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Larry Felton Johnson
Interests: Cycling, New Urbanism, Literature, Gardening
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I'm a compulsive writer. If I'm not working on an article for River Edges, I'm writing a speech for toastmasters, or writing outlines for future articles, or bantering on social media. The problem with the last thing on that list,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2015 at atlantalarry
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I haven't been updating this blog lately. Instead I've been focusing my energy on my news site River Edges. But I've had this blog for a long time (since around 2000), and haven't had the heart to migrate to another... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2015 at atlantalarry
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As a freelance writer I write about whatever interests me, with special attention to the subset of my interests known as "what editors want to publish." One thing I've started writing about is video games. I'm not a "gamer" in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at atlantalarry
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Peppermint invading the lamb's ear I drink an unbelievable amount of peppermint tea, gallons per week, hot in the winter, cold in the summer. Part of the reason I do this is out of love for mint tea. But it's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at atlantalarry
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Photo from Find-a-Grave and the East Point Historical Society Franklin Garrett (September 25, 1906 – March 5, 2000) was the official historian of Atlanta, and wrote the first two volumes of Atlanta and Environs. Those volumes are often a good... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2015 at atlantalarry
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I love terrible movies. The more awful the better. Bad acting, editing, set design, and special effects fascinate me. This morning I was browsing the Internet Archive, as I often do on Saturday mornings, and found The Creeping Terror among... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2015 at atlantalarry
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This morning I decided to do a search on the word "Atlanta" in the Internet Archive, that massive, glorious repository of assorted stuff. The first thing that caught my eye was a video called simply "Atlanta Traffic". It was part... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2015 at atlantalarry
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I recently created a blog post, and a photo album, about the demolition of the John B. Gordon elementary school in the East Atlanta neighborhood. I revisited the site on January 14th, and took a few more shots of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at atlantalarry
I've taken a bit of blow-back today from progressives for writing that the articles about Holly Fisher's sex life are unethical tabloid misogyny. I'm no fan of Ms. Fisher. I think she is solidly in the right wing lunatic fringe,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at atlantalarry
This is a personal essay, with its attendant overuse of first person pronouns and possessives, so if you don't like that sort of thing, now is the time to stop reading. If you decide to continue reading, I hope you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at atlantalarry
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Public Domain image -- downloaded from Wikimedia Commons I've been foraging the Internet Archive daily for the past several weeks now. The archive is a bottomless respository of fascinating material. Below is a Universal newsreel of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's first... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2015 at atlantalarry
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Chaplin and Rand -- still shot from "The Pawnshop", Public Domain John Rand (1871-1940), who was a clown early in his career, is not as well known as Charlie Chaplin. But he was one of the great acrobatic slapstick comics... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at atlantalarry
The Internet Archive has a phenomenal collection of digitized early film. This one is of the aftermath of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. It consists of 5 minutes and 13 seconds of of people traveling through the rubble and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at atlantalarry
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photo by James Emery -- Creative Commons 2.0 General Attribution License https://www.flickr.com/photos/62126383@N00/2249173832 NCR Corporation (formerly National Cash Register), is moving its headquarters from a suburban Gwinnett County location, to Technology Square in Midtown. The reasons are to be closer to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at atlantalarry
This may seem like a throwaway post, one of those things written just to fill a gap in my schedule. But it is about a question I've often pondered. Just what is writer's block, and why does it seem to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at atlantalarry
I'm getting my degree under what is called the GSU 62 program. As long as I'm willing to sign up for classes on the first day of a semester, during late registration, tuition is waived. It's a program available to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at atlantalarry
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Cliff Edwards in 1947 -- photo by William P. Gottlieb, Library of Congress, Public Domain Last night I was peripherally involved in a conversation on twitter. One of the participants mentioned Jiminy Cricket, and I chimed in that I remember... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at atlantalarry
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Gunsmoke was one of the best radio dramas ever made. Further, it holds up well today. The show was created by Norman Macdonnell and John Meston, and ran from 1952 to 1961, overlapping with the television series. The radio series... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2015 at atlantalarry
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Two days ago Wayne Waldrip, a friend of mine who, like me, grew up in southeast Atlanta, phoned me with the news that the John B. Gordon elementary school in East Atlanta was being demolished. The next day, after visiting... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2015 at atlantalarry
The Internet Archive has a fantastic collection of recordings of Grateful Dead live concerts, mostly from the 1970s and 1980s, free for the listening. Here's a link to the entire collection. And here's a 1972 live concert at Winterland Arena: Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at atlantalarry
Gamergate, the Wile E. Coyote of internet attack groups, has been busy dogpiling Intel via their twitter account. Intel has announced that it's providing $300 million to increase diversity in the technology industry. In and of itself this probably wouldn't... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at atlantalarry
I love the Internet Archive. It's a bottomless pit of movies, classic TV shows, radio drama, Grateful Dead concerts, books, audio materials, comics, and thousands of other things that are hard to categorize. The materials on the site are for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at atlantalarry
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I'm an avid member of a local Toastmasters club. I love public speaking, both as a speaker, and as an audience member. But one of the many great things my years in Toastmasters has taught me is the value of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at atlantalarry
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Since I am a person who writes political humor from time to time, you may think my reasons for supporting Louie Gohmert as House Speaker are selfish. After all, writing funny copy about Gohmert can be done simply by cutting... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at atlantalarry
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I often browse Science Daily in the morning. It's an aggregation site for science and technology news. It does a good job of providing links for further information, which I appreciate, since publications sometimes mangle reporting on research, and direct... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at atlantalarry