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Monday, October 20, 2014

The state of dynamic pricing

Blog - Arts Marketing Association: Might ‘dynamic pricing’ be coming of age in the cultural sector? There is plenty of relevant evidence about implementation and impact in the US across a wide range of commercial and not for profit organisations, and growing adoption now in the UK and Europe. Is it time to learn and understand from that experience?

How To Persuade Anyone Of Anything In Ten Seconds

LinkedIn: You’re on the most important elevator ride of your life. You have ten seconds to pitch- the classic “elevator pitch”.

Love or Hate. Money or Despair. And you may never get this chance again. As PM Dawn says, “I feel for you. I really do.”

Moxon Vise Omnibus

www.popularwoodworking.com: The title of this post is a bit of a misnomer; there’s simply not time enough for me to track down and link to everything we have written about the Moxon vise, or the many posts on other sites about the same. But I’ve taken a stab at it, because at least once a week, I get a question about the vise – how to build it, its utility, hardware options, etc.

Novelty’s Limitations: A Eulogy For Older Technologies

Pro Sound Web: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” — George Santayana

“Those who reject the achievement of past innovations are due a smack.” — George Tucker

Ours is an industry driven by change. Margins and growth are, more often than not, based on a premise of installing what’s new in place of the old.

Straight or Spiral

Popular Woodworking Magazine: In the November issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine I wrote an article outlining the router bits I consider to be the core of any powered shop. The workhorse bits of that core set are the straight bits.

Straight router bits come in three varieties: Spiral-upcut, spiral-downcut and straight-cut bits. The choice of which to use comes down to the specific job and your preferences.

‘Shahs Of Sunset’ Strike Over: Editors Ratify Deal With Ryan Seacrest Productions

Deadline: Just under two weeks after the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees slapped Bravo with unfair labor practices charges at the Labor Relations Board, it looks looks like everything is now over – in a good way. “The crew of Shahs Of Sunset voted unanimously to ratify a union agreement, ending the month-long strike,” said the Motion Picture Editors Guild tonight.

How Not To Soundproof Your Studio

Pro Sound Web: Recently I received a number of questions about home studio soundproofing, and they all seem to revolve around using certain materials like mattresses or carpet to do it. These aren’t very good solutions however,

Student Course Evaluations Get An 'F'

NPR Ed : NPR: At Denny's, diners are asked to fill out comment cards. How was your meal? Were you satisfied with the quality of service? Were the restrooms clean?

In universities around the world, semesters end with students filling out similar surveys about their experience in the class and the quality of the teacher.

Student ratings are high-stakes. They come up when faculty are being considered for tenure or promotions. In fact, they're often the only method a university uses to monitor the quality of teaching.

I'm done working with Jerks

LinkedIn: I vividly remember the first jerk I met when I started my career. I’ll bet you do too. Everyone else in the office had been so supportive helping out, showing me the ropes, pointing out the politics, where the mailroom was, the vending machines; you know….the important stuff. Then I met Jorge.

Training and the Millennial Generation

Occupational Health & Safety: If you haven't noticed, the workforce is increasingly growing with people of the millennial generation. People like me; that's right, I'm a millennial. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, millennials represent 36% of the U.S. workforce and will represent 75% by the year 2025.

Small But Significant: Are Huddle Rooms the Right Fit?

www.avnetwork.com: Over the past few years colleges, universities and corporations have adopted a more agile approach to meetings and working in groups. One of the ways companies are making this change is by implementing huddle rooms, which allow for more flexibility, and better opportunities to collaborate or to meet, whether it’s a decision making meeting or a group brainstorming session

London theatre worker paralysed after falling through unmarked, unlocked trapdoor

London - News - London Evening Standard:

A stage hand for an award-winning London theatre company was left paralysed after walking through an unmarked “Juliet” door and tumbling 10ft onto the stage below.

Rachael Presdee, 38, spent six months in hospital and was left paraplegic following the accident at Soho Theatre in central London, Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

#NFTRW 10-9-2014

NFTRW Weekly Top Five

Here are the top five comment generating posts of the past week:

Laser-Cut Sculpture Casts Intricate (Prize-Winning) Shadows

The Creators Project: Artist Anila Quayyum Agha has been awarded a historic total of $300,000 for winning both the $200,000 Public Vote Grand Prize and the $100,000 Juried Grand Prize at the ArtPrize international art competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Known as Intersections, Agha's carved wooden cube sculpture bathes the walls of the its exhibiting room in floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall patterns.

