Category: Personal Stories

Bruce Springsteen: December 9, 1980

Bruce Springsteen: December 9, 1980

This past week an old friend of mine posted to her Facebook page a fond remembrance of her first Bruce Springsteen concert on December 9, 1980. My first Springsteen show was a bit earlier--in July, 1975, at Kutztown State College--but I was also at the show at the Philadelphia Spectrum on December 9, 1980. My friend's reminiscence reminded me that a decade earlier I had posted my own recollection of that show that in response to a post on rec.music.artists.springsteen (for those of you old enough to remember Usenet newsgroups). Here is what I wrote ten years ago about that night two decades earlier.

J. D. Salinger’s ‘Explosion of Candor’

J. D. Salinger’s ‘Explosion of Candor’

In the wake of the death of J. D. Salinger this past Wednesday there was, as one would expect, an outpouring of accolades and reminiscences about his work. Salinger's demise also renewed speculation about what the famously reclusive writer has been doing since his last published work, "Hapworth 16, 1924," appeared in The New Yorker … Continue reading J. D. Salinger’s ‘Explosion of Candor’

PDF Evolution and Compatibility: A Personal Anecdote

PDF Evolution and Compatibility: A Personal Anecdote

Adobe senior principal scientist Jim King recently posted an item on his blog introducing a paper he authored titled "On the Evolution of PDF." In that document, King discusses how Adobe Systems has worked to maintain the compatibility of their Portable Document Format (PDF) while continuing to enhance its capabilities. King describes three types compatibility … Continue reading PDF Evolution and Compatibility: A Personal Anecdote

I Helped to Inspire Felicia Day

Among the many people who bookmarked my Knowledge@Wharton interview with Joss Whedon on Delicious, one of the first (number 4, in fact) was Felicia Day, the lead actress in Whedon's Internet sensation "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog." Of course, as her bookmark list reveals, Ms. Day uses Delicious to bookmark most articles pertaining to "Dr. Horrible." … Continue reading I Helped to Inspire Felicia Day