Month: May 2015

  • Sanctioned

    Jack Tumen, a Penn State student, is producing “Sanctioned” to tell the story of the spirit and resilience of Penn State in the face of historic NCAA sanctions. Those following the story know how it has played out. The NCAA repealed its sanctions and in the process restored its recognition of Joe Paterno’s historic 409 […]

  • T-Mobile

    A year or so after the first iPhone came out I went on eBay, bought one, and jailbroke it when it arrived so I could use it with T-Mobile, which was my wireless network. I think I was paying something like $50/month at the time for T-Mobile BlackBerry service, and unlocking the iPhone and using…

  • Bill Pickle

    If you’ve ever been to Bill Pickle’s Tap Room in State College, and if you like knowing the stories of the places you visit, there’s a fascinating story recounting Dr. Frank Buchman’s relationship with Bill Pickle starting around 1908. Buchman’s story of the bar’s namesake comes in transcript form, from a talk delivered in 1948 in…

  • Diaries, journals, etc.

    I’m a fan of Day One, the diary/journal app. I think I first saw it and tried it after seeing Jack Dorsey writing about it on Twitter. Over the past few years I’ve used it sporadically and posted something like 120 entries. Not that many, in other words. I think keeping a journal, diary, or…

  • Philadelphia news

    In this morning’s Billy Penn newsletter there’s a feature from Anna Orso on a potential Philadelphia Inquirer strike. It would be be the first strike in thirty years, and it seems unlikely at this point. But Anna’s piece brings to mind the larger issue with Philadelphia news, which is that The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News,…