Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Worth a Look

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

A Broadway Mystery Worthy Of 'Rebecca'

NPR: There's a new mystery on Broadway — one about the musical Rebecca, based on the Daphne du Maurier novel. You can't see it yet on the New York stage. In fact, it hasn't even started rehearsals. That's because the production is short $4.5 million after one of its investors died before he could hand over the money. But as Patrick Healy reports in The New York Times, some are now wondering if this investor ever existed. Healy spoke with NPR's Melissa Block about whether this show really will go on.

PA Convention Center Loses $15 million Over a Cordless Screwdriver

Professional tool reviews for the average Joe: We're not out to alienate unions or make any specific commentary about pro- or anti-union affiliation, but a recent occurrence in Philadelphia reinforced the importance of common sense and clear lines of communication when union issues are involved. Pennsylvania's Convention Center recently underwent an overhaul to bring its total usable floor space to just over two million square feet. And when we say "overhaul" we mean to the tune of 3/4 of a billion dollars. That's a very big deal. So you'd think that with expansion of that type, the convention center would do all that it could to encourage business and convention use and traffic and bring in new organizations to recoup the costs.

The Truth About Being "Done" Versus Being "Perfect"

Fast Company: In 2010, a small California-based company opened its doors for business. They didn’t have much capital but, with a staff of only four, they did have a singular vision--to outdo Kodak. Even through the rosiest of glasses, this would not appear a feasible proposition. It’s a scenario that makes David versus Goliath look like a fair fight. But 18 months later, the company of four, which had become a company of 13, was sold to Facebook for $1 billion.

Hot Set

Technical Direction Tidbits: SyFy has a new series out called Hot Set. I caught the first episode, and thought that it was interesting. I have always thought that the similarities and differences between theatre, tv & film were interesting. The froth packs (AB foam) is something that we use & is a good technique for scenery.

What Public Domain? Why A Letter Written In 1755 Is Still Covered By US Copyright Law

Techdirt: If you ever done any research about the public domain, you've probably come across this awesome chart from my alma mater, Cornell, that tries to explain how you can figure out if something is or is not in the public domain in the US. I've relied on the chart many times (and linked to it a bunch as well). Now, Peter Hirtle, one of the people behind that chart, has an equally fantastic and frustrating article detailing how difficult it is to determine if something is actually in the public domain (and the fact that so little enters the public domain in the US any more). Hirtle kicks it off by recognizing the importance of the public domain, including the fact (often ignored, it seems) that all copyrighted works must enter the public domain at some point. He then goes into a series of seven reasons why it's so incredibly, ridiculously difficult to ever figure out if something is in the public domain.

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