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KLF Legal proudly supports local music and it doesn’t get much better than this show. Come join us as we celebrate a new year with Margot and much more. Get your tickets now!

MOKB and Bearded Flower Productions are very proud to present:

A Nuclear New Year’s Eve!

Come spend NYE with Margot and The Nuclear So and So’s in addition to some of the best local and regional bands! Taking place within Deluxe at Amber Room, this year’s event will be our biggest and best by far. Located in the basement of the Murat Theatre/Old National Centre, these two beautiful and newly renovated venues will provide the backdrop for an unforgettable evening!

Margot and The Nuclear So and So’s have a new album, “Rot Gut, Domestic” coming out early in 2012, but they’ve partnered up with Bearded Flower to give all their fans a sneak peek! There will be an ultra limited release of 500 copies of a new 7″ for “Prozac Rock/Fingertips” that will be available for purchase at the show! Prozac Rock is the new single, and Fingertips is a non-album track that will only be available on this vinyl pressing.

Deluxe at Amber Room is unique new venue offering access to younger patrons (18+), and a full service bar for those of legal drinking age. Affordable drink specials, as well as some more refined options will be made available, including champagne. We have a full evening of amazing music to keep you enchanted all night long!

Our good friends at the Amber Room will be hosting a dance party of their own featuring DJ’s Slater Hogan, John Larner and special guests mixing up great beats all night long. Access to the Amber Room (21+), which is the venue adjacent to Deluxe, can be purchased on site. Please keep in mind that you must be at least 21 to enter Amber Room.

Tickets for this event are broken down into the following packages:

  • · $25 for standard admission (18+) [Does NOT include access to the Amber Room]
  • · $65 for the very limited VIP package (21+) [Includes access to a private bar, VIP entrance and table service, along with access to Amber Room]

Doors at 7:30pm/Show at 8:15pm, sharp! Lineup and set times are as follows:

8:15pm – Vacation Club

9:15pm – John Rambo & The Vietnam Wars

10:15pm – Memory Map (Bloomington, IN)

11:15pm – Margot and The Nuclear So and So’s

* A-Squared will be DJ-ing between and after all sets! *

PRESENTING SPONSORS:
Kolman Dental
KLF Legal
WTTS

MEDIA PARTNERS:
NUVO
Musical Family Tree
MOKB
Do317
A-Squared
Keepin’ It Deep
Indy CD & Vinyl

ARTIST CONCESSIONS:
Sun King Brewery

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Happy Pi Day!

3/14…it’s International Pi Day!  As you know, Pi or π is a mathematical constant whose value is the ratio of any circle’s circumference to its diameter in Euclidean space; this is the same value as the ratio of a circle’s area to the square of its radius.  Today is the day that we celebrate this most irrational and transcendental number.

Fun Pi facts:
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– There is no zero in the first 31 digits of pi.

– The Egyptians and the Babylonians are the first cultures that discovered  about 4,000 years ago.

– The pi memory champion is Hiroyoki Gotu, who memorized an amazing 42,000 digits.

– William Jones, a self-taught English mathematician born in Wales, is the one who selected the Greek letter  for the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter in 1706.

Also…Happy 132nd birthday Albert Einstein!

“A human being is a part of a whole, called by us “universe”, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” – Albert Einstein

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INDIANAPOLIS – In a precedent setting partnership for environmental stewardship, the city’s Office of Sustainability has partnered with the Athenaeum Foundation to develop the City’s rain garden permitting process.  City staff worked closely with Athenaeum staff on their development of a rain garden in order to create a streamlined procedure for future rain garden projects.

The Athenaeum rain garden is the first to utilize the City’s permitting resources for rain gardens.  In association with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful’s IPL Project Greenspace Program and over 75 volunteers, the Athenaeum Foundation is planting a rain garden on East Michigan Street this Friday and Saturday.  The installation of this rain garden will help make the trendy Massachusetts Avenue District a more sustainable area of downtown. Mayor Greg Ballard noted, “This is one of those partnerships that not only benefits our economy, but also our environment. Our ultimate goal is to make Indianapolis one of the most sustainable cities in the Midwest. The rain garden at the Athenaeum is a big step in that direction.”

