Adventures in Huntingdon County

This past weekend I went off in search of some authentic Pennsylvania history with a very good friend.  During my years of research on the Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike, I learned of a second rail tunnel through Sideling Hill.  Although the Abandoned Turnpike / South Penn RR history is fascinating in its own right, what we…

On Content Moderation

(Important note:  I am not a lawyer.  Nothing on this site, including this post, constitutes legal advice.  Everything in this post may be completely inaccurate; in fact, you should assume that it is.  Always consult a qualified attorney for legal guidance.) There is a long-standing (and incorrect) Internet Urban Legend that has spent well over…

What Just Happened Here?

Browsing through today’s PennLive, counted not one, not two, not three, but seven (and a half) crime stories pertaining to Harrisburg from the past 24 hours: A woman was mugged in the River Street Garage (the one on Second; no idea why they chose to name it after the small alley that runs behind it…

Tea-Turfing 2010

I normally don’t get into national politics on here, but this was so laughably bad it just had to be pointed out.  So without making this about any one particular youth-, tech-, or idea-challenged political party, I’m going to make this a tale of caution to social media marketers everywhere.  When you want to create…

Centralia + Concrete City = 9/25

The Triple-C one-day all-day road trip to Centralia and Concrete City is set for Saturday, September 25, with an alternate weather date of of Saturday, October 2.  You can see all the details on the event page.  If you plan on attending, please RSVP via Facebook so we know how many to expect for the…

Fake Linda Thompson, Mayor of Twitter (Mayor)

Have you seen the Fake Linda Thompson account over on Twitter?  There’s been a bit of an uproar in the media in the past 24 hours, with at least one outlet reporting that Mayor Thompson’s Twitter account has been hacked — inadvertently comically, of course. It definitely wasn’t hacked.

Centralia + Concrete City Road Trip

As promised during the group outing to the Abandoned Turnpike this past spring, I’m putting together a group road trip to Centralia and Concrete City this coming fall.  I really wanted to do something sooner, but there’s no way I wanted to risk having anyone succumb to heatstroke.  Besides, both places look 38% cooler in…

Harrisburg Hacked – Again

So the Harrisburg city council’s website was hacked.  I’m pretty sure this isn’t the first time this has happened, and it won’t be the last.  But what’s frustrating is that this can be solved at a cost of about $10 per year to city taxpayers, which is probably less than we’re paying for hosting right…

A Midrise for Midtown

Today I stumbled across The 1500 Project, a future mixed-use residential and commercial five-story-plus-roof midrise going in at the corner of Sixth and Reily streets.  I’ve actually heard rumblings about the venture before, but I figured it would pretty much go the way of the hirise that was supposed to be built in front of…

Transitions

It’s not just you – things look a little different around here.  As of this morning, I have completely moved over to WordPress.com hosting with Google apps for everything on the back end.  The theme is going to update again as soon as I dig through some old photos, but I’m otherwise set.  In a…

$850 Million in the Hole

The last two weeks have seen a lot of cheering* and celebration* over the passing* of the 2010 Pennsylvania Budget.  This is good* news because unlike last year’s disaster, not a single state agency was forced to alter operations and not a single state employee was forced to work without pay.  Now that the budget…

Harrisburg Jazz & Multicultural Festival

(presented by Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson, Mayor (Harrisburg (Mayor))) I largely ignored all the complaining about the event’s name change.  I think the name change was silly, sure — but it’s still an event.  It’s still an excuse to get outside.  It’s still free, it’s still accessible to everyone, it’s still festive, and we still…