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Archive for October, 2015

Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

Video: Owl vs. owl

Happy Halloween! Enjoy Oakley the owl getting his Halloween groove on …

even pagans need love, too

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

In the dark of the
suburban streets, a gang of
devils hunted treats.

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the lone checker

Friday, October 30th, 2015

The late shoppers made
their way, baskets in hand, to
pay for and bag their fare.

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the clothes make the myth

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Layer on layer
of artifice to reveal
a hidden true self.

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Video: E.O. Wilson, ant man

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Video: “E.O. Wilson: Of Ants and Men”

A lifetime of studying the natural world has aired on PBS as a 2-hour prime-time documentary. “E.O. Wilson: Of Ants and Men” premiered in September.

The titular subject was born in Birmingham and spent his childhood in Mobile and Washington. He studied at Alabama and later Harvard. His career in science led to the creation of sociobiology, earning him a U.S. National Medal of Science. Wilson has authored many books, which brought him two Pulitzer Prizes.

The program looks at milestones in his life, along with the ways we better understand the world, including the formation and behavior of ant societies, and how humans have much more in common with them than with chimps. Wilson spends time in our state’s rich environment, and even dissects the tribalism behind Alabama (and Auburn) football.

E.O. Wilson

E.O. Wilson in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique,
in a scene from “Of Ants and Men”

the hierarchy of candy

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Good chocolate, Pop
Rocks, Reese’s Cups, gummy bears,
Peanut M&Ms.

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the shaming of a lifetime

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

An Internet faux
pas warrants derision and
humiliation.

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The Birmingham channel: Looking out for others

Monday, October 26th, 2015

A look at Birmingham in videos …

“Unseen: No Ordinary Story,” a short documentary about homeless people in Birmingham. From Aly Hathcock.

Birmingham native and actor Linc Hand at a fund-raiser for ovarian cancer. From Edie Hand.

Cal Breed speaks at the Pecha Kucha event during Design Week Birmingham 2014. From Design Week Birmingham.

Nashville rapper Hecto performs with Big Henry earlier this month at the Nick on Southside. From Hecto.

Diversity discussions in the classroom. From Amber Torres-Lopez.

Filmmakers Jon and Andy Erwin discuss “Woodlawn” with host Rob Dempsey. From HIS Radio.

Monica K. Slater sings at the District 8 Party With a Purpose earlier this month at Ensley Park. From Monica Slater.

YouTube star Joshua D and Friends perform earlier this month at the Comedy Club Stardome in Hoover. From Tay Kitten.

A look at Trim Tab Brewing Company from the National Beer Wholesalers Association. From Dean Hovell.

Road trip to the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover and Railroad Park downtown. From Stanley Veus.

Appalachian Crankie installation performance earlier this month as part of the East Lake Artist Village and Revive 2.0 East Lake at the College Theatre in East Lake. From Rosemary Johnson.

“The Exit Plan Show” interviews Whitney Johns Martin with Birmingham’s TWV Capital Management. From Norman A. Hood.

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood performs a cover of “The Music’s Hot” earlier this month at Iron City on Southside. From Natural Music.

Katie Sunshine leads a hula hoop class in September at St. Vincent’s on Southside. From Carron HoopsAlot.

The Komen Race for a Cure fund-raiser last week in Linn Park downtown. From Starnes Publishing.

“I’m tired of light red Birmingham being on my mind” (our vertical video of the week). From Gabriel Lavender.

Sara Evans performs “My Heart Can’t Tell You No” in 2012 at the BJCC Arena. From Timothy Ruebin.

Brandi Carlile performs earlier this month at Iron City on Southside (our other vertical video of the week). From Eric Chester.

Fred Spicer, executive director of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, talks about Antiques in the Gardens on the Rose Chat Podcast. From Rose Chat Podcast.

Singer-songwriter and “The Voice” contestant Melanie Martinez performs earlier this month at Saturn in Avondale. From Kylie Benjamin.

Jackson Browne performs a cover of “Mama Couldn’t Be Persuaded” earlier this month at the Alabama Theatre downtown. From David Eckoff.

Drone footage of Vulcan. From Duncan Meredith.

Promo video for Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School in Ensley. From United for Life Foundation.

“A Life of Review” short film: “Considering suicide, Jeff takes the advice of a co-worker and calls a support hot line. The call, however, is not what Jeff expected it to be.” From Forever an Astronaut.

Fashion show with Birmingham firefighters at the Southern Women’s Show earlier this month at the BJCC North Exhibition Hall. From al.com.

Footage of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Kelly Ingram Park downtown. From A’Keriah Samuel.

S.O.T.K. does the “Hotline Bling” dance. From Jacquez Young.

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the anti-halloween sport

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Bobbing for apples
is too healthy. Exercise,
fruit and water? Pass.

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#sundayread for Oct. 25, 2015

Sunday, October 25th, 2015
bookshelves

Photo: Paul (CC)

My picks for #sundayread for Oct. 25, 2015:

More posts from Wade this week:

The latest #sundayread tweets

broken people

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

Broken people get
up in the morning and sleep
at night still broken.

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tongs and tongues at the ready

Saturday, October 24th, 2015

Pastry chambers at
the Mexican bakery
tempt with scents and hues.

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the precise baker

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Measure and weigh, sift
and let sit. Check for doneness,
frost after cooling.

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Contest results: Wade on Birmingham’s 10th anniversary

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Leigh MonitorCongratulations to Leigh Monitor, of Nashville! Her entry was randomly selected in our Wade on Birmingham 10th anniversary book giveaway.

I’ve mailed her an autographed paperback copy of my new book, “The Future of Birmingham” (in fact, the only signed copy to date). If you’d like a free copy, download one by filling out the form on this special page.

Thanks to everyone who entered!

barbell bummer

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

He loves to lift weights.
His arms love it. His hips, too.
His back … not so much.

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