300+ Reindeer Killed in Lightning Strike in Norway

Nature is a serious lady.  This is a bummer of a story, but it shows the power that Mother Nature harnesses with respect to light, in this case in the form of lightning.

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Last Friday (26 August 2016) in a large thunderstorm system in a private game reserve in Norway, an estimated 323 reindeer were killed in a lightning strike.  From WaPo reporter Karin Brulliard on the story:

The 323 reindeer were killed by lightning Friday, the agency said, in a rare natural massacre that counts as the deadliest lightning strike on record. It took place in a private hunting area of the Hardangervidda mountain plateau in central southern Norway, a verdant and frigid tableau of streams, rocks and glaciers that is home to one of the largest reindeer herds in Europe.

Officials told Agence France-Presse that a gamekeeper stumbled upon the eerie scene Friday and that 70 young reindeer were among the victims. Five animals had to be euthanized, said officials, who told the news service that they were not sure what they would do with the bodies. The gamekeeper told NTB, the Norwegian news service, that samples of the carcasses were sent to a state veterinary institute, which would officially determine the cause of death.
“We’ve never seen anything like this on this scale,” agency official Kjartan Knutsen said.” There were very strong storms in the area on Friday. The animals stay close together in bad weather and these ones were hit by lightning.”

There is some flyover video of the scene — it’s not gruesome or bloody or anything, but please know it’s ghastly:

Nature, you are a cruel mistress sometimes, huh.

Angela Chen, science writer for The Verge, et al, interviewed John Jensenius at NOAA to talk about the phenomenon of mass animal deaths attributed to lightning strikes like this.  Angela, this was a great read!  Y’all need to check out her writing!

Angela Chen:
First, how likely is it that it really was lightning that killed those reindeer? Is there a way to know without having seen the strike directly?

John Jensenius:
It isn’t that unusual to see farm animals, or wild animals such as reindeer, being killed by lightning. Of course, 323 is a rather large number, though we’ve seen reports of 654 sheep being killed in one spot.

Animals do tend to group together in storms and huddle under trees. If lightning strikes the tree or somewhere nearby, the entire group can be killed. We don’t know how common this is because it’s hard to track, though usually it’s herds of 10 or 20 animals that get killed.

In the case where the animals are huddling under a tree, oftentimes you’ll see some visible signs on the tree, though you may not see any visible signs on the animals themselves. In this case, it’s hard to know where lightning struck based on the pictures, but there may be an animal among the dead animals that has visible signs, like a bit of charring on the skin.

Angela Chen:
How did lightning kill all of those reindeer at once? Did they need to be touching for this to happen?

John Jensenius:
When animals or people are in groups, most are being killed by the ground current. First, there’s a direct strike — this is what most people think of when they think of lightning — that hits the tree or maybe the ground nearby. The energy then spreads along the ground surface, and if you’re anywhere near that lightning strike, you absorb it and get shocked.

Lightning goes up one leg and down another. Animals are more vulnerable because their legs are spread out more, so the ground currents travel more easily in their bodies. It doesn’t matter if they’re touching, or exactly how close they are, it matters that they were all in the area hit by lightning. Ground currents are the thing that’s responsible for the most lightning deaths and injuries in both people and animals.

Angela Chen:
How far can the ground current travel? When are you safe?

John Jensenius:
That’s one question we’re often asked, and it’s a difficult question because it depends on a lot of factors, including the strength of the actual lightning strike.

In this case, the animals seem to be in an area that was 50 to 80 feet in diameter and on a hillside, which gives you some idea that lightning can travel a good distance and still be deadly. Lightning doesn’t always travel deep into the ground.

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Angela Chen:
What exactly is it about lightning that kills these animals?

John Jensenius:
It’s the electricity going into your body. It passes through the nervous system and your nerves, and the deadly part is that it stops the heart. In the case of people, many can be revived with CPR if tended to immediately but with reindeer, it just would have stopped their hearts.

Angela Chen:
What are some other types of lightning besides the ground current and the direct strike?

