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information diet

Saturday, September 22, 2018 by Wade Kwon

I gorge on gossip
and tabloids with no room left
for current events.

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relatively amusing

Friday, September 21, 2018 by Wade Kwon

The summer has come
and gone again like a fun,
beloved uncle.

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reading, writing, revenge

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by Wade Kwon

She lined up the sight,
breathed in, squeezed the trigger. The
student/shooter … dead.

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‘failed to comply’

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by Wade Kwon

The cop came to the
wrong apartment, gunned down the
tenant, life goes on.

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the art of comedy

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by Wade Kwon

Make ’em laugh, make ’em
think. Or make ’em squirm. Or just
make ‘em pay up front.

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The Birmingham channel: Blazer film festival 2018

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 by Wade Kwon

A look at Birmingham in videos, including eight short films from students in the UAB Media Studies program, 2018 edition (Vimeo channel) …

“If I Can’t Recall Your Name” by Ben Allen, Wendy Chen and Callie Cox.

A portrait of life with Alzheimer’s disease from caregivers, patients and others at the Caring for Adults through Respite, Enrichment and Socialization program.

“Sustained” by Jackson Ross and Savannah Snowden.

Portraits of environmentally sustainable practices in education, art and business.

“Around the World in 80 Steps” by Ohtra Awad, Chelsey Sanders and Katie Sherman.

Who knew Mexico, South Korea and Vietnam were neighbors? A portrait of three immigrant-owned restaurants all in one Green Springs strip mall.

“Riders: The Stories Behind the Rescues” by Rubayet Kamal and Vivek Singh.

Members of Fire Station No. 2 on Southside describe the calls that stay with them.

“We Are Southtown” by John Aiken and Hannah Bae.

Southtown Court residents are concerned about what will happen to them as their valuable land is redeveloped.

“What Brings You in Today?” by Tyler Huang, Garrett Jebeles and Kevin Lee.

Doctors discuss narrative medicine and the rewards and challenges of treating the whole person in today’s health system.

“Game Night” by Mitch Hoagland and Daniel Pinheiro.

A community of gamers on the joys of games without a screen as board games experience a resurgence.

“The Journey of the Kings” by Abayomi Mason-Robinson and Dawson Miles.

Nonprofit organization Growing Kings specializes in mentoring African-American boys and teens through school and after-school programs.

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Intro from July’s Motion X church student conference at Legacy Arena downtown. From Cole Riddle.

Talking with staffers at the Recovery Resource Center at Cooper Green Hospital on Southside. From Addiction Prevention Coalition.

Birmingham Volleyball Club 16 Pink team playing at the Hoover Met. From Amy Caldbeck.

Letting one loose at Walmart. From Large Marge.

Highlights from August’s Smart Cities Readiness Workshop at the CrossPlex in Five Points West. From Alabama NewsCenter.

Presentation from Amen Ra Mashariki, head of urban analytics at Esri, at the workshop. From Alabama NewsCenter.

Members of Kappa Omega Phi perform in August at Peyton Place Phase II in College Hills. From Kappa Omega Phi.

Trains in Irondale and downtown. From Porkchop the Railfan.

Bats in the attic seen through a gable vent. From Rid-a-Critter Inc.

Clearing out the gable vent to install a bat-proof trap. From Rid-a-Critter Inc.

A family trip to Liberty Park. From Tŏng Yé.

IndyCar racing at a virtual Barber Motorsports Park on “Grand Prix 3” as part of the International Formula Manager Championship. From JWF1.

Bloomington folk-punk artist Austin Lucas performs “Alone in Memphis” in August at Seasick Records in Crestwood. From Dharma Charisma.

Walking through LightRails downtown. From Buffett2010.

Def Leppard performs “Two Steps Behind” in August at Legacy Arena downtown. From K. Fergie.

Drone footage of a roof repaired after storm damage. From Home Rescue.

A brief stop in Birmingham before vacation in Destin. From Maika Madison.

Nashville country singer Jake Owen performs “The One That Got Away” in August at Regions Field downtown (our vertical video of the week). From Heather Bryant.

The UAB class of 2022. From UAB News.

Commercial for new downtown RealtySouth office. From RealtySouth.

