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Friday, May 06, 2016

Software bugs scuttle Day of Giving here, 53 other locations

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Technology glitches shut down the Pittsburgh Foundation’s one-day charitable giving campaign meant to help more than 1,000 nonprofits in the region. The Pittsburgh Foundation abruptly suspended the Day of Giving program on Tuesday afternoon, saying it plans to reschedule the event, which was launched in 2009, at a later date.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Skilsaw 12-inch Dry Cut Saw - SPT62MTC-22

Pro Tool Reviews: When it comes to cutting metal, there’s few easy ways to do it. The most common power tools employ an abrasive blade to chip away small pieces the metal. These are heated by friction as the bonds are broken and turn into sparks. While great for photography and some Tim the Toolman Taylor type grunting, there are other methods available. That’s where the new Skilsaw 12-inch Dry Cut Saw comes into play.

70th Annual Tony Awards | Nominations Announced

Theatre content from Live Design: Nominations for the 2016 Tony Awards, presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, have been announced, with hit musical Hamilton leading the way in nominations with a record-breaking total of 16. Winners will be announced at the 70th annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 12. The show will be broadcast live 8/7c from the Beacon Theatre in New York City on the CBS Television Network.

eSET Awards 10 Certificates at USITT 2016

sightlines.usitt.org: The Essential Skills for the Entertainment Technician (eSET) program completed its 2016 launch at the 56th Annual USITT Conference & Stage Expo in Salt Lake City.

Seven Carnegie Mellon Alumni Nominated for Eight Tony Awards

www.cmu.edu: Seven Carnegie Mellon University alumni garnered eight Tony Award nominations this morning when they were announced from New York City via a webcast on TonyAwards.com and "CBS This Morning."

This is not the first time the spotlight has shined brightly on Carnegie Mellon. In 2013, CMU alumni took home eight Tony Awards, and hundreds of CMU alumni have been nominated for the honor.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

National Safety Stand-Down highlights importance of preventing falls, leading cause of worker death, serious injury in the construction industry

www.osha.gov: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other federal safety agencies announced today that they have designated May 2-6, 2016, for the third annual National Safety Stand-Down. The event is a nationwide effort to remind and educate employers and workers in the construction industry of the serious dangers of falls - the cause of the highest number of industry deaths in the construction industry.

Copyright Holders Try To Stop Ravel's 'Bolero' From Entering Public Domain Using Co-Author Trick

Techdirt: At the end of last year, Mike wrote about an attempt to keep the Diary of Anne Frank out of the public domain by adding her father's name as a co-author. As Techdirt wrote at the time, that seemed to be a pretty clear abuse of the copyright system. But it also offered a dangerous precedent, which has just turned up again in a complicated case involving the French composer Maurice Ravel, and his most famous composition, the hypnotically repetitive ballet score "Bolero."

YD&T Awards Boost Excitement for Young Talent

sightlines.usitt.org: At USITT 2016, costumer Judy Adamson presented an award she created, the Barbara Matera Award in Costume-Making, to Sharon Limpert, a grad student at Carnegie Mellon University. Adamson got applause when she introduced Limpert as “an artist who realizes the vision of the designer” and added, “As I like to say, ‘The actor doesn’t wear the sketch.’”

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Hip-hop musical ‘Hamilton’ nominated for record 16 Tony Awards

Las Vegas Review-Journal: The megahit musical “Hamilton” has grabbed a record-breaking 16 Tony Award nominations, the biggest haul in Broadway history and another notch in the show’s march into theatrical history.

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop-flavored biography about the first U.S. treasury secretary on Tuesday broke the 15-nominations record held by “The Producers” and “Billy Elliot.” ”Hamilton” was nominated in virtually every category it could compete in, from acting to scenic design.

Gateway Class of 2016 Met, Networked, & Bonded in SLC

sightlines.usitt.org: USITT’s Gateway Program celebrated its third year at USITT 2016 in Salt Lake City, bringing 12 student/early career mentees from underrepresented groups in theatre production to experience the Annual Conference & Stage Expo and pairing them with 12 mentors from similar fields and backgrounds.

Monday, May 02, 2016

Against the Grain: The Next Generation of Builders

Fine Homebuilding Article: Not only did the construction sector lose more than half of its workforce in the Great Recession, but the percentage of new hires under the age of 45 went from 73% in 2000 to 63% in 2011. Most significant was the decline of 19-to-24-year-olds, who went from 18% at the peak to 13%.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

NFTRW Weekly Top Five

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15 CMU illnesses linked to campus cafe

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Fifteen Carnegie Mellon University students got sick with "gastrointestinal distress" after eating either soup or sandwiches at a campus eatery on Monday or Tuesday.

I’m Gonna Trust You

Female Gazing: I feel like all I’ve cared about lately are lessons I’ve learned at work.

Today my boss and I said one out loud.

He hired me to do a thing I had never done. I did it, I pushed through the fear. I did a good enough job to get re-hired but I’m still not the most confident person in the world. I still have fear and nerves.

This pen lets you mix your own makeup

The Verge: Sometimes I see a color in the world and think, "that would be fun to wear on my face." But I can't just whip up lipstick in my house and I also can't follow through on every makeup shopping whim. Yesterday, though, I discovered a company that might help me live out my lipstick fantasies.

