May 24, 2013 |
Jaded by juggling multiple remotes? Confounded by the connections linking your TV to your cable box to your DVD and other devices in your television room? Ignorant of how to switch inputs - or even which control to use? You know who you are, and some of you have spent time at my house. Microsoft, the long-dominant software-maker lately eclipsed by Apple's smartphones and tablets, says it has an answer: a central command station for your television, gaming, music, Internet video, even Skype video calls - all controlled by your voice and gestures.
February 18, 2013 |
Weeks later, I'm still recovering from my visit with my mother. She's Earthquake Mary. And I'm having aftershocks. Do you remember I wrote about how love and worry bind Mother Mary and me, in that she and I always worried about Francesca, when she was a baby? Well, times have changed, and now Francesca and I are worried about Mother Mary. Why? No reason, aside from the fact that she's 89 and alone all day, while my brother is at work. Francesca and I worry that she could fall, or choke on food, or any number of things that Mother Mary and I used to worry about with baby Francesca.
February 8, 2013
SOME FACTS about America's drone warfare: * The U.S. military now has 8,000 drones (military designation: UAV, for unmanned aerial vehicle) with plans to add more. There are several types: The MQ-1B Predator is 27 feet long with a wingspan of 55 feet and the ability to fire two Hellfire missiles. * Most drones are operated remotely from military sites in Nevada, Texas and elsewhere, plus a site near the CIA headquarters, in Virginia. The drones themselves take off from bases in southern Afghanistan, Djibouti, and - it was just revealed this week - Saudi Arabia.
April 9, 2011 |
ATLANTA - A massive Russian cargo plane roared into Atlanta yesterday to pick up one of the world's largest concrete pumps, which has been retrofitted to pour water on a Japanese nuclear power plant stricken by an earthquake and tsunami. The 190,000-pound pump designed by Wisconsin-based Putzmeister America Inc. comes mounted on a 26-wheel truck. Its extendable boom can reach more than 200 feet, and can be operated two miles away by remote control, making it possible to shoot water into hard-to-reach places at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan.
February 9, 2011
BAR KARMA. 10 p.m. Friday, Current TV. NEWARK, N.J. - It's an old, old story: Guy walks into a bar and . . . What comes next? If the bar is "Bar Karma," the time-travel show Current TV is billing as "the world's first community-developed television series," it might be up to you. Because the show that premieres Friday night and whose third episode was being filmed here last week on a Delancy Street soundstage is an attempt to bring viewers...
January 18, 2011 |
VINCENT A. Carr Sr. was a champion mixologist with a devoted clientele at the many bars where he practiced his trade, and it was obvious that one of the factors that made him great was that he loved people. Vince - an Irish-born American with a gift for blarney, who also was an entrepreneur, a jitterbug dancer who always drew a crowd, expert dart shooter, carpenter and skilled fisherman - died Sunday after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 75 and lived in Fairmount. He was born in County Donegal, Ireland, to Thomas Carr and Bridget Doherty, and came to the U.S. in 1939.
January 7, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - In his first full day on the job, he got lost in the byzantine basement of the Capitol with his parents, his daughter, and a few friends. He also cast a vote fulfilling a campaign promise to reduce federal spending - specifically, cutting 5 percent of funds allotted for congressional office expenses. And he attended to tasks as mundane as choosing a company to print his business cards. But one thing new U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan (R., N.J.) didn't do Thursday was read from the Constitution.
October 6, 2010
Fans around the Delaware Valley will have a busy Sunday night with their remote control. Major League Baseball announced that Game 3 of the Reds-Phillies series in Cincinnati will start at either 7:07 p.m. or 8:07 p.m. It moves to the later start if the Yankees-Twins series finishes in three games, meaning the Phillies-Reds would be the only prime-time game. Of course, the only prime-time NFL game Sunday is the Eagles visiting San Francisco with an 8:20 kickoff. Philadelphia sports fans were faced with the same situation in 2008 when a Phillies division series game against Milwaukee started at the same time as an Eagles-Redskins game.
July 3, 2010
What does Jamie Moyer have to do to get some respect at the Citizens Bank Park concession stands? It seems you can't enter the ballpark without sporting a Phillies shirt. But there are no shirts for sale at the ballpark emblazoned with Moyer's name and number, 50. How can that be? Moyer's a local guy from Sellersville who graduated from St. Joseph's University. He has been in the major leagues since before some of today's players were born. He's the hero for every middle-aged diehard fan with a remote control in one hand and a Bud in the other.
June 24, 2010 |
Decades ago, when most of Philadelphia's largest companies had their headquarters here, the region's highest-paid executives were also neighbors, working on area boards and coaching their children's sports teams, as Comcast chief executive Brian Roberts once did in Chestnut Hill. These days, major companies have big operations here, but their headquarters and chief executives often are elsewhere, from Connecticut to Denver. For the most part, their personal involvement in the region is minor, especially when it comes to discussing their compensation.