8,000 Illuminated Balloons Will Recreate The Berlin Wall

The Creators Project: You won't get very far driving from Berlin towards Kreuzberg on the second weekend of November. At "Checkpoint Charlie," the infamous Cold War-era border crossing, the road will be blocked by a wall of illuminated 11-foot-high balloons.

New GaffGun Simplifies Process Of Laying Gaffer’s Tape Over Cables

Pro Sound Web: The new GaffGun, introduced at the 2014 WFX Show in Dallas last week, saves valuable time and simplifies the job of laying gaffer’s tape over cables.

The device was created by GaffTech, a Seattle-based company “made up of some people who hated laying gaffer’s tape,” according to a company statement.

Create a Binding Agreement With Yourself, Just for Today, and Defeat Complacency

www.entrepreneur.com: Imagine how much you would be able to get done if you had an agreement with yourself that you had to produce to the best of your ability and give maximum effort -- just for today. If you didn’t accomplish the core basis of what was in the agreement, that particular day counts as a big loss. No one likes to lose.

Sixteen People Die Falling Through Grate at South Korea Concert

Rolling Stone: At least 16 South Korean music fans plummeted more than 65 feet to their deaths at an outdoor K-pop concert by the group 4Minute on Friday when a ventilation grate collapsed. The grate, which the victims had been standing on, had covered a concrete shaft that led to an underground garage. Eleven others were seriously injured in the accident, according to The Associated Press, which cites information from an official in Seongnam, a city to the south of Seoul. The BBC reports that the number of those killed and injured by the collapse could rise as investigations continue.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

‘Ten Commandments’ Sphinx Unearthed

Variety: Archaeologists have rediscovered a 15-foot-tall, 91-year-old giant sphinx used as a prop in “The Ten Commandments” hidden in the sand dunes of Guadalupe, Calif., Live Science reports.

The plaster sphinx was one of 21 featured prominently in Cecil B. DeMille’s 1923 epic. The legendary director remade the silent film in 1956, starring Charlton Heston as Moses.

Sixteen People Die Falling Through Grate at South Korea Concert

Rolling Stone: At least 16 South Korean music fans plummeted more than 65 feet to their deaths at an outdoor K-pop concert by the group 4Minute on Friday when a ventilation grate collapsed. The grate, which the victims had been standing on, had covered a concrete shaft that led to an underground garage. Eleven others were seriously injured in the accident, according to The Associated Press, which cites information from an official in Seongnam, a city to the south of Seoul. The BBC reports that the number of those killed and injured by the collapse could rise as investigations continue.

‘Midnight Rider’ Insurer Cites Negligence in Refusal to Pay Claim

Variety: The insurer of the “Midnight Rider” production says that it doesn’t have to pay a claim, in part because of negligence on the part of the film’s producers.

New York Marine on Friday responded to the producers’ lawsuit seeking to recover losses after the film shut down following a Feb. 20 train accident that killed camera assistant Sarah Jones and injured eight others. The movie was to have depicted the life of singer Gregg Allman.

The Last 20 Years of Best Musical Winners: A By The Numbers Infographic

The Producer's Perspective: If you want something in this business life, it’s important to study the patterns of that thing that you desire, to see how others have achieved it. That’s why people read biographies of successful business folks, or political leaders, etc. We learn from the paths trodden by others.

And the Best Musical Tony Award is no different.

Archiving the Past, Present, and Future of Teatro

HowlRound: This summer, I was awarded a research fellowship from the Center for Mexican-American Studies-Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas, Austin. While researching my project, “Bridging Women in Mexican-American Theater from Villalongín to Tafolla (1848-2014),” I was fortunate to learn more about the history of Latina/o theater through having an opportunity to examine original documents, including correspondence, playbills, playscripts, play drafts, notes, and pictures, among many other sources like broadsides, posters, and ticket stubs. My research has inspired me to find new ways to coalesce, communicate, and advocate for the future of Latina/o theater through examining the past.

Turning Your 3D Printer Into A 2D Printer

MAKE: “Bam” on the lulzbot forums shared an interesting project recently. He printed a small mount for his extruder that allows it to hold a pen, essentially turning his 3D printer into a standard plotter, or 2D printer. A few custom settings in the software package Cura allowed the gcode necessary to keep drawing on the paper to be created quite easily.

