Friday, April 30, 2010


  • 12:33 I'm sending a fax. How 1997. #
  • 15:48 Fab & Install: Final Exam #
  • 16:54 MMX Workshop #
  • 16:56 RT @bpeoples: More curious: anyone interested in starting a coworking space in Squirrel Hilll? #
  • 18:19 Crazy Scheme company dinner, Hokkaido #
  • 21:56 enough #
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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Not So Much Nothing

I had this class I thought really didn't get to anything this semester, but if this was the final we musta done something...

1. List and explain two (2) differences between a typical tabletop tablesaw and a typical contractor tablesaw.

2. Explain a major thing you should not do when cutting material on the table saw using the miter gauge.

3. List and define two (2) router body styles.

4. List and define two (2) router setups that allow the tool to follow a pattern.

5. Identify and describe a commercially available jig one might purchase to use in the shop, remember to tell me what it is used for & how it is done.

6. Identify and describe a useful, shop built jig we might have a use for; remember to tell me what it is used for & how it is done.

7. List and define two (2) joinery techniques that physically resist the joint coming apart (no nails, screws, or bolts please).

8. Sketch two (2) of the following: box corner, through mortise & tenon, rabbet miter, scarf joint, or half-lap.

9. List and define three (3) types of sheet goods that represent the best choices for the finished level of a stage platform.

10. What is the difference between a standard platform leg and a compression leg?

11. What sheet good looks like chip-board but isn’t chip board, and why might we elect to use it?

12. What is the most typical piece of lumber we order and what would be a disadvantage or ordering it narrower and ordering it wider?

13. What is “strap”, what is attractive about it, and what might we be able to use it for?

14. What is true about lumber and aluminum that is not true for steel, and why might it be important?

15. List an advantage and a disadvantage for using .125” wall steel tube.

16. List and explain three (3) reasons you might decide to build a Hollywood flat rather than a theatre flat.

17. Sketch out and define a “tumbler”.

18. Define “parallels” and list three (3) advantages of the fabrication technique.

19. Explain what a “stress-skin” is and list two (2) situations that are a good opportunity for their use.

20. What was the vocabulary for ordering 3/8” bending lauan, and which means which?

21. List and define (2) methods for hard coating 3d scenery. Give an advantage and a disadvantage of each.

22. What is “proof testing” and what load should I use in such a test?

23. A piece of hardware in a catalog is listed with a 400# WLL. The catalog also says WLL’s are determined with a 6:1 design factor. How much load can I put on this piece of gear in a standard overhead application?

24. Identify and explain two (2) advantages and two (2) disadvantages of a hemp set.

25. Explain the limiting factor for the travel of a hemp set.

26. Explain the reason(s) that it is sometimes difficult for the operator to get a contour curtain (Tab, Austrian…) to close.

27. Explain the operational, compositional, and structural differences between a standard roll drop and an Olio.

28. What are traveler carrier backpacks, what are they for, and how do they work?

29. List and define each of the three (3) basic types of knots.

30. What knot that we learned has a built in mechanical advantage, and what is it used for?


  • 10:45 how far behind am I? last night I graded a paper from 2003 #
  • 10:49 forgot. my. phone. - no app for that #
  • 12:56 Basic PTM - Final exam. More grading :-( #
  • 13:33 "A motion to implement a $30 per space parking tax for all businesses in Munhall, Homestead and West Homestead" - Ouch #
  • 13:39 Broadband access in the United States is even worse than you think. - Slate Magazine - #
  • 15:24 Writing another final #
  • 17:17 MMX Meeting #
  • 18:38 Set Your DVRs: Picard and the Doctor Fight Shakespeare-Style Tonight! #
  • 19:39 working on two thesis projects, one from 2003 and one for 2011 - one would think I have more pressing concerns #
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010


  • 11:43 We Are The Ones #
  • 13:44 Scenic Fabrication - Knot Dating #
  • 17:40 PTM Business Practice - Bob Doepel #
  • 18:13 And the staircase is down #
  • 22:05 Could someone PLEASE get Seacrest a watch!?! #
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Worth a Look

Here are some posts from last week's Greenpage that might be worth your time:

Airbent Out of Shape

Backstage: Shyamalan told reporters that he believes the film will be "one of the most incredibly diverse movies of all time" and claimed that his only concern was casting the best actor for each role, regardless of race. When, in a follow-up conversation with, a writer pointed out that the film will feature a villainous nation of Asians attacking nations led by three white heroes, Shyamalan replied, "It's called irony."

