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100 Art Objects, Historical Artifacts, and Miscellaneous Loot
  1. A marble bust of a large-nosed woman
  2. A richly woven carpet with nautical patterns
  3. Soft, clean bedsheets sewn with golden thread
  4. A portrait of a bashful looking tiefling
  5. Eight matching silver cups
  6. A ceremonial helm with a daisy motif
  7. A coil of silken cable, intricately braided and tasseled
  8. An ancient fertility sculpture
  9. A nautilus shell
  10. A stack of fine vellum
  11. Richly embroidered blue sleeping robes
  12. A huge tortoise shell
  13. A polished silver looking-glass
  14. A set of gem-encrusted cutlery
  15. Silk handkerchiefs
  16. A necklace thickly adorned with bright feathers
  17. A small dragon skull
  18. A collection of beautiful glass bottles of all colours
  19. A snake skin of tremendous length and quality
  20. Well preserved tapestries depicting an important historical event
  21. A set of fine jewelcrafting tools
  22. A chess set of excellent quality
  23. A set of non-magical but intricately etched daggers
  24. An ermine coat
  25. Soft doeskin boots beautifully crafted for small feet
  26. A collection of flags and banners once flown by nations now extinct
  27. White silk gloves
  28. A satchel made of glossy crimson leather
  29. A rattle made from a cloven hoof
  30. Paper pouches full of dried herbs and spices
  31. A red and silver scepter
  32. A porcelain doll garbed in a beautiful ballgown
  33. A large bismuth crystal
  34. A box containing several elaborately decorated animal masks
  35. A glass orb containing a tablespoon of quicksilver
  36. A vase containing numerous exotic feathers
  37. A golden ceremonial shield featuring an unfamiliar charge
  38. Ten large glass marbles of various colours
  39. A richly illuminated, leather-bound manuscript of local history
  40. A rare coin collection
  41. A massive scarlet crustacean claw
  42. Pots of powdered henna, turmeric, and indigo
  43. A long spiral antelope horn, polished and banded in silver
  44. Two oblong pearls of modest size
  45. An exquisitely preserved fish fossil
  46. A set of lavish quills and two pots of deep blue ink
  47. Three canopic jars, and the broken lid of a fourth
  48. A hand-carved, gold leaf frame, sans painting
  49. A masterful portrait of a stern couple, sans frame
  50. Beautiful horse tack
  51. A glass jar filled with layers of sand of various colours
  52. A snow leopard skin in fine condition
  53. A huge vanilla scented candle
  54. A wooden case containing two dozen bars of sealing wax
  55. A hand-carved mash paddle made from black wood
  56. A silver locket containing a lock of silver hair
  57. A crystal bottle of perfume
  58. A carving made from jet featuring the head of a gorgon
  59. Twelve fine drinking glasses wrapped in cotton
  60. A brass cast of a skull
  61. An ancient ceremonial sword of a powerful queen, its blade half rotted away
  62. A silver flask
  63. A wooden frame containing a complex gear mechanism of unknown purpose
  64. Pouches of very rare seeds that grow into valuable plants
  65. A geode
  66. A tome of forgotten ballads written by a legendary bard
  67. A terribly gaudy cuckoo clock elaborately inlaid with silver and gold
  68. A half-finished bolt of patterned cloth, still attached to the loom
  69. A large tangle of coral
  70. A church bell featuring a religious tale in bas relief
  71. Gold candleabras
  72. A brass statuette of a religious figure
  73. Two oak barrels of alcoholic spirits
  74. A sack of bathing salts
  75. A box of lace
  76. A folder stuffed with dwarven beer recipes
  77. Spools of excellent leather cord
  78. Medicated creams and ointments
  79. A box of colourful makeup
  80. A pouch full of glimmering pearlescent fish scales
  81. A silver dog whistle shaped like a howling wolf
  82. Ivory spice shakers
  83. A jar of herbal honey
  84. A large incisor on a leather thong
  85. Powdered animal parts
  86. Gold false teeth
  87. A bulk lot of mundane smithed items, including locks, hinges, etc.
  88. An empty silver lockbox with key
  89. Elegant red skates
  90. Blue suede shoes
  91. A dried caul
  92. A taxedermied platypus
  93. A censer
  94. Three wax likenesses, one slightly melted
  95. A telescope
  96. A set of tinkling hand bells
  97. Coffee beans
  98. Tortoiseshell combs
  99. Copper bottom cook pots
  100. A flanged steel plug of some kind
Things I heard in the light/sound booth

“I want to kill myself”

“Can’t you not go because of your vampire and mirror fetish?”

