Flora and Fauna, Part 1: Perspectives From Wandering Downtown Las Vegas

August 3, 2012 in It is what it is - opinion column, News & Events, Other Than That - news, business & other nonsense | Comments (1)

To describe Las Vegas as hot in August is a bit like saying Mt. Everest is a kind of tall mountain. It’s a colossal understatement, to say the least. Saying it’s hot doesn’t even begin to cover the sensation of being hit with a hair...

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It Takes a Village to Raise a City

August 2, 2012 in News & Events, Other Than That - news, business & other nonsense | Comments (0)

Downtown Cocktail Room - by day the offices of The Downtown Project

Next on the agenda after returning from the Zappos tour was a meet-up with Andy White from the Vegas Tech Fund and one of the leading players driving The Downtown Project.

Returning from Zappos about...

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When Company Culture Isn’t An Oxymoron – A Zappos Experience

August 2, 2012 in News & Events, Other Than That - news, business & other nonsense | Comments (0)

First impressions, they say, are lasting ones, but if there’s one thing that becomes abundantly clear after spending a few hours in downtown Las Vegas it’s that of another old adage – things are not what they seem.

While there is no question that certain streets...

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Everything That Happens in Vegas…

August 2, 2012 in Other Than That - news, business & other nonsense | Comments (0)

For the record, I don’t really like Las Vegas.

It’s a dry, hot, mostly nocturnal place pervaded by an array of things that I either don’t do or don’t find interesting. At least that’s how I’ve categorized it to-date. I suppose that’s a pretty strong view...

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Political Animals … The Real Kind

July 30, 2012 in Other Than That - news, business & other nonsense, Personalities & Profiles, the conversation | Comments (0)

The other day someone asked me if I would ever consider working in politics.

Once I stopped hysterically laughing I paused, gasping for breath, and said … “Um. No.”

The reason for that, frankly, is that by and large I find politics utterly and completely distasteful –...

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A “Perfect Ending” to a Crowdsourced Start

June 18, 2012 in Other Than That - news, business & other nonsense | Comments (0)

Jessica Clark & Barbara Niven

As the saying goes it takes a village to raise a child … and apparently today you also can fund a film that way. When Nicole Conn (Claire of the Moon, Elena Undone) and Marina Rice Bader came up with a...

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June is Bustin’ OUT All Over

June 11, 2012 in News & Events, Other Than That - news, business & other nonsense | Comments (0)

When Rogers & Hammerstein wrote Carousel in 1956 I’m pretty sure that they weren’t referring to June being Pride month; but since it is, it feels appropriate to reference the fact that June is bustin’ OUT.

Over the next several weeks I’ll be penning a...

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Introspection and Straight Talk

October 7, 2011 in It is what it is - opinion column, News & Events, Other Than That - news, business & other nonsense | Comments (2)

For the last several weeks it’s felt a bit as though things were just a touch more crazy than usual. That may be a function of the fact that I’ve spent the better part of the last 8 days on planes and crossing way too...

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Never Forget – The Lessons of a Decade

September 11, 2011 in It is what it is - opinion column, News & Events, Other Than That - news, business & other nonsense | Comments (0)

Twin Towers, Circa 1999 - Courtesy of @JoanBrady

I did not intend to write this post today. In fact I didn’t intend to speak of what happened ten years ago. My plan was merely to include those whose lives were shattered and who lost their loved...

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The SXSW 2012 Cattle Call: Panel Picker Voting Enters Its Final Week

August 31, 2011 in News & Events, Other Than That - news, business & other nonsense | Comments (2)

Image Scraped Lovingly From the Blog of CC Chapman

What? What’s that you say? It’s only August 2011, so what on earth am I doing talking about an event that doesn’t take place until March of 2012?

Simple. It’s SXSW – the annual rodeo of all things...

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