Archive for July, 2005

Hot Streak

The Braves have been on a bit of a hot streak recently and it continued unabaited today as they pushed aside the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 in a very close game to move 5 games clear of Washington in the NL East.

Thankfully it wasn’t as hot and humid as last Thursday’s game, and we had nice seats in the shade which was also a great help. And it’s also great to see the team rally when the game was tied at 3-3 thanks to Rafael Furcal homering in two consecutive at bats and some outstanding defensive plays by Chipper Jones.

Usually the NL East is pretty much taken for granted at Turner Field, but this year they have fought every inch of the way to get this far and hopefully they can go further in the playoffs than last years disappointing Division Series against Houston. Another great thing is in the last few weeks the city has really been getting behind them with some pretty impressive attendances despite the heat, especially during the current winning streak, say what you want about fairweather fans, it takes commitment to sit in the ballpark when you can fry an egg on the seat next to you…

Me and Blosson Jeff Francoeur John Smoltz winds up The Pirates Freddy Sanchez at bat A meeting at the mound Julio Franco The dreaded Double 0 Jeff Franceour at bat

Anyways, they close out the series tomorrow with an afternoon game, so if any Atlanta area bloggers have the time, come and join me (look for the guy in the first picture) on top of the Chop House (I do recommend getting the $1 tickets), bring your brooms as a sweep looks likely given the current winning streak sits at a healthy 6 games, the best in the Majors right now, and Columbus’ own Tim Hudson will be pitching…

Bargain Hunters

I have on my desk a couple of 2-for-1 coupons for shows at The Basement Theatre.

The Basement Theatre is a comedy troupe in Buckhead. On Saturdays at 8 and 10, they do improv shows. On Friday nights at 9, they do a live Mystery Science Theater-type show called Cineprov. Tickets to the shows are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

The first two people to ask me (via the comment function below) will receive a coupon.

Blue Olive

On Friday I ventured out of my normal ITP spots for a friendís birthday celebration at the Blue Olive. If you live in the area, itís worth a visit for a martini or drink. They have an excellent martini list, and also nicely stocked bar. The bartender was so sweet and she poured 7 shots on the house for the birthday girl and her party. I canít remember the last time I received such great bar service in Atlanta. Anyway, Blue Olive is located across from Perimeter Mall in the same shopping center as CafÈ Intermezzo and Houlihanís. Blue Olive does not serve any food yet, but from their website it looks like sushi is on the menu in the future. By playing various genres of music and marketing the 30ish crowd, I believe Blue Olive is a nice change for Atlanta.

SLOW : Turtles Ahead

Near my work… for some time, I have noticed an increase in turtle activity. Not just random unorganized harmless turtle sightings, but a planned…organized ‘show’ of turtle!

They have started boldly showing themselves in front of public places. Libraries… churches… hospitals…what is their plan? What is it all about? They have taken on forms that make them endearing.

Well, if you go to Turtle Town you are easily provided with some information on the purpose of these turtle showings. They seem so innocent and happy. That’s where I started to become suspicious. Maybe they were tyring too hard to be accepted? I had to dig deeper! What I found was a little shocking! Look at this evidence I have collected:

Coincidence? … I don’t think so. Unfortunately this only added more questions than answers. I still can’t figure out what the master plan is… Maybe there are others out there that are also as suspicious of these turtles as I am…and can shed a little light on the subject.

Rain, rain, go away

Is it too much to ask that after a week of oppressive heat, terrible humidity and fry-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk sunshine that we get an enjoyable weekend for me to be in the pool? Huh!?

Granted, it’s a tour of pools: my in-laws today and my parents tomorrow, so there’s still hope, but I’m not holding my breath.

And tonight I’m attending my wife’s 10-year high school reunion – Fayette County High School Class of 1995. Wish me luck and let’s pray it stops raining. Guh!

Atlanta News Bites 073005

Atlanta art colleges…activate!

Nothing’s been finalized yet, but the Atlanta College of Art and the new Savannah College of Art and Design location in Midtown are planning to combine. There’s a lot of pros and cons from the onset, but I think with time, more of those hairy details will get straightened out. Especially since accreditation and campus space are definitely going to be some hot topic issues.

Hot Wet Lesbian Action!

Are you still looking for something to do tonight?

Look no further.

Decatur’s My Sister’s Room, one of the Metro area’s finer lesbian drinking holes, is hosting a Wet T-Shirt Contest tonight. It’s $10 to enter, $6 to watch. Doors open at 8:00 P.M. Registration ends at 9:30P.M.

According to the flyer on my desk, it’s a team fundraiser for the Gay Softball World Series.

Two Missing Atlanta Girls

Neither of these missing females have made the local news reports. If you have any information or leads that could help get these girls back to their families, then contact them at the numbers below.

Angel Denise Thomas

Last seen July 15, 2005

Age: 15

Height: 5’3″

Weight: 145 lbs.

Hair: Brown, natural (curly ponytail)

Eyes: Brown

She was last seen wearing a light blue top, white capri pants and multi-colored Converse All-Stars. Angel Denise Thomas was found on July 28, 2005.

Shawanda Rutledge

Last seen July 24, 2005

Age: 22

Height: 5’6″

Weight: 130 – 140 lbs.

Hair: Black

Eyes: Brown

Call (404) 853-4235 if you have any leads.

Guess Where, ATLanta

If you’re not already addicted to Flickr as I am (you’ve seen those fiends at 2nd and Hosea or Boulevard & North? That’s what I’m like for Flickr — it’s crack, man), here’s something that just may hook you up:

Guess Where, ATL

It’s a group on Flickr where other Flickr member post mysterious and not-so-mysterious photographs from around the metro Atlanta area and the others try to guess the location. It’s a great way to make discoveries about the ATL and to have a little fun while at work (not that I do that).

Speaking of Flickr and the ATL, our city is very well represented on Flickr.

What’s Flickr? you ask. It’s Friendster meets Kodak — a social network and photo sharing site that is heads and shoulders above the rest.

Oh, and Flickr is what powers the sidebar photos on Atlanta’s Metroblog.

it’s all about me. and SCIENCE.

Surfing today, I came across an LA Times article about “anti-hipsters” which referred to LA Brain Terrain, a blog devoted to “intellectual” events in Los Angeles. (No snickers.) The author apologizes for not having much on the science calendar.

Now, I can’t speak for our LA counterparts, but I have to say, we here at the ATL metroblog — 359 days old and counting — have pretty much dropped the ball on giving you the SCIENCE! Which is embarrassing, considering that this blog is overflowing with techies. And Techies.


Fernbank’s planetarium will be closed August 15th-September 7th for maintenance, but before that is doing some neat retellings of Native American myths and astronomy games shows.

Fernbank the Younger is doing Grossology through August 21st.

Yerkes is, er, probably doing all sorts of neat stuff. This week in the New York Times Magazine you can read about what happens to aged research chimps.

Atlanta Linux Enthusiasts NorthEast will have its next meeting Thursday, August 4th, after which you can come down to Manuel’s and party with us.

And on August 22nd, Tech fall classes start, which I happen to know because my doctoral program in city and regional planning is starting with it. Which is not very scientific — nor is my combination of yippee! excitement and petrified fear — but maybe being surrounded by actual engineers and computer-y types will help me keep y’all apprised of the SCIENCE.

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