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Friday, May 28, 2010


Rossum's Universal Robots

R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) is a science fiction play in the Czech language by Karel Čapek. It premiered in 1921, and is noted for introducing the term "robot." Isaac Asimov, author of the Robot Series of books and creator of the Three Laws of Robotics, stated: "Capek's play is, in my own opinion, a terribly bad one, but it is immortal for that one word. It contributed the word 'robot' not only to English but, through English, to all the languages in which science fiction is now written."[1]-Wikipedia



“When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; what is man, that thou art mindful of him?” – Psalms 8:3

R.U.R.—written in 1920, premiered in Prague in 1921, and first performed in New York in 1922—garnered worldwide acclaim for its author and popularized the word robot. Mass-produced as efficient laborers to serve man, Capek’s Robots remember everything but think of nothing new. The Utopian life they provide ultimately lacks meaning, and the humans they serve begin to be unable to reproduce. When the Robots revolt, killing all but one of their masters, they must strain to learn the secret of creation...

Rossums Universal Robots is the Insurgo 2010 Ensemble Production, directed by Insurgo Ensemble Captain Brandon McClenahan. The cast is as follows:

HARRY DOMAIN - Michael Drake
SULLA - Sarah Spraker
MARIUS - Brandon Jones
HELENA GLORY - Amanda Kraft
DR. GALL - Gabe Gentile
DR. HALLEMEIER - Glenn Heath
FABRY - Mike Kimm
ALQUIST - Tony Foresta
BUSMAN - Joel Wayman
RADIUS - Dave Surrat
NANA - Natascha Negro
PRIMUS - Geo Nikols
ROBOTS - Rosalie Miletich, Joe Sacco, Paul Romero, Jeremy Nino, Jason Nino, Alex Williams, Stacia Larsen, Breon Jenay

Director: Brandon McClenahan
Assistant Director: Sam Craner
Sound Design: Sandy Stein
Choreography: Jenna Wurtzberger
Costumes: Natascha Negro and Brandon McClenahan
Set Design: Brandon McClenahan and Tim Burris

Performances of R.U.R. are June 18th - July 10th:

Harry Reid even in anti-incum year

A New poll released today by the conservative Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper shows Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)  either leading or within 3 percentage points of the Republican front runners, Sharron Angle, Danny Tarkanian and Sue Lowden.

The poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research who appear to conduct all the polls commissioned by the Review-Journal

The question: If the 2010 General election for Nevada’s Senate seat were held today, for who would you vote?

Harry Reid (D) 42%
Sharron Angle (R) 39%
Other 5%
None of the these 4 %
Undecided 10%

Sue Lowden (R) 42%
Harry Reid (D) 39%
Other 3%
None of these 6%
Undecided 10%

Danny Tarkanian (R)42%
Harry Reid 41% (D)
Other 4%
None of these 3%
Undecided 10%

The margin of error for the poll is plus or minus 4 percentage points. The polls question doesn’t offer a choice for a third party candidate, such as the Independent American Party which is Nevada’s third largest Party, Independent candidates or the Tea Party Candidate, and by not including these party candidates by name and Party, the poll will be skewed.

Gary Coleman is dead at 42

Gary Coleman dies at 42; child star of hit sitcom 'Diff'rent Strokes

The actor dies in Utah days after a brain hemorrhage. After soaring to fame in the late 1970s, his post-TV-series life included a stint as a shopping mall security guard and an unlikely run for California governor. - LA Times

More from the LA Times: "Gary Coleman, who soared to fame in the late 1970s as the child star of the hit sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" and whose post-TV-series life included a stint as a shopping mall security guard and an unlikely run for California governor, died Friday. He was 42.

The diminutive Coleman, whose adult height was 4 feet 8 inches, died at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo after suffering an intracranial hemorrhage earlier this week, according to a statement from hospital spokeswoman Janet Frank.

A resident of Santaquin, Utah, he had been hospitalized Wednesday and lost consciousness the next day. He was taken off life support Friday afternoon with his family at his side, the hospital said.

Born with failed kidneys, Coleman had undergone two transplants by age 14 and his growth was permanently stunted by the side effects of dialysis medications."

My friend and coach Vic Perrillo discovered Coleman as an elementary school student in Lisle, IL, launching him into television commercials, where a scout for Norman Lear "discovered" him (the Hollywood prism on things). Later pushed out by Coleman's uncle, his "manager", Coleman has had financial problems most of his life. 

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