Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Georgia Tech's freshman convocation speech is better than your school's so there

Posted By on Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Thank you for an entertaining convocation speech, Georgia Tech sophomore Nicholas Selby. Now go forth and do great things in the world of mechanical engineering and/or motivational speaking.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Mayor Reed tests out Google Glass, which makes him 'feel like iRobot'

Posted By on Wed, Aug 14, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Mayor Kasim Reed took Google Glass for a test ride this morning and, based on one photo, looks either extremely confused or ready for world domination. However, it does make him feel like iRobot!

Reed accepted the 2013 Google eCity award, an honor the company presents to the strongest online business community in each state, on Atlanta's behalf at Paschal's Restaurant. During the event, spokeswoman Anne Torres shared a photo of the mayor testing out Google's futuristic eyewear:

We're not exactly sure what he's doing with the computer eyewear. Maybe he's setting up a new Vine account, getting updates about the next round of stadium talks, or ordering some of those jumbo-sized balloons located behind him for his City Hall office.

But judging by the photo, he's taking it very seriously. Maybe he should call former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who used his headset to play with George the turtle at a Peoria zoo, for some tips. No word yet on whether he'll permanently rock the lenses moving forward.

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Hundreds of out-of-shape Georgians to run with bulls, Pamplona-style, in Conyers because why not?

Posted By on Mon, Aug 5, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Where are we? the bull asked. Conyers?!? KILL THEM ALL.
Are you a daredevil? A daredevil who always wanted to potentially be gored by a 1,000-pound bull but can't afford to run with los toros in Spain? You are in luck, you lover of adventure.

A group of organizers is putting together the "Great Bull Run" at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers. The Oct. 19 event costs $45 if you sign up before September. Afterward, they're mimicking the massive tomato fight that takes place each year in Buñol, Spain.

Grab life by the horns and experience the rush of a lifetime as you sprint down a quarter-mile track with twelve 1,000-pound bulls hot on your heels. Cap off your run in our insanely fun tomato food fight, Tomato Royale, then celebrate all day long in our massive festival featuring live music, great food, cold beer, games and attractions! Not up for running with bulls? No problem! You can still watch all the action as a spectator or join in the fun as a participant in Tomato Royale!

Organizers say that, unlike the Pamplona running of the bulls, which culminates in the animals being killed in a matador ring, these bulls won't be hurt. And they also claim it apparently won't be as dangerous for the participants. Runners will be able to "hid in nooks and climb over the track fence" to escape the animals, which organizers say are "less aggressive."

The Conyers event will be one of several faux running of the bulls event across the country. The first is scheduled to take place at a Virginia racetrack. Other runs are planned for Florida, Texas, California, and other states.

And no, dogs aren't allowed. Sorry.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Piper the Beltline Cat sells prime real estate along smart-growth project, finds new home

Posted By on Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Piper, the stray black cat who became a media celebrity after she (or is it a he?) occupied a drainage pipe along the Atlanta Beltline's Eastside Trail, has found a new home.

The feline's compound, which admirers outfitted with a mailbox, food, and other creature comforts, must be graded to make room for a proposed residential development by Perennial Properties. The developer "offered" Piper $10,000 for the pipe. The cat (actually the person manning its Twitter feed) demanded $1 million. Fans of the cat offered new homes as well. The city prepared for a standoff not seen since the freeway revolts.

However, the two sides have struck a deal.

Apparently, Piper's new home will be much like its old home.

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Friday, July 5, 2013

Baton Bob faces backlash over Facebook comment

Posted By on Fri, Jul 5, 2013 at 11:36 AM

The goodwill generated over the years by Baton Bob, the self-proclaimed "Ambassador of Mirth" who's long entertained Atlantans with his parade marshall antics, is taking a hit.

Bob yesterday complained that a woman interrupted his performance during the Peachtree Road Race and asked to take a photo for her friend who was battling cancer. Bob, who hasn't let a recent Midtown arrest prevent him from continuing his baton-twirling routine, declined. He wrote on his Facebook page:

"I want say this, to the white Lesbian Bitch that rolled upon my ASS, about a friend of hers that wanted a photo in middle of my performance that 's suffering from Cancer, and I stated that, I don't do posed photos in the middle of my performance;......became indignant to me !!!!!......FUCK YOU BITCH!!!!....I said NO,..... and, I meant IT,...... BEACHICH!!!!......GET THE FUCK OVER IT!!!!!....DON'T IMPOSE UPON ME,.....THAT WAY!!!!!.....ALL I"M SAYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Most of his fans, including one who urged him to consider what "Mandela or King" would think, aren't pleased. The Georgia Voice, which first reported on the brouhaha, has a full rundown. As does Richard Eldredge at Atlanta Magazine. Matt Hennie at Project Q Atlanta notes that Bob has posted some more details about why he didn't stop but has not apologized.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Mayoral candidate Al Bartell: Reed 'hijacked' City Council for budget process

Posted By on Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 3:33 PM

  • Courtesy Al Bartell
Mayoral candidate Al Bartell seems to have ramped up his tiny campaign months after quietly announcing he'll challenge Kasim Reed in this November's city elections.

In a press release, the public policy activist announced a last-minute press conference at City Hall yesterday. He also lashed out at Mayor "King Kasim" Reed for "hijacking" the Atlanta City Council. According to his press statement:

Bartell will also call for the Atlanta Mayor to cease political blackmail tactics, he says, Reed has been brazenly using on Atlanta City Council members. According to Bartell, Mayor Reed has been "hi-jacking" the Council to sway their votes on passage of critical legislation in the City of Atlanta, now to include the 2014 Atlanta City Budget.

