About Nathan Young

Hello geeks and nerds; let me introduce you to what I am. Nathan Young does a lot of wonderful things in the media world, from writing, photography, videography, and social media. My current home is the blog and website Geek Alabama. There I do everything from geeky/nerdy talk, event coverage, reviews, cooking, community coverage, promotions, and anything else to give any geek and/or nerd an organism. If it’s anything any geek and/or nerd would care about, I am usually talking about it. From conventions, gaming, crowdsourcing, tech, movies, TV shows, comics, books, food, videos, apps, and more. If you are looking for articles anyone would love reading, you have come to the right place! If you are looking for someone who can cover events with pictures and videos, cover products and shows, speak at events, cover your products, or attend your conventions, consider me! Every geek and/or nerd from trekkies, whovians, and even bronies, already has! The most interesting fact about me, I draw roads! #Aspie proud! #ASD

Come Out To Glenwood Terrace Halloween 2016


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UPDATE: This is it, this will be the final post under the old look.  The new website is just about ready to go.  So expect all the pictures and video from Glenwood Terrace by the end of the week!

This has become an annual tradition where Geek Alabama comes out to the Glenwood Terrace neighborhood in East Anniston and takes plenty of pictures and video of the people who come out on Halloween night!  And for 2016, Glenwood Terrace is once again putting on one of the biggest Halloween trick-or-treating events in Alabama!  On Monday, October 31st, the streets of Glenwood Terrace will be closed off to vehicular traffic and the streets will be filled with the ghosts, goblins, and the other cool Halloween costumes worn by kids and adults!

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Many houses along Glenwood Terrace also participate by giving out candy to the trick-or-treaters, or going all out and decorating their houses for the big night!  Also, roaming the streets will be a haunted horseman!  You might see a guy missing his head on horseback roaming up and down Glenwood Terrace!  The role of the headless horseman is played by horseman Craig Waldron, and as you can see, the kids love the headless horseman!

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The trick-or-treating fun will begin at around 5 pm!  I will be out along Glenwood Terrace beginning about at 4:30 pm.  For 2016, be prepared for really warm temperatures.  Make sure you and your kids are hydrated before you head out.  The fun will last along Glenwood Terrace until around 8-9 pm.   Come out early, because Glenwood Terrace, and many surrounding streets, are closed down to traffic beginning at 4:30 pm.  And that includes Glenwood Terrace, Highland Avenue, and the intersecting streets, parking might become a hassle!

Glenwood Terrace is easily accessible off of Highland Ave. in East Anniston.  Just turn onto East 10th Street off of Quintard Ave, and drive to the third traffic light on top of a hill, and turn right!  You can park on any street around Glenwood Terrace but no vehicles will be allowed on Glenwood Terrace during trick-or-treating.  The entire thing is free! And you will get to enjoy kids and adults dressed up in their best Halloween costumes. Great ready, trick-or-treating is tonight, Monday!

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See pictures from Halloween at Glenwood Terrace 2015 at:  https://geekalabama.com/2015/11/02/halloween-at-glenwood-terrace-2015/

Learn More About The Falafel’s Garden Children’s Book Kickstarter Campaign


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Sorry folks for the lack of posts.  I am still busy building the new website.  In fact this will probably be the final post under the old look before Geek Alabama moves to a newly designed site!  Anyways, for this post I wanted to talk about a Kickstarter project someone e-mailed me about.  This project is about the outdoor environment and uses some creative animal hand puppets to tell the story!

Falafel’s garden is a rhyming children’s book about gardening, cooking, and forgiveness. A clumsy, yoga-loving llama, a socially anxious sheep, and an epicurean horse come together in this endearing, yet humorous tale of the trials of friendship. Written in anapestic tetrameter, the rhythm of the book will be sure to delight readers of all ages!

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Falafel the Llama, Baxter the Horse, and Griswold the Sheep are the characters in the children’s book.  Fluffmonger wrote brief story lines for them and painted ‘pop-up’ scenery for them to live in.  From the moment they created them, they knew they deserved more than a few sentences for their stories.  The book will be printed on 100% recycled paper in the US, and the plushes will be made in their studio using hand dyed organic fabrics, organic thread, and organic buckwheat hulls.

This project will close on Thursday, October 6th.  For a pledge of $25 will get a copy of the book, coloring pages, and a pesto recipe card.  For a pledge of $130, you will get a signed copy of the book, one of the three handmade plush animals, and more!  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1063630813/falafels-garden-eco-friendly-childrens-book-and-pl/description

It’s The Last Chance To View The Hometown Teams Exhibit At The Anniston Library


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If you have not gone down to the Public Library of Anniston and Calhoun County to see the Hometown Teams exhibit from the Smithsonian Institute, you only have a few days left to see it before it packs up and goes to the next city.  The final day for the exhibit is Sunday, September 4th, before Labor Day.  The hours for the final four days are:

  • Thursday: 8:30 am to 6 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am to 5 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Sunday: 1-5 pm

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The Public Library of Anniston and Calhoun County is featuring a Smithsonian Institute traveling exhibit celebrating the role of sports and athletics in every town and city large and small across America.  Sports has played a social and cultural role among everybody for decades, and this traveling exhibit showcases the role of sports in small town America.  From playing sports among friends to playing on a team, sports is everywhere in America.  Everything from the players all the way down to the concession worker is highlighted in this exhibit.  And the exhibit also features all kinds of sports played by people in Calhoun County.