Support Behind The Scenes – #ByDesignDay2010 This Saturday is a very important Saturday, it is the ESTA Foundations By Design Day. Why is it so important? It is a day where professional designers have committed to donating their royalties for the day to ESTA Foundations, Behind the Scenes. Top lighting designers around the world have already committed their royalties to help our fallen or ill brothers and sisters in the industry.

RSC actor injured by prop firearm

BBC News The Royal Shakespeare Company has delayed its new production of Antony and Cleopatra after the lead actor was "seriously" injured by a prop firearm.
Darrell D'Silva sustained the injury to his hand during technical rehearsals. via ArtsJournal

May 3rd – Michael Merritt Awards & Designer Showcase

Theater For The Future: "One of the things that’s cooking is coming up quick – on May 3rd 5pm at the Goodman, there’s a big ol’ exposition and awards ceremony of the work done by theatrical designers in Chicago. Perhaps you’ve heard of it: The Michael Merritt Awards."

And theatre for all…

2am: "In today’s Washington Post, Peter Marks imagines a new hope for theatre with a touch of audacity. (Go ahead and read it. We’ll wait.)
The short version is, he considers a world in which the White House could support more live theatre–dramatic work in particular–perhaps coordinated by Rocco Landesman and the NEA. After all, “[i]t’s embarrassing that many embassies in Washington are more aggressive about showcasing their nations’ plays and players than is the hometown administration.” His proposal is intriguing, but it really only scratches the surface…
He suggests enlisting Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights to craft one-act plays that could be performed at the White House itself, maybe with all star casts volunteering their time to perform. Perhaps their work could revolve around a theme, perhaps not. He then suggests expanding the roster to include “prize worthy” playwrights as well. And he suggests that Landesman might be ideally suited to coordinate such a project.
It’s a good idea. As a playwright, I could get behind that idea. But then I got to thinking."

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


  • 10:38 Well that's an interesting choice. #
  • 12:23 Basic PTM - Purchasing #
  • 12:55 CMU 2010 Final Exhibition of Interactive Art & Computational Design #
  • 13:06 @beccarebec pics please #
  • 15:09 Entertainment Rigging - Final Exam, additional pages compliments of Global Truss. Thanks Global! #
  • 16:52 and the Richard strike begins #
  • 18:50 News From the Real World Weekly Top 5: #
  • 22:44 Dinner with Bob #
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Monday, April 26, 2010


  • 12:50 Oval - rent-a-parent #
  • 14:44 SOD Award Ceremony #
  • 17:42 laundry #
  • 22:53 RT @stagedirections: Long Reach Long Riders gearing up 4 their charity ride 2 support BC/EFA & BTS. Go support them: #
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Sunday, April 25, 2010


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Saturday, April 24, 2010

By Design Day

Behind the Scenes and Light Relief By Design Day


  • 11:09 Studiocraft CAD - Final Review #
  • 11:58 OC Meeting #
  • 14:00 Gas is creeping up again #
  • 15:48 hmm, should I play summer league? #
  • 15:51 @giantspatula #
  • 16:42 MLE was great on Oprah - got to find a place to get to a show #
  • 16:42 @aerdin they're not you know #
  • 16:43 @speak_true WOW AWESOME #
  • 17:39 Writing multiple choice rigging questions #AMPFlashbacks #
  • 19:13 first final written. now to figure out how to give it without having to grade it. #
  • 20:51 @Mord4k for the car. Geez #
  • 20:52 BW3. Monroeville #
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Friday, April 23, 2010


