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Knowledge abundant in The Magic City

Birmingham was recently included in a Forbes Magazine list of the nation’s biggest brain magnets – it’s on the list at number six.

While that result shocked some (maybe some of the same folks still in shock about UAB’s NCAA tournament selection) visitors to BhamWiki really weren’t. The volunteer-built virtual archive of the city’s history (whose creator John Morse is still an occasional contributor to this site) is celebrating its fifth anniversary today.

mental floss logoAnother reason to not necessarily doubt the ranking is the success of mental_floss magazine. Yesterday’s announcement of its sale to magazine publisher Felix Dennis was the first time many learned (or realized) that the magazine is based in The Magic City (their offices are on Southside) or that one of the founders, Will Pearson, is from Hoover.

Neither one of these fine establishments are going anywhere anytime soon, but that’s no reason to not go ahead and check them out.

One more place to climb soon


David Hemphill climbs a new route he created at Steele called Pappillon, 5.10 +. Hemphill named the route for his 6-yr-old daughter. The rating of 5.10+ tells climbers how difficult a climb is. Rates start at 5.0, being the easiest and 5.14 and up are the hardest.

Photo: Chris McClendon

The Southeastern Climbers Coalition (SCC) has just signed a contract to purchase a portion of the cliff line at Steele, AL. The non-profit climbing organization paid $55,000 for the 25.59 acre tract. The area has been closed since 1987 due to private land owner access issues. The tract has about 1,400 linear feet of cliffline and includes several cliff areas and it is estimated to have 30 to 50 routes. The SCC hopes to open the area to climbing this summer. The cliffline is located 45 minutes from Birmingham in Steele, AL.

More information go to: http://www.seclimbers.org/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=86?

UPDATE: A different view may be coming soon

Photo: acnatta/bhamterminal.com

UPDATE: The Birmingham News reports that UAB pulled the item from the agenda earlier this evening.

That evening rush hour view along I-65 may be getting a change soon (and one that may give northbound travelers something to look at. The Birmingham News learned that UAB planned to make a presentation to the university system’s board of trustees asking that they be allowed to purchase the Medical Center Inn; plans are said to involve an expansion of athletic fields for the school. More importantly for many, it means no more Waffle House in the city center (and right after they started to accept credit cards too).

We’ll see if we can learn anything else (or see if someone else does first) and let you know.

UPDATE: Sewer debt crises are never dull

Where are we now? Retirement Systems of Alabama‘s David Bronner made front page news yesterday when he said that they’d be interested in purchasing Jefferson County’s sewer system for $1.2 billion – of the $3.2 billion in debt owed – provided that the county declare bankruptcy first so that the creditors could battle over how they’d get repaid. So of course someone representing the county fired back that it was an irresponsible plan. Which was followed by yet another response by Bronner saying the plans to raise fees and charges was the irresponsible solution. This condensed version doesn’t even take the politics into consideration.

The soap opera should end soon. The next payment is due in early August.

FYI – We knew that the headline was misspelled. We were waiting for someone to comment to give away a t-shirt, but the person who did decided to not give a real email address. Oh well, there’s always next time…

UPDATE: So, about our t-shirts…

UPDATE: 4.18.2008, 9 p.m., We figured it was time to let you know that we actually have started selling t-shirts in house…Click here to learn more about it. UPDATE: 12.18.2007, 10 a.m., After some discussions with our supplier, we’ve decided to hold off on launching our new store until mid-January. They have assured me that anyone that orders any of the shirts currently available will receive them within 7 business days. While that may not necessarily get you a shirt in time for Christmas Day, you can extend the giving season through those twelve days of Christmas…This is also where I remind you that black short-sleeve Terminal Ts are currently available at Highlands Trading Company in Five Points South and beginning today at Java and Jams downtown (20th Street near 4th Avenue North). The price will be between $18 – $20 a piece.

We just found out that some of you that ordered Terminal Ts have not received them. We have just learned of the problem and apologize profusely (yes, I just used the word profusely in a blog post). I’m aware that you’ve been refunded your payments; if you haven’t, please let me know. If you are still interested in purchasing a t-shirt to show your love for Birmingham’s hub for conversation (especially during these final days of the holiday season), I’ve got two possible solutions. I’ll have some black t-shirts with me on Thursday over at Bottletree if you’re interested for $15 a piece. Your second option is to visit our new online store tomorrow morning and pick up a shirt there (though it will cost a little more).If you’re wanting a shirt in a different color (including, starting tomorrow, orange) , a long sleeve shirt, or just want to see what else we came up with to put the logo on, the online store may be the better option. Plus, if you’re interested in getting those items as Christmas gifts, there’s still time to order them and have them arrive.