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  1. derekleffew

    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    My name is Derek Leffew and my website is http://www.derekleffew.com.

    I’ve been a guest lurker here for sometime, but just last week bought a new MacBook, built a website, and decided to step out of the shadows. I suppose I heard someone calling “Step into the light, CarolAnn!” All this because Embarq is forcing me to change my Earthlink email address, which I’ve had since 2000. And a colleague told me how I could get registration and hosting and 200 email addresses for $10/year.

    As for the metric system, I haven’t read ALL the past posts on the forum. But I will say that the first .PDF on the reference page of my website is a Fractional/Decimal/Metric Conversion Chart that I made in Excel. So I guess count me as “on the fence” until I understand what the ruckus is about.

    As for Mac vs. PC, I’ve been back and forth and simultaneous many times. For years I was a closeted Mac user. I had a Mac desktop at home but would carry a PC Laptop for Show Control gigs. But seeing as how it’s the 21st century, and every Lighting Designer I know carries a gray aluminum or titanium PowerBook or MacBook Pro, I’ve decided to come out Load and Proud. I’ll still be ridiculed by some for having a white plastic MacBook with a 13.3” screen, but I feel LAPTOPS should be small and lightweight. When it’s at home, it’ll be connected to an external monitor, keyboard, trackball (hate mice, love the Kensington Expert Mouse, have probably bought ten of them since 1992) just like I did with my first Mac, a PowerBook 180 not C, I didn’t believe in color displays back then—still not sure I like them on Light Boards, other than the Colortran Color Track, of course.

    I suppose my first stage lighting experience was in fourth grade, in the 1960s. I was in the school chorus. Teacher had to leave the “gymatorium” and, being bored, I found the Main Circuit Breaker panel on the DSL Proscenium. Three breakers were labeled something like “red x-ray; blue x-ray; white x-ray.” They were off, so of course I flipped one on to see what would happen. Teacher came back about then and said “How did you make the stage red?” I told her “I flipped this switch right ‘chere.” Since I was not, pure of voice, shall we say, I was given the task of flipping on and off the three breakers during the concert. Viola, My First Cue Sheet, coming soon by Fisher-Price.

    I had forgotten entirely about that when my next experience happened. July 4, 1976, the entire township was celebrating the Bicentennial festivities when I was pressed into service because I was hanging out in the parking lot outside the high-school auditorium. It was basically "Hey kid, c'mere. Wha-cha-doin'?" “Nuffin’—I’m not doing anything wrong.” Next thing I knew, I was climbing stairs to a light booth and shown a Strong Carbon-Arc Trouper built in the 1960's. "Point it at whose-evers singing, turn it off when they're done" was what the guy told me--then he disappeared and I never saw him again. I believe he was a “friend” of the high school technical director/drama teacher..

    That’s enough history for one sitting. Currently, I’m a freelance Lighting Designer/Programmer/Electrician/SpotOp/Stagehand/Box-Pusher in Las Vegas, NV, USA. I have one main house I work in, a large arena hosting rock/country touring concerts, corporate shows, and sporting events. You can guess the Venue (Hint: the entire, massive, building is a distinctive color, unflattering to human skin-tones), but I’m not permitted by my employer to tell you.

    As you can tell, I am long-winded and have strong opinions about everything. I also have years of practical experience and a desire to educate. Call me the Martha Stewart of Stage Lighting. No wait, don’t!
     
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    Bon Jour! Leffew ! Glad you came out of the shadows.
    Hey we like long winded around here!
     
  3. derekleffew

    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    Then you're in for a treat!

    Anyone want to hear the history of USITT DMX-512 (1986)? Go to my website, click on The Speed of Light and buy and read the book. Ms. Essig documents the drama way better than I could.

    Anyone ever put a baggy in a followspot? Later this week I'll be conducting an experiment and will post the results, hopefully with pictures, on my website.

    Want to hear about me standing next to Ricky Martin, him in just his CKs, under the stage? Sorry this is a PG forum.
     
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    Eh, Gordon Pearlman is on Our Board of Directors, and I've worked with him for years, at ET and in other areas. I've got so much DMX history you wouldn't beleive.......

    It's mostly PG, we get a bit R sometimes, try to keep it below NC-17.

