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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

Elle Magazine’s JOE ZEE tweets Glitzburgh – for the 2nd time :)

11 Jun

Not the first time Joe Zee’s given some Twitter-love to Glitzburgh!

RT @mrjoezee: A big hello back!! RT @Glitzburgh: @mrjoezee – #Pittsburghfashionistas sending a big friendly hi to the fabulous @mrjoezee! ☺11:52 AM Jun 7th via UberTwitter

Photo of the Day: Cartoon Me!

24 Apr

Using www.FaceYourManga.com I created a “cartoon me” just for fun.

Cute, eh??

What Kind of Survivor are YOU? ~ Just for Fun!

10 Apr
This was a widget that I found on a friend’s webpage. It is a ‘survior quiz’ to see what type of ‘survivor’ you would be in any given situation. (The quiz was initially intended for anyone with chronic illness but anyone could do it and apply to any area of their own personal life, so give it a whirl!)
My “Survivor Type” was “Connector” and I was compared to celebrities like Olivia Newton John, Elie Wiesel, and Michael J. Fox:

My Survivor Type: Connector  ~ “You are deeply devoted to family and friends and your social bonds give you the strength to overcome any adversity.”

WHAT’S YOURS?

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Bookshelf: “The Last Song” and “L.A. Candy”

3 Apr

Who would have thought that Nicholas Sparks and Lauren Conrad would have anything in common?

Well, they do. Both penned novels that I finished during the past week while recovering from knee surgery. Moreover, both penned novels that I enjoyed!

I usually pride myself on reading more “deep” works and/or classics. However, while I’ve really been trying to broaden my horizons, I can never pass up a good Nicholas Sparks book despite the unrelenting predictability in regards to setting and general plot. (North Carolina, small beach town, boy meets girl, falls in love, yada yada yada.)

As for L.A. Candy, I chose it because it seemed like quick, easy, mindless reading – “fluff, if you wll. I got what I expected. It was fun, breezy….but no Pulitzer-caliber work. Perfect for the days when I was running on 2 hours of sleep, and on meds that made me drowsy. While usually I enjoy books that make me think, I was grateful that, for this one, and under the circumstances, I didn’t need to do so.

Read on for my “reviews” …

THE LAST SONG – by Nicholas Sparks

If you read Nicholas Sparks, you know the deal. All of his stories are set in the south, usually if not always in NC, in a small beach town. Two seemingly mismatched characters always fall in love, there’s usually some sort of snafu or disapproval of the relationship, and so on. However, “The Last Song” hits some deep notes, and delves not only into romantic love but also into familial love AND learning to love one’s self. It is a story about growing up, letting go of the past, and learning what is important in life. There is humor and passion, spunk and romance, sadness and contemplation. I feel that the characters really come to life int this story, and was interested to know that the screenplay for “The Last Song” movie was actually written BEFORE the book, which usually isn’t the case. Additionally, the screenplay was wrote FOR Miley Cyrus….which made sense, because, reading the book, she (no matter how much she may get on my nerves) is the perfect “Ronnie.”

I think that “The Last Song” is one of Sparks’ best, and I’d advise any fan of his to read it. I would also recommend this book to just about anyone, as it has a charm all of its own and can stand alone from his other works.

L.A. CANDY – L auren Conrad

I always hated “Laguna Beach” on MTV…..but, somehow, I admit, “The Hills” and “The City” got me. I figured that it was  probably for 2 reasons: I liked LC (Lauren Conrad), Whitney, and Audrina….AND, both of these shows revolved a lot around fashion and the fashion industry, which I’m a definite sucker for. However, while watching these admittedly silly and scripted “reality” shows, I never once thought about what went on behind the scenes and how it affected the characters.

Nor did I ever picture Lauren Conrad writing a book about it all. A clothing line? Sure, why not. A book? Never did that thought cross my mind.

While her writing skills are nowhere near as perfect as her side braid, Lauren did not disappoint as I thought she would. She proved that she could tell a story, use wonderful descriptive writing, and capture the essence of her characters.

Of course, some of it seems forced and contrived….but, it is a book about reality television, an MTV-esque network,

and young Hollywood, so what do you expect?

It was a nice, easy read. No brain surgery, but entertaining. I’ll read the sequel.

A for effort!

Next up, I’m going to finish two books that I’ve started but yet to finish: Committed” and “The Shack.”

After that? Anna Karenina. I’ve read excerpts, but never the whole thing. If my former lit teacher AND Oprah recommended it, I’m in. Plus, the main character of “The Last Song” was reading it….so I took it as a sign that it should definitely (finally!) be up to bat soon on my to-read list!