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September 26, 2005

Sloan University Tour

Just got back from four days with Sloan around the Maritimes. Wow, my rock lighting chops definitely needed the rust shaken off. By the end, I was starting to feel like I was in the groove a little.

The days were long and hard, but the most surprising thing about the run was the opening act. The Stills from Montreal were really great guys, and very interesting musically. I really meant to get a CD before the last show was over, but I forgot. Hope to run across them again sometime.

As far as the light rig went, it was pretty simple. I did four 8' uprights of 12" truss on floor bases, with a pipe clamped across at the top. 4 bars of VNSP pars two top hung between the uprights left and right, and the other two clamped vertically down the middle two truss sticks. This sortof made a T shape. I had a 250 spot on each truss, and four more on the deck. I also had two blinders hanging from the pipe behind the drum kit. A small rig, but it looked interesting and it had the advantage of being compact and ground supported, which was essential since the venues were all very different.

Anyway, I think it will be a while before I do another run like that. 20 hour days are no fun.

September 12, 2005

Bad Science Reporting

I never quite analyzed bad science reporting in the media as much as this guy.

By the way: I wrote a post to say I am safely back from vacation and had a great time, but there was a hiccup on the server and it got sent to the big bit bucket in the sky. I'll post again soon, meanwhile, lots of home improvement work to keep me busy (never mind girlfriend, work, school...).