Archive for October, 2012

Frankenstorm is coming

The next big storm is coming, a great mix of Hurricane Sandy, a northern gale and another storm, combining at just the right moment.

The states around Pa, including us of course, are being warned that they will probably lose power for a portion of time, and the state is working on emergency plans already.

This image has been floating around Facebook, so if you need an emergency plan, this is good for you to use:

Please be safe out there, have a decent plan in place (first aid kit, flashlights, medications, water and food that doesn’t need heat or electricity) and make sure to stay away from roads that have standing water.

Fraley’s Robot Repair

I was out with Venture Outdoors this weekend on an art and wine walk, and we stopped at Fraley’s Robot Repair, one of Pop-Up Pittsburgh’s projects.

If you have a chance, head down to the cultural district and check out the shop, and to see what the robot is up to, he’s a busy guy.  We had a chance to talk with the artist (and even pose for a picture as satisfied customers).  We had an awkward moment when we realized some kids were checking it out, and we all hoped they hadn’t realized we were talking about it as if it wasn’t real.

If you want to check out my other photos from the event, you can see them here.

A bird, a plane

A window washer.

Children’s Hospital is amazing.  Case in point, take a look at what they posted today on their Facebook page:

Good job, CH.

Wash your hands.

BuzzFeed highlights this awesome wash your hands sign.  Anyone know where these are located:

Steelers Drum Line

I’m late to the game on this one, and there isn’t much time left, but I’m hoping that there will be some sort of last-minute push to put this over the edge: a Kickstarter project to support the all-volunteer Steelers Drum Line.

While it’s not official (yet), you’ve probably seen them on the North Shore before home games.

If you have some money you can throw in, it would be appreciated.  Besides, we can’t let Baltimore have something that we don’t!

Find out more and pledge here.

EMTs and Firefighters

Maybe it’s not being described exactly right, maybe I’m not understanding it correctly (and slogging through the comments hasn’t helped much either), but I have to agree with Ginny over at That’s Church about the ridiculous way Pittsburgh handles emergencies.

Go over and read the whole thing, here’s a favorite quote:

If there are people trapped in cars, aren’t the firefighters already going to the scene along with the EMTs? So why not let them do the rescue and let the EMTs worry about the medical side of things? Doesn’t that just make sense?

Maybe I’m a bit biased, having worked at a camp for 11 years, and being a first aider for many of those years, but when we responded to something, whoever got there first jumped in until the full-time medics came along to help out.  Also, more often than not, someone would come to the office for help, and I’d be there assisting until the medic drove out to our sub-camp.

But again, I’m sure I’m not understanding the whole arrangement in the city, just still seems not as useful to the victims.

Once more, to Braddock

Once again, the city and the world are coming together to support Braddock.

This time, by asking the question, what would you do with a second chance?

Check out the contest, submit your own answer or pick up a shirt to help give Braddock a second chance here.

McClatchy, influence and the future

A few weeks ago, news broke that McClatchy, former owner of the Pirates, came out after being away from the organization (and I think the city) for years.

The New York Times has an extensive story on the subject, and it includes this bit:

And pro sports offers a frontier on which there’s considerable good to be done

While that is true (the sentence is referencing the generally homophobic culture of sports, albeit one that is slowly changing), I think lately we’ve seen a big shift in the thinking, or at least public face, or sports.  Homophobia seems to be disappearing (with some kicking and screaming), but I’m not convinced that a retired owner of the Pirates is really going to do that much good in that arena.

That being said, apparently McClatchy and his family own the third largest newspaper corporation in the country, and combined with other connections, there is real possibility to do real good.

“So I’m curious to see how the public, particularly in Pittsburgh, responds,” Zeigler said, wondering aloud if they’ll blame McClatchy’s private burdens for his team’s performance.

Again, I’m not a huge baseball follower, no doubt in part of being exposed to the Pirates and their now epic fall clinching them 20 losing seasons in a row.  But from what I saw on Facebook when this broke, was it pretty much was well known anyway, and people find all kinds of things to blame the Pirates losing streak on, usually the owners and management, but not because of who they love, instead it is them doing a crappy job running a professional sports team that got us into this mess.

Does this change much?  I don’t really think so.  The Pirates are still in the midst of the longest streak of professional sports losses, and doing so in a spectacular fashion.  Pittsburghers don’t need to hear much more than that, and that is a credit to them.

To see the amazing new video from Benstonium about the epic 20-season streak, click here.

Turners wins big

When most people think Turners, they think iced tea (and also lemonade, of which I have a t-shirt).  I drive past the Turner’s plant quite a bit, and even though they are mainly a dairy, if there is a chance I can get some iced tea, I’m going for it (see: four years at Saint Vincent College picnics, events and socials).

However, big congratulations to Turners from winning top honors for their skim milk at the world dairy expo.

Lindsay over at i heart pittsburgh has the story, check it out!


PATransit Tuesday: BRT on the way, slowly

Bus Rapid Transit is one of the big additions to PAT’s system, being courted since at least 2010.  I’ve posted here before about it, but other cities which have tried BRT, have found no faster service.

Seattle suffers from the same problems we probably will, long lines of people waiting to pay cash (we’re still in the testing phases of the ConnectCard, after all), and buses stuck in the same traffic jams they were before.

Although I do like the idea of rerouting buses to run on the same streets, and adding bike lanes (but not being a cyclist, I hope it is done in a safe manner with input from Bike Pgh).

I’m still not sold on the idea, but maybe you want to try your hand at it.  Blogh has the info about a bus rapid transit simulator that anyone can play around with, go check it out.

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