The Interstate 85 Atlanta Bridge Collapse Traffic Apocalypse


Today, a major event happened in Atlanta Metro that is going to cause traffic chaos for the next few months.  A section of the Interstate 85 elevated bridge between the Interstate 75 split to the Georgia 400 split collapsed.  The northbound bridge now has a major gap in it.  The southbound bridge is still all intact but we don’t know if the fire has compromised a section of the bridge as well.

Here are some social media reactions to the collapse.

So, what could have caused this fire that has caused a major interstate bridge to collapse?  All you have to do is look at Google Maps!  Apparently, under the bridge there are fiber optic cables that were being stored.  It looks like it could be cable for traffic management systems because no DOT’s anywhere in the country would allow stuff like this to be stored under a major infrastructure corridor.

A viewer sent in a photo to WSB-TV apparently showing the fire starting.

Of course, there will be investigations about how this fire started.  But the Georgia DOT needs to explain why a ton of cables like this were allowed to be stored under a major bridge.  Were these cables for the DOT that they were going to use, or was a private company storing these here for their use?  Either way, this was very stupid!  So, we are now talking about up to six months of major traffic gridlock in the Atlanta Metro, up to six months!

Two major traffic corridors to get into downtown Atlanta from the very crowded northern suburbs are now cut-off.  You can’t take I-85 north of downtown or Georgia 400 into downtown Atlanta.  So, the only two alternatives to get into downtown Atlanta now involves getting onto the Interstate 285 loop.  You can either take the loop south to get to I-20, or you can take the loop west to I-75.  I-285, especially between I-85 and I-75 on the northside of Atlanta is already a jam packed traffic cluster fest every day.  So, let’s add even more traffic to this, yeah its not good!

Now, there is a parallel freeway next I-85 called Georgia 13 or the Buford Spring Connector.  There are ramps on either side of the bridge collapse that could provide a local temporary detour to I-85.

But let’s be honest, those ramps are only one lane and Georgia 13 is only two lanes.  So, it’s like draining a gallon of water with a tiny straw.  I am glad this option is here, but this detour will not be the best solution for the up to 250,000 cars who travel through this section every day.  I-285 or better yet using mass transit will be the best option.

So, with a major traffic corridor shutdown for months.  I want to talk about two things in the Atlanta Metro where I will say, I told you so!  First off, the Atlanta Braves will soon be playing their games in their brand new Suntrust Park.  The park is in one of the worst traffic chokepoints in the entire southeastern USA, the I-75 / I-285 interchange in NW Atlanta.  I wrote a post explaining why I never liked the new Atlanta Braves stadium location, and now I can smile and nod my head.  Now, with even more traffic that will have to go this way to get to work, go home, or run errands, good luck trying to get to the ballpark!  Why was no major mass transit options planned when this park was in the planning stages?

As for mass transit, Atlanta has a subpar mass transit system.  Sure, there is MARTA but it mostly runs inside the I-285 loop except for a portion of the northern route.  With a lack of commuter rail and major bus options in the Atlanta suburbs, people are now going to be bitten in the rear end for not planning mass transit properly!  What will the political fallout be over this bridge collapse and the lack of good mass transit options like light rail or commuter rail?  One thing is for sure, Atlanta needs more mass transit options, and the people living in the suburbs can get over the poorer people using it and coming to the suburbs!

Well, one can wish that we can just fly over this bridge gap like these just some good ole’ boys.

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Crowdsourcing Mornings: 2016 Atlanta Film Festival


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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.

If they’ve learned one thing in 39 years, it’s that connection with a filmmaker dramatically magnifies the impact of his or her film.  Back this project and you can take credit for some of that impact. With this money, they are able to fly filmmakers from across the world to their festival and make those important connections between artist and audience.

In case you haven’t heard, the Atlanta Film Festival is the city’s premier film event—a 10-day showcase for 200+ films and the people who make them. In addition to feature and short film screenings, the Festival hosts parties, a 5-day Creative Conference, the highly popular Sound & Vision night of music and film, red carpet events, a screenplay competition, and more. Now turning 40-years-old, the Atlanta Film Festival is one of the longest-running and most prestigious film festivals in the world. The 2016 festival runs April 1st through April 10th.

In the past, the festival was lucky enough to receive donated flights and hotel rooms (or the money to buy them) so that they could bring filmmakers, actors, distributors, press and other members of the industry to Atlanta to participate.  They are still blessed to receive gifts and donations through generous sponsors, but maintaining a strong hospitality budget is difficult as a non-profit arts organization. Filmmaker participation is an essential part of the festival experience, and they want to return the travel and lodging budget to its former strength. All funds this campaign collects will bring filmmakers & industry members to Atlanta in April.

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As of November 19th, this project has raised around $14,000 of their $40,000 goal. This project only has 26 days left to raise the $40,000 or it will not be funded!  For a pledge of $20, you will get to be on the backers jury.  For a pledge of $40, you will get their MovieHopper Card, be a part of their holiday and ATLFF Backers Mixer parties, and be on the backers jury.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/atlff/2016-atlanta-film-festival

The Evening Post: Thirty-Minute Dragon Con 2015 Cosplay Music Video


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Tonight, I present a nearly 30 minute video featuring some of the best costumes and cosplayers from Dragon Con 2015.  The video is put together by beatdownboogie, and you can tell the people at Dragon Con did a really good job with their costumes, enjoy!

The Evening Post: Dragon Con 2015 Beat Down Boogie Cosplay Videos


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Tonight, I present two videos from the YouTube channel beatdownboogie.  The first video features an epic cosplay starting with the parade and all throughout the Dragon Con event.  The second video is a cosplay music video from Dragon Con, enjoy!

Learn More About The Southern Fried Gameroom Expo 2015


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From June 19-21, Atlanta is hosting the Southern Fried Gameroom Expo!  If you’re reading this then, chances are, you remember a time when the arcades were king. It was a time when a quarter meant life or death, when a darkened room was only lit by an 8-bit glow, and when chimes, bleeps, and bloops called to you from across the mall to play “just one more game.” For the most part, arcades may be gone, but they’re not forgotten. We remember. Do you?

The Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo is a 3-day convention focused solely on classic arcades, pinball machines, and home gamerooms. The expo, held June 19-21 at the Marriott Century Center in Atlanta, GA, boasts over 100 full-sized arcade and pinball machines, numerous consoles, vendors, speakers, movie screenings, and more!  They are pleased to be an official stop for the Professional & Amateur Pinball Association (PAPA) Circuit Tour! The event is a family-friendly event that will be fun for all ages.

They created the Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo to share the nostalgia and skill of the game with long-time video game and pinball enthusiasts, and to spread the joy of discovery with new fans of all ages. The support they have received from the gaming community has been nothing short of amazing. Thank you so much for being a part of the Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo – YOU are why they built this event.

This event is a part of the Player One, LLC, who is made up of a group of five arcade and pinball collectors who live in the metro area and, just like you, want an expo that the mid-south can call their very own. Joel, Dana, Patrick, Preston, and Shannon created the Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo to share the nostalgia and skill of the game with long-time arcade and pinball enthusiasts, and to spread the joy of discovery with new fans of all ages.

The event will have a free play game area, areas where you can bring and play your own games, a pinball tournament, movies, speakers, and more!  If you love playing games, this event is for you!  The Southern Fried Gameroom Expo weekend passes are $50 for adults or $30 for kids.  Or there are daily passes ranging from $15-$25.  Learn more at:  http://www.southernfriedgameroomexpo.com/