Sniper Kills 50+, Wounds 400+ in Vegas Concert Shooting

“He opened fire on a crowd of more than 22,000 concert goers.”  Guess what, America?  This guy is a terrorist.

UPDATES, at the bottom of the post…

Quick editorial note right up front:
I spent this entire day from the time of posting arguing with people about my use of the word sniper in this article.  You’re right, he’s not a sniper, never was a sniper, and was not trained as a sniper.  Because of this decision I made to use that word, which I was using to describe a person firing from an elevated position, some were severely offended.  That wasn’t my intention, apologies all around.  Thank you.

I keep wanting to write ‘this is unreal,’ but we’re kind of way beyond that here in modern America.  A 64-year old coward named Stephen Paddock from Mesquite, NV opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay with automatic fire.  The video sounds like he was just emptying a magazine into the crowd, taking cover, reloading, and doing it again.  He killed at least 50 people, more than any time in US history.  I said a sniper shot in the title; this guy wasn’t a sniper, ever, he was never trained as such, I chose that word as a description of a person firing from an elevated position, thinking that people would equate that better than other choices that may have been more militarily appropriate.  I’m not military.

I’m sitting here listening to interviews of survivors behind me on the news — this happened last night at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, 3-day country music thing going on in Las Vegas next to the Mandalay Bay.  I just saw a video this morning of automatic gunfire.  I have fired an automatic weapon several times (like many of us have), and that sound is indistinguishable:

Police in Henderson have commented that they found 10 long rifles in his room; he had automatic weapons.  If you have an FFL in America, get ready for that yearly visit I’m guessing.  The FBI is going to be looking for this automatic weapon/weapons’ history, because this guy had nothing on him legally, the police say he had a traffic ticket.  He had a female companion; they’ve questioned her, but details of that are sparse and conflicting.

This dude did this during Jason Aldean‘s slot — all crew and Jason Aldean are accounted for.

This guy shot a lot of rounds a long f**king way.  Seriously, look at this:

Most of the news we’ll learn will be today — LVPD is going to be searching this nutbag’s property this morning, I’ll update as I see.

Listen to this video — the video is very grainy, but the sound is unmistakeable, it sounds like clapping.  I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if they discover drum mags in his room:

What is known right now about this mass killing in Las Vegas:

  • Shooter is dead; self-inflicted gunshot wound before the police could get in.
  • No motive yet.
  • The shooter had a pilot’s license.
  • 2 off-duty LVPD at the show were killed; two on-duty were wounded.
  • This guy was a local — from Mesquite, Nevada (80 miles or so away)
  • He had at least 8 firearms in his room, on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay.  He checked in on the 28th of September.

Photos of this new nightmare:

An ABC News report that happened live:

More as I see it.  I’m sorry, everyone.

UPDATES

UPDATE, 10:47am Central:
Killed number has been updated to 58 and possibly 59 depending on one patient who isn’t expected to survive.
Wounded number has been updated to 518.

UPDATE, 15:52pm Central:

Some details on the shooter:

  • His father was a bank robber, Eric Paddock said. The FBI lists the late Benjamin Hoskins Paddock as being on the FBI’s most-wanted list from June 10, 1969 until May 5, 1977.
  • The father escaped from prison in 1969 and lived on the run until 1978, when he was arrested in Oregon, the Eugene Register reported at the time.
  • He has a brother — Eric Paddock — Eric Paddock said his father died a few years ago and that “he was never with my mom.” Eric said he was born while his father was on the run.
  • “He was a wealthy guy playing video poker … on cruises,” his brother said, adding that Stephen could afford anything he wanted and played $100-a-hand poker.
  • Authorities believe Paddock had a device similar to a hammer to smash the hotel windows prior to the shooting, Lombardo said. Officials think Paddock brought the weapons into the hotel by himself but did not provide specifics.
  • No military records so far for Stephen Paddock.

This guy is a terrorist — now he is a dead terrorist, having cowardly gone out the way he cowardly killed all of those people.

People jumping to get over the barricade away from the incoming rounds

The busted out windows of Stephen Paddock’s hotel room where he was firing at the crowd

Dude had Daytime aftermathUPDATE, 19:39pm:
Killed has risen to 59; wounded is now at 527.

On several occasions, Stephen Paddock gambled more than $10,000 per day — and in some cases more than than $20,000 and $30,000 a day — at Las Vegas casinos, according to an NBC News source who read the suspect’s Multiple Currency Transaction Reports (CTR) and a casino gaming executive.

This guy had more than 16 rifles in the Mandalay Bay room, plus a pistol; the search of his home turned up more firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

 

Some hat tips/research list:
http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/02/us/las-vegas-concert-shooting-scene/index.html
http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/02/us/las-vegas-attack-stephen-paddock-trnd/index.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-lasvegas-shooting/lone-gunman-kills-59-injures-hundreds-in-las-vegas-concert-attack-idUSKCN1C70FU
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/10/02/las-vegas-police-feds-race-to-uncover-what-drove-aggressively-unfriendly-gunman-with-weapons-arsenal-to-kill.html
http://abcnews.go.com/US/50-dead-200-injured-las-vegas-deadliest-shooting/story?id=50223240
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/10/02/us/mandalay-bay-vegas-shooting.html





https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/las-vegas-shooting/las-vegas-police-investigating-shooting-mandalay-bay-n806461

