Elitch Garden’s Update

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Well, it’s been a while since my last update on this progress. I have not been able to get any further information on how the sale is progressing. There are plenty of rumors going around, but nothing that can be substantiated. They have ranged from an investor in Las Vegas who is in negotiations to buy all six of the current properties Six Flags has for sale, to a local investor hell bent on converting it all to million dollar lofts.

A while back, I posted a letter that I had sent to Mayor Hickenlooper. Well, today I finally got a response. To see the letter I wrote him, see my previous post.

September 28, 2006

Dear Mr. Colburn:

I would like to thank you for your email concerning the actions by Six Flags of America in attempting to sell Elitch Gardens. I share your concern over the possible loss of this local landmark and recognize its many economic benefits to the City and County of Denver, and indeed, the metro area.

Unfortunately, this landmark is not locally owned. Its owner, Six Flags, Inc. is the largest theme park company in the world. Based in New York City and Dallas this publicly held company has a fiduciary responsibility to met shareholder concerns. As a business person, I have to respect the right of the Six Flags Board of Directors to make company decisions that reflect their responsibilities to their shareholders. Like you, I can only hope that any potential purchaser will keep the park running in its current state.

Again, thank you for your concern. Let’s hope that the culmination of this possible sale ends with the retention of this valuable Denver asset.

Sincerely,
Mayor John W. Hickenlooper

I am glad to hear his concern for the park’s future, but it doesn’t sound like the City will be much help in fighting for keeping the park. It’s really difficult for me getting ready to go into what could possibly be my last season at the Haunted House. I have enjoyed running the tickets and dressing up as a ghoul for the past 8 seasons now, and to know this could be it is really sad.

Of course, I do find it odd, that with the park being for sale, and an uncertain future, that they are continuing with selling season passes for the 2007 season. What happens to all those passes once the park sells? That just seems weird, but I guess it does give me hope that maybe it will still be around next year. I will post more as I know it.

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Elitch Garden’s Update

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Well, it’s been a while since my last update on this progress. I have not been able to get any further information on how the sale is progressing. There are plenty of rumors going around, but nothing that can be substantiated. They have ranged from an investor in Las Vegas who is in negotiations to buy all six of the current properties Six Flags has for sale, to a local investor hell bent on converting it all to million dollar lofts.

A while back, I posted a letter that I had sent to Mayor Hickenlooper. Well, today I finally got a response. To see the letter I wrote him, see my previous post.

September 28, 2006

Dear Mr. Colburn:

I would like to thank you for your email concerning the actions by Six Flags of America in attempting to sell Elitch Gardens. I share your concern over the possible loss of this local landmark and recognize its many economic benefits to the City and County of Denver, and indeed, the metro area.

Unfortunately, this landmark is not locally owned. Its owner, Six Flags, Inc. is the largest theme park company in the world. Based in New York City and Dallas this publicly held company has a fiduciary responsibility to met shareholder concerns. As a business person, I have to respect the right of the Six Flags Board of Directors to make company decisions that reflect their responsibilities to their shareholders. Like you, I can only hope that any potential purchaser will keep the park running in its current state.

Again, thank you for your concern. Let’s hope that the culmination of this possible sale ends with the retention of this valuable Denver asset.

Sincerely,
Mayor John W. Hickenlooper

I am glad to hear his concern for the park’s future, but it doesn’t sound like the City will be much help in fighting for keeping the park. It’s really difficult for me getting ready to go into what could possibly be my last season at the Haunted House. I have enjoyed running the tickets and dressing up as a ghoul for the past 8 seasons now, and to know this could be it is really sad.

Of course, I do find it odd, that with the park being for sale, and an uncertain future, that they are continuing with selling season passes for the 2007 season. What happens to all those passes once the park sells? That just seems weird, but I guess it does give me hope that maybe it will still be around next year. I will post more as I know it.

It Worked!

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So since it’s close to my favorite time of year, I chose this album to experiment with. Michael Jackson’s Thriller, one of the first albums I got as a kid, on Vinyl. Well, until now, I have had to put on the record to hear that classic album. I just didn’t ever buy it on CD.

Well, one of my co-workers has a son who wanted to convert his dad’s records to digital files for his iPod. I was over helping him try to install Tiger on his iMac, and we were trying to figure it out. It turns out I was on the right track, just didn’t have all the right equipment on hand.

