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Saturday: BootCamp PGH

Why I’ve not been blogging these last few weeks: I’ve been helping organize a terrific event that will happen Saturday. To wit:

BootCamp PGH logo. Yes, the background is a citified camouflage, thanks for noticing.

BootCamp PGH is a free one-day, immersive "entry level" workshop designed to educate students, small businesses and corporate communications professionals on the power and possibilities of new media. (That is, blogging, podcasting, social networks, and the like.)

WHEN: Saturday, April 21, from 9 AM to 4 PM
WHERE: The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, 420 Boulevard of the Allies, 15219
WHO: New media experts, aspiring new media creators, communications and PR personnel, and you!

153 registered attendees and counting… Register today! Preregistration closes at 4pm Friday, April 20. Walk-ins are welcome but they’ll miss out on freebies and giveaways at the event. Find out more and register at the BootCamp PGH website.

I’m leading the Intro to Blogging session at 10am with my fellow Pittsburgh Bloggers Christina Schulman and Mike Woycheck. Lots of fun and useful information will be delivered. Then I’ll be hanging out in the Mentor Lounge much of the day, helping people try out what they’re learning and answering questions one-on-one. I hope to see you there!

“I’ve never thought twice about the safety”

convention_center_collapse.jpgI’ve been on a video shoot this morning, so I haven’t read much of anything about the convention center collapse in Pittsburgh. But from what I’ve read so far here here and here, the David L. Lawrence Convention Center seems to be turning into Pittsburgh’s version of Boston’s John Hancock Tower.

The building’s most dangerous and conspicuous flaw was its faulty glass windows. Entire 4′ x 11′, 500 lb (1.2×3.4 m, 227 kg) windowpanes detached from the building and crashed to the sidewalk hundreds of feet below. Police closed off surrounding streets whenever winds reached 45 mph (72 km/h). According to the Boston Globe, MIT built a scale model of the entire Back Bay in its Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel to identify the problem. The exact cause of the malfunction was never revealed due to a legal settlement and gag order. Most now diagnose the problem as a combination of the double-paned glass construction method, and the pressure differentials between the inside and outside air. [citation]

At least it was cheaper and didn’t take as long as the John Hancock. And our deathtrap is much prettier. Pretty/dangerous

Have lunch with the Human Baton

Luke, the Running FoolThings are busy here at My Brilliant Mistakes HQ, and I apologize for the even-lighter-than-usual posting. Given that I’m very busy, it’s about time for me to cram something strange and needlessly time-consuming into the schedule.

Right on schedule: I’ve signed up to help transport the Human Baton for a leg of his cross country journey.

The story in brief: This guy Luke (aka "Running Fool") decided to spend his Christmas break crossing the country from Eugene, OR, to the East Coast and back, and depending as much as possible on the kindness of strangers. He floated the idea on the wiki of Ze Frank, and fans of Ze’s show (known as Sports Racers) signed up to help.

Including me. I offered to drive a little ways, and to have Luke stay at my parents’ ski house in Hidden Valley, PA, near Seven Springs and Somerset. Luke wrote back that Hidden Valley looks very pretty (which it is) and he wanted to include it in the trip. As I read the map of the chosen route, he’s going far out of his way to see the Laurel Mountains, so he must have seen some *really* pretty pics online somewhere.

I’ll be meeting him and the previous driver on Thursday night in Somerset, and then we’ll crash at the ski house. On Friday morning I’ll drive him to Youngstown, OH. On the way I thought we might take a slight detour through Pittsburgh, so he can see the bridges and the rivers and all the pretty buildings. (Yes, the buildings in Pittsburgh *are* pretty. Some of them. You hush now.)

We should hit downtown in time for a late lunch — I’m thinking Primanti Bros. but am open to suggestions. Where would you take the Human Baton this Friday for lunch? And while we’re at it, would you like to join us? The schedule will have to be flexible — according to Luke’s blog of the trip he seems to oversleep often, and who knows what traffic will be like. But most likely lunch will be around noon.

If you’re interested, say so in the comments or send me an email. Also, we’re supposed to give him pins — so bring a pin.

Go Luke, go!

