Archive for February, 2010

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Runners jog past a new plaque now installed on the Boulder Creek Path commemorating the Arapaho Tribe's Spiritual Run into Boulder as past of the "Coming Home" event for Boulder's Sesquicentennial Celebration in 2009.

Arapaho youth participated in a run from the Sand Creek Massacre site in eastern Colorado, ending with a run along the Creek Path into downtown Boulder, where the Arapaho Tribe held dances, sold crafts and food and met the Boulder community on the Pearl Street Mall.

The plaque, located on the 17th Street overpass on the Creek Path, was chosen by the Boulder Sesquicentennial Committee to be a lasting remembrance of the event in Boulder's 150th anniversary.

 

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On-the-scene reports of earthquake relief efforts in Haiti are increasingly moving off the evening news, but a Boulder benefit this Friday night plans to raise money with all proceeds going to the Haiti Relief and Development Fund of the American Red Cross. 

The fund-raiser, organized by Boulder residents Mike and Caron Ellis with a group of volunteers, is calling itself the ABCDEFG Haiti — short for the Amazing Boulder Carnival Dance and Earthquake Fund Gathering for Haiti. 

That might be a mouthful, but for a $25 donation, you get in the door to a night full of music, a silent and live auction and gourmet food prepared by Tom McNeill, owner and executive chef of The Gourmet Cowboy in Vail. 

Rockin' Robin Abb, who organizes Niwot's Rhythm on the Rails, is the event's special host.

Dr. Clayton Harper, a dental surgeon who recently returned from Haiti, will be a guest speaker at the event with a photo slide show provided by Dr. Jim Sears of "The Doctors" TV show about his recent mission to the country. 

The fun gathering runs from 7 to midnight at the Boulder Elks Lodge, 3975 25th St., and tickets are available online at www.ABCDEFGHaiti.com. If you can't attend the event, you can also make donations directly on the site. 

Caron Ellis said she and her husband, with the help of several volunteers, have pulled the event together in less than a month, forming a nonprofit so they could move the proceeds easily to the Red Cross. 

All of the performers, who include Chris Daniels, Ayo Awoskia, Jaden, Megan Burtt, Rob Drabki, Kyle James Hauser and others, are donating their time. There will also be face painting by Eydie Cady, palm readings by Mryna Lou Goldbaum and caricatures by Ken Crouse. Auctioneer Glenn Locke will lead the live auction, which will include a year of Comcast Triple Play service, courside Nuggets tickets, an electric bike and more.

The Carnival is a major holiday for Haiti, and now you can enjoy the costume contest, dancing and cash bar at the Mardi Gras-themed fund-raiser for just $25 on Friday night, Feb. 19. 

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 Mary Ann Mahoney, left, director of the Boulder Convention and Visitor's Bureau, with Heather Clisby, project coordinator for the inaugural DiMe symposium at the St. Julien Hotel in Boulder.

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Don Hall, left, producer of Disney's The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast, was a panelist for DiMe. He also directed Walking Sleeping Beauty, a documentary being shown at the Boulder International Film Festival. 

Who's a creative? Just about everyone, a panel of exceptionally creative people agreed at Boulder's DiMe Digital Media Convergence Symposium — the inaugural year for the event that helped kick off the Boulder International Film Festival weekend.

But the emergence of a plethora of easier-to-use and often mobile technologies and media is widening how many people, including many children, are starting to put themselves into the rather loosely defined category of "creatives." 

The huge acceptance of blogging and social media now makes millions of people across the globe into published writers. "I think self-publishing has widened the world" of creatives, said David Rolfe, a producer with Crispin Porter + Bogusky in Boulder. 

The symposium, organized by the Colorado Governor's new office of Film Television & Media and the Boulder Convention and Visitor's Bureau, packed the St. Julien Hotel room with about 200 people to hear a panel of eight experts talk about what's hot in the fast-changing world of new media. Robert Reich, founder of Boulder's OneRiot who also has grown the Boulder Denver Tech Meetup from about 50 to 5,000 registered users, moderated the panel.

With the success of the 3-D Avatar movie, the topic of how quickly 3-D will be adopted was high on the list. Calling the hit movie a "significant event," Rolfe said the movie has changed viewers attitudes from whether they thought it was a good movie plot or not to "Wow, that was quite an experience."

Theaters are now in a catch-up mode, said Don Hahn, a producer with Disney, to jump on the more profitable 3-D movie experience. "It's a real game changer," he said, adding that there are now about 80 3D theaters being installed each week. The 3D theaters, he said, generate about 50 percent more profit than standard movies. 

The panel also debated whether the new Apple iPad would be another "game changer." Boulder-based venture capitalist Jason Mendelson, a partner in the Foundry Group, had his doubts, saying he wasn't that sold on it yet, although he certainly was going to buy one. 