“What the fuck, we’re at scene ten?! Where’d 8 and 9 go?”

“She got us icees and I bet there’s probably razor blades inside…”

“I have seven knives on me at any given time.”

“Dab for harambe.”

“Goddamnit, you put her in a good mood.”

“Who?
The one with a button up, jeans, long brown hair and converse!
[Simultaneously:] WHICH ONE?”

“Are we going to do the summoning satan circle before show tonight?”

“Cheesy nipples.”

“If I just jumped out of the booth window, taking the board with me, would that be fucked up or what?”

“Blackout on my que. Ready? Go- oh wait shit, she was done. Okay, now go.”

“i’m so done. I’m just going to blow my brains onto the projector screen, but it’s just add to the effect.”

“we’re going to eat glass, okay?”

“Did you see that table fly, damn Treavor.”

“I’m going to murder the freshmen sound tech, who the flying fuck arm coils cables?!”

“We all know you lost your virginity to a water bottle.”

“Making it rain notes.”

“A rubber chicken is an important light tool.”

“Was that a journalism reference?
… Yes madam President.
OMG *groans*.”

“Welcome to the light side, we hate sound.”

“She just walked into the middle of a shit storm with icees…”

“literally everyone is crying backstage, even the cast.”

“you turned Lucifer into an angel.”

“Damn T! That table was NOT meant to go across stage.”

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from @falteringperceptions‘s prompt: "Queequeg" and “movie night” :)

 This is an episode tag for “Wetwired”, pretty much.


At nine o'clock, Mulder gives up on his report. He’s been staring at the same three sentences for hours. Just after dinner he’d typed Agent Scully’s actions were due to and then he’d erased the words, gone back and typed them again, erased them. He doesn’t know how to assign blame and he refuses to blame her.

After all, she’s stared down the barrel of his gun this year. This is just karma.

That’s what he tells himself. But he keeps hearing her say he’s lied to me from the beginning, keeps seeing her teary-eyed and terrified. He keeps seeing the body of that other woman, spread out on a table at the Frederick County Morgue. He’s seen Scully alive and well (enough) since then, but he keeps seeing her face on that body. Nude, shot in the forehead. Mulder hadn’t even been surprised. Every time she doesn’t pick up her phone he half-expects it. They will both die horribly, eventually.

He just wants to see her. If she’s with him, if he can touch her, the nightmare will be over. It’ll have to be over.

At nine-thirty he shows up at her door. He knocks and gets nothing, so he tries calling “Scully?” through the door and hears her faint response: “Come in.”

She’s curled up in a corner of the couch, a wool blanket tucked around her feet. The room is dark except for the TV.

“Movie night?” he asks.

Her eyes are slightly glazed. He suspects that she wouldn’t be able to tell him what she’s watching. “I guess,” she says. Behind the TV set there’s a pile of unplugged cords, sloppily coiled; Scully’s cable box is dark. There’s a Blockbuster case laying open on the floor. No interference.

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Cable cable cable!

The trunk line for a stage. But why so many cables for one generator?

An extension cord (a.k.a. a stinger in film speak) is made out of three cables: the ground, the neutral and a hot leg. The hot leg with the neutral produces a 120 volts. 

120 Volts outlet

Pretty much every plug in your house is a 120 Volts. And most lights we use in film are 120 Volts: a hot leg, a neutral and a ground. Easy breezy.

Some homes will have 240 Volts outlets which has two hot legs. 

240 Volts household plugs - note that they have 2 hot legs. 

If you look outside your home, chances are that the power going to your home from the electrical pole will have a metal cable with two black shielded cables coiled around it. The metal cable is actually the neutral and the black shielded cables are two hot legs - the ground is provided by a pole into the ground at your breaker box. Most homes, have 240 Volts available to them. Having a ground, neutral and two hot legs is called single phase.

In film, when using a generator or stage power, you will normally use a 5 piece cable run with three hot cables - this is called three phase.

