Sunday, June 11, 2017

Worth a Look

Just because the students are off shouldn't mean I have to stop these posts.  Here are a few posts from last week's Greenpage that might be worth your time...

Why is the Seat Moving?: Seeing “Wonder Woman” in 4DX

Balder and Dash | Roger Ebert: On a Tuesday night in June, I drove an hour north of my home in the Chicago suburbs to the only 4DX theater in the Midwest, and one of only nine in the entire country, to experience the latest adventure in heightening the moviegoing experience. My son came with me to see his first superhero movie in the theater, Patty Jenkins’ already-beloved “Wonder Woman.” Posters outside the theater advertise the 4DX experience not unlike the nearby Six Flags Great America advertises a new roller coaster with an excited patron holding on to his armrests for dear life as he doesn’t just watch the movie, he becomes an active participant in the experience.

Lynn Nottage Is 50 Percent of All the Female Playwrights on Broadway Right Now, "And In 2017, That's an Abomination" The New Yorker deemed it "the first theatrical landmark of the Trump era," but Lynn Nottage takes care to explain that she wrote (and set) Sweat, the show that is now on Broadway and won her a second Pulitzer Prize several months ago, before Donald Trump was elected.

Charges Finally Brought in Oakland Ghost Ship Fire Investigation: Two Men Face 39 Years in Jail

Flavorwire: Six months after the ghastly fire at Oakland DIY venue/living space Ghost Ship, charges have been brought against those in charge of the building. As per a report in the New York Times, both the building’s “master tenant,” David Almena, and Max Harris, who “assisted [Almena] in a supervisory role in the building,” have been charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter.

NYC's 'Freelance Isn't Free' Act Goes Into Effect Today

Gothamist: The country's first freelancer protections against nonpayment go into effect in New York City today, so now's a good time to brush up on a law intended to help a full third of the city's workforce get paid on time.

To recap, the law mandates that freelancers be paid in full for work worth $800 or more, either by a date set forward in writing or within 30 days of completing an assigned task. The Freelance Isn't Free Act also aims to protect freelancers from employer retaliation, and can increase monetary consequences for employers who refuse to pay.

Video gaming’s voice actor strike is ending in slow, small drips

Ars Technica: The video game voice actors in the SAG-AFTRA union have been holding a solid line since they started striking last October, demanding limitations to vocally stressful work sessions and bonus payments for work on top-selling games. But as the strike extends into its eighth month, plenty of games are still getting made with unionized vocal talent. That's because even as the strike as a whole continues, the union has been able to peel off a growing number of developers and publishers willing to agree to new contracts that meet their demands.

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