Sunday, October 4, 2009

It was a busy summer....

Elwood P. Dowd : "Well, I've wrestled with reality for 35 years, Doctor, and I'm happy to state I finally won out over it.

Name the band : "She should have worn a wedding veil, instead I've got one heart for sale..."

"The crux of the biscuit" 
Once upon a time, somebody say to me
This is the dog talkin' now
What is your, conceptual, continuity?
Well I told 'em right then, Fido said
It should be easy to see
The crux of the biscuit
is the apostrophe

"Penguin !!"

"What is a 5D card ?"

"Can you turn up 'Sammy' in my monitor ?"

"What time is it in Columbus ?"

Saturday, June 27, 2009


I am back from Atlanta. more later...

Friday, June 19, 2009

My kind of humor...

Apparently, another one that I'm the only one who finds funny :
Inspector Jacques Clouseau : "Does your dog bite ?"
Dog Walker : "No"
Clouseau reaches down to pet dog, dog bites him, "I thought you said your dog does not bite ?"
Dog Walker : "That is not my dog."

When will then be now?

Maybe you were sleepwalking when you were dreaming about taking a nap and ended up at the store before you got there ?

"What the hell am I lookin' at ? "
"When does this happen in the movie?"
"Now. You're looking at now sir, everything that happens now is happening now. "
"What happened to then? "
"We passed it. "
"When? "
"Just now. We're at now-now. "
"Go back to then."
"Now. "
"Now? "
"Now! "
"I can't."
"Why? "
"We missed it."
"When? "
"Just now. "
"When will then be now?"

More News from Bizarro World

Pentagon Exam Calls Protests 'Low-Level Terrorism,' Angering Activists 

The written exam, given as part of Department of Defense employees’ routine training, includes a multiple-choice question that asks:
“Which of the following is an example of low-level terrorism?”
— Attacking the Pentagon
— IEDs
— Hate crimes against racial groups
— Protests
The correct answer, according to the exam, is "Protests."

What is wrong with this picture ?

Inside temp is 86F, and the outside temp is 86F

I don't want to go (expletive) play for the Yankees

Papelbon denies report of potential depature to New York 
"I don't want to go (expletive) play for the Yankees," he said. "I've been on a team for the past five years that's been in first place more than any other (expletive) team otherwise. Why would I want to leave?"
Thank you Jonathan Papelbon. Thank You. 

Cash For Clunkers : Explained

Wondering about the Cash For Clunkers Program ? It all makes sense now :
From Big Hollywood :
You can trade in a car getting 18 miles per gallon or less for a car getting at least 22 mpg. But the voucher would grow to $4,500 if the new car’s mileage is 10 mpg higher. Now, if you own an old SUV, you could receive a $3500 voucher, if your new wheels ... Read more... 

can't wait...

Things I look forward to :
  • My flight is at 5:50 AM 
  • We arrive at 7:30, then load-in
  • The temp in Atlanta will be 97
  • I will have 16 wireless microphones to deal with : next door to CNN. Interference much ?
and I just realized that the Sox will be playing the Braves - in Boston....

Atlanta bound

We will be in Atlanta tomorrow where the temp will be 97 degrees. Yeehah ! The last time I was in Atlanta for a show, I was in a little cafe and I asked for iced coffee, and they looked at me like I was from Mars. As if they had never heard of such a thing. 

Me: "It's kind of like iced tea - but it's iced coffee !!"  Then, I said, "Could you please, just pour some coffee into a glass of ice? "

Waitress: "But then all the ice is gonna' melt.."
Me : "I'll just have to take that chance.."

Maybe, by now they have discovered Iced Coffee...

Vinyl Records

This is cool : 
Record Albums: Vinyl LPs at Barnes & Noble

And this : Vinyl Records Are Making A Comeback

I always thought that Abbey Road was a better record, than it was a CD...

reluctance to take Congress at its word on savings

Democrats’ $1-Trillion Health Care Plan to Cost 23 Million Americans Their Private Insurance, CBO Says
Best line :
"Dodd then complained that the CBO does not take Democrats’ plans for future cost savings into account when it calculates the cost of the bill, saying that the non-partisan office’s reluctance to take Congress at its word on savings assumptions skewed the final analysis."

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

How tall do you weigh ? - the Sox, and the Evil Empire

the evil empire is where they belong

that's all I'm sayin'...

I Miss the Cape...

Overheard in New England, whilst wearing long pants :
"Chahlie, it's a hundred fahty-fah degrees out ! - put some shohts on !!"

Yamaha DME Version 3.5

DME firmware version 3.5 takes Yamaha DME series performance to a higher level of refinement. In addition to a new component for installations and broadcast applications, this firmware update improves overall operation speed and efficiency in....

