Archive | June, 2010

MTV is Looking for it’s first “TJ” — Support Local Pittsburgh MTV TJ Nominees @LukeRomesberg and @BuellaMarie #mtvtj

27 Jun

 Pittsburgh – Nominate your favorite local pop-culture fanatic and social networking/new media phenom to be MTV’s first “TJ”!

Learn more about the contest at http://tj.mtv.com and simply nominate your favorite Twitter user (or yourself) by plugging in their/your Twitter username (example: @Glitzburgh) and by being signed in to your Twitter and Facebook accounts. (Please note that it also helps if you “share” who you are nominating by posting to Twitter and Facebook, so that your friends can see and nominate them, as well! Promote, promote, promote!

Glitzburgh doesn’t want to play favorites, but, we want to encourage “locals” to enter…and win! There are only 2 spots left, so, let’s get a ‘Burgher on board, or someone who can properly represent the Pittsburhg/Western Pennsylvania region!

It doesn’t take long at all – a minute or two of your time, MAXIMUM! So log on, check it out, and nominate now! Do your good deed for the day!!

Recommendations?

@BuellaMarie

and

@LukeRomesberg

Both have met and mingled with various celebrities…and we don’t just mean an extra from Saved By the Bell or someone from a reality TV show — we mean some high-caliber folks here, people.

Both have creative and artistic backgrounds, boatloads of Twitter and Facebook friends, and a knack for all things “now” … from politics, to current events, trends, music, tv,  movies, art, sports, and, oh yeah, most importantly, social media know-how and experience with “the industry.”

Want to know more about either one? Well, my advice would be to hit them up on Twitter! Or, just get to nominating!

You don’t have much time!

Thanks,

Glitzburgh

PS: Pssst…speaking of Social Media … Did you know that June 30th is Social Media Day?  Fun Nerd-Fact for you 🙂

#SMDay2010! Comin’ at ya!

Quickie Randomosity: Earthquake Aftershock in Pittsburgh, Pirates Pierogi Gets Rehired, USA Loses World Cup, Britney, Gaga, Eclipse, and PHOTO OF THE DAY: Let’s GO!

27 Jun

This blog is a quickie mash-up of some local and national randomosities of the week…. ready, set, go…

1)   There was a 5.5 magnitude earthquake along the Canadian Ontario-Quebec border that was felt all the way down here in, yes, Pittsburgh! Aftershocks were reported in the South Side, Oakland, Aspinwall, Swissvale, Homestead, and Newscastle, and also in West Virginia, New York, and Ohio! Some buildings in the South Side. Oakland, and downtown Pittsburgh were evacuated as a safety precaution.

  2) I wrote a Glitzburgh blog about the Pittsburgh Pirates organization firing one of the racing Pierogi mascots for blasting the team’s managment (and less-than-stellar record) on his personal Facebook page. (I also had a commentor inform me that a “pierogi did not get fired.  One of the 20 people who dress up as a pierogi got fired.” So thank you, to whoever wrote that, for clearing that one up!)  Well, get this. Not only was this fella offered a job as a Washington Wild Things HOT DOG (score!) but, the Pirates organization also had to re-hire the Pierogi (also known as Andrew Kurtz)  According to the Associated Press, “Pirates communications director Brian Warecki says team management learned of the firing on Friday and promptly offered Kurtz his job back because he shouldn’t have been terminated in the first place. He added that bad publicity played no part in the decision.”  (Riiight! You know my blog did it. Admit it! Hehehe.) The best part of the story is that ESPN basically reported that the Pirates “had to rehire him” because they “didn’t fire him properly.”   Turns out that the Buccos hit a whole new level of pathetic with that one. But, if Kurtz did accept the offer, WELCOME BACK to the PIEROGI TEAM, ol’ fella!