Event: Artists with a Cause

Artists with a Cause – Benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Photographer George Mendel is working with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on his next gallery show. This coming Thursday December 14, 2006, George will be featured with two other artists at Coby Gallery North Side, in Pittsburgh.

The work of all three artists was inspired from spent in the wonderful walled city of Lucca, Italy. Was it the blue skies, the water, or maybe the wine?

Colby Gallery North Side – Directions: From the west end bridge turn onto Chateau St. Go about 2 blocks and turn left under the elevated highway (rt. 65/19) through the light and turn right, onto Franklin. Next block right onto Metropolitan St. and then a quick left on Columbus St. into the R.J.Casey industrial park office building lot.

Something To Be Desired

The STBD cast pleads for donationsSome nice press in today’s Post-Gazette about Pittsburgh’s own web-based soap comedy, Something To Be Desired:

"Something To Be Desired," or "STBD" for short, is a hybrid of sitcom and soap opera. Its characters live in Pittsburgh and mostly work at a fictional radio station –WANT-FM — which is going quickly down the tubes. Their lives, relationships, career struggles, roommate issues and other comic situations are the story arcs of the weekly Web-only series.

I found out about STBD only recently, when creator Justin Kowanacki and others organized PodCampPittsburgh, so I’m having to catch up with the characters and the stories. It’s good stuff, especially Season 4 — check it out, and if you like it send them some cash to keep going.

Creative Cafe of Elisco Advertising

Duane Rieder photo exhibitNew creative/social venue opening in Lawrenceville:

Elisco Advertising will open up its Creative Cafe located in Lawrenceville to bring together artists, musicians, poets and chefs for regular happenings, just to get the creative juices flowing. And the public will be invited to many of them. Elisco has a reputation for alternative advertising. But they also love cooking and fine wine. The Creative Cafe is an opportunity to bring creatives together from all corners of Pittsburgh to feed off each other, if you will. The caveat – the theme will always be food. And, it’s FREE.

The first happening will be Thursday, November 30th from 5:30 to 7:00 PM with a wine and cheese reception to launch the food-inspired photo exhibit of Pittsburgh photographer Duane Rieder. Come meet the photographer, mingle with fascinating people. and enjoy the Elisco touch.

City Theatre special event: “Stage Directions”

Unique discussion TONIGHT (Monday 11/13) at City Theatre: "Stage Directions," a discussion by the Artistic Director Tracy Brigden and Artistic Associate Kellee Van Aken.

From the e-newsletter:

[They] will lead a talk about casting and directing plays that have never been done before. Free and open to the public, the discussion takes place at City Theatre on Monday, November 13 at 7 pm.

Designed for both theatre professionals and audiences who appreciate new work, topics include how an actor creates a character when there are no models for the role, ways to solve problems in a script when there are no proven right answers, and the challenges and rewards of totally inventing a play from scratch.

Man Is Man at the Sage Building

Something to do tonight or tomorrow night (if you need a break from PodCampPittsburgh):

A new adaptation of "Man Is Man," the anti-war comedy by Bertolt Brecht, with live music, performed in an abandoned children’s clothing store.

MAN IS MAN by Bertolt Brecht
November 8-11, 2006 at 8 pm
The Sage Building
1029 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219

Adapted and Directed by Kathleen Amshoff
Music by Chris Dimond and Michael Kooman
Sets: Gianni Downs
Costumes: Sasha Ludwig-Siegel
Lights: Samuel Zarn

Tickets are FREE and available at the CMU School of Drama box office or at the door. Call 412-268-2407 or visit the website.

BlogFest 8: The Ocho Wrapup

Links to BlogFest 8 attendeesBlogFest 8 was a small and very fun gathering. We must remember to take pictures at these things — but even that wouldn’t quite capture the sense of the evening.

More representative would be a short video of someone looking at their watch and saying, in some consternation, "It’s 9 o’clock already?"

Lots of bloggers told us they found out about the event too late and so couldn’t make it. So, Pittsburgh Bloggers is starting an opt-in email list for announcements of event such as this. I’ll post info when that comes to pass, and you can also check pghbloggers.org for updates.