When you first get to the second floor, you can go inside the Ayers room and see pictures featuring sports in Calhoun County.  There are photos from the late 1800’s to today featuring every type of sport being played in high school and college and every high school and Jacksonville State is featured.

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Also in the Ayers room is memorabilia from the old Cobb High School.  All of the pictures and jerseys come from the Cobb High Sports Museum.

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Down the hall you can also see horseshoes and classic racing memorabilia on display.  I liked the gold car trophy and the old speed limit sign!

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After viewing plenty of great pictures and memorabilia, you will want to see the main exhibit!  You travel through the Alabama Room and the red feet and you arrive!  The first thing you notice is the large chalkboard filled with messages left by people.  Just about every local school and the large universities have been talked about by others written by chalk on the board.

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If you choose, you can also leave something written behind on paper as well.

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Yes, I left my own message on the board.  I’m from Benjamin Russell High School, the team is the Wildcats.

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On the walls in the exhibit you see even more local pictures from the past and present of sports represented in Calhoun County.  The pictures features every sport from football to swimming and everything in between.  The pictures also features those who are not playing the sport, from the referees, mascots, cheerleaders, and band members.

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You also see several old sports uniforms on display.  You can see a referee uniform from over 50 years ago.

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There is also an old cheerleading and dance team uniform.

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There is a classic Jacksonville State Marching Southerners uniform on display.

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And you can also see an old young kid football equipment from the 1950’s which you could order from the Sears catalog.

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Among the pictures and memorabilia, you also read about and learn why small town sports is important across every town in America.  From the role of why sports is important in the growth in kids to the role of parents in supporting their kids in playing any sport, you will see why sports is an important fabric in the culture of America.

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The exhibit also talks about the role of sports in adults in small town America.  Many adults continue to push themselves in certain sports.  For example, some participate in the IronMan.  An medal is on exhibit.

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Adults also participate in pep rallies, going to a game, and of course selling concessions!

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And the exhibit also talks about the role of rivalries in sports.  Yes, the Alabama / Auburn rivalry is featured, along with its ugly side.

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Overall, the Hometown Teams exhibit shows you every aspect of why sports is important in America.  If you don’t think sports is an important part of America society, go see this exhibit and you will leave with a different view of sports big and small all across America.  Sports teaches values and the rules of life in kids.  And sports teaches adults that it’s just a game, and win or lose, you celebrate those giving their all.  Yes, sports are a big part of what we do.

The Hometown Teams exhibit from the Smithsonian Institute is brought to you by the Museum on Main Street.  Learn more by going to:  http://www.museumonmainstreet.org/hometownTeams/

Remembering Georgina The Dog In Video And Pictures


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On the evening of August 24th, 2016, the decision was made to put Georgina the Dog to sleep.  The reasons were simple; old age, not eating and drinking, throwing up, being limp, and most likely having cancer.  Simply Georgina was just old.  We think she was around 13-15 years old.

Yeah, this was simply another bad mark on my Summer of misery.  I need an vacation!  More on my bad Summer so far on another post.  But for now, here is an over 20 minute video of the clips I took of Georgina.  And I also include almost 300 photos I took of the dog, enjoy!

Bid On Items In The 2016 UCP Telethon Silent Auction


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The 58th annual UCP Telethon is happening this weekend in Anniston Alabama!  And to help the UCP of East Alabama raise a lot of money, I am featuring some really big silent auction items that you can bid on until 6 pm Central on Sunday August 7th.  As always, there are some really big sports related auction items.

Let’s start with signed pictures from Alabama coach Nick Saban (#282) and Auburn coach Gus Malzahn. (#283)

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There’s a signed Alabama football (#76)

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There’s a signed Alabama cap (#255)

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There’s also mini helmets signed by Nick Saban (#256) and Jake Coker (#75)

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But there is more than sports stuff!  There is a guitar signed by Charlie Daniels, Little Texas, Confederate Railroad, and others. (#139)

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And there is a Johnson guitar (#78)

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There is a giant boat book shelf with oar. (#187)

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There is a smaller boat book shelf with oar. (#186)

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There is a curio cabinet. (#281)

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And there is a three wheel bike with umbrella. (#130)

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There are plenty of great giant pictures and artwork!

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The biggest ones are a Alabama Crimson Dynasty print by Daniel Moore (#126)

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There is an Auburn Spirit Eagle picture. (#132)

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There is also another Alabama Daniel Moore print. (#194)

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And for the gift certificates, there are some good ones!  There is a Talladega fall race Tri-Oval tower tickets (#526) or (#528)

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There is Southwest two one way plane tickets. (#529) or (#527)

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There is a Jacksonville State University suite tickets during the homecoming game October 29th. (#546)

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There is a Zoom teeth whitening package. (#505)

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There are three custom whitening kits available. (#530, #531, or #532)

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There is a one night stay plus spa credit at the Wind Creek casino in south Alabama. (#501)

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There are two tickets to a Sara Evans concert in Montgomery this December. (#538)

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There is one Botox treatment available. (#522)

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There is also a 2 day guided turkey hunt in Spring 2017. (#539)

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And there is another one man guided turkey hunt in Spring 2017. (#543)

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And there are many more certificates!  To see all the items available in the silent auction, visit the Anniston City Meeting Center on the corner of Noble Street and 16th Street.  To call in your bid to any of the items above call 256-770-7688 or 256-403-1740.  The silent auction closes at 6 pm Central and you don’t have to be present to win!

And if you don’t mind, please donate to the UCP of East Central Alabama by calling 256-770-7685 or 888-437-9696!