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/02/us/las-vegas-attack-stephen-paddock-trnd/index.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/10/las-vegas-shooting-20-killed-scores-wounded-171002092103925.html
http://www.syracuse.com/us-news/index.ssf/2017/10/las_vegas_gunman_stephen_paddocks_father_was_bank_robber_wanted_by_the_fbi.html
http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-las-vegas-shooting-live-updates-carnage-concert-leaves-50-dead-100-injured-20171002-htmlstory.html


UPDATE:  Wednesday, October 4, 08:15am

The girlfriend is going to be questioned, she’s back in the states.  The sister’s story is that she was “surprised with a cheap ticket to the Philippines,” and that it was because she was sent away as to not get in the way of the planning.”  No shit, I just heard her say it.  The coward sent $100,000 to the Philippines a few before.

Murderer had cameras set up all around his room, inside and out; he was monitoring the room and the hallways, and one in the peephole of his door.

The guns inside the hotel room appeared to have bump fire devices attached to his rifles.  When you take them to the range and just have fun with them, they’re great.  This asshole used these currently legal devices and turning them into killing devices.  If you have one, I assume we won’t be able to have them anymore or they will become illegal soon.  He had 47 firearms (that’s the number today) in that room, several with long-range optics (scopes).  He was firing indiscriminately and picking targets.

There’s a picture out there of this jerk dead.  That’s how he deserves to be, for each of the families that he just ruined.

Photos coming, I’m on the road with spotty internet.


UPDATE:  Thursday, October 5, 08:14am

The general sense of the MSM news outlets is that there is more to the girlfriend’s story; at present, the coward killer gave her a “cheap ticket to the Philippines in order for her to visit family.  He also apparently wired her $100,000 for them to purchase a home there.  Then, in an interesting slice of irony, the girlfriend is back in the USA, and her attorney is speaking for her.  I personally find that odd, whether there is more to that is to be seen.

The killer’s girlfriend’s sister’s statement on video:

The girlfriend, Marilou Danley, had her attorney make a statement:

“It’s taken us this long to make a statement because it’s important to respect the investigative process. We wanted the FBI and the Las Vegas Police Department to have the first opportunity to talk to my client, Marilou Danley, about everything that she knew about Stephen. That being said, I have a statement to read from my client Marilou Danley. ‘I am devastated by the deaths and injuries that have occurred and my prayers go out to the victims and their families, and all those who have been hurt by these awful events. I have faith in God and I will continue to pray for everyone who has been harmed or hurt. I am a mother and a grandmother and my heart breaks for all who have lost loved ones. I knew Stephen Paddock as a kind, caring quiet man. I loved him and hoped for a quiet future together with him. He never said anything to me or took any action that I was aware of that I understood in any way to be a warning that something horrible like this was going to happen again. A little more than two weeks ago Stephen told me he found a cheap ticket for me to the Philippines and that he wanted me to take a trip home to see my family. Like all Filipinos abroad, I was excited to go home and see family and friends. While there he wired me money, which he said was for me to buy a house for me and my family. I was grateful but honestly I was worried that first the unexpected trip home and then the money was a way of breaking up with me. It never occurred to me in any way whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone. I have not made a statement until now because I have been cooperating with the authorities and I voluntarily flew back to America because I know that the FBI and Las Vegas Police Department wanted to talk to me and I wanted to talk with them. I will cooperate fully with their investigation. Anything I can do to help ease suffering and help in any way, I will do. Please respect my privacy and my family’s privacy. Thank you.”

Here’s current numbers and information:

  • 58 people killed plus the gunman, but f**k him.  59 including him.  58 actual humans died in his planned attack.
  • as of right now with this update, there are 172 people still in bed care at area hospitals in the LV metro.

More photos, some of these are f**king terrible.  I have also posted, at the bottom, a protected photo of the aftermath of the coward murderer’s rampage — I protected this image with a click-first image, but I posted this just like I posted the photo at Le Bataclan — this is history, and that photo is a reminder of how little this asshole valued our lives.

A person who just wanted to go see a concert. That’s a body.

Victim of the shooting — she needs four more surgeries on her wounded arm, according to the source.

LVPD reacts and remains behind cover during a pause in one of the bursts of fire

Bystanders attempt to get help for a shot woman at the show

This one haunts me — how many times have we walked those halls???

Another haunting image — she’s in shock. Someone needed to be there with her.

Aftermath of the field at the Rt 91 Harvest Music Festival after the stampede of people getting away from being killed

This image below is of Stephen Paddock, the coward who killed 58 people and wounded over five hundred, dead from what appears to be a self-inflicted GSW.  Click it if you want, if not, do not click.

 

 

Happy 15th Birthday, InLight Gobos! 15% OFF ALL MONTH!

Today is an awesome day, because it’s the birthday of my favorite gobo maker.  Happy 15th Birthday, InLight Gobos!!!

As far as my dollars and my production budgets go, InLight Gobos is the only gobo maker in the business.  High quality, thin and strong, and they give a damn about your orders.

From the InLight Gobos press release:
Founder and President Rick Hutton says: “I am humbled and honored to work with so many outstanding people in this industry. It is because of all our clients that we have made it to this 15 year milestone and reflecting back to the beginning, It has had its moments, headaches and disappointments but it has had way more fulfilling, rewarding and glorious moments that will stay with me forever!  I would like to say THANK YOU to everyone that has made InLight Gobos possible!”