  • 11:52 Dumping RSS feeds one after another. I can always resubscribe later #
  • 15:31 Scenic Fabrication - Curtain systems #
  • 17:31 THe Six - Strike version #
  • 18:02 @onlinerants find the theatre? The Chosky Theatre is in the Purnell Center, bldg 19 on this map #
  • 18:41 Stood on the cut for 10 minutes, but nobody threw me a disc. #doingsomethingwrong #
  • 18:4 6 @giantspatula can't you be both? #
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Thursday, April 22, 2010


  • 10:30 I guess it was interesting I chose to cover Hemp Systems on 4/20 #
  • 10:56 @aerdin2 guess that makes the SOD's 4-year Dramaturgical cannon that much more unique #
  • 12:28 RT @backstagejobs: McPier union crews as important as police and fire: now public employees w/o right to strike. #
  • 12:29 #BasicPTM - Newsquiz, Final Review #
  • 12:35 Missed Melissa on QVC because of a DVR SNAFU (or, it could be because I fell asleep) #
  • 13:58 "Courtney Love is dead. We've all decided we don't like her any more." #
  • 14:16 Chicken strips are not a sandwich and therefore I will not punch your sandwich club card. So sayeth Culinart #
  • 15:18 @aerdin one of mine? #
  • 18:02 Last two strike meetings #
  • 19:02 all things being equal I'd rather be playing frisbee #
  • 19:48 literally just processed 420 papers and didn't even make a dent. #
  • 23:09 Wii now rigged to Netflix - w hole new kind of on demand #
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010


  • 11:01 RT @CarnegieMellCFA: Have you seen School of Drama's Richard III yet? Performances end April 24th! #
  • 11:02 So far non-plussed with Melissa's summer schedule #
  • 12:01 @ESTAtweets – I support #ByDesignDay2010, #BehindTheScenes & and my fellow professionals. – #
  • 12:08 So you wanna be an actor? via @walt828 #
  • 12:56 Don't send me emails with that little exclamation mark, I just put them in the folder with the o ther exclamation marks #
  • 17:04 Scenic Fabrication - Hemp Systems (with interruptions by Doc) #
  • 17:07 @caryatiddreams what's the conflict? #
  • 17:08 Still looking for a video intern for the summer. paid gig, 12 weeks. Must know Final Cut. Feel free to pass on. DM for info. (via @aerdin2) #
  • 17:37 @caryatiddreams could likely take it out of sequence too #
  • 17:56 PTM Business Practice - "It's Not the End of the World" Thanks David, Marisa, Caitlin and Debi #
  • 18:16 Just did student advising over Twitter. FERPA/SCHMERPA #
  • 18:20 @aerdin shhhhh #
  • 18:21 @aerdin better? #
  • 20:44 @aerdin no trouble #
  • 23:02 Really WTAE? The Steelers are the lead story? #localnewsisunfortunate #
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010


  • 14:03 Basic PTM - Booth, Paperwork. #
  • 14:50 Well, wasn't expecting that #
  • 15:35 Entertainment Rigging - Ground Support #
  • 19:00 News from the Real World weekly top 5: #
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Monday, April 19, 2010

Worth a Look

Here are (quite) a few posts from the last week on the Greenpage that might be worth your time...

National theater lobby throws weight behind Curious' Supreme Court fight York's Theatre Communications Group filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday asking it to rule in favor of a consortium of three Colorado theater companies that smoking within the context of a theatrical production is a First Amendment right of free expression
Curious Theater, Paragon Theatre and the now defunct Theatre 13 have engaged in an ongoing, four-year legal battle to win an exemption from Colorado's statewide indoor smoking ban that would allow smoking during theatrical performances.
The theater companies have lost in every step of the legal process to date. So on Dec. 31, Curious Theatre producing artistic director Chip Walton announced he would petition the U.S. Supreme Court for the right to smoke non-tobacco products in theatrical productions. Via Stage Directions

Branding Deals Come Early in the Filmmaking Process "Jordan Yospe had some notes on the script for “The 28th Amendment,” a thriller about a president and a rogue Special Forces agent on the run. Some of the White House scenes were not detailed enough, Mr. Yospe thought. And, he suggested, the heroes should stop for a snack while they were on the lam."