John Jensenius:
There’s the side flash. That’s when an animal or person is standing close to the tree, the tree is hit by lightning, and then the lightning jumps from tree to person or animal. The side flash usually kills one or a small number of animals, not large ones like with ground currents.

There’s also something called a “wall conduction,” which is when something plugged into the wall is a direct connection to a wire outside. So if the wire outside is struck, the lightning will follow the wire and you can be shocked.

Angela Chen:
Are lightning fatalities, in people at least, going down?

John Jensenius:
Yes, they’ve been dropping over recent years. If you go back over the 1930s and 1940s, we had about 300 to 400 people killed every year in the United States. Nowadays, our 10-year average is about 31 people per year. This year so far we’ve had 32.

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Research and hat tips:

Angela Chen, of course!  https://twitter.com/chengela

http://www.theverge.com/users/angelachen

http://www.theverge.com/2016/8/29/12690402/lightning-strike-kills-norway-reindeer-death-why-science

http://wric.com/2016/08/29/lightning-strike-kills-more-than-300-reindeer-during-one-storm/

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37214288

http://www.sciencealert.com/a-lightning-strike-just-killed-300-reindeer-in-norway

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2016/08/29/a-lightning-strike-killed-323-reindeer-and-this-is-the-ghastly-aftermath/

https://www.yahoo.com/news/more-300-reindeer-killed-lightning-norway-095020805.html

 

 

Incredible Photos of the San Clarita Valley Wildfire

A few weeks ago in the Sand Canyon/San Clarita Valley, south of Los Angeles, a wildfire pretty much gutted the valley — homes destroyed, property, vehicles, just pure havoc.

This was quite an unfortunate fire; there are a very intriguing set of photographs of this fire, shot by David McNew of Getty Images.  I think he really captured the heat and misery of this fire, in an incredibly amber and dark series of photographs.  Check them out below.

Firefighters of the Texas Canyon Hotshot crew fight the Sand Fire at a residential golf course on July 23 2016 near Santa Clarita, California. Fueled by temperatures reaching about 108 degrees fahrenheit, the wildfire began yesterday has grown to 11,000 acres. / AFP / DAVID MCNEW (Photo credit should read DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images)

Firefighters of the Texas Canyon Hotshot crew fight the Sand Fire at a residential golf course on July 23 2016 near Santa Clarita, California.
Fueled by temperatures reaching about 108 degrees fahrenheit, the wildfire began yesterday has grown to 11,000 acres. / AFP / DAVID MCNEW (Photo credit should read DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images)

Members of hand crew rest on a hillside near Placenta Canyon Road as a wildfire burns in Santa Clarita, Calif., Sunday, July 24, 2016. Thousands of homes remained evacuated Sunday as two massive wildfires raged in tinder-dry California hills and canyons. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Members of hand crew rest on a hillside near Placenta Canyon Road as a wildfire burns in Santa Clarita, Calif., Sunday, July 24, 2016. Thousands of homes remained evacuated Sunday as two massive wildfires raged in tinder-dry California hills and canyons. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

A car covered in aerially-applied fire retardant remains parked in Ruthspring Dr., in Santa Clarita, Calif., on Sunday, July 24, 2016. Two massive wildfires raged in tinder-dry California hills and canyons Sunday, leaving thousands of homes evacuated and authorities to investigate a burned body found in a neighborhood swept by flames. Firefighters have been trying to beat back a fire since Friday that has blackened more than 34 square miles of brush on ridgelines near the city of Santa Clarita and the Angeles National Forest. (AP Photo/Matt Hartman)

A car covered in aerially-applied fire retardant remains parked in Ruthspring Dr., in Santa Clarita, Calif., on Sunday, July 24, 2016. Two massive wildfires raged in tinder-dry California hills and canyons Sunday, leaving thousands of homes evacuated and authorities to investigate a burned body found in a neighborhood swept by flames. Firefighters have been trying to beat back a fire since Friday that has blackened more than 34 square miles of brush on ridgelines near the city of Santa Clarita and the Angeles National Forest. (AP Photo/Matt Hartman)

