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Summer Ahoy

The to do list can now be tackled, this blog can be styled once again and working out what’s going to occupy my time come September is back on the agenda.

Lying in the back yard all day: priceless.
For me it’s now summer time and today’s weather approves that, it’s the most sun I’ve seen since last summer in the States!! Plenty of time to chill out, soak up some heat, read some bits of paper and write a 20 point to do list and four pages of notes on the matter. Tonight I’m meeting a client to discuss some pre-America work, which I’ll of course mention when it’s done.

Realiging face-lifts are due and some updating, building a fine web design company and indeed a certain fine Northern Irish Event Management and Audio Visual Solutions company.

Anyway, eating time, hoping to make a decent blog diary this summer in the states, where I intend to have time to *think*.

Four weeks to go!

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Songs for Sao Paulo

My buddies Pete and Andy and their bands will be playing a gig in aid of the COI centre’s mission team to Brazil this summer. It’s being held in the Oasis Café on Elmwood Avenue, Belfast (behind where I used to live) on Monday 21st April at 9 PM (After CU).

The music’ll be a mix of acoustic styling and profiling (from Nathan Jess), rock covers and original songs by Pete and Paul (formerly of Midnight Noise Conspiracy) and headlining is Andy Good’s band “Maguire and I” who have recently cut a demo which will be handed out free to the first [arbitrary number of] people through the door. You can grab some mp3s of the demo from Lurgan Parish Youth’s site (click on the Amplify logo)

Facebook Group is here. And here’s a map to the Oasis.

Hope to see you there (I’m doing sound.) Dave.

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Giants Vipers Webcast 2008-03-29

Heading down to Dundalk this afternoon for the Giants’ final ‘home’ game of the year (not season, that was last week) as they take on the Newcastle Vipers in the first qualifying round of the Elite League Playoffs 2008.

I’m running the show tonight as Ronan’s away so toss a coin and if it’s heads then the stream’ll be up and running showing highlights and gtv clips from recent games around 7pm. I don’t think we’ll be able to do pre-game interviews this week due to a few logistical things, but I might run the ivs from a few weeks back :)

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Off to Belfast to find American Steve and then to Dundalk. Go on… watch the web cast… it’s the last time I (might) get paid until July! :D

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Sony HVR-V1E First Look / Beaver Cross 2008 / MacBook Air

So obviously it’s not the first look; but it is mine. Ordered a Sony HVR-V1E last night from and it arrived this morning before 10… Impressive (CityLink in County Down works depite what Ally says about the Belfast bunch!).

Barney delivered it up to Belfast this morning (thanks boss…) and we gave it a wee test – it worked, which is a pleasant surprise! Very nice feel, good improvements on the PD-170 especially (disregarding the hi-def) the XLRs with independent volume controls on each channel; new 20x Zeiss lens which rivals the XL-H1 and lots of new buttons; chunkier and smoother iris/exposure wheel (it’s default setting is to automatically move from iris opening to positive gain increments when the iris is fully open; which is good unless you hate gain; but it appears that even +18dB gain is pretty clean, we’ll see how that looks in a low-light show setting on Friday night when we’re doing a gig for CEA. Something to do with Music Performance, so if you’re playing your Ukelele at the Waterfront Studio on Friday… See you there.

This is the toy that I’ll be bringing to America with me this summer; got a really pro looking (and feeling) PortaBrace bag to go with and then remembered it comes with a free Sony case; which really would have been up to the job but is a little bit bigger (unnecessarily for such a compact hdv) hopefully I’ll be able to get rid of on eBay unless someone sticks their paw up (unlikely?). In the States I’ll be back at Beaver Cross camp this year working on Media and leading Worship again (most likely, and sadly, without my Gibson), teaching kids some stuff about making movies (I imagine it’ll be a bit of basic theory – I’ll speak to you soon, Pete! – but mostly making stupid videos – pt1 pt2) as well as documenting the summer for PR/media purposes and being in charge of the photo collection and collation. Quite excited about all this, I suppose I should confirm to Chris and Tina that I’m coming! I’m not looking forward to my Thursday nights… A seven hour marathon was required to produce that video mentioned earlier but in my defence I guess it was my first real edit – Pete once again thank you for telling me about the Blade Tool/cmd+s or b or whatever it is thing.

No tripod as of yet, plenty around to beg, steal or borrow but if you’re in Upstate New York and fancy selling me a Vinten or Manfrotto for cheap let me know.

MacBook Air: Meh, looks good, but packing a bit too little as of yet. I imagine a writing journo or author loving it but without the optical or firewire or multiple usb ports it’s too restricted for the various things that I might want to do with it. First move into SSD laptops which is very cool, and maybe a model or two down the line the MacBook Pro will benefit and by then mine’ll have stopped whining and scraping and perhaps will die altogether (I fear… but hopefully it’ll do me through the summer with a couple of hours of video captured and edited every week).

Heading to the Giants tomorrow night to do a bit of capture, we’re not webcasting (so it should be nice and relaxed) because the big boys from TeleVideo on behalf of Sky Sports are in the house for the broadcast on Friday night, on Sky Sports 3 or Mix, I believe.



Flock/Facebook Swedish Too Much?

Swedish adverts on my facebook?I have a Swedish friend on facebook so I’m guessing that’s the link, but for the last few days I’ve been getting priority advertising from Swedish (I think, judging by the script) language companies.

Safari’s been crashing too much and Firefox is too leaky and heavy; tried out Flock and it’s pretty cool, though I fear it’ll cause me endless distraction – one of it’s main features asides being based on the Firefox engine is media integration: FaceBook, WordPress (like this message for example) and YouTube along with others I assume. Just another method to be distraced. We’ll see how long it lasts.

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In with the old and in with the new.

I’ve moved my site over to WordPress, which I have used to build both the Dromore Cathedral and the QUB Tennis Club web sites.

In the coming days I’ll be restyling with something individual, as I build up the brand under which I’ll be doing web sites from now on; and whatever work I end up doing on when I finish up with University this summer.That was the launch notice of QUB Tennis by the way; thanks to Chris for all his input and so on!

A night at the Giants tonight, yet another loss in the Cup – about six straight in all competitions now, though the performance lifted greatly tonight and after the first period break (and whatever shouting can be imagined to happen in the right hand locker room) both DeRou and his defence played somewhat better hockey. A few good shots went in and after a couple of fist fights the crowd were rocking behind the home team; though the boos were short, but sour, at the end of the night. Shawn Sutter has been signed, and the Giants need to drop one of their ‘imports’ to make room for him in the team before he arrives… Who goes? Todd and Ed decide!

Some more web sites to get started this week, and an audio visual gig to plan for October.