Rick and Adriana, from my heart, thank you for making such great f***ing gobos and being so good at it!

My favorite gobo ever from InLight Gobos:
A gobo made from an image of my post-shoulder-surgery bruise I used for a greek show!

Light Artist Jay Shinn is up for a CODAWORX Award!

Our industry’s own bad ass gobo maker InLight Gobos supplied gobos for light artist Jay Shinn, whose work is up for a CODAWORX award for the install in Terminal D at Houston’s George W. Bush International Airport.  This is one of the coolest constantly changing geometric projection installs that I have ever seen.  Go vote for our people at the CODAWORX website, Barbizon was involved in this, InLight Gobos, TAG Electrical, the Houston Art Alliance, et al.  If you’ve never met Jay Shinn or seen any of his work, STOP, and go here first:

http://www.jayshinn.com/

Video of the project — cool stuff!!  This is from the CODAWORX website on the project:

Details from the CODAWORX Project website:

Project:  City of Houston, 2016 — Houston, TX United States
Artwork Budget: $600,000
Project Team:

ARTIST:  Jay Shinn
INDUSTRY RESOURCE:  InLight Gobos, Dallas, TX
CLIENT:  Houston Airport Services

INDUSTRY RESOURCES:
Inkjet International, Dallas TX
Barbizon Lighting Company, Dallas, TX
Blumenthal Sheet Metal, Houston, TX
TAG Electric Company, Houston, TX
More Simple, Dallas TX

PUBLIC ART AGENT:
Houston Art’s Alliance – City of Houston
 
Overview
“Celestial Candyland” 15’ x 150’ and “Candyland Landing” 15’ x 45’ are two site-specific illuminated large-scale murals located 28’ above the International ticketing areas of Terminal D at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston, TX. 13 LED projectors superimpose a constant image upon a stationary geometric form. A choreographed changing color sequence provides a changing image to passengers below. The light image is altered by custom geometric images via glass gobos. A stationary form on digitally printed cloth as part of the terminal’s metal gridded wall. The image metamorphosis in line and atmospheric space as the changes occur.

Goals
The two murals were designed to become part of the Terminal’s existing architecture. The art had to be fresh yet able to coexist within the givens of the space. Light, color and scale were key in conceptualizing the art for this 60’ x 400’ dark, gray and dated space. A given was the rectangular grid that could not be ignored. I made several trips to the terminal observing passengers and how the space was used. I knew by incorporating color through light that I could create a work that would activate this space. The wall itself was a blank canvas needing interest and to be activated. Architecture, geometry and scale are critical elements that have influenced my work for a long time. I strive to make living pieces with their own presence that incorporates the givens of a space. The living element of “Candyland” installation is enhanced by the 4-minute slowly evolving color sequence, which also provides an entertaining element to passengers waiting below. I chose this language of color and geometry due to its universal appeal and ability to relate to a diverse audience. “Candyland” provides a sense of repose during the hectic pace of international travel.

Process
The concept evolved by drawing in the terminal and in my studio. I always begin with hand drawings on graph and trace paper, in this case, for many days before moving the drawings to a computer. After concept was on sure ground, the collaborations began in order to visualize details thru animations, still digital experimentation and exploration. With the size and logistics of this project, approvals and permitting were necessary as I was working thru issues with the airport, City of Houston, and electrical and structural engineers. Many tests were done with the digital printed material and balancing the color and light intensity of the projections. Adjustments with the gobo images to correct key stoning were also details that needed to be resolved before final installation at the terminal. Eight weeks of after hour installations in which I, the artist, had to coordinate with contractors including electrical, metal fabricators, and other trades to bring this project to realization.

Now, GO VOTE FOR JAY!  UNITY IN LIGHT!  Great work Jay, InLight Gobos, Barbizon, and everyone!

Do YOU Know Rick Hutton? He’s A PERSON WORTH KNOWING!

Ok, so do you?  Do you know Rick Hutton?

Rick is one of the fathers of our current generation of lighting equipment, fixtures, and color systems — Rick is one of the fathers from the Vari*Lite days, adding his knowledge of optics, lasers, laser ablation, dichroic glass, and light to awesome products like the VL5, VL4, VL7, et al.  Rick has helped to give us a lot of the technology that we use today.

JimOnLight is proud to announce that Rick is one of Lighting and Sound America’s PEOPLE WORTH KNOWING in June 2017!  Well deserved too — his company InLight Gobos was started in 2002, and makes the best glass full-color and black & white gobos on the market, hands down.

Check him out!  Rick’s boss and awesome wife Adriana Hutton is VP of Operations at InLight Gobos, and she’s the one to call when you need them to work for you!

We’re proud as hell of you, brother!  WELL DESERVED!

Terrorists Bomb Ariana Grande Concert, 22 Dead

UPDATE, 15:08, 24 May 2017.
I’m sorry folks, I just couldn’t look at this yesterday.  Too much going on.  There has been so much sent out about this terrorist coward attack; I have gotten several emails asking about updates, and this is what we know so far.  This shit is unbelievable to the normal person, we shouldn’t have to be writing stories and reading headlines about someone who blew themselves up over a religion.

