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Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Trip to the Hand Saw, Plane, and Chisel Factory

Tools of the Trade: During a recent vacation in Maine I realized we'd be passing through Warren, home to Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, so I stopped in for a look. It was an unplanned visit so imagine my delight when I discovered they were having an open house that included a tour of the factory.

Mixing Beyond Stereo: Delving Deeper Into Aspects Of Sound & Perception

Pro Sound Web: As live mix engineers, the audio reinforcement systems we operate typically fall into two categories: mono or stereo.
Yes, there are the occasional opportunities to mix surround sound, and for many events, delay clusters or various fill loudspeakers are common, but for the most part it’s all about some version of mono or stereo.

Why Louisiana Is the Next (and Better) Hollywood

mashable.com: Though known best for crawfish, hurricanes and Mardi Gras, Louisiana is California’s newest film industry rival.
Currently, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are fighting crime with a Pelican State backdrop in 22 Jump Street. You may have watched Anna Kendrick sing her way through Baton Rouge in Pitch Perfect and soon in its sequel. True Detective took us through the bayous, while Treme showcased the ins and outs of the nation’s most eclectic city, the one also serving as setting for the new NCIS: New Orleans.

It’s time to stop using “exoticism” as an excuse for opera’s racism

Quartz: For the last two weekends, 38 white amateur performers in Seattle cinched up their obis and daubed on facepaint to perform The Mikado—standard fare for an operetta set on the fictional Japanese island Titipu where characters are given ridiculous names like Nanki-Poo and Yum-Yum.

Disability Is Not Just a Metaphor

The Atlantic: “Freaks” are having a moment.
The Kennedy Center's acclaimed production of Side Show, about conjoined sisters at the circus, is rumored to be mulling a move to Broadway. The next season of American Horror Story will, similarly, be about a freak show. And in recent months there has been a proliferation of representations of disability on stage and screen.

Troubles Mount for Met Opera; Fall Season Appears "Shaky"

www.jewishvoiceny.com: On Wednesday, July 15th, one of the 15 unions currently negotiating with the Metropolitan Opera filed with the National Labor Relations Board two charges of unfair-labor-practice against the institution. This comes at a time when drama and debates are heated as the unions’ contracts with the Met expire on July 31st.

Eastwood Hot Stapler Kit – Plastic Repair Made Easy

Tools In Action - Power Tools and Gear: If you grew up on the east coast and your dad was into cars, you’ve heard of Eastwood. Based in Pottstown, PA, Eastwood’s company history reads like a classic American story. They started out in a little garage in 1978 selling buffing wheels and compounds through word of mouth, classified ad’s, and at car shows, and built themselves up into a leader in the automotive restoration market. They have a knack for making professional processes and equipment like powder coating, affordable on a DIY budget. From rust removal to finish coat, if you’re into automotive work Eastwood has something for you.

The Business Behind Fake Hollywood Money

gizmodo.com: In late 2000, the producers and crew for action flick Rush Hour 2 gathered at the now-defunct Desert Inn in Las Vegas and prepared to blow up a casino. The scene, which pitted policemen and Secret Service agents against a counterfeiter attempting to launder $100 million in superdollars, was to culminate with hundreds of thousands of fake bills floating through the air.

Unions Hope to Avert Off-Stage Tragedy at N.Y.’s Metropolitan Opera

www.aflcio.org: An epic tragedy is unfolding at the Metropolitan Opera, but the drama isn’t onstage. Six local unions of the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE) represent backstage employees at the Metropolitan Opera and they, along with the other Met Opera unions, are getting blamed for the Met’s growing financial crisis.

How Four Directors Saved Film

NikkiFinke.com: It’s no doubt just a delay of the inevitable. But secret negotiations between Eastman Kodak and the movie studios are saving motion-picture film. The talks unveiled by the Wall Street Journal‘s Ben Fritz today were the direct result of intense lobbying of Warner Bros, Paramount, Disney, Universal, and The Weinstein Company by Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, Judd Apatow, and JJ Abrams who all still want to shoot on film instead of going solely digital.

