Saturday, May 31, 2014

Second Tuesday - Morning Session

Last potpourri session.  Should we expect lots of PTM students?  Guess we'll see.

We'll begin with Grad2TD Andrew...

... He did a swell job as Project Manager.

This is a picture of Joe Pino...

... we all love Joe Pino.

Next up, Junior BXA TD Rachel...

... she pretty much didn't have drama classes this semester.

Rounding out the random sessions is Junior TD Sean...

... he's off to TAIT for another summer.

Four.  I guess four is more than two.  Just seniors and thesis left to go.

Second Monday - Afternoon Session

There just seem to not be that many PTM folks this semester.

Session #6...

Beginning with Junior PM/SM Lindsay...

... doing a good job with a full plate.

And then Grad1TD Frank...

... who basically assigned the curtain model project to the whole class.

One more day to go.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Second Monday - Morning Session

This semester, because of the Centennial, we moved up the first two days of semester reviews giving us the odd scenario of having two Mondays and two Tuesdays.  I don't think we liked it much.

So here we are at the second Monday.  Maybe this will be the session with all the PTM folks:

Start off with Grad2 PM/SM Christina...

... who is all arms #dontwearblack (maybe it's navy?)

Next up Junior TD David...

... who had some lovely photos of a show I'm certain he'd rather not repeat.

And then Sophomore PM/SM Jess...

... who didn't bring her curtain model :-(.

We wind up with Grad2TD Adam...

... who will forever be remembered for his crawfish boils. (& #dontwearblack)

I guess four is a little better.


We took a break between the first two days of crits and the second, so I'll do the same with the posts...  Hard to get upset about valuing the lives of our soldiers more.  Although there's something to be said for not letting the world go to hell as well...  Went back to work today.  Forgot my keys.  Oops...  They can't give Snowden immunity, right?  Not sure how they're gonna be able to bring him back...  My friend itsPeg got hit by a concrete saw blade flying across the street while she was walking to work.  Keep your head on a swivel...  Still haven't heard anyone suggest putting all the wait-listed Vets on Medicare to disolve the crisis...  I watched the Men's Finals last night on ESPN3.  I thought the semi-final I watched was a better game...  Stopped watching the Stanley Cup when the Pens lost.  Can't blame me for that...  We're going ahead with the front deck.  You'll have to come hang out in August...  I'm a little ashamed I'm not more conversant with Maya Angelou's work...  Finished "Stand of Zanzibar" and then chewed through "Cheap Shot."  Now I'm like halfway though "Year Zero."  These late night feedings are really upping my reading tempo...  They still haven't found that plane.  Gonna be a long time...  Don't wanna, don't wanna, don't wanna, can't make me.  Not turning on the air in May...  I'm not sure I'd want to ride on the street in a car without a steering wheel - even if it's not supposed to have a steering wheel...  Thinking about buying a new wifi router to relieve the one we get from FIOS.  Since it is now more than two years old I can't help but think it isn't the fastest available...  Gee wish those folks at Highmark and UPMC would figure out a settlement...  I think I've made a decision on shelves for the office...  Oops, forgot "Love Minus Eighty" in that list of books...

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

First Tuesday, Afternoon Session

Maybe this is the one with all the PTM students...

Starts with Sophomore PM/SM Camille...

... she was great to have in Scenic Fabrication class.

And ends with Junior PM/SM Kassondra...

... she managed to fill out her semester by running a marathon.

I guess not.

Monday, May 26, 2014

First Tuesday - Morning Session

Moving into the second day of Spring Semester Reviews.  It still isn't a very big PTM session, but at least it's more than one:

We begin with BXA PM/SM Aamer...

... he has a very interesting range of coursework.

Next up Grad1 PM/SM Abby...

... she seems to have brought some scenery with her.

And last this session is Grad1 PM/SM Attitra...

... she's dialed down the Elle Woods this semester.

Worth a Look

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

Study finds attending plays feels as good as a pay rise

News : The Stage: People who attend plays have a level of wellbeing equivalent to the amount of happiness derived from a £1,000 annual income increase, new research on the social impacts of culture has found.

Sublimotion fuses food and projection

InAVate: A new ‘theatre of the senses’ has fused eating with a projection mapping show to create what must be one of the most impressive – and expensive - dining experiences ever. Sublimotion, located on the Spanish island of Ibiza, is the brainchild of renowned chef Paco Roncero. If diners aren’t fazed by the cool €1,500 per head cost, they can take a seat at the dining table which becomes the canvas for a colourful projection show.

