I kind of hate that the Braves did it like this

Impetus: Atlanta Braves executives organized, planned and brokered deal to move team from Atlanta to Marietta, completely in private.  Admits fear that if the public knew about it, it would have been shot down – which is very likely true.

A notable storyline transpiring in Atlanta these days is that the Atlanta Braves baseball club is planning on abandoning their current home, Turner Field, and moving north into Marietta, where a new ballpark will be constructed.  Long story short, there’s a small amount of people, and a whole fuckton of people that aren’t.

Personally, as a baseball fan and a Braves fan, I’m not really for the whole thing.  Initially, I assumed the whole news to be a gigantic game of chicken, where the Braves were really hoping the City of Atlanta would pony up some funds at the 11th hour to keep the Braves actually within Atlanta proper, but as more and more news came to fruition, it simply seemed like the Braves didn’t want to remain in Atlanta, and the football loving city was more than willing to show their lack of interest to help usher that decision moving forward.  I’m not going to pretend like I’ve read or followed every single piece of information in regard to this story, but from what I understand the decision for the move is pretty much like 99% complete, and it’s pretty much logistics and design that need to be nailed down before this becomes a true reality.

As I said, I feel kind of disappointed that this is happening, because as it stands now, Turner Field is closer to my home than Marietta would be, and personally I’m fond of Turner Field.  In spite of the fact that it’s truly in the ghetto, and that there’s nothing surrounding the place of any remote value, as far as ballparks go, it’s still a great place to watch a ballgame, and I have this sinking suspicion that all the value and convenience that made me enjoy Turner Field will most definitely not be the case once the Braves have their new ballpark in 2017 and on.  I don’t believe for a second that the alleged “dire need of renovations” the Braves have claimed are legitimate, and were more lip service to justify the need for a new ballpark outright.

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The carnage continues!

Another day, another truck full of food overturns, crashes, and dumps its contents all over the place.  First, there were hams, then there were chickens, and then beer, and now we’ve got eggs.

I’m not sure why this fascinates me as much as it does, but I guess I think it’s hilarious to see the roads and surrounding area covered in food.  I know it’s horrible that so much food goes to waste, and that these incidents have tons of collateral victims from the drivers themselves, the GDOT people who have to investigate and clean things up, and the thousands of commuters who get slammed in traffic as a result, but the visuals amuse me regardless.

Ultimately, the fact that three of these wrecks have occurred in the exact same spot over the span of the last five months means that the DeKalb County I-285/I-20 interchange definitely needs some consideration of reconstruction to make things easier on tractor trailers, there had been a freak coincidence of the dumbest truckers in the world to have had to have gone on this interchange, or maybe it’s both.

Perhaps GDOT should consider putting a thousand rumble strips and flashing lights over a quarter mile before the turn, like they do on the I-285/I-75 interchange in Cobb County; there doesn’t appear to be catastrophic truck accidents on almost a monthly basis over there.


Photos: MomoCon, day 2

So on the second day of MomoCon, I went back to the kit lens which would give me the vastly needed versatility in a con environment to take pictures with.  The results were somewhat better, and I didn’t have to scrap as many pictures as I did the day prior.

Regardless, more mostly League costumers, and other miscellaneous things that caught my eye, as well as some silliness with friends.

Still no Mafia Jinxes though. ☹

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Photos: MomoCon, day 1

Originally, I wasn’t necessarily intending on going to MomoCon on Friday, but as it turns out my work let out early, and already working close to Downtown, it seemed like a good idea to go see the sights and hang out, instead of sitting in the dawn of holiday traffic and go home and be bored.

It’s a good thing I did too, because it allowed me to get my experimental picture taking out of the way during the “early” time of costumers.  That being said, because I’m a nooby novice with my picture taking still, I actually had to unfortunately scrap a bunch of pictures, because they were too blurry, out of focus, horribly framed or all of the above, and I’d rather not post things that simply aren’t decent quality.

I like having a portrait lens to play around with, but as far as conventions go, they’re simply inefficient and inconveniencing, since I have to stand so far away to frame a picture sometimes.  Regardless, on account of pretty faces, nostalgia and fandoms, I have a couple of pictures to share from the Friday still.

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Talking pictures, MomoCon and its future

This was my favorite picture that I took at MomoCon.  It’s slightly out of focus, and the framing on it stinks because I was using a portrait lens and had to take like 15 steps back, and I hate making people wait for me to push the goddamn shutter as it is, so I admittedly rushed it.

However it’s still great because it’s the kind of picture that evokes a real response, in my opinion.  I know I take way more pictures of girls than I do guys, and I’ll be the first to admit that I’m pretty selective and superficial when it comes to deciding on the things I want to take pictures of, but when the day is over, it’s pictures like Fiddlesticks versus a 6-year old Captain America that really makes me stop and smile at a picture that I took myself.

I could probably drag out a thousand word narrative like a low-rent Stephen King about everything that’s right about this picture, but I’ll just cut to the chase and say that I like this picture because I think it kind of captures the fun that conventions are supposed to be.

As far as picture taking goes, I do believe I have a lot of bad habits I need to break in the future, and that I probably need lots of reinforcement.  Namely, I need to take my time.  I have this inherent fear that I’m pissing people off if I’m taking too long to shoot a picture, and I know I rush when I feel like I’m inconveniencing someone.  Frankly, if a person wants to diva up on me, then I probably wouldn’t want to take their picture anyway.  There are way more talented people than me who might put up with it, but I won’t.

But yeah, I need to take my time.  I do believe I’ll have to remind myself of this a lot in the future, almost like a mantra.

Anyway, I’m still working on processing pictures from the convention (AKA yeah that’s right, you’re going have to wait oh snap), so give me a day or so, and I’ll start putting them on my brog.

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