Weekend Roundup: 4-18 to 4-20


Geek Alabama Weekend Roundup

This is Weekend Roundup.  The local events that are happening in NE Alabama and NW Georgia.  And the bigger events that are happening in Atlanta and Birmingham.  As always if you have an event that needs to be featured on Weekend Roundup.  E-mail me at barcncpt44@aol.com.

Weekend Weather:

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Rain on Friday, Saturday and Sunday is fine!

Local Best Bets:

Anniston Museum’s annual spring plant sale on April 18-19.  For more info. go to:  http://www.annistonmuseum.org/

Easter Egg Hunt at the Friendship Community Center on Saturday April 19th starting at 9 am.  For more info. go to:  http://calhounchamber.preview.gochambermaster.com/Events/details/easter-egg-hunt-5093707

Chris Wright’s Birthday Bash to Cure Cancer at Mt. Cheaha Harley Davidson on Saturday April 19th starting at 5 pm.  For more info. go to:  https://www.facebook.com/events/649820088405430/

AWF Cookoff – Lake Martin at The Amp on Lake Martin on Saturday April 19th starting at 6 pm.  For more info. go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/746082625415884

Coosa Valley Model Railroad Association 28th annual Train Show at Gadsden Convention Hall on Saturday April 19th from 9 am – 4 pm.  For more info. go to:  http://coosavalleymodelrailroad.com

Foothills Easter Classic at Rainbow Middle School in Rainbow City on Saturday April 19th starting at 8 am.  For more info. go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/239061296254679/

Klassic Kruisers 13th Annual Charity Car Show on Saturday, April 19 at City Hall in New Site.  For more info. go to: http://www.alexcityoutlook.com/2014/04/11/185274/

An Evening With Three On A String on Saturday April 19th starting at 7:30 pm at Wallace Hall.  For more info. go to: http://www.wallacehall.org/

2nd Annual Wildcat 5k Run/Walk at White Plains Youth Sports Complex on Saturday April 19th starting at 8 am.  For more info. go to: http://annistonrunners.com/event-calendar/?eventID=599&date=04/19/2014

5K Pound The Pavement Against Childhood Obesity at JSU Theron Montgomery Building on Saturday April 19th starting at 9 am.  For more info. go to:  http://annistonrunners.com/event-calendar/?eventID=628&date=04/19/2014

Chief’s Challenge Run4Val 5K and 10K Team Run at Centre City Park on Saturday April 19th starting at 8 am.  For more info. go to: http://annistonrunners.com/event-calendar/?eventID=617&date=04/19/2014

Sigma Phi Epsilon 5K Fun Run at Jacksonville State University Coliseum on Saturday April 19th starting at 10 am.  For more info. go to: http://annistonrunners.com/event-calendar/?eventID=624&date=04/19/2014

The Fourth Annual CDPEA 5K at the Noble Training Facility on Saturday April 19th starting at 8 am.  For more info. go to: http://annistonrunners.com/event-calendar/?eventID=615&date=04/19/2014

Tortoise Run (5K) and Earth Day Fair at Oak Grove Montessori School on Saturday April 19th from 8 am -12 pm.  For more info. go to:  http://carrollcalendar.com/ai1ec_event/tortoise-run-5k-and-earth-day-fair/?instance_id=5916

Free Concert Picnic- featuring Grammy Award Winning Artist Mike Mattison at The AMP At Adamson Square on Saturday April 19th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.  For more info. go to: http://carrollcalendar.com/ai1ec_event/free-concert-picnic-featuring-grammy-award-winning-artist/?instance_id=5915

Easter Egg Hunt and Festival at McIntosh Reserve Park on Saturday April 19th from 12-3 pm.  For more info. go to: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carroll-County-Parks/133378486730818

Earth Day and Spring EGGtravanganza at James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park in Summerville on Saturday April 19th.  For more info. go to: http://gastateparks.org/info/214855

Veterans Family Fun Day at Georgia Highlands College- Floyd Campus on Saturday April 19th.  For more info. go to: http://www.venuedog.com/rome/events/132281

Here are my out of the area best bets for this weekend.  Go to http://www.accessatlanta.com/ for Atlanta events or http://birminghamal.org/events-calendar/  for Birmingham events.

Atlanta Best Bets:

Sweetwater 420 Fest in Centennial Olympic Park on April 18-20.  For more info. go to:  http://sweetwater420fest.com/

Georgia Renaissance Festival begins this Saturday and runs every weekend through June 19th.  For more info. go to: http://www.garenfest.com/

Birmingham Best Bets:

12th Annual Jazz Band Festival at the Carver Theatre on April 16,17, & 19.  For more info. go to: http://www.jazzhall.com/events.htm

2nd Annual Cornhole Classic at Good People Brewing on Saturday April 19th.  For more info. go to: https://cornholeclassic.instagift.com/

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Crowdsourcing Mornings: The Mini Mobile Robotic Printer


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

Everything today has gone mobile. Thanks to our smartphones, tablets and laptops we can leave our office while staying fully connected by doing work on the go. Well, almost…  There is one device that got left behind and seemed to miss the “mobile revolution train”-The Printer.  You can see students, lawyers or entrepreneurs working efficiently outside of their homes of offices but then suddenly struggling to find a place to print.  Their vision is to change that.  They have created a mobile printer that is easy and fun to use, can be taken anywhere, prints from any device (laptop, tablet, smartphone, you name it!) onto any sized page.

