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: The GIF’s Visual Language In Music Video


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Tonight, I am featuring the full video from the YouTube channel PBS Idea Channel, where they talk about if the animated GIF is making its way to the music video.  It’s a very interesting watch, enjoy!

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My Thoughts On The Simpsons / Family Guy Crossover


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The Simpsons Guy, it’s going to go down as one of the best TV crossovers we have ever seen!  Yep, I said that!  Last Sunday, FOX aired the long awaited crossover between The Simpsons and Family Guy, and it did not disappoint!  So below, I am going to talk about the one hour special, if you have not seen it yet, SPOILER ALERT!

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The special began with Peter getting a job being a cartoonist at the local newspaper.  It did not last long, because well, this is Family Guy, and you know there will be something weird in those cartoons, and there were!  The Griffins left their hometown for a while to get away from the women protesting them, and while in a gas station, their car got stolen, and they soon figure out they are in the town of Springfield.  The Griffins meet Homer Simpson, then the rest of the family, then the great stuff begins!  I loved how they could not say which state Springfield is in.

Bart was paired with Stewie, and wow did Stewie upset Moe with that prank phone call.  Meg was paired with Lisa, and I loved the interactions between these two, we now know that Meg can play the saxophone, very well!  Too bad Peter does not realize the potential Meg really has!  Marge was paired with Lois, and I wished we saw what they did more!  The same goes for Chris and Maggie.  Brian paired with Santa’s Little Helper was great, we know now that the Krusty Burger uses dog meat, gross!

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All throughout the episode, you see plenty of cutaway gags, like seeing Bob from Bob’s Burgers and Cleveland in the airplane gag, and seeing Roger from American Dad as well during that chicken fight.  How Family Guy and The Simpsons starts to split apart, beer.  Pawtucket Ale was a lousy rip-off of Duff Beer, and soon you see characters from Family Guy and The Simpsons in a courtroom.  The judge was Fred Flintstone, and the Kool Aid guy fails to come!   I also found the car wash scene as very weird.  Yep, two men washing cars in sexual clothing is not very pleasant.

I also lived seeing Stewie getting back at Bart’s bully Nelson, why would Bart free Nelson, who knows!  The best part was the last 15 minutes when Peter and Homer fight each other in a Family Guy classic, the chicken fight!  Seeing all of the Springfield references was sweet!  I really loved Homer using those Emmy’s!  At the end, both Homer and Peter decide that they should not do another crossover, and each show should stay far apart in their own timeslots.  Yep, we now see why Family Guy and The Simpsons stay far apart in their own timeslots.  The ending when Stewie writes “I will not think about Bart again” on a blackboard in his room was a very fitting ending to this special!

So, I thought there was plenty of humor and laughter in the crossover.  There was many gag moments, Easter eggs, and plenty of references from The Simpsons and Family Guy, and a few other shows as well.  I thought the crossover worked!  And the characters from both Family Guy and The Simpsons brought awesomeness to this crossover!  At the beginning, they even talked about how crossover episodes don’t work, but this crossover works!  I enjoyed The Simpsons Guy, and you will too!

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Shape Up!: My Detailed Walking Route To The Library


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As some of you may know by now, I have been on a very slow and painful mission to lose some weight.  And it is a very hard task to do when you have been unemployed for three and a half years and have no income.  It gets even harder when you are on food stamps and can only afford one meal a day.  When I come to the library, since I don’t have internet at home, at times my stomach growls, and I start to feel lightheaded and tired, you get that way when you have not eaten anything for over 12 hours!  In my position, it’s like sitting in a classroom and trying to learn, try doing it when you are hungry and can not concentrate.

And, when you live in one of the worst metro areas in America for unemployment and economics, it gets even worse!  So, some people have begun to see me walking around three miles one way to get to the public library here in Oxford.  I mean, Google Maps says it’s three miles on the nose!  And I believe it!

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This week, a driver pulled up and wanted to talk to me.  No, I was not in trouble or they did not call the cops on me like what happened a few months ago.  This driver, who works at UPS, says he is inspired to see me walking on the side of the road almost every day.  And the driver said “you have inspired me to get off my fat butt and get moving.”  Wow, I am glad some people sees me walking on the side of the road as inspiration, not all people driving by are mean, some get far over when they go around me, and some drivers have given me a free car ride!  But, there are some drivers who honk their horns, or yell bad words, or swerve towards me, I hate those drivers.

So on this special Shape Up! post, I am going to highlight the route I walk to the library most weekdays.  I only walk there, and try to catch the bus back to save some time.  And yes, I am glad the weather is turning cooler!  So, my route starts walking down Hillyer Robinson Industrial Parkway.  When the road was repaved a few years ago, they added a shoulder, I am glad they did!

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The worst part of this road is when you get to the guard rails.  As you can see, there is not a lot of room between the traffic and the guard rail.  I am not walking on the other side and can’t see the cars coming towards me, and I can’t walk on the grass, the business does not like it!

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Continuing down the road.

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Here, you cross the Anniston/Oxford city limit line, and as you can see, Oxford loves to neglect painting road lines on the road.  And here, the road splits.

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Here at the Norfolk Southern train track, this is where I mostly take my train photos.

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Now I am on US 78 / Hamric Dr.  This part of the walk sees me walking in the grass.

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Then, there is plenty of hard parking lots I can walk on.

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Then I get to the Snow St. traffic light.  You have to watch out for cars turning right onto Snow St., who don’t have to stop.

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Then a full paved shoulder opens up on US 78.  It’s an easy walk for the next mile.  Just watch out for cars who are turning.

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I am glad the bridge has full shoulders!

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Then I get to the AL-21 / Quintard Dr. intersection.  You have to watch out for cars turning right here, and the full paved shoulder ends, back to walking in the grass.  And in between the ramp and the intersection, there are a lot of holes, fire ants, and other obstacles.