3) Sadly, the United States lost their FIFA World Cup match against Ghana yesterday. Also sadly, I won’t pretend that I am a diehard “futbol” fan, or a fan at all, really. I never was in to soccer, o I didn’t want to be a “faker” and just jump on the proverbial bandwagon, sbut, I did mosy on home from the pool yesterday to watch about half of the game. I did feel actual emotion that we lost, surprisingly, as it was a true disappointment. I was hoping for another miraculous down-to-the-wire comeback like Donovan pulled off on Wednesday, but, I guess asking for a 3rd comeback would hae been just TOO much. Well, good job, boys, nonetheless! You made it pretty darn far and did pretty darn well. Gotta hand it to Ghana for their incredible STALLING and ACTING abilities at the end of yesterday’s game….I’ll give them that.  But in all sincerety, United States, you played your butts off (from what I actually watched) in the World Cup and deserve a big congratulations and a big hug. Kudos. I won’t be watching any more of the World Cup games now that the USA is out of it, will you? If so, who are you all rooting for?   I’m just praying that I’ll never have to hear a vuvuzela again. Please.

4)  Reports are swirling that Britney Spears is going behind Jason Trawick’s back and reaching out to Adnan Ghalib again. I don’t have much more to say on this topic except PLEASE GOD NO. No!  If this true, we can expect to see the pink wig and no-panties shots coming out soon, and it’s all we can do but to hope to not see her strapped to a gurney within a year. I’m really hoping that Daddy’s conservatorship hasn’t made her come to this. (And I say this with all sincerity, I’m really pulling for her, because, yes, I happen to be a huge Britney fan!)

5)  Did you all hear Jerry Seinfeld’s comments about Lady Gaga? He called her a “jerk” and said that he “hates” her.  First off, very mature, Mr. Seinfeld. Secondly….um, earth to Jerry Seinfeld: you SO are not relevant anymore…and, in all sincerity…your show really WAS about nothing…and NOT that funny.

6) Twilight: Eclipse premieres June 30th! Yay!  Critics are calling it not only the BEST of the Twilight Saga but also one of the best movies of the summer! (I sure hope so, because, I love the Twilight books, but, the movies never do them justice!)   What do you think, Twihards? Will it top the other two? And what are you doing for the premiere?

Pssst…speaking of the Twilight Saga….Pittsburghers, Taylor Lautner is set to start filming his new movie right here in Da’ Burgh, soon! Word is that it will likely begin filming in the neighborhoods of Squirrel Hill and Shadyside within the next month AND they are now casting for extras! Don’t forget that Glitzburgh broke the news of this movie, Abduction, right away, back in  MAY!

FOR FUN:
Below is a video of the Racing Pierogis at a Pirates Game. To welcome back Andrew Lutz to the team:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQuk5szea5U&feature=related

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY:

Gaga & Elton John over the weekend:

(Iconic, if you ask me!)

YOUR View: Intellect vs. Faith? Science vs. Religion? – a “Hot Topic”

27 Jun

Earlier this week on The View, the women discussed the concept of Faith vs. Intellect, and Science vs. Religion.

The debate was sparked over comments that comeddiene Janeane Garofalo made regarding President Obama’s encouragement of the nation to “pray” about the BP oil spill in the Gulf. She said that for him to tell us to pray is both “Bush-like” and anti-intellectual, also calling him a “conservative” and, in earlier interviews, calling the Bible a work of fiction and a Bill O’Rielly autobiography (which, totally makes no sense, but, whatever Janeane.)

So, what do you think? Is prayer separate from logic? What about faith? Are they counter-intellectual? I don’t think so. Do you?

Personally, I don’t believe that Faith and Intellect have to be separate entities, nor do I believe that Science and Religion must be segregated, either.

I posted this “conversation-starter” on my Facebook page on Tuesday, the day that this “Hot Topic” first appeared on The View, because, well, I like a good intellectual debate, and I love talking philosophy, religion, and theology. I had a few good comments replying to this post.

One reader said, “But, the basis of religion (world was created in 7 days) is in complete disagreement with science.”

