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POSTED: Thursday, January 2, 2014, 1:33 PM

More than 50 years ago, legendary sci-fi author and humanist Isaac Asimov predicted what life in 2014 would be like for an op-ed in the New York Times. As it turns out, his accuracy is stunning.

Titled “Visit to the World’s Fair of 2014,” Asimov’s op-ed runs down what an attendee should expect to see at this year’s World’s Fair, which apparently is the most antiquated notion in the entire piece. Rightly so, given that Asimov was one of the world’s foremost thinkers before his death in 1992.

Throughout his career, Asimov routinely seemed to be waiting for the “science” side of his craft to catch up with his own imagination—which, as it turns out, took about 50 years or so from his NYT op-ed. The real good news, though, is that Asimov’s unusually optimistic view of humanity’s future seems to be blossoming nicely.

POSTED: Thursday, December 19, 2013, 1:28 PM
Glen Macnow, of WIP Sportsradio. (Sharon Gekoski-Kimmel)

Glen Macnow has settled on new contract details with SportsRadio WIP. Rather than appear on the midday show with Anthony Gargano, Macnow will serve as "expert contributor," according to a statement.

Macnow will KYW Newsradio's "Reporter's Round-up" and work with Harry Donahue during football season. He will continue to host WIP's Saturday program from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Ray Didinger. In addition, Macnow will contribute to Phillies pre- and post- game shows on WPHT.

Macnow took a hiatus from his midday show earlier this month due to the contract dispute, but continued to appear on  the Eagles pregame show.

POSTED: Friday, December 6, 2013, 11:22 AM
Filed Under: Fine Arts
What is likely the world's first selfie, taken in 1839 by Philadelphia's Robert Cornelius.

Long before camera phones or Snapchat or Instagram, people have been taking "selfies." And here in Philadelphia, we’ve been doing it the longest.

In fact, we’re home to what likely is the world’s very first selfie. Taken in October 1839 by Robert Cornelius, a Philly-based metallurgist, the photo shows a scruffy Cornelius standing slightly off-center in the frame, arms folded and looking past the camera. Throw a beanie on him, and you’ve got the next great American Apparel model. 

Cornelius snapped the photo, a daguerreotype, outside of his family’s lamp shop, with historians estimating that he had the hold that pose for anywhere from three to 15 minutes. Inscribed on the back is a message reading “The first light picture ever taken. 1839.” 

POSTED: Monday, October 28, 2013, 12:40 PM

The Daily News' own Dave Maialetti was named one of the "10 Instagram Photographers You Should Follow" by Forbes magazine. And with good reason. Not only is Maialetti an excellent photojournalist for the two papers, but he has a keen eye for street photography as well, capturing often glazed over moments in Philly life.

"Whether he is photographing the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles on Lincoln Financial Field or anonymous citizens along unnamed urban streets, Maialetti’s lens shows great affection for the people and architecture of the City of Brotherly Love," writer Amadou Diallo wrote about Maialetti's work.

Check out Maialetti's feed at @Maialetti and follow him to see more of his work.

POSTED: Saturday, September 28, 2013, 10:54 AM
Filed Under: Fine Arts
The Rosenbach Museum and Library on Delancey Place (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)

Today is the perfect day to check out one of the local museums you’ve always wanted to see. That’s because today, September 28, over 15 museums in the Philadelphia area are offering free admission.

In celebration of Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live!, participating museums across the country are opening their doors to share vast historical, scientific, and cultural holdings with the public. Smithsonian Museums are always free, but printing out a Smithsonian Museum Day ticket today will grant you the rare opportunity to explore one of the city’s many hidden treasures without opening your wallet. All you will need is a printed ticket downloaded from the Smithsonian website.

Participating museums in Greater Philadelphia include the Penn Museum, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the Rosenbach Museum and Library, The African American Museum in Philadelphia, National Museum of American Jewish History, and many more worthwhile institutions.

POSTED: Friday, March 22, 2013, 2:44 PM
Filed Under: Fine Arts

More than fifty years ago, a Nigerian writer penned the manuscript for a novel that would become one of the most important pieces of literature to impact the 20th century.

Internationally acclaimed author Chinua Achebe died Thursday at the age of 82. A government critic, statesman, and revolutionary writer who has sold more than 12 million copies of "Things Fall Apart," Achebe has influenced generations of Africans as well as contemporary American novelists like Junot Diaz and Ha Jin. Achebe's ability to empower and transform is chronicled through his writing. Below, we highlight seven powerful statements made by the celebrated "father of African literature."

To read more on Achebe's lifelong accomplishments, click here.

POSTED: Thursday, February 21, 2013, 8:53 PM
Kathleen English, Christie Honigman, Teresa Nino (co-chair of the Young Friends of the Academy Ball, Vasiliki Tsiouris, co-owner of Opa Philadelphia, HughE Dillon, Maria Papadakis,, Marisa Magnatta, WMMR Preston & Steve Show and Kristyn Aldrich, Focused Studios. (HughE Dillon/

The Philly DoGooder Awards, held tonight at the University of the Arts to fete the best in non-profit video storytelling, announced that they would be doling out awards to's own Leah Kauffman for Innovation in Storytelling and City Representative Desiree Peterkin-Bell for Innovation in Urban Mechanics. But the third award, for Innovation in Community Building, went unannounced.

Drumroll, please...

The award goes to HughE Dillon, the proprietor of and society photographer for and the Philly Post, was handed the award by Mayor Michael Nutter, who said that Dillon created a new platform for sharing stories behind the community, through the lens of his camera and the words on his blog.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 4:05 PM

A  time machine is under construction  at the Kimmel Center, a massive, high tech sculptural, light, sound and video installation signifying  . . . all kinds of stuff.

Stretching more than 100 feet through the Commonwealth Plaza, snaking from the Kimmel;s front door to the entry way to Verizon Hall, the tunnel of past, present and future imagery (and sounds) is the physical centerpiece of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts  (March 28-April 27).  And just one of many free treats that hopefully will draw visitors in on a daily basis.

While the  swirling, custom steel grid work  is mostly up and the time tunnel  will likely  be enclosed by week's end, “we’ve got a month to fine tune what goes inside,” said production designer Robert Pyzocha. His team has been brainstorming about the TM  since last September and put out a heady artistic proposal which excited regional executives/funders  at Dow Chemical, also major sponsors of the Franklin Institute-backed Science Festival returning in April.  

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