Ever wanted to play Pong on a 400-foot-tall screen? Starting April 19 you can.
The arcade classic is coming to the north wall of the glass-sheathed Cira Centre. The building’s lattice of LED lights will display a lo-fi ball bouncing between opposing paddles.
Lucky gamers (there will be an online drawing) will face off from the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum, controllers in hand. “This is something I’ve been envisioning for quite a while,” said Frank Lee, co-founder of Drexel’s Game Design Program and the man behind giant Pong. “One of the main goals of this event is to inspire wonder and creativity in anyone who sees it, especially kids.”
Out of desperation, Cora, his American wife, sends for her wealthy mother to visit, in hopes that the Crawley women can persuade her to finance their lavish lifestyle. The mother, Martha, is played by new cast member Shirley MacLaine, who’s excellent. She doesn’t steal the show — she can’t, not with Maggie Smith already dominating every scene she’s in as Cora’s mother-in-law, the acerbic, sarcastic Dowager Countess — but MacLaine fits in perfectly.
Internet, let’s imagine it is 1987. Full House and Max Headroom debut on TV. Fatal Attraction cleans up at the box office. Lethal Weapon comes out. Computers look like this. Madonna hits the cover of Rolling Stone.
And a little local public radio show in Philadelphia makes its national debut.
On Friday, Fresh Air will celebrate our 25th national anniversary. There will be an on-air celebration (with lots of musical guests), some parties (with slideshows and coworkers) and some online festivities (I haven’t thought of these yet so I don’t know what they are.)
This nice woman knitted what may be the world’s mathiest sweater.
“Okay, here’s how it works. You have to start in the bottom lefthand corner, because the mathematician in me couldn’t bear to start anywhere except where the origin would be on Cartesian coordinates. Naturally, the numbers go from left to right and from low to high…”
It's a big Internet out there, but some things tend to stand out. Here are some favorites from the folks at NewsWorks, the public media news source for Philadelphia, South Jersey and Delaware. Curated by Eric Walter.