Either it's a huge cat....

This a repost, but it just cracks me up, and I don't think anyone gets it...(or, I laugh too much at my own stupid jokes...)

Either it's a huge cat, or
it's a small box

while walking around nyc @ Bleeker St. Records

Yamaha PM5D Card Reader and Bubble Wrap

Do not. I repeat, DO NOT, ever let someone insert a mangled card reader into the PM5D...
You will have bent pins...
Irate road managers...
Overworked service staff, with no time to fix it...
Other techs wondering why you let them put it in, in the first place....
And the number one reason why you DO NOT ever let someone insert a mangled card reader into the PM5D...
It f%!*$#% breaks It !!!!!!
Luckily, you can transfer files from the card, to a laptop, to the console.... just don't hit your head on the scaffolding !

From Ichthus 2009

Pestilence, PETA, and the President

  • PETA is finally going after President Barack Obama for delivering capital punishment to a housefly on the White House grounds yesterday -- a death that was caught on tape. When asked for comment, here's the statement PETA released: "He isn't the Buddha, he's a human being and human beings have a long way to go before they think before they act."
"That's a total lie," Walpin said of the latter charge. And he said the accusation that he was dazed and confused at one meeting out of many was not only false, but poor rationale for his ouster."It appears to suggest that I was removed because I was disabled -- based on one occasion out of hundreds," he said, adding that the administration is grasping at "non-existent straws" to explain its actions."I would never say President Obama doesn't have the capacity to continue to serve because of his (statement) that there are 56 states," Walpin said, adding that the same holds for Vice President Biden and his "many express confusions that have been highlighted by the media."

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Joe Biden Quotes

"Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am 
to be vice president of the United States of America. 
Quite frankly, it might have been a better pick than me." 

Octopus and squid can hear.

From BBC Earth News : The Cephalopods Can Hear You 
"The discovery resolves a century-long debate over whether cephalopods, the group of sea creatures that includes octopus, squid, cuttlefish and nautiluses, can hear sounds underwater.
They discovered that the octopus can hear sounds between 400Hz and 1000Hz. The squid can hear an wider range of sound from 400Hz to 1500Hz, they report in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A.
"That indicates that squid have a better hearing capability than the octopus," says Yan. "Interestingly though, both species hear best at a frequency of 600Hz."

Monday, June 15, 2009

Neuro Fuel - The Science of Happiness

"The smart way to feel better." Especially while spending 16 hours a day 
at front of house during a music festival...
From Ichthus 2009

Walter and Joe Biden

Which one of these two is a dummy....

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Ichthus 2009 - Wilmore, KY

We brought in PA, monitors, and lights at the 40th Ichthus Christian Music Festival in Wilmore, KY.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Columbus Arts Festival - Lone Raven

One of the highlights from the Columbus Arts Festival was the band Lone Raven
There was truly magic in the air
 as the band took the stage at sunset... 
and the city lit up... 
and the moon was rising....

Here is a video of Lone Raven playing at the Arts Fest in 2008.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Lesson learned : lobster is expensive in Alabama

Update to a previous post : I recently was informed that my fantastic lobster dinner cost $101.00. 
That is ; one hundred, and one dollars
Seriously ?! $101? 
At previously mentioned Weilands the price for a 1 pound lobster is $7.99. 
And I was told, "get what ever you want". 
Just sayin'....

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Columbus Arts Festival - Stagevan

We are at the Columbus Arts Festival this week with the stagevan. Here you can see it transform from a trailer (and as the ceilings and floors fold out) to its final form as a stage with sound lights, and music....

From Columbus Arts Fest

Columbus Arts Fest

Thursday, May 28, 2009

trompe l'oeil

"Even that woman peering into the ruin above is not real."

Virginia DMV bans smiling

Virginia bans smiling.  

"As part of the DMV's effort to develop supersecure driver's licenses and foolproof ID cards, the agency has issued a smile ban, directing people to use a "neutral expression" in their portraits, thereby eliminating one of the few reasons to grin after waiting for one's number to be called"

- und zere vill be no smiling !!!

Hot dogs

Dinner time...

From Hot Dogs

News from Bizarro World - Northern Edition

Woman to fight $420 fine for not holding subway handrail :
"MONTREAL - The Montreal woman who was handcuffed and fined $420 for not holding a subway station escalator handrail is planning to fight the tickets, saying she was treated like a "criminal" for trying to avoid germs."
und you vill hold ze handrails !!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

News from Bizarro World

Ohio Patrol Cruisers Go Solar
"To conserve fuel and battery life, the fleet of nearly 1,200 Ford Crown Victorias is being equipped with 5-watt solar panels"
5 watts ? Did you say 5 watts ?
""If you look at all the buildings and if you make the roofs white and if you make the pavement more of a concrete type of colour rather than a black type of colour and if you do that uniformally, that would be the equivalent of... reducing the carbon emissions due to all the cars in the world by 11 years – just taking them off the road for 11 years," he said."
A bucket of paint is all it takes...who knew ?

