Tor.com: Emily Asher-Perrin: Can We Talk About Why We Really Love Princess Leia?:
Forced to be a sexual object for a crime lord? Choke him to death and get outta dodge. Find out your stealth party was spotted on by the enemy? Hunt them down with their own vehicles. Meet a strange new species that doesn’t speak your language? Share food and make friends. As we’re shown time and time again, there is nothing that this woman cannot do. She makes Luke and Han look practically incompetent if you’re actually keeping a scoreboard — Luke only has one or two solid goals that he feels obligated to follow up on, and Han spends half his time in the trilogy jamming to The Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go.” You need Leia to keep it all together.
Dante interviews Grand Funk Railroad’s (and former KISS guitarist) Bruce Kulick. It’s a great chat.
The Atlantic Cities: Kaid Benfield: In Philadelphia, a Porch for an Entire City:
If you care about green cities, you have to like a lot of what’s happening in Philadelphia lately, from land use planning to watershed management to the greening of vacant and blighted lots and, now, the opening of a lively new public space that makes the city a better place to live, work and visit. In particular, last week I learned about The Porch at 30th Street Station, a very promising new plaza just outside the city’s iconic train station. The creation of University City District, an organization dedicated to revitalization and community improvement, The Porch opened last fall and has been hopping all summer with activity. It is at once ambitious and low-key.
Jon Moore: It’s a Great Team When….
It’s a fantastic privilege to work with the team I do. We’re a cast of characters, everyone is a contributor, fighting for each others success. Leadership plays a role in that. Mission plays a role in that. And so does a belief in one another. I’m actually looking forward to going back to work after a vacation.
How rare is that?
Hidden City Philadelphia, a blog you should be reading if you’re not, has a few recent posts on the S.S. United States including pictures and an interview with Steven Ujifusa who recently had a book published about the ship.
Hidden City Philadelphia: Meredith Broussard: In Love With A Ship And Its Architect
Hidden City Philadelphia: Matthew Christopher: The View Inside (And Out) The Dazzling Ship
Plan Philly: The SS United States: Until the first blows fall