Tuesday, March 2, 2010
I understand that people have a sense of TEMPORARY ownership over that space, although they have NO LEGAL RIGHT TO IT (LOOK IT UP). However, it's been almost a month, guys. If you are still placing a chair to hog up a space that you are not even using for hours at a time, you are just being greedy. Let it go.
Part of being a great city is being reasonable. Folks from other cities look at this kind of territorialism as being provincial. We're better than this. Your time spent working on an area of space does not give you indefinite rights to it for a month at a time. If so, then the trash men should be able to reserve a spot in front of your house because they picked up the garbage there.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Before "Night of the Living Dead" (1968), a shoestring independent effort shot in Pittsburgh by locals, zombies were, well...kind of lame. They appeared in a handful of films, including "White Zombie" (1932), and "I Walked with a Zombie" (1943). These "old school" zombies were usually dead people resurrected to do the bidding of their living masters. For example, the zombies in "White Zombie" were put to work on a plantation. Hey, no overhead, that's a great business strategy. Note to self...
Anyway, George Romero and co-writer John Russo came up with the idea to give the walking dead in their film (originally titled "Night of the Flesheaters") an extra punch. These zombies would not submit to mortals as the zombies of yesteryear once did. Nay, they would bite the hand of the living...right off! By making their zombies cannibals, not only did Romero and Russo scare the hell out of millions, but they also created an entire genre of horror film: the zombie movie.
Following the realease of "Night of The Living Dead," and again upon the release of its uber-bloody sequel "Dawn of the Dead" (1978), the world caught zombie fever. Directors the world over created their own variations on Romero's theme. Canadian director David Cronenberg's films "Shivers" (1974) and "Rabid" (1977) owe a lot to "NOTLD." Italy spawned dozens of zombie movies in the wake of "Dawn of the Dead," including Umberto Lenzi's "Nightmare City" (1980), which was the first movie to feature fast-moving, weapon-wielding zombies, and Lucio Fulci's "Zombie" (1979), "The Beyond" (1981) and "City of The Living Dead" (1980). Spain's Jorge Grau directed "Let Sleeping Corpses Lie" (1974). France's erotic filmmaker Jean Rollin helmed "The Grapes of Death" (1978), and the racy "Zombie Lake" (1981), featuring Nazi zombies and lots of naked women. Portugal's Amando de Ossorio directed "The Blind Dead" (1971) and its sequels, featuring zombie knights from the Inquisition back to wreak vengeance on sinners. In other words, everybody.
In the 42 years since the release of "NOTLD" the horror world hasn't had a more significant (or influential) breakthrough than the zombie film. George Romero is still making zombie movies today, and the number of zombie films just keeps on growing. Hopefully, the zombie film will never die.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
Pittsburgh, The Greatest City in the World. We will be pulling much of our info from that, because it was a ton of work and we have the research right there. We will try to update at least once per week, and I can't wait to see what everyone has to say. Since I don't have much time at the moment, I will include a list of Pittsburgh's #1 rankings, just as a warm-up. Thanks SO MUCH for your interest. -- Sean (Sean Elliot Martin, Ph.D. / Grandmaster)
#1 most livable City in
Rated Almanac (2007, 1985)
#1 greatest number of bridges of all world cities (446)#1 Best metropolitan area for
relocating families – Worldwide ERC and Primacy Relocation
#1 best place to raise a family among metro areas in the
#1 transportation program in the nation to assist seniors and people with disabilities
#1 bike trails in the world – The Great Allegheny Passage Trail
#1 Poetry Series in the World – the International Poetry Forum
#1 installation art facility in the
#1 most comprehensive museum dedicated to a single artist – Andy Warhol
#1 traditional amusement park in the
#1 riverboat fleet in
#1 largest inland regatta in the
#1 "best all-time work of American architecture" – “Fallingwater” (American
#1 bird zoo in the country –
#1 largest “green” building in the world –
#1 most energy efficient conservatory in the world – Phipps Conservatory and
#1 largest Silver LEED-certified green museum in the country – Children’s
#1 “Urban Adventurer” award from National Geographic magazine for outdoor
adventure opportunities available close to a city
#1 Conference and Exposition on laboratory science in the world – Pittcon
#1 largest and most comprehensive robotics exhibition in the world at the
#1 largest robotics research center in the world –
#1 world’s largest “science of sport” exhibition – The Carnegie Science Center
#1 collection of Jurassic period fossils in the world –
#1 airport in the country according to J.D. Power –
#1 largest vintage auto race in
#1 largest and most comprehensive inner city sports program for kids in the country –
BIG League Sports of
#1 lowest crime rate for any metropolitan area (
#1 American Football team of all time (six Super Bowl victories including 2009) – The
#1 football fans according to ESPN – The Pittsburgh Steelers fans
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