Powerstrike Framing Hammer - Review

Tool Snob - ToolSnob.com: The Powerstrike Framing Hammer is easily the strangest hammer I've ever seen. With it's exposed welds, its nuts and bolts vibe, and the hollow metal handle, there is nothing about it that says "normal operating procedure." They sent me a couple to check out and I've been pounding on them for at least a month now. They're great too, maybe not perfect, but really nice.

Create a Binding Agreement With Yourself, Just for Today, and Defeat Complacency

www.entrepreneur.com: Imagine how much you would be able to get done if you had an agreement with yourself that you had to produce to the best of your ability and give maximum effort -- just for today. If you didn’t accomplish the core basis of what was in the agreement, that particular day counts as a big loss. No one likes to lose.

Bosch Introduces Wireless Charging Cordless Tools

coptool.com: It is no surprise, given their track record in electronics outside the world of power tools, that the Robert Bosch company will bring serious advances from the world of consumer electronics to the world of power tools. You may remember seeing items like the PowerMat for sale a few years ago, which offered you the ability to charge your electronic devices simply by placing them on a mat rather than having to plug a charger into a specific port.

Use Google Sheets for Multilingual Chat - Talk in any Language

www.labnol.org: You can only speak and write English so how do you converse with a person in China who writes Mandarin but doesn’t understand a word of English? Google Translate is no doubt a good option but it is going to be tedious for you (and your Chinese friend) to translate each and every sentence manually before sending them through any messenger.

Message of self-acceptance coming to Pittsburgh-area stages with 'Skippyjon Jones'

TribLIVE: Cats, noted for their pride, usually don't have an inferiority complex about being cats. But not the fictional Siamese kitten Skippyjon Jones, who wants to be anything but a cat.

The comical adventures resulting from this identity crisis and the kitten's imagination will play out on several Pittsburgh-area stages during the next two weeks with “Skippyjon Jones,” a musical production of New York City-based Theatreworks USA.

Creating a 2D Film with 3D Printed Frames

hackaday.com: In the early days of film, there was a time when French 3D Cinema was called “Relief Cinema”. The word, Relief, however brings the idea of something physical to mind when we hear it, which is why the name was later tweaked to include the more intangible term, 3D. Playing on this fact, French Artist [Julien Maire] has designed and built an over-sized projector for his installation titled “Relief“, that creates an animation by passing light through a series of individual 3D vignettes.

Friday, October 17, 2014

A Secret

Dimmer Beach: So here it is. One of the big secrets of tour…

Wait a second, did you think I was just going to blurt it out? No back story, no explanation, no nothing? Where is the fun in that?

When people would come visit me at shows, they always seemed amazed at how hard everything looked and how difficult it must be to do. It would make me think about how hard it actually is. Then my mind would go back to my time in Marine Corps Boot Camp and how hard that was.

Dear White People: Justin Simien Interview

Flavorwire: Here’s a film pitch: A coming-of-age story about four college students coming to grips with their true identities despite peer pressure and parental influence, that culminates in a wild Halloween party gone awry. Sounds simple enough, right? It’s basically the premise of Superbad. What if the four students were black, though, and that Halloween party was actually a race party thrown by a group of white students attending the same university? Listen to the crickets chirp.

1 Place To Expand Your Vocal Characterizations

Backstage: “All they have to do is show up,” said director of NY BookPALS’ Maria Cabezas. “They learn some tricks to further engage the students in the classroom, and then we look at some books. The volunteers always walk away [from training] with at least two or three books. We give everything to them; they just have to be willing to volunteer their time.” And your morning or afternoon will be well spent reading to dozens of children. As the program’s website points out: “Who better to bring the magic of stories to life than performers?”

Ultimate Fog Chiller

MAKE: Chilled fog creates an appealingly eerie blanket on the ground. Most homemade fog chillers use a drink cooler and PVC tubing, but that design doesn’t keep the fog in the holding area long enough to chill it properly. Our fog chiller is very easy to build and does a great job of cooling the fog.

