‘Making a Murderer': Netflix’s ‘Most Significant Show Ever’ (Forbes)

Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings '83 has another huge hit on his hands with the documentary series Making a Murderer.

Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings ’83 has another huge hit on his hands with the documentary series Making a Murderer.

If you haven’t seen Netflix’s juggernaut hit Making a Murderer, which is inconceivable, you have no doubt at least heard some of the buzz about it. The twists and turns. The injustice of it all. And the petitions? Wow.

Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings ’83 has had some hits on his hands with House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, but as Forbes reports, “Making a Murderer is different.

A Creative Fix to Deteriorating Audio Reels? Bake Them. Seriously. (The Atlantic)


“It’s been nearly 40 years since the first Star Wars film was released, and the audio archive is showing its age,” writes Adrienne Lafrance for The Atlantic. Over time, the bindings of magnetic audio tapes come undone and release residue on playing equipment that make for a distorted noise.

As a creative fix to the problem, Star Wars sound engineers heat up the tapes in an oven “to reactivate magnetic bindings and reduce moisture so they’ll play again.” Read the article here.

Friggatriskaidekaphobia and Other Factoids about Friday the 13th (International Business Times)


The oft-quoted “bad things come in threes” chestnut may resonate with the superstitious on this third and final Friday the 13th of 2015.

The International Business Times runs down 13 trivia facts about the “bad luck holiday,” which include someone who considers the number good luck, despite having a lot of bad blood around lately.

‘Switch Witch’ Author and Creator Lara Spear Riley ’97 on ‘Shark Tank’ Tonight

Switch Witch

Just in time for Halloween, Lara Spear Riley ’97, creator of the children’s book Switch Witch and its doll companion, will appear on the popular ABC show Shark Tank Friday, October 23, 2015.

Spear Riley, who had long dreamed of writing a children’s book, wanted to create a Halloween tradition for families that helps parents with the problem presented by the sudden intake of way too much candy.

She wrote and self-published the story of a witch that switches out candy for toys and goodies. With a business partner, Spear Riley also produced a doll and together they made their pitch to the Shark Tank investors.

SHARK TANK - "Episode 705" - In one of the most exciting moments of "Shark Tank" history, the ante is upped when the Sharks start to bid OVER the asking price for one product and the million dollar offers start to fly. But will greed burst the bubble before a deal is set? Another pitch prompts a brutal brush-off from an irate Shark. Two parents from Salem, Massachusetts pitch their novel idea for managing Trick-or-Treaters' excess candy with a children's book and gifts; two men from Pacific Palisades, California tout their premium beef jerky made from filet mignon which has the Sharks swooning over the taste and the price point; a woman from Sand City, California pitches a full-length mirror designed to build self-esteem, and two men from Sandpoint, Idaho claim they have redefined drones with inventions that fly up to 60 mph and as high as 10,000 feet. In addition, in a follow-up on the NYC-based Bantam Bagels, the company in which Lori Grenier invested last season, we see how their unique stuffed bagels fare when given a national stage, on "Shark Tank," FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23 (9:00-10:01 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Michael Desmond) ROB BOULEY, LARA RILEY (SWITCH WITCH)

Lara Spear Riley ’97 (right) and business partner Rob Bouley make their pitch on Shark Tank. (ABC/Michael Desmond)

“The whole Shark Tank experience has been amazing and also surreal,” said Spear Riley. “It’s still hard to believe that we made it all the way through to airing on the show, considering they get more than 40,000 applications a year. We feel lucky and honored, and found everyone behind the scenes at Shark Tank to be so friendly and helpful.” Shark Tank airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET. Check local listings for channel.