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Really Twitter?  I think you might need to adjust your suggestion Algorithm.


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Going old School.

Going old school, yes I’ve had to revert in one area of my life.  I walked up to the library here

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English: Bayfield Public Library, a Carnegie Library in Bayfield, Wisconsin. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

in town to check out a book.  Yes, I live in a town where we still have a physical library building full of library books and people to assist you to check them out.

Why going old school?  It turns out that the current version of the Overdrive app, v 3.5.8 is completely useless on my iPad.

I’ve cleared my cache, I deleted the app and re-installed it and still no joy.  So off to the Library to check out a dead tree ink-stained book to read.

Hopefully, Overdrive will seize the day and update and bring their app back to a useful state.


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Conference to Inspire Post-Election Refocus and Recovery

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#140conf Brings Together People in Technology, Business, Arts, Health, and Lifestyle

Friends can get a jump start on post-election recovery by hearing inspirational speeches and making connections at the #140conf, returning to Los Angeles on November 14 at The Crest in Westwood.

With both name and format inspired by the brevity of Twitter, the #140conf schedule is fast-paced. Influencers in the areas of technology, lifestyle, health, art, mindfulness, and more will take the stage. These 10-minute talks and 15-minute panels are interspersed with networking throughout the day.

The #140conf events have taken place worldwide since I started hosting / curating and producing them in 2009. #140conf provides a platform for people to listen, learn, and most of all, create relationships that inspire positive change. Dubbed “The State of Now,” the conference underscores a commitment to exploring how the “real-time web” affects business and personal lives, but it’s much more than that. I am grateful for everyone who will be both speaking at the conference as well as those joining us in the audience. #140conf has had a positive effect on my life and I am looking forward to bringing the conference back to Los Angeles this year.

Taking the time to listen to people who have a story to share that can resonate with you, that’s priceless. Yes, you can go for business purposes and you will learn things to better your practices, but more importantly, perhaps, better yourself and realize that people have the same struggles as you, and maybe you can help them as well. At the end of the day, we are all about community. The #140conf is not your ordinary networking event. It’s filled with people who genuinely want to help each other and create meaningful relationships.

Speakers include award-winning poet and author J. IvyOscar and Peabody Award winner Howard Rosenman, The Sonnet Man Devon Glover, Youngry founder Ash Kumra, Techwalla Editor-in-Chief Dave Johnson, The Fit Cycle’s Andia Winslow, and authors Chandresh Bhardwaj, Marsha Collier, Robert Rosenthal, Amy Friedman, and Liz Strauss and many others. About 40 people will be speaking during the course of the event.

In addition to learning and engaging, the conference also creates a sense of synchronicity and serendipity. There’s something to be said about sitting next to somebody you’ve never met, but who could possibly change your life, or someone with whom you may be virtually acquainted, but who otherwise would not have met in person.

The #140conf “State of Now” will take place on Monday, November 14, 8:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the Crest in Westwood, 1262 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, 90024. Tickets and the complete speaker lineup are available on the event’s page.

Looking forward to co-hosting the 2016 #140conf next week in Los Angeles.

Hugs, Jeff

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Powder Hounds Rejoice in Return of Copper Mountain Snow Day Pass

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English: The East Village at Copper Mountain, Colorado. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. — December 2013 — Copper Mountain has received over seven feet of snow so far in the 2013/2014 season showcasing some of the best early-season conditions in recent years. With new snow gracing the slopes, Copper Mountain is excited to offer the best deal on the slopes: the 2013/2014 Snow Day Pass. For just $99, the Snow Day Pass allows guests unlimited lift access at Copper Mountain any day that the mountain receives four inches of snow or more. Copper Mountain averages 30 “snow days” each winter season and with upcoming snow in the forecast the Snow Day Pass gives guests the best bang for their buck this winter.