Identified/publicly known victims — resquiescat en pace, you poor innocent souls:

Here’s the current details as per update time and date:

  • UK terror police have been kicking in doors and making a real stink among the known radical community; six have been arrested so far
  • Currently, the bomb maker is said to be at large in the UK
  • The Daesh pigs have claimed responsibility for this attack, and apparently the bomber was a member.
  • Killed and wounded:  22 dead, 64 wounded, some critically.  The death number is expected to grow.
  • The coward who blew himself up among women, children, families, and innocent bystanders is named Salman Abedi. Unfortunately, the United States released his name and pretty much annoyed the UK CIA folk, who were kinda pissed that the US had done that.  However, this coward has a brother, Hashim, also radicalized, that was just arrested, maybe 15 minutes ago (15:43, 24 May 2017) for yet another terror plot, in Libya.

Coward-ass Daesh goat and Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi

CBS 8 in Las Vegas posted a Skype interview with Ariana Grande crew member Zack Purcifal:

LAS VEGAS – A day after a deadly terror attack in Manchester, England, a Las Vegas man who was in Manchester Arena when the bomb went off described the chaos and confusion he witnessed that night.

Zack Purciful is a part of the production crew that works behind the scenes of Ariana Grande’s tour.  Purciful spoke exclusively with 8 News NOW by Skype from England Tuesday night.

“Shrieks and like, basically panic reaction of retreating from the exit aisles; that was basically picked up very, very quickly,” Purciful said.

According to Purciful, the moments after the attack were very confusing as he and the rest of Grande’s crew tried to figure out why everyone was scrambling.

Purciful said, with all of the loud exit music playing in the arena, when he heard the bang, he thought and wondered if some of the balloons released at the end of the show had popped, but that wasn’t it.

According to Purciful, in the moments following the explosion, he saw young, scared kids scrambling for a safe place to exit the Manchester Arena.

Purciful, who’s from Las Vegas, says it took him a few minutes for to realize everything that was happening wasn’t a drill.

“This was the real deal, Purciful said.  “There were bodies.”

A fellow crew member rushed to the P.A. system and calmly advised people to slow down and exit carefully.  Purciful said he evacuated the arena as SWAT-like teams with stone cold expressions swarmed the building.

Purciful described their demeanor saying they had, “a full kit, just like you would expect from a group of guys going into a bad situation.  Full body armor, long rifles and a determined look on their face.”

Video and pictures showed a chaotic crowd of concert-goers waiting outside of the exits.

“I basically witnessed emergency vehicles all night,” Purciful said.  “Sirens and blue lights all night.”

In the meantime, some people searched for loved ones.

“I made a quick group text to my family to let them know something happened and that I’m ok,” Purciful said.

“Everything we do is for the kids, so for them to target the kids — it’s the most heartbreaking thing in the world,” Purciful said.
“It’s hard to quantify.”

Purciful said the ordeal has left him with a “feeling of hopelessness.”

The bomb ignited a chain of emotions for every person there as it changed 20,000 lives forever.

“This is certainly a wake-up call about the realities of the world,” Purciful said.

According to Purciful, a lot of crew members, including those from Las Vegas, are staying in London until they figure out their next move.

Around 14 trucks of equipment, staging, and props are still inside the arena as investigators continue to go through all the evidence.

From the Telegraph, regarding Salman Abedi:

Abedi has “proven” links with Islamic State, according to France’s interior minister.

Gerard Collomb told French television that both British and French intelligence services had information that Abedi had been in Syria.

Mr Collomb said: “All of a sudden he travelled to Libya and then most likely to Syria, became radicalised and decided to commit this attack.”

Abedi had been a “regular kid”, who went out and drank until around a year ago when he “dropped off the radar”, the Times reported the bomber’s former landlord’s nephew as saying.

The paper quoted a friend as saying he had returned from a three-week trip to Libya in recent days.

Abedi’s trips to Libya are now subject to scrutiny including links to jihadists.

A group of Gaddafi dissidents, who were members of the outlawed Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), lived within close proximity to Abedi in Whalley Range.

Among them was Abd al-Baset Azzouz, a father-of-four from Manchester, who left Britain to run a terrorist network in Libya overseen by Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s successor as leader of al-Qaeda.

Azzouz, 48, an expert bomb-maker, was accused of running an al-Qaeda network in eastern Libya. The Telegraph reported in 2014 that Azzouz had 200 to 300 militants under his control and was an expert in bomb-making.

Explosion location; amber squares are fatality locations

Original post:

The extremists are at it again, this time they have targeted a crowd full of tween and teenage kids at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.

First things first, the crew and band are safe and no one from the production team, in my initial researching, has been hurt.  Sorry folks, this is an industry blog.  Industry family is first to me.

Catch up:

and this:

If you were here last night — police are looking for video footage:
www.ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk or www.ukpoliceimageappeal.com

This is terribly f**ked.  Authorities are calling this obviously a terror attack — reports are that a “shrapnel-style” improvised explosive device or devices were detonated just after the end of the show, some reports say “just after the last song,” the lights were on.  The bomber, who authorities believe was a lone bomber, set off his bullshit right in the middle of people leaving in droves in the foyer of the venue.  What a righteous, big-man move, blowing up a frigging bomb while innocent people were leaving a concert.  Witnesses reported seeing loose nuts and bolts strewn everywhere after the explosion; proof that this was some kind of casualty-centric fragmenting explosion meant to maim and kill.  The bomber is dead; this was the biggest attack in the city’s history.