Fabric Pen by Ingrida Kazenaite repairs clothes without stitching

www.dezeen.com: Lithuanian designer Ingrida Kazenaite has developed a conceptual pen that would mend damaged clothes by "printing" over rips and tears.

This Could Be The Last Calendar App You Ever Install

⚙ Co.Labs ⚙ code + community: A behavioral scientist, artificial intelligence professor, and Stanford PhD candidate in machine learning walk into an office. The result, strangely enough, is yet a to-do and calendar app. But it's no joke.
These three smart, uniquely qualified people--noted economist Dan Ariely, professor Yoav Shoham, and CEO Jacob Bank--aren’t in love with to-do apps. But with their app Timeful, they’re trying to solve an acutely modern human problem using the types of tools people are already used to.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Filmmaking Tool or Public Menace? Inside the Complex Issues of Drone Cinematography

c2meworld.com: In his blog on the ASC, cinematographer John Bailey examines the complex issues of drone cinematography.
As has been reported, unmanned drone cameras have stirred up issues of both privacy and safety. When used by amateurs, they have crashed into buildings and people, and almost even caused midair crashes with commercial jets. They have also popped up at windows of people who imagine they are getting dressed in the privacy of their own homes.

Troubles Mount for Met Opera; Fall Season Appears "Shaky"

www.jewishvoiceny.com: On Wednesday, July 15th, one of the 15 unions currently negotiating with the Metropolitan Opera filed with the National Labor Relations Board two charges of unfair-labor-practice against the institution. This comes at a time when drama and debates are heated as the unions’ contracts with the Met expire on July 31st.

4 Things You Thought Were True About Time Management

Amy Gallo - Harvard Business Review: I don’t know anyone who doesn’t struggle with how to make the most of their time at work. How do you stay on top of an overflowing inbox? How do you get work done when your day is taken up by meetings? How can you get through a continually expanding to-do list? How do you even find time to make a list in the first place?
To make matters worse, there are lots of misconceptions about what time management really comes down to and how to achieve it. Let’s look at some of the most common suggestions and assess whether they’re actually true.

Mécanique Technique

Signshop:
At press time, the artificial intelligence Skynet system had yet to launch its line-up of Terminators to take over the human race, nor had the robotic Cylons attempted to track us down. However one creative sign shop is taking a cue from the Borg and proving that, when it comes to imaginative sign design, “resistance is futile.”
Stephen Hoey is the president of KDF Custom Graphics in Rockleigh, New Jersey. Last issue, we profiled a cookout-inspired identity sign his shop built and installed for a BBQ restaurant in Blauvelt, New York (“Signs on the Grill,” June 2014).

BWW Reviews: Aurora's Magical MARY POPPINS Brings New Surprises to Beloved Classic

www.broadwayworld.com: There is something very special, even magical, in the air in Lawrenceville this summer. As he did with last year's LES MISERABLES, director Justin Anderson has found exciting ways to bring new surprises to a beloved show that we already knew so well. Under his capable direction, MARY POPPINS is transformed from the classic Disney movie of chalk drawings and dancing penguins, into a poignant tale of a loving family in need of saving from its own prosperity; with just a pinch of magic to help along the way. This family-friendly classic, which runs through August 31st, is a can't-miss for fans of wonder and magic both young and old.

USITT Releases USITT 365 App

Stage Directions  Building on the success of its app for its Annual Conference & Stage Expo, USITT has released the USITT 365 app, which will offer connections to USITT’s ongoing programming and information streams, including the next USITT Presents session in Nashville in August, the latest issue of TD&T magazine online, new job postings, and news about the Annual Conference to be held in Cincinnati in March 2015. The app, created by a2z, includes a feature which allows USITT to share changes and information via its Buzz feature, plus connections to a variety of social media. Schuler Shook partnered with USITT to make the app a reality. The app is free to download and update.

