The DIY King of South Philadelphia

Photo by Zach Robbin.

Photo by Zach Robbin.

The 2000 block of Washington Avenue is not where you would expect to find one of the biggest startup hotbeds in all of Philadelphia. Tile and building supply stores are crammed into nearly every available inch, filling the air with a must that threatens to choke you any given second.

But a well-hidden doorway leads you inside the 21,000-square-foot “gym for innovators” best known as NextFab, a DIY nirvana for metalworkers, 3-D printers, and everyone in between.

Peterson Goodwyn is inside, perpetually hard at work crafting the building blocks for the next generation of DIY-ers to enter the world of audio recording.

Treading along a path that NextFab has installed for guided tours, Goodwyn points out a massive lathe in the corner, and a water jet that operates at mach 4, all of which he has access to as a full-time member.

But the people Goodwyn is most intent on reaching are those who may not even know how to handle a soldering iron. Goodwyn wants to capture the largest untapped market in the DIY industry—the beginner.

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How Badly Did the Phillies Blow the Trade Deadline? Even the Mets Look Good by Comparison

Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. not making a trade. Photo | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. on July 25th, not making a trade.  Photo | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The MLB trade deadline is over, and as many Phillies fans prayed wouldn’t happen — but knew deep down inside it would — GM Ruben Amaro Jr. did nothing. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Sitting at 14 games under .500 and sinking, the Phils could very well be teetering on the brink of the same abyss that swallowed up the Mets post-2008. Making matters worse, the other four teams in the NL East all took distinct turns for the better at this year’s deadline. After a look at the future prospects for the Mets, Marlins, Braves and Nationals, you might want to cover your eyes.

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Would the “Hometown Sixers,” an NBA Team of Philly Natives, Be Any Good?


LeBron is back home in Cleveland as its homecoming King, and that got Elite Daily thinking — what would happen if every NBA team was composed of its hometown players?

Back on Monday, the website posted hypothetical starting fives for 27 NBA teams — and the Sonics — which got us thinking as well: How would the hometown Sixers actually play?

We’ve dealt with hypothetical sports scenarios before, but an NBA starting five is a completely different animal. Let’s take a look at the starting lineup:

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HANDS UP: 5 Best Roller Coasters Within Driving Distance of Philadelphia

Love ’em or hate ’em, a theme park is defined by its roller coasters, and Philly is well-within shouting distance of some of the best steel and wood goliaths in the world. Here are the five coasters you have to hit before summer ends.

5. Steel Force: Dorney Park, Allentown

At 5,600 feet long, Steel Force is the longest coaster on the East Coast, and its 205 foot initial drop is nothing to scoff at, either.

Dorney Park may be better known for its family-themed Planet Snoopy, but the momentary pause before Steel Force’s initial plunge and the pitch-black tunnel that immediately follows are enough to keep coaster enthusiasts coming back again and again.

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Locust Moon Comics Raises $78K to Publish Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream

Locust Moon Comics is thinking big again, and this time, it’s got an army of support. Set to publish Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream—a tribute to one of the titanic figures in comic art Winsor McKay—this October, the troika of Editor-in-Chief Andrew Carl, Publisher Josh O’Neill, and Creative Director Chris Stevens, turned to Kickstarter. The result? Over $78,000 dollars in donations to help fund the 130-artist anthology that has made huge waves in the comics community. We sat down with Stevens to get the inside scoop on the ambitious project. Read more »

Johnny Goodtimes: The Not-So-Decadent Life of the Quizmaster

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What makes a good game of Quizzo? A good quizmaster. And there’s no one in the city with a public presence quite like Johnny Goodtimes, who has a habit of emblazoning his constantly-updated Twitter page and website with negative Yelp reviews (“Has the personality and emceeing skills of a log,” reads one). We spent a night with the 10-year Quizzo vet, shadowing him from South Street to University City on two of the set stops on his four-night-a-week schedule. Read more »

Howard Eskin’s 5 Most Memorable Feuds

howard eskinSurprise, surprise. Howard Eskin is in a tiff with a prominent Philadelphia athlete — again.

The target this time? Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon, who reportedly got in Eskin’s face before the team’s 5-3 win over the Dodgers last weekend after the WIP host claimed that the pitcher missed an earlier game against the Mets due to a hangover.

This is far from the first time that Eskin (recently inducted into the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame)  — and his ego — has been at odds with the athletes he covers. Here are five of his greatest hits:

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