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50 Colorguard Related Asks

Reblog! Inbox a number in order to get the answers!

1. How many seasons have you spun?

2. Do you compete in a circuit for marching band? Winterguard? If so, which ones?

3. Do you remember the design/colors of the first flag you ever spun?

4. What’s your favorite piece of equipment?

5. Do you like your instructor/staff?

6. Are you excited for the present season?

7. What size weapons do you spin?

8. What divisions do you compete in?

9. What high school do you spin with, if any?

10. Have you ever been or are you interested in competing with an independent team? If so, which?

11. How many boys does your team have?

12. Does your team use the 27 points of space warmup?

13. Does your team do peggy spins?

14. What’s your favorite drum corps/world guard?

15. What’s your favorite season for performing?

16. What’s your favorite silk that your team has? Describe it.

17. What’s the highest you can toss cleanly on each piece of equipment?

18. Are you stronger on your left or right side?

19. Do you like to dance?

20. What was your favorite show that you’ve spun?

21. When were you first introduced to the marching arts?

22. PVC or aluminum poles?

23. Have you ever spun an air blade?

24. Do you dance with jazz shoes or barefoot?

25. Favorite costume ever?

26. How does your team structure their leadership?

27. Do you have a best friend that you spin with?

28. Ever crushed on somebody who did colorguard (maybe from Tumblr, Twitter, etc)

29. Do you practice at home?

30. Do you teach colorguard anywhere?

31. Where do you like to rehearse the best when spinning?

32. Do you have any funny memories to share?

33. Do you feel like your team is a true family?

34. How often does your team have drama?

35. Parade. Love it or hate it?

36. How much have you ever had to pay for a season?

37. Would you rather be on a team who always performs perfectly but has a lot of drama, or be in a messy guard that doesn’t have drama?

38. Ever performed in Dayton or Lucas Oil?

39. Which do you prefer? Bonding on the bus or on the floor/field?

40. Have you ever spun in the dark?

41. Do you wear gloves when spinning weapon?

42. Does your team have a guard clown? Tell us about them.

43. Ever had a hilarious action shot taken of you? Tell us about it.

44. Is your guard loved or hated by the winds/percussion?

45. What are your future plans involving colorguard, if any?

46. Tell us about a performer who has inspired you.

47. Would you rather spin in wind or rain?

48. What’s the worst injury you’ve received from guard?

49. Do you like uploading guard content to social media?

50. Do you love spinning?

The above picture is from National Geographic’s Instagram feed - this guy is a master’s student at BYU, is studying black bears, and went into the den armed “with only a short aluminum pole attached to a tranquilizer dart. The tunnel was only as big as the bear with no escape except a very quick 50 foot backwards crawl should he decide to charge.”

Wood and non PVC pipe/wire cube print vertical displays

Hey psynthesis! As with many of our answers - it depends! Factors include:

  • How big are your prints? How many prints do you have? What else are you displaying?
  • What kind of wood are you thinking? How custom/complex do you want to go, or can you go? What are your resources for creating the setup? (Budget, fabrication skills, etc.)
  • How modular is the display if you want to display more or less things, or if you end up getting bigger or smaller tables at an event?
  • How portable is the display?
  • How are you getting to and from an event? Do you have assistance for travelling and/or setup?

Here is an overview of other factors to consider: 

Our resident orange atorier uses wood displays and says:

I’m a big wood fan and most of my displays have been wood. Wooden dowels can make good overhangs. They are lightweight and easy to carry around. A thing to keep in mind though is that they are not as thick as PVC or metal pipes, so they have a greater tendency to get pulled in by the weight of your prints (and they can get really heavy). One way I’ve found to get around it is instead of a string for the middle part, is to use a thinner wood dowel so it’s more sturdy to hang your prints on.

Wooden table racks are great, very customizable, especially if you or someone you know knows a bit of woodworking. I’ve gotten a few keychain and postcard racks custom made in the past by my dad and I was able to get it to exactly what I wanted. I’ve usually used big C clamps to secure it to the table if I need it to. They also don’t collapse on you as easily as paper and tape ones.

I’ve never found my wood displays to be that heavy … Neither have they warped on me for racks I’ve used over several years. It IS probably easier to make a GOOD PVC set up than it is for a wood one. The pipes are ready-made practically out of the store and come with their own joints. Making one out of wood dowels will need some thinking of how to put it together and have it stay together. But a well built wood display I find looks better, of course.

A few photos showing the display with string (so you can see how it droops), and then with a dowel in the centre:

phaena notes that depending on where you live and what your environment is like, wood may require more careful storage than other materials to prevent warping, etc. In Toronto, our temperature changes are (generally) not super humid, wet or extreme. Your experience might be different … and your materials (e.g., type and condition of wood) might be different.

Similar to PVC piles, wire cubes are popular because they are more readily available/ready made solutions and are modular. That said, wire racks can be pretty heavy and require quite a bit of setup and takedown time.

I’d suggest taking a look through our displays tag - there are the usual PVC setups, but also other ones involving boards and more. We haven’t tried all of them, but it’s a great place to start!

Here’s a discussion on PVC and wire cube setups, as well as an alternative with telescoping aluminum poles by omnomberries:

Here’s another solution we’ve seen using presentation boards (note that the artist has a caution about instability with this setup) by skimlines:

You can also experiment and come up with your own ideas! There are other ways to create some sort of overhang or flat panel to attach prints to. You could consider repurposing other household items. Of course, always test your contraptions first!

Long ago, atorier and maiji experimented with a backdrop display as follows:

We combined 2 laundry racks to create a single frame, and then covered it with a black fabric hood to create a backdrop panel we could attach prints to.

