Posts Tagged ‘pittsburgh’

New Dog Park

Posted: 12 September 2008 in Uncategorized
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Well, we have finally completed our move to Atlanta, GA.  It amuses me how each city in the US arranges itself differently.  Of course, this process can be traced by looking at the city’s history, if you’re really interested, but I’m not going to go into that further.  Whereas Pittsburgh was arranged into neighborhoods, Atlanta is like a star system.  At the center of the system is the city proper.  Radiating out from the center are numerous suburbs (planets).  We live in one of the northern suburbs, Alpharetta.  We are very close to a park again, which is nice, but so far we haven’t found a dog park like Frick Park in Pittsburgh.  Our new dog park is a bit more strict about being off-leash.  Also, the off-leash area is a good deal smaller.  Another drawback is the prevalence of sand in the South, which means Willow gets it in her fur and then tracks it into the apartment.  We’re still trying to figure out how to deal with that.

My Australian Shepherd Willow at our new dog park in Alpharetta, GA.

My Australian Shepherd Willow at our new dog park in Alpharetta, GA.

Despite these minor complaints, we’re really enjoying our new place.  The location is amazing for shopping, which is a major plus for my wife.  It’s also about one mile from my new job (for a rapidly growing software startup), which is a major plus for me.  If I want, I can walk through the park straight to my office.  I haven’t quite figured out how to get to this trail, but I know it exists.  I’m going to try to find it tomorrow morning.

As for my new job, I will be mainly working on opinion mining, which I have written about before.  I expect I will be writing about it a bit more here in the near future.

Daedal in the tubes

Posted: 8 June 2008 in Uncategorized
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Thanks to TwitPic, I can post these pics directly to twitter from my cell phone. Good times.

Daedalus in the tubes

Memories of the Sun

Posted: 21 May 2008 in Uncategorized
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I think that Memories of the Sun would be a fitting name for a Pittsburgh blog.  When I was younger, I loved dark, cloudy weather.  I’ve never been a fan of the steel gray overcast that doesn’t change, but it didn’t bother me much.  After experiencing it nearly nonstop for the past few months, it gets to you a bit.  I didn’t fully realize that until I was standing outside today, in the park, with the sun out, and the sky deep blue beside swiftly moving cumulus clouds.  I missed the sun.

My favorite Pittsburgh weather comes at the beginning of autumn, when the temperature begins to drop and the leaves are changing.  It doesn’t seem to rain quite as much then and it can be quite beautiful.

I’ll be travelling south this week, to Oak Island, NC for my sister’s wedding.  The North Kakalakee beach in early summer (which begins in April in the South) should be nice and refreshing.  And just as summer begins there early, spring gets started late here.  It has been less than 60 degrees out for most of the past week.

Suffice it to say, probably no blogging for the next week.

Pirates Game

Posted: 26 April 2008 in Uncategorized
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We went to a Pittsburgh Pirates game tonight. They got their asses handed to them by the Phillies. It was so sad. Donna’s brother and his wife were visiting and their husky has separation anxiety. In the 7th inning, we got a call from our neighbor that an old woman came around complaining and saying she was going to call the cops. Our dogs are normally pretty quiet, but the husky was in a new situation and away from her owners, so poor thing was going nuts.

Got a pic of the parrot mascot at the game. Proof that I occasionally watch sports.

Pittsburgh Pirates parrot mascot

I have no idea why, but four A-10 Warthogs made several circuits around the skies of Pittsburgh today. They are quite noisy, subsonic jets used by the military against armored vehicles and ground positions. The last time I had seen one outside of an air show or museum was when I was kid camping in Sumter National Forest in South Carolina. A couple A-10’s from a local air base were doing some target practice. Their tank-busting guns sound like a giant dumpster slamming from far off. At first, we had no idea what the sound was coming from, so we joked it was the lizard man.

Parking Fail

Posted: 3 March 2008 in Uncategorized
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Perhaps you’ve seen the “FAIL” meme that’s going around the tubes. If not, search on google images for “epic fail” and you’ll hit it soon enough (I won’t link to them). Basically it’s a bunch of pictures of people screwing up or things built wrong or whatever. In short: failures. So tonight when we parked outside of a restaurant and our parking meter said this, I had to get a shot.

Parking FAIL

Lunar Eclipse February 20, 2008

Posted: 21 February 2008 in Uncategorized
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Last night was the last total lunar eclipse for two years and it was quite good. Pittsburgh weather cleared long enough for me to snap a couple shots of the unobstructed moon with Regulus (the brightest star in the constellation Leo) bright above it and Saturn even brighter to the bottom left. There was still a light haze that I think made it difficult for me to get the focus right. I was able to capture the rich, red color while the moon was still exposing a sliver of sun-drenched rock. Then the clouds came in earnest and I was getting tired, so I went to bed, missing the full umbra. But at least I got to see some of it this time. Last time there was a lunar eclipse, I was completely out of luck.

Total lunar eclipse from February 20, 2008.  A sliver is still exposed to the sun. (more…)