Heading up to the Vulcan Vista room at Cobb Lane Bed and Breakfast in Five Points South (our other vertical video of the week). From Anna and Louise.

Plus, making new friends at Sleek Sports Bar in Five Points South. From Anna and Louise.

Getting treated at UAB Hospital. From Chelsie650.

Aveda Institute graduate Lindsey Griffin talks about her experiences. From Free Spirit Visions.

And graduate Kyle Guess on his experiences. From Free Spirit Visions.

Tribute to Henry Panion III, composer and UAB music professor, in August at the Heart and Soul: An Evening with Friends event. From Henry Panion.

Members of the Virginia Ice Theatre company rollerblade around downtown and Vulcan. From Virginia Ice Theatre of Fairfax.

Connecticut troupe Thomas/Ortiz Dance performs “From Birmingham to Baltimore,” a social justice piece comparing race relations in the 1960s and the current era. From Thomas/Ortiz Dance.

Talking with DC Blox at Innovation Week Birmingham in July. From DC Blox Marketing.

YouTuber Mikey Chen visits nonprofit organization KultureCity, Milo’s and Saw’s Soul Kitchen, with a cameo from Tuscaloosa boxer Deontay Wilder. From Mikey Chen.

Drone footage of Railroad Park downtown. From Christian Jordan.

Birmingham skateboarder Mark Eddings on the half-pipe. From Upton750.

Working on a new track (our other other vertical video of the week). From Lil Dee YouTube.

Atlanta’s Concorde Fire scores at August’s Liberty Cup Tournament in Vestavia Hills. From Jesse Cregar.

Apple recites the poem “The Ballad of Birmingham” by Dudley Randall (our other other other vertical video of the week). From Alicen Felder.

A trip to Birmingham for a doctor’s appointment, plus family fun at home. From Harley Loper.

Birmingham Barons’ Danny Mendick hits a two-run homer against the Jackson Generals in August at Regions Field downtown. From Minor League Baseball.

Commercial for Right at Home senior care agency in Vestavia Hills. From Right at Home.

Selfie at the BJCC fountain downtown. From Tammy Posey Lovell.

In the parking lot ready for a group ride. From U.B.L BikeLife #LongLiveZo.

Visiting the Bessemer Municipal Airport. From Hole in the Clouds.

Heading through town for some time at TopGolf in Uptown. From Hammereye 85.

Virgil “Duke” Beasley, cultural resource investigator at the University of Alabama, discusses his archaeological research which includes Rickwood Field. From Discovering Alabama.

College volleyball: Birmingham-Southern at West Alabama in August. From Brenda Luther.

“The Birmingham Doll Moms challenge Dianna when she is pushing the Babies to dance harder in this scene from ‘Three’s a Crowd’ [of Lifetime’s ‘Bring It!’].” From Lifetime.

The Dancing Dolls of Birmingham compete at the Buckdown Baby Showdown at Antioch High School in Nashville. From Dancing Dolls.

And more from the competition. From Diamond Ne’Chelle.

Dashcam footage of driving west on I-20/59 through Malfunction Junction to I-65 south. From Nick Payne.

Members of Corazón de Alabama perform in August at Overtime Bar and Grill in Oxmoor. From Amanda de la Cataleya.

Footage of footage, maybe (our final vertical video of the week). From JMC Enterprises.

College football: Key Crimson Tide plays in Notre Dame vs. Alabama in 1986 at Legion Field. From Dpjr Bentford.

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the stoic’s guide to mourning

Monday, September 17, 2018 by Wade Kwon

My cat died and I
ran over my right foot with
my lawnmower. Ow.

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#sundayread for September 16, 2018

Sunday, September 16, 2018 by Wade Kwon

Switzerland newspaper

Photo: Markus Binzegger (CC)

My picks for #sundayread for September 16, 2018:

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the disappearing drug store

Sunday, September 16, 2018 by Wade Kwon

Part-corporate drug
dealer, part-vending machine,
our lost five and dime.

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the thousand-dollar soul stealer

Saturday, September 15, 2018 by Wade Kwon

I need a smartphone
with all the best features to
take countless selfies.

