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Filename: G6-LIVING-AJCD1117-AJCD Date/Time created: Nov 16 2006 7:45:14:950PM Username: SPEED2 AJCD1117 Friday, Nov 17, 2006 LIVING 6 G AJCD 6 G Cyan Magenta Yellow Black G6 / Friday, Nov. 17, 2006 4 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution / ajc.com *SUZ21OA001KB* 6 G $EGL+*A3))*=4$ Cyan Magenta Yellow Black AJCD Filename: G6-LIVING-AJCD1117-AJCD Date/Time created: Nov 16 2006 7:45:14:976PM Username: SPEED2 called Jungle Bungle. “We’re just shopping for whatever is new and different,” Mai said. So it was work, presumably, and not just play, when her husband Mutasem climbed into an Air - ball, a ride sort of like bumper cars but in a super-size pinball machine, complete with flip - pers. Not far away, Brad Smith couldn’t get enough of King Hammer. It’s one of those old-school carnival games of strength where you swing a big mallet to try to ring a bell on top of a pole, although these days it’s mostly flashing lights and digital numbers. He’d come from Medina, Ohio, to his first IAAPA to buy inflatable rooms for his children’s activity center. “You can tell it’s my first time,” he joked about King Hammer. “A one-armed guy got a higher score than me.” Some members have a more serious purpose. Charles Walker is conservation chairman of the National Carousel Association, a group that tries to save the older wooden carousels. “We try to get them to save their heritage,” he said, but chuckled that, compared to the flashiness on the rest of the floor, “We’re sittin’ here back in the dark ages.” Bob Rogers’ company, BRC Imagination Arts, designs attractions for museums, and he worries that many scholarly institutions — including big names like the Smithsonian and the Louvre — are increasingly out-of-step in a video- game world. “The audience has drastically changed, and museums have not,” Rogers said. “They’re still showing dead stuff in glass boxes. Museums need to start speaking the same language that the guests use. I tell all my clients, ‘Make sure you’re fish - ing with bait that is interesting to the fish, and not just interesting to the fisherman.’ ” The fish, in this case, are mostly minnows — the young, Gen Y audience that is the next big demographic wave. Author and “trendspotter” William Draves told a seminar that the industry should be focusing not on baby boomers or Generation X as their customers, but on Gen Y, the demographic born between 1980 and 1999. The good news, he told them, was “this is a group for whom tangible goods are becoming less important, and experiences are becoming more important. Experiences are what you offer, and that’s why they come to you.” A few hundred very lucky Gen Ys had the run of the midway; their parents were attending and pulled them out of school. Bradley Clawson, 14, had flown with his family from Provo, Utah, where his dad designs waterparks. He was shooting basketballs at one of those slightly-too-small baskets in the arcade game NBA Hoops. Pausing a minute, slightly winded, he reflected on where he would normally be: “I’d be in history right now, then going to math. I get to miss all that.” He smiled. Larry Seidman, the 50-ish CEO of a California promotional agency, decided he need - ed some NBA Hoops time, too. He stripped off his suit coat and dropped it on the floor at his feet as he grabbed a basketball. Sometimes the difference between adults and kids at IAAPA is primarily height. Like the carnivals of old, when the fall weather turns chilly, IAAPA will move on after its stop here. It rotates among the only three U.S. cities big enough to host it: Atlanta, Orlando and Las Vegas, and next year, it’s Orlando’s turn. Amusement: This crowd takes care of fun business ➤ Continued from G 1 Photos by RICH ADDICKS / Staff Sandy Byers works for Jurassic Journey, which sells replicas of dinosaurs and ice age mammals. Vandon Menning, 7, of Torrance, Calif., plays a water gun game at the convention of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions at the Georgia World Congress Center. The event has attracted about 24,000 people from 90 countries. LIVING Group tackles auto safety Auto safety and Wreck - Fest? They only sound incongruent. Volunteers with Atlanta-based Road Safe America will be at Georgia Tech’s pre-game street festival Saturday to promote the second annual Drive Safer Sunday, observed the Sunday after Thanksgiving. The festival begins 2¸ hours before the kickoff in the Tech vs. Duke University game, on top of the Peters Parking Deck. Road Safe America also will pass out Drive Safer Sunday information Nov. 25 in Athens, in partnership with the Sigma Chi fraternity, in front of the fraternity house at 590 S. Lumpkin St. Live-action penguins don’t sing, they bray By ELEANOR RINGEL GILLESPIE eringel@ajc.com In the animated movie “Happy Feet” (opening today), those emperor penguins you remember from “March of the Penguins” have added a few new tricks to their repertoire. Along with waddling, swimming and transferring eggs, these penguins sing, and one — our hero, Mumble (voiced by Elijah Wood) — is a born dancer (Savion Glover provided movements via a motion-capture technique). Penguins that sing or dance? It raises so many questions, we turned to Jennifer Odell, senior biologist at the Georgia Aquarium, who’s responsible for the care of its 15 African penguins. Q: Do any of your penguins sing or dance? A: No. Not unless they do it when I’m not around. Q: Do they have any special talents? A: They don’t sing, but they bray, like donkeys. They don’t dance, but they waddle, and if they’re moving fast enough, I guess it could look like dancing. Q: Would you say any of your birds have genuine star power? A: Ruby. She’s just really socialized. She comes right over when people are looking at the exhibit, and she’s not at all camera-shy. Q: It takes a certain kind of survival skill to make it in Hollywood. Which of your penguins do you think would have the best chance? A: Dodo. He’s just got that tough-guy attitude. He doesn’t take anything from anyone. ➤ African penguins are found on the southernmost coast of Africa, breeding on 24 islands between Namibia and Port Elizabeth, South Africa. They “are from a warm climate, so they do really well in aquarium climates,” says Georgia Aquarium senior biologist Jennifer Odell. At the attraction, their water is kept at 55 degrees and the air at 70 degrees. ➤ They’re good eaters, with a diet of fish, including herring, mackerel and capelin. They’re fed twice a day and eat as much as they want, “up to a third of their body weight daily,” Odell says. Adults weigh 6 to 7 pounds and stand 18 to 25 inches. “They have a pretty fast metabolism. They might eat more if it’s a female getting ready to lay an egg or just before they molt, which they do once a year, between May and September.” ➤ These penguins have been outfitted with little ID bracelets made of different beads. The bead closest to the belly is the sex bead, pink or blue. ➤ African penguins are also called black- footed penguins or jackass penguins due to their braying call. — Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Howard Pousner Fifteen African penguins live at the Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta. Because they are from a relatively warm climate, they do well in aquarium conditions. JOHN SPINK / Staff KNOW YOUR GEORGIA AQUARIUM PENGUINS Way down under, mingle with the swimming birds NEW YORK TIMES Like penguins, polar expeditions have never been so hot. Or, rather, cool. Anyone hoping to see the emperor penguins in Antarctica should book now for November 2007. 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