Archive for September, 2012

The Brew Gentlemen kickstarter

The Kickstarter for The Brew Gentlemen has started up, check it out here.






Fayettenam, the reality show

Musings from Fayettenam has the scoop on what could possibly be the best development in reality television, quite frankly ever:

Brianna Mitchell, founder and creator of the Brownsville Film Office, told the Fayette County Prison Board on Wednesday that she has been in contact with Leopard Films USA about the potential television reality series that would follow the lives of those who have entered into the county justice system and the process they encounter.

Nothing is set yet, it’s just an “interest,” but to quote:

PLEASE, BABY JESUS. I’ll revoke all my previous prayers if you just grant this one.

Wigle Whiskey

Last weekend, I did an awesome activity with Venture Outdoors, we did a hike through the Strip District which was followed by a tour of Wigle Whiskey.

As I learned, about 40 percent of Venture Outdoors activities are somehow connected to food and dink, and I have to say, it’s a great way to get people outside.

We started at the Distillery and then hiked through the Strip, across the 16th Street Bridge and down to Washington’s Landing on Herr’s Island.

Along the way, we learned various historical facts, which was pretty awesome.

The tour of the Distiller was really good, our tour guide was very informative and absolutely hysterical.  We all started with a cocktail, learned the story of Wigle and how whiskey is made.  Our tour ended with a lesson on how to taste whiskey, and of course, a chance to apply our newly learned skills.

Special thanks to Wigle Whiksey and Venture Outdoors.  The trip is done every other month or so, so if you’re interested, you should be able to do the trip once more this year I think.  Check out the rest of my pictures here.

News from the Brew Gentlemen

The Brew Gentlemen have teamed up with Tapped, the pop-up beer garden, for the season finale:

The Brew Gentlemen have also teased some upcoming promo materials which will be part of their Kickstarter campaign.

Sadly, I’ll be out of town that weekend, or else I’d head out to Braddock, but I hope it s a great event!


I’m a long-time reader of Slog, the blog of The Stranger, Seattle’s alternative weekly newspaper.  They have a lot of great information, and I’ve learned a ton about Seattle along the way (arts, food, transportation, politics, etc).

Well now, Pittsburgh City Paper is getting into the game with Blogh, which is of course, a genius name!  Slog has a great community of commenters, and I certainly hope that Blogh gets the same.

Now, Blogh may have been around for a while, but they’ve started really pushing it with ads in the printed edition, which drove me to check it out.

Specter Studios

Halloween is a month and a half away, and everything is now available in either pumpkin (yay) or candy corn (boo) flavor.  But it’s not too early to start planning your costume.
Local company, Specter Studios, has an awesome selection of costumes and accessories.  I’m partial to the Plague Doctor costume myself, although I think the Duck is pretty cool (and a bit off the wall).
This post is in no way sponsored, I just think they’re a cool local company (either Sharpsburg or O’Hara).  They advertised on one of my podcasts last year, but I ended up listening to those episodes after it was too late to order, so I wanted to make sure I got the word out early this year.

PATransit Tuesdays: ConnectCard revisited

I’m part of the ConnectCard pilot program, as I talked about earlier.

So far, it’s really awesome, with two caveats.  One is about the machines used to reload the cards.  I certainly wish there were more, or more importantly, the ones at Penn Station were working when I needed to use them.  Although to be fair, it gave me an excuse to go into the Wood Street station, which I never have before.

The other thing I dislike about the machines, and this really is a small thing to quibble over (but also a small thing to fix): the slot where you put in your credit card only accepts cards one way, and it’s not marked.  Took me three tries to realize I had to flip over my card, which was a bit of a pain, since you have to restart the whole process each time (from the short time out).  Like I said, stupid little program, not really worth mentioning, but easy enough to fix (just need a sticker).

The one big problem I ran into, is one which the card system is trying to take care of, actually.  When the operator accepts payment via a ticket or a pass, they hit a button and the rider puts the ticket (if applicable) into the little bag or gives it to the operator, no problem, quick and efficient.

If a rider pays by cash, the fare box takes about 10-15 seconds to reset before a ConnectCard can be scanned.  A few times, I ended up holding up the entire line of passengers behind me, as I waited to tap my “quick and efficient” card.  I’m not sure why there is such a long wait period, but it’s a major problem of the system.

Aside from that, once you can reload money via an online system, I’ll feel like PAT is really on the cutting edge (of 1990’s technology), hopefully that comes along soon.

I was approached by the Tribune Review, which is putting together and article about the reactions to the pilot program.  As soon as I see it posted online, I’ll post a link here.

Update: Found the article, here it is.

Braddock hospital documentary on Kickstarter

A new project on Kickstarter has popped up, a documentary about the fight to save the Braddock Hospital.

The project itself has already had a lot of help, but they need a little extra push to finish up some video and sound editing, as well as mastering and DVD production.

Levels of giving come with a variety of goodies, including copies of a series of five documentaries about Braddock, all by Tony Buba.

To support the We Are Alive! project, or to learn more, check it out here on Kickstarter.


Things to watch for: Heinz Field edition

In case you missed the announcement, Pittsburgh Dad will be running special new episodes on the jumbotron at Heinz Field during home Steelers games this year.

Already, people in the comments on youtube are hoping he discusses why it’s called a Jumbotron, but there is no jumbo on it.

Also, the videos should also eventually be posted online as well, as revealed in the comments on youtube as well.

Secondly, before each game, Saint Vincent College, home of the Steelers summer training camp (and my alma mater), will be airing some sort of special video as well.  Hopefully I’ll be able to be able to see it online sometime.

Calling all zombies

I was part of the Zombie Horde at yesterday’s Run For Your Lives.  I’ll have a recap up with some pictures and videos later this week.  So if anyone was a fellow Horde member, ran the race or came out to spectate, I’d love to hear your stories!

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