But other panelists, including Aidan Chopra, with Google's Sketchup office in Boulder, and Krista Marks, one of the founders of Kerpoof that was bought by Disney Interactive Media Group in 2008, quickly disagreed, saying the iPad 's tablet functionality will start to change the way people can access both entertainment and games as well as their work. 

The more ways kids can start to use creative platforms like Kerpoof on the Internet, the more they will continue to expand their skills to become the future technologists and engineers, Marks said. 

Life is not all roses with so many emerging technologies, the panel agreed, citing how different platforms — everything from the Apple iPhone to Google's Android and the new Palm Pre — fracture the the playing field for software developers. 

Brian Robbins, a game developer who started his own company Riptide Games, says his goal is to attract attention quickly in the very crowded world of mobile game apps, but getting each game to work on the different platforms makes his business much tougher. 

Competing against some 30,000 to 40,000 game apps right now for mobile phones, Robbins said, "If you're not looked at in the first 30 seconds to a minute, they're (the user) are gone."  

Other conclusions by the panel included: 

* Internet users may have to realize that not everything is going to be free on the Internet. "We need to teach people to pay for stuff again," Sketchup's Chopra said. Sketchup has grown rapidly since its acquisition by Google because a "free" version is offered. But the company also sells a "pro" version with more features. 

* No matter the media, the story and content is still critical. "Storytelling is in our caveman genes," Hahn said. 

* The DVD format could soon be in trouble, as more people begin to download their media. Younger people are downloading more movies, and "they are totally satisfied," said Michael Brown, founder of Serac Adventure Films and Film School. 

The panel f
orecast that it won't be long before the movie industry will offer new releases in DVD format and download formats on the same day as the movie is released. Piracy is one of the factors creating change. "If you don't give consumers exactly what they want, they will just take it," Mendelson said. 

After the symposium, Mary Ann Mahoney, director of the Boulder Convention and Visitor's Bureau, said there's a good chance that DiMe might be expanded next year, perhaps to include some interactive workshops and more presentations.







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A one-stop virtual gateway to the 2010 Winter Olympics, including bios,
medals won and hometowns of all the U.S. Olympians, is now online at
www.olympicsin3D.com.

Boulder-based
EarthvisionZ created the fun, dynamic site that
lets you experience the Olympics in a 3D world without ever leaving home.

Fly
through the city of Vancouver, see Olympic event centers, zoom down the slopes
on Whistler and Cypress Mountain race courses and learn more about the
completing athletes from around the world.

Designed for both Vancouver visitors as
well as the millions of Olympics followers around the globe, users also can
check on event times, current weather, and search results by athlete or
country.  Tourists in the Vancouver
area can look up restaurants, bars or the nearest coffee shop as well as access
regional transportation, hotel information, and most relevant to travelers by
car – the International Border Station wait times.

With
a few clicks at www.olympics3D.com, track Facebook and Twitter feeds of
individual athletes from their online biographies; follow the instant, live
search of social media discussions about the Olympics from the Boulder-based
OneRiot search engine and even access television schedules for the entire games.

EarthvisionZ
has created similar sports and tourism information sites for the 2008 Beijing
Summer Olympics, Sports Illustrated’s Top 100 Golf Courses You Can Play, and
their own EarthgamZ site where they are currently aggregating a variety of
world sports on a virtual Earth. 
Their sport playgrounds combine the geospatial imagery of Google Earth
with the company’s patented search capabilities to assemble athlete stats and
profiles, game schedules, venues, sports news, medal counts, tickets and much
more on a single Web site.

“We’ve
built a site that lets you experience the excitement of the Winter Olympics
using a combination of social, search and Google Earth’s plug-in technology,”
said Carla Johnson, chief executive officer of EarthvisonZ. “ The site is
designed as a test-bed for future major global sporting events, including
everything from World Cup soccer to cycling to professional golf.”

Users
will be prompted to download the fast-loading Google Earth plug-in if they
haven’t used it already.  The site
will be configured to be accessible to mobile phone users on their next event.

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Boulder artist and author Tina Collen is hoping for some fast-moving sales of her book "Storm of the i: An Artobiography" with a release party on Friday, Feb. 12 at the downtown Boulder showroom of the Tesla electric sports car.

Collen says she'll talk about her memoir as an artist trying to understand her turbulent relationship with her father, and the astonishing event that occurred after she finished the book. 

Collen's writing is interwoven with her memorabilia, her art and her work as a graphic designer. 

The event runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and guests will be able to look over the all-electric Tesla Roadster, with a range of about 244 miles per charge. The Tesla Gallery is located at 915 Pearl St.

To learn more about Tina Collen and her new book "Storm of the i,", visit www.TinaCollen.com.

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