are you ready to fight the blight?

Giacomo Ciminello a People's Liberty grant winner has developed an outdoor, interactive, projection-mapped video game intended to activate abandoned spaces.

SPACED INVADERS is a full immersion game designed to engage deserted, desolate and abandoned city spaces. Playable on the Mobile Interactive Arcade (M.I.A.), players suit up and take on the role of the games hero. By moving back and forth within the game area, players control their own destiny. Will they thwart the oncoming invasion? Or tire themselves into exhaustion? Come see, and play for yourself. Get ready Player One, your city needs you.
I've seen my share of incredible things in Cincinnati but I think Spaced Invaders is going to be one of the coolest. No one knows when the next invasion will happen, sign up HERE and maybe you can be the hero that your city needs.
SPACED INVADERS
SPACED INVADERS
SPACED INVADERS
SPACED INVADERS
SPACED INVADERS
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RIP Martha, Sept. 1 1914

Martha, died 101 years ago today at the Cincinnati zoo. The last of over a billion birds that once roamed America.

The New York Times NATHANIEL RICH wrote about Martha and he said;

"On Sept. 1, 1914, Martha, the last captive passenger pigeon, died at the Cincinnati Zoo. She outlasted George, the penultimate survivor of her species and her only companion, by four years. As news spread of her species’ imminent extinction, Martha became a minor tourist attraction. In her final years, whether depressed or just old, she barely moved. Underwhelmed zoo visitors threw fistfuls of sand at her to elicit a reaction. When she finally died, her body was taken to the Cincinnati Ice Company, frozen in a 300-pound ice cube and shipped by train to the Smithsonian Institution..."

Treehugger says she's stuffed but not on display at the Smithsonian.
From RoadsideAmerica;
Martha spent her last years in the Cincinnati Zoo, in a pagoda aviary that has been restored. It's an official National Historic Landmark... Perched on a rock in front of the hut is a life-size bronze likeness of Martha. Also here is the stuffed carcass of the last Carolina Parakeet, "Incus," who died in this same aviary in 1918, four years after Martha. That makes this place a uniquely bad spot in the history of bird extermination.
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Final Friday August Edition

Right out of the gate I knew Friday night was gonna be a good night when I saw Tom Aguero of Queen City Drinks fame in Liberty's Bar and Bottle and he waved me in. Turns out Tony Corder the rep and Eric Bean the head brewer at Columbus Brewing Company were in town for a tap take over. I wonder if these guys, not just Tony and Eric, but brewers in general ever feel like rock stars? I was gushing about how CBC Bodhi is probably my favorite beer and encapsulated everything I love about an IPA. They also had me try their Creeper, a more aggressive IPA which I think you would really have to love to enjoy drinking.
Final Friday
Final Friday
Final Friday
Final Friday
Final Friday
Final Friday
Final Friday
Final Friday
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Sid Saturday

Sid
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Deeper Roots Coffee

I've been a huge Deeper Roots Coffee fan since I started getting geeky about it a few years ago. Deeper Roots has a coffee cupping on Tuesday afternoons, which I've gone too, you learn a lot quickly when you start comparing roasts side by side. They never had a traditional coffee shop, they just roasted and supplied other coffee shops. I always purchase whole beans at Collective Espresso in OTR.
But a few months ago Deeper Roots Coffee opened their own coffee shop in Oakley in a space attached to the Blue Manatee. I don't make it to Oakley very often but while out running around last week we made a special trip to check out Deeper Roots new space and it was well worth it. A couple pour overs, a cookie and we were caffeinated and on our way.

Deeper Roots Coffee
Deeper Roots Coffee
Deeper Roots Coffee
Deeper Roots Coffee
Deeper Roots Coffee
Deeper Roots Coffee
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Northside Cincy Streets

A celebration of the city streets for people instead of cars. Everyone was invited out to run, walk bike and play in the cities greatest public space, it's streets. Its an interesting perspective of the city that you normally don't have. its also liberating not being confined to a small strip to either side of it. It also highlights what I love best about Northside, its nonconformity to standards. I love seeing all the kids and people packing Hamilton Ave for the duration of the event, four hours worth. If you missed it, you can still catch the next planned Cincy Street event in OTR along Pleasant St on September 26th.

Northside Summer Streets
Northside Summer Streets
Northside Summer Streets
Northside Summer Streets
Northside Summer Streets
Northside Summer Streets
Mr Northside himself, James, with Doug and of course Chris, one of the premiere go to guys for all things beer.
Northside Summer Streets
Northside Summer Streets
Northside Summer Streets
Northside Summer Streets
Northside Summer Streets
Cool concept, the purple represents the aqueduct, 75/74 are the green stalks and the rose in the shape of Northside.
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Sid Saturday

Sid
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Urban Basin Bicycle Club State St ride

The Urban Basin Bicycle Club kicks off every Tuesday night from Fountain Square at 6:30 sharpish. Some times it even leaves by 7 on a good night. While mostly the rides meander around downtown, OTR and/or the riverfront this ride was a little longer. I loved riding out over Hopple street overpass to Beekman St. There is this short intensely steep hill that provides a downhill ride all the way back to Queensgate and then back downtown. If you've never been on one of the Urban Basin Bicycle Club rides yet grab that creaky old bike and head downtown. What are you waiting for?
There is always a briefing before they leave so everyone is up to speed and know what to expect. Mostly all you need to know is stay in the middle of the pack and everything will be OK.
Urban Basin Bicycle Club
Urban Basin Bicycle Club
Urban Basin Bicycle Club
Urban Basin Bicycle Club
Urban Basin Bicycle Club
Urban Basin Bicycle Club
Urban Basin Bicycle Club
Urban Basin Bicycle Club
Urban Basin Bicycle Club
Urban Basin Bicycle Club
Urban Basin Bicycle Club
Urban Basin Bicycle Club
Mill Creek, voted the best place to spot a three eyed fish or six legged frog by the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce.
Mostly thanks to the P&G factory up stream. But it looks pretty.
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