A firefighter with the Texas Canyon Hotshot crew lights a backfire near homes to fight the Sand Fire on July 23 2016 near Santa Clarita, California. Fueled by temperatures reaching about 108 degrees fahrenheit, the wildfire began yesterday has grown to 11,000 acres. / AFP / DAVID MCNEW (Photo credit should read DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images)

A firefighter with the Texas Canyon Hotshot crew lights a backfire near homes to fight the Sand Fire on July 23 2016 near Santa Clarita, California.
Fueled by temperatures reaching about 108 degrees fahrenheit, the wildfire began yesterday has grown to 11,000 acres. / AFP / DAVID MCNEW (Photo credit should read DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images)

TOPSHOT - Residents flee their home as flames from the Sand Fire close in on July 23 2016 near Santa Clarita, California. Fueled by temperatures reaching about 108 degrees fahrenheit, the wildfire began yesterday has grown to 11,000 acres. / AFP / DAVID MCNEW (Photo credit should read DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images)

TOPSHOT – Residents flee their home as flames from the Sand Fire close in on July 23 2016 near Santa Clarita, California.
Fueled by temperatures reaching about 108 degrees fahrenheit, the wildfire began yesterday has grown to 11,000 acres. / AFP / DAVID MCNEW (Photo credit should read DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images)

A firefighting helicopter makes a drop at Fair Oaks Canyon during the Sand Fire in Santa Clarita, California on July 24, 2016. Triple-digit temperatures and dry conditions are fueling the wildfire, which has burned across at least 22,000 acres so far and is only 10 percent contained. / AFP / Mark Ralston (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

A firefighting helicopter makes a drop at Fair Oaks Canyon during the Sand Fire in Santa Clarita, California on July 24, 2016.
Triple-digit temperatures and dry conditions are fueling the wildfire, which has burned across at least 22,000 acres so far and is only 10 percent contained. / AFP / Mark Ralston (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Inmate handcrew firefighters shield themselves from embers and heavy smoke as flames close in on houses at the Sand Fire on July 23 2016 near Santa Clarita, California. Fueled by temperatures reaching about 108 degrees fahrenheit, the wildfire began yesterday has grown to 11,000 acres. / AFP / DAVID MCNEW (Photo credit should read DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images)

Inmate handcrew firefighters shield themselves from embers and heavy smoke as flames close in on houses at the Sand Fire on July 23 2016 near Santa Clarita, California.
Fueled by temperatures reaching about 108 degrees fahrenheit, the wildfire began yesterday has grown to 11,000 acres. / AFP / DAVID MCNEW (Photo credit should read DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images)

SANTA CLARITA, CA - JULY 24: Firefighters are forced to retreat as flame close in on them in Placerita Canyon at the Sand Fire on July 24, 2016 in Santa Clarita, California. Triple-digit temperatures and dry conditions are fueling the wildfire, which has burned across at least 22,000 acres so far and is only 10% contained. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

SANTA CLARITA, CA – JULY 24: Firefighters are forced to retreat as flame close in on them in Placerita Canyon at the Sand Fire on July 24, 2016 in Santa Clarita, California. Triple-digit temperatures and dry conditions are fueling the wildfire, which has burned across at least 22,000 acres so far and is only 10% contained. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

A firefighter reaches for the door of his truck as flames close in on homes at the Sand Fire on July 23 2016 near Santa Clarita, California. Fueled by temperatures reaching about 108 degrees fahrenheit, the wildfire began yesterday has grown to 11,000 acres. / AFP / DAVID MCNEW (Photo credit should read DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images)

A firefighter reaches for the door of his truck as flames close in on homes at the Sand Fire on July 23 2016 near Santa Clarita, California.
Fueled by temperatures reaching about 108 degrees fahrenheit, the wildfire began yesterday has grown to 11,000 acres. / AFP / DAVID MCNEW (Photo credit should read DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images)

A firefighting helicopter makes a drop at Fair Oaks Canyon during the Sand Fire in Santa Clarita, California on July 24, 2016. Triple-digit temperatures and dry conditions are fueling the wildfire, which has burned across at least 22,000 acres so far and is only 10 percent contained. / AFP / Mark Ralston (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

