The Evening Post: Does Cracking Your Knuckles Cause Arthritis


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We all do it, including me!  We pop our knuckles because it’s a fun thing to do.  But, does popping your knuckles really cause arthritis later in life?  Researcher Donald Unger only popped the knuckles in his left hand for 60 years, while his right hand remained untouched.  So, after doing some research and x-rays, he found out that popping your knuckles, does not cause arthritis.  Your mother was probably wrong!  Enjoy this video from Vox to see how Donald did his research!  And go pop your knuckles!

Watch This Amazing Tie Fighter Star Wars Short Film


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From the YouTube channel OtaKing77077 or Paul Johnson, comes a great animated short film called Tie Fighter.  The film features an elite squadron of Tie fighter pilots as they wage a battle against the Rebels.  The animation is spectacular in this, as it’s all done in 1980’s Japanese animation that is very detailed and over the top.  For someone who took four years on weekends to hand draw this, it was done beautifully!

This film is inspired by LucasArts’ 1994 TIE Fighter game, and you might not know about the game.  But after watching this, you will be looking up this game.  And, I like how he ended his YouTube description.

Don’t support me on Patreon, because I don’t have one! And don’t donate to my Kickstarter, because I don’t have one of those either. Instead, if you enjoyed this, give someone at your workplace, uni, school or whatever a random bar of chocolate or can or Coke or something. Seriously, it’ll probably make their day.  That would totally make my day.

You will love this, enjoy!

Music Thursdays: Blues Traveler Coming To East Alabama


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This Friday night in downtown Anniston, the band Blues Traveler is coming to perform, for free!  The band is compromised by singer and harmonica player John Popper, guitarist Chan Kinchla, drummer Brendan Hill, bassist Tad Kinchla and keyboardist Ben Wilson. Tad Kinchla and Ben Wilson joined the band following the death of original bassist Bobby Sheehan in 1999.

The band’s music covers a variety of genres, including blues rock, psychedelic rock, folk rock, soul, and Southern rock. They are known for extensive use of segues in their live performances, and were considered a key part of the re-emerging jam band scene of the 1990s.  The band has a couple of very popular songs!  One song is called “Hook.”

The other popular song is called “Run-Around.”

The band also has plenty of other great songs!  For example, here is a music video and song recorded in 2001 called “Girl Inside My Head.”

Here is another music video featuring animals flying in the air called “You, Me, And Everything.”

Here is another music video called “But Anyway.”

And here is another great music video called “You Don’t Have To Love Me.”

So, want to see Blues Traveler, and for free?  You can this Friday night at the Model City Music Festival at Zinn Park in downtown Anniston.

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The music festival is a part of the larger Noble Street Festival weekend.  If you want to see Blues Traveler, the show starts at 7 pm.  Please make sure and get there early, because crowds are going to be big!    2015 will be the 20th anniversary of their Grammy and the release of a new exciting and dramatically different album, from a band that has learned to be ever-changing while sticking to the roots of who they are.

Over the course of their illustrious career, Blues Traveler have sold more than 10 million combined units worldwide, played over 2,000 live shows in front of more than 30 million people, and, in “Run-Around,” had the longest- charting radio single in Billboard history, which earned them a Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Their movie credits include Blues Brothers 2000, Kingpin, Wildflowers and others. A television favorite, they have been featured on Saturday Night Live, Austin City Limits, and VH1’s Behind the Music, and they hold the record for the most appearances of any artist on The Late Show with David Letterman.

So, having Blues Traveler visiting Anniston is a really big deal!  Come out and enjoy the free concert!  And check back for pictures and videos from the concert this weekend on Geek Alabama!  Learn more about the Model City Music Fest at:  http://www.modelcityfest.com/

 

Roadscapes Wednesday: Road Videos Of The Transfăgărăşan


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This is Roadscapes Wednesday on a Thursday!  As you might have heard by now, the BBC has fired Jeremy Clarkson from Top Gear.  And while the BBC says they might bring back Jeremy, Top Gear won’t be the same.  And let’s be sure about something, we have not heard the last from Jeremy Clarkson!  Nope, he will be somewhere else very soon, maybe the US version of Top Gear, one can hope!

So, I wanted to showcase Jeremy Clarkson’s most favorite road in the world!  The road is in Europe and the country of Romania.  The road is called the Transfăgărăşan and is a part of Romania National Road route 7C.  The road is the second-highest paved road in Romania and was built in the 1970’s.  The Transfăgărășan was constructed between 1970 and 1974, during the rule of Nicolae Ceaușescu. It was built as a response to the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union. Ceaușescu wanted to ensure quick military access across the mountains in case the Soviets attempted a similar move to a previous one during 1921.

Yes, Romania already had several strategic mountain passes through the Southern Carpathians.  But, these passes were mainly through river valleys, and therefore easy to block and attack in event of a military invasion.  So, why not build a road over a major mountain.  The sad part about this road, was the cost in human lives.  Estimates of around 40 people were killed while building this road.  The Romanian Military built this road, and many soldiers were untrained with dynamite.  Not a good mix!

So, what does this road have to do with Top Gear.  The show visited the Transfăgărășan in 2009.  And after filming, Jeremy Clarkson declared this road as the best road in the world!  Here is a video clip of this from the BBC.

So, in honor of Jeremy Clarkson and the Transfăgărășan.  Here are various road videos featuring this mountain pass!

YouTube Spotlight: European Roads


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This is YouTube Spotlight, where each week I highlight a YouTube channel that you should be following! This week, I am promoting the YouTube channel European Roads.

European Roads is just videos showcasing the roads and highways on the European continent.  You see road videos from countries such as France, Italy, Germany, Norway, Netherlands, Denmark, and other amazing countries!  For example, here is the most popular YouTube video on the channel featuring the A9 Tunnel Sierre in Switzerland.

Here is another popular video featuring extreme road downgrading in the Netherlands.

And here is their latest video featuring the A52 in France.

So, if you enjoy time lapse road videos, then European Roads is for you!  Learn more and subscribe at: https://www.youtube.com/user/aswchris