Friday, December 19, 2014

Blinq Favorites

POSTED: Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 10:25 AM
Filed Under: Blinq Favorites

Once again I awoke under the table. When you buy a gardener’s cottage that sits deep in the woods on a purling creek, you don’t fast-forward 24 years and think what that house would be like during a hurricane for the ages. Those shady trees become howling missiles. Small appliances jet by in that white-water creek.

So after the electricity went out the second time Monday, after the Scrabble by candlelight and the growler of South Philly IPA, we staked places to sleep on the first floor as Sandy’s unblinking eye headed our way. One son made his bunk in the den. The other flopped on a nearby couch. My wife and I claimed the dining room, wedging a comforter between a sideboard and the chairs. The dog was in faithful-protector heaven, ferrying from friend to friend.

At first light, I surveyed the damage. A couple of giant limbs had come crashing into the yard, but spared the cars, which were tar-and-feathered with leaves and twigs. A carpet of small branches lined the driveway. My car crunched its way onto the street, a state road in Elkins Park, which this morning looked like something from “The Andromeda Strain.” Everything in place, but the people.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 12:11 PM

eBay listing for Paterno memorial ticketsFrom From the Things We Can't Make Up Dept: People were trying to sell tickets to Penn State coach Joe Paterno's memorial service on eBay.

On Tuesday morning, one seller had 71 bids for two tickets that went up to an astonishing $98,100 before -- poof! -- vanishing from the site.

A seller identified as "gopsuone" sold two tickets for $500 for 3rd Row!!!!!"  for Thursday's 2 p.m. public memorial service at Bryce Jordan Center in Happy Valley.

POSTED: Monday, January 23, 2012, 3:26 PM
Blog Image

Is One really the loneliest number?

Bruce Harris of Chatham in Northern New Jersey is believed to be the only gay, African-American Republican mayor in the country.

After less than one month on the job -- Harris was sworn in January 2 -- he was nominated Monday by Governor Chris Christie to New Jersey's Supreme Court.

POSTED: Monday, January 23, 2012, 1:37 PM
Blog Image

Much of the reader email we get is angry. A bit of the email is kind.

And then there's this gem sent this weekend to a few Inquirer reporters.

"Hello;

POSTED: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 1:59 PM
Blog Image

'Tis the season of the tablet. I love buying books. Even more than shoes. But we've run out of space. The shelves are crumbling. Do I get a Kindle, an iPad (The New Yorker, the cover featured here, has an awesome app for that) or keep buying hardcovers and supporting local bookstores. I wrote about the dilemma in today's column.

Like many people, I love Apple products, even wrote an appreciation of Steve Jobs, though after reading Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs, a not altogether likeable character with a dismal record on philanthropy.

But then we ran Donald Barlett and James Steele's investigation on Apple's factories in China, and I had doubts all over again.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 1:58 PM
Blog Image

'Tis the season of the tablet. I love buying books. Even more than shoes. But we've run out of space. The shelves are crumbling. Do I get a Kindle, an iPad (The New Yorker, the cover featured here, has an awesome app for that) or keep buying hardcovers and supporting local bookstores. I wrote about the dilemma in today's column.

Like many people, I love Apple products, even wrote an appreciation of Steve Jobs, though after reading Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs, a not altogether likeable character with a dismal record on philanthropy.

But then we ran Donald Barlett and James Steele's investigation on Apple's factories in China, and I had doubts all over again.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 22, 2011, 3:14 PM
Filed Under: Blinq Favorites | Poli Sci
Blog Image

Montgomery County has been controlled by Republicans forever, so long residents can't even remember. 

Everyone has widely believed the GOP has run Montgomery County since 1875. The government official told  me so. The Inquirer has always maintained the date. But, thanks to county historical society's Jeff McGranahan, I learned that the GOP has been in charge since 1881 as I wrote in Sunday's column.

But all of that is set to change Jan. 3 when MontCo goes blue after Democrats Josh Shapiro and Leslie Richards won office this month. Republican Bruce Castor, the county's former district attorney, will be the lone holdover from the current three-ring circus, which feature the bipartisan bromance of exiting Jim Matthews and Joe Hoeffel.

POSTED: Monday, November 7, 2011, 12:15 PM
Blog Image

The email from Akiro Phan popped into my in box with the mundane, often dubious subject header "Proposal/Request," which I suspected was going to ask me to invest a million pounds or so in a Hong Kong bank or lottery.

Instead, I was pleasantly surprised that Akiro, who is also known as Casey, is a freshman at Central High and wanted me to know about his friend, Fofo.

I love visiting Central. Going there restores my faith in so many things: young people, Philadelphia schools, life in general.

About this blog
Blinq is a news commentary blog featuring contributions from Inquirer Metro columnists Kevin Riordan and Daniel Rubin.

Kevin Riordan Inquirer Columnist
Daniel Rubin Inquirer Columnist
Also on Philly.com
Stay Connected