In theory it was great; in practical usage, issues included:

  • If you don’t have much space behind the table or have to keep everything on the table (which can be a requirement for some events), it won’t work.
  • The fabric itself is not rigid. Our original idea to tape prints to it wasn’t reliable, so we actually took to making little tape “tabs” on our prints and then using safety pins to pin them to the fabric.
  • It’s actually pretty lightweight and sometimes billowed about a bit more than expected with people smacking into it or even the air from traffic moving through the convention, almost like a fabric sail (though it never actually fell down).
  • Though the frame could be easily taken apart, after a while we just got tired of lugging around the poles and having to return the laundry racks to our moms. lol

atorier ended up gravitating to wood displays, and maiji ended up gravitating to not wanting to bother with large vertical setups.

Displays are an ongoing process, and you’ll always come up with better ideas to do things, that work for you, from your own experience!

Any other ideas/suggestions? We’d love to hear from other artists who use wood or other non-PVC pipes/wire cube overhang or backdrop-type large vertical displays!

Photo by Corey Arnold @arni_coraldo

Wes @grizkid is seen here crawling into a unusually deep and narrow 70 foot den in order to sedate and re-collar a 320lb male black bear around Bryce Canyon National Park. It was one of the most claustrophobic and scary situations of my life. Wes disappeared into the den of this hibernating bear armed with only a short aluminum pole attached to a tranquilizer dart. The tunnel was only as big as the bear with no escape except a very quick 50 foot backwards crawl should he decide to charge.
Wes, 31, is a masters student at Brigham Young University who is currently doing his thesis research on black bear (Ursus Americanus) populations around Bryce Canyon National Park. The study is looking at the way that bears in the area are using both natural and human sources of food, and the is designed to help Bryce Canyon National Park avoid any problems with bears that could potentially see campgrounds and other human features as easy food sources. This kind of research is important in an areas like Bryce that see a lot of tourism as it benefits both bears and humans.  Thanks for the help of Wes’ younger brother and field tech, Jeff @jefe_larson
I’ll be posting outtakes from my day with Wes and bro on my personal IG feed at @arni_coraldo
I’m photographing the millennial experience in National Parks for an upcoming Nat Geo story out in December 2016.  Next stop: Olympic National Park in April!

#bear #wildlife #natgeo #encounter #photooftheday #ngmillennials #findyourpark #fear #hybernation #picoftheday #coreyarnold #outdoors #nature #science #humananimals #blackbear #instagood #instagram #brycecanyon @brycecanyonnps by natgeo

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Happy Festivus for the rest of us!

We commemorate this day with the traditional Festivus customs:

  • We have our Festivus Pole, an aluminum flagpole once used in the Roosevelt’s Hyde Park home, Springwood.
  • For Festivus Dinner we have a Soya meatloaf. This WWII era poster claims that if you use Soya you use up to 25% less beef. Yum!
  • Of course we have the Airing of Grievances. Not every American was a fan of the Roosevelts and they often wrote to the President and First Lady to make their feelings known. The first letter from Miss Todd of New York makes it clear that no one wants to hear about Fala’s love life. In the second from Mr. Phipps of Milwaukee, he calls FDR a “smiling, wasteful, and fickle Prima Donna politician.” Ouch.
  • Festivus is not over until the head of the household has been bested in a Feat of Strength! In this photo from July 1925, Anna Roosevelt has her mother Eleanor pinned on the lawn of Val-Kill.

We hope you have a great Festivus! Come to the Roosevelt Library and see our temporary exhibit The Spirit of the Gift: Gifts of State and Affection. The exhibit has been extended through January 3, 2016. It’s a Festivus Miracle!

ask me guard questions

1. How many seasons have you spun?

2. Do you compete in a circuit for marching band? Winterguard? If so, which ones?

3. Do you remember the design/colors of the first flag you ever spun?

4. What’s your favorite piece of equipment?

5. Do you like your instructor/staff?

6. Are you excited for the present season?

7. What size weapons do you spin?

8. What divisions do you compete in?

9. What high school do you spin with, if any?

10. Have you ever been or are you interested in competing with an independent team? If so, which?

11. How many boys does your team have?

12. Does your team use the 27 points of space warmup?

13. Does your team do peggy spins?

14. What’s your favorite drum corps/world guard?

15. What’s your favorite season for performing?

16. What’s your favorite silk that your team has? Describe it.

17. What’s the highest you can toss cleanly on each piece of equipment?

18. Are you stronger on your left or right side

19. Do you like to dance?

20. What was your favorite show that you’ve spun?

21. When were you first introduced to the marching arts?

22. PVC or aluminum poles?

23. Have you ever spun an air blade?

24. Do you dance with jazz shoes or barefoot?

26. How does your team structure their leadership?

27. Do you have a best friend that you spin with?

29. Do you practice at home?

30. Do you teach colorguard anywhere?

31. Where do you like to rehearse the best when spinning?

32. Do you have any funny memories to share?

33. Do you feel like your team is a true family?

34. How often does your team have drama?

35. Parade. Love it or hate it?

36. How much have you ever had to pay for a season?

37. Would you rather be on a team who always performs perfectly but has a lot of drama, or be in a messy guard that doesn’t have drama?

38. Ever performed in Dayton or Lucas Oil?

39. Which do you prefer? Bonding on the bus or on the floor/field?

40. Have you ever spun in the dark?

41. Do you wear gloves when spinning weapon?

42. Does your team have a guard clown? Tell us about them.

43. Ever had a hilarious action shot taken of you? Tell us about it.

44. Is your guard loved or hated by the winds/percussion?

45. What are your future plans involving colorguard, if any?

46. Tell us about a performer who has inspired you?

47. Would you rather spin in wind or rain?

48. What’s the worst injury you’ve received from guard?

49. Do you like uploading guard content to social media?