How to get more college financial aid

Abilene Reporter News: "Cutting a better deal on college financial aid can be more than a parents’ fantasy.
Increasingly, private schools are quietly using the practice to help attract the students they want in a challenging economy.
The practice of increasing aid on request has emerged relatively recently as college tuition has soared almost out of reach for ordinary families, according to Bruce Hammond, an independent college counselor based in Charlottesville, Va."

The real intern scandal: working without pay privileges the privileged

The Christian Science Monitor - "During this great recession, more and more students and young people are accepting unpaid internships because there simply aren’t paying gigs available.
Some employers are taking advantage of this, deceiving young people and offering shallow experiences that won’t actually help them develop professional skills.
Now the Obama administration wants to crack down on these abusive practices."

Video games can never be art

Roger Ebert's Journal: "Having once made the statement above, I have declined all opportunities to enlarge upon it or defend it. That seemed to be a fool's errand, especially given the volume of messages I receive urging me to play this game or that and recant the error of my ways. Nevertheless, I remain convinced that in principle, video games cannot be art. Perhaps it is foolish of me to say 'never,' because never, as Rick Wakeman informs us, is a long, long time. Let me just say that no video gamer now living will survive long enough to experience the medium as an art form."

Equity Fires Back at AGMA for 'Empty Rhetoric'

Backstage: In its battle with AGMA over Broadway dancers, Equity is stepping up. In a statement today, Actors' Equity Association spokeswoman Maria Somma said the claim by Alan Gordon, executive director of the American Guild of Musical Artists, that his union is better equipped to represent dancers on Broadway is "nothing more than empty rhetoric designed to make a good sound bite."

Theater Curriculum Based On Professional Entrepreneurial Model

TACT: "In the desire to provide students with the biggest and most up to date means of production, undergraduate and graduate theater programs hinder students from exploring the entrepreneurial work that is required when working in small theater spaces, with limited resources and budget. Therefore, when Bergman was asked to create the theater curriculum for North Park University, he looked to the model he had been working close with, the Chicago Storefront Theatre."

Game Plan

Fast Company: "Agents, Blackley claims, are a necessity. Unlike the makers of film, television, or music, video-game creators are faceless. Because the industry has tied its financial fate to the franchise model, publishers push brands rather than individuals and often bury credits. 'Creative people can be pushed around,' says Tim Schafer, the CAA client behind Brutal Legend. 'I can't just walk into a meeting with a publisher and say, 'I'm the man.'' But Blackley can, and he argues that doing it is in everyone's best interest. 'When creatives are happy, they do better work,' he says."


  • 11:53 My work here is done... #
  • 12:21 Mom's birthday, so far no difference. #
  • 16:47 @mattigray thx #
  • 22:04 @caryatiddreams maybe they'll have a sense of humor #
  • 01:46 Lost on the very last turn - FAIL #
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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Well, it's Come to This

Yesterday, apparently, I couldn't even be bothered to tweet.

Saturday, April 17, 2010


  • 11:56 CMU parking is officially a zoo #
  • 12:06 Inbox Zero in 4 minutes - that's how its supposed to go! #
  • 12:15 RT @DemocratsDotOrg: Presidential memo 2 let patients control who has visiting rights & medical decisions-including gay & lesbian partners. #
  • 12:20 Reading this tweet forfeits your soul: #
  • 13:57 Booth judging #
  • 14:34 Festival of uneven stair rises #
  • 16:11 Booth judging suspended due to high winds , rain, and lightening #
  • 20:54 Last few booths by flashlight #
  • 21:28 Last booth. Wiring miracle. #
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Friday, April 16, 2010


  • 09:35 Carnival. Faculty meeting. Natch. #
  • 13:40 Form 4868 :-( #
  • 14:20 Bummed about Melissa and Tammy #
  • 19:23 RT @ellenjuhlin: We're hiring a technical writer at @MeyerSound! #
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Thursday, April 15, 2010


