Just came across a post on the Stagecraft Mailing List pointing out this Petzl recall from about a month ago. If you use Petzl locking ‘biners (the ones with the green button on the lock), be sure to check it out–seems like the safety locks on certain of these models aren’t locking!
Archive for November, 2006
Just a quick heads up that I’ve got an article in the current issue of Dramatics magazine, the Educational Theatre Association’s magazine for theatre students and teachers. The November ‘06 issue has a piece I wrote for them on the basic types of microphones, with lots of pretty pictures of some of the more common ones the average educational theatre type might come across and what they’re often used for.
Feel free to check it out here, bearing in mind that it is very oversimplified and generalized, as it’s target audience is educators who are not sound guys, and I was asked to keep technical terms to a minimum.
Time for a little story. When I got hired on my first tour back in 2003, I had about a month to get set to go, and part of that prep included buying a new laptop and getting up and running for it before I hit the road for six months. Since I wanted to be able to buy it in person and not have to wait for a delivery or backorders (to give me time to get it ready and make sure it was working), I bought a Sony Vaio from the local CompUSA. Not my first choice, but they were close, and had a service plan where I could bring it into any CompUSA anywhere and get it fixed, so I went with it.
I just got back from a gig tonight, where fellow squeak Simon Austin was seen using one of the new MiniMag AA LED flashlights. It looks pretty much like a standard 2 AA MiniMag, but with a slightly elongated head, and a slightly different tailcap (no lanyard hole).
It seems pretty comparable in both design and functionality to the MiniStar 2 from TerraLux, from a quick glance at it, but I didn’t have a chance to do a head-to-head, both since we were busy doing our jobs, and because I have an older MiniStar with the side-emitting LED, and they’ve since been upgraded to a forward-emitting LED that is, according to my sources at TerraLux, twice as bright.
What’s really cool is that the photos are animated in sync with the text instructions, and you can play them automatically at two different speeds, or manually frame-by-frame by mousing over the timeline.