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Denver Comic Con Co-Founder Alleges 2013 Funds ‘Unaccounted For,’ Convention Responds

By Matt D. Wilson

In two short years, Denver Comic Con has become one of the top comic book conventions in the country. That’s an especially huge achievement considering that the show isn’t run by Wizard, ReedPop, or any of the other big event producers. Two pals, Charlie La Greca and Frank Romero, started the con from scratch.

Now, La Greca claims he’s been unceremoniously ousted by the board of directors after eight months “fraught with difficulty and tumult.”

La Greca and Romero founded the organization Comic Book Classroom in 2009 as a way to drive revenue from the convention into literacy programs. La Greca claims that none of the money from the 2013 convention has gone toward classes.

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This week in The Armory we welcome the mult-talented, one-man show they call Bobby C Sound TV (aka Bobby Collins) of Denver to the 1s and 2s. Bobby is world-renowned for his love of music and cinema which he artfully combines in his live sets using a special Video-DJ plug-in to create a “pastiche of pop-culture that is visually stimulating and danceable”. On the production front, few artists are more in demand that is Collins whose releases and remixes can be found on a dozen different imprints. For his appearance in The Armory this week, Bobby delivers one of his signature, ‘Laser Funk’ mixsets loaded with more than a dozen original tracks and remixes. Press play. Get down!

Track List
1. Quincy Jones - Soul Bossa Nova (Flavours remix)
2. Oliver - Night Is On My Mind
3. Flavours - Just Want Juice
4. LBCK - Call My Name
5. Branx - Smoove Operator
6. Opiuo - Ripple
7. Beat Fatigue -Belgian Waffle
8. Hackney Colliery Band - No Diggity
9. Bobby C Sound TV - Tweedle-Deezing
10. Bobby C Sound TV - Skaters Gonna Skate
11. ZZ Ward- Put The Gun Down (Beat Fatigue remix)
12. Bobby C Sound TV - Vice Squad
13. Gang Starr - Now You’re Mine (Bobby C Sound TV remix)
14. Cheshire - Funk ON
15. Slynk, Crazy Daylight - Moustache Ride
16. Stevie Wonder - Superstition (Funkanomics 2013 VIP remix)
17. Savant - Snake Eyes (Bobby C Sound TV edit)
18. Synchronice - Broken Record
19. Shapeshifter - Monarch (Opiuo remix)
20. Neighbour - Get With This (Opiuo remix)
21. Bobby C Sound TV - Busy Business
22. Bobby C Sound TV - Long Hauling
23. Bobby C Sound TV - Ragga Ranking
24. Dirty Dubsters - Can’t Stop We (Bobby C Sound TV remix)
25. Punks Jump Up - Mr. Overtime (Oliver remix)
26. Daze - Thinking About You
27. Bobby C Sound TV - Neon Night Light
28. Bobby C Sound TV - Disco Fourth
29. Bobby C Sound TV - Shaken And Stirred
30. The White Panda - Good Suit & Tie Time (Bobby C Sound TV edit)
31. De La Soul - Saturdays (Bobby C Sound TV remix)
32. Bobby C Sound TV - Naive Melodies
33. Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime (Gigamesh remix)
34. Virtual Riot - Sugar Rush (Centron remix)
35. Lifelike/Yota/Namebrand - Love Emulator
36. Oliver - Control
37. Oliver - MYB
38. Drop Out City Rockers - International Track (Bobby C Sound TV edit)
39. Bobby C Sound TV - Insanity For Vanity

It’s not everyday a producer/DJ gets blogged by one of their favorite directors as is the case with Bobby C Sound TV who was recently blogged and called brilliant by Edgar Wright, director of such cult movies as Shaun Of The Dead, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World and Hot Fuzz (check it right here ).

If that wasn’t enough, Bobby recently got a shout out by the Godfather of hip-hop, Afrika Bambaataa on a recent remix for Ft. Knox Recordings. Krafty Kuts recently called him, “the master of funky breaks”. Bobby C Sound TV is one Bobby Collins hailing from Denver, Colorado. He has been playing instruments from an early age and then a fateful show with Peanut Butter Wolf and Cut Chemist had him convinced on the spot that a pair of turntables were in his future. He has been DJing for the past 10 years and has played just about every venue in his home state including Red Rocks Amphitheater, The Fillmore as well as being the first artist in The First Bank Center (AEG’s new 8,000 seat flagship venue) for its VIP party. He has done shows, tours and festivals and all over America and Canada including a headlining spot in the Fractal Forest at Shambhala Music Festival. Fall 2012 will see him embarking on a 16 show European tour. In 2010 Bobby was one of 20 DJ’s in the US selected to play the Sweatshop Mixer at The Coachella Music Festival. In early 2009 Bobby started messing around with a video DJ plug-in and soon after unveiled, “Bobby C Sound TV”. His love of cinema was combined with his 10 years of DJ experience to create a pastiche of pop-culture that is visually stimulating and danceable at the same time. His live mash up DJ approach was applied to create crowd rocking routines with some of the most memorable music videos, movie scenes and just about everything in between.