Allow me to reiterate:  these cowards attacked an arena full of young kids, teenagers, and parents.

Moment of the explosion — listen about five seconds in, you can hear the thud:

What we know as of 12:44am CDT, Tuesday, 23 May 2017, from the BBC:

  • The arena said the explosion happened outside the venue, as people began streaming from the doors
  • Greater Manchester Police were called to the scene at 22:35 BST on Monday and surrounding roads were closed
  • The cause is unknown but Prime Minister Theresa May said police were treating it as “an appalling terrorist attack”
  • GMP chief constable Ian Hopkins said the force would treat it as terror “until we have further information”
  • If confirmed to be a terrorist attack it would be the worst in the UK since 56 people were killed in the London bombings of July 2005
  • Unconfirmed reports from two unnamed US officials suggested the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber
  • Eyewitnesses reported nuts and bolts strewn around the floor and the smell of explosives
  • All national campaigning in the general election has been suspended
  • Mrs May will chair a meeting of the government’s emergency Cobra committee at 09:00
  • The nearby Victoria railway station was evacuated and all Tuesday trains have been cancelled

The mess leaving the show floor, from Twitter user @Hannawwh:

Reporting from Al Jazeera English:

Who else in Production/Design is pissed off?  These cowards.

PA announcer telling everyone “nothing is wrong, no need to rush…”

More as it develops.  Stay tuned.

Hat tips:

http://www.bbc.com/news/live/uk-england-manchester-40007967

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-40008026

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-40007886

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/manchester-arena-explosions-two-loud-10478734

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/may/22/manchester-arena-police-explosion-ariana-grande-concert-england

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/multiple-people-killed-ariana-grande-concert-britain-article-1.3186874

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/manchester-arena-terror-live-updates-10478734

Manchester Ariana Grande Bombing Victims: Photos to Remember Their Lives

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/808422/Manchester-bombing-explosion-victims-survivors-Ariana-Grande-terror-attack-arena

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/manchester-bombing-photos-device-backpack-shrapnel-detonator-salman-abedi-images-a7754281.html

http://www.bunburymail.com.au/story/4679830/children-among-the-22-confirmed-dead-in-manchester-arena-bombing/

http://www.smh.com.au/world/fatalities-in-manchester-arena-explosion-after-ariana-grande-concert-20170522-gwatx7.html

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/multiple-people-killed-ariana-grande-concert-britain-article-1.3186874

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/24/everything-know-salman-abedi-named-manchester-suicide-bomber/

https://nyti.ms/2qWDpJZ

 

 

Caveat Emptor: Have You Been Following the #FyreFestival?!

Were you a Fyre Festival Production contractor or employee?
We want to hear from you.
contact us here ASAP.

Update, 15 May 2017:
Looks like nobody is getting paid from Fyre Festival.  You can listen to the entire call at Vice News right now via SoundCloud, and let me tell you, it is some unreal stuff.  He starts out saying that ‘hey, a lot of people will resign after this and we understand, but if you want to stay with the company, we welcome you to stay and maybe we can make payroll in the future.’  Say whaaaaaat?!

Also, they’re not letting anybody go so that they can claim unemployment.  What the hell is that???  Listen to the recording.  This shit is UN-REAL.  Click the red PLAY arrow below.  Ja Rule starts off the call saying ““I’m on the phone, but I can barely hear you all because of this fucking hum” this and that.  Then Billy McFarlane says ‘don’t delete any files, the FBI needs them.’

Whaaat?

Two incredible financial articles from Bloomberg on this mess:
Fyre Festival Promoter’s $90 Million Valuation Untethered to Reality
Fyre Festival was Buried Under Millions in Debt Before it Even Began


SOOOOO…  The FYRE FESTIVAL.

Right now there is a huuuuuuge controversy over a big festival planned by Ja Rule and some guy named Billy McFarland over the disaster situation called Fyre Festival.

The FYRE FESTIVAL dinner! FOUR GRAND for this

There are tons of links on this, bear with me — the crap hole seems to run deep on this one.  Here’s the ad video for the Fyre Festival:

Looks pretty cool so far, damn!  Jet skis, women in little tiny bikinis who don’t talk to guys built like me, big muscly dudes who they do talk to, famous people, a bunch of bands, catered and liquored, hobnobbing with other rich “influencers” and all that…  Fyre Festival looks pretty awesome from the outside advertising, no?!

Vice News:

If Fyre Festival seemed last-minute, that’s because it was. McFarland thought of the idea in October 2016 and announced the festival on Instagram a month later, spending millions on models, private jets, and yachts to promote what would be his first-ever large-scale event, sources familiar with the planning said.

He spent $250,000 on a single Instagram post from Kim Kardashian’s half-sister Kendall Jenner and laid out hundreds of thousands more on lesser-name “influencers,” none of whom were paid less than $20,000, one person familiar with the payments said.

Uh, what?  This guy McFarland started planning this thing two months before people were starting to arrive on the island.  I wonder if he thought he could throw some money around and just magically “white rich guy” shit into happening.  Wait, there’s more!  Here’s luggage pickup.  That’s a couple of guys unloading everyone’s luggage in the dark:

I guess things didn’t go so well. Early in my career a person I looked up to retaught me something my dad had always said — “Remember the 5 P’s of Performance: Piss Poor Planning Prevents Poor Performance.”