D.C. Plays Close Quickly on Broadway Stages

Arts Desk: After just 16 performances on Broadway, Arena Stage's multi-million dollar production of The Velocity of Autumn closed yesterday. Producers made the announcement last Wednesday, mere hours after the play received a Tony nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Play. Ticket sales were dismal, the New York Times described it as "a little strained and too whimsical," and neither its acclaimed stars nor director Molly Smith couldn't save it.

Skunk Works: A Place for Innovation

Field Notes: What happens when you try to create something new in your organization? You might be lucky enough to be able to go off in a corner and sprint through the design work without any disturbances. But more likely, you are encumbered by some pesky obstacles otherwise known as policies and procedures. You work tirelessly, are just inches from a reaching a Eureka! moment, only to have one of the following happen:
You get thrown out of the conference room because you didn’t sign up for the time slot
You get dragged into staff meeting
You need authorization from your boss to go further, there are no approval forms in the tray and the printer is out of ink
And then a donut or facebook or something shiny catches your attention, and it’s another day before you come back to your big idea.

Why Artists Will Always Work For Free

Andi Osho's Life Blog: This week I compiled a list of what I’m working on to help me better manage my time. The list included screenplays, short films in different stages of completion, various smaller projects and of course, this blog –none of which are paid.
Across the internet there's much talk and lamentation for and from the poor, struggling artist who is abused, taken advantage of and disrespected by an industry that seems to expect them to work for free. While that does happen, I have another take on working for free or, as I think we should rebrand it, working for potential.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

First Day - Second Session

On to Monday Afternoon.

I think this is the first time this has happened, but I only make one PTM student in this session.  Someone really ought to speak to the guy that makes the schedules.

We start (and end) with Sophomore TD Isaac...

... next time I need to make sure he has some peers in his session.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

First Monday Morning Session

The semester reviews posts are lagging behind a little bit this time around.  Here's the PTM folks from the First Monday Session...

We start with Junior BXA/TD Cathy...

... Cathy spent most of her time on the other half of her program this semester.

Then we have Grad2 TD Joe...

... Joe was one of the many who didn't notice the background would be black.

Moving on to Sophomore TD Simone...

... Simone went for the angled presentation.

We wind up day one, session one with Grad2 PM/SM Tyler...

... Tyler was our third Scheme Project Manager this year.

So that's one session down, nine to go!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Out With the Old...

Another before and after to keep up the posting...

For roughly the past decade this has been my daily ride:

You can see its story here, but will have to live without pictures due to some hosting issues that are a project for another day.  The Dodge didn't even have 50,000 miles on it, but it was beginning to show its age in any case.  A little rust here, a ding here, and the last inspection came with a fairly steep repair bill.  It was time.  It definitely was a good truck for me and I would recommend the Dodge Dakota to anyone shopping for a pickup.

Mrs. TANBI was kinda over the idea of a truck and many people pointed out to me that I rarely if ever used the truck as a truck - although it should be noted that not 4 days after trading it in a friend at work asked if they could borrow me and my truck for some moving.  Probably the final straw in the pickup thing was that there really wasn't a great place to put a stroller - I mean, plenty of room in the bed and all, but that seemed wrong.

We've liked the Nissan we got for Mrs. TANBI and we liked the dealer and the dealership so that seemed like a reasonable enough place to start.  So: truckish SUV & Nissan - that's an xterra.

We drove a few versions and settled on a pre-owned 2009.  Even though it isn't brand spankin new its had the dealer rehab, is newer and lower miles than the Dakota, and has many of the "grown up" car options that my old truck lacked.  A little bit I wanted an xterra before I bought the Dodge so this works out well.  The only thing I need to know now is if I can reasonably strap a sheet of plywood to that roof rack.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Home Repair and Improvement

Some lousy pictures to try to keep up the posting tempo.

Home entry area before:

That's a painting from my parent's house and a table from the old house.  It's never really been right, but the fit was ok and it did most of the job.

Home entry area after:

New items purchased through Amazon.  They came flat pack and I only screwed up one piece (you can't see the goof in the picture), suffice it to say that those post anchors don't want to be pulled, not even with a hammer.

