Clark Park

This is Clark Park, one of my favorite places in West Philly. It’s a great place to throw a frisbee, read a book, or take a nap. On Saturdays the farmer’s market is on the streets surrounding the park.

Clark Park


We’ve had really beautiful weather in West Philly lately. I’ve started taking pictures when I’m out and about, I’m going to post some here every now and again. This is the boarded-up door of an abandoned building on 48th and Baltimore.

Obama, Hope

Pile It On

[josh@ptolemy ~] uname -a
Darwin ptolemy.local 9.2.2 Darwin Kernel Version 9.2.2: Tue Mar 4 21:17:34 PST 2008; root:xnu-1228.4.31~1/RELEASE_I386 i386
[josh@ptolemy ~] history|awk ‘{a[$2]++ } END{for(i in a){print a[i] ” ” i}}’|sort -rn|head
128 cd
78 open
72 make
58 ls
35 rm
31 cvs
21 cvsdiff
17 cvsdiffb
11 pwd
11 ffdebug

Not too exciting. I use some shell aliases, “cvsdiff” is “cvs diff” with my regular options, “cvsdiffb” is “cvs diff” with the “brief” option so I get a list of files that changed and not the changes themselves. “ffdebug” is “gdb” with “NO_EM_RESTART=1” at the beginning, which stops Firefox from doing extension manager restarts when I want to debug it.

Philly Spring

There are so many fantastic things about spring in Philadelphia. I haven’t written much about this place since I moved here, now seems like a good time to start.

Spring comes to Philly earlier than I’m used to as a Minnesotan. I was running in the mornings in shorts and a t-shirt more than a month ago (early March!). My friend Holly keeps me up to date on the weather in MN, her tales of ice and snow remind me to appreciate sunny days here and frequently result in me going to the park with a book.

The Clark Park Farmers’ Market is going again. No more buying unappetizing produce from grocery stores! Soon I’ll be able to get fresh zucchini and banana bread twice a week too, that and a cup of tea for breakfast is a great way to start the day.

Baseball season also starts with the spring. Yesterday some friends and I went to see the Phillies play the Cubs at Citizens Bank Park (the Phillies won!). The name of the stadium is stupid, but the stadium itself is awesome. We were on the 4th set of bleachers up behind home plate, as high up as you can get, and we could still see everything really well. The game didn’t feel distant. The stadium has a nice red brick motif with a garden past center field and an excellent view of downtown Philly. We made up a game involving predicting what is going to happen to each batter, Jen did surprisingly well predicting that the Phillies batters would hit doubles every time. Adam’s strategy of predicting grand slams even when the bases weren’t loaded did less well.