I never want to argue or belittle anyone’s point, as I see where she is coming from with this ‘argument’ (for lack of a better term.)  For the sake of playing “Devil’s Advocate” (there might be a pun there, haha) … my reply is this:  while I am Christian, as much as one can be without being 100% convinced in the validity of “organized religion” but in preferring a personal relationship with God and a more “spiritual path”,  remember that not all religions DO believe in the 7-day creation theory.

Another poster said, “I truly believe that God gave us all of this including the Science and our intellectual abilities as well. I don’t think they are separate at all. Our creator gifted us with EVERYTHING, it doesn’t matter what name you call him by, he/she is truly AMAZING!”  With this person, I tend to agree.

I don’t know what religion is “correct” or which theory of creation or “how we got here” is right, but I do believe in “a” God/higher power that got us here and blessed us with the intellect and sciences to figure all of this “stuff” out. (Science, medicine, technology, and so forth.) Additionally, the power of meditation  and prayer do actually have some quantifiable and provable effects scientifically speaking, which I think is amazing and powerful, just showing us that spirituality, faith, and religion do indeed have us a place in this oh-so-skeptical and science-based world!  (Check into the noetic science division of quantum physics and you’ll be amazed!)

Yet another person had this to say: “I think if one has faith, then of course prayer is logical because that person believes in it.”

This might have been one of the most logical replies that I read. If a person truly believes in something, then isn’t it logical for THEM, in their own personal life, and within the confines of their own personal set of circumstances? Who are we to judge if someone wants to believe something? This might sound totally contrived, but wasn’t this country built on freedom of religion?

Moreover, yes, Ms. Garofolo, was saying that prayer is anti-intellectual and illogical, which, I totally do not agree with. I think that a smart person can also be religious, or, at the very least, spiritual or have faith in their lives. It has nothing to do with intelligence, in my mind.

However, I understood in the context WHY she said that particular part (regarding the oil spill and how it isn’t a “solution” to the problem per se.)

 But why would prayer and faith be a problem, or, dumb? I think that the human condition is that we need it in times of crisis or tragedy. Sure, some people choose not to believe. To each their own! That’s fine, but why belittle those that want to believe that there is a an explanation for suffering?  People who want to look for a reason to hope? Light at the end of the tunnel? A guidance to help us through the tough times?

Regardless of your beliefs, it doesn’t mean a person is any less intelligent or logical because they are a spiritual and/or religious person. That is just small-minded and ignorant to assume, I think, and makes YOU look less intelligent, if you ask me.

(I’d take a less-intelligent, more open-minded , loving, and accepting person, over a stuffy, close-minded wannabe intellectual any day, Garafolo!)

Finally, to those that want to judge people who “believe” and those who criticized Barack Obama for encouraging a nation to pray … I ask, “what could it hurt???”   

It might not be an answer to our problems, or a solution to the oil spill, and, sure, it might not do any good, but it would certainly not cause any harm, either.

What do you think?

 

 

Link: Watch “The View” Discussion on this “Hot Topic”here:   The View: Obama Asks for Prayer

AC2010 – The Furries are in Pittsburgh : So What Is Anthrocon?

27 Jun

The Anthrocon gathering has once again made its home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this year.

So what IS Antrhocon, you might ask? If you’ve heard of, “Furries” then you’ve heard of Anthrocon.

According to their official website, “Anthrocon is the world’s largest convention for those fascinated with anthropomorphics, which are humanlike animal characters.”

The website goes on to explain the 2010 Anthrocon event: “We are a collection of artists, animators, writers, costumers, puppeteers, and just everyday fans who enjoy cartoon animals and their kin. This Summer we will convene at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA, from June 24-27, 2010 for workshops, panel discussions, an art exhibition and a dealer room, and much more! Membership is open to any and all who like to imagine what it would be like if animals could walk and talk as we do.”

