2009 conversation between @ethang and @lessig on twitter

I voted for @lessig today

I voted for @lessig today, at least with a donation.

2009 conversation between @ethang and @lessig on twitter

2009 conversation between @ethang and @lessig on twitter

I always thought he was a pretty swell guy.

Ambassador Costas Favorite Tweet

#Fiesta4dejulioUSA #2015 #madrid

The US Embassy in Madrid hosted (apparently) the largest party in US embassy history. There were 3000 attendees, including myself, and some very talented musicians. Here’s the pics & vids:

Also, Ambassador Costos likes my tweets:

Ambassador Costas Favorite Tweet

Ambassador Costas Favorite Tweet

Frank Biasi: GIS in the Rockies 2013 Keynote

Frank Biasi presents “Extending our Reach through Maps and Multimedia Integration,” the second keynote for the 2013 GIS in the Rockies Conference, held in Denver, Colorado on October 10, 2013.

Recorded and broadcast live by Ethan Crawford, RockyMedia




I’m making maps to add to a report we’re developing for the University of Denver Sustainability Council. The report recommends several transit improvements for the University of Denver campus, such as a new cycle track, bike/pedestrian signage, painted bike boxes, bike fixtations, curb cuts, green sharrow lanes, and new red crosswalks. You can read the report here: DU Land Use Transit Recommendation.


View full map:

Careful what you wish for

For the past several years I’ve been wishing for the return of old-school colorado summers, when the monsoons would sweep through each afternoon, cooling & cleansing the city and offering a sweet drink for my gardens.  Yet Each year Denver seems to get more and more dry, with less snow in the winters and less rain in the summers.

But this July has been different, bringing epic rains and breaking a few records.  Thus it appears that my longtime wish was granted, at least temporarily.  Our dry state is currently getting pounded with daily thunderstorms, bringing rain in amounts up to 3.5 inches of rain in as little as 90 minutes.

And two days ago, as I was celebrating my kickball team’s season finale with a sangria, I became stranded at Pasquini’s Uptown as a rainstorm brought walls of water into the area.  Unfortunately I drove that night (I never drive, my bike is my transport here).  But this time my car was parked directly out front, and as you’ll see from the video below, 17th Avenue was no place for a little car that night (even one with a big attitude).  The video hardly shows the reality – as it’s too dark, and too early in the storm to show exactly how high waters rose on July 12th.  There were trucks driving down the street, creating wakes like I’ve seen coming from double 200HP outboard boat engines.  My poor little subaru was flooded inside and out, and my insurance company tells me it’s probably beyond repair.

So, moral of the story: be careful what you wish for.  Epic rainstorms bring flooded engines and glove compartments.

Still, I say “bring it!” Colorado, I’m not backing down from this fight.  I will take any rainstorm you can deliver.

Live Video Test

Tomorrow is Ignite Denver 6! Are you going? You can be there in person at the Rackhouse Pub, or you can just wear your jammy pants and watch it from home. Because I’ve gone to the effort to send it right to you, wherever you may be.

Why & How I Built an Auto Retweet

Last month I setup an auto retweet, so that every tweet from @ignitedenver would be immediately reposted by @ethang (my personal twitter account). If that doesn’t make sense to you, you should start with a twitter primer, or learn about 17 Ways You Can Use Twitter first.

2010 and other great things

Greetings to you all. I’m Ethan Crawford, a khaki-wearing, half-introverted hominid by weekday, and a simple (albeit curious and social) gentleman by evening/weekend. I have a variety of documentarian persuasions, ranging from playful experiments in the the arts (such as photography, videography, sketching, and singing), to more formal attempts at research and truth-seeking (mostly focused on global informational cultures). I figure it’s better in the long run if all of my ramblings and results live freely out there in the information-ether, rather than staying stacked up and locked away in piles of paper, hard drives, and neurons within the boundaries of my little city plot.  This website is an attempt to put all my stuff out into the open web.  I hope that you can find something useful here, because frankly most of it is somewhat foreign and peculiar to me. Enjoy!


Ethan Crawford


Welcome to, we are hard at work building this space. Please stay tuned for further information.

-the management

UNESCO Forum on Open Education Resources

The UNESCO Virtual University has generated a lot of activity with their Forum on Open Course Content. The online discussion was held from October 24 to December 2, 2005, and brought together a diverse group of individuals from 90 countries. In February 2006, the event’s final report was released (attached). An email list was recently established in hopes of producing a collaborative research project on OER. Today the organization released a research agenda (attached) to further explore the topic. They are ecouraging wide participation in the effort to define and expand the structure of Open Educational Resources. (more…)

Live ePresence webcast demonstration

The ePresence community will be hosting a live webcast demonstration of their latest release ( ePresence 3.1) tomorrow. This is an open source system for content capturing, archiving, and webcasting, developed by the University of Toronto Knowledge Media Design Institute. The latest release incorporates live webcasting, VOIP, podcasting, screen capture and powerpoint support.  Has anybody used ePresence in classroom or distance learning environments?

New Directions in Multimedia

Any frequenter of the EDUCAUSE blogs has likely experienced the potential of emerging technologies in media consumption. Cell phones, PDAs, and iPods are changing the way most of us (on one side of the digital divide) think, store information, and entertain ourselves. The Pew Internet & American Life Project reports that over 10% of American adults own iPods or mp3 players. EDUCAUSE’s Steve Worona points out that iPod technology is creating more unexpected ideas than you can count. And what’s more, notes Worona, iPods are only the beginning of this multimedia adventure. (more…)