Archive for May, 2010

A note on Metblogs

There has been a lot of excitement over the last week or so about the future of Metblogs.  You’ve probably seen the box up above as it has changed.  Thankfully, it is now showing a much more positive message than it had been at one point.

Jason and Sean have done an awesome job and with the public’s support, we’re able to stay open.  They wrote:

We’re so amazingly humbled by you guys that we just don’t have the words to adequately express our gratitude so we’re just going say thank you and hope you understand how much it means to us. We’re extremely excited about the next steps and without your support we wouldn’t be able to take them. So seriously, thanks again everyone.

I don’t know exactly what the future of Metblogs will hold.  I know that some cities, as well as the Hub are going away.  As far as I know, it will only be inactive cities that are going away for now.  So for now, I’ll keep plugging away, I love writing for Metblogs, and even though sometimes I know I don’t cover enough, and I know I am only one person in this big old blogosphere, I’m happy to add my perspective on this amazing city.  I’m not the captain, but if you’d like to join me and write for Pittsburgh Metblogs, let me know, and I’ll do everything I can to get you added.

In the meantime, please head over and read the goodbye post, which includes some awesome statistics about the Metblogs network, as well as the announcement of our continued existence.  And if you feel so inclined, feel free to pitch in a couple bucks, Jason and Sean have paid for this out of their own pockets and could use a little bit of help if you’re able.

Across the network, authors have been dishing out their feelings about Metblogs (make sure to check out why metblogs matter), and truth be told, we all have a good time, we wouldn’t be here if we didn’t.  (For once) I don’t have anything to add, just know that I’m very happy to be here, and I hope that you enjoy reading the site.  In the words of one of my favorite authors:

This is for you

Performance at game night

Attack Theater game night

At the Harp and Fiddle

The Lost Articles

Just a quick programming note to everyone, there were a couple posts that didn’t quite make it through the tubes intact.  I think I’ve fixed them all.  If not, let me know, but just in case, here they are.  I’ll be scheduling another post in the next few days to test that out again, so we’ll see what happens.

PATransit Tuesday: Ladies and Gentlemen, Zone 3!

PATransit Tuesday: Construction on MLK Busway

At the Zoo

At the Zoo

At the zoo.

Thanks for the memories

As I watched the final seconds tick away tonight, we discussed the almost inevitable razing of the Mellon Arena.  The surveyors have been out, their lines marked.  While I would love for it to stay (and probably for different reasons than you think, dear reader), I fear we will not see it for much longer.

But I believe that end times, funerals and the likes should be celebrations, what better way to bring closure.  So here are a few of my favorite pictures that I have stumbled across.

Thank you and goodnight.

The cleanest Wookie home ever.

Game 7 starts in less than two hours.  I am working an event for work, and I’m not sure when it will end.  I’ll most likely be hiding in the back with one earbud in, listening to the game, until I can park myself in front of a TV somewhere.

Until then, I leave you with the fantastic post from Ginny of That’s Church:

The trouble with games sevens is that they’re equally critical to both teams, meaning both teams come out playing like Chewbacca on meth.

The trouble with game sevens is that they can be immovable objects (Chewbacca on meth) meeting irresistible forces (Chewbacca on meth).

The trouble with game sevens is that your heart spends it in a constant state of “OHMYGODOHMYGODOHMYGODOHMYGOD,” regardless of if you’re in the lead or not.

Make sure to check out the entire post.  And then head over to the official Pen’s webpage to read their amazing story as well, imploring the fans for tonight’s game.

PATransit Tuesday: Ladies and Gentlemen, Zone 3!

Programing Note: I’ve just noticed that my scheduled posts aren’t showing up.  We just changed servers, so I think it got lost in the transition, so I apologize for the delay, this was supposed to be up about three hours ago.  I’m going to go search for my other articles too!

One of the big changes from the Port Authority’s overhaul was the elimination of Zone 3.  Pretty cool for everyone living in Zone 3, as their fares went down as they were folded into zone 2.

Well, time to welcome back bigger fares and a third zone!  I don’t want to call this a buried lede, since it is the lede, but then it’s all but ignored as the story continues into numbers and budgets, and details some of the June changes:

As it prepares to change 26 more bus routes in June, Port Authority also is considering charging a premium for service on longer commuter trips.

“Those longer commuter routes are very expensive,” even if the buses are full, he said. “We’re looking at it. This budget with the Act 44 stuff is so up in the air that everything’s on the table.”

Seems pretty important to me.  And to use a favorite phrase, “Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining.”  A premium for service on longer commuter trips is Zone 3, plain and simple.  Sure, the boundaries might be a little different, but it looks like it may be back.

Conflict Kitchen

The creators of the Waffle Shop are back, having expanded into the space next door.  They are now presenting, Conflict Kitchen, a rotating, take-out food place that serves ethnic cuisine from a county that the United States is in conflict with.  Right now, they are offering the Iranian Kubideh.

Programming appears to be planned, but nothing has been announced yet, although any events will take place in the Waffle Shop.

Want to learn more about Iran?  Check out the wrappers that will be used for your Kubideh here.

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