Igniting Interest in Historic Plays by Women

The Clyde Fitch Report: How many women playwrights from long ago do you know?
Did your favorite women playwrights from the late 19th and early 20th century make the List?
History Matters/Back to the Future seeks to put plays by women back into circulation through study and production. Founded by a coalition of theater professionals, the group plans to accomplish their mission by encouraging educators to dedicate one class period per semester to a historic play by a woman playwright.

Michel Gondry Tells Us What It's Like to Build Movie Dreams Without CGI

gizmodo.com: Books have been adapted for the big screen since the dawn of cinema, but the transition can be tricky—especially when the original is a uniquely dreamlike counter-cultural touchstone. Mood Indigo is Michel Gondry's latest feature film; he recently spoke with us about bringing the fantastic voyage of young love and deep loss to life with physical sets and a refreshing lack of CGI.

Why you should read the Broadway Chat Boards

The Producer's Perspective: I like to cruise by the Broadway chat boards every once in awhile. Why?
First and foremost, the folks that frequent the boards, and the folks that post on the boards are our avids. They are so filled with passion for Broadway and for the theater in general that when they can’t see a show, they want to talk about shows, and when they can’t find anyone who can talk about them, they search for other folks just like them online. So it’s important to see what is making these groups happy, and pee-ing them off.

Marilyn Myller, A Stop-Motion Short about Stop-Motion Animation

Tested: Marilyn Myller is a stop-motion short about the awesome power and frustrations of being a maker, through the wandering mind of a stop-motion animator. A little surreal and beautifully animated, it's the kind of story that any filmmaker or sculptor may relate to. "A year in the making, the full six minute stopmotion short features the voice of Josie Long, one zillion hand carved tiny things, literally tens of carved foam puppets, two eye fulls of in-camera, long-exposure light trickery and a pair of tiny dolphins, smooching."

Legal fallout begins for 'Jesus Christ Superstar'

TribLIVE: The abrupt cancellation of this summer's North American arena tour of “Jesus Christ Superstar” is apparently not being forgiven.
The Really Useful Group, the London-based production company of “Superstar” composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, said July 29 that it was taking legal action against music and theatrical producer Michael Cohl for the “unilateral decision” to scuttle the tour, which was to star punk legend John “Johnny Rotten” Lydon and Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child.

An Immersive Look Inside Shanghai's First New Media Arts Center

The Creators Project: When the Chronus Art Center opened in Shanghai last year, its ambitions seemed immense; situated smack between two major ShanghART buildings, the 836 square meter warehouse, slated to host four major exhibiions and seminars a year in Shanghai’s M50 art district, boasts its role as “the first non-profit art organization in China to focus on new media art.”

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

SawStop Lawsuit Against Table Saw Makers Dismissed

Pro Tool Reviews: The word “conspiracy” is never a pleasant one to hear tossed around about the corporate world, especially when it involves companies you respect in an industry that you love. Recently, and fortunately, a lawsuit was dismissed by the court against virtually all of the major players in the power tool industry. SawStop, LLC had accused many companies of conspiring against adopting their table saw safety technology in an effort to avoid creating a new safety standard.

Prepared To Manage: Steps To A Successful Pre-Production Process

Pro Sound Web: We’re continuing our discussions with veteran independent touring engineer Dave Natale, this time focusing on pre-production. (See the first article here.)
Dave’s prepared for band rehearsals, production rehearsals, and tours countless times, with pre-production rehearsals a critical process, where many important issues can be resolved before an act hits the road.

The Long Journey of ‘The Visit’

NYTimes.com: Even by the standards of the long and winding development process for your average Broadway musical — in which books get overhauled, songwriting teams are replaced, and directors are given the ax — the journey of the Kander and Ebb show “The Visit,” adapted from Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s 1956 satire of greed and revenge, has seemed particularly tortuous and misfortune plagued.

Twelve Frequent Hard Hat Questions

Occupational Health & Safety: Protecting employees from potential head injuries is a key element of a safety program in virtually all industries. The primary reasons for an organization to require hard hats in the work environment is to help protect employees from head trauma from objects falling from above; bumping into fixed objects, such as pipes or beams; or contact with electrical hazards. Head protection also can serve to help protect employees from splashes, rain, high heat, and exposure to ultraviolet light.