We're going to have to figure out something for keys, and it would be nice to find someplace out of the way for the Old City painting.  Overall though I think this is a decent improvement.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

All David Honor Roll

Congrats to those students doing outstanding work in my classes this past semester:

Jess Bertollo
Kristen Clark
Jason Cohen
Akiva Krauthamer
Lazae Laspina
Frank Meyer
Andrew O'Keefe
Sydney Remson
Sam Stark
Trent Taylor

Here's hoping your future results are as good as these.

Sunday, May 18, 2014


How hard could it be to just occasionally write something?  Apparently pretty hard...  Today was commencement.  I'm not going to the New York Cocktail this year, so I guess that means I'm done for a while...  I've been a dad for a little over 2 months.  I should be documenting it furiously, but I'm not...  It's probably time to start a summer project list.  That can be the first item on the list...  It's fun to buy things for babies, and piece by piece not really that expensive.  In the end I am sure it adds up though...  The mayor didn't come to the thesis presentation.  It was worth a shot...  Just finished reading "Stand on Zanzibar."  Can't remember where I got the idea to read it.  I'd probably recommend it.  I'm not sure what Leo thought of it...  Pens lost.  My fair weather fandom didn't last too long this year...  It's always disappointing when we turn on MSNBC on a weekend morning only to find a guest host on #nerdland...  Oh yeah, got a new car.  Well, a new old car.  No, it's not a truck...  For some reason I can't seem to get my windows computers to remember I want to keep them hooked to my iOS image stream...  Why don't they just have all the waitlilsted vets pour into ACA Gold plans and have one of the banks we bailed out handle reimbursements?  For that matter why not just authorize them all for Medicare and be done with it?  Probably makes too much sense...  The DVR is piling up.  Way too many Americans to watch, and I am afraid to say Orphan Black might be condemned to streaming...  I think we'd like a deck out front.  I guess that's called a porch.  But for the permit issues and the foundation stuff I'd be all over it...  Gearing up for a Chicago trip in June.  New York trip in August?  Bay area trip in October.  Hope the kid travels well...

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Worth a Look

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

To present Equity or non-Equity in Dallas, that is the question

Dallas Morning News: Patrons who had never seen Disney’s Beauty and the Beast before seemed happy with the show at the Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.
If you’d seen the original national tour, however, you might have wondered: Why do the performers list shows in their program credits without saying where they performed them? Where are the “No Matter What” and “Maison des Lunes” songs? Where is the battle scene between the villagers and the enchanted objects? Why are we seeing painted pictures of books rather than the Beast’s library? Why are there only 10 musicians?
A simple answer reflects a growing reality in the country.

The Morality Police in Your Checking Account: Chase Bank Shuts Down Accounts of Adult Entertainers

Electronic Frontier Foundation: In the latest example of a troubling trend in which companies play the role of law enforcement and moral police, Chase Bank has shut down the personal bank accounts of hundreds of adult entertainers.
We’ve written before about the dire consequences to online speech when service providers start acting like content police. These same consequences are applicable when financial services make decisions about to whom they provide services.

Are You Checking Work Email in Bed? At the Dinner Table? On Vacation?

Mother Jones: My airplane home from Boston is delayed for takeoff, so the woman next to me pulls out her phones to get some work done. Like many of us, she has two—an iPhone for her personal life and a BlackBerry paid for by her employer. "It's a dog leash," she jokes. "They yank on it and I respond. If somebody from work emails me on Friday at 10 p.m., they're pissed if I don't write back in five minutes." When I ask whether she ever just turns it off, she shakes her head in annoyance, as though I'd uttered something profane. "My team leader would kill me," she says.

Today, Children, We’re Not Going To Do A Show The Washington Post seemed to be first on the case, with a story titled, “Kindergarten show canceled so kids can keep studying to become ‘college and career ready.’ Really.” That pretty much set the tone and I jumped into the fray, sharing it online with introductory words including “dumb” and “shame.” I happened to be e-mailing with a producer at CBS News on a personal topic and passed the article along to her, and I tweeted it in the direction of a reporter at The New York Post, knowing how they like to take umbrage at things. I wanted people to see how ridiculous this was, and is.

Tony Awards Will Add New Educator Honor Starting in 2015

Variety: The Tony Awards have teamed with Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University to inaugurate a new national honor for theater educators.
The kudo, which will be awarded every year to one educator teaching at a K-12 grade level, is part of a new partnership between Carnegie Mellon and the Tonys, which have named the university its “exclusive higher education partner.”