Wednesday, August 19, 2015


I think it should bother me that I feel like I care a little about Brian Austin Green's breakup...  I released the crew head grid for this year today without names on it.  Sometimes I crack myself up...  In three days in the office I haven't really made much of a dent in my prep.  It doesn't take long for the noise to overwhelm the signal...  I'm beginning to think that the @NFTRW_Feed account might be coming to a tipping point as far as followers.  It'll be cool if it happens...  There are times I miss being option coordinator.  Just for a minute or two.  Same goes with Stagecraft Coordinator, and Thesis Coordinator.  I get over it pretty quickly...  Today it rained for exactly the time it took me to make a stop.  That was pretty considerate of the weather I think...  More and more I think that folks high up at the DNC are just watching episodes of The West Wing on an endless loop.  There are worse places for them to get ideas...  I'm letting go of the "$17k CNC Router In My Garage" plan.  Have to think of something else to occupy my daydreaming... It's really too bad that Norm MacDonald has taken on Col. Sanders.  Not quite as bad as Colin Ferguson taking on The Maytag Repairman, but bad...  I keep telling UBER Phoenix that I don't live in Phoenix.  They don't seem to care...  It seems to me that when talking about deliveries any time after say maybe 6PM ought to count as the following day.  Just sayin...  I was complaining about MHP not being on MHP and then there she was subbing on Maddow.  That was cool...  The other day I started to wonder who knows more about me: Google or Amazon?  Seems one has WAY more data but the other has a much better signal to noise ratio...  Maybe next week I will actually write something instead of this stream of consciousness blather...

Monday, August 17, 2015


I am pretty sure I started working on the fall in earnest today...  The trouble with the dino side gig is that I want it to be a side gig...  It's fun watching The Dark Night and picking out Pittsburgh locations when they are less obvious...  So far taking the bus has been ok, but then it hasn't rained yet, and it isn't cold out...  It is really cold in my office.  I don't know what's up with that...  Someone really ought to take away my Amazon access for a little while...  Did a honey-do today that has been on the list for maybe two years.  There's hope for me yet, I guess...  Suddenly my phone wouldn't charge, and then after an update it charged again...  The boy seems to know when we're trying to get a family photo.  He also seems to not want to be in a family photo...  If you don't want people to cancel their subscriptions you shouldn't ask them if they want to cancel...  I'm going to have to turn off the plugin I downloaded from the EFF, just makes things too slow...  I've got Doctor Who season one episode one on the DVR.  Never seen it...  I can't believe the number of movies we've missed this summer...  Got ideas for cutting down the electrical bill?  I could certainly use them...  Just finished reading "Lexicon."  You should start it...  Weekend MSNBC without MHP on #nerdland just aren't the same...  Spent some time today trying to track down last year's graduates.  They're harder to get hold of once they're not coming in every day...  I thought it was underlining or quotes.  Turns out that with the demise of longhand it has become italics...  It seems odd that even with very little to do there's still too much to do...  Can you guess my most favorite sound these days?  Would you have guessed "the air conditioner turning off?"  Maybe after reading that electricity thing above...  I wonder how many sentences can reasonably go within a single ellipse?  Probably nobody really cares...

Saturday, August 15, 2015


Two months ago I thought the events of this summer would mean more posting.  They didn't as it turns out...  I'm supposed to be in Chicago this weekend with the extended family.  Instead I am at home napping and "like"ing all the pictures.  It's not the same...  If you have a sign out front of your business that says "great employees needed" don't you think it would be classier to have it read "more great employees needed?"  I do...  The Century III mall shouldn't really be called a mall anymore - or at least the usage of the word has changed from "indoor shopping center" to "great big empty space."  Which I guess is also a proper use of the word, but not one you would necessarily expect..  For the record: planes, trains, and many other things are in fact not cars...  I have decided to embargo Star Wars teases for the film this fall.  Just gonna let it stand on it's own.  Besides, based on the number of movies I see these days it could be mid 2016 before I see it...  I need to cut the "bargains" feeds out of my RSS.  Even cheap things add up over time...  I wonder these days if "sitting relatively quietly in a darkened room" is sufficiently close to "nap"...  I'm reading this book "Lexicon" and the top of one of the chapters was about news broadcasts and the internet and I have to admit to being genuinely frightened by it...  After being in Pittsburgh for 16 years I think it might actually be time to buy some team jerseys.  I'm thinking Polamalu and Crosby, although maybe Harrison and Lemieux.  Difficult to get behind any Bucs jerseys though...  I didn't watch the last Republican debate.  I probably won't watch the next one.  I am kinda warming up to a Clinton-Sanders-Lessig evening though...  Mulling over the thought of a big "What I Did With My Summer Vacation" post.  Not sure about it though...