Open Source and Social Media are changing society and business. Can it change higher education?

LinkedIn: Yes, it is already happening. A survey of over 8,000 faculty found that 41% of college professors use social media as a teaching tool, up from around 34% in 2012 (1).
The benefits of greater collaboration and content sharing are quite evident, but how do you make it work in a classroom if you teach at a higher education institution? Here are a few principles to keep in mind as you join the bandwagon.

“World’s first” projection-mapped display unit launched

InAVate: DisplayMapper, a division of British company Projection Artworks, has launched a 3D projection mapped display unit for the retail market. MirrorBox is a self-contained system that enables 3D projection mapping to be beamed onto physical products in a daylight-visible environment. Content is delivered via cloud-based software, controlled and updated from a central network. The simple and low-cost product could herald an era where projection mapping is a common sight in stores.

Yellow Pad Estimating For Contractors: The Good and the Bad

JLC Online: Many contractors start out estimating and learning how to estimate using what I refer to as the "Yellow Pad Method". Using paper and a pencil they can create estimates any time and on the fly. However as the business grows, particularly when others take over the management and building of projects sold, the typical yellow pad estimate may not give the build team the information they need to build the project on their own. Also, the information within the yellow pad estimate may not be in an intuitive and organized format, making it hard to find the information they need.

The Arts Are Enough of a Gamble Without Casinos

Butts In the Seats: When you do a S.W.O.T. analysis for your organization (Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities, Threats), Opportunities and Threats were where you listed external situations that could help or hinder you.
When I worked at an arts center in southern New Jersey, one of the biggest threats was Atlantic City. While it might take you hours to get there in summer time traffic, Atlantic City was 45 miles away and therefore fell into the customary 50 mile exclusion zone that prevented performers from appearing within a certain time period before or after their event date. It frustrated the artistic director to no end because we would frequently be outbid and excluded by casinos in Atlantic City.

'Walking With Dinosaurs,' with life-size puppets, presents them as feathered ancestors of birds

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Jurassic Park just got a little bit more real.
Walking With Dinosaurs — The Arena Spectacular, based on the BBC television series, will visit the Consol Energy Center Wednesday through Sunday, displaying life-size dinosaur puppets in an entertaining and informative setting.

Tech notes from Las Vegas

InPark Magazines: The annual case studies session/Geekout is organized by consultant John Huntington, author of the book, “Show Networks and Control Systems,” and professor of entertainment technology at CUNY (and an extraordinary photographer, and a storm chaser, and…) and Jim Janninck of Timberspring. The Geekout was held to coincide with InfoComm in Las Vegas this year, and hosted at the offices of All Things Integrated (ATI). We’re indebted to Tommy Bridges of ATI for enabling IPM to attend.

Scenic designer Anna Louizos on her design for the...

Everything Scenic: Scenic designer Anna Louizos on her design for the touring production of Cinderella and the new website, Broadway Design Exchange.

Need a New Screensaver? The Met Makes 400,000 Images Available Online

Big Think | > 1,000 Words: The Internet is a creative place, and it just became a whole lot more artistic. Over 400,000 high-resolution digital images have gone public domain thanks to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. And it's available to you for non-commercial use. So get to work, web artisans.

President Obama Awards the 2013 National Medals of Arts and Humanities

The White House: This afternoon, the President and the First Lady honored the 2013 National Medals of the Arts and Humanities recipients at the White House. The President told the recipients that their "accomplishments enrich our lives and reveal something about ourselves and our country."

Monday, July 28, 2014

12 Tiny Changes That Make Your Resume Easy for Recruiters to Skim

The Muse: There’s some debate about how many seconds a recruiter spends looking over a resume, but we can all agree that it’s not a lot. With such limited time to get important information across, anything you can do to make your resume easier to skim could mean the difference between the forward or toss piles.

