Broadway Backstory

 

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Musical Theatre Nerds Unite!

Completely obsessed with the podcast Broadway Backstory. This podcast was recommended to me by my friend Laura (thank you Laura!). In season one, tales of 7 Broadway shows are told from idea to creation. With interviews of key players (Directors, Producers, Composers, Actors, etc.) Each podcast is dedicated to one shows story.

Patrick Hinds hosts this addictive series. The shows included in season one are: In the Heights, Fun Home, Deaf West’ Spring Awakening, Legally Blonde, The Secret Garden, Next to Normal, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

The podcast pull back the curtain on what it takes to produce shows on Broadway, the years of dedication, setbacks, and triumphs.

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https://www.todaytix.com/insider/nyc/posts?category=broadway-backstory

Instagram Story

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I’m sure you are aware of Instagram. It’s an app that let’s you upload photos and share them. It’s a visual way of sharing your social media story.

Recently, Instagram launched Instagram Story as a way for users to now create photos, videos, boomerang, and more to share.

It’s only posted for 24 hours and allows the user to be playful and quick with giving some insight into their days.

At the top of the scroll it lists all the people you follow who have created stories and allows you to watch them one after the other.

And for the person who posts, you get to see who viewed it. Plus you can save it or post it to your regular feed.

And it’s just a little bit addictive. Have fun sharing.

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TED Ed

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TED Ed is a new addition to the TED concept. They are educational videos usually no longer than 5 minutes. They ask a question and then proceed to answer it in a short amount of time. Just enough to listen, learn from, and move on in our busy and hectic lives.

I’ve already learned about topics that surprised me. Unexpected lessons: “Why do we feel nostalgia?”, “Why are we so attached to our things?”.

Take a look, you’ll be sure to learn something new.

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https://ed.ted.com/

 

 

Google Home

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Technology continues its march forward with Google Home. Much like Alexa and Amazon Echo, this new personal assistant forges way to our collective future.

Having received this as a gift from my parents (Thanks Mom & Dad), it’s rather mesmerizing. You start with “Hey Google” or “Ok Google” and then ask it a question or give it a command.

Example: “Hey Google, will you play Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland” And then it plays it. Or “Ok Google, how far away is the moon?”

It also can connect you to you TV, Nest, and other technology.

The future is now. Isn’t it incredible. “Hey Google, how far will technology go?”

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https://store.google.com/product/google_home

Vevo

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Vevo is a video hosting service. In this age of streaming I have found it to be the simplest way to stream music and music videos for free.

It’s possible to stream directly from your phone via youtube or through systems like Apple TV or Roku.

One of the benefits is that it keeps music group in genres and also popularity. .

It’s like the new radio, streaming radio, which also happens to be free.

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https://www.vevo.com/

https://www.youtube.com/user/VEVO

 

 

Homescreens

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Recently I’ve become fascinated with people’s phone homescreens. It seems most people have photos of something that’s important to them; family, spouse, pets, home.

Turns out there is a website where people can share their homescreens.  Had made some observations and discovered there is a website which already exists to showcase homescreens…way to go internet. https://homescreen.me/

However, most of the screens are sharing the apps they have or the clever ways they set up their home screen. I’m just digging a bit deeper in being intrigued by the photos used on homescreens.

What does your homescreen show? Is it something you really care about, something special?

Considering we have our phones with us most of the time, it makes sense we want to be reminded of things we love and care about.

Feel free to share your homescreen story in the comments section.

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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Slots App

 

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Who knows why I am obsessed with the Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Slots App?Perhaps because I’m obsessed with the actual Wonka slots in Vegas.

Have this game on my phone and am fascinated by the design, the different levels, and how it ties in all the aspects of the film. It’s this candy-colored dream, with the music playing, and nostalgia ripe for the picking. Suppose it is escapist fun, and gambling.

You don’t have to pay for extras or extra points unless you want to. I’m currently on a mission to see how many credits I can amass. (Currently at 100K)

You start at the “Candy Man Can” level and then as you play more, more levels are unlocked; “Augustus Gloop & Veruca’s Golden Ticket”, “Violet & Mike Teevee’s Golden Ticket”, “Charlie’s Golden Ticket”, and more, of course.

Will I continue the obession forever, unlikely. But will I play it when I travel or am waiting in line at DMV. Yes.

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