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

The Evening Post: Kid President Is Releasing A Book


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Kid President has been popular on YouTube and on the Hub Network, but you knew that a book should eventually come out, right?  Guess what, a book from Kid President is coming!  In a recently released video on their SoulPancake YouTube channel, Kid President announced that they are releasing a book that will come out in February 2015.

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The book will be published by HarperCollins Children’s Books and the title is Kid President’s Guide To Being Awesome!  So enjoy the video below, and to pre-order the book, go to:  http://soulpancake.com/kpbook/

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Good News Fridays: The Share A Coke Campaign


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This Summer, Coca-Cola is doing something very unique!  If you get a Coca-Cola, Coke Zero, or Diet Coke product, do you notice a name on the bottle?  Sadly, the name “Nathan” is not one of the 250 popular names chosen by Coca-Cola in the Share A Coke campaign.  But, when I picked up a 2 liter Coca-Cola, the bottle said I should share a Coke with “friends”, how nice!

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In June, the Coca-Cola Company launched the “Share a Coke” campaign which replaces the iconic logo with the 250 most popular first names among American teens and Millennials.on 20-ounce bottles of Coke, Diet Coke and Coke Zero.  Bigger bottles and cans don’t have popular names, but have names like family, friends, BFF, Star, and other names!

Share a Coke packaging rolled out nationwide in June and will remain on the shelves through August. The campaign will come to life online and via social media, too.  Fans can visit www.shareacoke.com to personalize virtual bottles and share them with friends via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Instagram.

By using the #ShareaCoke hashtag, consumers can share their stories and photos for the chance to be featured on interactive Coke billboards across the country. And anyone with the free Coca-Cola Freestyle mobile app can scan a QR code on the fountain dispenser’s touch screen and send a friend a coupon for a $1 off a 20-oz. Coke.  Coca-Cola’s campaign puts a modern, youthful twist on the brand’s 128-year legacy of bringing people together and making them feel special.  And yes, for teens and Millennials, personalization is not a fad, it’s a way of life!

So far, the Share A Coke campaign on social media has been strong.  I have seen plenty of pictures from people snapping a picture of a Coca-Cola bottle with their name on it and posting it online.  For the ones who don’t have a bottle with their name on it, you can create a virtual bottle on their Share A Coke Website.  And Coca-Cola is running a 500-stop, cross-country Share a Coke tour featuring traveling kiosks which will enable fans to customize a Coca-Cola mini can for themselves and a second can for someone special. The tour will satisfy fans who can’t find their names on store shelves.

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Coca-Cola is doing something very smart here!  Teens and Millennials like me love taking pictures and using social media.  The Share A Coke campaign is a great way to increase the awareness of the Coca-Cola brand, and to hopefully increase sales in a market where sales have been declining.  After the campaign ends in August, I hope Coca-Cola will bring back the Share A Coke campaign, and add some more names to the list.  I would love to see a 20 oz bottle with the name “Nathan” on it!

Learn more about the campaign at: http://www.shareacoke.com/#bottle

Buy Some Cake Pops At The Jamie’s Sweet Revenge Website


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One of the people in the blogging network in Alabama, Jamie’s Rabbits, has launched another website, to sell cake pops!  Jamie’s Sweet Revenge is a side business selling a wide variety of cake pops.  Jamie started to make cake pops after Bakerella invented them in 2008.  The cake pop gallery includes more than a hundred ideas for your next sweet treat. You can also request something custom-made.  Each order is not only creatively designed, but they taste delicious too!  Here are some pictures of the cake pops made by Jamie.

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Cake pops are delicious cake, mixed with frosting, rolled into a ball, dipped in candy melts,  and served on a stick.  Each cake pop is personalized and made by hand and can last for over a week!  If you want to learn more about Jamie’s Sweet Revenge, and place a order of your own cake pops, go to: http://www.jamiessweetrevenge.com/

Weekend Planning: Woodstock 5K / UCP Telethon 2014


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This weekend in Anniston is very big!  First off, the 2014 Woodstock 5K takes place in Anniston early Saturday morning.  The 34th annual Woodstock 5K and Kidstock 1 mile run will feature over 1000 runners running throughout the streets and historic neighborhoods in East Anniston.  This year they are proud to host the Road Runners Club of America’s Southern Region 5K Championship. Woodstock is a challenging 5K with world class start/finish lines, their famous up the hill finish on Woodstock Avenue and then a great after-race celebration with food, live music, fellowship, and vendors, in front of Anniston High School.  Learn more about the Woodstock 5K at: http://www.annistonrunners.com/woodstock5k/  Enjoy a video from the 2013 edition!

Also this weekend is the 2014 UCP Telethon!  The 56th Annual UCP Telethon will be held on Saturday, August 2nd, from 6 pm – 10 pm, and Sunday, August 3rd, from noon – 6 pm at the Anniston Meeting Center.  Don’t miss all the fun and excitement! Join them at the meeting center for their annual silent auction with some fabulous items to be auctioned. Also, they will have some great talent on-stage and great food from local restaurants at the concession stand. If you are looking for family fun and entertainment, this event is for you. The great thing about it is, all proceeds from this event will help sponsor therapeutic services and programs for children and adults with developmental disabilities in the community!

Watch the livestream of the 2014 telethon, and learn more about the UCP of East Alabama at: http://www.ecaucp.org/

Why The SEC Network Is Required In The Southeast


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On August 14th, SEC Network will launch, and the launch is going to be big!  Since the Southeastern Conference is a football powerhouse, and the SEC has fans all across America and the world.  The SEC Network is a channel that basically must be carried on all cable and satellite providers, especially in the southeast!  If any cable or satellite providers do not carry the SEC Network when August 14th rolls around, that provider can expect many subscribers to cancel their service, the passion for SEC Football is that deep!

Here in Alabama, not being able to see Alabama or Auburn play on TV because the local cable and satellite failed to pick up the SEC Network is like shooting yourself in the foot, because people will switch providers to be able to chant War Eagle or Roll Tide.  So far, most cable and satellite providers have announced that they will pick up SEC Network when the channel launches on August 14th.  And for the ones who have not announced a deal to carry the SEC Network, they are getting tons of comments from people on social media, I am looking at you DirecTV!

Today, even Cable One announced they are going to carry the SEC Network.  And other providers are still in negotiations.  Charter is still trying to finalize a deal, Suddenlink has not made a announcement about the SEC Network, Verizon FIOS has no deal to carry SEC Network as well.  So far, DirecTV has gotten the most criticism on social media for not finalizing a deal to carry the SEC Network.  Some DirecTV subscribers have already cancelled their service because no deal to carry the network has been made.  And many more subscribers have threatened to cancel their DirecTV service if the SEC Network is not carried on August 14th.

Let’s make this simple and painless, if you want to operate a cable or satellite provider in Alabama and the southeast, you must have the SEC Network in your lineup, or you will not be staying in business for very long!  Football is a big thing in the southeast, and DirecTV, Suddenlink, Verizon FIOS, and other providers with no announcement to carry the SEC Network needs to make an announcement ASAP.  Each day closer to launch day on August 14th, more and more people are going to drop your service and switch to someone who will carry the SEC Network.  It’s this simple, carry the SEC Network, or lose a lot of your customers, the choice is yours!