Monday, June 08, 2015


Been a long time, been a long time...  The have free food at Hillman...  Sometimes when Dark Sky says it is going to rain it doesn't and sometimes when it says it won't it does.  Might be time to delete Dark Sky...  The @NFTRW_Feed keeps posting away even if I don't turn on a device...  Started watching this season of Game of Thrones, slid it in in front of 12 Monkeys and Orphan Black (and Daredevil, and Sense8)...  Going back to the original BSG reveals a show where the plot REALLY moves for the first few episodes.  Would be a whole season now...  Successfully completed three home projects.  No, none of them were the room in the attic (not looking likely for the next couple weeks either)...  When two equally qualified doctors give you two diametrically opposed opinions it makes you wish you were smarter than you are (no matter how smart you are, I think)...  Be nice if I could get back to posting more.  It's difficult when the only thing that is happening isn't something really intended for broad distribution...  The boy can now go up and down stairs pretty much on his own...  Man o man do I have a lot of email to delete...  It is strange to me that without changing the position of an HD antenna the picture can come and go...  I'm using a whole lot more exclamation points these days... 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Seems like the players stopped chasing each other's tail.  Friday is going to be a busy day...  The election was a primary.  Independents don't vote in primaries.  Got me wondering if taxes ought to support primaries...  Turns out that colder did in fact this time mean less huge bees...  The seat on our new stationary bike is unfortunate...  I added my mobile to What's App, if you use What's App...  When I don't tend to my email it overgrows the inbox pretty darn quickly...  Is there a job assembling things people buy over the internet?  Is it a good job?  I thought not...  Upon further review I think I will nominate "The Supremes" as the single best episode of The West Wing...  We saw Ultron last week - 3D, IMAX - I think I liked the first one better...  Our new neighbors did in fact cut their lawn before being cited by the city, so that's good...  My son is learning to use the slides, slowly...  Speaking of children and playgrounds, how do you know if a child is done swinging?  It's a mystery to me...  Trying to keep up the posting tempo.  Ellipses seesm to be the best option so as to not get too dark...  Still haven't figured out my iTunes issues.  My phone now shows literally thousands of songs but most of them don't seem to actually be there...  The whole end of the Letterman Era is sort of slipping by without my really noticing...  It is amazing how quickly hockey fades in Pittsburgh after the Penguins are eliminated...  My in-laws are coming for the weekend.  Hopefully that should smooth things out some...  I still haven't posted my Semester Reviews photos to Facebook.  I actually haven't been to the office since before crits ended...  That last Deadliest Catch kinda ended with a depressing 1-2 between Josh & Kieth and then Elliot.  The hardest part of that gig might not be at sea... 

Monday, May 18, 2015


If they're waiting to approve until you schedule and you're waiting to schedule until they approve, you're both going to be waiting a long time...  I've given it some thought and I believe putting full bus schedules at every stop probably is a mistake...  Parking in Oakland is very expensive...  For some reason I can't seem to reliably find the bottom row of keys on my new phone...  Today I had to remember every address I've lived at since 1975, and everyone I've ever lived with, and I got fingerprinted...  Amazing how quickly your thinking can be derailed...  Not sure but I think really it might be worth getting a second car seat...  Have you noticed how difficult it is to purchase blue kitchen recycling bags?  I wonder why...  Today I watched a video that said that for a thing at the end of the week I can't wear any jewelry.  Not sure I can get my wedding ring off my finger...  The Mad Men ending was OK I guess, here's hoping eventually Joan gets to have everything...  Trying hard to keep up the posts on the Greenpage, will be trying hard to keep something appearing here...  I still have a couple of loose ends to tie up from academic 14-15.  That would have sounded like a ridiculous prediction in 1999...  Can't really articulate how little I care about the Presidential Election right now...  Somehow I have made a real mess out of my music collection: iTunes, network addressable hard drive, three phone upgrades - sometimes I long for a CD player...  Target has some really cool Star Wars T-Shirts with engineering drawings on them.  Bought myself an AT-AT version...  I was interested in the NBA Playoffs for about a week there...  Parking at West Penn isn't as expensive...  First year in a long time I missed the Pittsburgh Showcase, NYC Showcase, and Commencement, plus a thesis and senior crits.  Here's hoping that won't happen again (but that it could)...

