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September 2, 2015


This is my buddy Dave Haluka. Dave has been struck by lightning four and a half times. The first time was when he was in high school and he was walking home through an open field. Out of the clear blue sky came a bolt of lightning that struck him, and for 12 hours h...

September 2, 2015

Long ago, someone had the brilliant idea to use a 19-pin round connector with 19-conductor cable for distributing power on truss, and the Socapex cable was born. Actually, Socapex is the brand of connector but everyone in the live event production industry calls it Soc...

July 15, 2015

If you want to have some fun, try taking some feeder cable and putting it in your oven. First warm up your oven to something like 175° or 200° F for about 15 minutes or so to make sure it’s nice and hot. Then toss in the cable and let it bake for, oh, I don’t know…How...

December 22, 2013

I spent a lot of time over the last six or seven days shuffling big files around trying to get Final Cut Pro X working right on my MacBook Pro Retina again. I bought the laptop about a year and a half ago, and I was told it would be ideal for running FCP, and for a lon...

May 1, 2013

Rob Sayer is a Senior Lecturer in Theatre Production at Bath Spa University. I had a chance to visit him at the university, and we took the opportunity to talk about the differences between stage lighting in the US and the UK.

April 11, 2013

I got on my bicycle today for the first time in a long time and it felt good. Between my heavy travel schedule and my work load, I rarely get a chance to get out on the road. It’s been a busy year. So far I’ve taught classes or workshops in South Carolina, Ohio, Toront...

January 2, 2013

Johannes Itten, the Bauhaus art professor, was deeply interested in the use of color in art. In his book, "The Art of Color," he said, "The artists in stained glass used color to create a supramundane, mystical atmosphere which would transport the meditations of the wo...

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