Just write something already... We have so much Doctor Who on the DVR watching it is suddenly a thing... Just about time to start paying attention to hockey again... I feel like I know exactly what happened in that Cincinnati IRS office - and it wasn't a conspiracy... Have you been watching Orphan Black? You really should be... Company last weekend and this weekend. Mrs. TANBI is back in prime entertaining form... I am really, really, actually close to true inbox zero - nothing in the INBOX, nothing in TODO, and nothing in FOLLOWUP. That's never happened before... Still waiting on that FIOS channel for the Roku. Wouldn't say no to a Slingplayer channel either. Truth be told I think maybe coding that second one really ought not be that hard... I've got a vacation coming up. I was going to spend some money kitting up, but I appear to have missed the window... The President's security speech pretty much made sense to me. Don't recall hearing much on domestic surveillance though... That sidewalk chalk they said would last 30 days is going to last much more than 30 days... Verizon is having a free on demand weekend - but nothing that's included is anything we don't already have access to. Might be a little bit of a misnomer... The Qdoba queso burrito tastes pretty good, but its a little bit of a mess to eat... After hearing about the locker rooms at West Point I have come to the conclusion that we've arrived at the point where we can't assume we're off camera anyplace... Working on trimming down my portfolio at work substantively. After that I will have to figure out what to do with the time... Not at all happy about hearing the current agenda of the House financial services committee lately, and really disappointed in the committee Democrats... The US College National Ultimate Championships are on ESPN3 tomorrow (we don't get ESPN3) and on ESPNU on Wednesday. Guess I was ahead of my time... Today we debated turning on the heat, four days ago we debated turning on the air. Don't have to convince me that Climate Change is real...
Friday, May 24, 2013
Friday, May 17, 2013
I have to admit I sort of feel like my government has let me down this week... Another year at CMU is just about in the books. Time really flies... Getting pretty comfortable using the laptop as my primary computer. Now I have to figure out the NAS thing... One of our cats is having bathroom problems again... Is it interesting that many of the people aggravated over Benghazi don't really know where Benghazi is? Maybe it is just sad... I may have officially lost a significant portion of my job today. Time will tell... After too much consideration I believe that actually Star Trek: First Contact is the best Star Trek film. Maybe it isn't apples and apples... I really wish the Roku had a FIOS channel, or maybe a Slingplayer channel... The Bulls did really well considering three of their five starters weren't starters... We're having a party Sunday. Don't know if anyone will be here, but it should be fun... Having the thought we should do a Pittsburgh TD Meetup again - I mean having the thought again... We did a ton of prelim work on renovations for our property but it looks like we missed the window... Someday soon I have to move the rest of my stuff into the new desk and maybe organize it some... Is anyone surprised the people responsible for doing taxes are paying special attention to groups advocating the abolition of taxation? Not sure anyone should be... Putzing around with the idea of a "David's Crit" again. Probably won't come to anything... Today is was like 90 degrees, two days ago it was like 35 degrees. Global climate change seems pretty real to me...
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Thesis Day 2 and Seniors. I started this format with Seniors in the last session last year because there were wayward souls unable to make it back from LA on time. I think it works rather nicely.
Morning Session, Thesis Day 2:
First up today we have Grad3TD Matt...
... his photo is staged because I was so enthralled I forgot to take a picture.
Our last thesis this year is Grad3TD Dale...
... next up for him is to find someone to higher him. True story.
Afternoon Session, Seniors:
First up, senior PM/SM Ariel...
... she was emotional. Now possibly looking for event work.
Next is senior BSA PM/SM Brian...
... he's become an expert at theatre and math.
And then senior PM/SM Brian...
... he couldn't find his pen. Two time comment of the week winner!
Next up senior PM/SM Devrie...
... she used the coveted "I've discovered I don't want to do theatre" finish.
Moving along to senior TD Robert...
... we're going to miss him when we can't make our winches go.
Next is senior TD Sonia...
... I said Sonia had an "infuriating positivity." Really, I did:
You have this infuriating positivity. #seniorcrits @dboeversLast picture this semester, senior TD Tiffany...
— David Holcomb(@Holcomb_d) May 15, 2013
... I gave her the worst entertainment rigging presentation topic ever.
I am going to miss this bunch a bunch.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
So here we are the fourth day of spring semester reviews. Two thesis projects today.
We have Grad3TD Jake...
... Jake gave us "The Pencil in the Kingdom of the Touchpad" a discussion of the impact of mode of instruction on learning.
As a side note, that was my junior high science fair experiment.
We also had Grad3 PM/SM Taylor...
... Taylor's thesis was "Game Theroy" and it's utility for theatrical production managers.
My boss thought that sounded unhelpfully competitive.
Monday, May 13, 2013
And so the semester reviewing continues. Back to the AM/PM schedule today.
I guess we can start with Grad1TD Andrew...
... his response featured a joke by me that fell nearly totally flat (I'm not sure if Kevin is the only laughter that it can be called successful).
Next on the Grad2 PM/SM Jessica...
... David Holcomb took the hit but actually the smoking thing was me.
Moving along to Sophomore PM/SM Rachel...
... I don't think I was too formidable a lecture presence to the sophomore PM/SMs.
And then Junior PM/SM Shannon...
... she said her most valuable experience was not a class or a production assignment.
The morning rounds out with Junior PM/SM Tim...
... who reminded us, again, that he is fond of Disney.
I don't know who made up these schedules but they aren't very balanced.
Just on PTM person this session. Grad1TD Joe...
... He said he didn't have a tie that matched.
That wraps up the regular sessions. Tomorrow we have thesis presentations all day long.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
I'm a little bit behind, but I think I'll be ok. Into the second day of semester reviews. Today we had an early afternoon and a late afternoon session. Was just like a regular workday for me.