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the wordsmith

Friday, September 14, 2018 by Wade Kwon

Putting care into
each line, each syllable till
each verse flows with ease.

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a hurricane rhyme scheme

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by Wade Kwon

All forces at once.
A beautiful eerie calm.
All forces again.

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The Birmingham channel: Bouncing off the walls

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by Wade Kwon

A look at Birmingham in videos …

Journey performs “Faithfully” in August at Legacy Arena downtown. From Wendy Dewberry.

Promo for comedian DeAnne Smith performing Thursday at the Stardome Comedy Club in Hoover (our vertical video of the week). From Scott Orr.

A hit in Birmingham (our other vertical video of the week). From Jason Singley.

Memphis rapper and Florence native Jo Kennek performs “I’m on It” at Luxe Ultra Lounge on Southside (our other other vertical video of the week). From Yvonda Jackson.

Wenonah High School wins $1,000 in the Litter Quitters Video Competition. From Santek Waste Services.

Wenonah’s winning entry. From Litter Quitters.

Singer Jesus Chairez performs “Palma Salazar” at Rancho el Centenario in Mt. Olive. From Randy Avalos.

Promo for August Worship Nights at King’s Way Church in Irondale. From King’s Way Church.

And footage of the event itself. From King’s Way Church.

Lura Denson, owner of Beezie’s Kitchen in Vestavia Hills, discusses her pre-existing condition. From Senator Doug Jones.

Summer vacation in Birmingham, with stops at the Outlet Shops of Grand River, Steel City Pops, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Oak Mountain State Park and more. From Misssmakaylaaa.

EWTN founder Mother Angelica, a k a Rita Antoinette Rizzo, inducted in August into the Birmingham Business Hall of Fame. From D.B. Plowden.

Another inductee, Michael Calvert, former executive director of Operation New Birmingham. From D.B. Plowden.

One more inductee: Sister Mary Frances Loftin, former president and chief executive officer of St. Vincent’s Health System. From D.B. Plowden.

Checking out the monthly Saturday morning Magic City Octane at Brookwood Village. From the RPM Standard.

A look at new Cahaba Heights restaurant El ZunZún. From Alabama NewsCenter.

Commercial for the Maids of Birmingham in Homewood. From the Maids Birmingham.

Vagón Chicano performs “Palma Salazar” in August at Rancho el Centenario in Mt. Olive. From Espinoza Paz Lucy Flores.

A last day in Birmingham driving around (our final vertical video of the week). From William Rodriguez.

Showing a project at the “Women Who Code Birmingham Hackathon: Magic City Hacks” event in August at Alloy downtown. From Matt Jaeh.

Explaining the potential from Opportunity Zones. From Alabama NewsCenter.

Birmingham band St. Paul and the Broken Bones performs “Apollo” on Monday’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” From Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Birmingham Barons center fielder Luis Alexander Basabe hits a two-run shot against the Generals in August at the Ballpark at Jackson. From Minor League Baseball.

Wolfe performs at Club Volcano in Ensley. From Grind Media.

Promo for the Wild and Scenic Film Festival on Oct. 21 at the Red Mountain Theatre Company downtown. From Southern Exposure.

Talking about Yuren Chinese School in Vestavia Hills. From Tŏng Yé.

Parkour at UAB. From William Wortman.

Promo for Eng1ne Fitness in Brook Highland. From Chris Kizziah.

A nighttime trip to Vulcan. From Official Savvy Grace.

UAB student Sunsern Damronglaohapan from Thailand on his school. From Into Study.

Feature on Ensley’s Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School. From Alabama NewsCenter.

“The meaning of the Birmingham tragedy, 1963” with James Baldwin, Reinhold Niebuhr and Thomas Kilgore Jr. From Collectif James Baldwin.

Episode No. 160 of podcast “Run Birmingham” features Jeff Martinez of Trak Shak and Alex Morrow of Resolute Running Training Center discussing new gear. From Run Birmingham
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an outbreak of hurricanes

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by Wade Kwon

Two to the east, one
to the south, another to
the west. Batten down.

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we once were allies

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 by Wade Kwon

They stood by us on
our darkest day. We dropped them
to embrace evil.

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