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Ben Cordes
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Former PhD candidate at Northeastern University, retired Roller Derby referee, geek of many trades, actor, raconteur, bon vivant, and man-about-town.
Former PhD candidate at Northeastern University, retired Roller Derby referee, geek of many trades, actor, raconteur, bon vivant, and man-about-town.

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Due to demand, we just increased the number of tickets available online for A Midsummer Night's Dream.  Our cast is excited for opening night.  Will we see you May 13, 14, 20 or 21?  If you plan to buy your ticket at the door, we strongly suggest you check our webpage for ticket availability that day. Online tickets available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2535939
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We just got a "Standing O", and we couldn't be more proud.  What does this mean?  StageSource's "Standing O" recognized 'Inherit the Wind' for promoting gender parity in the theater. We are thrilled to join StageSource in this important work. We cast without regards to gender as much as possible, and we've cast many females in parts they would not get to play normally in this show. We are very pleased with the results and hope you are too.  More information on StageSource is here - http://www.stagesource.org  #Paritybos
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I'm really excited with how this production is turning out. You should come see it: performances are Friday and Saturday night, this weekend and next. Tickets at the link below.
Actress and director under the lights at the end of the night. We open on Friday. Come experience a fictionalized version of the Scopes Monkey Trial that shouldn't be relevant today - and yet it is. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2489435
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It's opening night. I am both entirely prepared for this and entirely unprepared for this. (This has been Your Moment Of Theater Zen(tm).)

Tickets are still available for most of our shows! You should come!

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Hello friends! As you may well know I've been in rehearsals for Theatre@First's production of The Importance of Being Earnest, possibly the wittiest play ever written! (At least, according to the playwright.)

It's a farcical comedy of half-truths, Victorian-era satire, and general confusion packed into a play about love. The cast is fantastic and the show is coming together nicely. We're looking forward to the home stretch starting this weekend, and YOU (yes, you) should come see a performance!

Performances are November 6-21 at the Unity Somerville church at the corner of William and College. Tickets at the link below.

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Okay, this is kind of awesome: 3D-printable snap-together dungeon tiles.

I don't think I'm going to sink money into it because I'm not going to have a 3D printer any time soon, but I bet some of you reading this both (a) have access to such a device and (b) play a lot of RPGs.

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Summary: 70dB of ambient noise can boost creativity; silence is best for focus and recall; background music can help performance on tasks that you're already very good at.

So the cliché of artists and writers (and coders) working in coffee shops with headphones on might actually be a good idea. (Though as the author of this blog post points out, a visually distracting environment like a coffee shop can destroy focus and detract from overall performance.)

I'm also going to plug Noisli (http://www.noisli.com/), which is a neat web app that plays configurable ambient background noise like thunderstorms at you. It's great for blocking out office noise.

Do I know anybody who has a Google Nexus Player? What do you think?
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