First up is Grad1 PM/SM Christina...
... her session reminded me that everyone has been saying "It's Alive" incorrectly.
And then we have Grad2 PM/SM Jamila...
... who will hopefully nail down the elusive PM/SM Project Thesis.
Late Afternoon Session:
We will start off with Sophomore PM/SM Kassondra...
... I am fairly certain she said my lectures were easy to tune out.
Next up Sophomore TD Sean...
... Sean really liked Welding and Advanced Fabrication.
Moving along to Sophomore TD David...
... I told David I don't care if he is having fun. Probably I do though.
And rounding out day two is Grad2 PM/SM Cat...
One more day of standard reviews, then Thesis and Seniors, and then... DONE.
Thursday, May 09, 2013
... AJ's board was one of the better looking ones all day.
Rounding out the morning session was Grad1 TD Adam...
... He started by quoting us back the last crit. That sort of ups the ante on what we say (I mean if he's going to remember and everything).
We'll open the afternoon with Junior PM/SM/Sound Designer Becca...
... I think I would have gone for a bigger calendar.
Next up is Grad2 TD Luke...
... I did a crappy job framing his photo this time.
The last PTM Semester Review photo of the day goes to Sophomore BXA PM/SM Rachael...
... I can be absolutely certain this is the first buggy anyone has brought to crits.
More to come tomorrow.
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Monday, April 29, 2013
Voting open until Friday morning. Here are this week's contenders:
Comment #1: a new comment on your post "Will 'Spider-Man' Injure More Actors?":
Although I understand that the SPider Man, after long lasted lawsuit; tries to increase its profitability by performing outside the US, it is hard to understand why they are planning this right now. Ithink the most important thing for now is to focus on successful and stable performance in New York. Looking at precedant accidents, I am doubtful that any kind of accident is possible for the actors next time because spider man deals with such aggressive and dangerous actions like flying. However, if the team has to move to another city to perform with completely new theatre that has different system, it can cause another disaster and it should be seriously considered because such accident can be very hazardous for actor's career. Moreover, as the article says, it will be extra charge for them to move around with extra charge for advanced techniques too. I am really glad that they made a settlement for the lawsuit, but I want the producers to take a safer and more precise step before they decide to change things because they will not want to be on news with another negative incidents again, which will only decrease audiences' credibiltiy or support.Comment #2: a new comment on your post "Nicholas Hytner: With Shakespeare, the play is jus...":
I love the point that this article makes, and it's one that I don't think I've ever really thought about in those terms: a play, unlike a book, is by definition meant to be performed, and so it make perfect sense that plays are left "incomplete" in a sense, and it is each production's job to fill in the blanks. I think that's what makes theatre so exciting, and especially Shakespeare. Because Shakespeare doesn't provide every single backstory and event, it allows each production to interpret it differently, and basically tell a different story. As the article mentions, if Polonius delivers his famous line as a pompous ass, then it means something COMPLETELY different than if he smirks or if he flinches or if he smiles. I think that's what makes theatre so engaging: no performance is ever the same, and even if you've seen Othello or Romeo and Juliet or Hamlet 100 times, there will always be a different story for you to discover.Comment #3: a new comment on your post "Smartphones Acting In Concert, At A Concert":
This is both cool and scary. Like pretty much everyone else who commented, I agree that this is a great development, and could be applied in many very useful ways. It could indeed be great in disaster and war zones; more and more, we are seeing technology allow for better access to humanitarian aid and social change(see: Arab Spring).Comment #4: a new comment on your post "4 Career Lessons From A Former Design Intern":
It is a bit scary though to think about the potentially malevolent uses of this technology. After all, if someone creates a software that allows to control mobile devices like this WITH THE USER'S CONSENT, you can be sure that soon enough someone will hack it and take advantage of that. And I don't really like the idea of someone getting into my phone via some cool technology I downloaded. But maybe it's not a risk. Maybe I'm just being alarmist.
In the meantime, I still think it's a cool technology.
First, I'd like to complain about the ads on this page. with that said, I really like this advice.Comment #5: a new comment on your post "The Right Chair":
I love reading advice from someone who can actually back up why these things are important and I just love how relevant it is. I also think that it's very easy for us to roll our eyes at this type of advice but the way this article was written makes it very hard to ignore the fact that a lot of the things we do in our daily lives are advised against for good reason. We shouldn't be competing with each other to be "better" because, not only are we in a collaborative field, but we can make something better together than we every could apart, if only we can just put our egos aside. We shouldn't be designing a project just because we think "Susan will love it." but because we love it. We are all here because we love this art form and the second we start designing for someone else it stops being important. I think that something else we all tend to lose sight of is how to relax. This article is right, work will always be there, but (forgive me for sounding corny) we'll only be this young once. Yes, school and grades are extremely important, but who says we can't do well in school and also have a little fun? Even if that fun is just taking an afternoon off and spending some time in the park with a book, we should still remember to make time for that. I think we should all be remembering this advice and taking it to heart.
THIS IS WHAT I HAVE BEEN WAITING TO READ. This Journalist KNOWS what to say and how to say it.
"Why should lack of resources become an excuse for shoddy craftsmanship, or for compromising the quality of what we are capable as artists?"
I strongly believe that you can achieve an adequate and almost perfect world for a show without the biggest budget. I think it is a matter of knowing where to look for the materials, knowing how to design with a budget in mind, but not letting that stop the way that you envision the show. This journalist knows how to speak on this topic. FOR EXAMPLE... My group (for Susan Tsu's final design project) needed a ton of mirrors. This would have cost us about $500 on a $250 budget. Guess how much it cost? $0. We simply reached out to someone, and they extended a hand to help us.
Design what you want, and make it work.