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Friday, September 30, 2011

Art in the Park Saturday and Sunday in Beautiful Boulder City!

Art in the Park
49th Annual Art in the Park, October 1st and 2nd, 2011

Art in the Park 2011 Official Poster

9am to 5pm (both days)
Boulder City, Nevada 
Wilbur, Bicentennial and Escalante Parks (also includes Colorado St & Arizona St)
401 California Ave. - Boulder City, NV 89005
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300+ juried Fine Art, Fine Craft & Traditional Craft artists selling original artwork
25+ unique food, beverage and "adult" beverage offerings - beer, wine, mimosas, 
bloody marys, margaritas & more
Live demonstrations, live music, activities for children and raffle giveaways

Art in the Park is one of the largest outdoor juried art festivals in the Southwest and is the largest 
fundraiser for the Boulder City Hospital Foundation. The event is held over two days in beautiful 
Boulder City, Nevada, not far from Lake Mead, Hoover Dam and the bright lights of Las Vegas. 
The event is free to the public, and although Boulder City's population is just over 17,000, 
the event draws over 100,000 visitors.

1st through 3rd place ribbons are awarded in Fine Art, Fine Craft and Traditional Craft 
categories, as well as an overall "Best in Show" winner.

Each of the 300+ artists participating in the event will graciously donate a minimum of one (1) piece of artwork to the fundraising raffle. Local Boulder City Chamber of Commerce members also donate amazing prizes. Over $25,000 in prizes will be raffled! Purchase your tickets at the Hospital Gift Shop, Foundation Office or local businesses from Thursday, September 9, 2011 through Sunday, October 3, 2011. Drawings are held all day October 1 and 2, 2011. Need not be present to win. Winners have 10 days to pick-up prizes. To donate to the 2011 fundraising raffle, please call 702.293.0214.

It takes hundreds of volunteers and civic organizations to make Art in the Park a success each year. To volunteer for Art in the Park or Boulder City Hospital, please call 702.293.0214.
Volunteer Job Descriptions
Volunteer Sign-Up Form

To purchase t-shirts, fleece blankets, tote bags, aprons, coffee mugs, visors or baseball hats, please call 702-293.0214

Limited free parking is available throughout Boulder City. Limited free handicapped parking is available on the side of City Hall and on the side of the Parks and Recreation Department (401 California Ave.). $8 paid parking is also available through the Foundation in the special off-site parking lot. To park in the paid parking lot, please continue on Nevada Highway into Boulder City and follow the signs. Free shuttle transportation service is available from the paid off-site parking lot. Cash only please.

Direct:     (702) 293-0214
Main:      (702) 293-4111
Fax:         (702) 293-0587

Why We Should Learn to Debate

What the society may be missing are true debates. Not politicians following made-for-tv rules, but real debates.

The reason is not what you may think.

When you learn to debate you need to research both sides, and in some forms be ready to debate in favor of either side of an issue based on the results of a coin toss.

Having to research and present a view differing from your own opens the doors to realizing that there is an element of truth in every point of view, that no matter how strong you feel emotionally, you need to acknowledge and understand the other side in order to have a prayer of winning your case against it, or better yet, to finding a common ground for acceptable ad positive compromise.

Perhaps the members of Congress have forgotten how to really debate. Maybe the television influenced world of soundbites, short slogans and presenting half truths as truth to generate ratings, has taken over our government.

What are your views?

Are you willing to compromise?

Do you really listen to the other side, even when you "know" they are wrong?

Do you research below the surface, being fair and balanced in the process, to really understand the issues or beliefs you stick up for, live by or represent to others?

Breast Cancer Walk Tomorrow

Oktoberfest...Harvest now!

When is Oktoberfest : Date varies
  • 2012: September 22 - October 7
  • 2013: September 21 - October 6
  • 2014: September 20 - October 5
  • 2015: September 19 - October 4
Oktoberfest is a two week festival, held in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. While it is a giant world festival in Germany, Oktoberfest celebrations are held around the world during this time. So, if you can't get to the fair in Germany, you can participate in a local event.

It's time to eat, drink, and be merry! Each year, the Oktoberfest is opened, as the mayor of Munich taps a keg a of beer. There is even a special brew made, aptly called Oktoberfest beer.

Oktoberfest is not just a celebration of beer. It is a huge festival with lots of food, music, dancing, rides, and carnival booths. Each year millions of people from all over the world come to the fair. Oktoberfest celebrations and festivals are held around the world during this time. These festivals also celebrate the rich heritage of the German people.

Go to for additional background, insights and fun!