A firefighting helicopter makes a drop at Fair Oaks Canyon during the Sand Fire in Santa Clarita, California on July 24, 2016.
Triple-digit temperatures and dry conditions are fueling the wildfire, which has burned across at least 22,000 acres so far and is only 10 percent contained. / AFP / Mark Ralston (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Los Angeles County firefighters pause to fight the flames due to erratic winds in Placenta Caynon Road in Santa Clarita, Calif., Sunday, July 24, 2016. Flames raced down a steep hillside "like a freight train," leaving smoldering remains of homes and warnings that more communities should be ready to flee the wildfire churning through tinder-dry canyons in Southern California, authorities said Sunday. (AP Photo/Matt Hartman)

Los Angeles County firefighters pause to fight the flames due to erratic winds in Placenta Caynon Road in Santa Clarita, Calif., Sunday, July 24, 2016. Flames raced down a steep hillside “like a freight train,” leaving smoldering remains of homes and warnings that more communities should be ready to flee the wildfire churning through tinder-dry canyons in Southern California, authorities said Sunday. (AP Photo/Matt Hartman)

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 23: A view of the ash and smoke cloud from the sand fire originating in Santa Clarita, California on July 23, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by FG/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 23: A view of the ash and smoke cloud from the sand fire originating in Santa Clarita, California on July 23, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by FG/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 22: Sand Fire Burns in Santa Clarita on July 22, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by PG/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 22: Sand Fire Burns in Santa Clarita on July 22, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by PG/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

Firefighters of the Texas Canyon Hotshot crew fight the Sand Fire at a residential golf course on July 23 2016 near Santa Clarita, California. Fueled by temperatures reaching about 108 degrees fahrenheit, the wildfire began yesterday has grown to 11,000 acres. / AFP / DAVID MCNEW (Photo credit should read DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images)

Firefighters of the Texas Canyon Hotshot crew fight the Sand Fire at a residential golf course on July 23 2016 near Santa Clarita, California.
Fueled by temperatures reaching about 108 degrees fahrenheit, the wildfire began yesterday has grown to 11,000 acres. / AFP / DAVID MCNEW (Photo credit should read DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images)

42 People Injured at Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa Show

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42 people were confirmed to have been injured this weekend at a Snoop Dogg and Whiz Khalifa show in Camden, New Jersey at the BB&T Pavilion.  The tour is the Merry Jane Presents Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa: The High Road Tour — which is still kicking.  Reports from the scene said no one was killed in the ten foot fall onto concrete, but there were a few pretty serious injuries.

A spokesman from city of Camden said the venue is all up-to-date on all inspections and has no outstanding violations.

This is crazy video — it’s like a waterfall of people happened.

From New Jersey:

A railing collapse at a concert headlined by Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa at BB&T Pavilion injured at least 42 people, authorities said.

The collapse occurred just before 10:30 p.m. when one of the railings on a platform in front of the stage snapped, according to Camden County police. It is unclear at this time what caused it to break.

The injured fans, many of whom had piled on top of each other, were taken to area hospitals, police said. Some fans fell 10 feet onto a concrete walkway below.

According to Camden County Police spokesman Dan Keashen, one person was in serious but stable condition after suffering from an upper-body injury.

The injured person was taken to Cooper University Hospital.

Other injuries included broken bones, according to authorities.

The artists were escorted off the stage after the collapse, and organizers halted the concert about 20 minutes after the railing collapse.

Snoop Dog or Wiz Khalifa was on the secondary stage at the venue at the time of the collapse and was gesturing people to move toward the stage on the lawn and when fans rushed toward the railing, it snapped and collapsed, according to Keashen.

Crazy.  Check this out:

Another angle:

Accident Aftermath with first-responders:

From Philly.com:

Rhonda Wexler, a Cooper University Hospital spokeswoman, said Saturday that the hospital received 20 patients with minor injuries, who were all treated and released. She said one patient had to go to the trauma unit, but that was only because all beds in the adjacent emergency department were taken, and not because of the person’s injuries.