The Snow Day Pass is valid when the official Copper Mountain snow report states four inches or more. The report is based on the previous 24-hour period and an official ‘snow day’ will be announced the morning of the valid day. Guests can find snow day announcements at starting at 5:30 a.m., by signing up for the Daily Mountain Report, by checking out the live Snow Stake Web Cam or by following Copper Mountain at or @CopperMtn on Twitter.

With the purchase of the Snow Day Pass, Copper offers two guaranteed bonus days of skiing and riding on Superbowl Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, and on Closing Day, April 20, 2014.The Snow Day Pass is available for a limited time only either online at or in person at any Guest Services location.

Mark the calendar, Copper Mountain kicks off the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix series, a U.S. Olympic team selection event, this week, Dec. 19 – 22. Both slopestyle and halfpipe disciples with be featured at Copper Mountain before making their world debut in February in Russia. Athletes will be throwing their biggest and best tricks in the last Colorado qualifier before Sochi. Top athletes from all over the world are expected to compete giving spectators a chance to watch and rub elbows with the sport’s next big stars. New this season guests can watch the high-flying action of both Snowboarding and Freeskiing in Copper’s Main Vein Superpipe under the lights on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 20 – 21. For more information please visit

Don’t want to miss any of the action? Last Chance Lodging is still available, book your nights and save up to 33%.

Visit for terrain updates, snow reports, lodging steals, event details, and more.

Stay in the loop all year long at or @CopperMtn on Twitter.

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Disabled Sports USA to Host Boston Marathon Bombing Survivors

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Breckenridge Rainbow (Photo credit: paulswansen)

Disabled Sports USA to Host Boston Marathon Bombing Survivors at The Hartford Ski Spectacular, One of the Nation’s Largest Winter Sport Event for People with Disabilities

Breck News on Behalf of Disabled Sports USA

Disabled Sports USA to Host Boston Marathon Bombing Survivors at The
Hartford Ski Spectacular, One of the Nation’s Largest Winter Sport Event for
People with Disabilities

Seven-day event held December 2-8 in Breckenridge, Colo. will included Boston Marathon bombing survivors and wounded warriors, many who are also blast victims, coming to encourage and inspire one another on the slopes.

Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA) will host the 26th Annual The Hartford Ski Spectacular Dec. 2-8 at Beaver Run Resort and Breckenridge Ski Resort, Breckenridge, Colo. The seven-day event, sponsored by The Hartford for the past 20 years, is one of the nation’s largest winter sports festivals for
individuals with physical disabilities.

More than 800 participants, ranging in ability from first-time skiers to members of the U.S. Paralympic
Snowboard National Team, will come together. Also attending will be more than 160 wounded warriors and 15 Boston Marathon bombing survivors, including family members.

The Hartford Ski Spectacular strengthens and expands adaptive snow sports programs in communities
throughout the U.S.; trains youth, wounded warriors, and others with disabilities including those who strive to be winter Paralympians; and helps local DSUSA chapters improve their services. A week of ski and snowboard race training, sponsored by U.S. Paralympics, prepares athletes for national and international competitions, including the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

“The Hartford is honored to make it possible for Boston Marathon bombing survivors to participate in this
incredibly impactful program,” says Mike Concannon, executive vice president of The Hartford Group
Benefits. “We celebrate their strength, resilience and determination in the face of adversity. And we hope they will learn new skills, build confidence and continue with their recovery at The Hartford Ski Spectacular.”

“Learn to” programs in alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding, biathlon, sled hockey and curling will be
offered. Also, the ski instructor academy endorsed by Professional Ski Instructors of America – American
Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI) will offer training for instructors in the latest and safest adaptive ski techniques for skiers with disabilities.

“We are grateful for The Hartford’s support in serving those severely injured in the Boston Marathon bombing. With over 10 years of experience working with blast victims through our Warfighter Sports program, DSUSA knows what is needed to provide the sports programs that will propel these survivors to success on the slopes and in their lives,” says Kirk Bauer, executive director of Disabled Sports USA and a disabled Vietnam veteran.

