October 30, 2015 |
I'm nude, sunbathing in my backyard. Bzzz ... here comes your drone, taking a good, long look. Have you just violated my constitutional rights? A police officer shoots a black man. The whole webbed, Internetted world instantly knows all about it. Can the officer possibly get a fair trial anywhere? You really hate your high-school principal. So, in your own bedroom, you post on social media to call out his lunatic, ugly stench. Should your school be able to suspend you?
July 10, 2015 |
Ahead of his very recent musical ascension, Armani White says he destroyed himself, deleting from public view all his music on the Internet. Then he rebuilt, working with a new team of people in hopes of rebranding himself. But not long after, he destroyed himself again and rebuilt. Destroy. Rebuild. Destroy. Despite it all - or maybe because of it - the New-Age black nerd rapper from West Philadelphia is quickly making a name for himself with his rapid-fire lyrical flow. Armani screams complexity and contradiction.
May 24, 2015 |
I used to think that the tiny-house movement had something to do with building smaller homes that more people could afford. Then I came across an article in Forbes by Erin Carlyle that talked about the upscale nature of tiny houses, with so many amenities per square foot - even a tiny hot tub - that you wonder how people can fit inside. One example was an $82,000, 348.5-square-footer "equipped with one bedroom, a bathroom and a kitchen/living room with a butcher-block countertop that doubles as a desk," Carlyle wrote.
October 16, 2012 |
The Middle Ages, that yawning centuries-wide gap between HBO's Rome and Showtime's The Borgias , has become all the rage on TV, what with all the sword, sorcery, and dragon action on Game of Thrones , Once Upon a Time , and Merlin . But for Ken Follett, the era is less about sword and sorcery than mortar and thistle. Known for his spy thrillers, Follett took on the Dark Ages with his 1989 Pillars of the Earth (19.6 million copies sold worldwide), a 938-page epic set in the 12th century that chronicled the construction of an English Gothic cathedral in the fictional town of Kingsbridge.
October 8, 2012
Eric Newton is senior adviser to the president at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in Miami. The digital age is changing almost everything about journalism - who a journalist is, what a story is, which media should provide news when and where people want it, and how we engage with communities. The only thing that isn't changing is the why of journalism. We still need good, honest, independent reporting - the fair, accurate, contextual search for truth - to run our communities and our lives.
July 9, 2012 |
When I was a kid in the 1970s, my favorite comics were Famous First Editions, reprints of the original appearances of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. These comics not only took me to heroic worlds of the imagination, but they also transported me to the boyhood of my father. I imagined him, like me, poring over early adventures of Batman and Robin. We bonded over comics the way other fathers and sons did over baseball. These were stories from comics' Golden Age, a period that began in 1939 with the debut of Superman.
February 15, 2012 |
REMEMBER THE old song about matchmakers making matches? Finding finds? Catching catches? If, this Valentine's Day, you find yourself single, seeking - and thinking about hiring someone to set you up - forget those lyrics. Forget about old-world matchmakers. Things have changed a lot since that guy fiddled on a roof. Today's paid-for couple-creators are no longer simple setter-uppers. They're full-service pros with the savvy of Bravo's "Millionaire Matchmaker" Patti Stanger and the cunning of VH1's "Tough Love" host Steve Ward.
September 4, 2011 |
TBILISI, Georgia - The rattling olive Audi A4 with two middle-aged smugglers attracted little attention as it slithered through this former Soviet republic one morning in February, speeding toward the Turkish border. In the trunk, the smugglers carried a silver case filled with iridium-192. They nurtured vague grand plans to sell the radioactive material to a Muslim buyer for $5 million. Such a black-market sale could have but one likely purpose - construction of a so-called dirty bomb.
June 7, 2011 |
At NewAge Industries, what goes on under the roof has been the priority at the plastic-tubing manufacturer for 57 years. On Wednesday, all attention will be on the roof itself. There, a one-megawatt solar system consisting of 4,082 panels - a monster in terms of rooftop photovoltaic arrays and believed to be the biggest of its kind in Bucks County - will be the toast of local and state dignitaries, green-business advocates, and NewAge's 100 employees. For a plant that uses two megawatts of power a year to churn out tubing with widespread applicability - from pharmaceutical laboratories to McDonald's milk-shake machines - the solar project represents a serious cost-savings opportunity.
May 1, 2011 |
I read in the paper that nowadays, the companies that take school pictures will retouch the photos to fix the kids' cowlicks, missing front teeth, and freckles. In my view, this is not progress. Reportedly, 10 percent of parents request such retouching. The other 90 percent love their children. Apparently, some parents like to see their children as they should be, instead of how they are. Or maybe they're Photoshopaholics. I can't think of a better message a parent can send a child than, "You're almost good enough!"