Wade on Birmingham http://wadeonbirmingham.com News, features and essays about Birmingham and Alabama Sun, 16 Dec 2018 06:36:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2407551 #sundayread for December 16, 2018 http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/16/sundayread-for-december-16-2018/ http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/16/sundayread-for-december-16-2018/#respond Sun, 16 Dec 2018 06:05:34 +0000 http://wadeonbirmingham.com/?p=50928 woman reading on bench

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forget hell http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/16/forget-hell-haiku/ http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/16/forget-hell-haiku/#respond Sun, 16 Dec 2018 06:00:55 +0000 http://wadeonbirmingham.com/?p=50913 I had a better
verse in mind, but I didn’t
write it down in time.

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ai is my co-pilot http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/15/ai-is-my-co-pilot-haiku/ http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/15/ai-is-my-co-pilot-haiku/#respond Sat, 15 Dec 2018 06:00:55 +0000 http://wadeonbirmingham.com/?p=50912 The long road to self-
driving cars will be littered
with bodies and wrecks.

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songs and sweets http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/14/songs-and-sweets-haiku/ http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/14/songs-and-sweets-haiku/#respond Fri, 14 Dec 2018 06:00:55 +0000 http://wadeonbirmingham.com/?p=50911 A time for candy
canes and mistletoe, thoughtful
gifts and caroling.

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youtube radicalization http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/13/youtube-radicalization-haiku/ http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/13/youtube-radicalization-haiku/#respond Thu, 13 Dec 2018 06:00:55 +0000 http://wadeonbirmingham.com/?p=50896 Watch a video,
then three more, then parrot back
hateful talking points.

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The Birmingham channel: A moment of panic http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/12/the-birmingham-channel-a-moment-of-panic-video/ http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/12/the-birmingham-channel-a-moment-of-panic-video/#comments Wed, 12 Dec 2018 22:10:59 +0000 http://wadeonbirmingham.com/?p=50748 A look at Birmingham in videos …

Lee County teams compete in the Special Olympics Unified Alabama Volleyball scrimmage and tournament held at the CrossPlex in Five Points West (starting at 27:22). From L.H. Heavy.

Walking around 16th Street Baptist Church downtown. From Ted Loucks.

Singer Queen Naija performs in November at WorkPlay in Lakeview. From Bree Jones.

In May at Railroad Park, UAB launches statewide participation in the All of Us Research Program from the National Institutes of Health. The project goal is to collect health data from 1 million subjects for better individual medical care. From Wondros Global.

Taking shots at TopGolf in Uptown (our vertical video of the week). From the Bogey Bros.

Matthew Whitaker of GKHouses property management in Homewood on renting out a home. From GKHouses.

Sunrise in Birmingham (our other vertical video of the week). From Light and Dark.

Skating at Faith Skate Supply downtown. From Sasha.

The Mt. Olive Baptist Church Mass Choir performs during service on Southside (our other other vertical video of the week). From Jessica Y. Garner.

Promo for Salter Ferguson law firm near Lee Branch. From Salter Ferguson LLC.

Drone footage of UAB, Southside, downtown and Vulcan. From Jason Byrd.

Texas Travelers’ Madison McClarity hits a two-run homer against the Birmingham Thunderbolts 04 at the Bolts’ Five Star Exposure Tournament in November in south Alabama. From Texas Travelers Softball.

Strolling through the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. From Tŏng Yé.

Testimonials for Vitalogy Wellness Center in Homewood. From Farah Sultan.

Visiting the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds. From Abom Adventures.

The Bards of Birmingham performs Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” in November at Unity of Birmingham in Highland Park. From Steven Cullen.

Hiking at Ruffner Mountain. From Payton Mcfarland.

Report from an Atlanta station on the Thanksgiving shooting at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover. From 11 Alive.

Shoppers running after gunshots; witness account. From Video Break.

Making an arrest near two bodies. Warning: graphic footage. (Our final vertical video of the week.) From Kyla Whitehead.

NBC report on Birmingham residents reconciling 50 years after racial segregation in Birmingham. From NBC News.

Climbing at the Moss Rock Preserve Boulder Field in Hoover. From Lane Lawley.

Promo for Birmingham rapper C-Ready. From None But Music.

Talking with the homeless in Birmingham. From Free Spirit Visions.

Alabama Power becomes one of three finalists for the 2018 Kanthal Award, recognizing innovation in heating technology and energy. The Birmingham utility’s Technology Applications Center fosters conversion from gas to electric heating solutions in foundries for industrial customers. From Kanthal.

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choose patience http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/12/choose-patience-haiku/ http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/12/choose-patience-haiku/#respond Wed, 12 Dec 2018 06:00:55 +0000 http://wadeonbirmingham.com/?p=50880 The hurry-up-and-
go method gives way to a
moment for breathing.

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the monsoon http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/11/the-monsoon-haiku/ http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/11/the-monsoon-haiku/#respond Tue, 11 Dec 2018 06:00:55 +0000 http://wadeonbirmingham.com/?p=50878 Whoever is still
praying for rain, please stop else
we drown on our land.

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the baby says hi http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/10/the-baby-says-hi-haiku/ http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/10/the-baby-says-hi-haiku/#respond Mon, 10 Dec 2018 06:00:55 +0000 http://wadeonbirmingham.com/?p=50862 He toddles up to
strangers to welcome them with
no guise but kindness.

