Alternative Rosh Hashanah Service in Frick Park

If anyone's in looking for a non-traditional Rosh Hashanah service tomorrow, the Pillar of Smoke is having our annual services in Frick Park. They're designed for Jews who don't really relate to modern synagogue services, or who enjoy a more mystical approach to Judaism, and include poetry, songs and a picnic. We ask that you bring some kind of food item and a drum or other instrument if you have one, and also that you wear white with one colorful accessory.

For more information, and to RSVP, check out the event's Facebook page here.

Pillar of Fire Purim Party 2010

If anyone's interested in attending a Purim
party in Pittsburgh with belly dancers, fire spinning and fire eating, among other festivities, full details are at . (Figured I'd keep this announcement short and sweet this year... Apologies for the cross-posting anyway though.)

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from the @CarnegieMellon twitter feed:

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I know I'm not the only person who has had issues with AlertNow not going away when active affiliation did, so thought some folks here might find it handy.
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Sonya Barclay

An email I received earlier today, for anyone else whose life was as touched by her as mine:

Dear colleagues,

I am writing with the very sad news that our friend Sonya Barclay died of metastasized liver and uterine cancer on Christmas day, at 4:30pm in Presbyterian Hospital. She had been ill only two weeks, after going to the emergency room on December 9th.

Sonya's graciousness and determination were a model for us all. She earned her Ph.D. only six months ago, in May 2008. This fall at CMU, she again taught her popular "American Countryside" course on rural culture. A gifted writer, researcher, and teacher, she was especially dedicated to and beloved by her undergraduate students. Last week, from her bed in intensive care, she insisted on grading her students' finals so they would not be kept waiting for their semester grades, which were filed on time.

We are lucky to have known Sonya and will miss her very much. Early in the new semester, her many friends will organize an event on campus to remember her when her students are on hand to participate.

Services will probably be held next week, in her hometown of Indiana, Pennsylvania. Details will be forthcoming as soon as they are known.



Scott A. Sandage
Associate Professor of History
Baker Hall 240
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
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Carnegie Mellon Anonymous Confession Board

I thought you guys might like this:

The concept is simple: It is a free blog site that anyone can post on while being completely anonymous. You can ask the most simple questions about CMU or college life, or get a little more open and even blog about personal stuff. There is nothing you can't say. It's a site that gives people the opportunity to express what they are thinking and get responses without worrying about what anyone else thinks about them personally...pretty cool.

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EDIT: There are now (either present or soon-to-be-present) two mattresses + box springs, a floor lamp (EDIT: appears to be missing a bulb-holder piece), a computer monitor, and a slightly-broken futon (could be repaired with welding skills), on the curb in front of 5521 Wilkins Ave. Everything else was taken (yay!)

ETA: Oh, and an ancient Apple Laserwriter Select parallel port printer, with Centronics-to-DB25 cable included.

You should all come to ...

The CMU KGB Puzzlehunt Spring 2008 - A Maze of Twisty Passages! It will take place on May third from noon into the late evening.


Facebook event

You should come! If you don't know who you'll team with yet, register yourself to help us get a headcount, then make sure to register your team before the event (or just show up and we'll set you up with one).

It will be glorious! :-)