The rain garden is a planted (cup-like) depression that allows rainwater runoff to soak into the ground instead of flowing into storm sewers. This process works by redirecting storm water into these low-lying, landscaped depressions.  Once there, the rain garden acts as a natural filtration system for the storm water.  It utilizes local plant species to absorb and clean polluted storm water.  Currently, rainwater runoff flows directly into storm sewers which ultimately causes erosion, pollution, and flooding.

Kären Haley, Director of the Office of Sustainability, expands:

“Last spring, the Office of Sustainability, in cooperation with the Engineering division of DPW and the Department of Code Enforcement, created the Sustainable Infrastructure Initiative.  This initiative, launched with significant input from private sector partners, encourages the use of green infrastructure to help manage storm water run-off and improve water quality.

Green infrastructure is a general term for a variety of methods that manage, carry, and treat storm water runoff at the local level through the use of natural systems or engineered systems that mimic natural systems. The primary goals of green infrastructure are to capture and store storm water as close to where it falls so that it can be cleaned, infiltrated into the soil, and slowly released into rivers and streams.  The core element of the Sustainable Infrastructure Initiative was the Green Supplemental Document, which provides design guidance to the private sector and plan review staff for projects that utilize green infrastructure.  The Green Supplemental Document was released last year and is available here: http://sustainindy.org/sustainable-infrastructur.cfm.

Today the City announced the development and release of three new resources:
*    design details for various types of rain gardens,
*    a rain garden permitting flow chart, and
*    permitting forms created for storm water retrofit projects when property owners are voluntarily changing surface or land type to manage storm water on their property or in the adjacent City rights of way.

These resources will provide a standard permit review process for innovative projects to encourage the use of rain gardens.   The Athenaeum project was the first in the City to utilize these new resources, which are available here: http://www.sustainindy.org/rain-gardens.cfm.

The Athenaeum, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, and the Office of Sustainability are grateful to the many private sector companies and volunteers who donated their valuable time and resources to this project:
-Schmidt Associates
-TRAMCO, Inc.
-Smock Fansler Construction
-Elements Engineering, LLC
-Neighborhood/Downtown Zoning Assistance, Inc.
-Decorative Paving Company
-The Gould Family Foundation
-Firestone Specialty Products

About The Athenaeum Foundation
The Athenæum Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, formed in 1991, dedicated to restoring this architectural treasure. Our new mission statement: “The Athenaeum preserves and enhances its historic German-American landmark to advance the Sound Mind in a Sound Body values of its founders through programming that lifts spirits and engages in diverse communities.” The Athenæum Foundation sponsors a number of family and heritage related events and programs throughout the calendar year.

About Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit engaging neighborhoods in environmental and community improvement projects throughout the city.   Last year, KIB engaged over 40,000 volunteers on projects around the city.  The mission of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. is to unite people to build community and transform public spaces through aesthetic and environmental improvement.  To learn more, visit www.kibi.org.

To learn more about Mayor Ballard’s vision of making Indianapolis one of the most sustainable cities in the Midwest, visit www.sustainindy.org

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The last time Peyton Manning was leading the Indianapolis Colts on a championship run, the NFL clamped down on the ability to watch the big game in churches. The NFL sent letters to churches informing them that airing the game would be a violation of the NFL’s copyright and trademark rights. However, last year the NFL called a reverse and allowed viewing in churches under certain conditions.

So what’s the NFL’s policy this year? Unless we hear otherwise, we have to assume that the NFL is sticking to last year’s policy that churches can air the Super Bowl without violating copyright laws. I’ll let you know as soon as I hear something that would suggest otherwise.

So start planning those parties…Go Colts!

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This blog author was featured recently in an Indiana Lawyer article about an organization I’m involved with, the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library.

The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library Foundation is a public benefit, nonprofit organization championing the literary, artistic, and cultural contributions of the late writer, artist and Indiana native Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. The Library Foundation is creating a library that will also serve as a cultural and educational resource center, functioning as a museum, art gallery, and reading room for readers, writers, and students. In addition, the library will support language and visual arts education for the local community.

