Archive for July, 2005

Get your chainsaws and shotguns ready!

Everyone’s favorite slayer of the dead Bruce Campbell will be at Midtown Art Cinema on August 15th. He’ll be plugging his new book Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way and screening his new film Man with the Screaming Brain.

Birthday Celebration!

The Atlanta Metroblog is turning one! This Thursday, we will mark the anniversary of Jessica’s first post opening up our site with a birthday bash at Manuel’s Tavern on Highland at 7:30 pm. The metrobloggers will be there and our readers are invited also. Also, cake has been promised!

Manuel’s Tavern
602 N. Highland Ave. NE
Atlanta, Ga. 30307

So, come and celebrate our birthday by drinking with us. And eating cake. All are invited!

This coming week we will have one year retrospectives both about the blog and about the city, so stay tuned for more party and birthday information.

Equal and opposite reaction

Nice. Approximately twelve hours after I spew forth a mish-mash of critique on the Braves’ attendance, the AJC runs a story on the FRONT PAGE touting the Braves as the hottest ticket in town.

Obviously my metroblog entry is the direct cause of today’s AJC article. I am honored to be so influential. If you need me, I’ll be in my trailer.

Insert Brand Here

First a song, and now…a new website!

The Brand Atlanta Campaign has enlisted Spunlogic to showcase its revitalized brand through a newly developed Web site. Spunlogic will utilize its expertise in online behavior strategy, interactive design, web development, email marketing, online advertising and e-commerce applications in collaboration with the Campaign’s advertising agencies, Grey Worldwide Atlanta and Lattimer Moffitt Communications, to bring Atlanta’s new identity to the web.

Spunlogic’s a good company, but the Brand Atlanta campaign will need more than a Flash interface and some stylesheets to help further their cause. What’s next, videos of famous Atlantans espousing on what they love about the city?

Oops. Too late.

Whats going on in there? (Atlanta Aquarium)

There was an online news article I read about the Ga. Aquarium hiring a Celebrity Chef named Wolfgang Puck, for the new “Ocean Ballroom [that] will be the site of Atlanta’s most prestigious events. It boasts of a window to the open ocean tank — one of the largest tanks in North America.”


Fishy Fishy Fishy Fish

A lot of good details (and video) here on the Aquarium and the progress (and stats)

I should own a sports team

Sitting at Turner Field last night, watching the Braves and the Nationals try repeatedly to give each other the game, I started thinking about Braves games in general, their place in Atlanta, professional sports in Atlanta, and ultimately professional sports nationwide.

Let’s see if I can get all this out with some semblance of cohesion.

I heartily enjoy attending Braves games. I think it’s a real asset to live in a city with a great ball park and a talented team. What baffles me is that last night’s game, the second in a three-game battle against our closest division rivals, featured 9,471 empty seats (Total capacity: 50,096; Last night’s attendance: 40,625). It’s certainly not news that Atlanta has a reputation for being a city full of fair-weather fans who take their sports teams for granted, but don’t try to tell me that, in a city of over 4 million, you can’t find 50,000 people (that’s 1.25%) on a given night who would genuinely enjoy going to a Braves game. If no more than 1.2 people out of 100 want to see a baseball game each night, then the Braves should move.

As I sat in my seat behind third base, which, admittedly, I did not pay for, staring up at the sea of empty blue seats, I tried to wrap my brain around the tipping point. Where is the disconnect? What keeps people from coming out to the ball park? One of the refreshment vendors came by and my dad waved him over. “Gimme two Buds and a bag of peanuts.”

Unidos Dual Language Charter School

My friend and neighbor, Dell Perry, is working to start a bilingual charter school, Unidos Dual Language Charter School, in Fulton County.

Tonight and on Monday, she’ll be holding informational meetings about the charter school. Here’s the info:

Location: Hapeville Middle School Cafeteria, 3535 South Fulton Ave. in Hapeville (in the Methodist Church)

Thursday, July 28th at 6:00 (English) and 7:30 (Spanish)
Monday, August 1st at 9:00 a.m. (English) and 10:30 a.m. (Spanish)

You can contact Dell directly for more information about the meetings and the school.


The Braves finished a 3-game sweep of the Washington Nationals this afternoon at Turner Field. Yet another one-run game that gives Atlanta a 3-game lead in the National League East.

My wife was in attendance for the grand re-opening of Tooner Field, Cartoon Network’s activity area for children. I hope she didn’t melt out there in the heat and humidity; I’ve grown quite accustomed to her company. ;-)

To sum up: Braves win; weather hot.

Atlanta Podcasting News

Some Podcasting news from

eric rice is making an impromtu visit to atlanta as part of his series of Podcast and Videoblog Roadshows. read about it on my site at:

also, I posted it at the SE podcasters meetup page, where RSVPs will be accepted:

(you may have to be a member of the group to RSVP though, not sure)

hilary @ podcrawl

For the Dogs

Can you judge the quality of a city by how many doggie daycare centers are open? If so, then Atlanta is one doggone great place to reside. Iím a pet-addict. I have matching collars for my dogs, clothes and t-shirts for them, and even a stash of Halloween pet costumes from the last few years. Doggie daycare is one of the many splurges you can bestow on your canine companion. Currently, my pets visit the Canine House of Style when Iím away. Barry, the owner, gives them personalized attention, and never has more than ten dogs per day in his daycare.

The Atlanta Dog Spa is another in-town option that has gone quite high-tech with an installation of doggie web-cams. You can actually watch your dog play, sleep, and eat online while youíre away. Itís hilarious! It is nice to have many options available for your furry friends in Atlanta.

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