About Nathan Young

Nathan Young is an experienced writer, blogger, photographer, and videographer who blogs at Geek Alabama. Nathan is a big Road, Weather, and News Junkie Geek and is a great person to be around who is funny and informative. Nathan is an accomplished media person who regularly covers topics on Geek Alabama and gets numerous requests to cover things from businesses, products, TV shows, movies, books, games, food, events, conventions, concerts, and other reviews. He is open to speaking, covering products or events, and representing your brand. The most interesting fact about me, I draw roads! #Aspie proud! #ASD

Watch Nerdy Nummies Make A Yummy Pizza Cake


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So, want to eat pizza for dessert?  Now you can with Rosanna Pansino and her newest Nerdy Nummies video showing you how to make a pizza cake.  It’s the pizza, turned into yummy cake and frosting.  Enjoy!

Crowdsourcing Mornings: Deal American Dream


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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.

DEAL is a boardgame for 3 to 6 players. Each player masters a clan and competes for the dominion of drug trafficking in the Americas.  DEAL is a strategic game where players recruit troops and clash over territories. Additionally, it incorporates an economic dimension; you can produce or buy dope, and sell it by striking deals with other players rather than confronting them. As every narco knows, spilling blood ain’t always good for business.

Finally, DEAL also has a roleplaying aspect to it; each player has secret objectives that require the use of deception and bluff. Regardless of which avenue to power you take, in the end, there can only be one winner: the first one to earn 10 respect points takes the cake. Every game of DEAL is unique and brings its share of negotiation, alliance and, of course, backstabbing!

DEAL presents itself as a board game containing material that is politically incorrect. It goes without saying that the themes are aimed at a more mature audience, capable of critical thinking. Like many books, movies and T.V series on this subject, DEAL does not promote drugs nor the organizations and people who sell it.  Rather, DEAL offers a playful and satirical critique on the subject.  The game finds its inspiration from themes that are already very present in the popular culture; thus facilitating the identification with the “bad guys”. The adaptation of these subjects to a board game makes Deal an unexpected but very original surprise.

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As of May 28th, this project has raised around $8,000 of their $31,756 goal. This project only has 31 days left to raise the $31,756 or it will not be funded!  For a pledge of $1, you will get the Deal American Dream black and white print and play.  For a pledge of $55, you will get the Deal American Dream game copy.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/borderline/deal-american-dream-board-game

The Evening Post: Lewis and Clark vs Bill and Ted Epic Rap Battles Of History


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Yes, Epic Rap Battles of History is back!  And in this rap battle, you get to see Lewis and Clark battle against Bill and Ted in some kind of time warp rap battle.  This video is NSFW because of some bad language, enjoy!

The Evening Post: Redneck Avengers Tulsa Nights


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So, what happens when you take the Marvel property The Avengers, and plop them down in Oklahoma, you get the Redneck Avengers!  This YouTube video from Bad Lip Reading has all of your superheroes from The Avengers in some funny bad lip readings with a southern accent.  This prime time drama has SHIELD in a trailer park and Stark in a rundown building, and catch some of the backgrounds, including the Dukes of Hazzard picture, enjoy!

Crowdsourcing Weekends: Halo Smoke Alarm, Makey Makey Go, Dogtelligent Connected Collar


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This is Crowdsourcing Weekends! This post highlights three different crowdsourcing projects I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

Halo Smoke Alarm

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Halo is an industry-first combination of sensor technology for flash fires, smoldering fires and carbon monoxide in a single device. No other smoke alarm at any price offers you this same level of protection, period. The new home-alert system connects the device to the Internet and home-automation systems, plus users can receive alerts and adjust settings with an iOS and Android app. It will also send alerts to mobile devices so users are aware of danger even if they are thousands of miles away.

Halo is the only smoke detector that can protect your family from everything: Flash fires, smoldering fires, carbon monoxide, and dangerous weather.  With Halo or Halo WX installed in your home, you’re eligible for up to a 10% discount on your home insurance policy.  Simply put, connected home smoke alarms are safer. It saves the insurance company money if you’re making safer choices for your home. With a connected home smoke alarm, you get to receive alerts via your cell phone which offers a greater degree of protection, and a more intelligent alert system. You’re safer, your home is safer, and the insurance company can worry less. This means they’ll give you a discount.

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As of May 25th, this project has raised around $54,000 of their $50,000 goal. This project only has 23 days left to raise as much as it can!  For a pledge of $60, you will get one Halo Smart Alarm.  For a pledge of $100, you will get a Halo WX Alarm.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/halo-the-world-s-safest-smartest-smoke-alarm#/story

Makey Makey GO

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Makey Makey GO is the World’s First Invention Kit that goes with you everywhere. Makey Makey GO catalyzes the same creativity and ingenuity in creators as the original, award-winning Makey Makey Classic and gives today’s tinkerers, dreamers, and makers even more mobility—allowing them to invent anytime, anywhere.  Small enough to fit on your keychain, book bag, or bracelet, Makey Makey GO turns everyday objects into touchpads and combines them with the internet. It’s a simple tool-slash-toy that allows beginners and experts to make countless art, music, engineering, and science projects. It comes ready to use out of the box with no setup and no installations. Just plug and play.

By practicing inventing everywhere with Makey Makey GO you start to gain invention literacy—you become able to “read” inventions (understand others’ inventions), and you become able to “write” inventions (make your own inventions). As with ordinary reading and writing, invention literacy is invaluable even if you never become a professional inventor.  So what can you make?  That’s up to you! The main thing is that Makey Makey GO turns the world into a giant construction kit—because world-changing ideas don’t always happen in a lab or at school. Sometimes they happen in the shower, on the playground, flying a kite, or sitting under an apple tree.

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As of May 25th, this project has raised around $115,000 of their $10,000 goal. This project only has 45 days left to raise as much as it can! For a pledge of $19, you will get one Makey Makey GO kit.  For a pledge of $39, you will get two Makey Makey GO kits.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/joylabz/makey-makey-go-invent-everywhere-invent-now

Dogtelligent Connected Collar

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Dogs are loving, dogs are active, dogs are loud. But dogs are vulnerable. That’s why we have leashes and collars. A dog’s collar is a promise, that you will always return, that you have their best interests at heart. That you will keep them safe, healthy, and loved. It’s time for a dog collar that helps you keep that promise.  Introducing the worlds first all-in-one smart dog collar with Virtual Fence & Leash Technology, Health & Location Tracking, Dynamic Assisted Training, Built-in Anti Barking, 2-Way Communication, Share-ability. At under $200 and battery life up to 14 days, they are DogTelligent, and this is the Connected Collar.

The Connected Collar has built-in vibration signaling and an ultrasonic whistle, like professional dog trainers use. The DogTelligent app includes pre-programmed commands like sit, stay, down, and come that makes training easier.  The Connected Collar’s ultrasonic whistle can also be set to automatically detect and deter excessive barking. No more yelling “STOP” at your dog or feeling embarrassed when they uncontrollably bark.  You can also store and share vet records so you can easily stay up to date on vaccinations, medications and regular pet maintenance that can help your dog live a longer and healthier life.  And much more!

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As of May 25th, this project has raised around $109,000 of their $25,000 goal. This project only has 1 day left to raise as much as it can! For a pledge of $120, you will get one Dogtelligent collar.  For a pledge of $250, you will get two Dogtelligent dog collars.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-first-all-in-one-smart-dog-collar#/story