Tuesday, May 12, 2009

New Survey: Sykes vs. Limbaugh, Mystery Web Redesign, and More

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Tue, May 12, 2009 at 10:51 AM


This week's survey is up and running.

We've got fun questions on Rush Limbaugh's terrorist cred, a mysterious web redesign, Sanford vs. Budget, and Charleston illiteracy.

Here's two survey questions, along with two of four possible answers. But go ahead and take the full survey.

1. Comedian Wanda Sykes was poking fun at Rush Limbaugh when she allegedly went too far with a joke about the talk radio king being a terrorist mastermind. It would have been funny if it weren’t:

A. True.

B. Totally implausible. Limbaugh can’t fit in a standard airport seat.

2. We know somebody who knows somebody who has been working on a new web design. What’s the first complaint our friend of a friend is sure to hear?

A. “But I liked sitting and waiting for the picture thingy to automatically change.”

C. “No matter what, it’s never going to be the same without the ink all over my hands.”

Take the full survey.

Photo by flickr user mandj98

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Lulan Lecture Series Returns With CleanFish Founder

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Mon, May 11, 2009 at 12:26 PM

ce12/1242059081-_fish969485_82438823_resized.jpgCleanFish founder Tim O'Shea will be speaking at the Lulan Sustainable Community Lecture Series at 6 p.m. on May 12 at the Charleston Visitor Center theater, 375 Meeting St. He'll be speaking on how to create and maintain a sustainable environment.

O'Shea's CleanFish, with the motto "Fish You Can Trust," hopes to lead a global movement toward providing higher standards for the fishing market. By 2020, CleanFish plans to restore the global market through renewable production practices.

O'Shea will not only discuss the fishing industry, but he'll also focus on issues like green building, community affairs, city planning, global projects, and education.

A reception and book signing will follow at the Lulan Artisans Showroom at 469 King St. The next speakers in the lecture series will be on Sept. 14 and Oct. 20.

For more information call (843)722-0118 or visit www.lulan.com. —Anna Linesch

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Round-Out: Statehouse Guards, West Coast Riverdogs, Far East Hotel Hell

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Thu, May 7, 2009 at 3:16 PM

The Round-Out is our irregular look at news about the Lowcountry from outside of the region.

• The (Columbia) Free Times reports this week on a dust-up between Gov. Mark Sanford and Senate leader Glenn McConnell (both Charleston Republicans) over the legislator's plans for a Statehouse police force.

“We had to do it,” McConnell says, “because of a failure on the part of [the governor] to maintain the security system at the State House.”

Oh, snap.

• The Charleston Riverdogs apparently have at least one fan in Palm Springs, Calif. The local paper gave some ink to tonight's 1K Beer Run.

• The Wall Street Journal had a story earlier this week about a group of tourists confined to a Hong Kong hotel for seven days over swine flu concerns. Pete Cannon, referred to as a Charleston developer, was staying at the hotel, but avoided the lockdown by being out when it started. He was escorted the next day to a government-run holiday camp until the quarantine expired.

"I feel like that guy in 'The Great Escape,' Steve McQueen," he said. "No matter where he goes, he's taken back to the camp."

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Hurricane Season Brings Bad News For Paulettes Everywhere

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Thu, May 7, 2009 at 11:48 AM

ac07/1241711326-ikeneartexas_resized.jpg"Paulette," as well as two hard-to-pronounce names that make us glad we work in print, were added to the tropical storm name list last week. Meanwhile, a famous wife beater has terrorized his last coastal residents, as he was pulled from the list.

In the aftermath of a particularly tragic storm, the World Meteorological Organization announced recently that it was pulling Gustav, Ike, and Paloma. Due to the damage they collectively wrought last year, those names will be replaced when they were next supposed to be used in 2014 with Gonzalo, Isaias, and Paulette.

It's typically nice to be recognized, except when your name is referenced in headlines like "Hurricane Gustav to become Gulf Coast monster?" or "Gustav's Fury."

For those wondering whose name could coincidentally linked to mass destruction and loss of life, here is the rundown for 2009:

Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny, Erika, Fred, Grace, Henri, Ida, Joaquin, Kate, Larry, Mindy, Nicholas, Odette, Peter, Rose, Sam, Teresa, Victor, and Wanda.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Sanford, Graham Clowning Around

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Wed, May 6, 2009 at 3:52 PM

Photos by Hebiclens / WMxdesign's photostream



Through the magic of face paint (er, photoshop), two of South Carolina's GOP leaders are getting a clown makeover, via Hebiclens / WMxdesign's photostream .

We're actually somewhat proud/disturbed that we were able to immediately recognize Sen. Lindsey Graham in the clown lineup. Sanford, however, took us a minute. More here, including Rush Limbaugh.

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