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Wednesday, September 8th, 2010
10:53 am
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.
Monday, February 15th, 2010
10:50 pm
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 http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=341486350434 . (Figured I'd keep this announcement short and sweet this year... Apologies for the cross-posting anyway though.)

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Thursday, February 11th, 2010
10:23 am
from the @CarnegieMellon twitter feed:

Are you an alum who needs to unsubscribe from AlertNow? Send your old AndrewID or your phone number to alertnow@andrew.cmu.edu.

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.
Tuesday, January 19th, 2010
4:11 pm
Public Service Announcement re: First Niagara bank
Anyone who's had a lot of problems with First Niagara, particularly overdraft charges, might want to look at the latest post in my personal lj, entitled Banking Woes + Solution. I would cross-post it here, but it's fairly long.
Saturday, December 27th, 2008
12:00 am
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

Current Mood: sad
Saturday, September 27th, 2008
9:21 pm
Help please?
Hey, I need some help with something I want to do for a friend of mine that involves getting flowers. If you think you could be any help, I'd really, really appreciate that.
Sunday, September 21st, 2008
8:43 am
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.
Saturday, July 26th, 2008
6:15 am
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.
Tuesday, April 29th, 2008
3:25 pm
Dont yell at me for posting a for sale ad
I'm selling my furniture.

Really nice IKEA bedroom stuff.

go to my ad on craigslist if you are interested.



Current Mood: hopeful
Friday, April 25th, 2008
3:47 pm
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! :-)
Friday, April 18th, 2008
5:03 pm
stolen bike: older (2003?) grey KONA cinder cone mountain bike
(if this doesn't belong here then i apologize, just trying to help out a friend whose bike got ganked)

bianchi seat, front light mount, dual disc brakes, stock kona insignia grips, frayed shifter cable up on the top tube.

if you see this bike, lock it up and/or call CMU police. they should have my buddy's information somewhere as he reported it stolen after it happened.

this was stolen on CMU campus on thursday during the roots show from the racks between where the stage was and flagstaff hill.

feel free to repost this anywhere you feel might help.

thanks everyone!
Monday, September 3rd, 2007
2:24 am
Lost keys :-(
Hey CMU-folks, perhaps one of you can help me.

I have lost my keys. They are attached to a small grey-and-black pouch containing a USB drive. There are about 5 keys (I think) on the ring, one of which is a CMU key.

I strongly suspect they are somewhere on campus.

If you have found them, _PLEASE_ drop me an email: gwillen@nerdnet.org or gwillen@andrew.cmu.edu. Thanks!
Friday, August 31st, 2007
1:48 pm
Yom Kippur minyan
Apologies for the cross-posting, if anyone's on any of the other communities to which I posted this announcement.

If you're Jewish, will be in / near Pittsburgh for Yom Kippur this year, and are interested in a somewhat nontraditional and small Yom Kippur service in someone's home (possibly mine), please let me know. The service will be designed by noted kabbalist S. L. Mastros and myself. I've created a Yahoo group for this and other events (Purim parties, Rosh Hashanah events, discussion groups, informal classes, etc.), so if you give me an email address, I can just add you to the list (or you can just add yourself if you like). For more info on who we are and what sorts of things we do, you can check out the Pillar of Smoke site here, or just ask me directly :) . The closest 'official' denomination to what we do is probably Jewish Renewal, but we're very much our own group... that being said, submissions for designing the service are welcome and encouraged.

(Non-Jews are welcome, also, but we do need ten *Jews* for it to be able to happen, not just ten people. Any Jew will do, not just males, and we mean Jews by the Reform definition - so if you have a Jewish parent or even a Jewish grandparent, you count as Jewish as far as we're concerned. Gerim (converts) are also just fine with us.)
Friday, June 15th, 2007
4:20 pm
Neat stuff from CMU alum
Thought I'd forward this along from a myspace bulletin post from my friend and fellow CMU alum Blair Erickson

from blair:
"I'm gonna be on CNN Headline News this Sat and Sun so watch!

Starting at 9:30am and again at 12:30pm PST both Sat and Sunday my short film "Cinematic Geography of Los Angeles" will be featured on CNN Headline News on their show "News to Me." I also did an interview for them so there's a chance my ugly mug might appear on there too. Also Tracey and Derek are in the shot too since they helped with the movie. Watch us damnit!

If you haven't seen the movie on YouTube yet, go to BlairErickson.com.


Hooray for movies.

- Blair"

His movie is really neat- all shots of different parts of LA and what movies they were in- I gotta go find me that back to the future mall parking lot now!! ; ) Anywhoo, thought some of you might find it interesting...
Monday, May 7th, 2007
8:35 pm
Keys found in the 5th floor women's bathroom near the central elevators in Wean Hall. Has a whole bunch of office keys and a very, very distinctive keychain. Tell me what the keychain is and I'll give you back your keys.
Friday, April 20th, 2007
1:03 pm
carnival as seen from the interwebs
Ah, carnival weekend at Carnegie Mellon! How I miss thee, midway...

But in the meantime- webcams!

and ya gotta check out this awesome booth:

Anybody else know where one can find boothy pictures of goodness from this year?
Thursday, March 29th, 2007
4:41 pm
Evicted - Alternative Comedy Tonight - Only $3 for Students
Looking for something to do tonight?

You can see three of the city's best alternative comedy groups at 8:30 p.m. tonight at Future Tenant (801 Liberty Ave, Downtown) for only $6 or $3 with student ID.

* Thrill! to the musical stylings of the musical duo UKE SKYWALKER AND TUBA FETT!

* Ryan Kiesling (Chicago), Chris Griswold (New York) and Ben Mayer (Pittsburgh) unite the improv comedy styles of three cities to form the mighty improv group THREE!

* Pittsburgh's premier improv troupe HUSTLEBOT is on a mission to search out and destroy your Thursday night boredom with missiles of comedy awesome!

When: 8:30 PM Thursday, April 29
Where:  Future Tenant, 801 LibertY Ave, Downtown
Price: $6 / $3 with student ID (suggested donation)

Friday, February 23rd, 2007
11:52 pm
Steve Kurtz update
for those art CMU-ers out there who had Steve Kurtz as a professor, here's an update on his case- seems there's a 15 minute short about his story:


5:11 am
Trans Am concert info
can someone in the know please clarify this....?

http://activitiesboard.org/event.php?e=447 says that the Trans Am / Zombi show tonight is in Doherty 2315. Is that true? Is that the correct venue?? I haven't seen a flyer or any other info about it.

I mean, last time I saw Trans Am they were basically setting their drum kit on fire and whatnot....all I'm saying is they're going to be a little bit confined in one of our lecture halls. So I'm wondering if that was a cut/paste error of some kind.....?
Monday, January 22nd, 2007
3:15 am
support transit now: tell'em what you want
(cross posted from buskarma A.K.A. bus.MAYA.com)
T strap

I've talked to a lot of folks who're all flavors of pissed off about the Port Authority's fare & service changes. Let me try to lay this out again:

If you care about transit, attend a hearing (starting today) or leave feedback on the Port Authority website on how the Port Authority should cope with less money. Do you think they should sustain the 28X at the cost of other service but with less frequency? Do you think your neighborhood's cut express bus is more important than their surviving regular route? Could a slight routing change on a surviving route make up for the loss of another? Do you prefer a simplified flat zone structure for one cost or do you relish the free downtown service? Wouldn't mind longer headways mid-day for more route options at rush hour? Let the Port Authority know soon.

Why? What? How?Collapse )
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