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UrbanOutfitters.com: The Grid

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The new UrbanOutfitters.com launched this morning. Even though I no longer work there, I was responsible for the new IA, Design (though it’s been modified a bit), and front-end HTML & CSS. The javascript code and back-end implementation was handled by an outside company – I did not write the mess you see when you [...]

Philadelphia Top 10

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I only have a couple more days left in Philadelphia, and I’ve been reminiscing a bit on the last 2.5 years. If you’ll indulge me, I’d like to share a quick “Top 10″ list from my time here… 10. Urban Outfitters What started out as a really difficult (and hard-to-adjust-to) job, became a really fun [...]

Rittenhouse Park

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The other week, Kevin (you can see him in the photo), Dan and I walked over to take some photos of Rittenhouse Park for a project Pixelworthy is working on. The full set is available on flickr.

Tattooed Mom’s

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This past weekend I had a good ol’ time at Tattooed Mom’s with my new friends Bethley and The Sash. I’d never been to this place before, but I’ll definitely be going back. I’m not sure when it happened, but a portion of the night turned into the 7th grade. I blame Beth for this, [...]

Dorks on the Corner

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Every few weeks or so (after work) there are people on the corner of the street where our office building is. I honestly have no idea what they’re trying to do, but they all have clipboards, the same color t-shirt, and I try to avoid them like the plague. I figure they’re trying to sell [...]

New Friends In Philly

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In an odd twist of fate, a co-worker from my previous job (Clym Environmental) just moved to Philadelphia… this past Thursday to be exact. I should know, I helped lug all her stuff up three flights of stairs and through narrow hallways. Yeah, good times. Actually, it wasn’t really all that bad. Sure, the “lifting” [...]

Getting Mugged?

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First off, NO I did not get mugged. However, I was walking home from work a bit late tonight (around 7:30pm or so). And as I passed a somewhat unsavory character, the notion of getting mugged crossed my mind. More specifically, the notion of getting all my stuff stolen crossed my mind. This isn’t a [...]

Angry Homeless Guy

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On my way home from work today (Sunday… yeah, I know) I passed a rather angry homeless guy. When I first spotted him, he was about a block away. As I walked a few feet closer, he got angry and knocked down a bike that was locked to a street sign. I don’t know what [...]

That Girl I Met

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For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been talking to friends and family a lot… mostly about my brother’s new baby and about my recent birthday. Another popular topic of discussion is that girl I met a couple months ago. So, I said to myself “self, I bet those crazies on the internet are curious [...]

Adventures In Shipping

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At my old apartment (in MD), I had a screened in front door. It essentially created a nice space (about 16 inches deep) where various packages could be left when I wasn’t home to sign for them. At my new apartment, there’s an enclosed entrance area to my building. It’s an even BETTER place to [...]

Birthday, Continued…

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This past weekend, I celebrated my birthday… again. You see, my friend Megan’s birthday is Tuesday (the 26th) and since she came to visit, we decided to have a joint party. Nothing fancy, just some pizza, cake and ice-cream. Rob was nice enough to come over and hang out for a little bit. He even [...]

Happy Birthday to ME

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Yesterday (July 16th) was my birthday and just about the only thing I did was go to Ikea and then do laundry. Not that exciting, I know, but today my parents and sister came to visit so that was nice. They brought cake and presents while I provided the gloomy/rainy Philadelphia weather. I think it [...]

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

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Over on South St (just a few blocks from where I live), there’s an INCREDIBLE display of scultpures and tiles that encrusts an entire square block. It’s pretty awesome to behold. Here’s a photo of it (full set available on flickr)…

Some City Moments

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I’ve lived in Philly now for three months. And in that time I’ve experience a number of things. But instead of sharing another bizarre tale of some random event, I’d like to share a few of the more mundane, but still very special moments. These are the ones that may seem insignificant, but really encapsulate [...]

It’s Getting Very Hot

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Right now, it’s about 83° outside and I REALLY don’t like it. I prefer colder weather… and not just because it affords me more wardrobe choices. I just don’t like to sweat. And my hair doesn’t behave the way I want it to. Guess how hot it’s going to be tomorrow? NINETY FIVE FUCKING DEGREES [...]

Window Washers

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Today at work we were visited by some high-wire window washers. We’re on the 20th floor and they were dangling by a couple of ropes. I can’t imagine having that job, but I’m guessing the people that do it, probably LOVE it. Assuming it’s not really hot, or really cold outside. I wanted to open [...]

My Apartment in Philly

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Here are some pictures of what my apartment looks like before it’s been decorated much. It comes off as a little small in the photos, but it’s quite roomy. And here are some shots of my apartment after it’s gotten some art and furniture. There’s still a blank wall next to my desk where I’d [...]

