The Best DIY Shortcuts, Tricks and Hacks We Saw in 2019

When seeking a faster, easier or better way to do things, a capitalist-programmed industrial designer may try to create a new product that solves the problem. But as our world becomes cluttered with more junk, I've come to appreciate those whose solutions rely on cleverness and improvisation with or repurposing of existing stuff. Here are the best such DIY shortcuts, tricks and hacks we saw in 2019: Guy Develops Clever Way to Unload Huge Concrete Pipes By Himself Workers Develop Clever Up...
Tags: Hong Kong, Design, Diy, La, Laura Kampf

VIDEO: Idina Menzel Gives Two Young Girls a Life-Changing Opportunity

Idina Menzel tells Kelly about her camp and foundation A Broaderway, a 10-day experience in the Berkshires every summer that provides guidance and collaboration for young girls as they develop and perform their art. Idina surprises two teen campers, Vanessa and Briana, with an amazing opportunity - to perform with her at Carnegie Hall [Author: Stage Tube]
Tags: Theatre, Idina Menzel, Kelly, Carnegie Hall, Vanessa, Berkshires, Briana, Idina, Stage Tube, Broaderway

NSFW: Watching This Roomba Programmed to Scream When It Runs Into Things...

I almost spit my morning coffee across the monitor when I watched this. Vlogger Michael Reeves reprogrammed his Roomba to orally express frustration when it bumps into things. Note that this is NSFW, as Reeves has given the machine a nasty vocabulary.I've cued the video up to the appropriate moment:
Tags: Videos, Design, Reeves, Vlogger Michael Reeves


I think that's an Elton John song?  I'm still standing.  Well, I am.  But it's been a rough few days this December.  In fact, it's been a rough few months this year, but I won't go into that. Returning from 2 1/2 weeks of vacation and rest/relaxation in Florida, I had a slight cold but, apparently, a whopper of an ear infection.  Thought my head was going to explode on the plane as we landed (both times, since we had a 2-plane trip from Orlando to Cincinnati through Atlanta this time).  Also,...
Tags: Art, Florida, Atlanta, Elton John, Orlando, Cincinnati, Rh Carpenter, Val, Orlando Airport, Dayquil

A new Lowry at Christie's Modern British Art Sale

It's a joy when you get to read the catalogue for an art sale which is both informative and interesting. This post is about some of the interesting artworks and interesting back stories to be gleaned... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Making A Mark]
Tags: Art, Lowry, Christie, Making A Mark

Breaking News: Broadway Revival of WEST SIDE STORY Pushes Back Opening Night

BroadwayWorld has learned that the highly anticipated Broadway revival of WEST SIDE STORY will be pushing back its opening night from the previously announced Feb. 6, 2020 until two weeks later on Feb. 20. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Broadway, BroadwayWorld, BWW News Desk

Reader Submitted: WOOD Low Rider Bike Build

One Day I was listening to the Modern Maker Podcast and they cut out a challenge. To make something out of bent wood. I though about it for a bit and came up with my version of a wood Low Rider Bike. I have always been fascinated with the Low rider design freedoms and though it would look cool if it was made out of laminated strips of walnut and maple. The initial concept and design period took me about a week to figure out, playing around with different frame option using a thin trip of wood a...
Tags: Design, Bikes, Reader Projects, Silver Maple, Live Love Make View

Surprising Things I Learned in 2019, Part 1

Writing for Core77 gives me plenty of opportunity to learn new facts, some of them quite surprising. Here's ten that jumped out at me this year: In the 1950s, Charles and Ray Eames introduced their iconic Lounge chair to America on an NBC TV show. Image by Pekka Tahkola Today, kids in Finland commute to school by bicycle and sled, in snow, at negative-22 degrees. The chainsaw was actually invented to cut bone. There's an old-school production method called "rose engine turning" that produce...
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In Toronto, Classical Music Seems To Be Thriving

Classical music and opera are not an old wooded sailing ship about to break into pieces in a fierce storm. They are the thin, iridescent film of soap bubbles stretched and borne aloft by the breath of eager, expectant believers. – Toronto Star
Tags: Art, Music, Toronto, Audience, 12.23.19

Elago’s case gives your AirPods Pro a protective leather robe

Designed to ensconce your $249 AirPods Pro in a rather dapper looking encasement, elago’s leather case for the AirPods Pro wraps your portable earphones in 100% veggie-tanned natural cowhide leather. Stamped out of a single leather sheet, the case comes together to protect as well as differentiate your case from the bunch. Available in black, brown, burgundy, and blue, the case comes with a brass fastener and a slim brass carabiner that you can use to hang the case from your bag, belt-loop, or a...
Tags: Deals, Design, Leather, Audio, Case, Product Design, General Gifts, Elago, AirPods Pro