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#sundayread for December 9, 2018 http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/09/sundayread-for-december-9-2018/ http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/09/sundayread-for-december-9-2018/#respond Sun, 09 Dec 2018 06:05:34 +0000 http://wadeonbirmingham.com/?p=50868 woman facing bookshelves

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space opera http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/09/space-opera-haiku/ http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/09/space-opera-haiku/#respond Sun, 09 Dec 2018 06:00:55 +0000 http://wadeonbirmingham.com/?p=50861 A musical on
changing interstellar trade
policy and droids.

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the perks of being a working stiff http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/08/the-perks-of-being-a-working-stiff-haiku/ http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/08/the-perks-of-being-a-working-stiff-haiku/#respond Sat, 08 Dec 2018 17:10:55 +0000 http://wadeonbirmingham.com/?p=50839 Sleep comes easily
to exhausted souls trying
to remain afloat.

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rabble with a cause http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/07/rabble-with-a-cause-haiku/ http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/07/rabble-with-a-cause-haiku/#respond Fri, 07 Dec 2018 06:00:55 +0000 http://wadeonbirmingham.com/?p=50824 A protest is not
to reach consensus, but to
speak truth to power.

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the surly server http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/06/the-surly-server-haiku/ http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/06/the-surly-server-haiku/#respond Thu, 06 Dec 2018 06:00:55 +0000 http://wadeonbirmingham.com/?p=50822 Her feet ache, her shifts
go forever and her damn
diners forget tips.

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The Birmingham channel: The vision thing http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/05/the-birmingham-channel-the-vision-thing-video/ http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/05/the-birmingham-channel-the-vision-thing-video/#comments Thu, 06 Dec 2018 04:45:59 +0000 http://wadeonbirmingham.com/?p=50686 A look at Birmingham in videos …

Showing off some moves. From Woodlawn Finest 86.

Reporter Ivana Hrynkiw tries out the Birmingham Police training course in November. From al.com.

Birmingham rock band Alabama Rose performs “Good Intentions” as part of the Sugarshack Sessions, filmed in Bonita Springs, Fla. From Sugarshack Sessions.

During a trip to Birmingham, meeting Munford comedian Darren Knight, a k a Southern Momma. From Harley Loper.

Bus on First Avenue North downtown (our vertical video of the week). From Jaylin Manly.

New York prog rock band Coheed and Cambria performs in November at Iron City on Southside. From Hawes Burkhardt.

A model train cruises through a miniature Birmingham. From Craig Gardner.

Train near downtown at night. From Birmingham-Rail Productions.

Ninth-grade students from Birmingham and the Black Belt visit the University of Alabama during the fall for Vision Days. From UA Division of Community Affairs

Talking with clergy members about spiritual direction. From Natalie I. Sansom.

Driving through LightRails downtown. From Deric McGuffie.

A witness describes train collision with SUV in November in Jones Valley. From al.com.

Snowing in November north of Birmingham (our other vertical video of the week). From Mista Rich.

Singing at Roosevelt Church of God in Brighton. From Drobousmc.

Scenes from the Tiger-Rock Martial Arts 2018 World Championships in July at the BJCC Exhibition Halls downtown. From Tku2505

Commercial for Gardendale Flea Mall and Antique Center. From Gardendale Flea Mall and Antique Center.

Model Brittany Walker poses downtown. From Stanley Parrish.

A driving vlog (our other other vertical video of the week). From Da Real Big Dee 4kTv.

The UAB Marching Blazers at practice and at the game. From Sean Murray.

Outside the Tutwiler downtown (our other other other vertical video of the week). From Anthony Brogdon.

Driving on the interstate through downtown (our final vertical video of the week). From Jesus Gutiérrez.

Pick a side. From 45 Inc. Birmingham.

Birmingham mayor Randall Woodfin on the $378 million shortfall in the city’s pension fund. From City of Birmingham.

Rock musician Lindsey Buckingham performs “Big Love” in November at the Lyric Theatre downtown. From Fliptyler.

Visiting from Philadelphia to take in an Alabama game and dine at Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q in Five Points South. From Seestuff.

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the holiday rush http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/05/the-holiday-rush-haiku/ http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/05/the-holiday-rush-haiku/#respond Wed, 05 Dec 2018 20:00:55 +0000 http://wadeonbirmingham.com/?p=50814 … three smashed cars, two wreck-
er jobs and a traffic jam
on the interstate.

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everywhere but inside of the eyelids http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/04/everywhere-but-inside-of-the-eyelids-haiku/ http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/04/everywhere-but-inside-of-the-eyelids-haiku/#respond Tue, 04 Dec 2018 06:00:55 +0000 http://wadeonbirmingham.com/?p=50813 Tired, exhausted, worn
out, run down, sleepy, tuckered
out, zombified, dead.

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tinder, but for swingin’ kringles http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/03/tinder-but-for-swingin-kringles-haiku/ http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/03/tinder-but-for-swingin-kringles-haiku/#respond Tue, 04 Dec 2018 05:55:55 +0000 http://wadeonbirmingham.com/?p=50799 Those dying malls can’t
support Santa’s gigs, but an
app can summon him.

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#sundayread for December 2, 2018 http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/02/sundayread-for-december-2-2018/ http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/02/sundayread-for-december-2-2018/#respond Sun, 02 Dec 2018 06:05:34 +0000 http://wadeonbirmingham.com/?p=50805 worn book with leather cover

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death at our own hands http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/02/death-at-our-own-hands-haiku/ http://wadeonbirmingham.com/2018/12/02/death-at-our-own-hands-haiku/#respond Sun, 02 Dec 2018 06:00:55 +0000 http://wadeonbirmingham.com/?p=50798 More see the only
way out is through suicide.
Hope has gone away.

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