The Writing on the Wall, or Rather, in the Sky

If you are out and about in Downtown or Oakland on Friday and Saturday around 5:30pm – look up in the sky.  The Sky is the Limit is a new project from Carnegie Mellon University Associate Professor of Art Kim Beck.  An airplane skywriter will write messages over Pittsburgh taken from billboard advertising.

The Sky Is The Limit
Friday, October 1 and Saturday, October 2 5:30pm
The plane will fly over downtown Pittsburgh, the North Side and Oakland. Each letter will be one mile high and will be visible throughout the area.

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Capture the Flag in Schenley Park – Fri. Oct. 1

This isn’t your middle school gym class… Join with others for a giant game of capture the flag in Schenley Park.

Capture the Flag
Friday, October 1, 2010 – 7-10pm
Schenley Park – (meet at the stone courtyard at the crest of the hill by the main entrance of the park. If there are middle-aged men playing bongo drums, we’ll be nearby with our flags up)

More details on the Facebook Page –

Thanks to YinzerParty for the heads up on this event.

Best of Pittsburgh 2010 – Who are You Voting for?

It’s time for the annual City Paper Best of Pittsburgh entries. September 30 is the deadline to vote for your favorite places and things in Pittsburgh.  There are lots of categories  for voting.  And submitting your favorites enters you to win an ipad from the folks at Mac Outfitters. [Read more…]

PUMPtoberfest – Celebrate 15 Years of PUMP

One of the many organizations that does good things in Pittsburgh is PUMP.  PUMP stands for Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project and was founded 15 years ago when a grad student wrote a letter to the editor of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. What started as a group of volunteers looking to connect more young people to Pittsburgh has grown over the past 15 years into its own non profit organization with 4 staff members and many different events through out the year.  PUMP’s annual 40 Under 40 turns 10 this year as well.

Networking and Sports. You have probably seen someone walking around Pittsburgh in a bright colored PSL t-shirt. What you might not know that PUMP is the organization responsible for running the Pittsburgh Sports League (PSL) – each season thousands – yes thousands of people participate in PSL sports leagues. The PSL offers sports for everyone with leagues from bowling to volleyball. Teams and individuals sign up for weekly competitions. [Read more…]

Get Into the Pittsburgh Gigapanorama

On Thursday, September 23 there will be a photo shoot for the 2nd Pittsburgh Gigapanorama – you are invited to participate.  The details for Thursday are available here.  For the whole story about the project keep reading.

Gigapana-What? I promise this is not a scary disease or some fancy name for bed bug infestation – a gigopanorama is a giant panoramic photo.  In most basic terms – lots of digital photos are stitched together to create a large panoramic photo. You can learn more about these photos and the technology behind the giga pan photos at Gigapan.orgCarnegie Mellon and Pittsburgh based DeepLocal are key partners in this project. also has a huge gallery of other amazing photos to check out.

Gigapan Panorama Robot
Image by liber via Flickr

The First Pittsburgh Gigapanorama was created in October, 2009 from the roof of the US steel building.  You can check out the photo here. The website lets you navigate and zoom in on different parts of the photo.  There is also an actual print out of this photo that has been displayed around the city – I had a chance to see it earlier this summer at the Sprout Fund Summer Social.  It is a HUGE banner with amazing detail of the city. [Read more…]