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two days’ grace

Friday, April 24, 2015 by Wade Kwon

Lie in meadows and
breathe in fragrant winds and bask
in joyous freedom.

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coswar

Thursday, April 23, 2015 by Wade Kwon

Nerds in Spandex line
up for popcorn and trade tales
of comic legends.

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distracted guardians

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 by Wade Kwon

The angel on his
shoulder was texting, while the
devil was sexting.

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‘The Great Invisible,’ 5 years after the BP oil spill

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 by Wade Kwon

Video: “The Great Invisible”

Monday marked the 5th anniversary of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, killing 11 workers and dumping countless barrels of oil into the surrounding water. Tar balls from the disaster continued to wash ashore on Alabama beaches as late as 2013.

The PBS series “Independent Lens” aired the national premiere of “The Great Invisible,” a 2014 documentary by Mobile’s Margaret Brown on the biggest oil spill in American history. It won the South by Southwest festival award for documentary feature.

The film looks at life after the explosion and its impact on the Gulf Coast.

Reviewers have praised the doc:

  • Entertainment Weekly: “A sobering look at a part of coastal America that will never be the same again. A-.”
  • The Hollywood Reporter: “A powerful documentary that reminds those of us who’ve moved on to other worries that this one is far from finished.”
  • Variety: “A uniquely thought-provoking chronicle of an event that, in the absence of any real preventive action taken by oil companies or the U.S. government, calls out for further cinematic and journalistic attention.”

“The Great Invisible” streams online through May 21.

Latham Smith, The Great Invisible

Tugboat captain Latham Smith

Deepwater Horizon, The Great Invisible

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig

“The Great Invisible”

down in the data mines

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 by Wade Kwon

They chipped away at
boulders looking for nuggets
of consumer trends.

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Noah Galloway, wet and wild on Week 6 of ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Monday, April 20, 2015 by Wade Kwon

Noah Galloway and trainer Sharna Burgess dance the
rumba to “Waves” by Mr. Probz.

The judges loved his group dance but his spotlight number … not so much.

“Dancing with the Stars” went with a spring break theme, and Alabaster’s Noah Galloway and partner Shawna Burgess earned a near-perfect 39 out of 40 points in their group dance to “Wipeout.” The other group also earned 39 points.

In individual dances, the pair danced the rumba to “Waves,” with a slight pause near the end. The judges made note of it, giving Galloway 29 out of 40 points, for a total of 68 points. That combined score landed them in sixth place.

Singer Patti LaBelle became the fifth contestant eliminated.

The standings for Week 6:

  • 1. 76: Riker Lynch
  • 2. (tie) 73: Nastia Liukin, Willow Shields
  • 4. 71: Rumer Willis
  • 5. 70: Chris Soules
  • 6. 68: Noah Galloway
  • 7. 67: Robert Herjavec

The show returns next Monday with the next round of dancing, followed by the return of the results show on Tuesday.

Noah Galloway, Shawna Burgess

Noah Galloway and Shawna Burgess in their rumba routine

Noah Galloway’s group dances to “Wipeout.”

More “Dancing with the Stars” coverage

• How did Noah do? Let us know in the comments …

The Birmingham channel: From the outside

Monday, April 20, 2015 by Wade Kwon

A look at Birmingham in videos …

Students from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire make a civil rights pilgrimage. From University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire.

Some 40 to 50 protestors rally for higher wages outside the Southside McDonald’s. From al.com.

A look at the nonprofit organization Special Equestrians, which serves people with disabilities. From Special Equestrians.

Tuscaloosa band Ramble Tamble performs at Mono. From Kevin Wright.

Nerissa plays in a basketball tournament. From Carl Weston.

Footage of First United Methodist Church downtown. From John Alford.

A look at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. From Rahni Argo-Bryant.

Scenes from “For Better or Worse,” a play by Tyesha Brown. From Tyesha Brown.

See part 3 of  “Antiques Roadshow” in Birmingham.

See Noah Galloway dance to “A Whole New World.”

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what price oil?

Monday, April 20, 2015 by Wade Kwon

Punch the ocean and
drown the men to keep our tanks
full of gas and blood.

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#sundayread for April 19, 2015

Sunday, April 19, 2015 by Wade Kwon

Photo: martinak15 (CC)

Photo: martinak15 (CC)

My picks for #sundayread for April 19, 2015:

More posts from Wade this week:

The latest #sundayread tweets

seek pleasure or seek safety

Sunday, April 19, 2015 by Wade Kwon

Keep your head down or
go after your wildest dream,
the choice of each day.

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the body, the antenna

Saturday, April 18, 2015 by Wade Kwon

Radio waves flow
through vessels and nerves, tuning
in the crooner’s soul.

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click play to save money

Friday, April 17, 2015 by Wade Kwon

Do-it-yourself heart
surgery seemed easy thanks
to YouTube lessons.

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shut the front door

Thursday, April 16, 2015 by Wade Kwon

The introvert stayed
at home and lived happily
forever after.

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road warrior 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by Wade Kwon

Uber takes the wheel,
Siri takes dictation, and
hipsters take the bus.

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Buy the book: Part 3, ‘Antiques Roadshow’ in Birmingham

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 by Wade Kwon

Video: Hour 3 of “Antiques Roadshow” in Birmingham,
filmed in 2014

“Antiques Roadshow” wrapped its summer tour of Birmingham with a third hour on Monday night.

A signed first edition of “To Kill a Mockingbird” earned an appraisal of $12,000 to $15,000. How’s that for a book report!

See Birmingham, Part 1 and Part 2.

Antiques Roadshow, To Kill a Mockingbird

“Antiques Roadshow” appraiser Ken Gloss, left, values
this signed first edition of “To Kill a Mockingbird”
at $12,000 to $15,000 retail.

An interview with the book’s owner