So what is a “Furry?”  A Furry could be as simple as a person dressed up in a costume similar to that of, say, Mickey Mouse or Chuck E Cheese, or wearing cat ears and a cat tail. However, some of the costumes are far more advanced and lifelike, looking more like, for example, the werewolves from Twilight.

Some of these “Furries” take their lifestyles to the extreme, actually “becoming” the animals. Have you ever seen the people who have tattooed tiger stripes or leopard spots from head to toe, or sewn in cat whiskers in their cheeks? Yes, they could be furries or may have started as furries. However, it doesn’t always have to be so extreme. According to their website, an “anthropomorphic” person or someone who may attend Anthrocon may just be a grown-up who still digs cartoons or stuffed animals.

Usually people will dress as characters who represent some of their own traits. One fellow….er…creature?…who I saw being interviewed was a sort of husky/monster like animal named, “Nokki”, who, said his costume represented himself, because, like a husky, he liked being outdoors, enjoyed being cold, and also was very loyal to people. On the other hand, some furries will not talk, because, of course, animals do not speak.

Some of you may be wondering if this has to do with fetishes. Well, for some, yes. There are people who have a “furry fetish” for “sexual” reasons….and, we won’t go there. This isn’t that type of blog. There are other people for whom this lifestyle and this “hobby” is purely, 100% innocent. They are educated, normal people who work completely legit day jobs and live completely healthy lifestyles.

This may be hard for some of us to imagine and may even ‘raise a few eyebrows’ among conservative skeptics who may view the behavior as “sick” or weird. And the Anthrocon association has an answer to that:

“Why would someone like this be into cartoon animals? Isn’t that unusual?” If we look at the world around us, however, we will see that anthropomorphized animals are an integral part of our culture. We use them to represent our political parties. We talk to our dogs (and some even imagine they talk back, though in their own way). We put a tiger in our tank. We cheer for mascots—anthropomorphic animals dressed in team uniforms—at our favorite sporting events. Our casual observer may simply be unaware that it is only in the last forty years that cartoons and cartoon animals have been relegated to the world of children. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and their ilk were once targeted primarily to an adult audience, their productions filled with innuendo and biting political satire. Fans of anthropomorphics today simply have not forgotten those roots. The average Furry fan is cast from the same mold as the science fiction or sword-and-sorcery fan; all of us imagine strange and thrilling worlds and try to picture ourselves living in those worlds.”

It may still seem odd to some of us, but, then again, think of all of the other conventions that have become a BIT more socially acceptable to us: Star Wars conventions, comic book conventions, Harry Potter conventions, and even now the  Twilight and True Blood obsessions where not only kids but even grown women will dress up like vampires and host or attend Twilight or True Blood viewing parties.

Is THAT healthy and normal – and who is to say?

For those wanting to know more about the “Furries” and AC2010 – you can follow their goings-on via Twitter by following Twitter hashtag #AC2010. There are also photos online at Flickr, here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/anthrocon/

Also, Pittsburgh’s very own “Burgh Baby” blogger went on a Furry-Hunt of her own and has a fabulous photo album filled with pictures – and she’s seeking names of many of ther furries, if any of you can help her out! View HER photos, here http://www.flickr.com/photos/30399149@N07/sets/72157624359234356/

Also you can learn more about Anthrocon at http://www.anthrocon.org

It’s interesting to think that this is not only the country’s largest convention for fans of anthropomorphics….but also the WORLD’S largest furry convention…and that they  have chosen Pittsburgh as their destination more than once. I’d tend to wonder why, but, then I just remind myself of all that Pittsburgh has to offer, and my own question has been answered.

THE BACHELOR BREAKUP: Jake and Vienna … my personal thoughts…

27 Jun

 I’m usually not all Perez-Hilton mean in my blog but I can’t help it with this one …..WHO CARES?!!?!??  She was a skank who looked like a cross-eyed tranny horse.

