AZNow.Biz took a trip to the Heard Museum in central Phoenix, where we met up with local artist and printmaker, Jacob Meders. Meders spoke with us about his unique art on display in the Something Old, Something New, Nothing Borrowed Exhibit and in the Berlin Gallery, as well as choosing art as a career, and viewing art as a business.
Jacob Meders focuses his art work on altered perceptions of place, culture and identity of indigenous peoples; reexamining documentations of Native Americans, and challenging new perceptions of Native Americans.
A recent graduate of ASU’s Printmaking Program (MFA), Meders discusses the importance of art and how it develops one’s mind and “helps expand the creative, abstract thought part of one’s brain.”
Meders continues to say that much more social interaction is involved in the business aspect of art; one must learn and know how to market his or her work.
Watch the video below to learn more about Meders, his take on the importance of art and more:
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Plenty of long-time Phoenix residents say they’ve never seen anything like it before, and some are calling it the Dust Storm of 2011 — or “haboob.”
The incredible dust cloud swallowed the metropolitan area on Tuesday night; it was reported to be around 50 miles wide in some areas and between 8,000 to 10,000 feet high when it reached Phoenix from Tucson.
The cloud of dirt delayed flights, caused power outages and traffic build-up. Those on ground level took photos and gathered footage.
Here are a few of the videos with the most hits on YouTube:
But not only does the right marketing make a profit, it can make an advertisement trend and go viral.
Check out this video for the Samsung Galaxy SII smartphone. The marketers were able to cleverly incorporate “finger-tutting,” which was popular three years ago, and revive its popularity.
Although the ad is reminiscent of those HP commercials circa 2007, it works; and 75,000+ viewers, especially those in France, agree. It took just two days to capture the attention of thousands since it hit the ‘Tube on June 13.
The Webby Awards honor websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile apps — and this year, the winners were announced early May and the Webby Special Achievement Awards were held on June 13.
Presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, the Webby Awards was established in 1996. Academy members range from Matt Groening, the creator of “The Simpsons”, to Internet inventor, Vint Cerf.
Two winners are chosen in each category by the Academy. There is also a “People’s Voice Awards” that gets hundreds of thousands of votes from all over the world.
This year’s Special Achievement winners were limited to a five word acceptance speech; three of the winners included:
LCD Soundsystem, a Webby Artist of the Year, for taking full advantage of the internet by announcing their final show online and then streaming the show in it’s entirety on the website Pitchfork.tv.
Funny or Die, as Webby Film and Person of the Year, with videos that include comedians such as Will Ferrel, that are voted on as “Funny” or “Die”.
Groupon, as Breakout of the Year, for negotiating large discounts with big businesses and sending deals out to thousands of subscribers for free.
AZNow.Biz recently took a trip to Brain State Technologies in Scottsdale, Ariz. where thousands have balanced and harmonized their brainwaves using state-of-the-art technology.
It’s called Brainwave Optimization with Real-Time Balancing, and it pinpoints the brain to become more clear minded, improve performance and increase one’s health and wellness.
Thousands have tried it and have successfully addressed and relieved symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, insomnia, addiction, and ADHD; and it has helped with lack of concentration, stress, weight management, and much more.
Emily Johnson, a technologist at Brain State Technologies, demonstrates in the video below how they balance one’s brainwaves in a non-intensive, holistic way.
The full story, including an interview with Lee Gerdes, founder and CEO, was published in the July/August issue of Scottsdale Living. Pick up your copy at the Home & Design Idea Center.
Independent Movies: We’re all ready to see Harry Potter and X Men First Class this summer; some of us even already have our tickets to the midnight showings. But what about those other underground movies that go overlooked because they aren’t heavily promoted, fanboy blockbusters? What about independent films?
An independent movie is characterized as being produced by an independent production company, not a major film studio, and having a lower budget. These movies are much less marketed and tend to be in limited release in order to attract smaller specialty audiences through word of mouth instead of TV spots and other promos.
Arizona may not always be on the limited release list for these independent movies that tend to usually hit Los Angeles and New York first, but our state has been blessed with the presence of more than a few independent movie theaters that are showing some of these more artsy films year round including Harkins Camelview 5, MADCAP Theaters in Tempe, and Harkins Valley Art.
So in addition to checking out those much anticipated summer blockbusters, let’s also check out the well-reviewed indie flicks that hit theaters this season.
