Dragon Con 2013 is here! Last year, more than 52,000 people descended upon downtown Atlanta for the Southeast's largest sci-fi convention. This year, attendance is expected to increase by a third. The cosplay has been in full swing all weekend, and as part of this year's coverage we've taken a look behind the masks and the makeup to ask, "What's so appealing about Dragon Con?"
The two organizations selected 360 Architecture as its front,runner - or "apparent awardee," as they like to call it - over several candidates. The Kansas City-based firm has most notably designed MetLife Stadium, the 82,000-seat home to the New York Giants and Jets.
GWCCA spokeswoman Jennifer LeMaster says that negotiations with 360 Architecture will happen "relatively quickly" over the "next couple weeks." She declined to comment on the firm's stadium design or whether 360 Architecture planned on including other local architects.
State Sen. Chip Rogers, R-Agenda 21, is no longer the Republican Party's leader in the upper chamber, which has been deadlocked in an intraparty tug of war. GOP senators last week picked state Sen. Ronnie Chance, R-Tyrone, to take the leader position. State Sen. David Shafer, R-Dultuh, was selected as the next Senate President Pro Tem.
More than 10,000 undocumented immigrants in Georgia have requested temporary protection from deportation under President Barack Obama's change in immigration policy.
Glenn Richardson, the former powerful House Speaker who resigned in disgrace after his ex-wife revealed in a TV interview that the lawmaker had an affair with a lobbyist, once stashed Ambien in every bag he owned to deal so he "could always take the edge off." Richardson's attempt to return to the Gold Dome in November was unsuccessful.
1. Prepare yourself, it's time for Dragon*Con
2. Decatur Book Festival hosts U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey for its keynote address
3. Tennessee vs. NC State at the Georgia Dome
4. Black Gay Pride's opening ceremony takes place at Melia Hotel
5. Cyhi the Prynce at the Loft
Journalist, scientific researcher, and famed skeptic Benjamin Radford has written numerous articles and six books on topics ranging from urban legends to various paranormal phenomena, all the while ruthlessly championing critical thought. On the heels of releasing two books last year (Tracking the Chupacabra: The Vampire Beast in Fact, Fiction, and Folklore and The Martians Have Landed!: A History of Media-Driven Panics and Hoaxes with Robert E. Bartholomew), Radford will make a handful of appearances at Dragon*Con this year bringing a much needed voice of reason and sanity when it comes to discussing urban legends and all things supernatural. Before making his way to Atlanta Radford took a few minutes to talk a little bit about what he does.
It's important to note that although we share same last name (and the same chin), to the best of my knowledge I am in no way related to Benjamin Radford.
Chad Radford: Will your “Monster Talk LIVE!” discussion touch on your experiences writing your book, Tracking the Chupacabra: The Vampire Beast in Fact, Fiction, and Folklore? Also who is Blake Smith who’s speaking on the panel with you?
Ben Radford: Yes, I'll talk a little bit about my chupacabra investigation, but it will mostly be about the events that led up to my appearance on “Good Morning America,” being interviewed about the Loch Ness Monster. Blake is my co-host on our MonsterTalk podcast, and a computer programmer living in Kennesaw. He shares my interest in ghosts and cryptozoology stories.
Your discussion titled “The Sex and the Spirits: Ghost Porn” sounds like it's gonna to be a memorable one as well. Can you tell me about the inspiration behind that one?
Sure... [he says with a laugh]: Well, I've been doing these investigations into ghosts, haunted houses, and ghost photographs for almost 15 years now, and over the years I've seen it all: "orbs" (white spots caused by camera flashes) as ghosts, faked ghost photos, all that sort of thing. But one day a few years ago I was sent an anonymous photo asking about a ghost-like spectre in what I will delicately describe as an "intimate photo" between a guy and his girlfriend. They didn't necessarily think it was a ghost, but they'd seen many ghost photos that looked identical, and they wondered about it. So I began researching and collecting examples of ghost porn — strange and unusual ghostly images in sex photos. So if anyone ever finds porn on my computer I can honestly say it's for important research.
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