Birmingham Top Ten, Thanksgiving Edition: November 16 – 22

I just really like the photoshop job here

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”

Alabama contractor, Caddell, one of six finalists to build The Wall

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Caddell has previously constructed multiple US embassies, including in Turkmenistan and here in Nepal – via Caddell.com

Who will pay for the wall might remain up for debate, but we’re rapidly approaching an answer to who will build the wall.  One Alabama firm has made the shortlist!  Caddell Construction, out of Montgomery, AL, will build two types of wall near San Diego, according to the BBJ. Continue reading “Alabama contractor, Caddell, one of six finalists to build The Wall”

Cash injection: UAB and Innovation Depot among RIS 2017 grant winners, for a total of half a million dollars!

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Image courtesy of Birmingham Business Journal

UAB and Innovation Depot have caught the federal government’s eye in the best way!  On September 22, UAB revealed that the US Department of Commerce awarded the university nearly half a million dollars.  Innovation Depot and UAB represent 2 of 42 organizations across 28 states that received funding.   Continue reading “Cash injection: UAB and Innovation Depot among RIS 2017 grant winners, for a total of half a million dollars!”