Month: February 2015

  • Rusty virtues

    Gracy Olmstead writing on “raising babies in adult land,” or roughly speaking the effects of age segregation: There are certain virtues that kids seem especially gifted to grow in us: patience and longsuffering are perhaps the first two that spring to mind (and they’re two virtues our society often sorely lacks), but there’s also generosity, […]

  • Net neutrality

    Ars Technica has produced a great overview of what Tom Wheeler, FCC chairman, has made happen with net neutrality. To critics suggesting that Title II classification represents harmful interference, Wheeler says: “This is no more a plan to regulate the Internet than the First Amendment is a plan to regulate free speech.” This is the key concept for understanding…

  • Knights of Columbus

    I’m heading to St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic parish in Yardley, Pennsylvania tonight to join the Knights of Columbus. The Knights of Columbus are the world’s oldest Catholic fraternal service organization. The Knights are driven by local councils, basically chapters, and have an enormous collective impact. I’ll be joining through the Fr. McCafferty Council #11013. After…

  • Billy Penn

    This piece on Philadelphia news startup Billy Penn caught my eye on Twitter this morning: Brady told the story of Billy Penn… [laying out] his ambitions for the site — millennially-targeted, mobile centric, civic-minded — to many media outlets before, but one of the most striking details came as almost an afterthought late in his…

  • Citizenfour

    At 9pm last night I turned on HBO to watch Citizenfour. On Sunday the documentary won an Academy Award, and rightly so for the reasons Conor Freidersdorf outlines in his Atlantic piece. And coming on the heels that presidential hopeful Jeb Bush doesn’t even “understand the debate” about the invasive, blanket mass surveillance Edward Snowden…