So tonight, I decided to give it a try. Here is what I learned and what you will need for this to work.

1. Turntable
2. Amp
3. Quicktime Pro
4. A Mac with an audio in.
5. Patch cord with left and right RCA on one end and 3.5-mm stereo headphone minijack on the other end.

So here is how I did it. I had the turntable plugged into the amp, then I took a patch cord from the Tape Monitor out that had a 3.5-mm stereo headphone minijack on the other end to go into the audio in port on the Mac. From there I opened Quicktime, and went under file to new audio recording. I set the preferences to use the audio port as the source, and hit record, then I put the needle on the record and let it go. What you hear above is the result. Not bad if you ask me. 🙂

Here is the result:

I Say… SQUEAL!

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Yes, the first stills of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix are making their way online! This is the first one to be released. A few more are supposed to be on their way soon! For more info, see this link! It also mentions that a teaser trailer is on it’s way in the next month!

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I Say… SQUEAL!

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Yes, the first stills of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix are making their way online! This is the first one to be released. A few more are supposed to be on their way soon! For more info, see this link! It also mentions that a teaser trailer is on it’s way in the next month!

By qphayes Posted in News

Balls-Mart or How the Greed Stole Christmas

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Co-Author: Howard @ The Web Pen

Ahhh, corporate GREED! It’s what makes America thrive. It’s also what stymies progress! In an article in today’s New York Post, it is revealed that Wal-Mart is putting pressure on the Movie Studios to steer clear of iTunes. They are rumored to have told execs that if they choose to put their movies on the new iTunes Store with movie downloads, that they will retaliate by pulling their DVDs from the shelves of Wal-Mart stores like a little spoiled child.

Would it not be great to see Wal-Mart execs poutingly pulling all the DVD’s off shelves and scrambling to fill it with Sheryl Crow’s self-titled album. Oh, wait, they pulled that, too, because she puts Wal-Mart in a bad light and yet, somehow against all of Wal-Mart’s efforts, she is still recording and making a good living at it. Maybe that’s why the liberal Crow and the conservative Lance Armstrong broke-up? Naw.

This isn’t the first time that Wal-Mart has gotten upset over iTunes. Last year Disney announced they were going to be adding some of their catalog of TV shows to iTunes. Wal-Mart allegedly returned many of the Disney DVDs in their warehouses to Disney because they felt that their sales would be threatened by selling the shows digitally. I believe Wal-Mart was reported as saying, “Waaaa! They are poo-poo heads!” but I could have misread that.

Well, now Disney has started selling movies on iTunes, and they are all alone. None of the other studios have signed on. This is rumored to be because of similar threats from Wal-Mart again.
It does seem that we are not alone. There is a documentary out about Wal-Mart’s tactics and the cost to the consumer.
With Wal-Mart contributing to $5 billion in DVD sales during the holidays, studios are obviously going to be cautious about losing out on these sales. Could this be the contributing factor to the Studio holdouts on the iTunes Store? Or is it simply a matter of the fact that Apple wants to sell the movies for less than the studios are willing to go? Wal-Mart has since disputed the claims in comments to Reuters. Stating that these claims are false and taken from previous printed claims.

Here’s the rub — America’s economy is based on capitalism. An idea, in theory, that is energized by healthy competition. This competition in turns drives people and companies to newer ideas of how and what to sell. Strong-arm tactics are not capitalistic. Well, in an ideal world anyway. Large and complacent (read: lazy) companies capitalize on their power to control. Much like the Mob. An idea, needless to say, not unlike Wal-Mart’s other motive operandi which are not very christian by definition.

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We may never really know what is going on, but Wal-Mart’s tactics and history of putting the little guy out of business lead me to believe that some of this pressure may be going on. If it is, it is a sad state that their greed would be allowed to get in the way of technological progress! I would hate to see Apple’s efforts to take this convenience to the next level like many other forward thinking ideas that have been pushed under the rug by big business, ie: the electric car. It does seem that we are not alone. There is a documentary out about Wal-Mart’s tactics and the cost to the consumer. I have yet to see it as I only just discovered it while researching this blog, but do plan on checking it out.

Harsh Words for Amazon from FORTUNE

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So last week both Amazon and Apple unveiled their movie download services. Apple’s iTunes Store has started with Disney Studios, Pixar, Miramax and Touchstone, which in it’s first week 125,000 movies were purchased at prices ranging from $9.99 – $14.99. That translated to a million dollars in revenue for Disney and it’s 3 other studios. Amazon, on the other hand, launched their Unbox service.

