NickMeyer

Nick Meyer

Editor/publisher of Volume One. Also plays the role of videographer, designer, writer, photographer and fridge cleaner-outer.

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Best Music Festival

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replied to: EJ-Johnson – Looks like Tuesday Night…

Also, Tuesday Night Blues is not a "Music Festival" in the way all the others in this category are. It's a weekly series. No other weekly series is listed here. So there's obviously no insult to Tuesday Night Blues whatsoever.

Bike-to-Work Week 2013 Kicks Off @The…

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replied to: What, exactly, is Bike to Work Week…

Like any event of this sort, the aim is to create awareness. Awareness that it is in fact an option to bike to work, to school, to the park or wherever in our community (because sometimes we need a reminder). Awareness that we have the trails and resources in our community to get you from point A to point B safely. And awareness that even if an individual doesn't have a particular interest in riding bike themselves, that it's still a very important part of the health and vitality of our community that deserves support and recognition. It helps accomplish these things overall, but for any given individual I'd also point you to Wanita's comment below.

Tourism

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replied to: I see the main reason for the lower…

Great discussion! However, it's important to understand throughout this entire project that these are not grades on "departments" of the city or any other specific entities. Some of these categories don't even have civic "departments." And further, these grades are meant to represent the entire valley as much as they can, not just Eau Claire necessarily. These are grades for an overall look at certain areas of our local society, taking into account both public and private endeavors, with input from a broad range of "experts".

@BoneyBilly, your comparison to Parks & Rec makes some sense, but just as this grade isn't a grade on the "Tourism Department", the grade in the parks category is not a grade on the "Parks and Recreation Department" of Eau Claire or any other local township. Yes, the tourism departments of our area DO do a great job with what's available to them. But giving a lower grade in this category is a way to point out that it's not entirely up to the tourism departments to make this area strong.  It's up to the whole community – the people, the businesses, and the public sector. Visit Eau Claire and others can only tell the story of what's already here, they can't necessarily develop new community value (shops, restaurants, attractions) on their own. We need more business leaders willing to step up and add to the experiences offered to tourists, and to take further advantage of the natural and built amenities that we already offer by strengthening their presence and quality in the eyes of travelers.

You can assign the lack of "touristic type development" into economic development's grade if you want to, but it ultimately affects how we do in the tourism category and how tourists experience this community. Yes, a lot of these areas cross paths and it's good to understand those relationships. But in the way of touristic offerings, we need to face the music as a community and understand we need to make significant investments in that area one way or another. And when we do, we'll all be better off.

I heard that the Farmers' Market was…

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replied to: I would think the artist would be willing…

Why should the artist be willing to donate it? Because the cost of materials in producing it was maybe only a couple thousand dollars? Because the perhaps 200 hours they spent making it should just be for fun, not to make a living? Would YOU be willing to donate a couple thousand dollars and take time off of your work, unpaid, to donate 200 hours of community service to the Farmers Market? Let alone one in a community you don't even live in?

I don't know the actual cost and time put into this piece, but I don't think my numbers would be that far off (low if anything). But I think you get the point. And whether someone personally likes the piece or not is irrelevant.

This community has a bit of a problem with valuing the work of artists, musicians, and the like. And admittedly, Volume One has wrestled with this issue too. While the exposure we can help provide to a local artist or musician is great, it's not the same as directly helping them earn a living.

That being said, the problem stems from sentiments exactly like yours here, that these working artists should just "donate" everything they do. If we want a sustainable creative community of any kind, we're going to have to realize these people should be paid whenever possible.

New downtown Eau Claire redesign plans…

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replied to: I'd also like to add that public sculpture…

Then, if you hadn't heard yet, you'll be thrilled we just got 25 new sculptures throughout downtown as part of the new Sculpture Tour. http://volumeone.org/articles/article/2316/Sculpture_Tour_Forms

My ipod weather app says Saturday looks…

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Also, we've put in a request with Parks and Rec to install a giant clear dome over the entire park by Saturday. But they gave us grief about that and grumbled something about "budgets." Whatever.

My ipod weather app says Saturday looks…

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The weather keeps flipping between a 10%, 20%, and 30% chance of rain. Chalkfest has dealt with both light and heavy rain late in the day before. It's unlikely that the event would be canceled unless it was raining at 7am and kept raining for several hours. Artists will be equipped with their own tarps and such to cover artwork if a rain passes through, and then things just pick up again where they left off. In general, with this forecast, the event will take place. But once chalk hits the pavement, the event is on and won't be postponed. The only way we'd postpone would be if it was just supposed to rain ALL day so we didn't even get started in the first place.

As of this forecast, I think we'll be mostly fine! Any rain will just come through briefly.