The Philly Post Office SUCKS

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I’m sure this is no surprise to anyone who lives in Philly, but the Post Office here SUCKS. It’s like they don’t follow the same rules of physics the rest of us do. That somehow time moves slower for them, so they, in turn move slow to match this imaginary force. The funniest part of [...]

I Met A Nice Girl

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My time in Philadelphia, thus far, has been awesome. Working at Pixelworthy is a dream come true and I couldn’t be happier there. My apartment is 10x better than the place I used to live and I LOVE IT. The city is FANTASTIC and exploring it has been quite adventurous. I’m also meeting a lot [...]

I Need To Sell My Car

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My car is utterly useless to me. I live 6 blocks from work and 3 blocks from the nearest grocery store. There are buses that travel all throughout the city and for everything beyond the city, there’s the subway. Oh, and did I mention the cabs… that are everywhere. The thing that most kills me [...]

What Is That Smell?

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You know, I walk past my share of homeless people every day here in Philly. So, I’m used to the B.O. that comes along with that. And given that the summer is upon is, the smells are permeating at full capacity. However, just this morning, I walked past a man wearing a nice pair of [...]

I Went to a Party

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Last night (Saturday), I went to a party called “Camp Naked Terror 4″. The basic theme is everyone dresses up like they were part of a horror/slasher film. This year, a “video game” theme was added on top of that, so people dressed up as video game characters… who were all part of a horror/slasher [...]

Interesting Day in the Park

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I met a friend for lunch Sunday afternoon… we ate at Cosi, which was okay, nothing spectacular. Anyways, afterwards we went over to Rittenhouse Park and hung out for a few hours. It was AWESOME outside (sunny, breezey and about 70°), so it was a perfect setting for just lounging around and watching people walk [...]

Free Elton John Concert

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That’s it… I give up… is it possible NOT to just utterly LOVE this city!? I mean, seriously… a FREE Elton John concert. On July 4th. Culminating in a MASSIVE display of fireworks. All I can say is this is going to be AWESOME. Here’s the skinny via GoPhila.com: Join Sir Elton John at the [...]

Salvador Dali Exhibit

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I went to see the Salvador Dali Exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Thursday (May 19th). My employer was able to get some tickets so a bunch of us went that evening after work. Overall, it was a nice exhibit and it was cool to see all (well, not ALL) of Dali’s paintings. [...]

Office – New vs Old

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Here are some shots of the new office at Pixelworthy… And here as some shots of the old office at Clym Environmental… I think we can all agree it’s a major improvement.

Back Home… AGAIN

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I’m back home visiting my parents… AGAIN! It’s not that I don’t enjoy seeing them, but the 2.5hr drive is getting on my nerves. You see, I’m currently transitioning between my old job and my new job, so I’m working part time at both places. It’s not so bad except they’re 2.5 hours apart. And [...]

New Ikea Shelves

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I found some really nice shelves from Ikea that work perfectly for my DVD collection. I wanted something that would look nice, but also something that would work well with the other furniture in my apartment. And these seem to do the trick. I got two of them, because my DVD collection simply wouldn’t fit [...]

I Am A Walking MACHINE

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Ever since I moved to the city of Philadelphia, I’ve been walking EVERYWHERE. Everything is so close and parking is so non-existant that it just makes sense to walk everywhere. The nice byproduct of that is I’m starting to get in better shape. Not the shape I’d like to be in, but better none the [...]

My New Television

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After some searching, I’ve finally decided on what TV I will be purchasing for my apartment. Syntax LT26HVE Syntax Olevia 26 Inch LCD It’s a pretty decent set and the price ($899) is great considering the size and type of TV I’m purchasing. I also dig the black matte finish… most LCD’s seem to be [...]

Tickets to Collective Soul

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Earlier today I purchased tickets to the June 17th Collective Soul show at the Electric Factory here in Philly. This will be my first major show/concert here, so I’m pretty excited. Also, I’ve never seen Collective Soul in concert, so that’s pretty great too. I ended up getting two tickets to the show… even though [...]

Home For The Weekend

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I’m home visiting my parents for the next few days. They live in Leesburg, VA …it’s about an hour west of DC. The trip coincides nicely with my brother and his wife coming to visit as well. They’re flying in from St. Louis sometime Friday night. I don’t get to see them (my brother and [...]

The iPod Elite

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I live about 6 blocks or so from where I work. Naturally I walk the distance. Why wouldn’t I, it’s SIX BLOCKS, that’s NOTHING! Besides, driving would be ridiculous… not to mention the complete lack of parking at work and the fact that my car is ALREADY 1 block away. Anyways. During my walk, I [...]

