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Metroblogging is under the weather today

The entire Metroblog system is a little under the weather today. Just wanted to let you know we know there is a problem and the Metroblog gurus are working on it. You may have some issues posting comments.
Hopefully we will be back and working soon.


I am uploading another powerpoint presentation to, which is a super cool too that lets you share presentations online. SlideShare is kind of like YouTube for powerpoints – they host the powerpoint and you can take a little line of code and embed it in to your blog.
I get to test out lots of online tools like SlideShare, so I was thinking I should write a blog to share my reviews. But I have am stuck on a name. A name defines so much. How did you name your blog? What is the best blog name you have ever seen? What is the worst blog name ever? Anyone have any cools names for a website about blog tools?

Women. Blogging.

3 of Pittsburgh’s top and in my opinion best bloggers have formed a new blogging project – The Pittsburgh Women’s Blogging Society. I think the idea for the PWBS came out of a discussion on the RunBabyRun list serve, but these women rock.
The Pittsburgh Women’s Blogging Society’s founding members are
Sue – Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondent
Maria – 2 Political Junkies
Agent Ska – The Ideas Bucket

Sue, Maria and Agent Ska have been providing Pittsburgh excellent coverage of local politics and together they are a force to be reckoned with.

They are looking for other women bloggers to include – stop by and leave your suggestions. PittGirl – I really hope you will participate.

iJustine, Do You?

Justine Ezarik, is a Pittsburgh-based graphic designer and video editor. She recently joined and is now broadcasting her life via a camera attached to her head.

Nothing personal against Justin, but I see her becoming vastly more popular than him. Why would I make such a dodgy prediction? Easy. Look at her picture.

But aside from that, dear readers, there are lots of reasons to follow her through the wilds of the interweb. For one, she’s a dedicated Mac user. She’s also witty and clever, and not just on her blogs or in her videoblog. She is also an occasional guest on one of the best podcasts around, MacBreak Weekly, and ably holds her own against the formidable wits of Merlin Man and Andy Ihnatko.

She’s a rising star in the technology/internet pantheon, and she’s one of Pittsburgh’s own. Justine is getting plenty of national press, but even better, she’s showing the world (or at least the subset of the world that rides the interweb waves) what a great city Pittsburgh can be.

Pittsbugrh Blogfest 10 is tonight!

I usually don’t post last minute announcements. But since this is an announcement about blogs for bloggers I think that most blog readers will get this with enough time for bloggers to change their evening plans.
Somehow I missed the announcements about this one.
Pittsburgh Blogfest 10 is tonight!

What is Blogfest? Good question. Every so often some local bloggers gather at a local watering hole to talk about blogs and blogging. If you are a die hard blogger or a new blogger all are welcome to came and meet and share info. You will usually get to meet some local blogging celebrities. I wonder if PittGirl will be there? Even Andrew Stockey is blogging about Blogfest.

WHEN: Thursday, May 10th, 2007, 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM and beyond!
WHERE: Finnegan’s Wake (near PNC Park, 20 General Robinson St., North Shore, 412-325-2601), in the Pub Room
WHO: All local bloggers (and their friends!)
if you plan to attend, please send an e-mail to blogfest AT

Sadly, I have a prior commitment and I will not be able to make it to blogfest tonight. I did attend one of the past blogfests. Good times. Good times.

Single or Double

Yesterday we started an interesting discussion over at workabout spacing. Do you put one space or two after a period. Lynsie and I are both believers in 2 spaces. But others here disagreed. We have even taken the debate to google and found a video of someone strongly advocating for one space.
Apparently the two spaces were historically added when typing on a typewriter because typewriter spacing was so tricky. As the conversation continued through out the day we learned that computers now correct you for adding two spaces.
I thought of James’ (since I am writing about grammar I just had to pause for a consultation about how to correctly make James possessive) post about the governments involvement. I am just not sure I like Word having so much control over my writing. If I want to put two spaces after a period that is my prerogative.
For now Lynsie and I will stick to two spaces – double space forever, single space never.

