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  • Jogging In The Woods With Friends

    Jogging In The Woods With Friends

    Have you ever been out for a leisurely jog when some guy tries to get you to upgrade your mobile service? Well, if this has happened to you, you’ll enjoy this video. But seriously, the ongoing situation that inspired this video was two-fold. First, I get a ton of “Unknown” phone calls on my mobile phone (does anyone have a land line anymore?) Every now and then, especially if it’s an area code of a job I applied for, I’ll […]

  • A Conversation with Dakoro Edwards

    A Conversation with Dakoro Edwards

      I’ve always held a deep appreciation for creative people. Musicians, actors and artists alike, their ability to tap into that creative part of the mind that allows them to imagine the unthinkable is a rare gift. That’s one of the reasons I created UnderCurrent Atlanta , to surround myself with creative people.   Like most super heroes, with great creativity, comes responsibility. Art has the ability to inspire the masses, to tug at the heart strings or influence the mind. […]

  • Sunday: Rare and Exotic Craft Beers, Producers and Saboteurs, Hair Wants to Kill a Man, the Case of Chris and Chloe, Learning to Say No, My Head Detaches from My Body and Floats Away

    Sunday: Rare and Exotic Craft Beers, Producers and Saboteurs, Hair Wants to Kill a Man, the Case of Chris and Chloe, Learning to Say No, My Head Detaches from My Body and Floats Away

    SUNDAY It’s ten in the morning. I’m not dead yet. I wake up slowly to the sound of my phone vibrating across the nightstand. One bleary eye strains into the screen; it is a text message from Lindsey. She wants to know if I am attending this morning’s beer swap. She’s already headed there. My joints are screaming. Existence burns. I ponder getting up, but then I close my eyes, and the world is a sea of calm waves, and […]

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  • Saturday: Pineapples, Perfect Gifts, News from the Tournament Desk, Engineers and Nineties Rock, When Gunnar Met Molly, Electric Conversations and the Great Awareness, Sadness between the Pizza and the Vomit

    Saturday: Pineapples, Perfect Gifts, News from the Tournament Desk, Engineers and Nineties Rock, When Gunnar Met Molly, Electric Conversations and the Great Awareness, Sadness between the Pizza and the Vomit

    SATURDAY I wake up next to a pineapple. My head’s not hurting as much as I thought it would. I check the time: one thirty in the afternoon. The signature Dragon Con parade is already over. Now that I think about it, I don’t think I’ve ever seen the parade. The Saturdays of Dragon Con past have all started in exactly the same way: waking up delirious, fighting some form of hangover, thirsty as all hell, and cursing the afternoon […]

  • Friday: An Unexpected Visitor, #4111, the Time My Friend Broke a Toilet in Columbus, Enter the Great Nothing, the Wild Bunch Rides Again, Logistical Nightmares on the Way to the Next Big Thing, Lovely Notes in the Jaws of Dinosaurs

    Friday: An Unexpected Visitor, #4111, the Time My Friend Broke a Toilet in Columbus, Enter the Great Nothing, the Wild Bunch Rides Again, Logistical Nightmares on the Way to the Next Big Thing, Lovely Notes in the Jaws of Dinosaurs

    FRIDAY I wake up around noon, smelling like sweat and Fireball, Rachel is fixing breakfast/lunch in the kitchen. I’m in minimal pain, save for my lungs, which are protesting last night’s cigarettes. I head to the kitchen, cough like an eighty-year-old man, and then drain a few glasses of water feverishly. Rachel eyes me hungrily. Ben comes down and joins us. “Rachel told me you were respectful last night. I really appreciate that.” I’ve only been awake for five minutes. […]

  • Thursday: God’s Wrath, Renfree vs. Yates, Anything But Clothes, The Poseidon Adventure, an Army of Bunnies, Swinging at Edgewood

    Thursday: God’s Wrath, Renfree vs. Yates, Anything But Clothes, The Poseidon Adventure, an Army of Bunnies, Swinging at Edgewood

    THURSDAY I wake up hungover to the sound of rain. It’s almost noon and I should already be on the road to Dragon Con, but in truth I haven’t even started packing yet. I fall out of bed and wince as the bourbon in my gut does a somersault. Not how I imagined this morning. I’m racing down I-75 to school, rushing to turn in a history paper at my school, when the clouds start to break open. By the […]

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  • The Good, The Bad and The Dead

    The Good, The Bad and The Dead

    As the Season 6 premiere of The Walking Dead begins tonight, my anticipation grows. I look forward to being engrossed in the struggles of the group, internal and external. I still waver whether me not having read the comic book nor the graphic novel is a good or bad thing. A lot of gratitude goes out to Fear The Walking Dead for stemming the tide even though I wish Chandler Riggs would had not grown seemingly four feet, allowing AMC […]

  • 2015 Dragon Con Parade

    2015 Dragon Con Parade

    The 2015 Dragon Con has come and gone but the memories of this annual fan convention will last…well until next years Dragon Con. But until that time arrives, I’d like to share one of the better memories from this years Dragon Con. If you know anything  about Dragon Con (and I imagine you do or why else would you be reading this) then you’ve heard of the famous Dragon Con Parade. Each year, hundreds of dedicated cos-players, movie buffs and […]

  • Interview with Con-Voluted’s Jay Wright

    Interview with Con-Voluted’s Jay Wright

    As a former bartender of five years at the drunken nerd haven known as Battle n Brew, I have been fortunate enough to meet all kinds of eccentric movers and shakers in the geek community. They come in many shapes and sizes, but always there is this strange and amazing sense of quirkiness and relatability that ties all of these amazing characters together. Jay Wright is one such character. As one of the founders of Con-Voluted, Jay has put his […]

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  • Jerrod Carmichael is the next Chris Rock but his sitcom is “Pootie Tang”

    Jerrod Carmichael is the next Chris Rock but his sitcom is “Pootie Tang”

        There’s a scene in “Pootie Tang” where a gorilla fatally mauls Pootie’s dad. It was unexpected, absurd and the ONLY funny scene in the entire flick. The fact that this movie even made it into theaters is a testament to how hot Chris Rock was in 2001. Rock’s collaborations with HBO (two stand-up specials and a comedy series) were solid gold and made him an icon. But for whatever reason, his brilliance didn’t translate into long-form storytelling. I see the […]