VIDEO: Idina Menzel Stops By ELLEN To Talk UNCUT GEMS, Her Hollywood Walk Of Fame, Star And More

Idina Menzel has been making the rounds quite a bit lately and stopped by Ellen this week to talk her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame andher role in the Adam Sandler drama Uncut Gems, including an anecdote about atWicked-themed musical prank from Sandler himself [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Ellen, Idina Menzel, Hollywood Walk Of Fame, Sandler, Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, BWW News Desk


Liz Callaway, who provided the singing voice for Odette in the The Swan Princess describes the love she's received from fans. She also shares her favorites songs to sing from the film. [Author: Stage Tube]
Tags: Theatre, Odette, Liz Callaway, Stage Tube

George Salazar Set To Host 30th Annual LA Ovation Awards

Be More Chill and Little Shop of Horrors star George Salazar has been announced ashost the 30th Annual LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards Ceremony on Monday, January 13, 2020. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, BWW News Desk, George Salazar

18 Best Social Media Tools to Succeed in 2020

The most perplexing question that bothers every marketing professional in the competitive digital marketplace is how to create an effective social media strategy and use the right tool that would skyrocket conversions and facilitate business growth. Marketers are most likely to get overwhelmed by the plethora of social media tools available on the net. In case you are one of them, we have your back as we are about to share 18 awesome apps to get your social media marketing right.  We shall ca...
Tags: Facebook, Tools, Design, Social Media, Reddit, Canva, Buzzsumo, Animoto, Facebook Twitter Pinterest, Sprout Social, Socialbakers Socialbakers, Synthesio Beam, Chanty, Sprout Social Sprout Social, Best Social Media Tools, G Tools

Modular planters that let you plug-and-grow all sorts of plants!

Deriving its name from ‘mojura’, the Japanese word for modular, the MOJU planter is a set of modular plug-and-grow planters for indoor plants. It features a two-part design, with a base that holds water, and a switchable upper for the soil and the plant. The MOJU’s die-cast aluminum base remains static while the recycled polycarbonate upper comes with a variety of designs to suit everything from succulents to regular plants and even creepers of multiple volumes and sizes.The two-part design does...
Tags: Garden, Design, Modular, Product Design, Planter, Andrea Ponti, Moju

INDUSTRY: Social Insight Report - December 23rd - CHICAGO & A CHRISTMAS CAROL Top Growth!

The top growing current Broadway musicals were Chicago 4.57, West Side Story 2.65, Jagged Little Pill 2.46, Beetlejuice 1.64 and Ain't Too Proud 1.26. The top growing current Broadway plays were A Christmas Carol 3.91, Darren Brown Secret 3.35, Slave Play 3.10, American Utopia 2.68 and The Sound Inside 2. [Author: Alan Henry]
Tags: Theatre, Chicago, Broadway, Alan Henry, Jagged Little Pill, Beetlejuice, American Utopia, Ain t Too Proud

Soap Bottles

Natural shampoo packaged inside eco-friendly bottles made of soap that gradually dissolves. Innovative soap bottles designed by Jonna Breitenhuber eliminate the need for plastic shampoo bottles and unsustainable wasteful packaging. Also check out: Paper Water Bottle
Tags: Design, Tech, Jonna Breitenhuber

The New Yorker’s List Of Top Cultural Moments Of The 2010s

From Zadie Smith to Christian Marclay’s clock to Beyonce and Clive James – the decade was a series of flashes. The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Beyonce, Issues, Clive James, Zadie Smith, Christian Marclay, 12.22.19

Advanced SEO Techniques for 2020: Generate More Traffic

This article was contributed by Roman Daneghyan. Is SEO important for every business, or just selected ones need it? Should you invest in SEO, or can you get by without it? Most online startups ask questions like these.  It is important to understand that Search Engine Optimization or SEO is Google’s way of identifying which websites should rank high for queries searched into its search engine. In the absence of SEO, it won’t be difficult for businesses to manipulate the search results and ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Design, Social Media, Seo, Css, Best, United States, Vpn, Voice, Forbes, Guest Articles, GoogleBot, Google My Business, Amazon Alexa, Google Yahoo Bing