The Hartford Ski Spectacular’s Presenting Sponsor is the U.S. Paralympics: Grant funding for this program is awarded by U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, through funding provided by Veterans Affairs. The grants are provided to facilitate the growth of Paralympic-sport programming for disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces. The event is also sponsored by Wash Depot Holdings; Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation; Team Semper Fi; Tee it up for the Troops; Oshkosh Defense; Fluor; Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center and Breckenridge Ski Resort.

Partnering organizations include: Disabled American Veterans, Maggie George Foundation, Professional Ski Instructors of America- American Association of Snowboard Instructors National Adaptive Academy
(PSIAAASI), Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers, Vail Adaptive Sports, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide and
Breck Sports. DSUSA chapters supporting the event include: Host chapter Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center and chapters Adaptive Action Sports, Adaptive Adventures, National Ability Center, New England Disabled Sports, National Sports Center for the Disabled, Outdoors for All, STRIDE, Waterville Valley Adaptive Sports and Wintergreen Adaptive Sports.

Follow the action at The Hartford Ski Spectacular on Twitter and Facebook. Look for @DisabledSportUS and #skispec on Twitter and Disabled Sports USA on Facebook, as well as @TheHartford on Twitter and

About Disabled Sports USA
Founded in 1967, Disabled Sports USA is a national charitable organization that provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in sports. What began as a program to serve Vietnam veterans has since grown into one of the nation’s largest multisport, multi-disability organizations, annually serving more than 60,000 wounded warriors, youth, and adults with disabilities. A member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, Disabled Sports USA offers programs in more than 30 summer and winter sports through its nationwide network of more than 100 community-based chapters. For more information, visit

About The Hartford
With more than 200 years of expertise, The Hartford (NYSE:HIG) is a leader in property and casualty
insurance, group benefits and mutual funds. The company is widely recognized for its service excellence,
sustainability practices, trust and integrity. More information on the company and its financial performance is available at Join us on Facebook at Follow us on Twitter at

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Breckenridge Ski Resort Now Open

Breckenridge Ski Resort Now Open for Historic Season

  • US veterans honored during opening ceremonies
  • Festivities culminate the resort’s week-long series of events

    The ridge under the Imperial Peak at Breckenridge

    The ridge under the Imperial Peak at Breckenridge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Stage is set for historic Peak 6 Inaugural Season

The countdown is over and winter is officially underway in Breck as skiers and riders took to the slopes today when Breckenridge Ski Resort opened for its 52nd season this morning just before 9 a.m. MST. While cheers and free Ski Hill Grill signature éclairs filled the base area, the resort also offered a tribute to United States military personnel as part of its opening ceremonies and in honor of Veteran’s Day Weekend. 

The first two chairs of the morning were held for the resort’s “Six Days of Sixes” state-wide contest winners and a special guest, skier and American hero Master Sgt. Richard Gibbons of the Colorado Air National Guard, a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and the War Against Terror. The Master Sergeant is a recipient of the Bronze Star, the fourth highest individual medal in the US military, and the Purple Heart, awarded to those who have been wounded or killed while serving on behalf of our country.

“This morning’s festivities were a fantastic culmination of all the events that took place during Breck Opening Week,” said Kieran Cain, Breckenridge Ski Resort’s marketing director. “The ability for us to share the excitement and pageantry of the opening of the season at Breck with our guests and make them part of the celebration is always rewarding, and becomes even more special at the start of such an historic year as this one.”

This season, Breckenridge will have one of its most landmark years ever, as the resort adds over 540 acres to its famous landscape with the new Peak 6 expansion. Peak 6 will include 400 acres of lift-served terrain and 143 acres of hike-to terrain, representing a 23 percent increase in the resort’s skiable acreage. This is the most notable ski area expansion in at least the past decade anywhere in the world, and will feature high-alpine, intermediate bowl skiing – a rare find in North America.  Peak 6 lifts and terrain should open along with the majority of the resort’s upper mountain terrain in mid-to-late December, weather depending. Visit for the latest news and content on the Peak 6 project.