Here is what Fortune had to say about the two:

“Amazon.com’s Unbox is a horror show. The Unbox service appears not so much to have been introduced as to have escaped from the laboratory.

Of all the smart and talented people at Amazon, did no one dare say, “Wait, our new service bites! It’s slower than a trip to Blockbuster, more expensive than a DVD, absurdly restrictive on how the consumer uses the movie, delivers lower resolution than a DVD, and requires running a cable from the PC to the TV if you want to watch the movie on something larger than a PC monitor”?”

And for Apple:

“Apple’s iTunes media store, meanwhile, is the feel-good movie download service of the summer, and builds on the same style and ease of use that has made iTunes the world’s leading legal download service for music and television shows. But my local cineplex or cable TV service offers more movie choices than iTunes (which I’ll review in detail on Thursday) does at this point, and the missing link – getting the movie from the PC to the TV – is still missing. I think I’ll wait for the sequel.”

While not completely praising iTunes, it’s major beef was the lack of movies from the different studios. Given Disney’s success this past week with their movies, I don’t expect the other studios to hold out for long! Mind you Amazon’s only hold out right now is Disney, and from the article I can see why!

All of this helps to reassure me that my new arrival today is going to be supported for a long time to come! qVid has a new place in my heart as my new Black 80 gig 5g video iPod! I will admit that all the new features are fantastic, but the two biggest reasons for the upgrade were the larger hard drive and the lockout feature that allows me to keep my sensitive information private, since I do keep a lot of important info on there for my business! Although, I must say, the new games are SWEET!

I’ll Take It As A Sign Of Good Things To Come!

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So Dan thinks I am a bit weird for being so excited by this find in my backyard yesterday, but I can’t help it. For those of you that have been to my house, you know that right now my backyard is nothing but a mess of nasty weeds. Well, yesterday, I came home from work, and went to take out the trash. When I returned, and walked towards the back door, I saw this beautiful rose pictured above growing right outside the back door.

It is one single rose, but it is thriving in a place where I have not watered at all this past summer. I have been told by many co-workers that it is hard to grow a rose, so to have one this beautiful growing wild is a miracle according to them. With so much not seeming to go right lately, seeing this made me stop and think about how hard life can be at times, but if you work hard, the reward will be worth it in the end.

So with this rose, I have a renewed sense that things are going the way they need to, and that good things are on their way soon! Sorry for the mushiness, but I guess nature can have that affect on a person!

I’ll Take It As A Sign Of Good Things To Come!

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So Dan thinks I am a bit weird for being so excited by this find in my backyard yesterday, but I can’t help it. For those of you that have been to my house, you know that right now my backyard is nothing but a mess of nasty weeds. Well, yesterday, I came home from work, and went to take out the trash. When I returned, and walked towards the back door, I saw this beautiful rose pictured above growing right outside the back door.

It is one single rose, but it is thriving in a place where I have not watered at all this past summer. I have been told by many co-workers that it is hard to grow a rose, so to have one this beautiful growing wild is a miracle according to them. With so much not seeming to go right lately, seeing this made me stop and think about how hard life can be at times, but if you work hard, the reward will be worth it in the end.

So with this rose, I have a renewed sense that things are going the way they need to, and that good things are on their way soon! Sorry for the mushiness, but I guess nature can have that affect on a person!

Oh, The Weather Outside’s Getting Frightful

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And we are without heat still. OK, I am officially starting to worry about the fact that my condo still has not sold. The furnace in our new house does not work, and the weather is definitely turning. I woke up this morning and my computer said it was 34º outside, the verge of freezing! I didn’t find the non-working furnace a problem when I bought the house in April, because that meant I had at least 6 months to sell the condo. Then I could use the money from that to get the furnace replaced.

Well, here we are on the verge of October, and three more price drops since we moved, as well as many more renovations to the condo to address issues that people didn’t like. I ask that everyone out there reading send out all the positive energy they can to get this condo to sell in a market that is bottoming out!

Once the condo sells then I will have the money to pay off the credit card I’ve been using to get us along these past 5 months, as well as the money to buy the new furnace. Ok, I am done with the whine blog. Just had to vent!