Genius Series: Why Schrödinger's cat is the ultimate reality check

Big Think has just launched its Genius Series of tees, sweatshirts, posters and more! Buy here.In this design, we pay tribute to the ultimate reality check in physics: Schrödinger's cat!Erwin Schrödinger was a Nobel Prize-winning physicist. Other geniuses in this series include Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie and Isaac Newton. None Quantum mechanics has produced its share of weird ideas, not least of which is Schrödinger's cat, a famous thought experiment devised by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Erwin...
Tags: Science, Design, Chemistry, Physics, Gear, Innovation, Albert Einstein, Copenhagen, Einstein, Schrodinger, Erwin Schrodinger, Laue, Nikola Tesla Marie Curie, Isaac Newton None Quantum

Why Paul Bowles Drew Such A Long Shadow On Morocco

I have tried not to think too often about the long shadow that Paul Bowles casts over Tangier, but this year’s commemorations have made it hard to avoid: the twentieth anniversary of Bowles’s death and the seventieth of The Sheltering Sky’s publication. In Tangier, celebrations to mark this “existential masterpiece” are under way, including balls and masquerade parties. And so I’ve found myself again asking how this genteel American writer came to be so bound up with Morocco, and how, i...
Tags: Art, People, Morocco, Tangier, Bowles, Paul Bowles, 12.20.19

VIDEO: Trisha Paytas Brings BEETLEJUICE To Life In New Music Video For 'Say My Name'

YouTube star, Trisha Paytas, is the latest to lend her voice to the chorus of Beetlejuice supporters using the internet to prolong the show's life. [Author: Stage Tube]
Tags: Theatre, Stage Tube, Trisha Paytas

SOUTH PACIFIC Stars Matthew Morrison And Loretta Ables Sayre To Reunite In Hawaii

Tony nominee, Matthew Morrison, is set to take the stage next month at Hawaii Theatre Center [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Hawaii, South Pacific, Tony, Matthew Morrison, BWW News Desk, Loretta Ables Sayre

VIDEO: Shirley Bassey, Michael Ball, and Alfie Boe Perform A Christmas Classic

Today, we're celebrating Christmas with Dame Shirley Bassey, who appeared on ITV this week to perform the Christmas show tune classic, 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.' [Author: Stage Tube]
Tags: Theatre, Dame Shirley Bassey, Stage Tube, Shirley Bassey Michael Ball

VIDEO: Watch Idina Menzel Sing 'I'll Be Home for Christmas' from CHRISTMAS: A SEASON OF LOVE

Idina Menzelhas a lot to celebrate this holiday season, with the recent release of her latest holiday album and Frozen 2 freezing out the competition at the box office. With the release of a music video for 'I'll Be home for Christmas,' featuring her husband, Aaron Lohr, She writes 'This has been one of the best years. Thanks for going on the ride with me. And now I'm happy to be home with the ones I love. Happy Holidays, everyone.' Watch the full video below [Author: Stage Tube]
Tags: Theatre, Happy Holidays, Idina Menzel, Stage Tube, Idina Menzelhas, Aaron Lohr

The Changing Faces Of America’s Libraries

“If you haven’t been in a public library lately, you probably wouldn’t recognize where you were if you entered one tomorrow. This is no longer, as I wrote early on, your mother’s library. The books are still there, the readers are still there, the librarians are still there. But sharing the same space are children busy with all kinds of active—and sometimes noisy—programs, inventors in maker-spaces, historians and amateurs researching genealogy, job-seekers scouring the internet, homeles...
Tags: Art, America, Words, 12.23.19

VIDEO: Ana Gasteyer Sends a Holiday Meesage to Idina Menzel!

SNL and Broadway veteran is celebrating the holidays this season with the release of her latest album, Sugar Booze, and she's calling on a fellow Elphaba vet for support. Watch as she hilariously gives Idina Menzel a call and check out Menzel's response below [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Broadway, Idina Menzel, Ana Gasteyer, Elphaba, Menzel, BWW News Desk

US Justice Department Dings Live Nation For Consent Decree Violations

The DOJ investigation found that Live Nation had repeatedly violated the 10-year consent decree signed after the merger, in which the company agreed to refrain from monopolistic practices such as withholding valuable shows from venues in order to force them to contract Ticketmaster for ticketing services. – Pitchfork
Tags: Art, US, Doj, Justice Department, Issues, 12.20.19

Final Week To Vote For The 2019 BroadwayWorld Regional Awards Worldwide

This is the final week to submit votes for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Regional Awards Worldwide, brought to you by TodayTix Don't miss your chance to vote and make sure your favorite local theatres and performers are recognized [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, BWW News Desk, TodayTix Don

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