Breckenridge Ski Resort requires all skiers and riders to observe all posted signs and warnings. Closed trails may contain hazards due to limited natural snow coverage and snow making operations. Please keep off closed trails and out of closed areas for safety reasons.

Visit for terrain updates, snow reports, lodging deals, event details, the lowest lift ticket prices guaranteed, and more, or call (970) 453-5000. Stay connected all season long socially to the resort via or @breckenridgemtn on Twitter.

First Tracks Fridays

Breckenridge Ski Resort will offer a brand new exclusive opportunity for guests staying in official resort lodging properties this winter. The “First Tracks Fridays” program will allow guests staying at official lodging properties of Breckenridge Ski Resort to access the mountain one hour before it opens to the general public on Friday mornings throughout the 2013/14 winter ski season.  Breck First Tracks Fridays will commence once mountain conditions allow this winter, and will occur every Friday throughout the remainder of the season. More details will be announced soon. For questions, please contact Breckenridge Ski Resort at (800) 985-9842 or visit

2013/14 Winter Season Passes

Vail Resorts’ season pass line-up offers the best value for the 2013-14 winter season! Passes are only available until Nov. 24, 2013. For more information about the 2013-14 season pass line-up or to purchase a pass online, visit

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Breckenridge Ski Resort Opens This Friday!

Breckenridge Ski Resort Opens This Friday!


Breckenridge Ski Resort Opens This Friday!

Breckenridge Ski Area

Breckenridge Ski Area (Photo credit: paulswansen)


  • Terrain & lift information announced
  • Day-long party with live entertainment and specials
  • 2,000 free Bavarian cream stuffed éclairs
  • TBar will tap the first keg of the Peak 6 Amber Ale

Peak 8 will be the first of five peaks to open at Breckenridge Ski Resort for the 2013/14 season on this Friday, November 8. Breckenridge will kick off opening day with approximately 82acres of terrain on Springmeier, Middle Four O’clock and Trygve’s for skiing and riding. The top of Park Lane will also be open with several features. The Colorado SuperChair, 5-Chair and Rip’s Ride will start turning for the public at 9:00 a.m.

Breckenridge Ski Resort officials anticipate more terrain will open for the upcoming weekend. For terrain updates for the weekend follow Breck at or @breckenridgemtn on Twitter.

To celebrate this very special historic season ahead, guests at the base of Peak 8 can enjoy Breck’s new Bavarian cream stuffed éclairs, free to the first 2,000 guests, courtesy of the Ski Hill Grill, Nature Valley Soft Baked Oatmeal Squares, and coffee provided by Starbucks. Skiers and riders can also get amped up for first season runs with DJ DC spinning tunes from the Red Bull MXT vehicle.

The TBar will continue the all-day party at 11:00a.m.with specialty Red Bull cocktails, free TBar can coozies and one lucky guest will get to tap the first keg of Peak 6 inaugural season commemorative Amber Ale. Be one of the first 150 pass holders to flash your pass at the Epic Pass tent to win a free

knit-hat or stop by and spin the wheel and try to win other awesome prizes.

Breck Ski & Ride School will offer both private and group lessons starting opening day and the GoldRunner Coaster will open at 11:00 a.m. The party continues all day long, until last chair of the day at 4:00p.m. 

The full schedule of events can be found at

Breckenridge Ski Resort requires all skiers and riders to observe all posted signs and warnings. Closed trails may contain hazards due to limited natural snow coverage and snow making operations. Please keep off closed trails and out of closed areas for safety reasons. For the latest terrain openings, snow report and more, visit

Visit for terrain updates, snow reports, lodging deals, event details and the lowest-priced lift tickets, guaranteed, or call (970) 453-5000. Stay connected all season long and learn more about Breck at or @breckenridgemtn on Twitter.