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Print machines now-a-days are essentially a printhead running left and right on a moving piece of paper.  They asked ourselves, why not get rid of the entire device, just put the printhead on a set of small wheels and let it run across a piece of paper. By doing so, they allow the printer to really be as little as possible.  Their printer is entirely fitted for our day-to-day life. I t has a rechargeable battery with an on\off switch, it connects directly to smartphones and to PCs, and it allows the user to print on any size piece of paper.  The printer is activated by sliding a hatch at the bottom of the printer which will reveal the inkjet. The USB connection for battery charging is also located on the bottom of the device.  The inkjet lasts for over 1,000 printed pages and the battery lasts for over one hour per full-charge.  The first version will print in grayscale.

As of April 18th, this project has raised around $405,908 of their $400,000 goal. This project only has 21 days left to raise as much as it can!  For a pledge of $35, you will get one of the two cool T-shirts they designed specially for the Kickstarter campaign!  For a pledge of $200, you will get the Titanium White or Mars Black printer!  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1686304142/the-mini-mobile-robotic-printer

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The Evening Post: Dexter Roberts Is Eliminated From American Idol


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Well, I was bit surprised to see Dexter Roberts eliminated from American Idol tonight.  On tonight’s result show, Jessica Meuse and Dexter Roberts were in the bottom two, and I was expecting Jessica to go home, but nope, Dexter got eliminated.  And many people on social media are not agreeing with this decision!  I wonder if the trio duet on Wednesday’s show with the three American Idols from Alabama sealed the deal?

Last night, Dexter sang “Muckalee Creek Water” from Luke Bryan.  And under the comments on the YouTube page, most people thought it was a predictable and boring performance.  I thought it was a good performance, sadly most of America thought the performance was not good.

This is not the last we have heard from Dexter!  After the finale, and the Summer Tour, I think Dexter Roberts will be signed by a Nashville label, and we will hear more from Dexter Roberts!  And if Jessica or CJ does not pick it up, they will be the next two eliminated from the show, and I will switch back to watching Survivor live!  Enjoy the final performance from Dexter called “Lucky Man” from Montgomery Gentry.

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TV Reviews: Showdown Of The Unbeatables, America’s Best Cook, Down East Dickering


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On this TV Reviews post, I am talking about three new shows on cable!  So, what did I think of Showdown Of The Unbeatables, America’s Best Cook, and Down East Dickering?

Showdown Of The Unbeatables

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This new show on National Geographic Channel I thought was pretty cool!  Showdown Of The Unbeatables is hosted by Brian Unger and Zane Lamprey.  And this series is basically a battle royale between two different things or people.  Showdown of the Unbeatables showcases three product match-ups per episode.  The companies that designed them are as varied as the inventions: some are mom-and-pop shops with one killer product while others are multimillion-dollar corporations with extensive resources.  What they all share is a passion for their product and the unshakeable belief that it can’t be beaten.

 

The hosts align themselves with opposing products, getting to know how they work, learning the backstory from engineers who created them, and then seeing them in action. And they don’t just mean everyday items lying around the house.  The engineers demonstrate the innovations in jaw-dropping ways.  The series then explains the fascinating science behind the inventions, but above all it delivers incredible, logic-defying visuals.  When the dueling companies meet for the first time, the players size each other up.  The rules are drawn up and agreed upon.  The supporters take their places. And the showdown begins.

After the showdown, one is the winner and one is the loser.  One of the episodes featured battles between a flame thrower vs. fire truck, world’s strongest man vs. robot, and Tuff-N-Lite vs denim.  I enjoyed the science behind each item going into a battle on this show.  And of course I enjoyed the battles!  See, science can still be cool on TV!  I enjoyed this show and any geek/nerd would enjoy this show, the only bad thing is the show premieres on Friday night, when many people are away.  Glad the DVR was invented!  Showdown Of The Unbeatables airs on Friday nights on National Geographic Channel.  Learn more at: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/showdown-of-the-unbeatables/

America’s Best Cook

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Last weekend, Food Network premiered America’s Best Cook.  The show features home cooks from four different regions in America, East, West, South, and North.  And the home chefs are mentored by Tyler Florence, Cat Cora, Michael Symon, and Alex Guarnaschelli.  Ted Allen from Chopped hosts the show.  In the first episode, four cooks from each region came and had to do a cook off featuring one ingredient unique to that region.  The mentor chefs then tasted the dishes from the four home cooks, and two made the cut!

