed internet access. Cats welcome (extra $25/month). Great summer rental for students.

if you're interested at all or know anyone that would be PLEASE let me know! we had someone who was all set to sublet and then decided not to move to philly at the last minute so we're really strapped for someone to sublet.

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006
1:21 am
oddball lyrics request
Anybody have a set of lyrics to "Frankford El" by the American Dream?

I'm not looking for the Hooters lyrics that reference the song, looking for the original...

Thanks in advance.

(Yeah, I know it's old...)
Friday, March 17th, 2006
9:03 pm
Hi, my name is Amee

I'm majoring in Photography and I go to Temple University. I have a question. I have a project for my photoclass and i wanted to get on a rooftop to take a picture. Are there any buildings that would allow for this? preferably tall buildings so i can get a better view.

any help would be appreciated!
Thursday, November 24th, 2005
3:22 am
who know about the guy who killed his girlfriends parents and took off with her went to indiana and crashed and got caught.
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