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Monthly Archives: April 2019

 

The Draft Was Going Perfect – Until We Ran Out of Lock

April 30th, 2019

When the Oakland Raiders decided to take a lower-graded defensive end with the fourth overall pick and the New York Giants surprised everyone by taking quarterback Daniel Jones at number six, John Elway’s draft board couldn’t have looked any better. Sitting at number ten, Elway could have chosen Devin Bush, an inside linebacker from Michigan, selected a top offensive lineman, or had his choice of any quarterback he wanted, but he didn’t.  Instead, Elway wisely traded the pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers, deciding to acquire more picks and more value to fill some glaring needs. The Broncos... Read More

The End Is The Beginning

April 28th, 2019

“A thing isn’t beautiful because it lasts.” That quote comes from the under-loved Avengers: Age of Ultron. Upon its 2015 release, we were 11 films deep and there were two schools of thought about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a sprawling epic of interconnectivity. Eager nerds like myself were excited. Comic book creators and imagination machines like Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, and Steve Ditko used these characters, perhaps unwittingly, as a kind of modern mythology. There were lessons of tolerance, justice, decency. You could take something of real value away from the adventures of a bunch of... Read More

CBD for Eye Health

April 27th, 2019

Research on CBD and eye health has been fairly limited due to federal legality, but the passing of the 2018 United States Farm Bill removed CBD from its classification as a Schedule 1 Drug. This will lead to more freedom in the ability to conduct more studies. The research that has been conducted shows both pros and cons for CBD as related to eye health. CBD is one of several cannabinoids produced in cannabis. Cannabinoids interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system by binding to the CB1 and CB2 receptors in a most commonly analogized lock and key method. According to researchers at the School... Read More

‘Graffuturism’ at Mirus

April 27th, 2019

Graffiti has always been a notorious type of art. Often raw, unpolished, unsolicited, and temporary, the word conjures up images of train cars, subway tunnels, and overpasses with kids in hoodies hopping fences with spray cans clanking around in their backpacks. Long misunderstood as mere vandalism and loathed by city mayors everywhere, this fully legitimate art form was developed underground. Its guerrilla nature led to a lack of representation in traditional gallery settings. An upcoming exhibition at Mirus aims to change that. Dubbed, L’Aviner, this showcase focuses on an evolution of... Read More

Three Simple Ways You Can Help The Environment

April 25th, 2019

This week we celebrated Earth Day, the world’s largest environmental movement. Our impact on the environment is complex and often interrelated.  For example, bees are dying from a variety of factors—pesticides, drought, habitat destruction, nutrition deficit, air pollution, global warming and more. Ninety percent of the world’s food crops are pollinated by bees, and humans are responsible for two major reasons that bees are dying: pesticides and habitat destruction. If bees die out, the world will face a serious food crisis. Our oceans are clogged with plastic, which is harmful to marine... Read More

Story of the Week – An Avalanche of Ideas

April 23rd, 2019

The story became obvious as I sat down to write.  The Colorado Avalanche would eliminate the top-seeded Calgary flames in five games, and my fingers began to type.  Thoughts of Mikko Rantanen, Nathan MacKinnon, and Philipp Grubauer raced through my head.  Memories past were of Stanley Cups, Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg, and Ray Bourque.  I would be sure to throw in Patrick Roy’s legendary playoff quote once said in response to an opponent’s trash talk. “I didn’t hear him because my two Stanley Cup rings were stuffed in my ears.” It was undoubtedly the story, the headline, the news of... Read More

Hell No

April 21st, 2019

Some characters lend themselves to endless interpretations. Batman is one of them. Let’s say you’re planning to make a Batman movie, and by some miracle, you don’t have to attach it to an expanded universe or follow up on threads from a previous installment. Warner Brothers gives you a $90 million budget and sends you on your merry way. What kind of film should you make? Lucky you, because you have options! Just a few of them might be:   A goofy comedy that’s tonally similar to the 1966 Batman television series A horror movie where Batman is trapped within Arkham Asylum A procedural... Read More

Women Athletes Who CARE

April 20th, 2019

Athletes all around the globe are stepping out of the ‘Green’ closet and sharing their use of cannabis as a natural alternative for chronic pain, depression, anxiety, PTSD, CTE, TBI, substance abuse, and opioid dependency. Athletes for CARE, or A4C, unites current and former athletes to create a voice to advocate for research, education, and compassion about important health issues. By using their platforms of influence, they are improving the global standards of health, safety, and quality of life. Here are a few women among the group who are sharing their stories and knowledge to change the... Read More

April Shows at the Marquis

April 20th, 2019

We have more than our fair share of concert venues, but only one with pizza that’s worth mentioning. Of course, I’m referring to the Marquis Theater off Larimer. Known for energetic shows and its high-quality sound system, this is a regular stop for local and touring bands of all genres. The Marquis books some pretty big names for a venue its size. Previous headliners include The Sword, The Slackers, Portugal the Man, People Under the Stairs, The Mad Caddies, Norma Jean, Swollen Members, and so many more. I saw the Dirty Heads there with Rome (who does vocals for Sublime now, RIP Bradley)... Read More

Everybody Handles Distress Differently

April 18th, 2019

On Monday evening, a massive fire broke out at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.  With about 13 million visitors each year, the cathedral is the city’s most visited monument, and has been part of Paris for more than 800 years. Many across the globe are expressing shock and distress about the burning of such an iconic Gothic structure that housed religious artifacts and works of art, some of which are lost, some moved just in time. When tragedy strikes, some of us never recover from it. The way we cope with these situations differ greatly. Some people immediately fall into a deep depression,... Read More