The Bottom Line on Film Tax Credits

Createquity.: About a year ago the New York Times ran a series of articles on corporate tax breaks, complete with a web-accessible database of state tax incentives for businesses. All in all, the Times discovered 1,874 state and local incentive programs that give out a combined $80.4 billion to corporations each year. To put those figures in perspective, the tax breaks doled out by Oklahoma and West Virginia are worth about one third of those states’ entire budgets. Manufacturing is the most highly subsidized industry, receiving about $25.5 billion in tax breaks annually, followed by agriculture and oil, gas, and mining. Fourth on the list? Surprisingly, it’s the motion picture industry, which nets about $1.5 billion in state and local tax credits per year.

THE UNSEEN develops wind reactive ink that changes color upon contact with air

www.designboom.com: london-based artist lauren bowker and her material exploration studio THE UNSEEN has developed a form of wind reactive ink that changes color according to different fluctuations in the air and around the body. demonstrated in a couture capsule collection designed for swarovski entitled ‘air’, the biological and chemical technology is integrated into layers of fabrics, morphing its RGB values in response to pressure change.

How To Write The Perfect Resume for Any Job

www.ziprecruiter.com: Despite the rise of social media and online job applications, the cover letter and resume combination is still the cornerstone of a successful job search. Because of that, one of the questions we hear most often from job seekers is “What should I put on my resume?” In fact, we hear it so often that we decided to look at our data to help job seekers create the perfect cover letter and resume.

I Don’t Want to “Disrupt” the Live Entertainment Industry

Selling Out: Talk to any shiny new entrepreneur today, and he or she will tell you that their goal is to “disrupt” whatever industry they’re part of. Disruption, when it really happens, changes the fundamental rules of the game, usually to the benefit of consumers and, of course, to the massive benefit of the company doing the disruption.

Can You Smell That Smell? It’s Theatrical Scent Design

The Clyde Fitch Report: Theatre has begun to embrace a new type of designer. Their work is invisible, but if done correctly it can have a palpable impact on the performance. I interviewed David Bernstein about his work in the burgeoning field of scent design.

Webinar: Advanced Video Walls on July 23

www.avnetwork.com: Looking to build the perfect video wall? Join Systems Contractor News editor Kirsten Nelson, and Peerless-AV industry experts Todd Mares and Brian McClimans, tomorrow, July 23, for a webinar on "Advanced Video Walls." They’ll take you through all the steps you need to consider when building a video wall, including site visit and consultation, budgeting, structural engineering, and maintenance and service.

War Of Words At Met Opera May Signal Shutdown

Deceptive Cadence : NPR: When an opera company is in the midst of contentious labor negotiations, the results can be dramatic. This week, the war of words between unions and management at New York's Metropolitan Opera, the world's largest opera company, escalated. An Aug. 1 shut down now seems likely.

A Play for You Alone

WNYC: You are waiting for the subway and a woman, a stranger, asks you for the time.
You show her your phone. She tells you she's running late — and then draws you into a conversation that propels you, somehow, into getting on the train with her.
That's how Witness starts. It is one of five 30-minute plays — or as its creators say, "theatrical interventions" — from LONEtheater, running in repertory as part of the undergroundzero festival. And it's unlike anything I've seen before.

Is the Death of Corporate Philanthropy Exaggerated?

NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: The end of corporate philanthropy was predicted in a post on the Forbes Leadership Forum. Paul Klein, who heads business and civil sector consulting group Impakt, encourages any corporations who are giving away their hard-earned dollars to charity to stop.

Do You Speak Geek? The Unique Language Of Audio Analysis

Pro Sound Web: In my lifetime, the size of sophisticated audio analysis systems has evolved from table top, to under-airplane-seat, to computer bag, to cell phone. The cost has evolved from the price of a nice automobile to that of a Happy Meal.
As such, there are more audio practitioners than ever equipped to perform sophisticated loudspeaker and room measurements. Those who make the decision to get serious about this are faced with the daunting task of learning the ropes in order to get meaningful data from their measurement platform.