8,000 Illuminated Balloons Will Recreate The Berlin Wall

The Creators Project: You won't get very far driving from Berlin towards Kreuzberg on the second weekend of November. At "Checkpoint Charlie," the infamous Cold War-era border crossing, the road will be blocked by a wall of illuminated 11-foot-high balloons.

architects could become like "game designers or filmmakers"

www.dezeen.com: architecture education is failing to understand how technology is changing our cities says Keiichi Matsuda, who foresees the profession “splitting into two parts” thanks to digital advances (+ movie).

The ubiquity of laptops and smartphones means the old architectural maxim that form follows function “doesn’t exist any more,” Matsuda adds, since building users now carry functionality with them as they move around the city.

WGA East Members Ratify Public TV Contract

Variety: Members of the Writers Guild of America East have ratified a two-year contract covering public TV programs that includes increases in minimums and in employer contributions to the guild’s pension plan.

The contract covers such PBS staples as “Nova,” “American Masters,” “Frontline” and “American Experience.” Most of the shows are produced by WGBH Boston and WNET New York, the largest producers in the PBS lineup.

TEDxBroadway 2015: How’s This for a First Batch of Speakers?

Selling Out: It’s been announced to previous years’ buyers for a few weeks now, but today is the official launch day. The event will be held on February 23, 2015, at the New World Stages in New York City! (The New York Times reports on TEDxBroadway here.) It’s our fourth annual version of the event, and, I have to tell you, I’m more and more excited about the event every year. The people at Goldstar and at Situation Interactive and everybody else who’s on the TEDxBroadway all-volunteer team have already been hard at work topping last year’s EGOT, accordion, cookie, jazz, dance break and smartness-filled get together.

Settlement resolves criminal charges, clears way for sale of August Wilson Center

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: A settlement was announced late Thursday to resolve criminal charges against the August Wilson Center for African American Culture and pay local stagehands who worked there the money they are owed.

Court-appointed conservator Judith Fitzgerald said she and Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. had reached the settlement. Her announcement came after several days of talks.

Laser-Cut Sculpture Casts Intricate (Prize-Winning) Shadows

The Creators Project: Artist Anila Quayyum Agha has been awarded a historic total of $300,000 for winning both the $200,000 Public Vote Grand Prize and the $100,000 Juried Grand Prize at the ArtPrize international art competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Known as Intersections, Agha's carved wooden cube sculpture bathes the walls of the its exhibiting room in floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall patterns.

The Great Pittsburgh Protractor Mystery

The 412 - October 2014: In a bit of strange local news, hundreds of protractors have been hidden throughout the city, superglued to signposts, curbs, utility boxes and other public spaces. Yet nobody appears to know from where they came or why they’re there in the first place. The protractors come in a variety of colors; each is numbered, presumably starting at one and going up to 456 — though some protractors in between have yet to be found. There’s even still debate as to whether or not these unmarked tools are protractors or just pieces of plastic shaped like protractors resembling the arc of our iconic yellow bridges.

Script Analysis: No Screaming Matches, No Riot Police

HowlRound: Minutes before going in to teach my first Script Analysis class, with butterflies in my stomach, new to this university, new to this community, I was troubled by the predictable hustle-and-bustle of a new school year—business as usual. I was struck by how easily we move on with our own lives without acknowledging loss and turmoil elsewhere. In this case, though my feet were in Salt Lake City, my mind was in Ferguson, Missouri.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Backing Tracks: Enhancing The Live Sonic Presentation

Pro Sound Web: Mention “backing tracks” and it conjures up images of infamous acts such as Milli Vanilli or Ashlee Simpson lip syncing to their songs in concert. But the reality is that backing tracks have actually been around for years and play a significant part in a surprising number of shows.

Syrian Refugees Closer to US Visas

The Hoya: The dozen Syrian women who were scheduled to perform the play “Syria: The Trojan Women” on campus last week before the State Department denied their visa applications saw their chances of eventually performing in the United States advance, after receiving their re-entry passes for Jordan, where they are living as refugees.

Soho Theatre facing large fine for incident that paralysed stage manager

News : The Stage: The Soho Theatre is facing a substantial fine after pleading guilty to two charges under health and safety legislation for an accident that left a stage manager paralysed for life.

The incident occurred on June 9, 2012, when Rachael Presdee fell more than three metres through an open and unmarked ‘Juliet’ door (a second-storey opening on a set) while adjusting stage lights for a performance by the Headlong Theatre Company that evening.

