Sunday, August 31, 2008

5 things to do today: Sunday

Posted By on Sun, Aug 31, 2008 at 3:45 AM


1) Dragon*Con continues!

2) Park Tavern hosts the fourth annual Beer and Whiskey Fest.

3) Louvre Atlanta: Houdon at the Louvre continues at the High Museum of Art.

4) Brown Sugar Sunday Brunch is at Underground Atlanta.

5) Marshall Chapman plays Eddie's Attic.

(Photo courtesy Dragon*Con)

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Obama's Georgia campaign opens more hope depots

Posted By on Sat, Aug 30, 2008 at 8:12 PM

Barack Obama's campaign is not playing around in the Peach State. Just weeks after announcing 15 new offices in Georgia, the Democratic presidential nominee opened four more today, bringing the grand total in the state to 31.

“Our goal is to reach every corner of this state and every Georgian with our movement for change,” said Georgia Obama for America State Director Antwaun Griffin. “It doesn’t matter if you’ve not voted for a Democrat before or even if you’ve never voted before. We are asking for you to join us and make this your campaign.”

Here are the addresses:


3245 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road,

Suite 10, Suwanee, GA 30024


101 Devant St, Suite 501,

Fayetteville, GA 30214


643 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr NW,

Atlanta, GA 30314


1020 Woodstock Rd, Suite 2108 and 2110,

Roswell, GA 30075

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Word: Good times, bad times

Posted By on Sat, Aug 30, 2008 at 11:00 AM

Georgia’s two most prominent football teams head into the season with very different prospects. The rebuilding Atlanta Falcons are expected to scrape the NFL’s dregs; the Georgia Bulldogs enter today’s opener as No. 1 in the NCAA.

“[U]nless Richt is holding that crystal football in Miami at around 11:30 p.m. on Jan. 8, 2009, this season will be a failure.”

-- Pete Fiutak,

“Our goals won’t be measured in wins and losses this year. We need to move forward and grow as a team.”

-- Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff

“I think everybody is expecting good things.”

-- Georgia head coach Mark Richt

“He’ll be running behind a shaky offensive line that looks as if it’s held together by duct tape purchased from one of [Arthur] Blank’s old stores.”

-- The Sports Network’s Scott Garbarini, on new Falcons running back Michael Turner

“It’s cool to say you were part of that team that was preseason No. 1, but it would be a lot nicer to say it at the end of the season. There’s a lot of time between now and then.”

-- Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford

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Add It Up: Fill 'er up with Fay fluid

Posted By on Sat, Aug 30, 2008 at 6:44 AM

Number of tornado warnings issued last Tuesday in metro Atlanta because of Tropical Storm Fay: 5

Gallons of rain the tempest added to Lake Lanier, the metro area’s main source of drinking water: 22 billion

Number of days that additional water can last metro Atlanta: 50

Inches Lake Lanier rose last Monday and Tuesday thanks to the storm: 30

Number of feet the lake is still below full level: 15

Average number of gallons released daily from Lake Lanier this month: 1.2 billion

Number of years since the lake’s level has been that low: 52

Gallons that could be saved if pre-1993 metro Atlanta homes replaced their antiquated plumbing fixtures: 183 million

Percentage of respondents in a recent poll who said they were less concerned about the drought this year than they were in 2007: 48

Sources: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Rasmussen Reports, Metropolitan North Georgia Water District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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5 things to do today: Saturday

Posted By on Sat, Aug 30, 2008 at 3:44 AM


1) Dad's Garage Theatre launches World Domination Theatresports Tournament.

2) Features play the Earl.

3) A New View of Realism continues at Oglethorpe University Museum of Art.

4) DJ Red Alert is at Center Stage.

5) W Midtown hosts readings and signings in conjunction with Black Gay Pride.

(Photo courtesy Linnea Frye)

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Chambliss says 100 Democrats have endorsed him

Posted By on Sat, Aug 30, 2008 at 3:06 AM

(Scene: U.S. Senate Democratic nominee Jim Martin's Atlanta residence. Martin is enjoying the most recent issue of Adbusters, relaxing with a pipe and a tumbler of Fanta. There is a knock at the door.)