No one was seriously injured, she said. She did not have any information on the types of minor injuries people suffered.

Carol Lynn Daly, spokeswoman for Lourdes Medical Center, said seven people were brought there in stable condition and were all treated and released.

Peggy Leone, a Virtua Camden spokeswoman, said four people were treated there and released. A spokeswoman at Kennedy, Nicole Pensiero, confirmed that three people were treated and released there for minor injuries.

Keashen said his understanding was that Snoop Dogg or Wiz Khalifa, who were on a secondary stage at the venue, was gesturing to people on the lawn to come toward the stage. That’s when people rushed toward the railing and the railing collapsed.

The Camden County Sheriff’s Office is investigating with assistance from the Camden County Police Department, Keashen said.

Hat tips:

http://www.people.com/article/snoop-dogg-wiz-khalifa-concert-injuries-42

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2016/08/railing_collapse_at_snoop_dogg_concert_injures_doz.html

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20160806_Snoop_Dogg_concert_stops_shortly_after_railing_collapse.html

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/06/entertainment/snoop-dogg-concert-injuries/

http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/7461804/snoop-dogg-wiz-khalifa-concert-railing-collapse-video

http://www.bet.com/music/2016/08/06/snoop-dogg-wiz-khalifa.html

 

Actually Getting Paid for Designing Small Shows – A Primer

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Oh, there is a subject right now that is so near and dear to my heart that must be discussed.

I know there are a lot of people out there that work small theatre gigs as designers, and I know also that there are a lot of people reading JimOnLight who work as crew, staff, or management for small venues that produce plays. Often this is a fun, rewarding experience as a designer, where you get to try out new stuff, use a very inadequate light plot in ways it’s never been used before (in your mind, anyway) and really do some Bohemian theatre work. You know, what a lot of us were trained to do: Theatre!

Unfortunately, there is one aspect of working in small theatres that will either be easy or very, very difficult for some reason — getting paid for your work. You’d think that this is something that would be cut and dry, no? Nope, in fact it is not cut, dried, rolled, or smoked. You either get really lucky and you work with a company that has its financials together, or you work with a company that is a bigger disaster than Chernobyl.

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I just want to say that I’m not surprised by anything you’re about to read, I’m just a little shocked that in today’s age of having top be transparent financially, this kind of shit still goes on.  Again, not at all surprised, but it surely makes for good fodder.

I’ll keep the names to a minimum here, but I just had the displeasure of working on a tiny production a few months ago for a very small theatre company here in Oklahoma City, I still enjoy the occasional guerrilla Theatre piece as a designer. They’re managed by a small board of people who are more interested in picking the season’s plays than they are fundraising. The reason this little story is important is that none of the production staff have been paid, and they’ve opened, closed, and counted the ticket money on their season. The very scary thing was that I have an email from their board chairwoman that ostansibly says they hired us without having any money to pay us with in the first place. It would have been really swell to pay off a few bills of my own with that money — but it’s par for the course really, I did someone a favor, and no good deed goes unpunished, you know?

So let me reiterate:
We were all hired and promised fees, and the company had no money or ability for making good on that promise.

I picked up this little show as a favor to a friend, for a nil fee, which I was glad to accept.  Frankly, I’m fortunate that my rent wasn’t depending on that fee, because the other designers on the show certainly do, did, and still haven’t been paid. Unfortunately, in this business, this is the modus operandi of a good percentage of the smaller organizations that produce “plays.” The real bummer about that is that is drags down the entire system of Entertainment that we all are trained to support and design, and when you’re first starting out in this business, not getting a check for your work for months, or not at all, is a major financial killer to the young bank account.  There’s a company called Diamond Mine Productions that still owes me $2500 from 2004.  Thanks for screwing a just-graduated grad student out of four months rent, a-holes.

