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Archive for March, 2009

Photo: Spaceship Earth

by on Mar.31, 2009, under Photos

This week’s photo is of Spaceship Earth at Epcot.

Spaceship Earth, Epcot

Spaceship Earth, Epcot

I haveen’t got much to say on this weeks photo apart from – I’m so pleased the wand has gone!

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Random: Podcasts – To Subscribe or Unsubscribe

by on Mar.29, 2009, under Random

podcastI listen to a lot of podcasts. I also watch a lot of video podcasts. Where possible I try and stay up to date with these, but it doesn’t always happen.

For example, in the last couple of weeks I’ve been very busy – which has highly restricted the time I’ve had to watch or listen to them. My usual times are to watch when eating, or in an evening and to listen either when travelling or working. Being a lot busier recently, plus the addition of breaking my headphones (now replaced by SENNHEISER CX400), has led to me falling a reasonable amount behind.

To put this into perspectove, a couple of months ago, I got down to 30 unlistened to podcasts, at which stage I subscribed to a couple of new ones. I’m now up to 225 unlistened to podcasts (down from 250 earlier this week). Which leads me to this debate:

What should I do about the number of unlistened podcasts?

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Theme Parks: Manta Test Flights

by on Mar.28, 2009, under Theme Parks

manta-logoOne of the rides I’m most looking forward to when I visit Florida in June / July this year, is the opportunity to ride the new coaster at Seaworld – Manta.

I’ve ridden Air at Alton Towers and thought it was a fantastic experience, and knowing how the parks in Florida usually do things even better, it has got me highly looking forward to it.

In the last couple of weeks, Manta has been seen making ‘test flights’. Some of these test flights can be seen in the video below from Orlando Attractions Magazine


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Photo: Mountain in Switzerland

by on Mar.28, 2009, under Photos

This post is for Tuesday, 24th February 2009

This week’s photo is of a mountain in Switzerland which I took on a school ski trip over there. Unfortunately I don’t know any names as this photo was taken 7 years ago and was one of the very first photos I took on my very first digital camera.

Mountain in Switzerland

Mountain in Switzerland

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TV: Not a Huge Amount on

by on Mar.27, 2009, under TV & Film

tv_blanklayer1A very quick post about TV this week, but has anyone else noticed there really hasn’t been a lot on recently?

I’ve been quite busy with work and organising different things,, which usually results in a backlog of TV programs to watch on iPlayer, however this really hasn’t happended. The only thing I’ve been watching of late is Qi, which isn’t too difficult to keep up with.

However, The Apprentice has started again – I’ll probably make a blog post on it a few weeks into the series. F1 also starts again on the BBC this weekend which I’m looking forward to.

Have I missed out on something I should be watching, or am I right in thinking that there really isn’t a lot on?

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Backstage: BUSMS Little Shop of Horrors

by on Mar.27, 2009, under Backstage

lsoh-posterThis post is for Wednesday 25th March, 2009

The main reason for my blog not being updated recently is BUSMS’ performance of Little Shop of Horrors. Although I was only the LX desk op, it meant many hours in the theatre (including 40 hours solid to do a pre-plot before the tech), however, even if I do say so myself, the show was fantastic.

From a performers point of view it went really well – no major problems during the dress or any of the performances and even the band didn’t seem to mind too much about being put in a cupboard (the small area forming the outside of the shop).

From a Backstage point of view everything seemed to go well. The set was mainly our new set of flats, which popped up and down really quickly (great news for a quick de-rig). The plants and some of the props, were a good purchase to save some time and the rest of the props seemed to be sourced elsewhere.

100_0253Lighting wise, although we had a reasonable number of generic fixtures up in the sky (3 different washes plus a reasonable number of specials), there was nothing particularly complicated (no scrollers, or heads to mess around with). This made programming nice and quick (the pre-plot of just over 100 cues, although done in the very early hours of the morning took about 4 hours, including listening through tracks etc.). By doing this pre-plot, it meant we got through the tech even quicker, with any modifications being easy to make. The only problems we really had were with the booms which unfortunately landed in the path of the additional tab track we fitted.

Sound seemed to have the most problems and seemed to take longer to set-up. The band wasn’t huge but were put inside a wooden box. We used 8 radio mics – 2 or so of which were swapped among different performers. The reason it took longer was probably due to us put a fair amount more into it than usual and it did result in it sounding pretty good when it was all done – not bad considering they were mixing from the gallery at the side of the theatre, rather than central like they usually are!

With this all in, I think it resulted in one of the best shows I’ve seen in the last couple of years at Bath Uni. I do wish all the audiences had been like the one on the Saturday (closing night though). They got really into it and it was obvious they were enjoying the show, leading to everyone else enjoying it a lot more too.

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Photo: Comeplay Ice Sculpture

by on Mar.27, 2009, under Photos

This post is for Tuesday 24th March, 2009

This wek’s photos is mainly a discussion starter, rather than a fantastic photo. The photo is of an ice sculpture which was present at one of the Comeplay clubbing nights in Elements at The University of Bath.

The sculpture itself was completely made of ice, with some LEDs in the base adding some lighting to it. Through the sculpture was a small pipe forming a luge which shots were poured down for people to drink as it came out the other end.

Comeplay Ice Sculpture

Comeplay Ice Sculpture

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Back on Schedule

by on Mar.27, 2009, under General

I’m going to try and start posting daily again – honest!

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