Backstage Heritage Collection Aims to Document Technical Theatre History

Stage Directions: The Backstage Heritage Collection has launched, with a mission to chart the history of stage lighting and other backstage technologies. They will comprehensively documenting vintage equipment on-line, gathering together high quality present-day images with original design, promotion and marketing materials and remembrances from those who originally created and used the products in order to create a virtual museum; and, where possible, they hope to preserve equipment by finding people able and willing to give it a safe, accessible home.

West End theatre facing strike action following collapsed pay talks

News : The Stage: West End theatres are facing the threat of strike action from backstage workers after negotiations over a new pay deal broke down.

Backstage union BECTU has been in talks about its members’ pay with the Society of London Theatre since July. It is seeking London living wage – £8.80 – as a minimum for members on three pay grades that are currently below that rate, and a 6% rise for all of its other members.

A home for creativity in East Harlem

Crain's New York Business: Getting past the notoriously selective co-op boards at fabled buildings like 740 Park Ave. or the Dakota appears to be a breeze when compared with nabbing a home at El Barrio's Artspace PS109 in East Harlem.

Some 53,000 people applied for one of the 90 apartments in the decommissioned school, which is in the last stages of being converted to affordable housing for artists. Less than 0.2% of them will secure a space. That ratio puts the acceptance rates at snobby co-ops to shame.

Joseph Haj Wins Zelda Fichandler Award

Stage Directions: Joseph Haj, producing artistic director at Playmakers Rep in Chapel Hill, N.C. won the 2014 Zelda Fichandler Award from the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. The Zelda Fichandler Award honors “an outstanding director or choreographer who is transforming the regional arts landscape through imaginative, brave work in theatre” and comes with a $5,000 prize. The SDC chose Haj thanks to his “exemplary artistry, diverse and exciting programming choices, and deep commitment to the arts in North Carolina.”

Role reversal: when theatre critics become playwrights

Stage | theguardian.com: Critics – so Kenneth Tynan once quipped – know the way, they just can’t drive the car. Is that the case? History’s littered with critic-playwrights. Plato was one: he burned his early plays upon turning philosopher. There are several still working today: the Telegraph’s Dominic Cavendish, the Daily Mail’s Patrick Marmion and Time Out’s Stewart Pringle have all played the roles of critic and playwright.

Steppenwolf Plans Leadership Changes, Announces Expansion

Stage Directions: Steppenwolf Theatre Company will expand their theatre complex in Chicago’s near north side, and announced leadership changes to help make that a reality. Steppenwolf ensemble member and Tony Award-winning director Anna D. Shapiro will succeed Martha Lavey as artistic director at the conclusion of the current season in fall 2015.

New GaffGun Simplifies Process Of Laying Gaffer’s Tape Over Cables

Pro Sound Web: The new GaffGun, introduced at the 2014 WFX Show in Dallas last week, saves valuable time and simplifies the job of laying gaffer’s tape over cables.

The device was created by GaffTech, a Seattle-based company “made up of some people who hated laying gaffer’s tape,” according to a company statement.

James Thomas Engineering Joins Tomcat at Milos Group

Stage Directions: Milos Group, parent company to Tomcat, will add James Thomas Engineering (JTE) to its stable of truss and rigging brands. The company announced plans to bring JTE under the Tomcat banner Oct. 6.

Seven Guitars at Carnegie Mellon

Pittsburgh City Paper: The School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University jumps into its second century with both feet in an exciting yet moving production of August Wilson's Seven Guitars. The 1996 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award-winner for best play — it was nominated for the Pulitzer, Tony and Drama Desk as well — blends poetry, anger, hope, despair and more relevance than most Americans would like to admit.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

'Hamilton' to Offer a Multi-Racial Cast of Founding Fathers

NYTimes.com: This winter’s Off Broadway world premiere of “Hamilton,” the highly anticipated new musical about the founding fathers by Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (“In the Heights”), will feature a multiracial cast as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Aaron Burr and others in addition to Mr. Miranda’s performance as Alexander Hamilton.

Breaking into the arts industry

The Eyeopener: For recent grad Tia Teeft, the world outside school was a bit of a disappointment.

After spending four years in Ryerson’s theatre production program, Teeft works as a restaurant hostess making money to cover her OSAP payments.

“I worked at a few theatres doing some stage management jobs for about two months and then as those started to dwindle off, I had to start doing more restaurant work,” Teeft said.

