Newsletter for Wednesday, Feb. 11
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Nothing like a group run on a day that starts below freezing; photo via @runbrmc on Instagram.
POLICE SEEK SUSPECT IN JEFFERSON STATION SEX ASSAULT
A woman is still recovering in an area hospital after police say she asked a stranger for directions at Jefferson Station Monday afternoon; instead, they say, the man pulled her into a secluded area and assaulted her. The victim was trying to get to her home in the Northeast; she entered the SEPTA concourse at 10th and Filbert streets. Channel 6 has photos of the suspect, and police are on the lookout.
HOW TO REMEMBER PHILLY’S NORTH-SOUTH STREETS
A month ago, Philly Reddit had a problem. “Is there an easy way to remember the order of East-West [directional] streets in different parts of the city? Like an anagram our sentence that they all spell out?” user TeeHomes asked. “I seem to have a severe mental block on remembering them.” Reddit user bierdimpfe was quick with this answer (for what, really, are streets that run North-South): “A Man Could Simply Wander, Looking (at) Street-signs (to) Properly Learn (the) Streets.” We at Billy Penn were pretty taken by the mnemonic, and our crack designer Jayna Wallace took a shot at turning it into a graphic. We think it turned out great, and are thrilled to share it here.
OKCUPID FOUNDER REVEALS SITE’S SECRETS DURING PHILLY VISIT
In a room full of people wearing ties and pantsuits at String Theory Charter School, OKCupid co-founder Christian Rudder pointed out Tuesday how the Internet is now allowing us to accurately gauge people’s behavior, beliefs and preferences rather than rely on judgments or perceptions. As he put it, people “believe they do X and then they go do Y and the internet is perfect for capturing the space between those things.” Billy Penn listened to the talk so you didn’t have to; here are five takeaways from Rudder on OKCupid and using data for people and companies.
TO DO: CLIMB THE ‘ROCKY’ STEPS AND DO YOGA
WHAT: Yoga at the Art Museum
WHERE: 2600 Ben Franklin Parkway
WHEN: 6 and 7 PM
HOW MUCH: Free with your ticket — and Wednesdays at the Art Museum are pay-what-you-wish.
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TABLE FOR ONE: HOW TO DO VALENTINE’S IN PHILLY, SOLO
Hey, it’s almost Valentine’s Day! But what if you’re just not that into the heart-infested blitz? Never fear, dear reader. Whether you’re happily, defiantly, decidedly single or are on the hunt for that special someone, there are plenty of ways to enjoy yourself on this make-believe holiday. From tongue-in-cheek deals to cool counter seats, here are the best ways to spend Valentine’s Day on your own in Philly.
SPORTSBALL: HOW TO TALK PHILLY SPORTS IN FEBRUARY
You thought when the Super Bowl ended it was all over. You thought you wouldn’t have to pretend to care about sports for another six months. Unfortunately, you were wrong. Sportsball never ends! It’s February, and the #LOLSixers are still losing (but not as depressingly), the Phillies are getting ready to get ready for the baseball season, and college basketball is nearing its exciting end. You probably have no idea what any of this means, but don’t fear. Billy Penn has compiled its monthly guide to Philadelphia sports for people who know nothing about Philadelphia sports.