Right now, the Fyre Festival website URL directs you to a letter — an apology maybe?  I don’t know, what do you think?

In case the image doesn’t load through, here’s the text that I scanned from the Fyre Festival site on 5/4/2017:

Fyre Festival
April 29, 2017

Yesterday was a very challenging day for all of us. But we would like to fully explain what happened.

Billy McFarland and Ja Rule started a partnership over a mutual interest in technology, the ocean, and rap music. This unique combination of interests led them to the idea that, through their combined passions, they could create a new type of music festival and experience on a remote island.

They simply weren’t ready for what happened next, or how big this thing would get. They started by making a website and launching a viral campaign. Ja helped book talent, and they had hundreds of local Bahamians join in the effort. Suddenly, they found themselves transforming a small island and trying to build a festival. Thousands of people wanted to come. They were excited, but then the roadblocks started popping up.

As amazing as the islands are, the infrastructure for a festival of this magnitude needed to be built from the ground up. So, we decided to literally attempt to build a city. We set up water and waste management, brought an ambulance from New York, and chartered 737 planes to shuttle our guests via 12 flights a day from Miami. We thought we were ready, but then everyone arrived.

The team was overwhelmed. The airport was jam packed. The buses couldn’t handle the load. And the wind from rough weather took down half of the tents on the morning our guests were scheduled to arrive. This is an unacceptable guest experience and the Fyre team takes full responsibility for the issues that occurred.

Everyone was very concerned for our guests. They needed a place to sleep and everyone did their absolute best to rebuild. We took everyone to the beach and built as many tents and beds as fast as possible, but as more guests arrived, we were simply in over our heads. Ultimately, we didn’t think security could keep up, so we had to postpone the festival. The response to the postponement was immediate and intense. We had no other options, so we began the process of getting guests quickly and safely back to Miami, which continued through the weekend. Our top priority as a company is to ensure the comfort and safe return home of all of our guests.

Then something amazing happened: venues, bands, and people started contacting us and said they’d do anything to make this festival a reality and how they wanted to help. The support from the musical community has been overwhelming and we couldn’t be more humbled or inspired by this experience. People were rooting for us after the worst day we’ve ever had as a company. After speaking with our potential partners, we have decided to add more seasoned event experts to the 2018 Fyre Festival, which will take place at a United States beach venue.

All festival goers this year will be refunded in full. We will be working on refunds over the next few days and will be in touch directly with guests with more details. Also, all guests from this year will have free VIP passes to next year’s festival.

We’re grateful for the Bahamian Government and The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism for their assistance during this challenging time—their efforts have been exemplary. We want to thank the people of the Bahamas for their support and for graciously allowing us the privilege of visiting their islands. We apologize for any inconvenience the past 24-hours has caused and we look forward to making a considerable donation to the Bahamas Red Cross Society as part of our initiatives. We need to make this right. And once we make this right, then we will put on the dream festival we sought to have since the inception of Fyre.

Thank you for all your continued patience and understanding. We apologize for what all of our guests and staff went through over the last 24 hours and will work tirelessly to make this right. Please check our official social media channels (@fyrefestival) for further important updates.

Oh, and Ja Rule’s tweet.  It’s not his fault either:

Honestly, I gotta tell you that it seems like with the proper planning, some actual event professionals as ourselves could have put on a pretty massively cool festival there, albeit at pretty massive expense to the people buying the tickets — but those tickets, some of them were upwards of FORTY GRAND, so instead of the creators pissing away millions on jets, models, and that kind of rich people stuff, they could have been putting in some money on infrastructure and planning — OR, cancelled the thing before a single person was put in that pretty precarious situation.  I am not an attorney, but knowing that place was in such unprepared shambles as it was, with the main acts dropping out…letting people fly there is pretty dangerously illegal behavior, is it not?

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Toilet and plumbing situation:

Serious logistical planning for the festival didn’t even begin until late February or early March — less than two months before the thousands of people McFarland had sold a luxury vacation on a private island were scheduled to arrive.

The toilet and shower supplier, who did not get the Fyre Festival contract, told the organizers it would cost north of $1 million just to order the equipment — a rush-order mark-up he unironically referred to as “disaster pricing.” That number did not include the cost of shipping the equipment to the island or the high cost of the barge needed to dispose of the wastewater created by thousands of people showering and using the toilet for four days.

From ABC on the actual shutdown of the island the festival was on by the Bahamanian government:

The site in the Bahamas where the now-postponed Fyre Festival was to happen is on “lockdown” by the island country’s government.

Private security guards were seen Saturday protecting the main site where people had been slated to sleep in luxury tents.

On Sunday, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism told ABC News, “Customs has the area on lockdown because [festival organizer] Billy [McFarland] has not paid customs duty taxes on the items that he imported” for the event. “He and his staff have left the items with a security company guarding it.”

ABC News is attempting to reach McFarland for comment in regard to the tourism ministry’s statement.

Customs duty taxes are often levied on goods transported internationally.

Fyre Festival said in a statement Friday that it had to import many items to essentially build a city because the private island of Fyre Cay where the luxury concert event was to take place, lacked “the physical infrastructure” needed “to fulfill on that vision safely and enjoyably for our guests.”

