November 16, 2015 |
SAN ANTONIO - The 76ers are easy targets right now. ESPN, sports-talk radio, newspapers, and websites are all taking swings at a team destined to win fewer than 20 games for the third consecutive season. There is talk about how their tanking for a third season is a disgrace. There are mentions that general manager Sam Hinkie is being greedy, since he already has young standouts to build with in Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor. Media and fans say it's time to fill out the roster and stop prolonging the embarrassment.
September 25, 2015 |
Curtis invented Instagram?! Jamie Lee Curtis was sending Instagram-type photo-messages long before that social site was launched in 2010. Curtis tells Entertainment Weekly her blog, iphoneys ( www.iphoneys.blogspot.com/ ), was really the first to employ the concept. Curtis and her friends swapped images and messages on the site all the time, says the Scream Queens star. "Funny enough, really the day that Instagram was announced is the day that they stop," Curtis says, "because as soon as that was available, that's all we did. " The 'Daily Show' is ready The Daily Show 's new host, Trevor Noah, is ready to relaunch his version of the Comedy Central talk show, premiering Monday.
September 4, 2015 |
FROM TIME to time, I like to check in with the U.S. Patent Office for a progress report on the exciting field of beer inventions. Over the years, we've seen brilliant ideas, ranging from tooth protectors on beer bottles to beer pong tables that keep your beer cold. Honestly, if we could channel some of that ingenuity into, say, theoretical aerodynamics, we'd have those rocket packs by now. So, what's new? Here's a handful of recent patent applications. * Shotgun Accessible Beer Can (#2015-0183547)
August 28, 2015 |
Two local universities can claim fashion diva status - they made Business of Fashion's inaugural "Global Fashion School Rankings. " Drexel University placed 10th in undergraduate fashion education, while Philadelphia University came in 16th. In graduate school education, Philadelphia University showed up again, in 10th place. That prompted the New York Times' Vanessa Friedman to quip in her blog, "On the Runway": "Philly: hotbed of fashion invention. Who knew?" Business of Fashion, an industry website, said it looked at 60 data points from 24 participating schools, surveys completed by students and alumni, and input from other experts.
July 21, 2015
P AUL GREENWALD, 64, of Huntingdon Valley, is a retired dentist and entrepreneur who recently began marketing a board game about marijuana, PasstheGrass, which he developed in 1976. It's interactive and designed to be used by people who enjoy relaxing at home with marijuana. It's available online at Amazon for $24.95 or can be downloaded via Android app on a tablet for $1.99. The game is recommended by its manufacturer for users 21 and over. Q: How'd you come up with the idea?
June 12, 2015 |
Joseph M. "Doc" Braly, 92, formerly of Kennett Square, a veterinarian, pilot, and pioneer among golf club designers, died of cancer Monday, May 25, at the Veterans Home in Hollidaysburg, Pa. Born in Ponca City, Okla., Dr. Braly grew up in Huntsville, Ala. Even as a boy, he was smitten with aviation, and followed that love into the Air Force. He learned to fly and piloted different airplanes as a technical intelligence officer stationed in England and Germany, but his favorite was the P-51 Mustang, he told his family.
May 18, 2015 |
The competition was for an invaluable entrepreneurial opportunity. But which of the 18 contestants would win? The double-amputee with a fledgling landscaping business? The artist with post-traumatic stress disorder launching a fine-arts clothing line? The hearing-impaired retiree with a solution for tinnitus? One by one, they stepped before the panel of 10 judges , Shark Tank -style, with five minutes to pitch their business ideas. Not that any of these men and women could be considered losers.
April 22, 2015 |
Kate Pelcin and Kristina Griste dipped the Aqua Tweeter into water, and the flood-detection device posted to Twitter: "At least three inches of water. Is your sump pump working?" Last week, the "flood" was just a pool set up in Gavin Speirs' classroom at Downingtown High School West. But soon, Aqua Tweeters are to be set up in flood-prone Downingtown Borough, allowing people to monitor water levels in public places via Twitter. Pelcin, Griste, and classmate Andrew Kim invented the device in Speirs' Introduction to Engineering Design class.
March 4, 2015 |
My favorite Flexible Flyer story involves a boy's bravado, an icy hill, and a front tooth. On a snowy afternoon in 1964, as I commanded my younger brothers to watch how fast I could go, my smile collided with a crusty chunk of Massachusetts winter. Undaunted, I sledded on until dusk - a testament to the thrill of hurtling downhill atop the invention of Moorestown industrialist Samuel L. Allen. "Everybody who visits this exhibit has a story, it seems," says Joseph Galbraith, with whom I'm sharing my childhood recollections as we tour the "Flexible Flyer Sled Museum" at the Moorestown Library.
January 5, 2015 |
BRIAN LINTON, 28, proudly calls himself the founder and chief trash collector of United By Blue, his eco-friendly cafe/clothing/cool-stuff business on 2nd Street near Quarry in Old City. Linton promises that every time he sells one of his sustainable-material outdoorsy goods - a shirt, a backpack, an ax - in the store or online, he removes a pound of garbage from a body of water through company-organized cleanups. Linton said that since he founded United By Blue in 2010, he's removed 203,510 pounds of trash during 116 cleanups of vulnerable sites, including Bartram's Garden, Penn Treaty Park, the Schuylkill and Delaware rivers, and down the Shore.