5 wire ‘banded’ with Cam Lock connectors. Green is ground, White is neutral and the Red, Blue and Black connectors are the hot legs. 

A standard “three phase” run is 5 pieces of cable: the ground (green), the neutral (white), and three hot legs (red, blue, black). Each hot leg with the neutral creates 120Volts and two hot legs together creates 208Volts (not 240 Volts - don’t ask). You never use all three hot legs together FYI. So a three phase cable run gives you a lot of options.

5 wire banded going into a distro box. 100 Amp bates to a lunch pale to a stinger. 

Sometimes you need to run more power than the cable allows or when running a long run you might have issues with line loss (voltage drops over distance). 

4/0 AWG cable! This is heavy back breaking cable. Note that each piece is individual and not ‘banded’ together like the 5 piece ‘banded’ cable shown earlier.

4/0 AWG wire is the thickest (i.e. most copper) cable we have and allows for about 400 Amps at 120Volts (this is how we roughly calculate power in the film world). So if you have three 4/0 AWG hot legs, you could run up to 1200 Amps. Well, sometimes that is not enough as the generator might very well provide more than 1200 Amps of power. And to account for line loss if there is a long run, we often double up the cable. So for a single three phase run you might very well run 9 pieces of cable: 1 ground (you do not need to double this up), 2 neutral, 2 of each of the three hot legs. So a single run of power on a “big show” can get quite large.

The initial run of cable form the source to the set is called the trunk line. Once you get to set, the trunk line normally goes into a “spider box” which splits the run into your more conventional 5 piece cable runs.

A Spider Box. Trunk line comes into the Spider box and splits it into different runs. 

Other solutions to run large amount of power over a long distance with minimal cable is to run a higher voltage run and use step down transformers. This is dangerous stuff and if you don’t know what you are doing, can kill you. When you find yourself at that level, you will be hiring an outside firm or a professionally licensed electrician to help you.

Remember, always hire experienced electricians when running power!!! 

Push and Shove

Ocean waves foamed against his ankles and young Feron wiggled his toes deeper into the pink sand. A ten year old shouldn’t be alone at the beach with only his thoughts. The sun acted as a prism and Feron the rainbow. He was the only one on the beach that morning. He crouch down to put his hands in the water and licked at the salt on his palm. He began to wade into the ocean.

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Frozen music reimagined.

Alex Yuan, a freshman from Oakland, N.J., turned the steps of the Electrical Engineering East Building into his own amphitheater Friday afternoon, playing music through a Tesla coil he built. An electrical engineering student, Yuan routed MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) files of popular songs to his coil via a fiberoptic cable, generating a spark that danced along to the notes and an amplified sound that attracted spectators.

When the LA Riots Started Today In 1992...

… it was a revolution both for race relations in America and American media. The six day riot became the starting point for a reinvigorated dig into organizational oppression and racism. The LAPD would undergo serious scrutiny and although the police department did not come out on the other side as a entirely reformed force, the question of how could so many officers participate in a cult beating of anyone - but especially a Black person - was taken more seriously than ever in our nation’s past.

At the same time the riot was a boon for cable television. Almost as soon as the agitated protesters appeared in front of the court house on April 29th national networks had their lenses ready. And to an extent we should be grateful: cable news hadn’t fully developed its now notorious sidestepping of journalism for the sake of infotainment yet, so these national and local stations actually provided some essential raw documentation of how law enforcement and rioters reacted to each other, the news, and their environment.

Today we have gone even further. This generation hardly trusts cable news, instead taking storytelling into their own hands with smartphones, tablets, and an infinite cloud of sharing. While cable news coils and contorts gleefully in the muddy pit, assuring its aged audience that anyone not using the dumbed-down manifesto of MLK is the bad guy in Baltimore’s protests, activists, cop watchers, amateur independent journalists, and many more are showing a very nuanced story. One in which police militarization has made the visuals of an uprising in America too eerily similar to what we saw only a few years ago in Egypt. A story with, honestly, “bad guys” on both sides but a clear distinction between the poor outcomes of mob mentality and relentless State-sponsored violence against mostly unarmed protesters.

More than a generation has passed since the last time America experienced its most devastating riot in history. Yet probably the most consistent trait between then and now is how little has changed for the state of Black America. And so, rioting and aggressive protesting may seem all too necessary again.