News of a lockdown at the site comes after festival organizers released a statement Saturday trying to explain what happened with the festival, which was postponed amid a storm of complaints posted on social media.

The event, tickets for which cost up to thousands of dollars, erupted into what the tourism office called “total disorganization and chaos” after hundreds of prospective concertgoers landed in the Bahamas. The planned lineup included Ja Rule, Daya and Tyga.

On Saturday, the organizers promised in a statement posted to the festival’s website that “all festival goers this year will be refunded in full. We will be working on refunds over the next few days and will be in touch directly with guests with more details.”

“Also, all guests from this year will have free VIP passes to next year’s festival,” the statement read.

Next year’s festival?  Really!  Here’s the chaos before night fell, the guy who posted this in the comments on the tweet said “night has fallen, we still have no luggage.”  Whoa.

This right here might be the funniest representation of the festival, so bear with me, it’s not English, but it is subtitled and outstanding:

Variety has an outstanding article with two former employees of the Fyre Festival Funk — check this out, this makes me want to punch this dumbass in the neck because what he has done is to degrade our entire industry as some kind of half-assed hope-and-pray squad when what has happened is that this rich jerk fired everybody who told him this was impossible:

The two production professionals became concerned as soon as they came on board. “They had fired a [previous production company], so we took a look at how much had been done — and there were so many red flags,” one said. “Things like water [supply], bathrooms and other everyday structures that should have been in place six months before — none of that had been done. We all said to them, ‘It takes at least eight months to a year to produce a festival, you have to push the date’ — we stressed that and said that over and over. And they were like ‘It’ll be fine, it’s not that big of a deal.’ They kept making it seem like we were exaggerating. It was like they didn’t care.”Even appealing to the young entrepreneurs’ reputations among the rich-millennial set they coveted had little effect.

“We said, ‘What you’ve promised [in statements and advertising promoting the festival] as opposed to what we’re even maybe capable of delivering in this amount of time is not the same. You’re going to destroy your brand if you try to have it on this date and don’t deliver what you promised. If you push the date a year, people will be upset. But once you deliver what you promised, they’ll get over it.’ But it was like they didn’t care: They literally kept saying, ‘We’re gonna be legends.’”

And therein lies what may be the most baffling element of the entire Fyre fiasco. Being “legends” and catering to rich VIPs seems to have been the main motivation in establishing the festival.

“I actually don’t think it was about money,” the second professional said. “I think they were just rich guys who had always been able to pay their way through things and pull them off somehow, and they just didn’t understand that the timeline was too short and they didn’t want to hear it. I think their friends and the people they wanted to have a good time — the VIPs — would be staying at [nearby] villas and resorts and on yachts and be safe, they didn’t worry as much about infrastructure and the everyday ticket-buyer.”

The level of disorganization was so deep that as recently as mid-March, it’s likely that several vital elements of producing a festival had not yet been secured (and it’s unclear whether they ever were). “I kept stressing that they had to get festival insurance, you can’t run a festival without it, and I honestly don’t know if they ever got it,” the first former employee said. “And I know for a fact that even though the [emergency medical services] company and staff they’d hired was certified, the festival hadn’t secured the proper permits for them to be able to practice in the Bahamas.”

Here’s a millennial account of what went down because she was there — you can listen to all of it or fast forward about three minutes in, your choice.  It does have some footage of the clusterfuckery at that island…

I highly, highly recommend checking out William Finley’s twitter account, because that dude was there and he has some unreal footage.  This was a galactic cluster.
WHICH REMINDS ME, HERE’S THE PDF OF THE FIRST LAWSUIT!!!  Both links can be right-clicked and “save-as”

Geragos and Geragos complaint on behalf of Daniel Jung

Now some other rich people who were staying on the island in a villa made a video talking about his experience at the festival — he was on the ground and was participating until the festival was cancelled.  It’s a long rant, but it’s insight:

And then these two guys here are about to crack you up with a no-holds-barred recap.  Not safe language, FYI.

YIKES.  Well, I guess it will be interesting to see the lawsuit on this sucker.

 

Hat tips:

Fyre Festival Employees Reveal Details Behind the Disaster: ‘It Was Incompetence on an Inconceivable Scale’

https://news.vice.com/story/fyre-fest-organizers-blew-all-their-money-months-early-on-models-planes-and-yachts

William Finley’s twitter

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/fyre-festival-organizers-attendees-refunded-full/story?id=47103941

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/ja-rule-speaks-fyre-festival-controversy-im-heartbroken/story?id=47089576

 

 

Steve Shelley Released SoftSymbols for Vectorworks 2017

I’m not a Vectorworks user, but I have used it in the past.  But Steve Shelley is awesome, he makes Soft Symbols, and he’s the guy you need to stop and talk to at trade shows, he’s the guy in the f**king bright yellow jacket walking lighting trade show floors.  It’s Steve Shelley, y’all.  If you’re in lighting and you’ve never either talked to Steve and enjoyed a good gut laugh, you need to up your life enjoyment quotient and say hi to his self at a show.

Hi folks;

No joke! Field Template finslly released Enhanced SoftSymbols in the Vectorworks 2017 format. If you’ve been waiting to update your symbol packages, the wait is over!