"King Kasim's" imperialism tactics have barred true engagement from happening, particularly with the city's employees, throughout the City's 2014 budget processes," asserts the seasoned Bartell, a frequent visitor to City Council Finance Committee and Full Council meetings. "Our first responders deserve a raise, not disrespect for their critical services, and the money is available to pay all employees more!"

We didn't make it to his presser, unfortunately. But during public comment at yesterday's Council meeting, Bartell continued blasting the budget process:

The budget has been hijacked and is now being used as a political marketing strategy for the mayor of this city. The budget process being hijacked has put small business leaders against corporations; has put city first responders against rank-and-file-employees; has put faith, community, and neighborhood leaders against lobbyists and special interest groups. This council has the process management ability to neutral the mayor's political marketing strategy and approve a reliable city budget that we can be proud of.

At the moment, Bartell and Paul Luna lead a cast of underdog candidates against well-funded and über-connected Reed for the 2013 mayoral election. Reed, who has a war chest of nearly $1.5 million, remains the clear frontrunner in the race. But anything can happen, right?

CL has sent a line to Bartell, and we'll post an update if we hear back. One Fresh Loaf commenter, however, has confirmed that "Bartell for Mayor" signs are now a thing that exists.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Bison on the Atlanta Beltline?

Posted By on Wed, Jun 5, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Why yes, I have heard of the Atlanta Beltline. Why do you ask?
If you haven't participated in one of the Atlanta Beltline Partnership's bus tours of the 22-mile smart-growth project, you really should. it's the best way to experience the Beltline next to walking the loop yourself. Jared Green at the American Society of Landscape Architects' "The Dirt" blog yesterday recapped a recent Beltline tour and, in addition to some observations and updates about the project, noted that planners were considering temporarily adding some wildlife along the corridor in northwest Atlanta:

One exciting park will be appearing soon at the Bellwood Quarry, an old quarry that the city bought in 2006. There will rise a new reservoir, the focal point of the new Westside Reservoir Park. In a unique partnership with the city's department of watershed management and parks department, the Beltline will develop the park around the reservoir while the city will ensure the security and safety of the water supply. Harrop also told us that a herd of American bison, which are actually native to the area, may be imported and be used to organically amend the soils. The Beltline crew likes to set herbivores on their plant problems: goats were recently let loose on kudzu in other areas and sheep on poison ivy in others.

Something tells us Ted Turner will be involved. Which is to say we hope Ted Turner is involved.

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Another reason to hate those metal plates on Atlanta's roads

Posted By on Mon, May 13, 2013 at 1:02 PM

The Earth, frustrated with centuries of abuse, begins to swallow mankind
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  • The Earth, frustrated with centuries of abuse, begins to swallow mankind
You ever look at one of the countless metal plates covering Atlanta's potholes and utility work and say to yourself, I'd hate to fall into whatever hellhole is underneath that thing? Well, people sometimes actually fall into those hellholes. Or in this case, cars.

The above photo, which was sent to us by a beloved CL reader, was snapped on Saturday, May 4, on West Peachtree Street in Midtown. According to Atlanta Police, the driver was approaching 14th Street when he slowed down to cross several metal plates. As soon as the car's front tires were on the plate, the driver said, the hunk of metal shifted and his vehicle got lodged in the hole. Another driver reported that one of the plates punctured his car's front tire. Neither motorist was injured.

Workers from the city's Department of Watershed Management responded to the site and placed the plate over the hole. They determined that "CWS Plate #119" - it has a name! - "had shifted leaving the hole exposed and was the cause of both vehicles being damaged." A tow truck pulled the car, which suffered damage to the front bumper and side panel, out of the hole.

We're waiting for an update from the city's Department of Public Works. In the meantime, continue to curse those damned plates. Especially CWS Plate #119.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Erick Erickson's definition of a hipster is radically different from yours

Posted By on Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Everyone knows the place to go and peep some 411 from the hip kids is at U.S. Play. Or outside Sbarro.

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

'Love & Hip Hop Atlanta' ratchets up the ratchetness with season 2 supertrailer

Posted By on Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Y'all ready for this? The reality show that drew outrage, boycott petitions, and record ratings last year for VH1 returns in less than two weeks. And this time with a vengeance, from the looks of the extended trailer released yesterday. The oft-debated, long-awaited reboot of executive producer Mona Scott-Young's "Love & Hip Hop" spin-off will feature all the returning cast mates, including Stevie J (aka Rat Face), Mama Dee (aka Pimpin' Grandma), Joseline Hernandez (aka Shenellica Bettencourt aka Joe) and the remaining congregation of rappers, singers, and baby mamas on the grind. They'll also be joined by a couple of newbies: Hot 107.9's DJ Traci Steele and Stevie J's latest pet project/side chick, Ché Mack.

In the midst of the ruckus over racial and class exploitation spawned by Season One, I attempted to provide a little comic relief and rational discourse on the topic. But this year, I just plan to watch while imbibing in LHHATL drinking games like the rest of Twitter. As Source magazine editor-in-chief Kim Osorio said while witnessing a totally different ratchet outburst on this week's premiere of VH1's "The Gossip Game" - another Mona Scott-Young production - "I am guilty of being entertained."

Even Scott-Young has expressed her disbelief at the amazing levels of fuckery reached during the recording of Season Two: "Last season, I was like this is incredible, outrageous, crazy, over the top. What could they possibly do to top this? This season is better than last. It's amazing. It's amazing."

Do believe the hype.

Season 2 of "Love & Hip Hop Atlanta" premieres Mon., April 22 at 8 p.m. EST on VH1.

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