Month: November 2014

Stand By: ASM

Dr-Jekyll-Mr-Hyde-Stage-Manager-ScriptI was asked two weeks ago if I could cover off the Assistant Stage Manager (ASM) role for Lost and Found Theatre’s production of the Boiler Room Suite in my very own Kitchener Waterloo Little Theatre. The original plan was to shadow last week, then take on the role this week. Then I got sick, and then last night the ASM threw out her knee. Cue last minute changes! Last night, I shadowed the Sound Guy, doing the ASM Track, with the Stage Manager cueing him. It was a bizarre experience, but at least I’m now moderately trained to be able to do the role for the remaining nights. It got me to thinking about the SM/ASM relationship, and why it’s so important to have the ASM involved throughout the rehearsal process. (more…)

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Are Infographics Worth It?

tumblr_n7zkqoMUGQ1s6bw99o1_1280After spending multiple hours making Infographics for our Living Social Media project for BU492K, I got to thinking about the value of infographics in today’s social media landscape. Are they effective? Are they worth the effort? Or are they just getting skipped over like so many other social media posts?

The first infographic was created by Christoph Scheiner back in 1626 when he published the Rosa Ursina sive Sol. It illustrated the Sun’s rotation patterns so that non-scientific minds could easily grasp the concept. This infographic is still around today! Another cool fact: In 1857, Florence Nightingale used information graphics to persuade Queen Victoria to improve conditions in military hospitals. She used a combination of stacked bar and pie charts to show the number and the causes of deaths during each month of the Crimean War. With a concept that is nearly 400 years old, it stands to reason that infographics are worthy of investment. But how do they fit into our technology-focused world, and how do they connect into the social media landscape?

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Review: Popbasic

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 8.11.25 PMI’ve been toying with ordering from Popbasic for almost two months now. I found the company by accident when they were released the Wanderlust Collection. Before I could really make a decision if it was something I wanted, it was sold out. The Alice Collection came and sold out before I could make a decision, and I’m still kicking myself for it (the black dress was so gorgeous)! I put my foot down on the Frankie Collection and snapped it up within a couple of days.

Popbasic isn’t a subscription box. When you purchase a micro collection, you don’t subscribe. Each month a new micro collection is released, and you decide if you want it. All micro collections will cost between $50-$100 each month. PopBasic is awesome in that they offer free worldwide shipping. What you see is basically what you pay (exchanges excluded). It’s a nice touch that made ordering clean and simple. (more…)