[You’re receiving this note if you sent me email asking about updated symbols, inquired about vectorworks methodology, or i just tripped over your email address….]
In addition to updated 3.x packages, the Vw2017 Enhanced Packs include Sam Jones’ latest Data Conversion macros [from imperial to metric and back again], along with SoftMaps© and SoftData© pdf’s representing each Object Library.

There’s also the updated “Read Me First REALLY-Vw2017.pdf”, showing illustrated explanations of the new Vw2017 environment, including the new Resource Manager. Additional topics include best-practice tactics for installing custom symbol libraries, updating earlier symbol libraries [using the Batch Convert command], and creating User Folders.

To that end, we’ve added the “Read Me First REALLY-2017.pdf and the “Read Me First REALLY-2016.pdf” to the Downloads Dropdown Menu.

In the meantime, we’ve got to take a bit time off to work on a show or two. But once we get back to the mouse, we hope to update and add to these libraries. Sorry for the delay getting these packages out the door, but it’s just been one of those seasons of too many plates, not enough sticks.

Thanks as always for your support. Please let us know if you spot any anomalies. And best wishes for a safe, profitable spring.

Happy Drafting,

Steve

This guy!!

Seriously though, why would you not have a Field Template in your laptop bag?  Have you never had to crank out a plot after your Macbook took a crap at a gig, or your Windows machine won’t boot up because you screwed up the registry trying to uninstall that pirated copy of AutoCAD you had installed?  Be prepared.  Nobody is coming, it’s up to you.  I still have a space for an RJ-11 cable and a female RCA to mini-stereo plug in my travel toolkit and it has been worth having them in there every single time I have needed them in a pinch.

3D Printed DIY Night Vision Wins the Internet Today

I’m a huge fan of the DIY laser ablation scene, I have been wanting to put together my own X-Y laser CNC cutter for a long time.  Something else that has really come a long way in the last 2-3 years is 3d printing — like a CNC in reverse!  Instead of ablating material from something, you are “printing” shapes from a CAD program, which is pretty bad ass if you ask me!

This isn’t particularly about 3D printing, per se, but it is about a 3D printed object — a quite outstanding Instructable by user Mattygyver92 called OpenScope.  MattyGyver92 walks us through his process in a particularly awesome Instructable that I had to share.

Side note:  Holy sh*t have 3d printers come a long, long way already:

That particular one above is about $500 bucks. This one is $1299. Quite a difference in features and quality, but more than anything, printing size and software:

Below here is the famous Makerbot Replicator.  This is a Rolls-Royce quality printer that I have seen in action, and I approve.  But, it’s $2500 bucks:

Now, back down in my price range — $449:

About double what I can afford — $889:

Now, in the CRAZY affordable 3d printing game, XYZprinting’s da Vinci Mini, at $274.99:

The Einstart-S at $374.99:

And cheapest in the class of 3d printers I thought were worth a damn, Alunar’s M505 kit at around $267:

Please, if you decide to check out one of these 3d printers, make sure to do your research.  What I find is that they don’t differ with respect to price of media, just like the old adage of paper printer toner being as expensive as the freaking printer itself, some of the print media for the 3d printers is some expensive stuff.  Do your research!  Caveat emptor!

JOL Sunday Flickr #34

Volume 34 of the Sunday JimOnLight Flickr Group photo pool.  This group has been around a long damned time.

I really enjoy looking at the digital photos of other photographers; I think watching other people’s eye helps improve your own.

Make sure to click through and support these photographers, Flickr still rocks!

Carnival Court House

Daybreak at Torres

lens rot.

upload

A little #digico demo at the office!

Wow. #florida #skies

Sortidor d'aigüa

Сold march evening

IMG_9586 copia

Light painting with Christmas lights as a Christmas tree in Homerville, Georgia, on Christmas Eve (2).

Melissi Beach after sundown

Strand

Have a great Sunday, road warriors and brothers and sisters of light!

It’s Official, High End Systems is an ETC Company Now

Just heard the news — ETC has officially acquired High End Systems, so now High End Systems is an ETC company.  I’ve heard lots of rumors and speculation about the future, but none of it is bad, all of it is good for High End Systems.  Richard Belliveau and his team have innovated our industry very far, and I would argue that we have him to thank, among others of course, for what we have to call an industry today.

From the news room at ETC:

High End Systems, an ETC Company

ETC acquires High End Systems

Middleton, WI (31 March 2017) – ETC and High End Systems announce today they are joining forces as ETC completes the acquisition of the Austin, TX based company from Barco Inc. “We welcome the High End team to the ETC family. ETC will provide a strong support structure for High End to continue to innovate and make great products for the industry,” says ETC CEO Fred Foster.

High End is known for dynamic products such as the Sola family of all-LED automated fixtures, and Wholehog consoles. David Lincecum, VP of Marketing at ETC says, “We value the High End products and plan to expand work on their portfolio. We want customers to know that ETC will protect your investment in High End products through strengthened service, support, and development.”

The addition of High End enables ETC, a current market leader in the theatrical, broadcast and architectural markets, to broaden its strategic focus and pursue additional desired areas of technology growth. High End gains the oversight of an experienced lighting industry management team to help the company better realize its full potential as a market leader in event lighting.

ETC will operate High End as a separate company located in its current Austin, TX facility. High End customers will continue to contact the Austin office for sales and service, and sales distribution channels worldwide remain the same for the foreseeable future.

And there we have it!