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Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum

Who knew that Philadelphia had one of the world’s best collections of racing sports cars. I was down at the Wildlife Refuge today and saw this museum was nearby.

The setting was what you’d expect down by the airport but the collection inside really exceeded my expectations. Here’s a quick tour.

The workshop in the museum.
1907 Renault Racer – 11 models made, 4 known to exist.
Only surviving of three 1936 Bugatti 57G “Tank” sports cars, winner of the 1937 Le Mans.
1938 Peugeot Darl’mat, made special for Le Mans. This car has 4 reverse speeds.
One of four cars to race the Grand Prix at Le Mans in 1921. The car would also win second place at the Indianapolis 500 in 1922.
Not a comfy interior for modern NASCAR.
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Less, More, and None

My friend Ethan shared his Less, More, and None list (inspired by Jacoby Young). Cool idea, thought I’d give it a try. Always good to remind yourself of your better aspirations.

Lenfest Institute and Digital First Media?

Notes on dynamic meters

Notes on newsletters

Notes on the membership model for news

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

The best restaurant? Matunuck Oyster Bar

Does Perry Raso run the best restaurant? Yes, I think he does.

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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