Dave King and company at the backstage…

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Glad you're excited, we at V1 are too. Generally the State doesn't to advance tickets for the Backstage Series. So you'll just have to get there early!

Some of these guys (including Dave King and the singer/guitar player, James Diers) were in one of my all-time favorite regional bands, L0ve-cars.

Woodworking: A Portrait of Virgil…

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Great video! Very well done. I bet the Chippewa Valley Museum wouldn't mind having a copy of this – if not for an exhibit then definitely for their files.

Sad to hear that Borders is going out of…

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Not that it's the same thing, but of course on the non-fiction side there are many local specialty stores that have book sections for their categories. And oftentimes the clerks there know more about the specific subject you're looking for books on than a general bookstore clerk would know. Crossroad Books or Wax Paper have all sorts of stuff and are fun places to check out.

But also, for example, Down To Earth has all sorts of gardening and yard books. Truckers Union has beat poetry kinda stuff and a variety of hippy books. Menards even has lots of home improvement books. And of course the Local Store at Volume One has lots of Wisconsin and Chippewa Valley books on all sorts of topics. http://VolumeOne.org/store

So with a little bit of thinking, SOME of the areas Borders served can be filled elsewhere. And hopefully local businesses will see the opportunity and double down on their book offerings.

I miss Video Vistas.

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replied to: Of course, Eau Claire does have a great…

Yeah, streamed that on Netflix several months ago before it was released on DVD. :-) We actually talked about showing that for the Cinema Series this summer... Pretty fascinating film.

I miss Video Vistas.

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Yeah, it would be cool to have a local video store with unique stuff in stock again - but obviously it's a pretty outdated model at this point. Even an independent record store has a better chance than an independent video store right now. When it comes to long tail business models, the web (in this case, Netflix, Hulu, etc) is usually going to dominate, especially with instant streaming. And even though it's less personal, recommendations from the guy behind the counter has been replaced by a series of algorithms constantly evaluating your taste. If only when you visit Netflix they could get your computer to emit a musty smell, it'd be just like the old days...

It's potty time at Phoenix Park

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Well, of course they want to carry through the theme already established by the Farmers Market and other buildings/stone on site. Regardless, I don't find the design of the structures in this park "rustically" offensive at all. I definitely know what you mean, with an overdoing of the rustic thing in some places – but I don't perceive these designs as that. Yes, wood and stone are used, but the tone seems completely appropriate and they don't say "cabin" to me. They are immediately adjacent to trees and a river - wood and stone are appropriate materials are they not? It's all cohesive.

What's up with The Stones Throw? I heard…

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Well, I agree it's SORT OF a stage. It's more of a "platform" compared to what it used to be. I will give them credit that the current configuration does add flexibility to the space. Of course previously the stage was about 2-3 feet higher, there was a full stage lighting system, high-end sound system, etc.

Who do people give these CD demos to? Is there someone officially booking it?

What - Bon Iver can't play a show in EC or…

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replied to: Thanks for the posts, whether you agree…

Well, neither of the performances you saw were "Bon Iver," but that's cool, we get to see the interesting other projects that the rest of the world doesn't (BTW, The Shouting Matches, the show you saw at the Kickball Classic last year – that band is SUPPOSED to be a sloppy bluesy mess, that's what's fun about it!).

What - Bon Iver can't play a show in EC or…

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I can actually see both ways as being good for different reasons – that is if we get either way anyway. But mostly I agree with Snaxx and have personally pleaded that case to the Bon Iver camp before. There already is a net gain to EC with the Bon Iver association, which they deserve some credit for, but real dollars and cultural value – both short term and long term – could come into this community if some interesting things were done as far as performances or other "happenings" go. The possibilities are considerable.

They could have a lot of cultural power in this community if they chose to wield it in a manner that creates real value going forward. I know Justin and the others have it in them to do this, I imagine it's just finding the right ideas and timing. Let's hope they're working on it. :)

Union Made

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Mr. Wallace  – My sixth grade teacher at Elk Mound, who first encouraged me to write stories. This helped me win a state young author award, and I suppose eventually, start Volume One. (He later went on to be the principal at South Middle School in EC). A year after he was my teacher, my parents split up and I moved to Eau Claire to live with my mom in my Grandparents' basement for a while. For a short time, he would pick me up in Eau Claire and endure 30 minutes of awkward seventh-grader conversation on the way to Elk Mound – just so I could keep going to school there. I wasn't even his student anymore. Redneck Communist.

Volume One...."culture and…

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replied to: I second T4A one has to get political…

Then by all means start diatribe-ing guys. We are willing to host anyone's diatribes – that's what our "Shout" section is for. Start a fresh one and get it rolling. But V1 isn't going to start one for you. :)