Five Common Safety Practices That Are Putting Your Workers at Risk

Occupational Health & Safety: Every day, people go to work with the expectation that they will get home safely at the end of the day. To meet these expectations, businesses deploy various techniques and equipment to help keep their employees safe and healthy, such as providing training or mandating the use of personal protective equipment. While many of these methods have improved safety, there are others in use almost universally that actually heighten employees' risk of injury or death.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

NFTRW Weekly Top Five

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The Right Way to Unplug When You're on Vacation

Alexandra Samuel - Harvard Business Review: Vacations are for unplugging: we all need to escape the daily grind from time to time, after all. But that doesn’t have to mean unplugging from the entire internet. In fact, you may have a more enjoyable and meaningful vacation by staying connected–as long as you’re staying connected to fun, friends, and family, rather than to work.


5 Reasons Why Walt Disney World Represents the Future of American Theater

Special Reports - Jul 12, 2014: "Heresy!" you might be shouting at the screen while clutching your pearls and annotated copy of The Complete Plays of Eugene O'Neill. "Disney offers nothing but cheap amusement-park thrills!" Au contraire. Within the first day of a visit to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, one thing becomes strikingly clear: Almost all of the attractions revolve around a story, often told in rigorously theatrical ways and with the use of live actors. None of the rides offer thrills for the sake of thrills. They're almost always using those tingles in your stomach to further the plot.


Inspired by ‘Sleep No More,’ More New York Bars Offer Interactive Theater Experiences

NYTimes.com: “There are eight million people in New York City, and three million of them are drunk,” said Ben Maters, 24, an actor and bartender at Fat Baby, a multilevel bar on Rivington Street on the Lower East Side.
This wasn’t a wizened mixologist’s quip but a scripted line, declaimed while standing atop the bar as his character, Caleb, kicked off a two-hour marathon of 25 one-act plays called “Play/Date” set in the bar’s banquettes and on the bar stools on a recent Wednesday night.


Tina Fey's Mean Girls Had The Most Women on a Crew in the Last 20 Years

Women and Hollywood: We here at Women and Hollywood are always interested in new data that reveals where women stand in the film industry. Today, Stephen Follows, a producer and writer in the UK, released a new study called Gender Within Film Crews, and not surprisingly, men dominate most positions.


Pioneer Theater's response to mother's anger over on-stage homosexual kiss

Mail Online: A theater in Salt Lake City, Utah, has won praise for its response to a letter from a mother who complained about a kissing scene between two male characters.
The unnamed woman, who visited the Pioneer Theatre Company with her teenage son, called a performance of the 1978 play Deathtrap ‘offensive and vulgar’ and its kiss scene an ‘explicit, homosexual display’.


Saturday, July 26, 2014

▶ Working In The Theatre: Before The Show

YouTube: Ever wonder what happens before the show? Working In The Theatre gets full access with Billy Porter ("Kinky Boots") and Patina Miller ("Pippin") as they prepare for the stage.
It's a rare behind the scenes glimpse that you'll only see on Working In The Theatre as The Wing goes into the dressing rooms and minds of two Broadway stars just hours before curtain.

Woodworker’s Solutions to Router Bit Storage

Popular Woodworking Magazine: A few weeks back I posted about router bit storage. At the end of the post I suggested that readers send me photos of their storage solutions and I would write a follow-up post showing those photos.

Book Explores Engaged Participation in “American Fun”

The Clyde Fitch Report: As the anonymous, but wise, graffiti artist says, “Fun = Fun,” but not all fun is created equal. Celebrities having fun on TV, for example, is a certain kind of fun for those celebrities and a different kind of fun for the audience watching hermetically and passively at home. Neither of those kinds of fun, however, is the fun John Beckman explores in his fantastic recent book, American Fun: Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt (Pantheon Books, 2014).

CMU to float plans for Cohon center expansion

TribLIVE: Carnegie Mellon University is planning a $22 million expansion of its newly renamed Jared L. Cohon University Center.
“This project will improve the quality of life for our students, faculty and staff and improve our public presence along Forbes Avenue,” said Bob Reppe, CMU's director of design.

