PPA ending 65mpg & free parking

A friendly PPA agent gave me some unpleasant news today. I was respectfully loading my bike and moving it from its unobtrusive parking spot on 20th and Market when he walked by. I’ve notices some motorcycle shaped parking spots on that corner and knew this news was coming. Turns out that if you charge 50% for motorcycle parking but put 4 bikes in a car slot you can still earn 2x in parking fees....

October 2, 2009 · 2 min · Aaron Held

first 'real' refreshPhilly event

The first round of ‘official’ speakers set the bar pretty high for refreshPhilly. Tom Boutell from www.punkave.com gave us a talk on symphony and set the tone of the crowd as a hardcore web devs followed by Phil Charron and Russ Starke who brilliently challenged us to the core. Dragging up memories of aquaman they threw down the simple question: So what exactly are we going to do for Philly?

January 13, 2009 · 1 min · Aaron Held

BarCamp or Mac ad?

Sorting through Barcamp photos. Is this a session or mac ad? Macbooks and iphones everywhere. I’d love to know the percentages.[caption id=“attachment_66” align=“alignnone” width=“450” caption=“Mac ad or conference session”][/caption]

November 9, 2008 · 1 min · Aaron Held

"really dumb idea" or "I hope my mom does not read this"

Last week I checked the weather and rode my motorcycle down to Philly with plans to ride back to Bucks County today. It was raining and very windy in the city so I left a bit earlier for safety sake. It was cold but the road was not too slippery until I ventured onto 95N. As soon as I got the bike up to about 40mph I got hit with a crosswind and felt the back tire move sideways....

October 28, 2008 · 3 min · Aaron Held

Book Signing @ Kesher Isreal

I attended a book signing and talk by Harry Boonin at Kesher Isreal today. He gave an interesting talk about the history of the temple and an insight into the history of the Jews in Philly. An interesting bit was his mention of a part of the building’s history where the Christian community collaborated with the Jewish community during a move and had mutual respect for each others religious paraphernalia. I have to wonder how the different communities could understand each other without wikipedia!...

April 12, 2008 · 1 min · Aaron Held