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Where Have All the Festivals Gone?

February 16th, 2019

If you’re anything like me, now is the time of year to start thinking about summer concerts. With Christmas and Valentine’s Day expenses out of the way, I can blow all of my money on shows without feeling selfish until around Thanksgiving. You may have heard the news lately about some festivals that will not be happening in Denver this year. I won’t try to hide the fact that I’m a little bummed about it. Was it something we did? Were we too nice? Is Denver so wonderful that people go home and tell their friends it sucks so nobody else will come spoil the natural beauty?... Read More

Bites with Blondie: Denver’s Love Affair with Cheese

February 15th, 2019

Real talk. I think it’s safe to say we all were a little bummed when Whole Foods Market announced they were discontinuing their Mac & Cheese bar at their Colorado locations. But why, Whole Foods? The classic dish, which started in Italy, quickly became an essential meal for every young American, and still remains a popular menu staple at restaurants across the country. But this isn’t your average Mac & Cheese anymore. Denver chefs have said goodbye to processed cheeses like Velveeta and introduced diners to a new and improved hand-crafted dish, filled with more than just fresh cheese.... Read More

Biosensors Could Make Staying Healthy a Little Easier

February 14th, 2019

If you look closely at a Gatorade commercial featuring Serena Williams called “You Fuel Us, We’ll Fuel You,” you may have noticed she is wearing a small patch.  That patch is a biosensor being used as a health monitor—in this case, by assessing sweat. Biosensors are currently being tested in athletes, but have other applications in the world of health. The sensor itself is a soft, flexible patch that adheres to the skin and is placed directly on the forearm or back. It’s a little larger than a quarter and about the same thickness. Fluids can be collected non-invasively and many... Read More

Idiopathic—It’s Gonna Be Weird

February 12th, 2019
Idiopathic poster

I have a special place for broken-down clowns in my broken-down heart. A few years ago, I concluded that the dude I was hanging out with for months was never going to actually ask me out on a date and I would need to take matters into my own hands. I invited him to be my escort to the Boulder Fringe Festival. I picked him up wearing lipstick, a fancy sundress embroidered with chevrons, and beaded sandals. He wore cargo shorts, flip-flops, and a t-shirt he got for free at a software conference. I felt super special. We spent almost an hour watching a silent clown make his musical way through the... Read More

QB Issues—Patience Is a Virtue

February 12th, 2019

The quick fix rarely pays off long-term. John Elway and the Denver Broncos learned that the hard way when they overpaid for Case Keenum, reached on drafting Paxton Lynch, and underestimated the development of Trevor Siemian in the search to find the next franchise quarterback. Whether it was strategy, naivety, or just plain fear, failing to select a quarterback such as Josh Allen, Josh Rosen, or Lamar Jackson in last year’s draft has left Denver with a huge void, and a huge opportunity. Mock drafts have the Broncos selecting Missouri’s Drew Lock in the 2019 NFL draft as the next “quick fix”... Read More

Everything Is (Slightly Less) Awesome

February 10th, 2019

It’s very difficult to be surprised by movies these days. You’ve seen trailers released by major studios that seem to leech most of the drama out of the film they’re promoting. If you go to certain corners of the internet, you can piece together marketing materials, leaked screenplays, and footage and basically get the gist of a film before it’s even playing theatrically. That sucks, so I cherish those moments, particularly in studio blockbusters, when I get blindsided. One of my favorites from 2018 was the last 30 minutes of Avengers: Infinity War. If you haven’t gotten around to seeing... Read More

The Blooming of the Buffalo Rose

February 9th, 2019

Golden is nothing if not historic. We hold on tightly to our western roots and the nostalgia runs deep in this town. Everything is also a little old-fashioned. When I was little I remember not being able to skateboard downtown because the sidewalks were still made of uneven wooden planks. True story. I’d look out the window and watch the tumbleweeds blow by, wishing I had access to a swimming pool like Jay Adams and Tony Alva. I never did become a pro skateboarder, but I have managed to learn quite a bit about local dive bars and music venues. We all find our own little niche I guess. Golden... Read More

Three Weird Things That May Predict Heart Disease

February 7th, 2019

It’s February, the month we celebrate matters of the heart. Valentine’s Day aside, February is also American Heart Month and Go Red for Women Day, the American Heart Association’s initiative to increase women’s heart health awareness. What better time to talk about that thing that makes you tick? The Centers for Disease Control identifies cardiovascular disease as the number one killer of Americans. Most Americans know the most common indicators of heart trouble, such as high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, weight, and diabetes. Instead of sharing traditional heart health tips,... Read More

TC McCartney–Some Stories Write Themselves

February 5th, 2019

Last week, TC McCartney was named the quarterbacks coach for the Denver Broncos.  Generally, a story about a QB coach doesn’t draw much interest, even in Bronco Country, but this one may change your mind. McCartney was with the San Francisco 49ers last season, and worked under head coach Kyle Shanahan and Denver’s new offensive coordinator, Rich Scangarello, as a lower-level assistant.  McCartney is 29 years old, started in the NFL as a quality control assistant with the Cleveland Browns, and the TC stands for Timothy Chase. Have I piqued your interest yet? Well, maybe it would help to let... Read More

Moby Dick + Wild Things + The Matrix = WTF

February 3rd, 2019

One of the most valuable things in life is honesty; particularly, the honesty of someone calling out your bad ideas. When someone cares about you on a personal or professional level, they’ll do their level best to pull you back from the brink. I cannot emphasize how important that is, but let me explain with my own idiotic example. I do screenwriting on the side. Years ago, I was batting about script ideas with my writing partners. As we kicked around ideas, I was struck by the Bad Idea Fairy. “Guys, guys, so there were gold reserves in the sub-basements of the Twin Towers. What if, in the... Read More