Here is the Top 5 list of Independent Movies in theaters this Summer:
5. Submarine (In Limited Release June 3rd)
4. The Tree of Life (In Limited Release NOW)
3. Small Town Murder Songs (Playing at Harkins Valley Art NOW)
2. Beginners (In Limited Release June 3rd)
1. Everything Must Go (In Most Theaters NOW)
Do you want to go see any of these movies? Or know of any other indie summer movies worth checking out?
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We love movies; we love mockery; so movie parodies seem to be the perfect gift from the YouTube gods. Imitation is said to be the sincerest form of flattery, but this form of imitation does anything but flatter.
There are so many different techniques for a movie parody, whether the creator combined two completely contrasting movies, put one movie into a different genre, dubbed over voices, or emphasized the generic formula for a movie. But these parodies always provide a good laugh for movie lovers.
So let’s enjoy these less than flattering imitations and treat ourselves to a good laugh.
Here is the Top 5 list of movie parody videos found on YouTube:
The Shining As A Family Movie
The Dark Knight Joker Interrogation Spoof
Trailer For Every Oscar Winning Movie
The Social Network Youtube Spoof
Brokeback To The Future
What are some of your favorite movie parodies on YouTube?
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For this installment of Street Talk, Emily Horne and I visited the Arizona State University Downtown Phoenix campus to ask students where they get their news as well as their opinion on credibility, timeliness, etc.
Interested in knowing others’ opinions about a specific topic? What do YOU feel we should cover in our next installment of Street Talk? Let us know!
A professional by all definitions of the term, Derek Fisher has seen, heard and experienced everything that defines the NBA. Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Fisher was selected 24th in the 1996 draft — just behind legend and partner in crime Kobe Bryant. Five Championships and nearly 200 playoff appearances later, he continues to dominate the court alongside Kobe on the Lakers and is loved by anyone who calls themselves a Laker fan.
Popular on SportsCenter highlight reels, statistical records and maintaining an all-around work ethic for over 14 years of professional play, it’s no surprise that this season would be any different — and this buzzer beater against the Clipper earlier in the season proves why.
4. Manu Ginobli
Manu Ginobli was taken late in the second round of the 1999 NBA draft to the San Antonio Spurs and is a veteran to the sport. Alongside teammates Tony Parker and Tim Duncan, Manu has shown the sports world his ability to not just make 3-pointers but drain them when the seconds on the clock matter the most.
After his years in the Argentinian League in the mid 1990′s, he has come to be loved by Spurs fans and a staple to Gregg Popovich’s game plan. At his peak, the Spurs have had significant runs at the title, establishing their own dynasty of winning in the mid 2000′s. Manu has always hit necessary 3-pointers — and this night was no different.
3. Derrick Rose
Chicago native Derrick Rose emerged as the No. 1 draft pick from Memphis in 2008 and an-all star college player, Rose has done nothing short of the same in the NBA, putting up staggering statistics and composing himself at a championship level. His skills hardly go unrecognized by basketball enthusiasts, and his December 4th tying buzzer-beater showcases this very talent.
Within his rookie year, he took the Bulls to the Eastern Conference Finals (scoring an astounding 36 points against the Boston Celtics), earning the Rookie of the Year award. With skill, Derrick Rose is giving the Windy City its first glimmer of hope since Jordan.
2. Kevin Durant
A freak of NBA nature, Kevin Durant is no joke. The shooting guard out of Texas was selected second overall in the 2007 draft by the Seattle Supersonics (now the Oklahoma City Thunder), and he exploded onto the scene as a rookie, quickly earning the leagues points leader.
Earning Rookie of the Year in 2008, All-NBA First Team in 2010 and selected to be on the All-Star team in 2010, Durant has earned the reputation of being a legend. This season alone he’s shown not just his ability to play at an amazingly high level of competition but lead his team to victory.
1. Tyreke Evans
Selected 4th overall in the 2009 NBA draft from Memphis, Tyreke Evans leads the Sacramento Kings this season in points per game and brought entertainment to a dismal record. A season that started off bad and has gotten worse for Sacramento, Evans gives the fans a work ethic and entertainment that makes ticket prices less of a sacrifice. Responding to a shot by O.J. Mayo, Evans launches a half-court shot with just under two seconds left in the game to tie it — and his is what happened.
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Company: CHW Arizona/St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center
How is St. Joseph’s preparing itself to meet the changes being brought on by national health care reform and the state’s budget crisis?
