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Candlelight Prayer Vigil for Missing Bridgeville Man Jimmy Slack

22 Dec

Tonight, December 22nd, 2011, a Prayer Vigil will be held at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Bridgeville, PA. The service will be an outdoors candlelight vigil, weather permitting, and will honor Jimmy Slack, age 25, who has been missing for 2 weeks.

Slack is from Bridgeville, and went missing on December 6th, 2011 after a String Cheese Incident concert at Stage AE in the North Shore.

The prayer vigil is to gather together to pray for his safe return, to offer the family support, and to keep hope and faith present in a difficult situation.

We hope that he will be found safe and sound, and that he will be home as soon as possible.

This vigil is open to the public. More information can be found at the links below:

Prayer Vigil for Jimmy Slack and Family 

Help Find Jimmy Slack

Prayer Vigil Planned for Jim Slack – Chartiers Patch

If you have any tips, clues, leads, or information regarding his disappearance, please call the Pittsburgh Police at 412-323-7800. They will accept anonymous calls.

For directions to Bethany Church visit http://bethanypresby.org/ –– again, the prayer vigil is 12/22/11 at 7pm-10pm EST. If you cannot attend, please keep spreading the word about his disappearance to help bring him home! Or, at least keep him and his family in your prayers.

Read the past two Glitzburgh entries on the story, below:

Missing Person: Jimmy Slack, Last Seen at Stage AE on Tuesday – Have You Seen Him? Please Re-Post! [UPDATED]

MISSING PERSON: Update on James Slack: Help Find Jimmy! – Reward

PHOTOS BELOW ARE: JIM SLACK’S CURRENT FACEBOOK PROFILE PHOTO, THE LAST KNOWN PHOTO OF JIM SLACK TAKEN THE NIGHT HE WENT MISSING (MIDDLE), and the MISSING PERSON FLYER (RIGHT)

Mark Zuckerberg Press Conference at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh

8 Nov

Today at 10:30 am, reporters and photographers from under 10 media outlets (including Glitzburgh!) attended a private press conference with Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and Founder of Facebook.

The press conference was held on the patio outside of the Bill Gates Center for Computer Science on the Carnegie Mellon Campus in Oakland.

This is Zuckerberg’s first trip to Pittsburgh, and he said he that he liked it here. The brief press conference preceded a speaking engagement and recruiting session to be held later today for an invite-only audience of CMU students.

Though the event itself is closed to the public and to media, Zuckerberg — known to be a bit shy and introverted — entertained a few questions at this morning’s gathering, which, unfortunately, lasted for under a minute, during which time he was pleasant but seemed a little nervous.

“First time in Pittsburgh,” he started. “How’s it going?” Zuckerberg said. He first spoke to a member of the Tartan CMU student newspaper who asked how Carnegie Mellon got chosen as one of only 3 stops on Zuckerberg’s East Coast college tour, along with MIT and Harvard. “Well, we have a lot of Carnegie Mellon alums working for Facebook,” he said. “They’re actually some of our best engineers. So when we decided to organize this trip to go see a few colleges, Carnegie Mellon was at the top of our list. So, that’s why we’re here. It’s my first time, and I’m excited to be here!”

To stand out to Facebook, students should be, “really entrepreneurial folks, people who want to desire to have a big impact on the world, people who have the ability to look at 100 different problems at once and see, okay, this is the one that we really need to solve. Facebook, we serve a lot of users and customers, more than 800 million people around the world….but, the organization is really small. We just passed the 700 engineers, so each engineer at Facebook serves over a million users themselves. ” says Mr. Zuckerberg “We really look for people who desire to have a really big impact on the world, that’s really the most important thing we look for — that, and obviously really good technical skills.”

Mark Zuckerberg laughed when a reporter asked if he conducted the interviews himself. “We have a whole process at the company. We really value teamwork, as well, so it’s really important to us that the people coming through have the opportunity to talk to a variety of folks.” He says that potential interns and employees are tested on technical skills and ability to work as a team. They also look for people who align with their values which include making an impact and connecting people. Every one who joins the company goes through a unique boot camp period to become familiarized with just how Facebook works and to get people, “ramped up on the code.”  “Sometimes, I do interviews myself. I do not interview every single person, that’s just too many. But, for certain folks, I definitely drop in and talk to them.”

He concluded with the fact that CMU engineers are, “really smart” and “have a good work ethic” before waving to those of us in attendance and turning to leave.

Zuckerberg will tour the Carnegie Mellon campus before his speech and recruiting session this afternoon.

Dean of the Gates School of Computer Science, Randall Bryant, also spoke at the press conference. He shrugged off questions about a potential Facebook research center in Pittsburgh, and stated that media would not be attending the event today because it is solely for the recruitment of CMU students to work at Facebook.

In a press release issued earlier, Brant stated “we are very excited by the prospect of hosting a visit by Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook has profoundly changed the nature of social interactions worldwide. Supporting these interactions requires massive information processing capabilities, for which Facebook has become a leader in advanced computing technology.

You can view video from the press conference on Glitzburgh’s YouTube Channel or below.

Also check out photos, below.

Enjoy! And welcome to Pittsburgh, Mr. Zuckerberg!

Mark Zuckerberg Coming to Pittsburgh

7 Nov

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will be in Pittsburgh tomorrow, November 8th, 2011, to address students and faculty at the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University.

According to a CMU press release, “Carnegie Mellon is one of three campuses being visited by Zuckerberg during an East Coast college tour. He also has scheduled appearances at Harvard University and MIT….Though this will be Zuckerberg’s first visit to Carnegie Mellon’s Pittsburgh campus, he and his colleagues at Facebook are well-acquainted with the university, which boasts a consistently top-ranked computer science program. Facebook is a major recruiter at Carnegie Mellon and employs about 50 alumni. Many CMU students have benefited from internships with the Palo Alto, Calif., company.”

