Recent content by mbrown3039

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    LDI has been sold

    Maybe NSCA and ESTA could team up? I think trade shows could be done better....m
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    Sound Board Recommendations

    As mentioned above, the "teachability" of any equipment -- especially any console -- in an volunteer/amateur venue (I don't mean that in a derogatory fashion, just noting that your needs/standards are different than a Broadway/touring venue) should be considered. User-friendliness will not only...
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    DMX vs Cat6

    Run as many cables as the conduit (or raceway/J-hooks if "temporary" or plenum-rated) will hold; Cat5e is good for most things today, but shielded Cat6 is a must for high-quality video. Check around with local electricians and data installers -- you'd be surprised how many partially-used spools...
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    Death of Vicente Rodriguez at MGM Vegas in 2009

    Specific information in the attached PDF. M
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    Vicente Rodriguez Memorial Fund

    Specific information in the attached PDF. M
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    Death of Vicente Rodriguez at MGM Vegas in 2009

    Agreed. That's why this fund is important to us -- let's have something good come out of a really, really crappy (to say the least) situation. m
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    Death of Vicente Rodriguez at MGM Vegas in 2009

    There is a scholarship fund at UNLV in Vicente's name; more here.
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    Vicente Rodriguez Memorial Fund

    Some of you have been on CB for long enough to know of the tragic accident that occurred in Las Vegas a little over ten years ago: Vicente Rodriguez -- a young stagehand and UNLV student working on load out in the Hollywood Theater at MGM Grand -- fell off of a catwalk to his death. More details...
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    Not a collapse! Imagine engineering this one

    Hard to tell for sure, but it looks like the truss extends through the stage, so this may not be a pivot issue at all....if so, perhaps the structure below the stage is attached to decking and that's what the ballast is for (to hold down the decking)..?
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    How Do I Learn In College?

    Given the facts you've shared, I actually think that was the smartest course of action. My advice: buckle down, put theater aside for the next ten months and graduate with honors (or as close as you can get to it) then worry about theater tech stuff. All employers respect a degree (it shows you...
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    2 workers killed in Boom lift accident at Pickathon

    A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the families of the two workers who died. Here's more on that:
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    New lighting system

    Not sure where you're based, but -- to echo what Bill said -- please, please, please find a consultant to work with. Don't assume that "we know what we're going to have in this venue so we know what technology we need" -- the world of permanently installed entertainment technology for a...
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    Am I making the right college decision?

    First question: what do you want to be when you grow up? Aside from "I like to do this, I enjoy doing that," your original post doesn't mention some things I think you need to know to determine your future. Do you want to get married and have kids? Then, at some point, you're going to want a...
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    UNLV's EED program

    A long-overdue update on our 10-year peer review: two industry reviewers spent several days on campus looking over the program. They met with faculty, visited the facilities and also met with several members of the Advisory Board, as well as some local employers who frequently find...
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    Theatre Operational & Equipment Audit suggestions

    This is definitely a job for a consultant, but make sure it begins with the theater owner and/or operator being clear what their intentions are for the next 20 years...will it be more of the same? Do they want to move into new types of entertainment (spectacle, eSports, immersive experiences...