This week in Birmingham: December 14-20

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This week in Birmingham: dog ballet! – via artsbham.com

If you read this on Tuesday, December 12th, then go vote!  I won’t tell you who to vote for because you probably already know who you prefer, but just go and vote!  10 events and an anti-event are highlighted this week.  Let’s go ahead and get the anti-event out of the way: “All Birmingham Public Library locations are closed December 14 for Inventory Day.”  Now on to the fun stuff! Continue reading “This week in Birmingham: December 14-20”

Birmingham-based FBI agent David Archey joins Mueller team

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How long will he stay smug? – via Salon.com

After dismissing a senior member of the Trump investigation for what sources describe as dangerous partisanship, Robert Mueller has recruited a new team member.  Peter Strzok’s political sentiments may have cast doubts on the integrity of Mueller’s investigation.  But now, David Archey will hopefully work effectively and without preconceived notions of what is or isn’t true. Continue reading “Birmingham-based FBI agent David Archey joins Mueller team”

As World AIDS Day approaches, Birmingham prepares to remember and continues to support

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via worldaidsday.org

AIDS is no longer the death sentence it once was.  In fact, with careful management, people living with AIDS can live almost entirely normal lives.  With World AIDS Day (which promotes awareness, not AIDS) approaching, what are Birminghamians doing? Continue reading “As World AIDS Day approaches, Birmingham prepares to remember and continues to support”

ISS over BHM

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Astronauts aboard the ISS today are probably still recovering from turkey overdosage, but on a typical day they study the effects of microgravity on plants, insects, and more – via nova.org

The International Space Station made a pass over the Magic City last night!  It’s so weird that we almost don’t think about how there are humans living in space for years on end.   Bham Now collected some photos off of social media, here’s what went on: Continue reading “ISS over BHM”

AT&T’s Fixed Wireless rollout begins its second stage

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Will you be able to walk in a store and buy a home internet connection one day? via AT&T

While Birmingham might be excited about fiber finally lighting up, other areas of Alabama have little to no internet access… yet.  Thanks to a FCC program, Connect America, almost everyone in even rural areas of Alabama will have access to broadband.   Continue reading “AT&T’s Fixed Wireless rollout begins its second stage”

Birmingham Top Ten, Thanksgiving Edition: November 16 – 22

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Prepare for Thanksgiving, help the BORG, solve a hilarious murder, all in a single week!  And on a totally unrelated note, check out some guy I found on Youtube “securely erasing” computer hard drives with thermite!  Don’t worry, securing your devices for recycling doesn’t always require welding supplies – it’s just more fun that way.  Here’s what’s up in Birmingham: Continue reading “Birmingham Top Ten, Thanksgiving Edition: November 16 – 22”

Railroad Park’s ice rink re-opens soon

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Ice skating at night? When else would you? – via picturebirmingham.com

Ice skating outdoors might not seem like a typical Birmingham, Alabama activity.  After all, our Novembers regularly reach 70 degrees!  But Railroad Park aims to change that – for a while.  The park has published its ice rink schedule in its event calendar, and our hopes are high for this year’s ice rink.  Continue reading “Railroad Park’s ice rink re-opens soon”

BHM to NYC: A prolific painter and magazine editor looks back on Birmingham

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Jon at a gallery in 2006 – via Wikimedia

I interviewed Jon Coffelt earlier last week.  He has recently been recovering from a bit of a sickness.  We talked about everything from quantum physics to playing outside to strangers interviewing each other and beyond! Continue reading “BHM to NYC: A prolific painter and magazine editor looks back on Birmingham”

BHM to NYC: how an Emmy winner grew into her career, and what Birmingham had to do with it

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Allison posing with the victory spoils

We had this weird conversation at one of our content meetings: Birmingham’s new hangouts are starting to remind us a lot of New York City.  They sparkle and glitter just as much – but without video billboards shoving ads into your retinas.  One thing led to another, and we decided to go to the best sources we could think of: people who have lived in both NYC and Birmingham!  So, how do the cities measure up?  We’ll find out over a few interviews! Continue reading “BHM to NYC: how an Emmy winner grew into her career, and what Birmingham had to do with it”

Lucky Cat Rolled Creams co-founder Hannah Slamen has advice for startups

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Get hyped for Mexican chocolate, churros, and ice cream, all rolled into one dessert! – via facebook

A while back, I reviewed Lucky Cat Rolled Creams. Spoiler: it’s amazing. This weekend, I interviewed Hannah Slamen – one half of the founding couple. She spoke to me about franchising, being spontaneous, starting a small business and more! Let’s get to learning.  Continue reading “Lucky Cat Rolled Creams co-founder Hannah Slamen has advice for startups”

Getting KRACKed: Use WiFi? Drop everything and read this now.

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“Welcome to my nightmare…” – via krackattacks.com

Whatever you do, don’t use WiFi for a bit.  A new revelation in computer security has shown that WiFi, no matter what device, is insecure and can be hacked: “if your device supports Wi-Fi, it is most likely affected.” Enter key reinstallation attacks, called KRACK. Continue reading “Getting KRACKed: Use WiFi? Drop everything and read this now.”

Trim Tab’s Paradise Now gets acclaim

    Birmingham AlabamaBirmingham’s Trim Tab beers, including the award-winning Paradise Now – photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now

Trim Tab Brewery took home a bronze medal this year at the Great American Beer Festival!  The festival held competitions for 161 different styles of beer.  Competition was stout – nearly 8,000 different beers were submitted by over 2000 different breweries.   Continue reading “Trim Tab’s Paradise Now gets acclaim”

Smoked ‘Ham? Unlike some, Birmingham universities aren’t buying a blanket ban on tobacco use

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The Briary, considered one of America’s best tobacconists and located in Homewood – via cityvoter.com

Tobacco products are bad for you.  In many cases, they’re bad for people around you.  But until relatively recently, few universities actually taken steps to do something about tobacco use among their communities.  In Philadelphia, for example, four universities have begun a process to ban any tobacco products from their campuses.   Continue reading “Smoked ‘Ham? Unlike some, Birmingham universities aren’t buying a blanket ban on tobacco use”