  • 11:54 @euromandy and what did we learn? don't drop the dynamite. #
  • 13:20 Just noticed I gave an OUTRAGEOUS tip to a waitress in Kansas City... You're welcome. #
  • 13:39 OMG Google Toolbar people, the "share" thing isn't nearly as useful to me as the "send to" thing was - definite downgrade. RRRRRRR #
  • 19:18 Two out of three things from Monday's list complete. Going for three! #
  • 22:57 Change your .sig - sent from my iPhone #
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010


  • 16:52 Scenic Fabrication - Safe(er)ty Factor #
  • 16:55 @Mord4k I swear there was a "maybe" or a "perhaps" in there #
  • 18:37 For two days now I have had the same list of thring things that needed to be done ASAP. I have yet to get to any of them. #
  • 19:16 PTM Business Practice - Liability, Insurance, Negligence #
  • 20:23 SRC Meeting #
  • 21:50 tech tech tech #
  • 22:13 Inbox Zeroed - but I feel like I cheated. #
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Tuesday, April 13, 2010


  • 10:30 Definitely have not missed the East Campus Garage #
  • 10:33 @stagedirections woohoo! Thanks! #
  • 12:32 Basic PTM - Season Calendars #
  • 12:33 RT @CarnegieMellCFA: SOD's Richard III opens in the Philip Chosky Theater ths Thurs, Apr. 15 at 8! 4 tickets: #
  • 13:23 Usually I do this during the ceremony: #
  • 15:27 Entertainment Rigging - Truss #
  • 15:28 @aerdin turns out you're not the boss of me #
  • 16:06 Wedding photos: #
  • 19:49 News From the Real World weekly top five: #
  • 22:35 @aerdin I think I was hung over today #
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Monday, April 12, 2010

Worth a Look

Here are some stories from the last week of the greenpage that might be worth your time...

The Biggest Marketing Challenge of the Next 10 Years (Part 3)

Arts Marketing: "Part three of the series features responses from two experienced theatrical marketers--one that works at one of the finest training institutions in the nation, and the other works at a top Broadway marketing and advertising firm."

Hollywood filmmakers abuse lowly production staff

Reuters: "They are Hollywood's production assistants, the lowest-paid workers on the set -- if paid at all -- and the only ones without a union, the only ones no union even wants to bother with. In Hollywood's caste system, they are the untouchables.
These PAs work in nearly every phase of production and postproduction, and sometimes their employers break the law by not even paying them."

Another Lawsuit Over Costume Copyrights: Gorilla Holding A Cage

Techdirt: "Following our recent story about copyright on Mardis Gras costumes, it seems that now we're hearing more and more about costume copyrights. THREsq points us to the news of a lawsuit involving the maker of those 'gorilla holding a cage' Halloween costumes (pdf) claiming that a competing gorilla-holding-cage costume maker was violating its copyrights"

Google to face copyright lawsuit by visual artists

Yahoo! News: "Google Inc is expected to be sued by photographers, illustrators and other visual artists who claim the company is infringing their rights by scanning and displaying their work without compensation."

Lifehack Challenge: 24 Hour Digital Fast

Stepcase Lifehack: "Are you too connected? Have you handed too much time over to ever-present technological marvels that offer charming reasons to take up every moment of your life? If you,
* Reach for your phone the moment you wake up
* Check your email while still working on a reply
* Have ever silenced your child or ignored a loved one’s voice so you could pay attention to “internet friends”
* Can’t go more than 30 seconds of silence without breaking out a mobile device
There’s a good chance you might be suffering from over-connectedness. What’s the solution? For many, a little time away from the madness is all it takes to regain a healthy perspective and jump back in with a smile."


