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Hi. I’m Davis and I’m from Lebanon.

No, not the country. Lebanon, Pa. It’s where I grew up. See that handsome guy up there? That’s my grandpa. He lived and grew up in Lebanon, too. I learned a lot from him while he was still around. (This photo is from a bear hunt he undertook in Kodiak, Ak.)

Walking around Lebanon with my grandpa, I thought he knew everyone. And as one of the town’s few practicing obstetricians, he just might have. No matter where he went, he was able to strike up a conversation and stay interested by whatever he found. My own father (my grandfather’s son-in-law) is a physician, too, and their so-called bedside manner was a manner of relating to people in a way that put them at ease and let them know that you understood where they were coming from. In a word, empathy.

Whether through writing or empathic design, the ability to imagine oneself as a reader, user, or consumer gives the opportunity for realizations and ideas that would never have otherwise been generated. I view the liberal arts as a vital element in the process of innovation. At Penn State University, I graduated from the Schreyer Honors College with interdisciplinary honors in history and science, technology, and society. My professional background is on LinkedIn and I tweet at @davisshaver.

 

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Thoughts

Lenfest Institute and Digital First Media?

What if Alden let another organization manage its newspaper assets as a blind trust? It would lose a great deal of flexibility in using DFM assets to leverage other companies it owns, but it would be able to wash its hands of the growing public relations crisis. Furthermore, it would give space for the strategic direction of DFM to be explored and pursued without the added baggage of hedge fund cross-percolation.

Notes on dynamic meters

Notes on newsletters

Notes on the membership model for news

Penn State Campuses Lose University Recognition After Risk Analysis Review

Essays

Capturing Shawmont Station before its $1,000,000 preservation begins – the oldest extant passenger rail station in America

Originally a 18′ by 36′ stone house (Wissahickon Schist), the structure wouldn’t have stood out from the other country homes in this part of Philadelphia, at the tip of the Manayunk Reach, situated at the end of today’s Manayunk Canal Towpath.

Testing WordPress Gutenberg on a high volume news site

Water, sand, and societal change

Apple releases MapKit JS just as Google Maps pricing about to change

Starting July 16, the cost of using Google Maps at scale will increase substantially, so perhaps it’s no coincidence that Apple quietly introduced MapKit JS amidst last week’s Worldwide Developers Conference. It’s very possible that I’m missing a key assumption or two in this modeling, but if the pricing differences are even close to the scenario presented above, we are witnessing a tectonic shift in maps as service.

EverQuote and patent medicine

In a thread begun October 2016, Washington Post technology director Aram Zucker-Scharff tweeted about the shady advertising practices of EverQuote, a Boston-based startup. Since then these ads have become prolific on the web (and nearly as prolific are Aram’s tweets documenting the malfeasance).

Lenfest Institute and Digital First Media?

What if Alden let another organization manage its newspaper assets as a blind trust? It would lose a great deal of flexibility in using DFM assets to leverage other companies it owns, but it would be able to wash its hands of the growing public relations crisis. Furthermore, it would give space for the strategic direction of DFM to be explored and pursued without the added baggage of hedge fund cross-percolation.

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