Martin: Who goes there?

(Voice outside): It's the Sax-man.

(Martin stands up, walks to the door. U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss enters before Martin can let him in.)

Chambliss: Hey, buddy. Wanted to come by and let you know I've been endorsed by 100 Democrats in Georgia. Mostly county commissioners in a lot of rural areas of the state, spots that don't have the Internet so they can't read about this or this. Some sheriffs, too. They've called themselves "Democrats for Saxby." Oh, and Zell's one of them.

Martin: Miller?

Chambliss: Yeah, Zell Miller. I got him to write me a letter and stuff.

Martin (confused): Well, OK. (looks around) Would you like some Fanta or something?

Chambliss: No thanks. Stuff tastes like piss. I'm going to go and raise some money. What are you up to?

Martin: Eh, just watchin' the convention.

Chambliss: Well, have fun.

(End scene)

That's what runs through my head when I receive press releases like the following from the Chambliss campaign.

(Nelson Muntz courtesy of TrashMenagerie)

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Friday, August 29, 2008

AJC on intersex cop

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 9:36 PM published a really interesting story today about an Atlanta cop who recently learned she is intersex, meaning she appeared to have the anatomy of a girl at birth and later developed "external sexual anatomy that appears to be a blend of a man’s and woman’s."

Genetic testing conducted earlier this year showed that the officer, Darlene Harris, carries the XY chromosomes of a male.

Sounds very close to the plot line of Jeffrey Eugenides' 2002 Pulitzer-winning novel, Middlesex. Eugenides' intersex protagonist, Calliope, has 5-alpha-reductase deficiency — which, judging from its Wikipedia entry, closely approximates to Harris' condition.

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John Scalzi's non-blogging universe

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 8:28 PM


In this week's story "Books vs. Blogs," I talked with author/blogger John Scalzi about how his popular blog Whatever launched his career as a science fiction novelist. Scalzi serialized his "space opera"novel Old Man's War as posts on his blog, believing at the time that "This is where it will live forever. Instead, a senior editor at Tor Books discovered it, liked it and was interested in purchasing it, despite the fact that Scalzi had given it away for free, as it were. Old Man's War is no longer on-line, Scalzi says:

I took it down when it got sold. One can probably still find it online if one looks hard enough, but not legally. "Agent to the Stars," however, is still on the site.

Scalzi has a "Sampler" page for his on-line fiction, including short stories, unused chapters and a complete novel. I admit that I haven't read much of that, but I have read all the books in his Old Man's War universe -- in old-fashioned book form. Overall, they're enormously appealing and accessible reads that can entertain non-sci-fi buffs and hardcore fans alike. Here are capsule reviews, in order, of the four books in the Old Man's War trilogy. (Wait a minute, that can't be right.)

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Labor Day DOT road work to be burden, living hell

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 5:13 PM

The Masters of Pavement will be resurfacing southbound lanes of I-75/85 this weekend -- one of the busiest holiday weekends of the year -- and we're doing our part to tell you to stay the hell away from the asphalt prison during the project. Don't go near it. If you're in Marietta and need to get down to Clayton County for some reason, take I-285.

Why? At 9 p.m. on Friday, the DOT will close all but two lanes on I-85 southbound near its merge with I-75. At that same merge, I-75 will be reduced to one lane. Few lanes for a lot of people. The road work will continue until Tuesday morning.

Avoid, avoid, avoid. Take public transit to the many planned festivities this weekend or I-285 if you do have to get behind the wheel.

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Police chases in Tyrone, Ga. about to get hilarious

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 4:49 PM

Bad times down in Tyrone, a little town in Fayette County, as revenues have fallen way below the cost of keeping potholes filled and cops on the street.

But, are you serious?

The Police Department, hit with a July fuel bill of $9,000, nearly double the average bill, has changed shifts to reduce police vehicle use.

Officers also will use a golf cart recently bought with confiscated drug funds.

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