There are some things to watch out for that you typically learn after you’ve been promised that a company is reputable, and you usually learn them because they’re f***king you over a barrel and you learn it the hard way. But also, sometimes everything looks like it checks out, and them BAM — you get sideswiped by a Douchebag theatre company. Here’s a few things to watch out for and evaluate on the fly once you are offered a design gig somewhere, I hope these end up saving you grief.  The real bitch about this is that sometimes you just don’t have the option to pick and choose your companies as a freelance designer. However, stick with it, you will have that option in your career at some point.

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Some things to consider:

* Make sure that you have a signed contract in hand that is clear in its requirements of you. Steer clear of working without a contract. Always. Most contracts you will see will have a variety of preparedness, ranging from having it stated that you have some programming days built in to the schedule, or it could be as simply written that you’re expected to have a finished design by opening night. Are there production meetings? Are you compensated for that time? Are you expected to send renderings of anything beforehand to someone, perhaps the director? Is the opening and closing dates of the gig on the contract? What if they extend the run, are you getting more money? I’ve seen and not signed contracts that tried to make me provide the rig, operator, and console — and I’ve had a few Union contracts, which are pretty freaking sweet because they’re written in your favor, the designer. You’re going to see that your mileage may vary, but please keep your head about you before you sign that paper.

* Make sure that if you have any “internal objections” that you solve them before you sign anything.  Nothing is worse than trying to unscrew yourself once you’ve obliged, and nothing hurts worse than having to do something because you were too big a wuss to voice your needs.

* ASK PEOPLE about that company and its practices.  This is the best way to find out information about a gig before saying you’re along for the ride.  You will be surprised at the amount of information you can gather by asking “a friend of a friend.”

* Do a little research on the company offering you a gig — how many shows in their season? How many seasons have they done? Do you know any other designers from past shows you might be able to query about the company’s preparedness for production? Have there been any legal judgments against that company, either in the city they’re in or in other cities? Do they have a reputation for cagey decisions or payment?

* Research the company’s infrastructure and if there is a managing board in place. Are these people community people, industry people, or people who want to be involved in “making plays” but are out of their league? Do some name searching on board members and managers before you take a gig — the Shelby, NC stage collapse from a few years ago for example, that promoter had been convicted of wire fraud and extortion. Know the people you’re doing business with, as a designer you are your own business.

* Ask for half your design fee up front. There is nothing wrong with this practice, and frankly I believe it shows not only the company’s dedication to the production, but to you as the designer as well. Having half your fee up front is a guaranteed way for a company to show you that they want to be serious about the production they just hired you to design. You’re going to hear “no” to this sometimes, which is what it is, but you need to make the call on whether or not you sign that contract.

* Find out about things like budget, reimbursements, and the like — never buy anything on your own dime for a show that you don’t already have written permission to get, so that you actually get reimbursed.  You would be blown away by the amount of times I have heard a story about someone buying something for a show, being told it is not reimbursable, and then seeing that something used in the show.  Screw that!  If the company wants it, make them buy it!  If that thing they want you to purchase and be reimbursed for is so urgent for the show, make them pony up for it.  What you’ll find is that often times getting reimbursed is harder than getting paid!

* Don’t be afraid to send somebody’s ass to collections, or get an attorney and sue in small claims court.  Make sure to include your time lost, your fees, and anything else you can get reimbursed for, having to had spent your time chasing down payment you were promised.  But make sure that you also have proof that you did the show and that you were the designer of record, preferably on contract.  Yes, there are people out there who will literally ask you to “confirm your services” before they pay you.  I have first hand knowledge of this kind of bulls**t.

Folks, it comes down to this very simple thing:
You’re a resource – and if you allow it, a company will exploit you as hard and for as long as they can, that’s the nature of capitalism.
You have to decide just how much you are willing to take.
Believe me, if you don’t spell it out in a contract, you’re either not getting something you want, or you’ll be taken to task to do things that aren’t spelled out in your contract.
Please believe me, this will happen.  It’s your responsibility to take care of you.

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At the Drive In Bodyslams a Sharpy at Splendour 2016

This last week has been kinda crazy with the artists doing stuff to production that we’d all prefer they not do — like Marilyn Manson getting all jiggy at FOH with his crew.