We’ve been on the ground from the very beginning. Catholic Healthcare West, our parent company, has really been involved with the Obama Administration in looking at different ways to provide health care, and we know that health care has to change. The most important thing for us has been quality — providing the high quality access. We have a lot of people without care or without access to care. So when you look at how do we do that and how do we lower our cost of delivering care, those things have been driving forces for St. Joseph’s and CHW to be intimately involved in what needs to occur.
It’s a tremendous strain if we have the (state) budget cuts that are proposed. About 44 percent of our patients are AHCCCS (Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System ) patients, and this will be anywhere between $25 million to $31 million for just our organization alone that we will see decreased.
We also are part owners of Mercy Care Plan, so for us it’s a real concern. Mercy Care Plan has 386,000 lives, and about 60,000 of those lives (coverage) will be eliminated if the state budget crises and the state waiver go through.
The mass shooting that took place in Tucson really put attention on the work of Level I trauma centers, such as the one at St. Joseph’s. What message has that sent to Legislators and the community?
Tucson was a great example of why Level I trauma centers are needed. It truly is the life-saving component of life care. If we would not have had the hospital in Tucson, if we would not have had the trauma surgeons, the neurosurgeons right there ready, a number of those people would not have survived. I think Gabby Giffords can really say one day, “I owe my life to these people and to the quick response that they had.” We have very limited funding. As you know, it’s not about money coming in from the federal government or the state government for Level I. It’s really thanks to a number of our patients who have insurance and the variety of people who give to us to make sure we can continue to have the resources available to provide that kind of care.
How has St. Joseph’s evolution mirrored that of the state’s health care industry?
When the (Sisters of Mercy) got here in the 1890s, they found a very small community of people who were working here, but also many other people who had come here because they were ill. (The sisters) came here to teach, and all of a sudden they looked around and said, “My gosh, it’s not about teaching. We have to provide health care for these people. They’re dying in the streets.”
So, I feel we are the beginning of health care in this community and have continued for almost 116 years. When you look at the number of firsts that were done at St. Joseph’s, many times we brought health care and progressive health care to this community. When you look at the first residency, the first pharmacy in-house, the first NICU, the first MRI, the first CAT scan … it truly is a jewel to be treasured in this community.
Is health care a cooperative effort in the Valley?
I think we all compete. We are businesses. But I think it’s a camaraderie because we’re all about taking care of people in this community. When you look back, there are a lot of great friendships that you have with the other CEOs. And we do share. We share resources. When we get in trouble as a Level I trauma center, when we’re overwhelmed, everyone pitches in and we fan out patients. We do a number of things together. If we need equipment, we lend it to each other. So in a way we compete, but we are all here to serve this community and I think that is very important.
How does St. Joseph’s work with rural communities?
Look at Children’s Rehabilitative Services, which we have been a partner of the state with in caring for children. We have clinics all over the state. We work with the Indian communities; we work with Flagstaff, Prescott; Yuma and Tucson work together with us. So right there is a perfect example of that collaboration. We have outreach clinics throughout the state, especially in the rural areas. We train residents and new physicians, which we think is a very important part of training the next generation of caregivers. We are training a lot of the physicians that will be practicing in rural Arizona and other rural areas of this country.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix has stripped St. Joseph’s of its Catholic standing. how does that affect the average patient?
If you came into our hospital in early December and you came in today, we would look no different. The one thing we cannot do is Mass in the chapel. We still have worship services, they’re just not Catholic worship services. But we do have rosaries, we have spiritual hours, we have people who are there to allow you to pray and to provide that spiritual comfort, just as we did in the past. … We acknowledge that (Bishop Thomas J. Olmstead) has the authority to no longer designate us a Catholic hospital. We’re all very sad about that. … But we will always take care of people who are here and do what we can do to make sure they are safe, and that they receive the care that they deserve. … it came down to we had to save the life we could and we did.
Vital Stats: Linda Hunt
Service Area President, Catholic Healthcare West
President, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
Bachelor of Science in Nursing from William Carey College in Mississippi
Master of Science in Nursing Administration from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
Graduated from the Johnson & Johnson Fellows Program in Management at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania
Was on the faculty at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and Regis University in Denver
Active in Greater Phoenix Leadership and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council
A wildly popular commercial, Volkswagen’s Darth Vader was a huge success. It was funny, well made and had iconic references to Star Wars — what more could you ask for?
