Crowdsourcing Mornings: Hedge


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This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

HEDGE planters look great anywhere. It’s hard to find planters that fit—and actually look good—in your home or on your patio or balcony. The modern design and clean geometry make them fashionable solo, but look equally as good as a pair, trio, or sextet.  HEDGE planters can be transformative. An apartment window can become a stunning green space. A kitchen wall can grow into an herb garden. A balcony can become an urban oasis. A patio can be transformed into a secret garden.

Each HEDGE planter is named after a pioneer woman of landscape and garden design: Gertrude Jekyll, Beatrix Farrand, Marian Cruger Coffin, and Florence Bell Robinson defied the male-dominated field and created garden spaces that continue to be celebrated today.  HEDGE planters are easy to hang or wall mount and come with matching hardware. The small and large pendants each come with a hook, a solid extender, and a chain link extender to help you get the height just right. The mini-pendants and wall trellis come with matching nails that give them a nicely finished feel.  HEDGE planters will be shaped, welded, polished, and powder-coated in the U.S. (all in the Los Angeles-area, to be precise) by skilled craftspeople with decades of experience under their belts.

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As of September 18th, this project has raised around $36,000 of their $7,500 goal. This project only has 12 days left to raise as much as it can!  For a pledge of $38, you will get one MARIAN mini pendant PAIR.  For a pledge of $72, you will get two MARIAN mini pendant PAIR.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cora/hedge

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The Evening Post: The Dancing Traffic Light


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Tonight, I wanted to feature this video from the YouTube channel Smart who did something very clever.  They modified a traffic light in Portugal and had the light dance!  They took people nearby and one by one a person got to dance, the moves were projected to the red light, and the goal was to get pedestrians to wait for the red light.  This is pretty awesome, and this is part of the #WhatAreYouFor campaign, enjoy the video and the behind the scenes video!

Roadscapes Wednesday: Wacky Changes In Front Of The Oxford Wal-Mart


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On this Roadscapes Wednesday post, I talk about more problems in Oxford.  The problems are around the Wal-Mart and AL-21.  Since they repaved the road and re-did the median crossovers, traffic have found some new and more dangerous ways to avoid the traffic light and get into Wal-Mart.  The problem, the crossover to turn left from AL-21 into Wal-Mart and Chick-fil-A is short.  It makes traffic turn into the Kangaroo Gas Station instead of the road into Wal-Mart.  Drivers have to cut through the gas station and take a side road to connect to the Wal-Mart service road.

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There is not a lot of room between the stop sign and the side road, so it forces drivers to squeeze in between cars to access the service road.  Plus people leaving from Chick-fil-A have a harder time getting in and out because of the weird and dangerous design.

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Here is a short video of me profiling drivers who turn into the gas station to access the service road.  Yep, I almost caught a wreck on camera because drivers have a hard time getting out onto the service road.

And the changes they made at the Wal-Mart traffic light are even worse.  You see, some drivers will make a u-turn at the light to access Chick-fil-A.  While drivers are making a u-turn, drivers are turning right onto AL-21 from Wal-Mart.  Accidents have already happened because of the changes, and you can’t just put up a no right turn on red sign, as traffic will block the entrance into the Murphy’s Gas station, which will result in traffic blocking AL-21.

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Who was in charge of the new designs?  The City of Oxford, or ALDOT?  These are some wacky and weird changes that needs to be fixed now!  Extend the left turn lane so traffic turning left can turn into the Wal-Mart service road, without going into the Kangaroo Gas Station first.  If you think these changes are wacky, check out what Oxford did on Elm St. near Wal-Mart.  Instead of filling the holes on the side of the road with dirt, they put up delineators instead, what a waste of money and resources.

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Book Review: The Making Of Tornado Chasers By Ken Cole


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In this Book Reviews post, I am talking about the new book from Ken Cole and Reed Timmer called “The Making Of Tornado Chasers.”  In The Making of Tornado Chasers, filmmaker Ken Cole gives you a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the treacherous production of the documentary series Tornado Chasers, which follows Reed Timmer’s chase team during the historic 2013 tornado season.  Including behind the scenes anecdotes and first-hand accounts of the tragic events in Moore and El Reno, Oklahoma, Cole tells his personal story through a series of logs covering pre-production through the series premiere.  To get an idea of this series, here are two episodes from the series you can watch right now!

As you know, Tornado Chasers was funded by backers on a Kickstarter campaign Geek Alabama covered.  At the beginning, you will learn about Reed Timmer teaming up with KFOR-TV, and chasing in the Ozarks with Ginger Zee.  Early in the season, the chases were mostly busts, and with busts, you can not make an online TV show.  You also read about relationships with friends, and the new equipment they purchased to make the chases easier.

The book spends a lot of time during the chase of the El Reno, Oklahoma tornado.  They talked about the amazing supercell and tornado they saw, picking up crew from The Weather Channel who were involved in the tornado, and talking about the loss of storm chasers Tim Samaras, Carl Young and Paul Samaras.  The book also talks about the EF5 Moore, Oklahoma tornado, the tragedy and destruction, and Reed Timmer’s dealings with the mainstream media, who wanted stories about Moore, instead of chasing tornadoes in the field.

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In the book, you will also get some behind the scenes info. about Jim Cantore and Ginger Zee tagging along, the tough choices to keep chasing or search the rubble for victims, and the challenges of a very long day to keep chasing.  There is also some funny moments, like being denied into Canada because Dominator 3 was too significantly altered.  You will also learn about how they produced the show, and put the show together after the chasing season was over.  If you are looking to make a show, this book can give you some good tips!

Overall, The Making Of Tornado Chasers was a good read, and if you enjoy weather, this is a good book that is a quick and good read!  Learn more and get the book by going to: http://tvnweather.com/tornadochasers/book

Vote Hub Network / My Little Pony In The Hot List Readers Poll / Plus Spaceballs


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It’s time for another year on the Adweek Hot List Readers Poll!  And our friends at the Hub Network wants to make sure you are voting for them in the “Hottest Family Network.”  As of September 17th, they have a big lead.

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Also, Hub Network would like to see My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic win the “Hottest Kids Show” poll!  As of September 17th, they also have a big lead with Reading Rainbow as being second, both are awesome!

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The biggest surprise on the Adweek Hot List Readers Poll is The Weather Channel leading the “Hottest News Network.”  If The Weather Channel beats out Fox News, CNN, and the other news channels, that would be some egg on the face!

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Voting is open until December 1st with winners announced on December 8th.  And you can vote as many times as you want!  If you want to vote, go to:  http://www.adweek.com/news/television/and-years-hottest-tv-show-159816

And if you have not heard yet, Hub Network is going to air Spaceballs starting on Saturday September 20th at 7 pm Central.  Yeah, that Spaceballs movie that spoofs Star Wars and stars John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman, and Dom DeLuise.  My favorite part of the movie was when everyone escapes in the pods, and you never know who was running around!

The question is, how much editing is going to be done on Spaceballs to keep the movie at TV-PG?  I guess we will find out this Saturday!