Tag Archives: technology

Privacy Please

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Though hard to imagine today, federal law once prevented anyone from using the U.S. Postal Service to send contraceptives. In fact, the same law prevented people from using the Postal Service to send ads of contraceptives or even educational materials  about them! This law was finally deemed unconstitutional in 1965. In Griswold v. Connecticut,  the U.S. Supreme Court found the law violated not the right ...

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Product Review: Actors’ Equity Launches New Website

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Actors’ Equity has launched a new website, equityworksla.com.  I wondered why a new website?  After all, Equity already has a website and anyone in IT will tell you that maintaining a single website is easier and more efficient than two.  The domain name was registered on May 18, 2015 – two days before voting ended in Equity’s national election.  In other words, the domain was ...

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When Intelligence is Artificial

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If you follow the popular tech press, it’s likely you’ve seen a number of stories about artificial intelligence.  The term “artificial intelligence” is somewhat loosely defined.  It fits under the category of “we’ll know it when we see it.” The mathematician Alan Turing defined artificial intelligence as an “imitation game.”  If a human couldn’t tell if the origin of the responses on the other side ...

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Los Angeles and the Car Go Cult

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It’s summer!  That time of year when people think about relaxing, stress-free family car trips.  When oil companies think about increasing gas prices.  And, in Los Angeles, when we realize we live in not only endless summer but also endless traffic.  Here are a few helpful driving tips to navigate the city’s hallowed asphalt.  The astute motorist will note the average Angeleno follows these simple ...

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The Anonymous Creator

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If you’ve ever walked through a museum like LACMA or the Norton Simon, it’s likely you’ve run into art objects from antiquity.  These objects are not signed.  There’s no clue as to the artisan’s name.  They are of anonymous origin. And yet the objects are undeniably true works of art, representing aesthetic sensibilities and skills requiring years to develop. I was reminded of this anonymous ...

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Computers Are Writing Broadway Musicals

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Can Science really create Art? Musical fans on London’s West End are about to find out whether machines have caught up to man in the elaborate theatrical production department. Beyond The Fence is the first show completely written by a computer program – the next phase of the inevitable robot uprising. Don’t know whether to laugh or cry, do you?

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A Classic Tradition

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In the Oxford Dictionary, the first definition of the noun, “classic,” is classic (noun): A work of art of recognized and established value. The inclusion of the words “of art,” however, makes this definition unnecessarily narrow.  Here’s a better one: classic (noun): A work of recognized and established value. It’s necessary to widen the definition because works of science can also be classics.  Examples include ...

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Daddy Long Legs Live Stream Makes Theatre History

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Playbill: The Off-Broadway musical Daddy Long Legs made theatre history December 10 by being the first-ever Off-Broadway performance to be broadcast online to the world for free. The broadcast was seen in 135 countries worldwide, by over 150,000 people. According to press representatives, “the total viewing audience is equivalent to 2.7 years of sold out audiences in the Davenport Theatre and 10.4 weeks of sold ...

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Remembering LA Theater Internet Pioneer Geoff Hoff

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Bitter Lemons:  Geoff Hoff, founder of LA Theater Review  and a pioneer in getting Los Angeles theater onto the Internet, died on November 18, 2015.  He was 60 years old.  David Jette, who wrote for Hoff, provides a personal remembrance. Here’s an editorial Hoff wrote in 2010 about theater etiquette.

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Television: Theater’s New Friend?

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American Theatre:  “I was less interested in just putting theatre on TV, but I am very interested in not-for-profit, small regional theaters, and I also saw that they were really struggling to survive,” explains Mary Salter. “We’re trying to develop an audience for people to go into theaters and be in a place with real human beings in real time.”

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