Structures, Organization, Designs for Informative Speaches

Designs/ Organization structures
1.     See previous week’s note postings
2.     See textbook (as always)
3.     Use appropriate and best design for your topic / goals
4.     All designs may be used but the four best for informative are
a.     Spatial
b.     Sequential
c.     Categorical
d.     Comparative
e.     Causation
5.     Spatial Design
a.     Effective for describing places, locations or locating subjects within a physical setting
b.     Ordered by physical location or size, or special relationship or connection
c.     Determine a starting point and proceed in an orderly manner
d.     Complete patterns of descriptions to satisfy an audience need for closure
6.     Sequential Design
a.     Move audiences through time
b.     Effective for showing times steps
c.     Effective for showing change over time
d.     Effective for placing in historical perspective
e.     See previous notes and text for types of sequential design
f.      Includes random sequence, sequence, motivated sequence and chronological designs
g.     Chronological puts main points in order of time
h.     Sequential orders main points in terms of place in a particular process or puts them into a numbered order so that the audience may follow a process
7.     Categorical Design
a.     Appropriate for subjects with natural or customary divisions
b.     Suggested that 2 to 5 categories be used
c.     Begin and end with the most interesting categories
d.     Tie category relationships together
e.     See previous notes and text for additional information
f.      Main points do not have to have an inherent relation to each other
8.     Comparative Designs
a.     Helpful with new, abstract or difficult subjects
b.     Helpful for describing changes
c.     Helpful contrasting differing issues and proposals
d.     Best to relate one topic to something the audience already understands
e.     There are three types of comparative design
1.     A literal analogy draws subjects from the same field of expertise
2.     A figurative analogy draws subjects form differing fields of expertise
3.     Comparison and contact design points to similarities and/or differences
9.     Causation Design
a.     Explains a situation, condition, or event in terms of the causes that led up to it.
b.     See previous notes and text for types of causation design

Ginger Bruner of "Killians' Angels"

Chrome and Firefox problems with Angel

We have just discovered that Firefox 7.0, the latest version of the product, is causing issues in Angel.  The main issue seems to be with email functionality.  Unfortunately, Firefox can upgrade without being prompted by the user.  Here is what Angel is recommending.
The installations for 6.0.2 for Mac and Linux can also be found on
Please pass this on to your students as well.
Terry Norris, Ed.D.
Director of eLearning
College of Southern Nevada
Office Phone: (702) 651-5813
Office Fax: (702) 651-5741

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Unit 10

Note: format error in transfer. Please be patient and sort it through.

Unit 10

Review of key elements going into Informative Speech
(suggest you review all 9 units, and all chapters and lecture notes to date)
(suggest that you complete all written one week prior to speech and have the instructor review it, and/or use the writing center and Communication lab)

I.               Seven stages of developing and presenting a speech

A.              Purpose: Overall Goal

1.              Determine the purpose of the speech

II.             Why did you select topic

III.           Is it appropriate to the audience

IV.            What do you hope to accomplish

V.              See private, public, general and specific in future notes

A.              Be audience centered in selecting a topic and doing your speech

Click on "read more" below to continue.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

On Media looks at Facebook and Netflix

iPhone 5, Amazon Tablet for $199, Google leads in bid for Hulu

September 28, 2011
News covering the consumer electronics industry

  Today's Digital Pulse 

  • Amazon prices new tablet at $199
  • today introduced the Kindle Fire, a tablet computer priced at $199, presenting a competitive challenge to Apple's popular iPad, which sells for $499 or more. The Android-based Kindle Fire has a 7-inch touch screen, smaller than the iPad's, and will be able to offer e-books, games, movies, music and television shows to its buyers. ClipSyndicate/Bloomberg (9/27), Bloomberg (9/28)     

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  CE in the Home 

  • Connected home concept creeps closer to reality
  • Improvements in peer-to-peer connections among electronic products in the home should 
  • occur in the next year, according to Craig Barratt, president of the Atheros division at Qualcomm. 
  • Speaking at GigaOm's Mobilize conference, Barratt said the industry has agreed on communications standards that will make connectivity easier. GigaOm (9/27)      

  • Other News

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  • Mango is ripe: Microsoft begins serving Windows Phone update
    Microsoft offered a pair of surprises Tuesday in starting to roll out its Mango update -- 
  • also known as Windows Phone 7.5 -- which features about 500 upgrades to the platform. 
  • The company introduced a Web-based Windows Marketplace that will allow users 
  • to browse and install apps from PCs as well as a tethering feature that will let users 
  • share their phone-based Internet service. On its website, Sprint Nextel offered 
  • instructions for updating its HTC Arrive smartphone to WP 7.5. (9/27), 
  • MobileBeat (9/27), CNET/Dialed In blog (9/27), Electronista (9/27)      
  • MeeGo successor? Intel, Samsung back new Linux platform
    The LiMo Foundation and the Linux Foundation will join with Intel and 
  • Samsung Electronics to develop a new open-source platform for phones and other devices, 
  • although analysts said the successor to Intel's ill-fated MeeGo software -- dubbed Tizen -- 
  • faces obstacles in a highly competitive market. Officially, MeeGo still lives: Nokia has 
  • shipped the N9, the first and only handset based on the operating system the handset 
  • maker had developed with Intel before joining up with Microsoft. Reuters (9/28), (9/27)      
  • Other News

