January 13, 2016 |
Turn and face the strange. Defy the status quo. And market, market, market yourself all the way to death's door. David Bowie did all that, constantly laughing at convention, and (sometimes) all the way to the bank. A great influence in music and fashion, he carried equal weight as a financial innovator. He was an art and business project forever in flux. Ziggy had a zig for every zag. In the early 1970s, he answered social consciousness with androgyny. Later, when it was hip to diss disco, he embraced it. Even rock bastions like WMMR, WIOQ, and WYSP were forced to play "Young Americans.
June 22, 2015 |
Marlton jeweler Angelo Breaux got his first taste of the business half a century ago in South Philly. His grandfather Angelo Calapristi, who owned a jewelry store at 22d and Snyder, would bring Breaux along while collecting payments on credit accounts in the neighborhood. "We went door-to-door, and when people didn't have the $10 or whatever it was, they'd pinch my cheeks and feed me," Breaux, 57, recalls. "They'd give me pizzelles and biscotti, and candy. " Now a grandfather himself, Breaux is the patriarch of Family & Co. Jewelers on Route 70, where his son and two daughters work side-by-side with him in the business they all were born into.
March 2, 2015 |
In the classic version of the Greek myth, Pandora opens a box and unleashes all the evils of the world. In the skits performed by students at Saturday's regional Odyssey of the Mind creative problem-solving competition, those evils received a revamp. In one: disease, sorrow, and confusion. In another: science class, cheerleaders, and lunch ladies. In a third: homework, cooties, and a dentist - who was defeated with a 4-foot toothbrush made of multicolored, pipe-cleaner bristles. "It's amazing how smart kids are when they're not bound by reality," said Beth Sanborn, as she watched from the auditorium of Bucks County's Pennsbury High School and waited for her son's team from Montgomery Elementary School to take the stage.
December 20, 2013 |
Predicting what customers might want - especially if they've never bought it before - is an essential goal of any business. But it often seems more art than science. Can Big Data finally shift that balance? That's the theory behind two start-ups, whose founders both say the Northeast is a great place to build a Big Data business, but who address the challenge from opposite directions. Working for marketers, Newtown's Enterra Solutions says it can dive into data on consumers' choices, likes, and dislikes.
December 8, 2011 |
If listening to music helps put you in the holiday spirit, here's good news: Options for listening to holiday tunes abound with tech. No longer do you have to depend on hearing your favorite holiday CD repeatedly. You can enjoy free holiday music from a wide variety of sources. Pandora Pandora is an Internet radio service that plays holiday tunes on a personal station, based on your individual preferences, or a group station, based on your favorite music style.
October 28, 2011 |
Even if just for a few hours, it was nice to be in a darkened room surrounded by people trying to tackle problems bigger than Europe's sovereign-debt soap opera. We're talking reducing energy use, speeding up water-quality testing, and closing the funding gap for promising college students. No economists or policymakers took the stage with prescriptions for debt swaps or austerity measures at the Investors' Circle Fall Venture Fair at World Cafe Live in West Philadelphia on Thursday morning.
September 19, 2010 |
In the 2000s, the ability to download individual songs and shuffle them in iPod remade listening habits and musical tastes. This decade, all signs are that the music industry will try to move away from selling music that consumers own and store on their own devices, including iPods, iPads, and other MP3 players. Instead, this may be the decade of the cloud. Music files would be stored on remote servers that listeners could access whenever they wished, either by paying a fee or by listening to periodic commercials.
August 30, 2010 |
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Apparently, there's no such thing as a quiet little corner of the world when your name is James Cameron. "Welcome to the wind tunnel," the 56-year-old filmmaker said as a Santa Monica sea breeze gusted through the French doors of his beachside hotel room on a recent afternoon. A hard-backed "Avatar" poster flew off a tripod stand in the corner and the filmmaker chuckled. "Look at that, Neytiri just leaps at you the moment you walk in the room. " Surprise attacks and second winds are fitting imagery these days.
December 17, 2009 |
WHEN A TREE falls in a forest, and James Cameron is there to direct, it definitely makes a sound. An earsplitting sound. Of course, in "Avatar," the tree is 500 feet high and felled by missiles launched from a flock of attack helicopters, and it's a sacred tree whose roots are connected to the souls of the forest's indigenous peoples, whose cries of pain are entwined with the noise of the bombs and shattering wood. So some noise is to be expected. But the OTHER sound you hear in "Avatar," the sound heard round the cinema world, is that the brave new 3D, computer-generated world that Hollywood tech-heads have been promising is finally here.
June 4, 2007 |
Ramone Moore remembered the first time he heard the two magic words. "I was a junior and I was just starting to think about college, but I didn't take school too seriously," the Southern High senior said. "So someone said, 'How about prep school?' " For Moore, and scores of top-notch athletes who fail to meet NCAA academic requirements, prep school is no longer the magical option that helps pull qualifying grades out of a hat. Early last month, the NCAA took its most significant step to curtail the abuses of some prep schools by drastically limiting the number of core courses a student can take to improve his or her academic transcripts after high school.