Archive for September, 2008

One of the Boulder TechStars companies we selected as a finalist for the IQ Innovations Awards this year was Intense Debate, which had developed some very nifty systems to create community among commenters on blogs, news sites, etc.

Intense Debate just announced it has been acquired by Automattic, a startup from the same people who brough us WordPress. I've met a few times with Intense Debate CEO Tom Keller, as we discussed some ways his company might move forward with traditional print media. With the Automattic deal, it will be interesting to see if Intense Debate now gets larger primarily through bloggers and other Web social media or if traditional print also is worked into the business model.

I've used Intense Debate on my blog, and although use has been somewhat limited due primarily to my small world of readers, I've always thought this Boulder startup had some great potential. Congrats to the Intense Debate team! Also happy to read that Intense Debate will still be available on Typepad, my blog home.
Categories : Web/Tech
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SmartHome to serve people with disabilities
Originally uploaded by Jerry W. Lewis

Mark Emery, left, executive director of Imagine!, gathered with Bob and Judy Charles, at the groundbreaking for the new Bob and Judy Charles SmartHome being built at 1806 Iris Ave., Boulder, Colo.

The Charles, with their donation of $100,000, helped launched a fund-raising drive to build two new SmartHomes, technology-assisted group homes for people with cognitive and physical disabilities.

Both homes also are being designed and built with the latest "green" energy-saving technologies. These will include solar and geothermal systems, energy efficient lighting and water conservation.

As a board member of the Imagine! Foundation, it's been our job to raise money helping to pay off the mortgages of several existing group homes. Now we have the opportunity to be part of this very exciting SmartHome project, which will not only benefit the people who will live in the homes, but be national example of how technology can be put to work to improve the lives of the home residents.

Imagine! now has its own Web site devoted to explaining the planning. technologies and progress of the SmartHomes, one of which is replacing an older group home here in Boulder and another that will be built at a Longmont site. An online donation form also is on the site.

This first SmartHome also has received a $250,000 grant from the city of Boulder and the construction team includes peh Architects, who donated the architectural plans; Deneuve as the lead contractor; JVA; Flatirons Inc.; and Seward Mechanical Systems.

Any donation, large or small, toward our fund-raising efforts will be recognized and will help in this very worthy cause. Personally, I would be willing to meet with anyone or any company interested in the SmartHome project or in Imagine!'s large task of serving people with disabilities.

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Curlin looks down the track
Originally uploaded by Jerry W. Lewis

I've always said investing in individual stocks are a lot like going to the track, you'll pick some winners, you'll pick some losers and if you're lucky, you might break even.

So with the stock market in a crisis today, I thought I'd post this photo of thoroughbred Curlin that I shot earlier this spring right after the Kentucky Derby. The photo has gotten quite a few looks on my Flickr page, and now there is a potential showdown between Curlin and Big Brown in the Breeders' Cup Classic on Oct. 25. Curlin's next race is the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont on Sept. 27.

I was lucky to get a few photos of Curlin, with his trainer Steve Rasmussen taking him out for a morning run at Churchill Downs. It was a beautiful morning, and a friend had a pass for the back stretch. As my friend sought out some autographs of the well-known trainers, I shot photos. You can see more on my Flickr page, under my Kentucky set of photos.

Big Brown was in his stable that morning after his Derby win, and I would love to see a showdown on these two classic horses. It could be the race of the year.

Categories : Sports
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Special Chef's Dinner at Boulder's Millennium Harvest House Hotel
Originally uploaded by Jerry W. Lewis

The Millennium Harvest House hosted a Chef's Dinner to recognize outgoing board members of he Boulder County Business Hall of Fame. Board members dined in the hotel's kitchen with a "culinary adventure" dinner prepared by Executive Chef Dedric McGhee. Left to right are Allison Closson, board president, with outgoing board members Virginia Patterson and Vicki Trumbo. Michelle Batey and Jerry W. Lewis also were recognized for their board service.

The Millennium can organize these chef's dinners as a way for organizations to work with their boards or donors and sponsors.

Chef McGhee, who comes to Boulder from New Mexico, created a three-course dinner including grilled shrimp with green chile masa cakes and fresh guacamole, a watermelon salad with Mexican ricotta cheese and watercress; the main course of roasted elk loin with mole and roasted sweet potatoes and a dessert of churros with chocolate sauce and banana rum foam.

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Seattle’s Flying Fish Market

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Flying Fish
Originally uploaded by Jerry W. Lewis

If you've been to Seattle's Pike Place Market, you've seen the flying fish as customers pack up some fresh salmon or crab for their plane flight home. I never miss this incredible inner-city market whenever I visit, packed with fresh fruit, flowers and arts and crafts vendors.

What's really fun is that after three or four silver salmon fly back and forth between the ice counters out front and the guys who wrap them up, a fish usually flies right at a customer's face, but turns out, it's only a stuffed pillow! Good for a screaming tourist or two.

I was in Seattle to visit some friends, and was suppose to be sailing for a week in the San Juan Islands. Unfortunately, we returned home early as my girlfriend fell ill with a serious bout of pneumonia and was admitted to University of Colorado Hospital.

We missed our sailing trip, but we also discovered the excellent and caring medical teams at UC Hospital. And now Polly's home recovering. I'll return another day to get that sailing trip in, we love this scenic area of the Northwest.

Categories : Travel
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