 The show is among the fakest out there (save for most things on MTV and VH1) and anyone who goes on it or The Bachelorette has no concept of what real love is, nor a chance of finding it. (Trista and Ryan may be an exception.)  This girl was, from what I gather just from reading magazines, watching TV, and having ears and eyes, a piece of fame-seeking, white trash with a not-so-shocking, love ’em and leave ’em party-girl past. And Jake? Um, Douchebag. (Please note the capital D.) There you have it – Glitzburgh’s take on the least-shocking, least-important breakup of the moment. Why did I invest 60 seconds of my time and a couple inches of my blog space in writing this, again??

PS: YUP, I’m ready for the “haterade” … bring on the nasty comments! The beauty of creating, maintaining, and writing your own blog, is that you can write whatever you please, and spread your own opinions across the web like wildfire! So, bring it on. Most people whoI talk to tend to agree with me, anyway…We all have our guilty pleasures, I watch some crap TV, too. Unfortunately, I’ve just had my fill of The Bachelor series, even WITHOUT EVER WATCHING IT, and I am annoyed that every one of these couples’ breakups or Bachelor/Bachelorette scandals is “news”. I mean, WHAT?!?? It *WASN’T* TRUE LOVE? OMG!!!!!!!!! What is the world coming to?!???

Cut me a break. The show has been on forever. Isn’t it time to call it quits? The gimmicks get worse each season. I don’t even WATCH it but the clips they show on other entertainment shows, the previews/commercials, and the things that I read in magazines, are enough to make me throw up in my mouth a little. I’ve just had enough of it…and this particular couple gets on my nerves beyond belief. When he was on Dancing with the Stars I wanted to throw things at the TV. Hell, I wanted to throw TVs at the TV!

The show makes a mockery of romance, relationships, courtship, and marriage. It’s rather sickening and pathetic. No wonder women in our country have a warped perception of relationships and marrige. (Just a little food for thought.)

Real Life Vampire? Twilight’s Robert Pattinson is Related to Vlad the Impaler – the Human Inspiration for Dracula!

24 Jun

It’s no wonder that playing sexy vampire Edward Cullen comes so naturally to this Twilight hunk!

It is being reported that Robert Pattinson is actually a distant relative of Vlad the Impaler, who was the real life inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula,  arguably the most famous vampire in history. (Well, until now, some Twihards may say!)

Genealogists from Ancestry.com did the research and say that Pattinson descends from British royalty who are distantly related to the 15th-century Translyvanian leader Vlad the Impaler who’s real name was Vlad 3 Dracula.

Another fun fact? Pattinson is also a distant cousin of Prince Harry and Prince William … but that’s not nearly as eerie – or as hot – as him having some vamp blood in his system 😉

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2010/06/24/2010-06-24_robert_pattinson_related_to_vlad_the_impaler_the_orginal_dracula.html#ixzz0rmz6zXV5

LOVE YOUR PET? Stop by this Fab Event, Today! – Dog-Friendly “Street Party at the Works” in Pittsburgh!

19 Jun

If you love your pet, today’s event at the Southside Works is a Must!

Get out there and enjoy this bright, sunshiney day with your favorite four-legged friend!

Your fabulous fur child with thank you with lots of wags and kisses if you take them to this special South Side Works “Street Party at the Works” beginning at 5pm.

Join other dog owners and animal lovers on Cinema Drive for this FREE and pet-friendly event complete with live music. Bands and artists featured include the Sun Kings, Mercury, and Dan Dabber. Your pooch can enjoy FREE nail trimmings from Pinky’s Pet Parlour, as well as homemade doggie treats!

There will also be special pet-related giveaways, Cold Cow Creamery samples, and Vitamin Water samples.

The event is open to the public, so no need to register or RSVP – just stop on by and enjoy this fabulous weather with man’s – or woman’s – best friend where you can learn more about Subaru, the title sponsor, and their “pet” charity, the ASPCA – the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals!

A fun event for a great cause – they’d surely “woof” to see you there!