Snowden and a fair shake

I believe Edward Snowden is a patriot. Obviously, many disagree, including those at the helm of government. As always happens when those in government leave their posts, they start talking in ways which sound strange and different from when they were at their posts. Eric Holder, former Attorney General, provides a great example of this with…

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Last mile connections

When I hopped on SEPTA earlier this Memorial Day weekend, the interstitial below appeared in the app. I had read SEPTA was partnering with Uber to discount “last mile connections” from particular train stations to destinations, but had forgotten about it. Looks like Memorial Day weekend is the start of that promotion. It’s a brilliant…

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Receipts

I was in the Houston airport the other day, having just ordered lunch. I handed my Amex card to the woman at the register. She inserts it into the chip reader, and the moment she does, this Apple Wallet notification appears: It take another few seconds for the receipt to print, and for her to…

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Getting out of yourself

I snapped this photo quickly as our plane was turning for its landing at Washington Reagan National Airport yesterday. It was good visiting Houston this week, and there were many experiences that were brief but memorable, like this photo. I enjoy travel, even when there are lots of connections, because it’s often a way to…

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Houston

I haven’t been in Texas for a few years, since I flew into Oklahoma City and took Amtrak to Dallas/Fort Worth, and then across West Texas and the southwest. But I’ve never been to Houston before. It’s large. Our fourth largest city, behind New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. After Houston comes Philadelphia. It’s sprawling. It’s…

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To Houston

It’s nearly 6am and I’m waiting in the screening line at Washington Reagan National Airport for my flight to Houston in about 30 minutes. I got into Washington yesterday afternoon and spent about nine hours sitting on The Dubliner’s patio, drinking and working while the crowd ebbed and flowed. Rand Paul ended up sitting two…

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MLK Jr. Plaza/Fraser Garage project

It’s offensive to my sense of propriety that such a thing as the “MLK Jr. Plaza/Fraser Garage rehabilitation project” exists. I say this in the context of having thought about personifying Penn State’s monumental leaders, wherein I would include MLK as one of the place’s more notable guests. But in the Borough of State College’s…

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What suburbs do

In the typical war of words over the positives and negatives of suburbanization we’re left with the binary of “cities v. suburbs,” where the fractured, isolated, idyllic suburban life is compared to the dense, plagued, teeming urban environment. This is problematic because it ignores the real problem with suburbs, which is that they don’t hurt…

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All lovely things

All lovely things will have an ending, All lovely things will fade and die, And youth, that’s now so bravely spending, Will beg a penny by and by. Fine ladies soon are all forgotten, And goldenrod is dust when dead, The sweetest flesh and flowers are rotten And cobwebs tent the brightest head. Come back,…

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Doing literally nothing

Paul Graham’s How to Make Pittsburgh a Startup Hub is worth reading you love Pennsylvania as much as I do, or if you’re interested in the qualities of second-tier cities to replicate the successes of a New York or San Francisco. There’s also this interesting bit: Harvard used to have exams for the fall semester after…

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