Archive for February, 2006

Free T-Shirts

I used to blog for Hackaday.com and when we were out at Defcon in Las Vegas last year, we had these t-shirts made. If you’re a fan or just want a free t-shirt, leave a comment with a way to e-mail you and we’ll work out something. I just have a bunch left I want to get the hell rid of. Like…10 probably. Mostly Mediums, a few Larges and XLs, and a Small or two. Either way. Leave your size too so I know what you want. If no one wants em, then they will make their way to the donation bin somewhere and Jason Calacanis will be dressing the homeless.

Happy Pancake Day

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Today is Fat Tuesday, the day for gluttony and celebration before the austerity of Ash Wednesday and Lent (although for a girl with a Jewish mother and a Unitarian father I don’t really get the whole thing). In past years here in Philadelphia, Fat Tuesday has just been an excuse to get crazy and trash South Street. This in the first year in the last five where the bars along South Street are allowed to stay open until the normal closing hour of 2 am. Hopefully people will be well-behaved.

All the partying and revelry aside, there is one tradition on this day I can really get behind, and that’s the tradition of eating pancakes. I first heard about this practice several years ago in an aside from a friend. She mentioned that she and her roommate were having pancakes for dinner, because it was Fat Tuesday, and when I turned to her with a puzzled expression she explained that it was traditional to have pancakes before Lent started, to use the eggs and fat that were to be given up for the fast. Then she shrugged and said that Lent wasn’t really her thing, but she enjoyed the pancakes.

Image credit: The Department

Upscale noodle bar coming to 1904 Chestnut St.

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I just attended a meeting for residents of the block of 1900 Chestnut Street, to hear about the restaurant that is being planned to take over the space that, until they closed last summer, Little Pete’s used to occupy. After a $1 million renovation, an asian-fusion eatery will replace the diner atmosphere that was Little Pete’s. The owners of the Old City restaurant Red Sky are behind this transformation, along with some new partners. They are planning on being pricey, with dining areas and bars on both floors. They unequivocally swore that it would not turn into a night or dance club after eating hours, like some of the other bar/restaurants in the area.

It’s really going to change the face of Chestnut Street.

Primeau Done For Season

Flyers Captain Keith Primeau is expected to make the announcement that he will miss the rest of the season due to the concussion he sustained October 25. Primeau, being 34, could possibly have to retire from the injury but is currently planning to attempt to play next season. Flyers General Manager Bob Clarke had asked Primeau to make a decision on his status by the end of the Olympic Break. Primeau has a history of head injuries with this latest concussion being the worst so far. Derian Hatcher is expected to remain the Flyers captain while Primeau is out.

Mathematical Graffiti Holmes

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Right outside of I. Goldberg on Chestnut St. I spied mathematics graffiti! Looks like a formula for functions if I’m not mistaken.

Dessert at Dessert

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Perhaps you’ve wandered by 6th and Catharine Sts lately and seen a sign for a little cafe called Dessert? My girlfriend and I had been eyeing on this place for about a month now and made the trip out there Saturday night. We found a wonderful, cozy place with a great atmosphere. Books, games, and oragami are available for people looking for some fun. You can get a pot of tea to relax with or just chill and do nothing. The best part is the menu. A small selection of desserts are available and are simply amazing. My slice of apple pie with tax included was $6.50. It came displayed beautifully and had delicious ice cream with it. My girlfriend got chocolate bread pudding which was also equally tasty. You must visit. Their website is www.dessertphilly.com and has their hours and information. The menu changes though so now you have an excuse to stop in!

Pictures of the Chocolate Bread Pudding and Apple Pie ala Mode via my Flickr. Enjoy.

The Country Music Capital of the World…

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Is now a Metroblogging city! That right, home of the Grand Ole Opry (longest continuously running live radio program in the world), the nation’s oldest African-American financial institution and the world’s first guitar shaped swimming pool has now joined our bloggy ranks.

We’d like to warmly welcome Nashville to the metblog family.

Now go over there and say hi.

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Looking for a job in the arts?

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If you have experience with wigs, this could be your lucky day. The InterAct Theater recently posted a job on the Philadelphia Greater Cultural Alliance website, looking for someone to tend their wigs. The full ad says this:

Society Hill Playhouse needs an experienced person to maintain (clean & set once a week) several wigs used for the show Menopause The Musical. Open-ended employment, the show is now in it’s 72nd week. Center city person would be preferred. Job starts today!

The job was posted on February 7th, so they may have already filled it, but if you’ve always had a dream to work with wigs, this is your shot.

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Forsberg Grabs Gold, Niitymaki Settles For Silver

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Flyers Goaltender Antero Niitymaki of Finland was awarded the Silver Medal in Ice Hockey this morning at the Olympics but the Gold goes to his Flyers teammate and Swedish rival Peter Forsberg. Sweden defeated Finland 3-2 in a thrilling ice battle that ends a great tournament that had many surprising results. One of those being that Canada did not medal at all in the tournament and the United States was never really considered a threat. Instead Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic take home the hardware. Niitymaki played excellent during the tournament and should go home to the Flyers as the established number one goaltender on the team. Forsberg meanwhile looks healthy and should return to the Flyers line-up this week. Forsberg will be much needed as Simon Gagne was injured during the tournament and will most likely miss two weeks.

Philadelphia–A Kind of Madrid?

A couple days ago, I stumbled across a blog called Oh Joy while exploring someone else’s blog roll. I discovered that Joy lives in Philly and among several of the things she writes about, she makes a point to write about “cool finds in Philadelphia.” One of her recent cool finds was an article in the recent issue of Elle Decor about Philadelphia. In all honesty, it’s not much different from the other articles about our city, but I find it interesting that a decorating magazine is writing about Philly these days.

Joy had scanned the article and mentioned in her post that if anyone wanted the PDF, she’d be happy to email it to them. I sent her a brief email, saying that I’d like it, and within minutes (maybe about 20) it had arrived. I think my favorite moment in the article is when it describes Philadelphia as “a kind of Madrid on the Delaware.” It also mentions the New York Times “Sixth Borough” article from last summer, and tries to stay away from that kind of New York comparison.

If you’d like to see the full article, I’ll make the same offer that Joy did. Leave a comment down below with your email address and I’ll send the file on to you.

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