Getting drunk is not good for work the next day…

So, for a quiet night with a couple of drinks, work the next day, I thought why not? It’s only gonna be a couple of drinks, and there’s not gonna be that much to do the next day.

Urgh, not doing that again. I don’t think I’ve thrown off Thursday night’s hangover entirely yet.

So, a nice quiet night turns bad when you move off the cider and onto the vodka. When it becomes a good idea to move to another bar, get more drunk, then move on to a club, things can go downhill quickly.

So, me and a bunch of my straight(er :P) friends, and we happen to end up in CC Blooms (a gay club) – I’m still in amazement about how comfortable some of them were with some of the dancing that was occurring :P

And then there was the karaoke. Singing along to Snow Patrol’s Run, at the top of your voice without a mic is a bad thing. Sore throat Friday, No voice Saturday.

It was the Carol Concert that went the most pear-shaped though – being ridiculously hung-over and trying to op a sound desk when there’s a slight issue of the next channel being at max with something like static with the gain at minimum. No off switch for the channels. Hungover. Yeah, you guessed it, I nearly deafened everyone in the room. Including the principal of the university. :S

So, I had the sound desk to pieces after that, dunno what was wrong, but wired it up slightly differently, and took out some kit that was unneeded. The problem seemed to disappear, so meh.

The Christmas Party followed later that day, and with the freshly DMX’d UV LED thing pointing at the white christmas tree from the red party, I was happy that not much could go wrong, and that I could enjoy myself on the lighting desk again. Until I remembered that this DJ is not the best, and that I was still hungover. Also, this DJ really really really likes his bass. Several times I had to get him to turn it down cos stuff was vibrating across the table – I thought my netbook would be safe on top of the lighting desk, sitting on some unused (for this party) faders.

I looked away for all of two seconds, heard a crash (over 100dB music, I might add), looked around and saw the external screen for my netbook had lost signal. My phone which was charging from my netbook was missing, as was my netbook.

The whole lot was on the floor.

My phone is fine I think, however the USB cable for it is now almost useless, so I’ve had to buy another one. My netbook also seems fine, though the casing around the screen cracked open. I managed to snap it back together though, but the camera is now in the wrong place inside the casing for it to be any use.

Ah well, guess I’ve learnt to be more careful with my netbook etc.

Red Party

Well, a lot has been a hectic few weeks – I’ve not not really had much chance to update this. Now I’m on the train home for Christmas, I’ve got a bit of a chance :D Ah well, I guess as my last post was about the Red Party, I better start there!

Well, after a hellish setup, the Red Party went down pretty well I reckon. I eventually went with four par bars all with red gel, three attached to the back bar of the stage, one on the rig above the house right speaker stack. Some LED PAR36s on the back bar, a couple of Martin RoboScan Pro 518s, and two PR Pilot 150s on the floor completed the set for the main stage.

The general setup of the stage

A cool idea of mine was to put two more LED parcans (64s) underneath the steel deck that the DJ was going to be on at stage right – a bit of diffusion gel on the parcans, and some blind material that I butchered during freshers week draping off the stage gave a pretty cool effect – the light from them merged together on the blind material. You can see the blind material ready to put up on the floor to the right of the steel deck in the picture above.

It was dubious as to whether or not we could go ahead with the event, especially given that the union closed at midday due to the snow, but we managed to convince the president to run the event. I think it’s the first time I’ve seen the president working behind the bar!

I did a little playing around with a UV light we’ve got – it’s LED based and can be configured into a sound-sensitive mode, as well as being DMXable. However, we’ve never DMXed it before, and given how much other work I had, I didn’t want to try and program it into the desk. I set it up lighting up a white christmas tree on top of the bar though – it looked pretty damn cool!

Ah well, it was an awesome night – Gypsy Cream and Twanda were just awesome :D

Red Party 2010!

Well, it’s almost time for the HWUSU LGBT 2nd Annual Red Party in support of World Aids Day.

And it’s gonna be hell for me.

Cos I’m the guy who volunteered to do this, the only guy to volunteer for this (save the soundy who’s got very little to do), I’ve got a ton of work to do. Mostly it’s manual labour moving the lights around etc, but there’s gonna be a hell of a lot of wiring and programming to do. Not to mention setting up the rest of the venue (drapes, safety, etc)

Well, I hope everyone has a good time, cos to be honest, I can’t wait for it to be over. But wait, I’ve got derig to do when this is done… :( But before that, I’ve got to actually rig half the stuff, and run the event.