Smoker’s Remedy

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As I was walking to work this morning, I passed a guy on the sidewalk who was coughing pretty badly. In between his coughs, he took a drag off a cigarette. I remember thinking to myself “uh… okay… that isn’t really going to help with your cough”. What’s funny is that it DID seem to [...]

Something You May Not Have Known

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A bit of trivia for you fine folks this Sunday afternoon… Philly is the 5th biggest city in the US. Really. I came across this nugget of information several weeks ago when I was talking to a coworker about where I was moving. He was curious to know how big the city was, so we [...]

NewInPhilly.com Design Featured

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A few CSS gallery sites are featuring NewInPhilly.com’s design and I just wanted to say a big “THANK YOU!” to those places. I was really happy with how the layout came together and it’s nice to see others appreciate it too. Here are the links for those curious… CSSDrive.com CSSBeauty.com Screenspire.com CSSImport.com CSSDrive even went [...]

A Wonderfully Boring Weekend

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Doing anything fun this weekend? I’m not, and that’s just the way I want it. Having spent the last few weeks moving and unpacking, it’s nice to just take a break and do nothing for a couple of days. And it seems my timing was pretty good, because it’s been rather cold and rainy today… [...]

Apartment Purchases

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I have a few purchases I still need to make for my apartment and thought I’d jot them down below… Rug for the Office area New TV (wall-mountable LCD) DVD Player (might go with a mac-mini) Book/DVD Shelves (Ikea or Target?) Picture Frames (ten 8×10′s) Artwork (Kitchen and Office) Magnets for the Fridge New Bed [...]

Cheesesteaks: Please Let It Go

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Philadelphia REALLY needs to be known for something OTHER than cheesesteaks. Because really, it’s getting annoying. You see, that’s all anyone mentions when I tell them I’ve moved to Philadelphia. I was on the phone turning off cable service for my old apartment when they asked me where I was moving. I said “Philadelphia”, to [...]

Working in Philly

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I’ve already talked a bit about my moving to Philly, now I’d like to share a little about where I’m working in Philly. On Monday, April 4th, I started a job as a Web Designer/Strategist for Pixelworthy. Pixelworthy exists to design and market user-centered, highly accessible and engaging web sites on tight budgets. Althought I’ve [...]

Making New Friends

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One of the hardest things about moving to a place where you don’t know ANYONE, is making new friends. Just going up to someone and introducing yourself is, to say the least, a little bit creepy… especially in a big city. Most people will think you’re just one of the weirdos, or worse, trying to [...]

Some Issues With My Building

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I LOVE my new apartment, and the area I live is fantastic (Washington Square West for those curious). However, I have a couple of problems with the building my apartment is in. These aren’t terrible problems to have, but I thought I’d share… First off, the buzzer for the building seems to be broken. So, [...]

I Have Officially Moved

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I’ve been here in my new apartment in Philly for a couple weeks now (still unpacking…), but as of this morning, I have officially moved out of Frederick, MD. You see, my old apartment was paid up through April 20th, so technically, it was still my place. Still, it’s nice to be officially done with [...]

New Furniture For The Apartment

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Now that I’ve found my new apartment in Philly, I’ve started to pick out some furniture. I have to be careful though, because I don’t want to get too much stuff since it’s only a studio. Here’s what I’ve got lined up so far… Leda Cloth Chair I already have a desk chair, but this [...]

FINALLY!! I’ve Found an Apartment

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After four trips up to Philly looking for an apartment, I’ve FINALLY found a nice place to call my own. It’s a studio on the top floor of a 4-story building and EVERYTHING is brand new. The entire apartment was gutted and re-done… they even knocked down a wall to give it more room. I [...]

NewInPhilly.com – A Blog

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I’ve mentioned it a couple times before, but just to reiterate, I’m moving to Philadelphia soon. I haven’t found an apartment yet, but hopefully that will happen in the near future. The thing is, I’ve never lived in a “big city”, so the whole experience is quite exciting and intimidating at the same time. Not [...]

Downtown Philadelphia

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Here’s a nice shot of downtown Philly that I took while looking at apartments… I’ll try and take some more pictures on my next trip, which might end up being this weekend (Feb 26th).

I Gave Away My TV…

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…to my brother. You see, he’s moving to Arlington (VA) this weekend and it seemed like a perfect opportunity for me to give him my television. He needed one anyway, so it worked out great. And with me moving to Philly soon, I’ve been looking for ways to “lighten my load”. Basically, I’m lazy, and [...]

Just Got Back From Philly

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I’m looking to move to Philadelphia within the next month or so. Oooh, before I continue, if you already live in Philly, please email me as I could really use some assistance finding a nice apartment. Anyways, I went up today to check out a few places to live. I think there were a total [...]