Think You Don't Need an Employee Handbook? Think Again

Remodeling: The beginning of the end started when an employee who’d been let go filed for unemployment, recalls Kellie Boysen. In the process of determining whether that employee was eligible, the state discovered he’d been improperly paid as an independent contractor. Suddenly, the company owed three years back pay in overtime along with unemployment and Social Security taxes. Heavy fines ensued, and workers compensation rates shot up dramatically. The firm was left with thousands in attorney fees. In the end, that one mistake cost several hundreds of thousands of dollars—and put the business under.

How Far Will That Loudspeaker “Throw”?

Pro Sound Web: Sound reinforcement systems are characterized by a wide variety of technical specifications. Although the term “throw” is not a technical specification, it’s frequently used to describe a specific performance parameter.
A frequent question is “how far will this loudspeaker ‘throw’?” Unfortunately, the answer requires additional information before it can be properly answered.

How 3D Printing Is Making Better Movie Monsters

gizmodo.com: Cinematic special effects have come a long way since Jason and the Argonauts. What once required dedicated and labor-intensive filming sessions can now easily be generated in near-lifelike quality by modern CGI. But Luma Pictures, an animation studio responsible for some of the biggest blockbuster movie effects of the last decade, has come full circle and incorporated 3D printed analog modeling into its design process.

Ghostly Profound: A Thing of Unknowable Depth

HowlRound: I have been terrified to even put down the word 幽玄. I had to ask Google to write these characters for me. According to Google Translate, yugen means “subtle and profound.” Looking at the unfamiliar characters, I would have guessed “ghostly.” For the first time in decades, I looked for the Japanese dictionary that I brought with me when I left Japan alone at age sixteen. It was on my bookshelf having survived many moves. The first definition of the word translates (roughly) as “a thing of unknowable depth,” and ironically, the second definition remains unknown to me because I don’t know the key character in it. I could only make out “infinite experience.”

Inspired by ‘Sleep No More,’ More New York Bars Offer Interactive Theater Experiences

NYTimes.com: “There are eight million people in New York City, and three million of them are drunk,” said Ben Maters, 24, an actor and bartender at Fat Baby, a multilevel bar on Rivington Street on the Lower East Side.
This wasn’t a wizened mixologist’s quip but a scripted line, declaimed while standing atop the bar as his character, Caleb, kicked off a two-hour marathon of 25 one-act plays called “Play/Date” set in the bar’s banquettes and on the bar stools on a recent Wednesday night.

Shubert Organization Set To Add New World Stages

NYTimes.com: The Shubert Organization, a major Broadway player that owns 17 of the 40 theaters there, is positioning itself to move into the commercial Off Broadway sector in a significant way with the acquisition of the New World Stages complex, according to three theater executives with knowledge of the expected deal.

Window (displays) into their soul!

Triitme!: Window displays are the first impression we have of a store. In fact, we’re exposed to hundreds – maybe even thousands – of them everyday so it’s become easier and easier to just hurry right by and ignore what we see in the window. People are increasingly getting caught up in the hustle-and-bustle meaning that the importance of a storefront with appealing decor is growing tenfold.

Why And How To Make A Mission Statement For Your Life

www.lifehack.org: Confusing, isn’t it?
Everyone has a different view about the careers you should follow, the relationships you should form and the dreams you should pursue.
If you’re stuck, a personal mission statement can help.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Barrington Stage Company: ‘Breaking the Code' Nothing by the numbers here

Berkshire Eagle Online: Director Joe Calarco knew little about Hugh Whitemore's play, "Breaking the Code" and even less about its central character Alan Turing when Barrington Stage Company artistic director Julianne Boyd asked him to direct it this summer.
"The only thing I knew when Julie called was something about the Enigma Code; that Turing was gay; that Derek Jacobi played him in London and New York," Calarco said during a recent interview at a North Street coffeehouse.

Keeping Students on Track With a Mobile "Nudge"

Campus Technology: Retention and student success have long been among the biggest issues facing institutions of higher education, but a new generation of students is complicating matters. "There has been a change in who goes to college," according to Colleen Carmean, assistant chancellor for academic technologies at the University of Washington Tacoma. "We think of the traditional student as the person right out of high school; but now the demographic is across the board. What in the past was a small percentage of students returning to college is now the majority. We are a nation going to college, as people realize they need a college degree in order to have a more successful life."

