So I had request about 3 topics – 2 of which I am rather knowledgeable of, 1 of which I know very little.
1. The music scene in Pittsburgh:
Ok, I really don’t know very much about the Pittsburgh music scene. I know that Christina Aguilera and someone from N*SYNC (maybe Backstreet Boys) is from Pittsburgh. Wiz is from here.
Probably my favorite artists to come out of Pittsburgh are Punchline and Girl Talk. Punchline seems to be on a decline recently, and they don’t seem to tour very often. They do pop up with shows around Pittsburgh every month or so. These shows are pretty cheap and a good time, so I try to get to one every year. I’ve never seen Girl Talk. I’d love to, though. The last time he was here, it was too expensive for me. Someday.
2. The imminent overthrow of the Burgh by robots or zombies:
To be honest, I don’t foresee a zombie uprising as a possibility. If it did occur, it probably wouldn’t be a huge deal, as a lot of people seem to know what to do when zombies attack – aim for the head. Done. Not awful.
Robots taking over, on the other hand, is a huge possibility in Pittsburgh. Carnegie Mellon University, one of the best universities in America, specializes in robotic research. If there was a robot uprising and overthrow, Pittsburgh would be the place for it to happen. We’d never see them coming from over the hills. According to CMU’s Robotics Institute’s website, they are “leading the world in integrating robotic technologies into everyday life.” To that I ask, “Carnegie Mellon, where will you be when they turn on us.” You best change your website to say, “leading the world in integrating robotic technologies into everyday life, but also preparing and protecting civilization from the metal monsters we create.” I’d feel safe then.
3. Batman jacking up downtown traffic:
Oh. My. Gosh. I signed out work yesterday at 3:00pm, in order to catch my 3:03pm bus home. When I reached the lobby of my building, I was stopped by a girl with a walkie talkie. She looked official. Her name tag said she was working to “Magnus Rex.” Which is code for “new Batman movie.” We stood in the lobby waiting for them to do a run through of a scene. It didn’t happen, and we ended up getting to leave about 10 minutes later. I figured I missed by bus, but I still tried to get to the stop, as it may be late. Who knows?
I had to walk the opposite way around the block, because our street is out of use. I made it to the stop, only to wait until 3:55pm to get my bus… It took me 55 minutes between leaving work and stepping onto the bus. 55 minutes. I could have walked home illegally through the tunnel in that time.
Honestly waiting for the bus wasn’t awful. I got to see them do a number of dry runs of a chase scene between some sort of SUV and a camouflaged Batmobile. (yes that sentence just happened). I also go to see a bunch of irate Pittsburghers every time they closed down the block and traffic. One old lady stood in the middle of the street and yelled, “Batman! Please let the buses through! I want to go home.” Honestly, I shared her sentiments, but I can’t wait to see my building in “Magnus Rex” next summer.
I drove to work today, so I didn’t have to deal with the bus.