Monday, May 25, 2009

Jersey barrier

Q. How do you move jersey barriers ? With a zipper machine.

From Roads to the Future :
"The "Zipper Machine" is rather impressive; it's a huge truck-like device that lifts the movable concrete median barrier about 6 inches off of the roadway, shifts it over, and then places it back down onto the roadway." "Jersey-type median barriers weigh 500 pounds per linear foot or more, so it takes a large powerful machine to perform this task, and it moves at 3 to 4 miles per hour."

Did you see this deer ?

Columbus Dispatch : Ohio trying harder to steer deer off roads. There were 26,000 deer-vehicle crashes in 2007.

Boston Globe : Deer struck and killed on pike. From the same article : "Did you see this deer ? Send us your photos."

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Strange signs

from : "Sign Language: strange signs and bizarre English"

Swiss Cheese

I knew it was called rat cheese for a reason...

Bob Dylan birthday

In order to escape the sounds coming from Crew Stadium last night, I went to the Rumba Cafe, which was celebrating Bob Dylan's birthday...
"A saxophone someplace far off played
As she was walkin by the arcade.
As the light bust through a beat-up shade where he was wakin up,
She dropped a coin into the cup of a blind man at the gate
And forgot about a simple twist of fate."
-Bob Dylan - Simple Twist Of Fate

The Big Picture -

Great (big) pictures at The Big Picture

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Volume Wars and Contra Band (featuring Oliver North)

I have a rare day off, and I am having volume wars with Kenny Chesney. In my backyard, I can hear : my stereo, occasional trains, traffic on 71, and a concert at Crew Stadium. The latter has become the most annoying, as this is my day off and I do not wish to hear: a) country music, b) concerts (that I am not mixing), c) Kenny Chesney...

Speaking of Crew Stadium, from their FAQ page :
"Q: What items are prohibited at Crew Stadium?"
"Please review Crew Stadium's Contra Band Control Policy under Stadium Policies to identify items prohibited at the stadium. Security parameters are subject to change at any time."
Contra Band : featuring Oliver North on lead guitar..
Wikipedia : "The English word contraband, reported in English since 1529, from Medieval French contrebande "a smuggling," derived via Italian contrabbando from Latin contra"against" + Middle Latin bannum (from Frankish root ban "a command", as in Italian bando 'law'; also the root of 'banishment'), denotes any item which, relating to its nature, is illegal to be possessed, sold et cetera.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Robert Randolph - 2009 Memorial charity benefit concert

We will be providing production for : "National recording artist, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, will perform at the 2009 Memorial charity benefit concert. Having toured as a supporting act for Eric Clapton and the Dave Matthews Band, Robert Randolph carries a crowd pleasing soul and funk sound. The concert has raised over $120,000 in just two years." Nationwide Children's Hospital

Sunday, May 17, 2009

The week that was...

Shows this past week :

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

New Digidesign Console

A new Live Sound console from Digidesign - I want.

"VENUE SC48 is a fully integrated live sound system that combines all I/O, digital signal processing, and tactile control into a single console..."  more

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Elephant painting video

Watch the entire video, and tell me - Is this real ??? 


Martin Short : "Did you just have a stroke ?"

Wasabi spray to warn the hearing impaired

Manufacturer donates alarms releasing wasabi spray to warn the hearing impaired

"The developer of a fire alarm that can wake people with hearing difficulties by releasing the smell of wasabi horseradishes in addition to the usual noise has donated nine of the devices to a school" ....more from The Mainichi Daily News

have podium mic... will be busy

'have podium mic' has a busy weekend :
  • We brought in a semi's worth of production to the Schottenstein Center for the Ohio Education Association.
  • We set up 2 systems (one outside, and one indoors, in case of rain) for the Ohio Wesleyan University (165th) graduation ceremony.
  • Set up PA (in the rain) for "US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Governor Ted Strickland and other special guests at a rally for education reform in Ohio". ( After the sound check Governor Strickland was helping someone duct tape the sign to the podium...)
  • and Monday we will be setting up a show for "Directions for youth and families"

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Unity Gain : Yamaha Consoles

From the Yamaha guys (Trainers on The Road) who do the the  PM5D/M7 Classes :

" So where is the unity point on my digital meters? "