Anna D. Shapiro Named Artistic Director of Steppenwolf Theater

NYTimes.com: One of the nation’s most prominent theaters, Steppenwolf Theater Company, is getting its first new artistic director in 20 years, executives at the Chicago theater announced on Thursday. Anna D. Shapiro, who has directed several acclaimed Steppenwolf productions – including the hit play “August: Osage County,” which transferred to Broadway and won her a Tony Award – will take over next fall for Martha Lavey, Steppenwolf’s longtime leader and an actor in Steppenwolf’s renowned ensemble of performers and artists.

Professional esports gets its first home in America

SBNation.com: The United States will be getting its first pro-focused esports arena in Columbus, Ohio when Major League Gaming opens the doors to MLG.tv Arena in late-October.

An existing building close to Easton Mall will be revamped with "a main stage set up, sound proof booths, lights, video screens, bleachers, monitors, IT and video equipment to broadcast via MLG.tv," Katie Goldberg of MLG tells SB Nation.

Onstage ‘Deliverance’ Hews to the Novel, Not the Film

NYTimes.com: It was such a sprawling story: the vast wilderness, the river, the cliff. And then Hollywood made it even bigger by making it legendary. Now a theater company of modest means is trying to contain the tale on a 12-by-12-foot stage, hoping to concentrate its power by focusing on the language and the interior journey.

Real World Gear: Ingenious Solutions

Pro Sound Web: Over the past three or so years, many of the major suppliers have introduced digital wireless microphone systems, with some offering models from entry level to professional, and others remaining at the higher end.

Additionally, one of the earliest entrants into digital wireless, Line 6, released a new generation of its platform last year.

Bushwick Starr, a Humble Space With Bold Works

NYTimes.com: About a decade ago, six theater artists shared an apartment on the second floor of 207 Starr Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The walls were painted black, the windows were covered over, the lofted beds were crammed into the corners.

The apartment doubled as a rehearsal studio, a performance space and an underground dance club, which was pretty tricky and not exactly safe. “We couldn’t be running the stove and the theater lights at the same time,” recalled Sue Kessler, one of the roommates. “We couldn’t use the hot water and also run sound.”

Scientific Trio Awarded Nobel Prize in Physics for Blue LED

Architectural Lighting Magazine: Today, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced that it had awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2014 to three scientists -Professors Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano, and Shuji Nakamura -“for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources".

‘Of Mice and Men,’ From Broadway to Movie Screens

NYTimes.com: Efforts to screen high-definition broadcasts of Broadway shows in movie theaters have been random, halting and frustrating. Yet, in little more than a month, a filmed-live version of the recent Broadway production of “Of Mice and Men” came together and, beginning in November, will be beamed into about 1,400 theaters around the world.

Makita LS0815F 8-1/2" Miter Saw Review

Pro Tool Reviews: I use sliding compound miter saws quite a bit for renovating houses and also when I get into the mood to create something new for the yard—like a raised garden bed or similar project. The Makita LS0815F 8-1/2” Miter Saw is the exact type of tool I reach for to combine portability with capability. If you’re installing several houses worth of tall crown, you may appreciate a larger saw with dual bevel capabilities, but Makita’s 8-1/2” beauty is perfect for the job site user who needs a smaller saw with a cut capacity that’s more like a 10- or 12-inch model.

SOLIDWORKS Part Reviewer Tool

blog.design-point.com: While preparing to teach my first lesson in a Fundamentals I class, I remembered that SOLIDWORKS has a Part Reviewer tool. Part Reviewer allows a user to simply go through each step of the CAD modeling process by stepping through each feature and sketch as they were created. This is great for companies that have multiple designers working on one CAD model because one designer will easily be able to pick up where the other designer left off.

New App Measures Students’ Moods and Mental Health

Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education: A computer-science professor at Dartmouth College is building a smartphone application that can detect users’ levels of happiness, stress, and loneliness, he says, with the hope of helping students monitor their mental health.