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And at the traffic light, you have to watch out for cars who go way past the white stop line.

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After the intersection, you must watch out for cars turning right again, at a very high speed!  The grass has plenty of obstacles in it as well!

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Then I get to a gravel, then hard pavement portion of the road.  The worst part here is people parking their cars on the side of the road during home football games, I thought you could not park on the side of a state highway?

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Then I turn right onto a city street.

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And I approach the city library.  About 90 minutes later, I am at the library.

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So, there is a step-by-step instructions on how I walk to the library.  I would love to try new things and actually afford to eat more meals a day, but that won’t happen until I am hired somewhere.  So, I am embedding my visual resume below (over 10,000 views), if you know of something, e-mail me at: NathanYoung@GeekAlabama.com

Kickstarter Tuesdays: Starship Farragut / Miniature Building Authority Castle


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This week on Kickstarter Tuesdays, I head next door into the state of Georgia and find two great projects that you need to pledge, let’s go!

Starship Farragut: The Crossing

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Starship Farragut is an online webseries inspired by the original series of Star Trek, but instead of the crew of the Enterprise, it’s the crew of the Farragut – simply put, “Different Ship, Different Crew and Different Adventures”.  The Starship Farragut production is a small, independent operation where every dollar received is plowed into the quality of the production. Given the growth and evolution of this project during the course of the last 10 years, particularly the expenses associated with the Farragut Films Studio (a 10,000 SQ FT facility of free-standing Star Trek sets), the costs to also put forth the films are quite substantial.

Starship Farragut’s “The Crossing” is a special film that requires financing that can no longer be contemplated without the support of backers’ support. The funds from this crowdfunding effort will be used for expenses associated with filming and post-production work with NEO f/x, who has worked with us since inception in providing CGI ship exteriors and other special effects.  The newest Farragut adventure, “The Crossing,” is by far their most ambitious film to date.  Around 1 HR 30 MIN in length, this film will be even more action-filled than any of their previous efforts, which means more fun for their fans but also a lot more choreography and a lot more filming.

“The Crossing” is based on elements from the classic Star Trek episode, “MIRROR, MIRROR,” so everyone will get to see some alternative characters from the mirror Farragut universe. We will also see the return of Security Officer Prescott (Paul Sieber) and Captain Wilcox (Mark Hildebrand) of the Starship Potemkin. The screenplay was written by Paul Sieber from a story treatment dating back to 2007 and will have story elements derived from their second film, “For Want of a Nail.” They are most excited about this film; however, dabbling in the Mirror Universe involves more costumes, elaborate props, a larger cast, and more expenses.

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A labor of love, they believe that the Starship Farragut project is unique because they offer quality, original storytelling based in the universe of Star Trek, but without the trademarked characters.  They go to great length and expense to make the sets and costumes as accurate and to what they looked like almost 50 years ago on the Paramount lot.  Just as Civil War reenactment actors spend great effort in attention to detail, so do themselves making 1960’s SCI-FI . As their slogan suggests, they’re doing their part to make, “CLASSIC TREK…NOW!”  All of their films are available for free download/viewing by accessing the Starship Farragut website or YouTube.

As of September 30th, this Kickstarter project has raised around $17,700 of the $15,000 goal they need to be funded. And as you know in Kickstarter, a project is not funded until the fundraising goal is reached!  This project only has 8 days left to raise as much as it can! For a pledge of $10, you will get your name as a contributor on their website and screen-quality USS Farragut uniform patch (department of your choice: Command, Science, or Engineering).  For a pledge of $25, you will get your name as a contributor on our website, screen-quality USS Farragut uniform patch (department of your choice: Command, Science, or Engineering), and script of the film.  To learn more about Starship Farragut, and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/265092982/starship-farragut-the-crossing

Miniature Building Authority Castle

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They at Miniature Building Authority have been producing fine miniature pieces since 2002.  They deliver the highest quality pre-painted and pre-assembled buildings and terrain. Just open up the box, put them on the table and you are gaming. No more projects! Just open the box, put the pieces on the table, and play.  Objective: To make available the best, most versatile, modular, highest quality, pre-assembled, and pre-painted castle set available in 28mm. These new pieces will be 100% compatible with our existing line of Castle Walls and accessories. These castle pieces are made of heavy duty resin and are made for gaming.

Timeline: The MBA Castle Kick Starter will run in October of 2014. Delivery is tentatively planned for May 2015. Products: MBA will introduce several new items to make their castle system the most complete, modular, and versatile system available on the market.  Products will include a new Keep, Great Hall, Drawbridge, Barbican, Castle Dungeon, Tavern Cellar, new Town Building, and many other exciting new products. Additionally, there will be great stretch goal freebies, and a specially sculpted line of castle wenches to add to your collection.

Why more Castle options? Everyone loves castles. When you were a kid fighting dragons with knights and magicians the castle was the protection. Great historical battles have been fought over castles. They wanted the ultimate castle system. First that means you don’t have to do square castles. With their system of curves and towers, you can make any design your mind can imagine. With each pledge level you get access to the castle template design sheets. LINK, will assist you in designing your own layouts and help you determine which pieces and how many you will need.

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As of September 30th, this Kickstarter project has raised around $31,200 of the $30,000 goal they need to be funded. And as you know in Kickstarter, a project is not funded until the fundraising goal is reached! This project only has 20 days left to raise as much as it can! For a pledge of $25, you will get a great Team MBA blue t-shirt and includes the free unpainted Dairy maid figure.  For a pledge of $100, you will get The Market building II.  To learn more about Miniature Building Authority Castle and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1993417010/miniature-building-authority-castle-kickstarter