" The unity point on your digital console will vary by manufacturer. However, on almost all of the newer Yamaha digital consoles, the unity point is found at -20dBFS. The only exceptions are the DM2000, and 02R. On these units, the unity point is found at -14dBFS

The unity point we are talking here is the 
internal signal level of consoles when the consoles output +4dBu (0VU). This is the reference level of most equipment we use. Which means, when you see -20dBFS on your output meter of your M7CL, the console outputs signal of +4dBu."

cables: good and bad...(mostly bad)

"... perplexing photos from all over the world, showing unceasing struggle of sysadmins, electricians and sound technicians against the sinister Doom of Second Law of Thermodynamics - the one of increasing entropy

Monday, May 4, 2009


According to sitemeter someone visited 'have podium mic' from 
Thiruvananthapuram (also known as Trivandrum), India....

Wikipedia : "Thiruvananthapuram is an ancient city with trading traditions dating back to 1000 BC. It is believed that the ships of King Solomon landed in a port called Ophir (now Poovar) in Thiruvananthapuram in 1036 BC. The city was the trading post of spices,sandalwood and ivory."

Fun with Translations : The Yankees in German, or Die Yankees in Deutsch

• First I typed : Tonight, I will try to find a TV that will show Boston defeating the Yankees... Just because I like the way that looks in german, especially if you say "the Yankees"...

• Google Translated it as : Heute Abend werde ich versuchen, einen Fernseher, die zeigen, Boston Sieg der Yankees ... ich ebenso wie die Art und Weise, sieht in den Sprachen Deutsch, vor allem, wenn Sie sagen, dass "die Yankees"...

• I then copied the German and translated it back to English and got this : Tonight I will try and a TV that show the Boston Yankees victory ... I like the way that looks into the languages German, especially if you say that "the Yankees" ...

 via (Kicken Sie hier) Google Translate

Chris Botti

We brought in PA ( 10 EV XLC per side ) and monitors to the Ohio Theater for jazz trumpeter Chris Botti with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Although it was loong, exhausting day, the actual show was very good. 

The orchestra shell was in, which put monitor world ( and me ) on stage, which meant I had a great seat to see and hear the band. And Chris Botti's band is incredible. I was closest to drummer Billy Kilson , who is a monster, and puts on a great show, as does guitarist Mark Whitfield, and the Grammy Award winning pianist Billy Childs.

This video is "Chris Botti and violinist Lucia Micarelli performing the moving "Emmanuel" in Botti's new PBS special CHRIS BOTTI IN BOSTON" , which they also performed at the Ohio Theater..

Chris Botti ... part 2

Some of the people in the orchestra were complaining about the volume, and it reminded me of the time I was doing monitors for the band Boris (one of the loudest bands I have ever heard - and a lot louder than a Jazz band !!). 

Anyway, we were in the middle of soundcheck, and I was dialing up the bands monitor mixes, which was made somewhat difficult by the fact that I do not speak Japanese, and they did not speak that much English, and I brought up some guitar in the drummers mix, and he got up, walked over the monitor console, and said (in thick Japanese accent), "... too loud.." 

I can only imagine what the orchestra would have thought about the volume of that show....

Boris From Wexner Center

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Doc, I can’t stop singing...

“Doc, I can’t stop singing The Green, Green Grass of Home.”
“That sounds like Tom Jones Syndrome.”
“Is it common?”
“Well, It’s Not Unusual.”

Thursday, April 30, 2009

either it is a huge cat or

it's a small box

while walking around nyc @ Bleeker St. Records

PM5D Scene Management Class

Highlights from NYC

• The bus from La Guardia filled up with smoke, and we were stuck on the side of the road in Queens for about an hour...

• Dinner at The Pearl Oyster Bar was fantastic. Oysters, clams, and halibut...

• Attended the Yamaha Commercial Audio PM5D Scene Management Class

• Had a Great Rueben sandwich at a deli in Times square

• Successfully kept my mouth shut while surrounded by millions of Yankee, Giants, and Mets fans

M7 update, 'this summer'

The Yamaha M7CL is getting a major update to Version 2.0, some  of the the new features :

Channel LibraryA new memory area for whole channel information
Matrix Send on Sends on FadersAccess 24 mix busses in Sends on Fader mode
Relative Level Channel LinkChannels can share parameter links with offsets between levels
Direct access to Sends on Fader from Mix Send knobsA more efficient use of User Defined Keys by activating the Mix Send knobs to move between Sends on Fader mixes
Post Fader insert for input/outputA new insert position
Post Fader direct outA new pick-off point for direct out
Monitor/Cue level control on Stereo/Mono fadersControl monitor level with fader