The Evening Post: Kid President’s Book Club with The Cast of Annie


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Kid President wants you to #BookItForward, and he is on a mission to get 10,000 people to give their favorite book to someone else.  In this video, you are introduced to Kid President’s book club!  And the first people to visit the book club are the cast of the upcoming movie Annie.  He asked his new friends Cameron Diaz, Quvenzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, and Bobby Cannavale to join him in talking about their favorite books.  So, watch this video below, and go see Annie now in theaters!

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What I Want For Christmas 2014, Plus My Hand-Drawn Christmas Card


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I have some of you asking me, what do you want for Christmas?  Well, I tell them this, a sustaining career.  And for starters, I am going to show you my hand-drawn Christmas card for 2014.  And yes, it might go viral, especially in Alabama.  The card features a corrupt Santa Claus and Rudolph fling over the skies of Alabama.  In his sleigh, it features the corrupt way the UAB football program ended, math and science books burning representing the poor education standards, a greedy and corrupt person with lots of money and a knife to backstab someone, a needle to represent the drug problem, a person holding up a sign saying looking for work representing the major unemployment problem in Alabama, a gun representing the gun violence in Alabama, and a dog in a cage representing greedy vets wanting to shut down low-cost spay and neuter clinics.

And of course, since Alabama is full of greedy and corrupt people in power, he left several bags of coal for Christmas.  And the greeting says Merry Christmas, and have a corrupt greedy new year!  Here is my 2014 hand drawn Christmas card, that will be sent to a lot of people!

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So, what did you think, was that cool or what!  Now, for what I want for Christmas, and I made an infographic for that!  To sum things up, the things I want for Christmas are a  sustaining career, help moving since most likely I will have to move away from Anniston / Oxford (sorry mom), a trip to the dentist to fix the cavities I have (I will have to wait two months for an appointment at the low-cost clinic), some new clothes since I have worn the same clothes for years now, and after all of that, a better computer and camera equipment so I can do a better job on Geek Alabama.  View the infographic below!

Let me just say this, Christmas will be an interesting day at my mom’s house.  Because I am only going to be talking about one thing, it’s time to move!  Unless you want to continue to pay the apartment rent, and my groceries starting in 2015.  It’s not my fault the Anniston / Oxford area is one of the worst metro areas in America for business, unemployment, and the overall economy.  Heck, even Moody’s said this!

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I have watched several others I know already leave for other places and I will have to be next.  I will not be getting on disability, and there is hardly any hiring going on around here, and many others have told me to move.  So what is the next step, I guess I will find out on Christmas day!  So for now, enjoy my hand drawn Christmas card and infographic!  Let’s see what happens next!

Good News Fridays: It’s My Bag Alabama


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Think about this, what happens when a foster child has to move from one home to another home.  And this child has to move to several different homes during their childhood.  And the child puts all of his or her belongings like clothes, in a Wal-Mart bag.  That is not too pleasant, isn’t!  Now, there is a new organization starting up to change all of this.  You can not stop foster kids moving from home to home.  But, you can make sure the child has a suitcase to carry their belongings, instead of a plastic shopping bag.

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Vickie Thomas got the idea to start It’s My Bag Alabama one day when she was having a bad day.  It was God’s way of showing her that her day wasn’t bad at all. After a little bit of research about foster kids in this area, she was crying.  As a mother and a grandmother, there should be nothing more important than a child!  No child should feel like that are garbage. Many of the kids in foster care have been hurt and abused or just plain ignored. Giving them a little bit of dignity isn’t too much to ask.  And a bag that the child can call their own is something that they can hold on to when they leave a home.

When a child is in foster care the heartbreaking reality is that their belongings are usually held in garbage bags. This sends a very damaging message to these kids and teens that they are as disposable as their belongings. It’s My Bag Alabama wants to stop relaying that message!  With the help of people like you, their donors, they can replace these garbage bags with suitcases, duffel bags, and book bags so that every child in foster care can say, “It’s my bag!”  And if you live in East Alabama, you can help right now!

You can drop off any suitcase or bag at one of the locations below!  Make sure the bags are clean and disinfected before you drop them off!

Anniston

  • Engagement House/Magnolia Vacations – 1400 Commerce Blvd, Suite 18 – Anniston, AL 36207
  • Area Wide Appraisal – 314 E 12th St. — Point of Contact – Jennifer Brown Kreh – 256-237-3544 —- Office Hours – 8:30am to 4pm – Monday thru Friday.
  • Keller Williams Realty Group – 1805 Hillyer Robinson Parkway – Anniston, AL 36207 – Office Hours – 9am to 5pm – Monday – Friday

Alexandria

Expertease Hair Salon – 6326 Highway 431 – Alexandria, AL 36250 – 256-820-3400 – Point of Contact – Teresa Wells – Please call before Drop-Off

Jacksonville

  • Merle Norman-Jacksonville – 1505 Pelham Rd. South Suite 5 – Jacksonville, AL, United States 36265 – Hours – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm – Monday – Saturday

