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Hi, I’m Brad Feld, a managing director at the Foundry Group who lives in Boulder, Colorado. I invest in software and Internet companies around the US, run marathons and read a lot.

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Guitar Hero Freebird

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There was much Guitar Hero playing last night.  Those who were there know who they are and should now bow before a real master.  475,402 and a 425 note streak (hang in there until minute 7 if you want to see some amazing stuff.)

I bet this dude is really good at Tempest.  Of course, I’m not the master – I’m frustratingly stuck on medium and still get excited when I break 50,000.  Yeah – I know it’s kind of weird to be watching Youtube videos of people playing Guiter Hero – Alex and Eran are giggling.

The Etiquette of Suicide

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Amy and I love to sit around and make up names for bands.  Etiquette of Suicide was tonight’s band name.  It’s not our all time best, but I expect it to show up as a band name on MySpace any day now.

Opera Colorado’s The Magic Flute

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I had my second opera experience last night at Opera Colorado’s Season Opening Gala performance of The Magic Flute.  I was blown away by my first opera experience in May and had high expectations for last night.  Even though I was completely exhausted from the week, I had a great time.

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We arrived at about 5:30 with my folks, Dave Jilk and Maureen Amundson, Wendy Lea and Chris Byrne.  Wendy and Chris have become major opera fanatics in the past year (e.g. weekend in NY where they saw four operas in 30 hours), Dave and Maureen lost their opera virginity with us in May, and my dad will use any excuse to wear his tuxedo (“Brad – can I wear my tux to the basketball game?”)  Entertainingly, both Chris and I had brand new tuxes for the event which just happened to be exactly the same make and cut.

The pre-opera event – which included dinner and lasted until 8:15 – was magnificently done.  It was definitely a Denver crowd – and a beautiful one at that.  The food was excellent and the setting “magical.”

When we sat down to watch the opera, I quickly tried to read the synopsis (I hadn’t read the libretto in advance – bad me.)  It was incomprehensible to me – I couldn’t decide if it was me (I was too tired) or Mozart.  I decided to just settle in and roll with it. 

The production was superb.  The Ellie Caulkins Opera House is an excellent theater – extremely comfortable – and our seats were front and center (12 rows back – exactly in the middle.)  The Magic Flute is one of Mozart’s most well known operas and was completed near the end of his life, so it’s the culmination of a lot of his genius. I once again found myself entranced by the combination of things going on – the acting, singing, choreography, language (German), translation (subtitles on the seat backs), character development, and plot which – while relatively simple – requires some thought when it’s unfolding in another language as all the other things are going on simultaneously.

I was really tired from the week (note to self – opera late on Friday night is a challenge) so I found myself drifting near the end of the first act, especially during the slower segments.  A diet coke at intermission pepped me back up and I stayed engaged all the way through the second act (no snoring from me) which ended at 11:30.  Thankfully Amy drove home, so I slept in the car on the drive back from Denver.

Once again Opera Colorado did a great job.  I look forward to my next opera experience.

My First Time at the Opera

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My First Time at the Opera

Review of: Ellie Caulkins Opera House
By: Brad Feld
Rating: 5
Read review on Judy’s Book.

Amy and I went with our friends Dave and Maureen to the opera last night. Yes – the opera (the music thing, not the browser.) Now that I’m 40, I’ve decided it’s time to make sure I do more “grown up things” and the opera seemed like it fit the bill.

Amy is a classical music fanatic and loves the ballet, so I’ve always spent plenty of time at the symphony and the ballet. I particularly like ballet as it’s usually a little warm in the theater which generates a deep nap (one of those sloppy sweaty ones) if the ballet isn’t captivating me (I love modern, I fall asleep during story ballet.)

So – I expected to enjoy the opera for a little while and then fall into a deep sleep. We saw The Abduction from the Seraglio and I was blown away. The Ellie Caulkins Opera House is phenomenal. The seats are comfortable (we had great ones), the acoustics were awesome, and the set was beautiful.

Abduction from the Seraglio is in German, which was a little weird since the “radio opera” I usually hear randomly is usually Italian. There were these cool little electronic translation screens on the seat backs (“The Figaro System”) that translated the opera into English, which made it really accessible.

I loved it. Even though I was wiped out from my week, I stayed fully engaged. The music (Mozart) was engaging and the performers were stunningly good.

Of course, we started with dinner at Kevin Taylor’s at the Opera House in the basement of the Opera House. The food was awesome and the decor / environment was really interesting.

It’s always great when your “first time” of something goes well. Last night was really fun. Thanks to my friends Dave and Maureen for making this event happen.

Eminem All Day Long

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I’m becoming addicted to Eminem.  I had a huge breakthrough when I started thinking of it as poetry instead of music, at which point I started liking the tunes. It helped to have a little Dido tossed in for good measure. I haven’t decided yet whether or not this new addiction is a good thing.

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