Mr. Zuckerberg is 27 years old and founded Facebook circa 2004.

This speaking engagement will be in front of an invitation-only audience.

Pittsburgh: Check out Jai Lynn Photography!

16 Jun

Need a photographer? Want one of the BEST?!?

Be sure to “like” Jai Lynn Photography on Facebook – and if you mention Ashley Boynes/Glitzburgh you’ll receive a discount off a photo package!

Follow @JaiLynnPhoto on Twitter, too!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jai-Lynn-Photography/159303044114314

Celebrity Encounters – Check out Glitzburgh Celeb Photos on Facebook

25 Sep

Celebrity Encounters – Check out Glitzburgh’s Celeb Photos on Facebook.

Pics here: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=30508&id=105096099524875&ref=mf

Enjoy photos of Glee’s Kevin McHale, Jessica Simpson, NSync, Franco Harris, Hines Ward, MTV stars, Nicole Scherzinger, and more! 🙂

A few of my favorites, below:

with JC Chasez of NSync, 2001

with Martha Stewart, 2010

With Jessica Simpson, 2003

With Nicole Scherzinger, 2007

With Steelers Legend Franco Harris, 2009

With Steelers MVP Hines Ward, 2005

With actor Danny Masterson, 2007

Check out the Facebook link for about 35 total celeb pics 🙂

ENJOY!

Pics here: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=30508&id=105096099524875&ref=mf

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Social Media Butterfly – Pittsburgh’s Premier New Media & Social Networking Service

10 Sep

Many companies or individuals don’t have a large advertising or marketing budget to promote themselves or their brand. All too often, they know about Twitter, Facebook, and other online mediums to promote their company, product, or service, but they just don’t know where to begin or if they can afford it.

There’s good news in store for you, if you or someone you know is one of these people!

Social Media Butterfly is a new social media consulting service based out of Pittsburgh, PA. Social Media Butterfly provides services like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn account management, but will also provide add-on services such as blogging, video-blogging, freelance writing, and other online marketing.

At rates beginning at $99/month, it is vastly more affordable than traditional advertising, and can reach audiences instantly while cultivating a “real” relationship with “fans”, “friends”, and “followers.”  Companies are now hiring social media strategists as full-time, salaried positions, but with Social Media Butterfly, you can pick and choose the services that you want, knowing that you’ll get devoted and personalized service to promote your company, brand, event, or product.

Want to learn more? Follow @SocialMediaPgh on Twitter, or find them on Facebook here.

The Social Media Butterfly blog is: http://pghsocialmedia.wordpress.com (check out the “Contact” and “About” page for more info, main page for the current blogs and updates!)

You can email Social Media Butterfly at pghmediabutterfly@gmail.com!

A neat, new, innovative way to market yourself! Based right here in Da’ Burgh 🙂

Mashable Social Media Day 2010 ~ Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Tweetup – #SMDay2010 #SMDay

14 Jul

June 30th, 2010 was the first ever national “Social Media Day” and to commemorate this special event, Pittsburgh held a Mashable Social Media Meetup  at the esteemed Andy Warhol Museum. I could not think of a better place than the Warhol to talk one of the biggest influencers of pop culture today: social media.

The first 50 guests to “check in” on Foursquare (showing proof via their smart phone of choice, naturally) received a free Social Media Day t-shirt. Attendees enjoyed a cash bar, a luxe yet relaxed atmosphere, and got to chat up their online pals IRL.

Tweeps linked up with LinkedIn friends in real life, as Facebook acquaintances friended one another in the flesh. The networking that was done was social indeed, but it was done without the benefit of emoticons, Twitpics, or hashtags.

Naturally, words with friends were exchanged, but most iPhones were kept in purses and pockets as true friendships were developed and explored in person.

The crowd was diverse, ranging from chic to geek and everything in between, and, everyone went back to blogging, poking, and tweeting in near anonymity just minutes after dispersing, but, for those hours at the Warhol, it was a nice occasion where two worlds nicely collided, cultivating and developing friendships new and old.

I think that Social Media Day will be an ongoing success.

Please enjoy my photos, below.

Social Media Day 2010 t-shirt

Me with friend Andy Q (@Techburgh) of Tubu Solutions, Inc.

JW (@Dubzburgh) and I at Social Media Day 2010! #SMDay

Robin D (@SixDegreesPgh) and me at Social Media Day 2010 #SMDay

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!

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

Local Author Pens Children’s Book – Numbers Elementary: Rounding by Mike Shuck

2 May

Mr. Mike Shuck, a local 5th grade teacher based in Pittsburgh, is authoring a children’s book series through Rocket Science Productions, entitled, “Numbers Elementary.”

The first book, “Numbers Elementary: Rounding” is due out this June (hopefully!) and will teach kids about the basic mathematical concept of rounding while also teaching important life lesson as it goes along. Any following books will have a similar format (math concept + moral tale)

The book will be available for sale on his website, and on Amazon, plus, we hope to have a couple of book-signing events and get it in some local stores.

The website is in it’s most rudimentary form right now, and is currently under construction, but, i urge you to bookmark it for the future, and follow @NumbersElem on Twitter. Also find Numbers Elmentary on Facebook, here! If you wish to reserve a copy, email NumbersElementary@Gmail.com and let me know!

Teachers, parents, or anyone in the childcare industry, don’t forget about this potentially great series! You’ll be sure to love it – so cute! 🙂

WWW.NUMBERSELEMENTARY.COM