So, this is what I think about the show.  I thought this show was copying the cooking show The Taste on ABC.  Only except using spoons to taste the dishes, the home cooks are cooking real and full dishes!  The viewers only got the backgrounds of the home cooks and got to see the home cooks cook one dish featuring one ingredient in the first episode.  Starting with the second episode, the home cooks will be coached by their chef mentors.  Each episode will begin with a Group Challenge in which the mentors counsel their cooks in creating dishes to impress a guest judge.  The bottom four home cooks will then face off in the Pressure Cooker round, which will determine who goes home and who remains for another week.

The finale puts the four remaining home cooks through three grueling single-elimination rounds until one cook is left standing, alongside his or her chef-mentor, as America’s Best Cook.  As you know, I have been somewhat critical of some of the shows on Food Network because it takes the simple concept of cooking and twists and turns it into something weird.  At least this competition show is about cooking!  I think bringing in average home cooks for a chance to win $50,000 and the best cook title is a good thing for the network.  I hope to see some good things from this show!  America’s Best Cook airs on Sunday nights on Food Network, learn more at:  http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/americas-best-cook

Down East Dickering

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History Channel has come out with a new show that could be a companion of American Pickers.  Down East Dickering follows four groups of New Englanders for whom “dickering” is a way of life.  Whether it’s building a bridge, climbing a bell tower, or officiating a wedding, they’ll do whatever it takes to make a few bucks so they can enjoy life on their own terms.  These people always gets the weekly New England publication called Uncle Henry’s, which is a book featuring nothing but classified ads.  People place ads in the book, and people interested in an item contacts the person listed in the book, and the process repeats!

These folks pretty much live their lives off of the Uncle Henry’s book, from selling and buying items, bartering, odd jobs, and other ways to make a quick buck without getting a job.  In the first episode, you saw some folks make a good profit on vintage auto parts and soda signs.  Other folks did a bridge-building project.  And others made the perfect demolition derby junker.  Each episode is going to focus on several different things and people, kind of like what you see on Duck Dynasty.

For me, I am not an antique junkie, and I don’t fall in love with collecting old stuff.  So this is a show I might catch here and there when nothing else good is on.  But for the folks who love antiques, and shows like American Pickers and Duck Dynasty, Down East Dickering is for you!  And if you are wondering what Dickering means, it’s the bargaining and haggling that goes on to secure a deal.  There may be some money, some trading, and even some bartering involved.  Down East Dickering airs new episodes on Wednesday nights on History Channel, learn more at: http://www.history.com/shows/down-east-dickering

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Weekend Planning: Bo Bikes Bama 2014


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Auburn sports legend Bo Jackson will be doing Bo Bikes Bama again this weekend, around Auburn!  Bo Bikes Bama has become an annual bike ride to raise money for the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund which has repaired hundreds of homes and built 27 community storm shelters since the April 27, 2011 tornadoes.  The fund also provides crucial disaster preparedness and emergency management resources for the state of Alabama.  This weekend, there will be a charity auction, a 22-mile bike ride, and a 62-mile bike ride, and did I mention that on the same day is the Auburn Tigers A-Day game!

On Friday April 18th, the Bo Bikes Bama Silent Auction takes place at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art from 6-9 pm.  Join legend Bo Jackson for a silent auction event the evening before the third annual Bo Bikes Bama charity bike ride in Auburn Alabama. Enjoy hors d’ oeuvres, beer and wine while browsing a silent auction featuring signed memorabilia from athletes and entertainers.  All proceeds benefit the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund, which has repaired hundreds of homes and built 27 community storm shelters since the April 27, 2011 tornadoes.  Tickets, donations and purchases are tax deductible and help prepare the state of Alabama for future natural disasters.

On Saturday morning, Bo Bikes Bama takes off for a bike ride around the plains.  This year, the third annual Bo Bikes Bama ride will take place in Auburn Alabama on A-Day, Saturday April 19th.  Participating riders can choose either a 62-mile or 22-mile route.  Both routes will take riders through the campus of Auburn University, while the 62-mile route will carry riders through Tuskegee and neighboring Macon County.  Here is the map of the routes below.  The darker color route is the shorter route while the lighter color is the longer route!

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The ride will begin and end at the The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.  The 62-mile route begins at 7 am while the 22-mile route begins at 9:30 am.  All riders will get a jersey number, t-shirt, light snacks and water at the rest stops, and a meal at the end of the ride.  Of course, the day is topped off by the Auburn Tigers A-Day game at Jordan Hare Stadium on Saturday April 19th at 2 pm.  Tickets are $5 each.  Of course, if you can not make it to Auburn for Bo Bikes Bama or for the A-Day game, you could always watch the A-Day game live on ESPN!

Learn more about Bo Bikes Bama at: https://bobikesbama.com/

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