An Recap Of Annicon 2017 With Pictures And Video


Last weekend the Public Library of Anniston – Calhoun County held the 6th annual Annicon.  This event held at the Anniston City Meeting Center is free and is a diverse celebration of all things Asian including music, costuming, manga, anime, food, history, and cultures presented by the library.  But don’t worry, plenty of other geeky and nerdy things ranging from comics, gaming, cosplay, TV shows – movies, and more were also represented!

Before I get started, the local newspaper in Anniston did a small article and a few pictures.  What you are about to see blows away the coverage they did!  Yep, for someone like me who the newspaper does not like and deletes any comments I make on their social media, I think I did a good job!  And it does not require paying because I would never charge to access my pictures, video, and articles!  Being an Aspie rocks!

Yes, the folks who put together Annicon can use my pictures and video!

So, when I arrived I went to the event table where Hanrong Wang, who works as a librarian at Jacksonville State University, was painting people’s first names in Chinese writing!  So, here is what Nathan is like in Chinese!

Next, I took some shots of Chef Bob from Isshin Asian Cafe in Jacksonville where he showed how to make and roll and Asian favorite, Sushi!

Next, I took some shots of the Judo demonstration done by JSU Judo.

Next, I took some pictures and a short video from The College of Phoenix Rising.  An educational society focused on learning about and recreating pre 17th century European Culture.

Next, here are a few pictures from Dina Lawson who did a bellydance performance!

Next, it was time for the Annicon Cosplay Contest!  Here is a video and a lot of photos!

Next, here are some pictures featuring Asian artifacts from the Berman Museum of World History.

Next, here is photos and one song on video from the local band Guardian of Troy.

Next, I have video and lots of pictures of guest Caleb Hyles.  Caleb does cover songs of just about anything on YouTube.  In the video, I ask him a question about Facebook video and using other social media to promote your YouTube channel.  Also in the video, Caleb does cover songs from My Little Pony and Steven Universe!

Annicon also had a gaming area where you could play board games or take part in tournaments like the Super Smash Bros. tourney.

To wrap things up, Annicon also had the Tommy J’s J-Pop Dance Party!

And here are some general photos I took throughout the day!

Overall, the people at Annicon really had a good time.  The volunteers estimate around 2,000-3,000 people arrived for this free event!  Other guests such as John Swasey, Hillary Wilson, Veenacos, and more were great as well!  So, I will be back in 2018 to cover the next Annicon event.  Maybe I can hold a panel or speak in 2018?  We will see!

Learn more about Annicon at: http://www.annicon.com/

You can also find photos on the Geek Alabama Facebook page, Google Photos, and on Flickr too!

Videos can be found on the Nathan Young (Geek Alabama) YouTube channel and most videos can be found on the Geek Alabama Facebook page too!

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Aspie Vlogs 10: Called Cops, Signal Struggles, Kiwanis


It’s been over a year, but I finally put together another Aspie Vlogs!  In this episode, I explain what happened that involved me calling the police, I show off some broken infrastructure including burnt out and missing ped signals and traffic light sensors that have never been replaced since the road was repaved.  I also recorded a friend talking about me at a latest Kiwanis club meeting, enjoy!

Anniston Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast 2017


People turned out in droves for the 2017 Anniston Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at the Anniston City Meeting Center.  This event this year raised around $60,000 to provide low-income children with clothing and school supplies for the new school year in August.  Along with Kiwanis volunteers, Key Club volunteers from area high schools and Circle K volunteers from Jacksonville State once again helped out in the breakfast.

For more info. on the Anniston Kiwanis go to: http://annistonkiwanis.com/.  Enjoy the pictures and the video from the event!

You can also find photos on the Geek Alabama Facebook page, Google Photos, and on Flickr too!

See Pictures Of The Downtown Birmingham Christmas Landscape


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So, at the end of covering all the events in the Birmingham Metro.  I went to the top of a parking garage, and took some photos of the downtown landscape.  I also stopped by and took a few photos of the Christmas tree at Lynn Park in Birmingham.  Enjoy!

The downtown Birmingham Christmas tree.

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See Pictures From The First Talladega Christmas On The Square


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The City of Talladega did something very smart!  They closed down three sides of the Talladega downtown square for three days, and turned the closed down areas into a Christmas wonderland event!  One side had many vendors who were ready to sell their goods for a perfect Christmas gift.  One side had a Santa’s workshop where kids could build things, and there were several food trucks available as well.  And one side had Santa Claus visits, Christmas carols, a tubing slide, a giant Christmas tree, and more!

Let’s not forget the Ritz Theater who was playing classic Christmas movies throughout the event, and downtown businesses along the square who were open and ready to sell stuff as well.  This was all a part of the first annual Talladega’s Christmas on the Square.  I thought what Talladega did was brilliant!  Events like this is what brings communities together!  I hope other towns will do something similar to what Talladega did during the 2017 Christmas season.

Below, enjoy some pictures from this event.  Hopefully it will be back for the 2017 Christmas season!  Learn more at: http://christmasintalladega.com/