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Tuesday, 28 November 2017 02:59

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 09:13

Something's coming…

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What will it be?

Saturday, 21 October 2017 11:55

Un(real)

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Remember—I have a Bachelor of Science in Theatre, Communication, and Youth Studies.

Therefore, the fact that this is a photo of a stage prop should resonate loudly. This prop portrays a great level of respect between a stage manager, actor(s), and director. The stage manager stores and keeps the prop safe at all times when not in use during a scene. This includes during a rehearsal, and during dark times. This is usually done by means of a lock box or gun cabinet, depending on weapons used and facilities available.

Next, the transfer of trust occurs when the prop weapon is handed from the stage manager or weapon master to the actor that will be handling the prop. It is a prop; it is a tool for performance, and must be treated with due respect. That hand-off entails that the gun is in safe working order, if any blank ammunition is loaded, the assurance that the blanks are proper minimum strength for the necessary use, and that the prop master/stage manager will be available immediately upon completion of the scene to retrieve the weapon to ensure its return to safe keeping.

Theatre is a work space. It is a place for enjoyment by the audience, by means of hard work and dedication of professionals who have trained and prepared for an emotionally trying presentation. Using a weapon—especially firearms—on stage delivers powerful scenes with deep emotional impact. Does the audience see the thread of trust that exists from the unlocking of the lock box, to the hand-off to the actor, the return to the weapon master, and the locking of storage again? They’re not supposed to, but it is the ultimate trust endowed on any team.

Please consult with a professional fight choreographer or firearms instructor for the safety of your cast, crew, and audience. Obey all local and federal laws and regulations, and union rules if they apply.

Sunday, 15 October 2017 23:05

Thinking about Earth

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We live in a society where we think we are the most intelligent being to have been on Earth, based on the concept of cumulative knowledge gained over eons.

Are we really the most advanced society to have existed on Earth? Prove it.

Photo: NOAA/NASA GOES-16 Satellite, 15 January 2017

Sunday, 15 October 2017 21:39

Genuine Beliefs

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I’m in the final stretch of my graduate degree. The finish line is in sight, and I know how far it is until I cross the line. I’ve looked back at what I’ve done, seeing what’s going on, and thinking about what will be. I am full of emotions, and some days are overwhelming.

The opportunities that could be are coming into focus. I’ve reached out and made contacts with professors and businessmen. I’ve offered services and support, and I hope my time will be considered and utilized. Funding and location are the primary locations, but those can be overcome, albeit not easily.

My being, the whole of who am I, and the genuine beliefs that have driven me to discover my place in the world are strong. My body may struggle at times with physical limitations, but that does not hold back my spirit.

To those who don’t know me—yet—have faith. I believe I am a great person with great capabilities. I come from an exceptional background, and that precludes and exceptional future.

Are you in? Believe me, you want to be.

Sunday, 15 October 2017 21:09

Who You Gonna Call

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Sunday, 15 October 2017 21:04

I am a penny under the piano.

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Today I went to a campus event from a theatre company that works with kids. We all wrote stories. Here’s mine:

Pennies Under The Piano

Last Tuesday we made a decision to look under the piano, and do you know what we found? PENNIES! Green pennies. Red pennies. Purple pennies…. Even clear pennies. We started to collect the pennies into a pile, and the pile grew and grew. We realized that no two pennies were already alike. And we found out that no matter what colour the penny was, it was worth just as much as every other penny. We added up all the pennies, and found out we have enough to build Trump’s wall.

Sunday, 15 October 2017 20:51

WordPress Theme

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Monday, 11 September 2017 16:12

Bigger, Faster, More Power

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I added a new M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive to my computer today. It’s the second M.2 form-factor, and the third SSD. My original SSD, an OCZ Vertex 3, is still my system drive, but I am moving that to the OCZ RD400. The Samsung 960 EVO I got today will be for large media, like video editing and RAW format images from my D-SLR.

I can’t say zoom! Zoom! Or vroom! Vroom!

But I don’t have to wait long for anything, either.

Wednesday, 06 September 2017 23:01

To World Leaders (except Trump)

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Dear President Enrique Peña Nieto (United Mexican States),  President Xi Jinping (People’s Republic of China), President Vladimir Putin (Russian Federation), Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Republic of India), Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Her Majesty’s Government of Canada), Chancellor Angela Merkel (Federal Republic of Germany), and President Emmanuel Macron (French Republic),

We live in a global economy. I believe that is why the North America Free Trade Agreement was once ratified. I believe that is why America has trade with China. I believe that is why I know who all of you are.

There are certain aspects of my education that I feel are significant cornerstones of my ethical and moral standing. Some people disagree with me, and that’s okay. I disagree with others (like Nazis, racists, fascists, and people who don’t use the Oxford comma). One of which being an award given to my school. It’s not a personal award I received, so it reflects on the teachers, administrators, staff, and students. Without everyone working together, the award has to substance.

I want you to read the name of this award, then tell me why it shouldn’t matter.

United Nations Peace Messenger Award

It sounds pretty snazzy to me, especially since it was 1991, and was given for an international program that began in 1989, amidst the tearing down of the Berlin Wall and the Student Protests in Tienanmen Square in Beijing in 1989. I searched Google for “United Nations Peace Messenger Award” (the quotes are important, because the “United Nations Messengers of Peace” take precedence in the search results, and only few mentions of the actual award are found.

I don’t like what my President, and the government that is supposed to be representing me is doing to my country, and the relationships with you and countries in other areas of the world. Therefore, as an alumni of a school that was awarded the United Nations Peace Messenger Award, I would like to make it known that the intentions of the government of the United States of America may not be those of the people of this country, and many of us feel powerless to rectify the problem at hand.

I urge other alumni of my school to lift up the shield of this award, and speak up for those within these borders, whether or not they are residents welcomed by our government or not at this time, and let our true wishes be known. All are welcome, and none are turned away. We demand peace, and offer it in return.

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