  • 22:49 Will somebody PLZ make a "Hitchhiker's" IPad app that's a ficitional guide? I want startup screen that sez DON'T PANIC! (via @donttrythis) #
  • 22:50 Ok defintely ready for the weekend... Doh! #
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Sunday, April 11, 2010


  • 09:03 Tired of being responsible about airports. I want to run late, bring more than 3oz of liquid, keep my shoes on, and make gallows jokes. #
  • 13:49 @scoutfinch2271 supergreen #
  • 13:50 That was closer than I would have preferred #
  • 22:33 #
  • 02:45 21 Hour day. Wow. #
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Friday, April 09, 2010


  • 23:10 Waffle House #
  • 23:11 #cmucarnival is only one week away! Come & buggy it up: (via @CarnegieMellon) #
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Thursday, April 08, 2010


  • 12:59 @bpeoples it starts with an F and ends in ucking #
  • 14:58 Thought it would be a good idea to make a list of things I wasn't getting to. It wasn't. #
  • 16:19 Roughing in next years assignments - not sure I believe I just wrote "Grad1Four" on my chart #
  • 17:00 the 4:30 meeting should be at 4:30 except when it can't be at 4:30, but if it can be at 4:30 it should always be at 4:30 #
  • 20:17 Hokkaido #
  • 21:52 tech tech tech #
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Wednesday, April 07, 2010


  • 12:22 Thinking about June. SHould be thinking about 1:30 #
  • 16:27 PTM Business Practice - Health Benefits and Retirement Savings #
  • 16:37 RT @rachelyra: gving away 2 TIX!!! 2 Medium Reality NYC debut. April 9th, Sense & Sustainability, Aicon Gallery, 35 Great Jones Street !!! #
  • 19:55 Dinner, sqhill #
  • 20:47 @giantspatula come in and grade projects for me? #
  • 20:48 Can't decide which of the 50 things I haven't gotten around to I should do since I'm here late tonight for tech #
  • 23:51 Tech notes #
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Tuesday, April 06, 2010


  • 17:27 Basic PTM - Vertical and Horizontal Season budgeting #
  • 17:40 Entertainment Rigging - Nets #
  • 18:10 Filing a week's worth of email. I cannot believe the amount of work I have piled up. #
  • 18:22 News From the Real World Weekly Top 5: #
  • 20:04 @ellenjuhlin treat yourself - go nuts, get an electric stapler #
  • 20:37 Oh good, there really are bagpipes - not just on my head. #
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Monday, April 05, 2010

Worth a Look

Here are some post from the past week on the Greenpage that might be worth your time:

On location filming in L.A. picks up in first quarter

Los Angeles Times: "A robust TV pilot season, a substantially improved climate for shooting commercials and the state's new film incentive helped deliver a modicum of good news to Los Angeles' beleaguered production economy in the first quarter."

Is Stephen Sondheim the Shakespeare of musical theatre? "The first time I encountered Stephen Sondheim was like everyone else: through snatches of old songs people performed in drama school, through Send in the Clowns, which everyone knew. I wasn't aware at the time that he was the writing force behind West Side Story and Gypsy. It often gets forgotten, because people think of Sondheim purely in terms of making difficult, highbrow music – which he did. But as a lyricist, he also worked on some of the most popular musicals ever."

Hollywood Snubs Proposed Betting on Ticket Sales

Backstage: "Think you're better than Hollywood at gauging whether an upcoming flick will be a box office bomb or a sleeper hit? You'd get a chance to put your money behind that under two proposals that movie studios are denouncing as legalized gambling."

Theatrical Reinvention

donhall: "Reinventing ourselves as we go through life is a natural part of being a human being. As we mature, encounter new circumstances, build new relationships, the acts of self reflection and personal growth are as necessary as breathing and feeding oneself. Without a bit of constant personal transformation, we stagnate and eventually become fetid, like a swamp."

Are Benchtop Saws Gone?

Popular Woodworking: "The Carlos Osorio vs. One World Technologies Inc. et. al. lawsuit centers on whether the table saw being used when Osorio's accident occurred was defective. Osorio’s team claims the Ryobi BTS 15 was defective because there was no independent riving knife, no “user-friendly” guarding system and the saw did not incorporate SawStop technology or a similar technology that detects contact between a person and the spinning blade of a table saw, according to court records. The latter was the focus of the proceedings."