Eminem & Chrysler: “Detroit’s two biggest names”
It starts with an intro of “Lose Yourself” from his hit movie 8 Mile; it’s simplistic, serious view of the Detroit life for which Eminem has become famous gave the viewer a chilling, honest feeling. A perfect example of how being simple can be most effective.
Doritos: “Finger lickin’ good!”
The past two Superbowls, Doritos has had hit or miss commercials as it attempts to implant itself as an NFL staple. This one, in particular, was arguably the best they’ve created. Funny and weird makes for an interesting take — like a Jim Carey film.
Bridgestone: “REPLY ALL”
Bridgestone has been fairly quiet in the Superbowl commercial world, but this year they stepped it up. An interesting, unrelated way to present car tires, it’s an office nightmare! “REPLY ALL” can only lead to trouble.
Careerbuilder.com delivered a laugh with an unusual take on employee relations in the parking lot — using monkeys. With success in the past, Careerbuilder delivers another laugh, and let’s be honest…nothing’s funnier than monkeys in suits!
This week on AZNow.Biz, read about how the economic recovery has companies looking for ways to make sure they retain their key employees. Also, read and watch the latest edition of our CEO Series. We talk to Roy Vallee, the CEO and chairman of Avnet. And check out our Touchdown AZ section to find out what kind of economic impact the upcoming BCS College Football Championship could have on the Valley’s economy.
This week on AZNow.Biz we look at how convenience clinics can help companies’ bottom lines by getting employees back on their feet and back in the office more quickly. Also, our partners at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University advise businesses to consider the customer when using self-service technology. And read up on all the big college football bowl games coming soon to the Valley at Touchdown AZ.
Some of the birthdays celebrated with Doodles this year were: Dr. Seuss, Giovanni Schiaparelli, Charles Darwin, Jackson Pollock, Igor Stravinsky, Mary Cassatt, Samuel Morse, Michael Jackson, LL Zamenhof, E.C. Segar, Mahatma Gandhi, Confucius, H.G. Wells and more.
There were Doodles celebrating anniversary’s for Tetris (25 Yrs), Galileo’s First Telescope (400 yrs), Moon Landing (40 yrs), fall of the Berlin Wall (20 yrs), Sesame Street (40 yrs) & Wallace and Gromit (20 yrs).
Google celebrate numbers? The Unix time of 1234567890 hit February 4th 2009.
On January 19th Martin Luther King Day was celebrated.
Nothing is too far out; crop circles had a Doodle on Sept 15.
My Top five Doodles from 2009:
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Courtesy of Dr. Seuss Enterprises.
This week on AZNow.Biz, learn about CrossFit Scottsdale, a training method that focuses on sessions that involve strength and conditioning training programs, with exercises that are executed at high intensity. Also, our work force columnist, Marcia Rhodes offers a list of the dos and don’ts of employee evaluations.
This week on AZNow.Biz, hear from our green columnist Dustin Jones, the Arizona Commerce Authority releases the state’s unemployment numbers for November, and look for the latest installment of Arizona on the Silver Screen.
This week on AZNow.Biz, we have a feature looking at women’s roles in the the financial sector. There’s also our political columnist Tom Milton, and a profile of National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, who travels the world photographing endangered wildlife.
Google has had an excellent year. At the beginning of the year, Bill Gates famously said, “They kicked our butts” about Google’s domination of and enormous profits on search, but promised a MSN Search engine within a year. Google began the process of going public. Yahoo freaked out and announced its new search engine and plan to dump Google as its results provider the next day. Google released Orkut, which everyone was convinced was the next big thing is social interaction.people to the world’s information and enhance the overall user experience of the web.”
This week on AZNow.Biz, our Buzz story looks at a Phoenix-based auction house that had its own reality show. Also, our work force columnist, Marcia Rhodes, looks at the decline of cost-of-living adjustments in favor of merit pay.
Google Builds World’s Largest Advertising and Search Monetization Program
Company introduces automated content-targeted ads; Advertising customer base surpasses 100,000
“Google remains committed to developing services that bring significant value and return on investment to our advertisers, partners, and users worldwide,” said Eric Schmidt, Google’s chairman and CEO. “Through superior relevancy and simple design, Google’s many innovations connect people to the world’s information and enhance the overall user experience of the web.”
This week on AZNow.Biz, we offer six types on starting your own business in this down economy. Also, you’ll meet a man who immigrated to the Valley from Ethiopia and now owns his own business. Plus, later in the week we’ll have the latest unemployment numbers for the state.