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Just Like That

One day you're wondering if you'll see his college graduation.
The next day you're wondering if you'll hear him speak.

Eat your greens.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Worth a Look

Here are a few posts from last week's Greenpage that might be worth your time...

Injuries Put Safety in Spotlight at Cirque du Soleil

WSJ: Sarah Guillot-Guyard lay dying on the floor of a basement inside a darkened Cirque du Soleil theater here, one leg broken and blood pooling under her head.

It was June 2013, and the 31-year-old mother of two had fallen 94 feet in front of hundreds of horrified spectators after the wire attached to her safety harness shredded while she performed in the dramatic aerial climax of the company’s most technically challenging production, “Kà.”

It was the first fatality during a Cirque show, and it capped an increase in injuries at Cirque with the “Kà” production. The show had one of the highest rates of serious injuries of any workplace in the country, according to safety records kept by Cirque that were compared with federal records by The Wall Street Journal.

AEA Changes the Game for L.A. Theatre

AMERICAN THEATRE: This might look like the end, but it’s likely only the beginning. From its offices in New York City, Actors’ Equity Association yesterday announced the decision of its national council to effectively dismantle the current Equity 99-Seat Plan—a unique L.A. code, in place since 1988, by which union members can volunteer in small theatres for small stipends—and offer in its place what they called “a broad range of options.”

The New Face of Study Abroad

Daily Infographic: Apart from the personal development and the bettering of your language skills, international experience is a great way to market yourself to future employers. Studying abroad is an incredible opportunity presented to high school and college students with numerous rewarding benefits.

Unfortunately, a small percentage of American students actually take advantage of this.

Making creative staging safer with the new CDM regulations

Event Industry News: A new way of thinking

Take away the 100-foot screens, blasting lasers, holographic projections and elaborate sets and what do you have left? Thousands of people with nothing much to do but look at a solitary figure standing on a platform.

Creative staging can be almost as crucial as the music or show itself – transforming concerts and festivals into an unforgettable, transcendent, multi-sensory experience.

Dearth of Tutu-Makers Puts Ballet in Crisis The show can’t possibly go on. Or, at least, no ballet company should be expected to woo paying audiences without its principal dancers twirling and whirling in hand-stitched tutus.

And there’s the problem. There just aren’t enough tutus to go around.

“Fashion colleges don’t teach students how to sew; they just teach them to be designers,” says Opera Philadelphia’s costume director Millie Hiibel. “I get applicants who don’t even know how to sew on a button.”

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Worth a Look

Here are a few storyies from last week's Greenpage that might be worth your time...

How To Maybe Be a Generative Artist

HowlRound: I’m a generative artist. I think I even know what it means. I’m an actor, a writer, a musician. I take photos. I write essays, interview people, work a bit in journalism. And I use any combination of those skills to make new, personal work.

I’ve written and performed works that are autobiographical (The Skype Show), and created installations that combine art and activism (The Female Playwright Project). Because You Are Good, the current piece I’m devising for the East Side Stories Festival, has been different; I am working in a biographical way with another person’s story. Someone I respect, with an important history, legacy, and future.

AEA 99 Seat Referendum Results go 66% Against and 34% In Favor: Big Win for Los Angeles Pro99 Movement

LA Bitter Lemons: The ballots for the 99-Seat Proposal Advisory Referendum have been tabulated. We have already shared the results with the National Council and we will be posting the results on the member portal shortly.

