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Today I did this...

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I'm currently on a project to create a VIP area in a nightclub.
These downlighters look great and make it feel really clean and modern.

Also fitted across the bar area.

Tomorrow we're going to be wiring up some pendant lights and fitting a grid switch to power them all.

Judge as you wish to be judged.

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You have one life to live. Live it as yourself.

DMX Trials & Tribulations

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Ok so I'm tinkering with DMX on stage lighting for the first time ever.
Amusingly, I have a lot of understanding of the protocol already as I used to tinker with BBC Econet and essentially it's the same idea.
All devices sit on a line and see every byte of data sent along it. They receive it, and send it on down the chain verbatim.
The fixture looks for it's address being announced and then reads the command following the address - the command being any number of 8 bit bytes telling it what to do, be it change a colour, or a focus, or move a head.
Having addressed all our fittings and connected them to an American DJ MyDMX Go Paired to my Tab S4 I was instantly able to create amazing programmes, albeit within a limited number of styles.
The next part of the experiment involves these though.

They were very cheap for what they are - they are DMX receivers which simply read a signal blasted out by the sender. No clever two way comms, just brute force.
The sender connects to the end …

Lush

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I love these. Henderson's Relish is lovely.

That Suit!

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It doesn't fit me anymore. Really. It's huge on me; but this was the first latex suit I bought after seeing the rather awesome Ray Cokes in this beautiful latex suit...




He struts better than I do though.

Any offers, please comment below.

Merlin Pass!

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I upgraded my Alton Towers season pass.


I now get early entry, plus other goodies.

My "PC"

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So, all you guys have a proper computer. Well, this is my daily driver.

The monitor is a 13" 'Thinlerain' branded one from Amazon. It does HDMI over USB C and is also powered from the same USB C.

The keyboard is branded Jelly Comb. It has a trackpad which is actually not bad to use (although I prefer a mouse for long term use).



The monitor is driven by my Galaxy Note 9 running Samsung DeX. A platform I must say I rather like (if you learn to live with a couple of limitations).


The desktop wallpaper is from Amiga Workbench 1.3 - Amiga was a great platform in it's day and I had Amigas for quite a few years.
All of the above packs into a neoprene case which means I can have a desktop experience wherever I am with minimal equipment.

I'm exhausted!

I've just done 22 hours of very tiring work in a 48 hour period. Yesterday I started at 9:30 and finished at 9:45 that night.
I know a lot of people do 12 hour shifts, but 12 hours physical labour on tools cutting, drilling, chipping, grinding. That's something else.
All this was for 14 rather amazing floor lights. Full DMX. Multi colour. They're going to look amazing when they're finished.

Songwriting with the Fishes

Friday night was a great night for me.
After a somewhat awful run to Manchester, I joined the rest of Strangefish for a songwriting session.
I'll not give too much detail, but two ideas bore fruit and might lead to songs.
I stayed overnight at Paul's and then came home the next morning.