Oxford

  • TitleBucks – 539 South Quintard, Oxford, AL 36203 – Point of Contact – Sharon Watkins – Office Hours – Monday – Friday – 9am to 7pm – Saturday 10am to 4pm. 256-831-8894

Weaver

  • Buckhorn Clubhouse – 189 Angel Lake Rd – Weaver, AL 36277 – 256-770-7327 – Point of Contact Amy Angel – Please call before drop-off

More drop off points will be announced soon!  All suitcases and bags will go to the Alabama Department of Human Resources, Alabama Baptist Home, and The Big Oak Ranch.  And coats, jackets, and gloves are also needed!  To keep up with the newest drop off points, and to learn more about It’s My Bag Alabama, go to:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/itsmybagalabama

An Open Letter To Sony Pictures, The Interview, The Pirate Bay, And Torrenting


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Over the past week, two big stories involving geeks and nerds like me have made the news!  One is about a major hack at Sony, and the pulling of a movie.  The other is about the shutdown of a very popular torrent site, The Pirate Bay, let’s go!

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Well, Sony got hacked, and they are going to spend millions of dollars to clean up the damage, and possibility not release the movie The Interview.  And my question to Sony is this, what were you thinking when you committed to make this movie?  I mean, make a movie about a plot to kill the North Korean leader, and as a comedy?  This was asking for trouble, and trouble was exactly what you got!  It’s bad enough that the Taiwanese Animators have made a video about this.

Hackers pretty much took down the entire Sony computer system, and not only revealed things happening inside Sony, they also threatened to blow up theaters that showed The Interview.  Apparently, the threats were serious enough, and theaters decided to pull the opening of the film, and now Sony has pulled The Interview until further notice.  So, we might never see what could happen when Seth Rogen and James Franco assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for the CIA.  But there is more to this.

Sony, I think you are a coward for pulling a movie just because of some threats.  Heck, the hackers are praising your move!  The hackers also said they will quit hacking Sony, as long as the movie is never released.  But come on Sony, you will not release this movie in theaters, you could at least release this movie on DVD, or on streaming websites like Netflix.  The interest is now through the roof thanks to the hacking news.  And it’s completely un-American to not release this movie.

Does the US Military just quit because of some threat, no!  Does a football team quit just because the other team is threatening them, no!  Does a small business quit because a larger business is threatening them, no!  So Sony, do the American thing, and the right thing, and release The Interview.  Hackers should not control what us Americans do!  And Sony, you also have some blame to go around too!  You should of used a fake made up country with a fake made up leader.  For example, if this movie was about killing President Obama, you would have armed police arresting you!

So Sony, you already made the movie, for some stupid reason.  You might as well release it.  And for the other movie studios, this is a very good lesson for you too!  Don’t make something as a parody to harm or kill someone in real life!

The Pirate Bay Takedown

Yep, the most popular torrent site is gone, but I think it will be back soon.  The servers for the Pirate Bay were raided by police in Sweden, but this is not the end of torrenting, and let me tell you why!  The costs to watch your favorite TV shows or movies keeps going up and up.  For the cable system we have here in Anniston, Cable One, all of the Viacom channels are gone, and soon the NBC Universal channels could be next.  Since the Viacom channels were taken away, Cable One internet subscribers can not even watch the Viacom shows on their websites.  So where does people turn too, torrents!  And I will admit, I use torrents too.

And on Cable One, you can’t access features like Watch Disney, or log on into you cable account to watch full episodes on sites like USA.  So that means you have to torrent to catch up on your favorite shows.  And I will admit, torrenting is up really big here in the Anniston / Oxford Metro because we have one of the greediest and worst cable companies around.  So, if you want to really end torrenting, do this!  Lower the price to watch TV shows or movies.  And make sure all cable companies have all the options available to stream your shows, when you miss them.

As for The Pirate Bay, it’s sad to see them sink to the bottom of the internet graveyard.  But there are plenty more torrent sites out there, and you will never be able to take out all torrents, it will never happen!  There will always be people, including me, who will torrent their favorite TV shows and movies.  Maybe this is a lesson to the content providers, make better programs, and make them cheaper, so more people can watch them the legal way!

Learn More And Join The Heart Of YouTube Community


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Are you on YouTube, like I am.  And do you feel like the sense of community has been lost forever.  You are not alone!  YouTube has become a place where only the big name channels are getting much of the exposure, while smaller channels struggle to gain subscribers.  And many people are wanting to bring back the sense of community YouTube was once known for.  So, enter the Heart of YouTube.

Average people are the heart and soul of YouTube.  They are the lost (and found ;)) YouTube Community. They are here to reunite what once was: The Heart of YouTube.  On their Facebook like page, you will find YouTube videos from average people like vlogs, video making advice, YouTube groups, and much more!  They have already gotten over 300 likes, and are now shooting for 1000 likes.  So, join the fun with the Heart of YouTube at: https://www.facebook.com/heartofyt