The Arts Connect People and Perspectives by Building Welcoming Communities

The White House: As Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), I work with a dedicated and passionate group of people and organizations to support and fund the arts in communities across America. I believe what we do is so important, not just to celebrate and affirm the arts as a national priority critical to America's well-being and future; the power of the arts can be transformative and I've experienced firsthand how this works. My story is especially relevant today as the White House Task Force on New Americans has released its report to the President on recommended actions the federal government can take to build integrated and welcoming communities across the nation.

I was born into multiple cultures, often with seemingly opposing perspectives. Had I not been engaged with the arts, I don’t know if I would have been able to make sense of my own life.

Pay Gap in Publishing, Film, TV, Journalism and Art

Flavorwire: Today is Equal Pay Day, and you don’t have to approve of Patricia Arquette’s poorly considered Oscar-night comments to get behind her push for gender pay equity, which is far from a realized goal in America. The pay gap directly or indirectly affects most workers and their families: women in the US working full-time make only 78 cents for every dollar a man makes, while it gets worse when compounded with racial inequality: a Latina woman earns only 56 cents to that dollar.

The Future Of Museums Is Reaching Way Beyond Their Walls

Co.Exist | ideas + impact: The American Museum of Natural History has always been one of the most popular destinations in New York City. With about 5 million visitors a year, an increase from 3 million in the 1990s, it—along with the nearby Metropolitan Museum of Art—is among the top 10 most-visited museums in the world. According to its president, Ellen Futter, the museum (AMNH) is only behind Disney World and Disneyland as the top destination for families in the country.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Worth a Look

Here are a few articles from last week's Greenpage that might be worth your time...

When the Gods Choose a Different Play Each Night: Designing for Interactive Theatre

HowlRound: When Liz Fisher and Robert Matney of Whirligig Productions approached me about designing lights for their new and innovative version of the House of Atreus story, I jumped at the chance, knowing that I was taking on a rather large project and having no idea how I was going to tackle its challenges. Deus Ex Machina is an interactive retelling of the Oresteia—interactive in that, at key points in the play, characters go to an oracle to seek guidance, and the audience gets to select the prophecy that pushes the characters into their next course of action.

Between Martyrdom and Sacrifice

The Clyde Fitch Report: “How do people get away with that?” was the question hurled at me during a recent over-caffeinated rant about the storefront theatre in Chicago. My response, in the moment, was, “That’s just what theatre people do.”

It’s a sentiment I often hear echoed by my Chicago non-Equity theatre world – by actors, designers, and directors alike: “People who work in the arts … are going to be people who are passionately committed – given that they could earn so much more in another field.” Yes, we are the ones who don’t just accept, but embrace the sacrifice of high expectations and little pay to prove our passion for the cause.

From Henry VIII’s Codpiece to Anne Boleyn’s Corset: Inside Wolf Hall’s Period Perfect Costumes

Vanity Fair: Those living in Tudor period England may not have benefited from such modern inventions as photographs and Photoshop but they did, as Wolf Hall costume designer Joanna Eatwell points out, have portraits and eager-to-please painters commissioned to create them. “We manipulate images and I think that happened very much in paintings,” Eatwell told us during a phone call last week about Wolf Hall, the six-part series adapted from Hilary Mantel’s 2009 novel about Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power in Henry VIII’s court that premiered on PBS on April 5. “We know that Henry VIII sent [German artist] Holbein to paint Anne of Cleves, who was to be his future wife. And when she arrived he did not recognize her [because of the portrait’s inaccuracy] and the marriage was never consummated.”

Rigging Safety Day - #RigSafe How will you celebrate Arbor Day on April 24? We’re joining with USITT in celebrating Rigging Safety Day, a day to promote safer stages by posting and tweeting with the hashtag #RigSafe.

Behind The Redesign Of The THX Deep Note, The World's Most Iconic Audio Logo

Co.Design | business + design: So famous that it has been sampled by Dre and parodied on The Simpsons, the THX Deep Note is one of the most recognizable pieces of computer-generated music in the world. Although it contains only one note spread across a variety of pitches and modulations, this 30-channel glissando of discordant sounds builds upon itself to go from loud, to louder, to extremely loud and incredibly close. Now, the iconic audio logo is getting its first redesign ever by the same man who gave the world the Deep Note in the first place. And it's even more dramatic than before.