The 5th Avenue Theatre (in Seattle) is currently doing A Little Night Music, one of my favorite Sondheim shows. I just saw it, it was fantastic; a wonderful cast, stellar set design, and a great show all around. The run is almost over, but you may still be able to get tickets to their recently-added American Red Cross benefit performance this Sunday, October 14 at 7pm. 100% of the $25 general admission ticket price goes to ARC. (I paid $55 each for regular tickets, so you'll have a bunch of reasons to feel privileged when you go to Sunday's show.)
If you like TV/movie celebrities in your theater, I should add that Hayley Mills was fantastic. Theater fans will know other names, like Robert Cuccioli and Claire Bloom. But the entire cast is equally strong, so go for the whole lot.
Speaking of Sondheim, if I haven't mentioned it already, the Broadway version of Assassins, originally set to debut next month, has been cancelled in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11. Assassins is an important show that deserves Broadway treatment, but its already-controversial treatment of its subject matter could very easily be very unpopular so soon after the attacks. It doesn't do anybody any good to release the show at a time where it could so easily be misunderstood (and potentially be a huge financial failure). I hope those involved in the production decide to revive the effort, say, six months from now. I was very much looking forward to Assassins on Broadway, and will continue to look forward to it until the time is right.
A little good news: it sounds like Into The Woods will get a Broadway revival soon.
Sondheim.com has lyrics on the front page as a sort of reaction to 9-11, from both Assassins and Into The Woods. A message in the chat boards (now the entirety of Sondheim.com beyond the front page, and not much to it, either) astutely suggests that ITW has many themes relevant to war.
Atollo is a brick-building toy garnering geek attention from its ability to create complex shapes using only two kinds of pieces. Atollo was recently mentioned on Slashdot, and was immediately "Slashdotted". I'm often amused by the Slashdot effect and its unintended consequences. For those that don't know, the "Slashdot effect" (being Slashdotted) is when a highly trafficked website, especially a weblog, mentions a small website, and all the readers of the weblog visit the website virutally simultaneously, overloading the small website's server and making it unavailable in a matter of hours or minutes. (The effect has been renamed "the MetaFilter effect" in the case of MetaFilter; it's all the same thing.) Sometimes this results in the maintainer of the web site putting up a message greeting Slashdot or MetaFilter readers.
I was amused in this case because according to the message Atollo put up, the mention on Slashdot has actually resulted in a spike in demand for the product, as well as for the website. Weblogs are great word-of-mouth mechanisms.
Even before the Atollo mention, I'd been thinking about how many different kinds of building toys there are out there, and which ones were more successful than others. It's interesting how many "classic" building toys there are, and how difficult it must be for a new kind of building toy to break into the market. MemePool did the work for me of trying to think of a bunch of others and link to their websites.
A nice, fair Linux v. Windows 2000 review, with good advice for IT folks attempting to integrate both in an office environment.