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Beck Center program cover detail: Equus

Full frontal nudity

It's kind of amazing that The Beck Center in Lakewood could stage Equus with full male and female frontal nudity along with a herd of very minimally clothed male actors, and there was no public outcry about it.

You'd think that this would draw a crowd of protesters or a crowd of curiosity-seekers, but Saturday's show was only about half-full. We went because of an email I got saying this was a "don't miss" theatrical experience.

The play was staged extremely well, and the acting was excellent, especially the male and female leads. But somehow the show just didn't work for me. 

The story of a very troubled young man who blinded six horses and ends up under the care of an almost equally-troubled psychiatrist is full of angst, anger and soul-searching.

It made for good spectacle, but never got beyond that. I was always aware I was watching actors doing a great job with weighty material. Never for a moment did they seem like real people that I could imagine meeting on the street.


How to become a Web 2.0 company

Even if you haven't the foggiest idea of what Web 2.0 means, you can use the Web 2.0 Name Generator to give yourself a cool name. Yando, anyone? How about Podverse? Wikindo? [thanx to Marc Majers]

But seriously, folks...

Tim O'Reilly, of O'Reilly technical publishing fame, has described these "core competencies of Web 2.0 companies:"
• Services, not packaged software, with cost-effective scalability
• Control over unique, hard-to-recreate data sources that get richer as more people use them
• Trusting users as co-developers
• Harnessing collective intelligence
• Leveraging the long tail through customer self-service
• Software above the level of a single device
• Lightweight user interfaces, development models, AND business models

Tim's advice: "the next time a company claims that it's 'Web 2.0,' test their features against the list above." Better yet, read O'Reilly's article, What is Web 2.0.