The past few years have seen him busier than ever on the production front with remixes and releases on 12 different labels worldwide and jumping on multiple top 10 lists for Juno Download and Beaport. He recently made the soundcloud weekly top 10 as well making their hottest tracks list for one of his fully original tracks, Neon Night Light. His Ray Charles remix made it to #4 on The Hype Machine’s most popular list which was the third time he made their top 20 list. Many more releases are on the way and his Soundcloud page has been getting thousands of plays and downloads each week while his youtube channel is fast approaching 500,000 plays. His tracks have been turning up in DJ sets all around the world as of late to packed dancefloors everywhere.

Bobby has shared the stage with a number of heavy-hitters including George Clinton and the P-funk Allstars (2 times), Pretty Lights (3 times), Thievery Corporation, Z-Trip (18 times), Rjd2 (2 times), Q-Bert, Blackalicious, Gramatik (2 times), Krafty Kuts, A Skillz (2 times), De La Soul, The Pharcyde, Rakim, Madlib, DJ Yoda (2 times), Guru from Gangstarr, People Under the Stairs, DJ Cash Money, Kid Capri, DJ Greyboy, DJ Vadim (2 times), DJ Klever (2 times), DJ First Rate (Scratch Perverts UK), DJ Logic, DJ Spinna, Kid Koala, Cheb-I-Sabbah, Digital Underground, Naughty By Nature, Rudy Ray Moore a.k.a Dolomite, Maceo Parker, Kool Keith, Mike Relm, Tre Hardson of the Pharcyde, Daniel Johnston, Fishbone, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, John Scofield and so on and so on.

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So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.
Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild  (via valledeparaiso)

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Camera cops: digital spying in Rio’s most dangerous slums | The Verge

Over the past year, officers in parts of Rio have begun testing a tool called Smart Policing: an Android smartphone application designed to automatically record and store everything an officer hears and sees while on patrol. Developed under a partnership between Google and the Igarapé Institute, a Rio-based think tank, the app uploads encrypted video footage to a cloud server and, in case of a chase or emergency, can stream live feeds to police headquarters. A working prototype will be unveiled tomorrow at a New York event hosted by Google Ideas — Google’s public policy think tank — and Rio looks to expand the pilot program to more favelas over the coming months. […]

The Rio pilot is expected to continue through 2014, and Igarapé plans to launch similar programs in the slums of Nairobi and Cape Town, though it’s not clear if or when the initiative will be adopted on a large scale. Equally unclear are details on how it would be regulated, something that has raised concerns among civil rights advocates.

"They have to have a clearly articulated strategy for how they’re going to use on-officer video and audio," says Scott Greenwood, a civil rights lawyer who has worked with police departments on similar programs in the US. Greenwood acknowledges that wearable cameras can greatly enhance officer oversight and provide "unimpeachable evidence" in cases where police conduct is brought into question, though he has reservations about the constant and automatic surveillance that the Smart Policing app would entail.

"If the idea is to just capture everything at all times, that’s just broad surveillance," he says, "and that certainly hints at creeping ‘Big Brother.’" […]

The Smart Policing program, according to Muggah, could help calm the relationship between [Police] and civilians by assuring each party that an “eye in the sky” is collecting objective evidence of their interactions. Under the program, officers would attach their smartphones to a clip on their chest pocket, and the app would activate as soon as they leave headquarters or their cars to patrol an area by foot. All audio and video data would be encrypted and uploaded to the cloud, and Muggah expects that it would only be accessible by a select few — presumably, police commanders. An interface at police headquarters, meanwhile, would allow commanders to track the location of their officers at all times, and could pull up live video feeds whenever an officer uses the app to send an emergency alert.

Muggah acknowledges that the app poses obvious privacy concerns, saying that if widely launched, it would have to be in tandem with an effective information campaign to “sensitize” both police and civilians. In its final form, the app will include face-blurring technology to protect the anonymity of passersby, though Muggah says residents who have encountered police testing the technology have so far been “benign or indifferent” to the project. It also remains to be determined whether the cloud infrastructure will be operated by the police or a private contractor.

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