Geek Alabama Rewind: Week of 4-19-14


Geek Alabama Rewind

Here is the latest weekly recap for Geek Alabama!  Some of the most popular posts from last week included accepting the world’s toughest job, the Heartbleed bug and why you need to change all of your passwords, Roadscapes post about my 49th and 50th Geek Alabama road drawings, Evening Post about Dexter Roberts eliminated from American Idol, Animation Monday post about the Littlest Pet Shop season 2 finale, and a Good News Fridays post about The Shelter Pups / Charity Animal Television.

Would You Accept The World’s Toughest Job?

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A video went viral this week asking people if they would accept the world’s toughest job.  Click the link to watch this great video!

http://geekalabama.com/2014/04/15/would-you-accept-the-worlds-toughest-job/

The Heartbleed Bug And Why You Need To Change All Of Your Passwords

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The Heartbleed has caused some panic and concern on the internet.  This post talks about the bug and why you need to change all of your passwords.

http://geekalabama.com/2014/04/14/the-heartbleed-bug-and-why-you-need-to-change-all-of-your-passwords/

Roadscapes Wednesday: 49th and 50th Geek Alabama Road Drawings

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I have drawn roads all of my life, but this post highlights my 49th and 50th road drawing since I started the Geek Alabama blog!

http://geekalabama.com/2014/04/16/roadscapes-wednesday-49th-and-50th-geek-alabama-road-drawings/

The Evening Post: Dexter Roberts Is Eliminated From American Idol

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Last week, one of three people on American Idol from Alabama was eliminated.  Say goodbye to Dexter Roberts by clicking the link.

http://geekalabama.com/2014/04/18/the-evening-post-dexter-roberts-is-eliminated-from-american-idol/

Animation Monday: Littlest Pet Shop Season 2 Finale

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This post talks about the season 2 finale of Littlest Pet Shop on the Hub Network.  Click the link to read the crazy things about the finale.

http://geekalabama.com/2014/04/15/animation-monday-littlest-pet-shop-season-2-finale/

Good News Fridays: The Shelter Pups / Charity Animal Television

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This post talks about two efforts from people who are animal lovers.  These efforts help pets in animal shelters and animals who were abused to get better.

http://geekalabama.com/2014/04/19/good-news-fridays-the-shelter-pups-charity-animal-television/

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The Evening Post: Stand Your Ground Law Forum At JSU


Geek Alabama Evening Post

On April 2nd, Ed Nathaniel Moore III hosted the Justice & Civil Rights Initiative’s “Stand Your Ground” forum at Jacksonville State University.  The forum was to educate the audience on self-defense and justifiable homicide laws in the state of Alabama. The panel included Ross McGlaughn of the Heflin Police Department and candidate for Calhoun County Sheriff, JSU Chief of Police Shawn Giddy, Anniston City Councilman David E. Reddick, and Etowah County Chief Deputy District Attorney Marcus Reid.

Here is video of the entire panel.  One piece of advice, I would use speakers or headphones to listen to this presentation, enjoy!

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Good News Fridays: The Shelter Pups / Charity Animal Television


Geek Alabama Good News Fridays

This week on Good News Fridays, let’s talk about two great chances to buy or watch something, and help animals in need!

The Shelter Pups

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The Shelter Pups is an online store selling animal toys.  The story begins with Theodora, who is an animal lover and began collecting stuffed dog toys.  Theodora also likes to use her money to buy dog food for her local animal shelter.  Many of her Saturday mornings are spent bringing the food to the shelter and visiting the shelter dogs.  One particular Saturday Theodora said, “Think of all the dog food we could buy for the shelter if we made and sold toy dogs that looked more like real dogs!”  The parents tried to explain things like “profit margins” and “overhead” to Theodora, but that only fueled her fire. To Theodora, profits meant only one thing: more dog food for real dogs.

The family began by making a few stuffed animals that looked more like the dogs they liked.  They looked at overseas factories but did not like how the factories overseas  are crowded and the workers work very long hours and make very little money. They also did not like the idea that the stuffed animals were made with lots of harsh, dangerous chemicals.  So the stuffed animals made by The Shelter Pups are made in America, and with natural fiber known as wool.  Today, Shelter Pups are made completely in America. Each precious pup is created by hand. Skilled American artists magically combine pure wool, fresh water, and natural olive oil soap to create each Shelter Pup.  Each is one-of-a-kind and no two are ever alike.  Absolutely no harsh chemicals or flame retardants are used because wool is a perfect, natural flame retardant.

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Each purchase from The Shelter Pups helps out dogs in animal shelters as well.  Some shelter dogs are a little bit rough around the edges.  Maybe even oddballs.  But they are all loyal, loving, and fun companions.  They are committed to helping these dogs receive quality care while waiting for their “forever homes”.  Each Shelter Pup sold comes with rescue points, and they are worth real money. They are not talking about a measly 1% of profits.  Each Rescue Point is randomly assigned a value anywhere between $1 and $10 per Pup!  That means you could donate over 25% of your purchase price to shelter dogs.