How will IM, video, telephony and other elements of UC change in the coming year? This set of products provides a consistent unified user interface and experience and is poised to become more widespread in the enterprise. Get insight from Focus Experts as they share their predictions for Unified Communications in this free guide.

  Tech News 

  • DISH, Google are rumored to be top bidders in Hulu auction
    Various media reports say Google and DISH Network were the leading bidders for 
  • the Hulu video-streaming service, topping Yahoo! and Google's 
  • $4 billion bid reportedly carries numerous conditions and may not fly with Hulu's 
  • corporate owners, while DISH's rumored $1.9 billion bid may win favor with the sellers, 
  • since it apparently doesn't have the same conditions Google is proposing. 
  • Home Media Magazine (9/27), The Business Insider (9/27)      
  • OnStar changes course, won't collect data on former subscribers
    Responding to strong criticism from customers and members of Congress, 
  • OnStar won't change its privacy policy, deciding against collecting data from 
  • OnStar-equipped vehicles after their owners end their subscriptions with the 
  • satellite-based assistance and location service. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., 
  • was among the congressional leaders who decried the proposed policy change. Bloomberg (9/27)      
  • Apple issues invitations for Tuesday iPhone event
    Apple is expected to introduce the iPhone 5 -- equipped with a bigger screen but a 
  • thinner body -- Tuesday at a media event. "We talked about it having a bigger screen, 
  • a dual core processor, and probably integrates pretty well with the iCloud," 
  • said ThinkEquity analyst Mark McKechnie. Another analyst, Piper Jaffray's 
  • Gene Munster, predicted that Apple would sell 25 million iPhones in the fourth quarter, 
  • saying he expected the new iPhone to be priced as low as $199 
  • and that the iPhone 4 could drop to $99. 
  • Reuters (9/27), The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (9/27)      
  • Other News

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Organizing Your Speech: Designs and Structures

Shepard Smith coming to Vegas for Fox anniversary tour, 190 North / After Romeo and Juliet / Little Monsters and a growing field of Reality TV programs shooting this week in Las Vegas

Jerry Lee Lewis - Great Balls Of fire (Wild Version!)

Louis Prima & Keely Smith.....That Old Black Magic (1950's).flv


What Hollywood Execs Privately Say About Netflix

Disgusted that a video rental store raked him over the coals for returning a movie late, Reed Hastingscreated Netflix. Seventeen million subscribers later, some people probably wish a clerk would have just refunded the man his 40 bucks. Topping the list would be about 12,000 who have lost jobs at Blockbuster during the past couple of years as Netflix and its subscription DVD business have run circles around stodgy bricks-and-mortar storefronts. Next in line are pay TV executives, who wonder whether Netflix’s streaming business will encourage consumers to cancel expensive cable and satellite services. - Hollywood Reporter

Some love it, some hate it.

Titles that would otherwise go without revenue are bought up and used. Hit titles lose money by release through Netflix cutting into profits. Built into everything from Apple TV to Google, televisions to Blue Ray Players, and of course accessible from every computer and mobile phone, Netflix is not a reality as a regular part of the entertainment universe.

But is it killing Hollywood?

More likely playing havoc with business models of a trillion dollar industry.

For more on this story and others from the Hollywood Reporter, click here.

Sheen buries the hatchet, FX swims against the stream banking on movies, Terra Nova, MSNBC post Olbermann, Make it a Blockbuster Night Again!,

Photo: Charlie Sheen being roasted on Comedy Central. Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images.From the LA Times Company Town here for the latest entertainment news.