Pittsburgh Metropolitan Zombie Invasion Contingency Plan

(image by macwagen)

Herein I shall outline the steps necessary for survival in the event of a sudden emptying of our city’s cemetaries. It’s only natural to consider Pittsburgh for this sort of thing, since our fair city is where the original invasion took place (as chronicled in George Romero’s documentary, Night of the Living Dead).

If you don’t know what a zombie invasion is like, here are some key points to consider:

1) Zombies eat people. A zombie will ravenously devour any human unfortunate enough to cross its path. They appear to be able to detect living humans, likely through smell. Though there are rare exceptions, zombies don’t eat each other.

Interesting Best-Of-Craigslist Pittsburgh

From time to time I remember that Craigslist is filled with some really interesting information. I must admit that I very curious to find out if anyone has ever connected from a missed connection, but that is a post for another time.
I was just clicking around Craigslist, Craig is definitely a hero of mine and I decided to click the link for Best-Of-Craigslist and do a search for Pittsburgh.
The first link is for a unique item, a dog skeleton that the seller thinks is from the 1880’s. The seller describes the skeleton as wrapped in plastic, I don’t think they had plastic in the 1880’s so I am not sure what to make of that statement.
The post is filled with some other interesting statements…

This skeleton is definately a biohazard and needs a taxidermist to do whatever it is they do.

Thusly, if anyone lost an averaged size brown dog, within the last oh 100 years, around observatory hill, I FOUND YOUR DOG! Also, if any of you can tell me what stuff like this happens to me ALL THE TIME, that’d be great!

So I am really curious… What has happened to this skeleton? Did anyone ever buy it? How much did they pay? And what other interesting things have happened to this seller in the past 4 weeks?

For people who love start ups

One of my jobs at Spreadshirt is to help connect with Spreadshirt with other like minded businesses. At first this was pretty easy. I have some friends at Libsyn and we have had a great time talking shop. But when Spreadshirt asked me where to find other ecommerce businesses I was sort of at a loss. I attended some Tech Council events but there weren’t any ecommerce, web 2.0 type companies. So I am excited to learn about OpenCoffee Club, which is an informal meeting place “for people who love start-ups.” There are OpenCoffee Clubs all over the world, and now there is one here in Pittsburgh.

member from Thailand.

The inaugural meeting of the Pittsburgh OpenCoffee Club is this Friday at 9:00 at the Crazy Mocha in Sewickley. (I am also excited to learn that there is a crazy mocha is Sewickley – I like to find urban places to visit when I have to leave the city).

Interesting Spam

And I am not talking about ham in a can here. (Sorry, I couldn’t resisit the pun, after spending 10 days in Honolulu where they sell Spam everywhere it has been on my mind).
No, I am talking about email spam. I just hit delete on this one, but the senders name couaght my eye so I went back to the trash to see what it is.

Spam email from a soldier? Yep. It even cites a BBC news story. Apparently Sgt. Smith David Fitte is using email spam to move money out of Iraq. This is just hilarious. Obviously this is a scam, a quick google of the name Sgt. Smith David Fitte and it has appeared on all of the email scam sites. But, really, what person would think that the US government would be moving $25 million of of Iraq by randomly emailing people.

I am tempted to email Fitte myself. Last night, I had Dateline NBC on while I was waiting for dinner and it was mentioned they have done an expose of these email scams. I am quite interested to see that segment. Who comes up with this stuff? Who replies to these emails. Luckily for me and my identity Dateline has answered these questions too. You can see the video here.

FROM: Sgt. Smith David Fitte, An American Soldier in Iraq

Important Message

Good day,

My name is David Smith Fitte, I am an American soldier, I am serving in the military of the 1st Armored Division in Iraq , as you know we are being attacked by insurgents everyday and car bombs. We managed to move funds belonging to Saddam Hussein’s family in 2003. The total amount is US$25 Million dollars in cash, mostly 100 dollar

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