This is a great program, and anyone would enjoy getting a handmade toy and knowing they are helping animal shelters around the country!  To learn more about The Shelter Pups and to purchase a toy, go to: http://www.shelterpups.com/

Charity Animal Television

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How many of you like watching cute animal videos on YouTube, I do!  Someone got the great idea of creating several great and cute animal videos and uploaded them to YouTube.  Here is the great part, all of the ad revenue generated from the videos uploaded will go to an animal specific charity, welcome to Charity Animal Television!

Charity Animal Television is a YouTube channel where proceeds from ad revenue are donated to 501c3 non-profit organizations.  Just by watching their videos, you are helping organizations do real world good.  Their mission is to build a massive subscriber base dedicated to watching cute animals in order to help make the world a better place. So, don’t forget to subscribe to their channel and be a part of the movement!  With enough people, they can start generating enough money to make a real difference.

100% of the net ad revenue generated from the video above will be donated to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, http://www.aspca.org).  This channel has plans for more animal videos, they just want you to watch and share!  If you want to learn more about this venture, go to: http://www.charityanimaltv.com/

Subscribe to the YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/user/CharityAnimalTV

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Yuri’s Night Huntsville / Middle Tennessee Anime Convention 2014 This Weekend


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This is a busy weekend for the southeast and Alabama!  Other than all of the Easter related events going on, there are several geeky/nerdy events happening!

Yuri’s Night Huntsville

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First up, is Yuri’s Night Huntsville 2014, which is happening on Saturday April 19th, one week late from the parties last weekend.  Yuri’s Night is a global celebration of humanity’s past, present, and future in space. Yuri’s Night parties and events are held around the world every April in commemoration of April 12, 1961, the day of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s first manned spaceflight, and April 12, 1981, the inaugural launch of NASA’s Space Shuttle.

Yuri’s Night events combine space-themed partying with education and outreach. These events can range from an all-night mix of techno and technology at a NASA Center, to a movie showing and stargazing at your local college, to a gathering of friends at a bar or barbecue.  Last Saturday, over 1,000 Yuri’s night parties were happening in locations around the world, and one party even took place in the South Pole!  In Huntsville Alabama, Yuri’s Night Huntsville takes place on Saturday April 19th from 8:30 pm to 2 am.  The party will be at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s Davidson Center for Space Exploration.

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The party is open to all ages and is family friendly.  From 6-8 pm, the party will be a kid and family friendly event.  The party will have an inflatable moon bounce, cotton candy, costume contest, music, and other kid-friendly activities.  After 8 pm, the party transforms into an adult party.  The adult costume party will have several cash bars, a red carpet entrance with photos, DJ from Sullivan Productions, three projection screens for music videos, costume contest, laser lights, Yuri’s night dancers, Dance Shadowbox, and more.

Costumes are not required for this event, but you are encouraged to dress up.  And a film company out of Birmingham will be filming this event.  All proceeds collected from the event support the Court Appointed Juvenile Advocates of Madison County, who work to better the lives of abused, neglected, and abandoned children, giving them the opportunity to grow up dreaming big dreams like all other children.  Each ticket is $10, and you will have a good time!  To learn more about Yuri’s Night Huntsville and to purchase tickets go to: http://www.spaceparty.info/

Middle Tennessee Anime Convention 2014

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This weekend in Nashville is also the 2014 Middle Tennessee Anime Convention!  This year, MTAC is at a new location at the The Embassy Suites Nashville SE in Murfreesboro.  This year’s theme is MTAC in Love, and there is plenty to love at this convention!  First off, some of the main events you see every year at MTAC are back.  The con will have a cosplay contest, anime music video contest, “Can You Feel The Dub Tonight?” Rave, Fireside Chat where you can express your likes and dislikes with the staff, movie showing of HK: Forbidden Superhero, Love Serenade Ball, opening and closing ceremonies, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel, and a ramen noodle eating contest, yummy!

Some of the guests at MTAC 2014 includes Vic Mignogna who voices several Japanese anime shows, voice actor Dan Green, recording artist Chii Sakurabi from Japan, voice actor Marianne Miller, cosplayer Vedetta Marie, singer/songwriter Eric Stuart, visual artist  Pete Ellison, stage performers Samurai Dan and Jillian Coglan, author Samantha Inoue-harte, and Martin “LittleKuriboh” Billany.  There are also numerous tracks you can follow, like chibi, otaku, culture, gaming, art, and music.  And there will be plenty of vendors, people in costume, and more!  MTAC had close to 10,000 attendees last year, and they are predicting around 10,000 this year!

MTAC is from the folks at ArtsCubed, which is a Nashville-based not-for-profit corporation. The mission of ArtsCubed is to advance popular visual, performing and literary arts – along with related cultural experiences central to the lives of the community – through events, outreach, education and associated initiatives.  Current events include MTAC, Geek Media Expo (GMX), and the Nashville Zombie Walk.  ArtsCubed is operated entirely by a volunteer staff.  MTAC 2014 is from April 18-20.  To learn more about the event go to: http://mtac.net/

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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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