Here’s another great example of something that could have been a lot easier to do than destroy a piece of gear — here’s Cedric Bixler of At the Drive In about to bodyslam a Sharpy to the ground at the Splendour in the Grass Festival 2016.  Apparently it was shining in his eyes and he couldn’t be bothered to either A) notify stage management that the light was a problem, B) reach down and unplug it, or C) do something other than bounce that motherf**ker to the deck like a hero.  Way to go, At the Drive In!  We professionals are so impressed at your display of professionalism.  That kind of crap is not exactly what I would call a friend maker for the crew.

The Sharpy is fine from what I hear — a few hours chilling in Catering and some Klonopin for anxiety and it was back on the case for the second act.

Way to go, hero! You tell that burdensome light who's the rockstar!

Way to go, hero! You tell that burdensome light who’s the rockstar!

Some links for you to check out the noisy sounds of At the Drive In:
http://www.atthedriveinmusic.com

At the Drive In on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/ATDImusic/

Splendour in the Grass Festival Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/splendourinthegrass/

Splendour in the Grass website:
http://www.splendourinthegrass.com

 

 

Marilyn Manson Acting Like A Douchebag to His Staff?

I’m sure by now everyone has seen some flavor or cut of this video…  this is the one where Marilyn Manson is out at front-of-house slapping around faders and punching flat screen monitors.  You’ve seen this, I assume?

If you’ve seen Marilyn Manson live before, you know his shows are kind of intense.  I mean, intense is a pretty tame word for it really, he’s quite the performer.  This little video here though, what do you think of that?  He comes to FOH, throws what looks to be the mains up hot on the A1 (a few times actually), busts his ass on some kind of chair, then punches out an LCD monitor.

I suppose a few conclusions could be drawn about this — one of two of these things happened:

  1. Either Marilyn Manson is a talented performer, and every bit of this was choreographed or discussed, planned, and executed a la Brad Schiller and the Metallica days of the ‘ghost-in-the-show,” OR…
  2. Marilyn Manson was acting like a douchebag and he totally disrespected his FOH crew pretty hard in front of everybody.

Really, this could go either way, right?  Either way it went down, I think that crew did a great job of maintaining their professionalism.

You have GOT to read the comments on these videos, folks!  They range far and wide, between things like “I can’t believe he would do that to the people who make him look and sound good,” to “F*CK those guys!  He owns them!  He can go out there and shit on that sound board if he wants, he’s Marilyn Manson!”  Not much polarization between those two lines, huh?

What do you think of this bit of showmanship?  Appropriate?  Inappropriate?  Post your comments in the comments section!

Now just for reference, there is this…

and this:

aaaaaand this:

Oh, and this.

Here he knocks Ginger Fish right directly out:

Oh, rock and roll!

Paris, at Night, from the International Space Station

So I’m minding my own business looking at news about Bernie endorsing Hillary, and BOOM — a photo comes across my screen of Paris at night, photographed from the International Space Station.  Check this out:

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From the ISS page on this photo:

Around local midnight time on April 8, 2015, astronauts aboard the International Space Station took this photograph of Paris, often referred to as the “City of Light.”

The pattern of the street grid dominates at night, providing a completely different set of visual features from those visible during the day. For instance, the winding Seine River is a main visual cue by day, but here the thin black line of the river is hard to detect until you focus on the strong meanders and the street lights on both banks.

The brightest boulevard in the dense network of streets is the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, the historical axis of the city, as designed in the 17th century. Every year on Bastille Day (July 14), the largest military parade in Europe processes down the Champs Élysées, reviewed by the President of the Republic. This grand avenue joins the royal Palace of the Tuileries—whose gardens appear as a dark rectangle on the river—to the star-like meeting place of eleven major boulevards at the Arc de Triomphe.

The many forested parks of Paris stand out as black polygons—such as the Bois de Boulogne and Vincennes. Orly and Charles de Gaulle airports are distinguished by their very bright lights next to the dark areas of runways and surrounding open land. Paris’s great ring road, the Boulevard Périphérique, encloses the city center.