The app, called StudentLife, draws on sensor data from smartphones to “infer human behaviors,” says the professor, Andrew Campbell. It was inspired partly by the mental-health struggles that Mr. Campbell’s brother experienced while in college. The professor also wants to test his hypothesis, based on classroom observations, that students’ fluctuating stress levels correspond to their behaviors.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Drama League Will Honor James Earl Jones at 2015 Gala- MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF BROADWAY

www.broadwayworld.com: The Drama League (Executive Director Gabriel Shanks; Artistic Director Roger T. Danforth) announced today they will honor the legendary Emmy®, Grammy®, Oscar® and Tony® Award (EGOT) winner James Earl Jones at the 31st Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway, to be held on Monday evening, February 2, 2015 at the famed Pierre Hotel (2 East 61st Street). The black-tie gala, which features dozens of stars from Hollywood and Broadway in a one-night-only musical tribute inspired by Mr. Jones' career in theater, film and television, supports The Drama League's educational initiatives for promising young artists. Tickets are available by calling (212) 244-9494.

Can I license a film score and still have the rights to sell the film to distributors without a new contract with the composer down the line?

Legal Answers as of September 16, 2014 - LawQA.com: I want to make sure I have the same freedom I would if I owned the music score. What would need to be included in the contract? Typically I do a work for a hire contract, but the music composer only wants to license the master and synchronization to us.

Seventh Knight of Illumination Awards Winners Announced at Glittering Ceremony

Lighting&Sound America Online - News: The seventh Knight of Illumination Awards (KOI) was held on Sunday, October 5, and once more it was a sparkling success. This year London's glamorous art deco Troxy saw representatives from the professional entertainment lighting and video industry come together to celebrate the creative achievements of lighting and video professionals working on shows across the UK.

New York Festival of Light Announces New York City's First Annual Lighting Festival

Lighting&Sound America Online - News: The New York Festival of Light (NYFOL) announces New York City's first annual New York Festival of Light, a three-night event - Thursday through Saturday, November 6 -8, 2014 - that celebrates light, in all of its extraordinary incarnations. New York now joins the ranks of major cities such as Berlin, London, Lyon, Montreal, and Sydney that have festivals of light. The festival is free and open to the public.

“Sontag: Reborn” Explores The Duality of Private Life

UWire: On Oct. 2, The Center for the Arts welcomed The Builders Association for a two night performance of “Sontag: Reborn,” directed by Marianne Weems. Founded in 1994, The Builders Association is a New York-based performance and media company, using innovative ways to implement digital media on stage and create unique performances.

The Subscription Model: Is Agency the New Individuality?

The Clyde Fitch Report: The argument that the subscription model for theatre is dead and the counter argument that it is not dead, and, in fact, healthy and solvent, are well established. Nowhere was this better explored than in a 2012 article in American Theatre by Jonathan Mandell. The faults inherent in the subscription model and some surprising success stories and artful adaptations of it were catalogued and placed into context by Mandell with clarity and an even hand.

Tapping back into lost audiences

ARTSblog: You know that question, “how do we build new audiences without losing current ones?” Here’s a thought exercise for you: what if you flipped it, reframed the question? What if you prioritized the audience you’ve already lost, rather than the audience you might lose?

Milwaukee Enters Tool Storage Category

Remodeling: In its first foray into tool storage, Milwaukee has developed an impressive array of toolboxes, bags, and belts to equip your whole crew. Here's a look at what's new.

11 Proven Tips for Hiring Event Staff and Event Planners

blog.planningpod.com: In a recent survey conducted by Planning Pod, one of the biggest challenges facing event professionals and venues today is finding and retaining qualified staff members. This includes hiring event planning staff for full-time positions as well as hiring event staff who work part-time.

Björnkläder Work Pants

Tools of the Trade: Several years back I was at the JLC Live show and noticed an exhibitor selling Scandinavian-designed work pants that had built-in sleeves for holding kneepads, waist-level nail pouches, and all kinds of specialized pockets. I bought a couple of pairs and before long I stopped wearing my old work pants. Those first pairs were from Blåkläder, but I have since switched to a brand called Björnkläder.

The 25 Tools Every Entrepreneur Should Know About

www.entrepreneur.com: Most entrepreneurs have a lot of responsibilities on their plate from day one of operation. Everything from hiring employees, managing teams, marketing the brand and dealing with finances can fall under a founder's responsibilities. Juggling so many tasks can be daunting and lead to a lot of stress.

Canada's Highest Court Backs IATSE in Union Drive Battle

www.hollywoodreporter.com: A Canadian film studio has failed to get the Supreme Court of Canada to stop the U.S.-based IATSE union from certifying its technicians.

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