• Posts
  • RSS
  • ◂◂RSS
  • Contact

  • Brandeis Dance 2010-10-09

    October 11th, 2010
    ling, sound, contra, free_raisins  [html]
    The free raisins played for the new brandeis contra dance on saturday night. It was a good mix, both of new and experienced dancers but also brandeis students and other area dancers. Tony Parkes did a great job calling; he's been doing it for years and really knows what he's doing with a newish crowd. [1] I think overall we played pretty well, though not having monitors [2] made it hard to coordinate. We're looking forward to the next one, 3-6pm saturday november 20th.


    [1] One person at the dance remarked on his skills as a caller, describing him as 'badass'. I think he's great, but I think the term is decaying from overuse. Someone who parallel parks with the handbrake or carefully builds up immunity to a poison over years in preparation for a possible future confrontation is 'badass'. Just being highly competent at a helpful skill is not enough. In general, trying to fight semantic drift is hopeless, but at least I can still complain.

    [2] We were putting a sound system together from a mix of sources. This is not all that pleasant, but in this case went ok. We had a low powered pa system from the school along with three mics with stands, tony brought a wireless mic and receiver, and amy borrowed a keyboard and amp from a friend. We ended up putting the mandolin also through that amp, which worked, except that lacking a low cut it would pick up my stomping and amplify it as a low bass techno-like beat. That could have been a neat effect, though it was pretty much drowned out by other stuff once we started playing.

    Comment via: facebook

    Recent posts on blogs I like:

    What should we do about network-effect monopolies?

    Many large companies today are software monopolies that give their product away for free to get monopoly status, then do horrible things. Can we do anything about this?

    via benkuhn.net July 5, 2020

    More on the Deutschlandtakt

    The Deutschlandtakt plans are out now. They cover investment through 2040, but even beforehand, there’s a plan for something like a national integrated timetable by 2030, with trains connecting the major cities every 30 minutes rather than hourly. But the…

    via Pedestrian Observations July 1, 2020

    How do cars fare in crash tests they're not specifically optimized for?

    Any time you have a benchmark that gets taken seriously, some people will start gaming the benchmark. Some famous examples in computing are the CPU benchmark specfp and video game benchmarks. With specfp, Sun managed to increase its score on 179.art (a su…

    via Posts on Dan Luu June 30, 2020

    more     (via openring)


  • Posts
  • RSS
  • ◂◂RSS
  • Contact