Spend a Night at the Museum in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Magazine - May 2016 - Pittsburgh, PA: A few years ago, only a handful of area museums, theaters and other cultural venues offered after-hours events filled with food, drink and activities. Now, you can find them multiple times each month.

Up-Close and Personal with Laser Cuts

Hackaday: Plenty of materials take the heated edge of a laser beam quite well, but many others don’t. Some release toxic fumes; others catch fire easily. For all the materials that don’t cut well (PVC and FR4, we’re looking at you!) and for those that do (hello, acrylic and Delrin) they’re each reacting to the heat of the laser beam in different ways. Lucky for us, these ways are well-characterized. So let’s take a look at how a laser cutter actually cuts through materials.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

NEA: In collaboration with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts looks at the arts and culture of Pennsylvania.

Up-Close and Personal with Laser Cuts

Hackaday: Plenty of materials take the heated edge of a laser beam quite well, but many others don’t. Some release toxic fumes; others catch fire easily. For all the materials that don’t cut well (PVC and FR4, we’re looking at you!) and for those that do (hello, acrylic and Delrin) they’re each reacting to the heat of the laser beam in different ways. Lucky for us, these ways are well-characterized. So let’s take a look at how a laser cutter actually cuts through materials.

Lyricist Sheldon Harnick talks Fiddler on the Roof

HowlRound: “In April, I’ll be ninety-two years old, and at that age, to even have one show open on Broadway would be a blessing—to have two is spectacular,” remarked Sheldon Harnick, Broadway Lyricist of Fiddler on the Roof and She Loves Me.

George Takei Salutes “Diverse” Broadway Vs Hollywood “Stereotypes”

Deadline: The Star Trek icon Mr. Sulu and the real-life social activist who played him will mark the eve of the cut-off date for Tony eligibility by saluting Broadway’s most diverse season ever. George Takei adds, in this year of #OscarsSoWhite, a Bronx cheer to Hollywood in general and the treatment of Asian Americans at February’s Academy Awards show in particular.

Meet the Self-Described "Sign Geeks" Keeping Neon Alive

The Creators Project: No matter what era you were born into, the alluring warmth and flickering glow of vintage neon signage is undeniable. Our attraction to these bent and illuminated glass tubes is due, perhaps, to an appreciation for a craft that seems inaccessible to most—they're science meets design meets applied urbanism. While the existence of classic neon signs is slowly disappearing, self-described "sign geeks," with the intent to document and share these beautifully crafted pieces of art, are keeping the glow alive.

The Task of Resurrecting Historic Plays by Women

THE INTERVAL: In 1944, journalist Martha Gellhorn hid in the bathroom of a hospital ship crossing the English Channel and became the only woman to land on Normandy Beach. In 1945, she was one of the first journalists—male or female—to visit and report from the newly liberated Dachau concentration camp. In 1946, she, along with journalist Virginia Cowles, wrote the play Love Goes to Press, which was characterized by The New York Times during a recent revival as a romantic comedy. How one goes from reporting on D-Day to writing a comedic play in two years, I have no idea. A basic Google search doesn’t provide much information, but then again, the Martha Gellhorn Wikipedia entry only dedicates three sentences to Normandy Beach and Dachau under the section heading, “War in Europe and marriage to Hemingway” (oh right—she was married to Ernest Hemingway for five years).

Spend a Night at the Museum in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Magazine - May 2016 - Pittsburgh, PA: A few years ago, only a handful of area museums, theaters and other cultural venues offered after-hours events filled with food, drink and activities. Now, you can find them multiple times each month.

Costume Designer Rachel Healy: Classics Connect Us to Our Humanity

www.theepochtimes.com: Costume designer Rachel Healy believes the classic arts—ballet, classical music, theater, literature, and the fine arts—are a reflection of the truth about ourselves. Through them we are able to better approach and connect to our own humanity.

“All people grapple with the big questions: Why are we here? Why are we connected?” she said in a phone interview on Nov. 25. The classics are vehicles that allow people to find those answers for themselves. “They allow us a place to go home to—inside.”

Blue Man Group costumes stolen in Wichita

The Wichita Eagle: Someone made off with more than $1,000 worth of the Blue Man Group’s costumes late Tuesday night or Wednesday morning at Century II, Wichita police Sgt. Nikki Woodrow said.

The stolen items included a towel and several outfits, Woodrow said Wednesday.

From Loss to Laughter: Syrian Refugees Write Plays

AMERICAN THEATRE: With one hand, 15-year-old Eman al-Shayab reaches down and detaches her prosthetic right leg. Defiantly she whirls it around and mimics throwing it at a fighter plane that has just dropped the barrel bombs that severed her real leg. In her imagination, the severed limb strikes the plane and sends it into a tailspin. Sobbing, the pilot asks, “Why have you made me crash?”

See the Incredible Amount of Work It Took to Make Deadpool's Mask

io9.gizmodo.com: One of the Deadpool movie’s best elements was how the movie brought his mask to life. This might shock you to learn, but there was an astounding amount of work involved in making a mask that could be as expressive as it is in the comics, but that Ryan Reynolds’ could still see and talk out of.

Drama Desk Nominations 2016 (FULL LIST): ‘Shuffle Along’ Leads

Variety: The well-received Roundabout Theater Company revival of “She Loves Me” led the nominations for the 2016 Drama Desk Awards, pulling in nine nods including best musical revival, plus acting awards for cast members including Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi and Jane Krakowski. New musical “American Psycho” earned eight — although not one for outstanding musical.

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