Garrett Denney

Writer, Marketer, Skiing Extraordinaire

Infinity & Beyond: Infinity Beverages Expands

The following is a story I wrote for Volume One about the expansion of a local wine and spirits maker. Enjoy!


Small batch wine and spirits have a big new home as one local company cuts the ribbon on a new production facility and tasting room.

Infinity Beverages recently moved its growing operation to a new home on Mall Drive in Eau Claire, a space that previously housed the Coffee Grounds.

“We had some pretty humble beginnings,” says founder, winemaker, and distiller Matthew Rick, “so to have the growth we’ve had is just fantastic.”

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The Cat’s Meow: Humane Society Expansion

A local humane association is the cat’s meow as they put the finishing touches on a big construction project.

The Dunn County Humane Society recently completed a yearlong expansion of its facilities. Aimed at reducing over crowding of the society’s cat population, the increased footprint more than doubles existing facilities for housing and caring for felines the shelter takes in.

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Start Playing Around: Clearwater Con II

Break out your D20 and grab some friends,  because a local tabletop game convention returns for its sophomore outing this July.

Two years ago, No Brand Con, a longstanding local anime convention, picked up its life tokens and took its talents to Wisconsin Dells. In its wake, demand built for a new gaming convention to take its place. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes of No Brand’s exodus arose Clearwater Con, a board gaming convention and expo.

The aptly titled “Clearwater Con II – Wrath of the Con” (I see what you did there) runs July 16-17 at Eau Claire’s Plaza Hotel & Suites. A weekend pass is a mere $30 and grants the holder access to two days of gaming, vendors, live panels, and a board game library.

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Star Wars 404

“Star Wars: A New Hope” Contained in 404 Page

404 pages have long been the playground of creatives. From fun pixel art to smarmy messages, the humble 404 is a fun – and often hidden – showcase for something fun.

It should come as no surprise then when the internet unearths a graphic artist that built a 404 page containing Star Wars: A New Hope IN ITS ENTIRETY.

Check it out at swanh.net.

 

While you’re at it, don’t miss this week’s edition of the exceptional Star Wars Show, straight from the halls of Lucasfilm.

 

The Sound of Star Wars Ep. VII

Few movies are more easily identified by their sound alone than Star Wars. From shrieking TIE Fighters to the menacing buzz of a lightsaber, the Star Wars universe has been home to some of the greatest sound design of all time.

Sound design is a often under appreciated art. When done well, it is a glue that can hold the whole film together. Ideally, it’s a discipline you never think of while in the theater, and that’s exactly what makes it so easy to pass over.

Treat yourself to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens highlight reel below from Zachery Ramos-Taylor; You’ll be glad you did.

 

Read the original article on Gizmodo.

Perkuno’s Law

I’m no scientist, but I am fortunate to call myself the owner of two dogs. After years in the trenches, I’m pleased to announce my first (and only) breakthrough scientific discovery: Perkuno’s Law.

Nobel Prize committee, you know how to reach me.

 

Perkuno's Law

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Can’t Stop the Music: 50 Years of Eau Claire Jazz Festival

Garrett’s note: I wrote this piece for Volume One, published April 6, 2016. Interested in having me write for you? Head over to my contact page to get in touch.

Teaching at what was then known as the Wisconsin State College-Eau Claire, professor Joe Casey hosted the first Eau Claire Jazz Festival. Five decades and hundreds of performances later, it is still going strong.

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Women in Jazz

Women in Jazz: Making it in to a Male-Dominated Field

Garrett’s note: I wrote this piece for Queen of the Castle Magazine, published April 1, 2016. Interested in having me write for you? Head over to my contact page to get in touch.

While pop icons like Adele and Taylor Swift seem untouchable, many female musicians face a host of challenges when breaking into and building careers in the male-dominated music industry.

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Design Methodology

Today’s product tip: A fantastic design methodology graph courtesy Matt Cooke.

 

Design Methodology by Matt Cooke

Click to see fullsize image. Courtesy Matt Cooke.

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Bree: A History

Author’s note: “Bree: A History” is a short Lord of the Rings fan-fiction set in the mountainside town of Bree. All LotR intellectual property (obviously) belongs to the Tolkien estate. Enjoy!

It was raining in Bree, a cold and pounding type that whipped up water from the nearby bay and pounded the worn wood docks in port with frothy white breakers. What torches lit the narrow cobbled streets had long since gone out, leaving the town in near total darkness.

 

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