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This Week’s Astrology: Jan. 410, 2019

Get set to welcome the post-​holiday, “true” beginning of the new year with a lot of hope and new-​found energy. Mercury’s move into Capricorn on Friday will assist you in organizing that long to-​do list you may have made out for 2019. The eclipse of the sun/​new moon that takes…

Spitting Into the Wind, Part III

I’m perfectly well aware that Noel Coward once remarked that reading a footnote is like having to stop making love so you can go downstairs to answer the door. But what did he know? I love footnotes. In his (much over-​praised) book, “Infinite Jest,” David Foster Wallace included almost 100

Remembering Prominent Pittsburghers Who Passed Away in 2018

by PQ Staff
From Adam Lynch to Barbara Luderowski, we’ve said goodbye to many influential Pittsburghers this year. Remember those who have passed away and their impact on the region — and the world — in this compilation of our Last Chapter department.

This Week’s Astrology: Dec. 27, 2018 – Jan. 2, 2019

The end of 2018 will be comparatively peaceful, but there are things to watch for if you want to create a good, clean start to 2019. For starters, the moon will go void of course on New Year’s Day, and you’ll want to time your resolutions and intentions just right.…

Abby’s World of Cut and Curl

Yesterday was crazy. Like, insanely crazy. Flat irons straightening and curling irons curling and shears cutting and the coloring and shampooing and highlighting. All — day — long.

Herbert Simon: 20th Century Galileo

by James H. Morris
James H. Morris is a retired professor of computer science and dean of the School of Computer Science as well as the Silicon Valley campus of Carnegie Mellon University. In a series of blogs for Pittsburgh Quarterly he writes about some of the computing pioneers he encountered during his career.

Bloggy, Blog Blog…

We’re talking about my blog — blogging about blogging, talk about a navel-​gazing exercise — and also about the book of blog posts that I just published.

Dear Mr. President

My stepson worked in President Obama’s mailroom when he was in college. He referred to it as the “mailroom of the free world,” which made Jeanne Marie Laskas burst out laughing. She had never heard anybody say it that way. Though my knowledge of the minutiae of my stepson’s days…

Raj Reddy: Modern Circumnavigator

by James H. Morris
James H. Morris is a retired professor of computer science and dean of the School of Computer Science as well as the Silicon Valley campus of Carnegie Mellon University. In a series of blogs for Pittsburgh Quarterly he writes about some of the computing pioneers he encountered during his career.

This Week’s Astrology: Dec. 2026, 2018

This week, as winter makes its official arrival, we come to understand why all the holidays celebrated at this time of year involve the shining of light. At the winter solstice, which takes place on Friday evening, the sun enters the sign of Capricorn, and begins its journey back toward…

Mary and the Laundromutt

Right now, Rudy the Doodle is on the grooming table. Mary is giving him the Full Groom. “Everything,” she says, snipping away at his curly, toffee colored fur with a pair of Japanese shears, which are also her favorite kind. Snip. Snip. Snip.

A Pittsburgher Goes to Florence

Take a quick international trip to Florence, Italy with Pittsburgh photographer David Aschkenas. In this photo collection, Aschkenas explores the Palazzo Pitti, the Boboli Gardens, the eclectic La Specola natural history museum as well as a few churches, including Santa Croce, Santa Maria Novella and the Duomo.

Spitting Into the Wind

by Greg Curtis
The first blogging software hit the market in 1999, but it was a technology in search of a use. I never even heard the word “blog” until the early 2000s, and didn’t focus on it until, in 2004, the Merriam-​Webster Dictionary selected “blog” as the Word of the Year. (It’s…

Allen Newell: The Lone Ranger

by James H. Morris
James H. Morris is a retired professor of computer science and dean of the School of Computer Science as well as the Silicon Valley campus of Carnegie Mellon University. In a series of blogs for Pittsburgh Quarterly he writes about some of the computing pioneers he encountered during his career.

Take as Prescribed, with Care

by Darian Carrow
Medications prescribed to treat illness do unintended harm to an alarming number of patients in the United States each year.
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