Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Should really get back to this more often...  Spent my first 24 hour period alone with the progeny.  No disasters.  I even got the trash taken out...  Bummed about the weakening of the banking regulations they squeezed into the budget.  We ought to have a procedure that keeps that particular legislation from being left to the last minute...  We did semester reviews in three days this round - three days of three sessions.  First ramification?  No blog pictures (head over to Facebook if you are interested)...  BBC America is running Battlestar Galactica daily in two hour blocks around lunchtime.  Haven't seen scheduling that dangerous since Bravo used to run West Wing in the morning...  Speaking of West Wing, it was a shame to see the end of The Newsroom this week.  Can't help it, I guess I am a die hard Sorkin fan.  Since he'll have some free time I think it would be neat if he'd write an episode of The Simpsons...  In my total lack of blogging I didn't do an "All David Honor Roll" this semester.  FWIW there would have been nobody on the "All David Honor Roll" if I had done it...  Had to turn down a friends request to board their cats with us.  We just went through too much reducing our feline population...  I really wish they would stop saying "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques" on the news and just say "Torture."  Using a weasel word doesn't make it right.  For that matter legal and/or effective don't make it right either...  My second twitter feed: @NFTRW_Feed is now tweeting more than a dozen job postings a day thanks to IFTTT.  I'm looking for even more...  I'm feeling like a crappy gift giver this year.  Have to fix that for next year...  Spending a whole lot of mental horsepower trying to come up with what's next.  No, I don't know...

Monday, December 01, 2014

Worth a Look

Here are a few posts from last weeks Greenpage that might be worth your time...

Technology Takes a Tightrope Walk As a man prepared to walk off the edge of a skyscraper and on to a 340-foot-long steel cable, Marc Weinstock had other things on his mind.

While 65,000 people on the ground and more than 6.7 million viewers were watching daredevil Nik Wallenda walk untethered across a tightrope over the city of Chicago, the director of technical operations for NBC’s field and production operations had his mind on technical things.

Devising The Environment: Mixing Science and Theater In The Classroom

HowlRound: The first day of class, I have no idea what to expect. Though the college is a small one—only about 1,500 students—some of these fourteen undergrads have never met. That’s because the class is split almost right down the middle between theater majors and environmental studies students, with a few crossovers.

Cirque Show Scene Returns After Performer’s Death

Pollstar: Cirque du Soleil officials have invited reporters to a Dec. 3 preview of the scene’s return at the MGM Grand hotel-casino on the Strip.

Cirque expects to add the scene intermittently to regular performances for the ticket-buying public starting next week, and it will be part of every performance by Dec. 12, said Alexandria Baum, a spokeswoman for the show.

Changes have been made to the choreography and equipment used in the scene, she said.

Versatile. Durable. Incredible... Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons!

American Chemistry Matters: Everyone knows that enormous amounts of helium fill Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons each year.

But, do you think about the volume of engineering, science and technology that go into making each balloon?

Did you know that the giant balloons seen by more than 50 million viewers across the world begin as a lump of clay?

The balloons are conceived, manufactured and cared for by 28 full-time studio employees in the Macy’s Parade Studio in Moonachie, New Jersey.

Interview with PigPen Theatre Company members Ryan Melia, Arya Shahi, and Matt Nurenberger

HowlRound: Corey Ruzicano is a senior at Emerson College in their BFA acting program program. She is participating in the Creative Producer program inside the Office of the Arts at Emerson College. She recently got to talk with PigPen Theatre Co. members Ryan Melia, Arya Shahi, and Matt Nurenberger about how a group of guys who got together in college made a band, a theater company, and remained friends.