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Daniel Faigin
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A lunchtime post on how surroundings and perceptions color reality.

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Last night, we saw Cabrillo Music Theatre's "Sister Act"​ at, of course, Cabrillo Music Theatre​. Very enjoyable production, sorry for the late writeup (been a busy busy day).

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Links to some fascinating histories: the wedding cake, the lickable envelope, the Cheesecake Factory, and card catalogs.

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Computer related news you can use: How to avoid homograph phishing attacks, such as https://аррӏе.com (which isn't apple); secure C++ coding standards; recovering music and info from an iDevice without iTunes; Embedding snopes; apps to help you declutter; and Microsoft starting to limit standalone Office apps.

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More clearing out the news chum. This time - the body. Articles on the 7 common signs of depression, why dentistry is separate from the rest of medicine, why using your mouth to ask for something is more effective than they keyboard, the chemistry of nail polish, the origins of Follow Your Heart, how Celiac Disease can be triggered by a virus, and why shoelaces become untied.

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Here's my write up of last night's Animaniacs Live!​ at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts​. In short, a hilarious show led by Randy Rogel​ and Rob Paulsen​, providing ample evidence that Steven Spielberg​ and Warner Bros. Entertainment​ need to bring back Animaniacs​. Catch it if it comes to your town (it is in Pittsburgh Thursday).

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A friend of mine on FB pointed me to the article that prompted this post ( https://www.theodysseyonline.com/les-miserables-black-lives-matter-complacency-white-liberal-theatre-communities ), and it raised some great questions about the visibility of the marginalized on stage, the ability to tell such stories, and the diversity of audiences and actors. Given that I have a large number of friends involved with the Los Angeles theatre community, I'd love your thoughts. What are your thoughts on this issue in the LA theatre scene (and I apologize in advance if I used any terms wrong).

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Starting to clear out the accumulated news chum. In this batch, a look back at computing's old days: The editor wars, the IBM 1403 lineprinter, the value of a COBOL programmer, Windows 3.1, and Intel's new chip architecture.

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Some deeper ruminations on the United Kerfuffle of yesterday, why social media cell phone videos are not journalism, why social media outrage sometimes misses the point, and most importantly: the damage that can occur when corporate rule following, "me first" attitudes, and expected outrage against "the man" outweights common sense: It was a flippin' 5 hour drive to Louisville -- had the airline THOUGHT to put either its employees or the displaced passengers in a rented limo to Louisville, it would have been cheaper overall, and most would have arrived not much later than they did on this delayed flight -- and certainly well before sunrise.

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Last night, we saw a live performance of "The Sirens of Titan" at Sacred Fools Theater Company​ -- a production that hadn't been mounted for 40 years. True to the book, creative, inventive, well performed, puzzling at times (including how two FB friends totally unrelated to the LA Theatre community know one of the actors, Jessie Merlin). Well, well, worth seeing, especially if you love Vonnegut.
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