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Where are the Widgets?

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English: The logo of the blogging software WordPress. Deutsch: WordPress Logo ??: WordPress Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yes your seeing a new WordPress theme here and yet the widgets that according to the theme information should be on the page, are no where to be found.

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U.S. Forest Service Approves Copper Mountain’s Capital Improvements

Copper Mountain Ski Area This morning.

Copper Mountain Ski Area This morning. (Photo credit: paulswansen)

U.S. Forest Service Approves Copper Mountain’s Capital Improvements for 2013-2014 Season

• Phase I construction underway for Copper’s High Alpine Project: The 12’s

• New lifts improve terrain access and allow for earlier openings of advanced terrain

• Preview The High Alpine Project’s Phase II

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. — Copper’s High Alpine Project: The 12’s is a multi-year enhancement of the resort’s high alpine skiing and riding product including expanded terrain, improved lift access and additional cat skiing operations, all designed to elevate the mountain experience for advanced, intermediate and expert level skiers and riders. The 12’s encompass three towering peaks with elevations in excess of 12,000 feet: Tucker Mountain, Union Peak and Copper Peak. Capital improvements for the 2012 -2013 season were recently approved by the U.S. Forest Service and construction is currently underway and will be completed for the 2013-2014 winter season.

Phase I of the High Alpine Project includes the upgrade and replacement of the Storm King lift. Copper Mountain guests will see a new t-bar lift in its place, providing access to the unforgettable skiing and riding in Spaulding Bowl, Upper Enchanted Forest and Copper Bowl. The new Storm King lift will offer a substantial upgrade doubling the up-hill lift capacity from the original lift. Also, Copper Mountain has announced “Celebrity Ridge,” a new surface lift at the top of the Sierra chairlift providing easier access to Union Peak, Union Meadows, West Ridge and Copper Bowl, located adjacent to the top of the Mountain Chief chairlift. Copper’s commitment to The 12’s also includes improved ski out in Spaulding Bowl and terrain re-grading within the Sierra area, allowing the high alpine terrain at Copper Mountain to open earlier and stay open longer.

Phase II of Copper’s High Alpine Project includes future enhancements to current terrain offerings and more acreage. This includes lift-service to expert steeps, (currently hike-to snowcat access on Tucker Mountain) as well as a snowcat accessed terrain expansion. The popularity of the terrain accessed by the resort’s free Tucker Mountain Snowcat led Copper Mountain to propose installation of the Tucker Lift. Over 260 skiable acres, presently accessed by the Tucker Mountain Snowcat, will become lift-served in this stage of the High Alpine Project.

“Copper Mountain has always been recognized for its naturally divided terrain, north facing slopes and superior beginner and intermediate terrain. With The 12’s, we are focused on improving access and adding acreage to some of the best high alpine skiing and riding Colorado has to offer. The 12’s provide our loyal guests, who love skiing and riding the high alpine, the opportunity to experience over 1,000 acres of advanced intermediate and expert terrain above tree line. They will be amazed at the improvements we have made and will continue to make to enhance the high alpine experience unique to Copper Mountain,” said Gary Rodgers, Copper Mountain’s President and General Manager.

Copper Mountain is still committed to providing an exceptional learning and beginner experience and fun, challenging intermediate terrain, in addition to improved access and new options for advanced skiers and riders with The 12’s.The mountain is laid out from east to west, and the terrain naturally progresses from easiest to most difficult. The gentle terrain that defines the west side of Copper Mountain provides a natural, progressive learning environment, while the east side of the mountain features long, steep runs. The 12’s will not alter the natural layout or award-winning trail system that is part of the reason Copper is considered an ideal destination for skiers and riders of all levels. For more information please visit

Lock in snow days for the 2013/14 winter season with the Copper Season Pass and Copper 4-Pack, on sale now. Visit for more information.

Visit for the latest information on winter pass products, lodging steals and more. Stay connected all season long at or @CopperMtn on Twitter.

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