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Theater Review (NYC): ‘Radio Mystery 1949′ by Dennis Richard

"Radio Mystery 1949" by Dennis Richard, directed by Richmond Shepard. Alexander Reed and Beth Griffith. Photo by Jonathan Slaff.

The concept of an old-time live radio broadcast turning into a kind of reality show might ring bells for today's audience if it were handled cleverly, but 'Radio Mystery 1949' drops the ball. Read More »

Yogi Berra Dies – A Tribute From a NY Mets Fan


While the Yankees and their fans are mourning Yogi’s loss, the Mets and their fans are as well and we can claim him as ours too. Read More »

Interdrone: Smile for the Drone – Trends in Aerial Cinematography

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In Sunset Boulevard, Gloria Swanson’s character Norma Desmond says, “Just us, the cameras, and those wonderful people out there in the dark!... All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.” Now, there is one more element to that mix: drones. And that close-up can pull back, rise up into the air, and in one continuous shot show you all of Beverly Hills as if you're looking down from heaven. Drones' potential has not been lost on Hollywood. Read More »

Why You Need a VPN When You Travel, and Top VPNs to Consider


Keep your data secure when traveling by setting up a virtual private network for your mobile devices. Read More »

Theater Review (Seattle): ‘Brechtfest’ by The Horse in Motion

L-R Dylan Smith, Shaudi Vahdat, Liza Curtiss, Nic Morden in 'Brechtfest.' Photo by Anthony White

Who knew that Bertolt Brecht, and carousing cabaret-style dinner theater are actually a pretty good fit together? Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Rent’ by Jonathan Larson at the Harbor Lights Theater Company

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I wondered if the hit musical from the AIDS-crisis era would seem dated in 2015, but this new talent-loaded Staten Island production shows that 'Rent' has become a perfectly valid period piece. Read More »

Interdrone: Drones Saving Lives in Firefighting and Search and Rescue


When time is of the essence and lives are at stake, drones can make all the difference. This was the conclusion of men who have made a commitment to save the lives of others. They sat down at Interdrone, the International Drone Conference in Las Vegas, Sep-9-11, to share rescue techniques. The panel, “Saving Lives: Firefighting and Search and Rescue Tactics” was led by custom drone builder Kerry Garrison. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘The Pillowman’ by Martin McDonagh

Kirk Gostkowski, Paul Terkel, and Deven Anderson in the Variations Theatre Groups' production of 'The Pillowman' by Martin McDonagh

Directed with concise assurance by Greg Cicchino and acted with stark focus by a fine cast, this production of McDonagh's police-state black comedy confronts head-on the story's ferocious flaying of what we like to think of as the benevolent and rational sides of our nature. Read More »

Interdrone: Drones and Dronalism, Coming Soon to a TV Station Near You

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Dronalism – the use of drones to provide TV news footage – will be coming soon to a station near you. Or maybe not. TV journalists, like many early adopters of drone technology, face resistance from a variety of sources. Read More »

Language Matters in Life and Business: Minimalism Can Pay Major Dividends

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Slogans are as key as product names for marketing, and the shorter the sweeter, especially in the 140-character Twitter era. Sometimes advertisers hit the nail on the head. Other times they don't. Read More »