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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!

True Blood Actor Joe Manganiello at Pittsburgh’s Savoy this SATURDAY!

8 Sep

How many of you ‘Burghers are ‘True Blood’ fans? (How could you NOT be, is a better question!) Join actor/resident hottie Joe Manganiello (who plays werewolf Alcide on the hit show) at SAVOY Restaurant & Lounge this SATURDAY September 10th, at 7pm.

Glitzburgh is thrilled that Joe is stopping by to try SAVOY’s (delish!) Award-Winning menu!

Manganiello – a Steelers fan –  hails from Pittsburgh. Last night, he was involved in an event with Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh — one time of many that he’s supported his hometown. He graduated from Mt. Lebanon High School and then went on to Carnegie Mellon University. While he’s most known at present for his critically-praised role as Alcide Herveaux on HBO’s ‘True Blood’ series, he also played Flash in the Spiderman movies, and had recurring TV roles on hit shows such as How I Met Your Mother and One Tree Hill.

So, swing by, have a Maniac Martini, and try Chef Kevin’s amazing appetizers! Hope to see you there. Check back Monday when we have all the scoop from the event!

~~ Ashley Boynes-Shuck (this original post can be seen on the Maniac Magazine “Maniac Exchange” blog, here.)

Taylor Lautner Fever hits Pittsburgh as ‘Abduction’ Films Around Town

14 Jul

On June 30th, there was an open casting call at Carnegie Mellon University for extras to be in an upcoming film called “Abduction.”

You may have heard of it.

It’s a little flick starring, oh, you know …. Taylor Lautner.

Ring a bell?

I went to the casting call. Just for the heck of it. I’m on “the list.”  If you’ve done extra work or are familar with “the industry” you know what that means.

It means that, for example, they could call me at 7pm tonight and say that they are looking for extras to be on set at 6am until 6 or 7pm tomorrow, can I be there?

Do I get to look at Taylor Lautner with his shirt off? If so, maybe I can.

Anyway….

So, I went to the casting call to sort of “scope out the scene.”

It was rather interesting. For the sake of this blog, I decided to interview some people while I waited. (Which, wasn’t long. Turns out, going places early, and wielding a Flip Cam and lap top with some media credentials can yield a lot of power. As well as having the actual professional headshots and acting/modeling resume that were required of you, unlike seemingly 80% of people there.)

There were some “Twihards” who were……let’s say…..delusional. I’d like to know who actually thinks that the star of a movie is going to waste his or her day sitting at a casting call for movie extras. Wait – I DO know…..16 year old Twilight fans, that’s who. I didn’t want to burst their bubble, but, the interns who worked for the casting agency sure did. Poor gals were mightily disappointed that “Jacob” was not going to be there.

I also want to know this. Let’s just say – for fun – that Taylor Lautner DID show up at the casting call that day. Hypothetically. Does anyone REALLY think he’s going to go for a lady in her late 30’s-early 40’s dressed like a cheap Vegas  hooker? I don’t know. I’m guessing no. Maybe it’s just me….but I just don’t *really* get that vibe from him. But, believe it or not….there were some DESPERATE desperate housewives there. Maybe they were “stage moms” escorting their  young daughters….maybe they were just escorts. I really don’t know. Either way, maybe not the best attire? Way cougarlicious.

Folks, he isn’t interested in you. Or me, or, probably, anyone in Pittsburgh. Maybe no one right now. This is just something that I’m throwing out there.

Yes, I got little tinglies from head to toe when I found out that he’s living just a stone’s throw away from where I reside and that he was spotted more than once at a Starbucks that I frequent.

Yes, today I did drive to the location of his movie shoot today, because, I was off, had nothing to do between doctor’sappointments, and, I write an entertainment blog….so….I mean, duh! A picture would have been GOLDEN! And, it won’t be the last time that I go “werewolf hunting” in my free time this summer. (So sue me. I’m a blogger. And he’s hot.)

However…..do I have grand delusions about him? No. Have I ever had grand delusions about a celebrity? No. And I’ve met my fair share. I laugh when I see/hear/read how people act around stars. I mean, a group  of teens got arrested trying to take photos of him today?

Sigh.

Kids….when will you learn?

Be sneakier 😉

Pssst….Taylor Lautner spotted today filming in Elizabeth on Bunola River Road and Elkhorn. Security was tight but Glitzburgh will clue you in on where he’ll be filming in Pittsburgh tomorrow! I do know where he is residing in a neighborhood of Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh. If you do have photos or sightings, you may email tips to glitzburgh@gmail.com.  However, regardless, I will NOT post his exact address or any photos of place of residence out of respect for privacy.  Do not ask.

So close but so far, one of Lautner's movie crew members in Elizabeth today. He's hot too though 😉

These kids apparently did a better job of it than me today — I don’t know the area well enough to go traipsing through the woods. Someone give these children a job 😉    ~~~> http://www.961kiss.com/pages/scottro.html?an=Taylor-Lautner-Jr.-Paparazzi

Read the story here about how Lautner surprised fans Monday at Hampton High School: http://www.wpxi.com/news/24243753/detail.html