Carpenters, Stagehands, Costume Makers Rally to Publicize Contract Dispute with NY Metropolitan Opera

US News : Latin Post: Carpenters, stagehands, lighting crews, designers, costume maker and ticket sellers -- all member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees -- held rallies at different cinema locations across New York City Wednesday night to publicize ongoing contract negotiations with the Metropolitan Opera.
The protests were held at cinemas in midtown and downtown Manhattan broadcasting the Metropolitan Opera's "Live in HD: Summer Encores."

National tour means troupe must change play plans

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Even though the Trafford Theatre Factory lost its rights to hold its planned performance of the play "Pippin," as the saying goes, the show must go on.
And it will. The semiprofessional nonprofit chose another of Carnegie Mellon University graduate Stephen Schwartz's works, "Children of Eden,‘‍’‍ to run, starting July 18.

How to Answer a Customer Who Wants to Buy the Products for Your Job

Remodeling: Have you ever interacted with a potential client who wanted to supply a particular item or items needed for his or her remodeling project? It's a question that would come up when I was selling for our company. Over time I developed a response that gently but firmly hinted at why the client would not ultimately be happy supplying anything. Here is how it goes.

5 Reasons Why Walt Disney World Represents the Future of American Theater

Special Reports - Jul 12, 2014: "Heresy!" you might be shouting at the screen while clutching your pearls and annotated copy of The Complete Plays of Eugene O'Neill. "Disney offers nothing but cheap amusement-park thrills!" Au contraire. Within the first day of a visit to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, one thing becomes strikingly clear: Almost all of the attractions revolve around a story, often told in rigorously theatrical ways and with the use of live actors. None of the rides offer thrills for the sake of thrills. They're almost always using those tingles in your stomach to further the plot.

'Spamalot,' a musical passionate about silliness

TribLIVE: Marc Robin has been a fan of Monty Python films since he was a youngster growing up in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
He watched “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” so many times that he could recite large parts from memory.
“It never occurred to me that it would become a musical,” he says.

The Limits of "Unlimited"

Library Babel Fish @insidehighered: Imagine a service that will let you get your hands on almost any book you want, however obscure or expensive, for a very low price. Imagine the opportunity to indulge your curiosity impulsively and read all you want to without going broke.
We call it Interlibrary loan and if we had to invent it today, it probably would lead to Congressional hearings and new laws banning it - unless some hot tech startup invented it and called it “Uber for books” or something. Libraries rely on the first sale doctrine to share, and our ability to keep it going in a digital era is uncertain.

Florida Launches Explosive Lawsuit Over Visual Effects Company's Blow-Up

Hollywood Reporter: After handing over a substantial amount of tax incentives only to watch Digital Domain falter, Florida is now taking action in an effort to recover tens of millions of dollars from the VFX company's former executives and board members, including leader John Textor. On Tuesday, the state filed an expansive, politically explosive fraud lawsuit that opens in an incendiary manner

Tina Fey's Mean Girls Had The Most Women on a Crew in the Last 20 Years

Women and Hollywood: We here at Women and Hollywood are always interested in new data that reveals where women stand in the film industry. Today, Stephen Follows, a producer and writer in the UK, released a new study called Gender Within Film Crews, and not surprisingly, men dominate most positions.

Spoonhead — 123D Catch to 3D Print

MAKE: This is a super quick and dirty tutorial for using 123D Catch to get a fast and easy easy 3D scan of your head. Once you have the scan or “catch” the tutorial will take you through a technique to clean it up and manipulate it for 3D printing.

Why I Lay Out Dovetails with Dividers

Popular Woodworking Magazine: Rob Cosman showed me how to lay out dovetails using dividers about 12 or 13 years ago, and I have never looked back.
I’ve caught a lot of crap for using the divider method from fellow hand-tool woodworkers who say that laying them out by eye is much faster. I don’t disagree.
However, there are some advantages to taking the extra time and use dividers.

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