Click here for full story by Rebecca Berfanger, Indiana Lawyer.

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A Post of Thanks

I’m thankful for my friends and family.  There were several new additions to both groups this year, and I’m looking forward to many more next year.

I’m thankful to be going into another holiday period in fine health, and wish quick and painless healing to those who are not.

I’m thankful for wonderful tools like blogs, Facebook and Twitter that allow us to directly communicate with each other from anywhere around the globe.  Minds, both like and unlike, can come together in discourse despite geographical, political or social boundaries. I’m hopeful that worldwide communication will lead to worldwide understanding, and that worldwide understanding will lead to worldwide peace.

I’m thankful to be involved with the following organizations, which do great work toward making this a better and more interesting place for everyone:

California Dictionary Project

IDADA

Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

And I’m thankful for all of my clients with whom I worked this year, for trusting my office with their legal needs. I hope you have been satisfied with the results and I look forward to assisting you in the upcoming year.

Thanks,

Kenan L. Farrell

About #tweetsgiving (#indytweetsgiving)…#tweetsgiving is a fundraiser of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Epic Change. http://tweetsgiving.epicchange.org/.  The schedule for this year is for November 24-26, a 48 hour event created by US nonprofit Epic Change.  There are two simple ways to participate:  on twitter tag what you are thankful for with #tweetsgiving.  The attempt is to get #tweetsgiving to be a trending topic, and thus — encourage participation and exposure.  Last year, Epic Change with only a #hashtag and accepting donations online in a 48 hour period, raised over $10,000 for a school in Tanzania.  Tweetsgiving 2009 will go partly to create a dormitory/orphanage, library, school, cafeteria and additional classrooms are needed in partnership with Kamptoni in Tanzania.  The other portion will go towards funded future change makers and social entrepreneurs in less fortunate conditions.

You can donate here: http://epicchange.org/donate.php

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I was recently asked by a journalist to provide some comments on guest-blogging.  I put together the following tips for people thinking of getting into guest-blogging, or blogging generally:

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In addition to my own blogs, I’ve done quite a bit of guest-blogging over the last several years. In fact, my first blogging experience was as a guest blogger on a Virtual Law blog, virtuallyblind.com, created by another attorney, Ben Duranske. Guest-blogging allowed to me learn the in-and-outs of blogging without the pressure of producing content on a regular basis.

Blogging has been a great tool for building my business and gaining recognition in my fields of interest. It’s driven my page to the top of Google search results which of course means more eyeballs seeing the services that I can provide them. Several of my top clients reguIarly comment that they enjoy my blog and the information it provides. I also place importance in the process of researching and writing blog posts, essentially an ongoing CLE that helps me be a better service provider in the long run.

Tips for guest bloggers:

1. Find the Right Audience. If you’ve got a particular topic that you’d really like to write about, write about it! Once you’ve got that great post that you’re excited about, look around and find an existing blog that matches your interest. Contact the blog owner and propose that he/she publish your guest post. I can’t speak for every blog owner, but I would never turn away a guest post with quality content. After all, any positive traffic generated would be to my blog, where people will see my info and content. Even if a blog owner doesn’t want to publish your guest post, the feedback they give can help direct you towards somebody who will.

2. Go for the Oscar. You’ve got the time and energy to really focus on one great blog post, so do it! I think of a full-time blogger as a TV writer, responsible for content day in and day out. Not all of it can be glorious, but the blog readers become familiar with the “character” of the blog writer. A guest blogger is a movie writer. They write that epic post that blows away all the other posts and becomes a definitive source for a particular piece of information. Throw in some explosions, heartwrenching drama, maybe even just great images that the guest blogger spent a little extra time to locate.

3. Guest-Blog 2: The Sequel. Unlike in the movies, sequels are generally a good thing in blogging. Endorse your guest post on your own site and build cross-traffic. Follow-up with additional info in future posts and people ( most importantly clients and potential clients) will start to recognize you as an information hub.

There are several great resources online to help you get started as a guest blogger.  Good luck and have fun.

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