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Adventure Media Review, Book Review, Environmental Protection, Green Economics / 02.04.2012

The problem with the American dream is too often we’re caught sleeping. At the very least we let our attention wander in the bliss of freedom as the things in life that matter most fail neglected or are simply taken away. In his new book former special adviser to the Obama White House Van Jones drafts a thoughtful plan for the reconstruction of simple American ideals and principles that secure the dream of a better life for everyone willing to work hard and play fair. With a vision centered...

Adventure Media Review, Cool on Kickstarter, Gear Review, Photography / 30.03.2012

Cameras built into the latest iPhones offer incredible resolution. Taking high quality photographs and videos has never been easier. But a new product being promoted on Kickstarter offers a very cool bit of technology to remotely control your iOS devise and make something great even better. The Galileo attaches to your phone and tripod so that users can rotate, pan and zoom the camera wirelessly. Cutting down on shaky images common to handhelds this compact gadget can be guided nearby or over the Internet from anywhere...

Business, Madison, Special Events / 29.03.2012

The ice is only just off the lakes in Madison Wisconsin. But paddlers of canoes and kayaks are eager to get out on the water. Every year usually on the first warm weekend in March thousands from throughout the Midwest gather to celebrate the bounty of the spring paddling season. The local gear shop called Rutabaga hosts the largest paddle sports expo in North America, an event so big it can only be called Canoecopia. Owner Darren Bush welcomes outdoor enthusiasts to Madison’s Alliant Energy Center for a full...

Breaking News, Charitable Giving, People with disabilities, The Give Review / 27.03.2012

Kokatat, a US manufacturer of technical apparel and accessories for water sports, donated over $20,000 in product to the local Arcata, CA organization Disabled Adventure Outfitters (DAO), for use in its watersports programs for people with hemophilia and other bleeding disorders. “DAO does amazing work empowering and challenging people with bleeding disorders in and around our community and we’re proud to support a local organization that shares our passion for paddlesports,” said Kit Mann, Kokatat Special Projects Manager. DAO will use the personal floatation devices, dry suits, paddle jackets, and additional gear...

Adventure Media Review, Art, Photography, Social Media / 26.03.2012

Every spring there’s an amazing display outside our bedroom window. As the weather gets warm after winter the magnolia tree our neighbors share explodes with bright pink blossoms. Hundreds of flowers the size of teacups cast a spectacular array of light and color that is precious to behold, because within a week or more each delicate petal will flutter to the ground and disappear, not to return for another year. My first instinct was to capture this ephemeral image in a photograph. Once adjusted for color, cropped and formatted...

Adventure Media Review, Madison, NPR, Podcast, Public Radio, Stand Up Paddling / 23.03.2012

[caption id="attachment_7013" align="aligncenter" width="501"] photo by Nick Berard[/caption] Recently I was asked to create at story about outdoor recreation for the Wisconsin Public Radio program 'Wisconsin Life'. With such unseasonably warm weather I managed to get my stand up paddle board out onto Madison's lakes earlier  than ever before. So I went out on Lake Wingra with my digital recorder to gather sound and an experience to write a short essay. ~JEM SUP Wisconsin ​Spring has come early to Wisconsin this year. It’s a warm day in March when I strap...