    :mrgreen:
     
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    This is exactly the reason I don't have as many posts as Van
     
  6. Chaos is Born

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    Well... I guess we don't have to catch this guy up on all of the recent topics of choice... except for one question:

    Where do you stand on the topic of Pirates?

    Welcome aboard Matey!
     
  7. derekleffew

    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    I'll probably answer wrong, as I don't understand the question (still investigating gafftaper's issues with the metric system,) but...

    I was Head of Lighting and Sound and Show Control for a little pirate show here in the desert for over five years and sank the British boat over 5,000 times. So you could say I approve of pirates?
     
  8. gafftaper

    gafftaper Senior Team Senior Team Fight Leukemia

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    ARRRR!!! Pirates are definitely approved around here... and if you would like Van will hook you up with a pirate band to listen to.

    I just want to say I don't have issues with the metric system. It's just an unnatural abomination against God and the memory King Henry's foot size. The ancient Sumarians sure didn't use the metric system... they used the foot. Did the Egyptians need the metric system to build the great pyramids? NO they used the foot!! It's VOODOO I tell you VOODOO!!

    Oh yeah and officially welcome to the booth... That place you work at wouldn't by chance have a large golden carnivore out in front would it?
     
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    gafftaper Senior Team Senior Team Fight Leukemia

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    Can we have a Wiki entry titled "Pirates and the Metric system"?
     
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    I don't see why not, its a major topic around here.
     
  11. derekleffew

    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    Thanks Van, but I don't listen to any bands unless I'm paid to run their lights.

    I can neither confirm nor deny the existence of a large golden carnivore at my place of employment. I haven't even seen it in years, as I go in the back way. Oooops. Doh!
     
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    gafftaper Senior Team Senior Team Fight Leukemia

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    I love this Vegas rumor... One of the random casinos that Derek clearly doesn't work at... built this giant Lion out in front and you walked between it's paws and under it's huge head to enter the casino... It was gorgeous, massive... must have been 40 feet high and looked like it was polished gold. However, they immediately noticed a drop off in their asian customers. Turns out that it was considered really bad luck to walk underneath a lion to enter a building and gamble. SO, they tore the thing out and put in a still large but much smaller lion statue that you now walk around instead of under. That mistake must have cost millions.

    It sounds like you might work in a place that one can buy jello shots on the walk in from the car to work. That could be a little dangerous.

    I love Vegas. Wouldn't want to live there but it's a great vacation... although if I got to run the pirate show I might reconsider moving down there. Although I'm sure that gets really boring 7 times a day.
     
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    I like that philosphy.
    Good line.
     
  14. gafftaper

    gafftaper Senior Team Senior Team Fight Leukemia

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    Yeah but can you stop at a jello shot/daiquiri bar and buy a few thousand refrigerator magnets on the way from your car into work?
     
  15. derekleffew

    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    I don't know what you people are talking about. I've never had a jello shot in my life and the only thing between where I park and where I work is the lot filled with 53' trailers waiting to be unloaded/loaded. Tim and Faith had 23, I think. So much fun being in a truck with big, sweaty guys, unstacking motorboxes, when it's 110°F outside. The glamour of show business.
     
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    gafftaper Senior Team Senior Team Fight Leukemia

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    Ouch. Summer in Vegas is a special kind of hot. My Brother In Law lives down there and keeps his AC set at 90 degrees to save money. Up here in the Pacific NorthWET we start melting if it gets above 75.
     
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    75! Man you guys are tough up there in Seattle. I look at a thermometer that's over 65 and start feeling heat stroke. < even if I am wearing shorts at the time>
     
  18. gafftaper

    gafftaper Senior Team Senior Team Fight Leukemia

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    Dude if it's over 50 I'm in Shorts. I stop wearing them some time in late November and break them out the first sign of sun in February. Got to tan while you can. Is there a more tell tale sign of a true NW native than shorts and goretex coat (preferably Columbia) on a rainy day... Umbrella? Those are for Californians.
     
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    Bah 110 is an easy day in Vegas.

    I hate heat...especially the wet heat I live in now.
     
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    Used to Chicago Winters... it gets above freezing i'm in shorts shoveling snow.
     

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