Saturday, June 07, 2008

On this day in 1099 - The First Crusade: The Siege of Jerusalem begins. 1966 - Former movie star, Ronald Reagan, becomes the 33rd governor of the state of California.

(The Rocky Mountain News's) new streamlined Web site, www.therocky.com, (is) designed for people with mobile devices who want to stay in touch with the news during the day.

Photos and graphics are stripped away, and you're left with a column of bare-bones links to the latest news, weather, opinion, and features. The emphasis is local. There's a link at the bottom to sign up to receive breaking news alerts by e-mail.
The new Web site exemplifies how news outlets are trying to gain a competitive advantage by finding the most convenient ways to deliver news to customers, like you and me, who want to get news efficiently and on their own schedules.

TheRocky.com is beautiful in its simplicity - though I'd mix in more national stories. And you'll like this: There are no advertisements - yet.


In today's Rocky Mountain News from Jason Salzman, president of Cause Communications and board chairman of Rocky Mountain Media Watch, is the author of Making the News: A Guide for Activists and Nonprofits. Reach him at salzmanj@RockyMountainNews.com.

I went by his office yesterday and confirmed with Dennis Gallagher that he'll be with us tomorrow for Denver Speakers Corner. Hope you can join us to take your turn on the soap box or to just cheer the others on. We'll video the first hour and post it here on Monday. Tomorrow, Sunday (Jun 8), 4 p.m., Denver Civic Center, North Pavilion, on Colfax across the street from the Denver Newspaper Agency. More information and optional RSVP at http://cocacop.meetup.com/2

Friday, June 06, 2008

It’s the birthday of Donald F. Duncan, Sr. (June 6, 1892 - May 15, 1971) often miscredited with invention of the yo-yo. In fact, he never even held a patent on the toy, although the name Yo-yo was a trademark of his company until 1965. He did invent the parking meter and founded a parking meter company which is still active, and he is credited with being the founder of incentive marketing.


On this day in 1933 - The first drive-in theater opened, in Camden, New Jersey, United States. The previous year we had the first gasoline tax.

I just posted this as my comment on a very interesting column in the Denver Post this morning about the sudden increase in civic participation we've seen in the last year or so:

Article Discussion: The populist uprising
by JohnSWren on 7:39 am, Fri Jun 06

Thomas Jefferson said the strength of our system of government is that it allows a bloodless revolution every 20 years or so.

Right now we face a choice: Change for the better, or chaos.

If you'd like to see change for the better, we'd like to hear from you this Sunday (June 8th), 4 p.m., at Denver Civic Center, North Pavillion on Colfax across from the Denver Newspaper Agency. RSVP and get on the speakers list early, or just show up and get on the list at the meeting or just listen to what others have to share.

We'll video the first hour and put it up on Google Video, just like we did for our first meeting last month. Denver City Audior Dennis Gallagher has agreed to MC this meeting.

After the groundswell February 5, there is an unusual opportunity for new political leaders to emerge in both major political parties.

Please help us by forwarding this along to your friends who might be interested, OK?

For more information and optional RSVP see http://cocacop.meetup.com/2

John
http://www.JohnWren.com


What do you think? Is there an opportunity for us to get back to what the founders had in mind? Take a look at the Denver Post article, and then post your comment there, OK? Go to http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_9494677

Pass this along to any of your friends who might be interested, and then join us yourself Sunday for what we hope becomes a new Denver institution for amplifying the voice of the common person, the true grassroots that has served this country so well in the past.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Starting something new? Join us for the
Denver IDEA Cafe, each Friday, 2 p.m.
Details & RSVP at http://ideacafe.meetup.com/1


Join us this Sunday (Jun 8), 4 p.m. for the new
Denver Speakers Corner. Take your turn on
the soap box, or just listen to what others
have to say. More information and optional
RSVP at http://cocacop.meetup.com/2
(See video of our last meeting to the left)
Interesting combination of birthday’s today:

It's the birthday of economist Adam Smith, born in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland (1723), a little fishing village with a busy seaport. Out the windows of his boyhood home, Smith could see all of that bustling activity, and he grew up to write an important book in the history of economics: The Wealth of Nations (1776), which said that market forces serve the public good, and that government regulation, for the most part, does not.

Today is also the birthday of the economist John Maynard Keynes, born in Cambridge, England (1883). He's best known for his book The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, published during the Great Depression in 1935. He argued that governments can correct severe depressions by spending lots of money, even if it means running a deficit, to put people back to work. Keynes's ideas greatly influenced Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal polices, and his ideas have been used to justify budget deficits ever since.

It's the birthday of Richard Scarry, born in Boston (1919). He's the author of more than 300 books for children. He said that what made him happiest as an author was receiving letters from people telling him that their copies of his books were all worn out, or were held together with Scotch tape.


From The Writer’s Almanac

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

On this day in 1876 - An express train called the Transcontinental Express arrives in San Francisco, California, via the First Transcontinental Railroad only 83 hours and 39 minutes after having left New York City.

“To live life at its fullest you have to have the chutzpah to accept challenges. You don’t need nerves of steel. I’m not saying that sometimes you won’t be shaking in your boots after accepting some major challenge. But you can’t let that stop you. It really is better to fail than not to try, because if you never try, you’ll never succeed, and as bad as failure feels, success feels so much better.” Dr. Ruth Westheimer, German-born American therapist and author, who was born on this day in 1928.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

My computer has crashed, if you need me please call (303)861-1447. Please call me if you know a good computer tech who might help me!

Dennis Gallagher has agreed to be the MC at Denver Speakers Corner next Sunday, hope you can come too! More info and RSVP at http://cocacop.meetup.com/2