Charlie Sheen, Warner Bros. Television and "Two and a Half Men" co-creator Chuck Lorre have officially made peace and settled their legal differences.
The three have been at odds since early this year after Warner Bros. shut down production of the CBSsitcom to force Sheen to seek treatment for substance abuse issues. Warner Bros. later fired the actor after he publicly criticized the studio and Lorre.
While none of the parties would comment on the deal, last week the Los Angeles Times reported that Sheen would receive $25 million to settle the matter. The $25 million was from profits Sheen was due to receive for work he had done on the show, a person familiar with the matter said.
The public fight between Sheen and Warner Bros. and Lorre was one of the ugliest in recent memory. Sheen went on television and radio shows and even launched a national tour all with the goal of criticizing his old bosses and declaring himself a winner.
A more contrite Sheen has appeared in recent weeks. He has made an appearance on NBC's "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," where he joked that he would have fired himself too. He also appeared on Fox's Emmy Awards telecast to wish "Two and a Half Men" good luck without him.
For Sheen, putting the matter behind him and showing that he has indeed settled down is key for his future in the industry. He is working on a new situation comedy based on the Adam Sandler movie "Anger Management" for the production company Debmar-Mercury, owned by Lions GateEntertainment Corp. It has not been sold to a network yet.
Ben Fritz on how Hollywood is moving away from the DVD business. Mary McNamara on "Terra Nova."Ben Fritz on how Hollywood is moving away from the DVD business. Mary McNamara on "Terra Nova."
Last week, "Two and a Half Men" made its debut with Ashton Kutcher as its new leading man and drew almost 30 million viewers.

On a roll. With "Sons of Anarchy" and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" off to their best starts ever and a much-anticipated Ryan Murphy drama about to premiere, News Corp.'s FX is hitting new highs with its mix of edgy dramas and dark comedies. A look at its president John Landgraf and his approach to programming from the Los Angeles Times.
The Lion has claws. Disney's reissue of "The Lion King" finished in first place for the second weekend in a row. I'm not sure if that says a lot about the endurance of an almost 20-year-old classic or a lot about the movies being released now. Probably both. Sony's "Moneyball" didn't homer, but it got a big extra base hit with over $20 million in box office. "A Dolphin's Tale" also did well. Analysis from theLos Angeles Times and Movie City News.
Movies moving. The decision of DreamWorks to do a deal with Netflix has Variety wondering if other movie studios will follow suit. HBO is the biggest buyer of theatrical movies with deals for films from sister unit Warner Bros. as well as Fox. Variety wonders if the pay channel will be as aggressive in keeping those deals when they are up in a few years or let Netflix make a play for them. HBO says movies are still a big part of their service so my gut says they will do all they can to keep the big deals.
The Olbermann effect. MSNBC has seen its prime time ratings tumble this month compared to a year ago. Not only is Lawrence O'Donnell pulling in about 100,000 fewer viewers than Keith Olbermann did last September, Rachel Maddow's numbers are also down. CNN, meanwhile, has seen some ratings growth with the move of Anderson Cooper to 8 p.m. Of course, both networks are still getting crushed by Fox News. More on the cable news battle for second place from the New York Times.
Hulu moolah. The two biggest bidders for Hulu, the online video site owned by News Corp., Disney and Comcast, were satellite broadcaster Dish Network and search giant and YouTube parent Google Inc. I do hope the folks selling Hulu factor in who is buying it and whether the purchase is in the best long-term interests of the entertainment industry. But then, what do I know? I'm just a newspaper reporter. More on the bidding from Business Insider.
Make it a Blockbuster night again. Satellite broadcaster Dish Network, the new owner of home-entertainment company Blockbuster, announced its long-awaited streaming service last Friday. However, the service is available only to Dish subscribers, for now anyway. Details from the Los Angeles Times and Reuters.
Was Jenna Bush not available? Chelsea Clinton, daughter of the former president, has been tapped to join the board of Barry Diller's Internet company IAC. Not quite sure what expertise Clinton brings that merits an appointment to the board, but if it gets Diller invited to some different parties, then what the heck, right? More on the game-changing appointment from the Wall Street Journal.
It's not a big college town. TBS is touting how popular Conan O'Brien's late-night show is on the Web. And indeed, the show does have a big Internet following, but is it so huge that advertisers will look the other way about how underwhelming Conan's TV ratings are? Advertising Age looks at Turner's Web strategy. Although I normally don't like to dumb down the Morning Fix by explaining obscure culture references, the headline to this one refers to the manager of Spinal Tap trying to console the band when their gig in Boston is canceled. Now do you get it?
She's back. Andrea Wong, who got bounced out as head of Lifetime Television in early 2010 amidst an ownership change at the network, has landed at Sony Television where she will head international production. More from Deadline Hollywood.
A new Roger? The Daily Beast's Howard Kurtz looks at Fox News chief Roger Ailes and his management style and decision-making process as the powerful cable channel heads into another election season. Most interesting tidbit is Kurtz's suggestion that the 2012 election will be Ailes' "last hurrah."
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Richard Verrier on a crucial battle between an independent movie theater and a big chain. A "Red Dawn" remake may finally see the light of day. 
Ben Fritz on how Hollywood is moving away from the DVD business. Mary McNamara on "Terra Nova."
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