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The International Space Station’s Touring Roadcase Toolbox

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Packing your touring toolkit is always a bit of a challenge — you almost have to have future vision to decide what is going to be needed, what little trinkets and wrenches will be most useful, and what not to pack.  Frankly, I love the job!

But…  can you imagine having to put together the roadcase of tools for use aboard the International Space Station?  Now THAT is a task suited for a rocket scientist!  (Or if you’re my old buddy Kirby Roberts, a rocket surgeon!)  The ultimate tour must have the most ultimate tool box…  right?

Check out these photos posted by UK astronaut Tim Peake posted these photos of the ISS’ road case toolbox for all of us to enjoy — or as happens in our industry, critique to the point of madness.  Come on, you know exactly what I’m talking about, I can even hear the snark from here — “He doesn’t have a single Crescent in there, this guy must be an amateur.”

Check it out!  I guess my first question would be which of the nut drivers they turned into a one hitter?

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I’m guessing that the pry bars are for when the aliens can’t get the truss to line up correctly.  Remember NASA, make your “M”s and “W”s!  I mean, there’s a truss hammer in there, after all!

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Thanks to Tim Peake for posting these on his personal Flickr account!

Gaffers and Grips – DIY Gaff Tape Key Fob

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Today must be DIY in my brain, all I can think of is making something!  Ah, I miss having a workspace.

I saw this great project on Strobist — it’s a blog geared towards photography and studio lighting, but if you’re a grip or gaffer on a smaller project, this is an awesome thing to have on you at all times!  If you work in Entertainment Lighting or Film Production, you already know this thing would have to be the thickness of your thigh to contain enough gaff tape to really make a difference.  Still, this is a wicked little tool for anybody in Lighting!

For this project, all you need is some rigid wire, a pencil, and some gaff tape — but I’ll let the great folks at Strobist do the talking.  Check out how to DIY your own Gaff Tape Key Fob!

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Wybron Updates The Moire Gobo Library

Wybron has added 1,500 Goboland, InLight Grayscale and GAM Halftone gobos to their great Moiré Gobo Library™ application for the iPhone.  If you’ve never played with this application, it’s probably one of the cooler apps I have on my phone – the ability to take two gobos and experiment with spin speed and direction is pretty outstanding.  From the press release at Wybron:

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Wybron is pleased to announce the addition of Goboland, InLight Grayscale and GAM Halftone gobos to our popular Moiré Gobo Library™ application for the iPhone. This increases the number of available gobos by 1,500—to over 5,000 A-size gobos which users can search, browse and experiment with, making Moiré the most comprehensive gobo library app on the market.

Features:

  • Adjust the focus of the gobo to create a blur effect.
  • Spin the gobo in either direction at different speeds.
  • Use the “TwinSpin” (trademarked by GAM) feature to overlap and spin any two gobos, at any speed and in any direction (both gobos spinning in the same direction or each gobo spinning in a different direction).
  • View gobos on a white or black background, simulating the look of the gobo itself or the image it produces on a dark stage, or with a background color taken from our Gel Swatch Library app.
  • Search gobos by name and number
  • Sort gobos by name and number in ascending and descending order
  • Flip a single gobo by swiping horizontally
  • Flip the two gobos in a TwinSpin by swiping horizontally for Gobo A and swiping vertically for Gobo B
  • Maintain a list of 12 most recently viewed gobos
  • Send comments directly to the developer with the feedback button
  • The updated application will be available for download during the week of September 7, 2009. Users who have already purchased Moiré Gobo Library will find that their libraries will update automatically through the Apple App Store.
  • The Moiré Gobo Library runs on the iPhone or iPod touch and can be purchased through Apple’s App Store. Just click on the App Store icon from the main screen of each device, or access the App Store through iTunes.

Striker’s Magnetic LED

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This thing reminds me of watching World War II navy movies with my dad – it looks like a mine!

The Striker Magnetic LED Light is a little spiky thing with an LED in the center, and a bunch of points with neodymium magnets stuck to their ends.  It’s made so that you can stick it to anything magnetic and point it in relatively any direction that you need.  It’s a little smaller than a racquetball, and I’m betting it’ll magnetize your screwdrivers if you forget and just toss it into your toolbox!

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Thanks, DVICE!

Petzl’s Self-Jamming Pulley, The Pro Traxion

Pro Traxion If you’re a stage electrician concerned about safety, you’ve probably more than once used a self-jammer to haul fixtures and cable up into the cats and balconies.  Petzl Climbing Gear‘s Pro Traxion self-jamming pulley is perfect for this task, and is a chosen method for people across the industry.  It’s not cheap – Amazon has it for about $110 USD.  It is completely worth it, however, for your working tool bag.  When you let go of the rope, it jams closed and holds the load until you prove that you can take it again.