Astronaut photograph ISS043-E-93480 was acquired on April 8, 2015, with a Nikon D4 digital camera using a 400 millimeter lens, and is provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations Facility and the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, Johnson Space Center.

If you want to see an enormous 4,000+ pixel photo of this view…  here’s that 4,000+ pixel photo of that ISS view of Paris at night.

Also, from the photo detail page of this shot – NASA:

Near midnight astronauts aboard the International Space Station took this image of Paris. The city is strongly patterned by the street grid because streets are the most consistently lit lines at night, providing a completely different set of features from those seen during the day. A day image shows the winding Seine River is the main visual cue, but here the thin black line of the river is hard to detect, until you focus on the strong meanders that wind across the image from lower left to top right. When you know what to look for you can see street lights on both banks following the course of the river, especially near the city center.

The many forested parks of Paris stand out as black polygons such as the Bois de Boulogne (at image lower center) and Vincennes (at image upper center). Even the lit paths through the Bois de Boulogne can be seen clearly in this image. Airports show a combination of very bright lights and the dark areas of runways and surrounding open country. A small part of the Charles de Gaulle airport appears at image top left, and Orly airport at image top right near the Seine.

Paris’s great ring road, the Boulevard Périphérique, encloses the city center, touching both of the abovementioned parks. The brightest boulevard in the dense network of streets in the center, is the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, the historical axis of the city designed in the 17th century. Every year on Bastille Day (14 July), the largest military parade in Europe processes down the Champs-Élysées, reviewed by the President of the Republic. The Champs Élysées, joins the royal Palace of the Tuileries, whose gardens appear as a dark rectangle on the river, to the star-like meeting place of eleven major arterial boulevards at the Arc de Triomphe at image center. This famous plaza was long named the Étoile (star).

Space is cool.

 

Webcam into Security Cam with Motion Detection, DIY

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Lots of people have been setting up their own home-based security systems lately, especially with all of the complete lack of human respect that we’ve been seeing on the streets of America, in cities all across our great nation.

When I lived here in Oklahoma City once before, a group of unsupervised neighborhood kids knifed two sets of tires on my car — I ended up taking a webcam and a desktop tower and basically doing a second-by-second snap of the “crime scene” and assembling them into a stop-motion movie each day.  I never did catch the little shits, and they cost me a whole bunch of money.  Having some video that turned on any time someone triggered the motion detection would have been a pretty handy little thing!

Instructables user olivi3r, residing in Mexico City, has created a how-to on turning a regular ol’ webcam into a motion-detecting, email alerting ninja system using some software called iSpy.  The software is open source and free — there is a small monthly fee if you’re looking to get email alerts when it detects some motion.

I absolutely love the DIY way.

Check it out:

iSpy Connect – open source, free software:
https://www.ispyconnect.com/

Olivi3r’s Instructable on turning your webcam into a motion cam system:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Webcam-to-Security-Cam-movement-Detection-Email-Al/

Check out Olivi3r’s other Instructables:
http://www.instructables.com/member/olivi3r/

JOL Sunday Flickr #33

It’s always nice to share some of the beautiful work submitted to the JOL Flickr Group — lately it’s been one of my favorite posts to write because it’s not about someone prancing into a night club and gunning several dozen people down, or some truss structure falling, or the like.  The shit has been pretty dark out there lately.

Take a moment and appreciate some random photographic art, all in the name of light.  Enjoy the quiet.

Capvespre des de la Gola del Ter

Say goodbye summer!

Bolshevo railway station after march sundown

SVO Always Near

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Carnival Court House

Not a bad view.

Feast of Light Designs in Vegas #1

Fisherman Chronicles, Chapter III

Have a great rest of your Sunday.  Be good to each other out there.

Installing Avolites Titan V10, plus Features!

Just a quick post, two videos — one for helping you install Avolites Titan V10 onto your desk/laptop/etcetera, and a video of the feature set of V10, which I’m pretty freaking excited about installing!

First things first, let’s get V10 installed onto your machine:
http://www.avolites.com/software/latest-version

Now, while that’s installing, check out an overview of the features of V10, get yourself up to speed!