Since I was a kid, I’ve always enjoyed learning about the newest piece of technology- I had a Texas Instruments computer that hooked up to the TV like video game systems do. It had no internal memory at all, and was probably less powerful than a simple programmable thermostat in your house is now, but I thought it was pretty cool to write little programs that made a dot bounce around the screen. But I grew out of that-while some of my friends went on to study computer science and build circuit boards from scratch, I learned about absurdist playwrights, acting theory since the Stanislavsky era, and what a “gaffer” actually is.
So, though I still have an appreciation for technology and how it’s advanced over the years, I’m far from an expert. And now we have the Internets (yes, the capital “I” and the “s” at the end are intentional. Kind of a tongue-in-cheek homage to the ubiquitous tool that both frees us from the bounds of time and space, and ties us to its arcane rulebook)
By necessity, I’ve gotten pretty good at navigating lots of different tasks on the ol’ Interwebs (that one’s intentional too, in case you were wondering), and I’m going to pass some homespun (not tech talk) knowledge on, in the hopes that it will help some of you as you poke around our site and others. If you have any questions about things related to navigating our site and registration process that aren’t addressed here, please contact us at [email protected] and we’ll help ASAP. And feel free to drop me a note there if you have any more tips that you think I should pass on, or any updates to my tips.
* I know some people cannot download anything because of security measures on their computers, so if that’s the case you may be at the mercy of your IT department. They know best what will work on your system, so you can generally trust their advice, but I’d suggest asking if they can at least update your browser to the most current iteration. That will minimize issues, since if browsers aren’t updated, some features of recently created sites like ours won’t work as the programmers intend.
The bottom line with browsers is, use the most updated version of whatever one you like best and are most familiar with.
* One way this relates directly to the NWETC site is that we often update information such as the exact venue where one of our courses will be held. Have you ever looked at a course and seen “Location: TBD” on the course description page? We post courses often before the venues are locked down, and we update the page almost daily with new courses and venues. So, if you visited our site one day and saw “TBD” in the location field, then you come back a couple of days later, you may still see that if your cookies and cache haven’t been cleared recently even if we updated it. It it’s less than about 2 months from a course, we usually have the venue set, so if you see “TBD”, try clearing your cookies/cache and reloading the page. If it still says TBD after that, email us at [email protected] and ask us if the venue has been set.
Ok, that’s enough tips for now, unless you want to know more about the Group Theatre in New York, or how The Meisner Technique differs from Uta Hagen’s…No acting theory? Ok, well, some other time. And happy browsing!
Early on the morning of June 21 in downtown Seattle, NWETC Professional Training Coordinator Robert Harkins boarded a train headed toward Portland.
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