The most basic and the most important task of any technician in both music and theatre production is simply wrapping a cable. It may sound basic, but *how* you wrap a cable can actually determine how long it lasts. Now, most professional for-profit productions do list cable as “consumables”, meaning that they are designed to be thrown out and purchased or manufactured anew if they develop an issue. But you will catch hell by any Foreperson, TD or SM for wrapping cable in a way that damages it.
There is a correct technique accepted by both IATSE and Teamsters production houses, and that is called the “Over/Under” technique. Trying to describe it in words is maddening, and even I have a hard time trying to tell someone what has become a reflex to me over 20 years. But, this video by the London School of Sound perfectly shows the way I learned how to wrap cable.
Now, I know what you are saying if this is a new thing to you, or if you’ve been too embarrassed to ask because some asshole stagehand called you out for not knowing such a “basic” thing (And, if any tech does pull that, they are a bad person and shouldn’t be on the gig, FYI)
“But, WHY?!??! Why do Techs gotta make EVERYTHING so hard and, well, dramatic!!??”
It all comes down to how the cable is constructed. The cable itself is actually made up of various different wires (which is why we don’t call a cable a “wire” on a show, because they technically mean two different things). The wires in a cable, such as a balanced XLR cable, are actually wrapped around one another, like this:
Now you see that the wires are actually wrapped AROUND one another! This means that the cable, once covered in shielding, it going to want to twist a certain way, because the cable is tensioned around one another (usually counter-clockwise). This means if you try to wrap it like your extension cord you use for your Christmas lights, it is going to get kinked up, and the wires inside will start binding against one another because by just wrapping it over your arm like a garden hose is going to force those cables to bind and twist in a way that is unnatural.
In short: You end up forcing them against one another until they simply break.
Yep. Wire itself is just thin bits of copper (anywhere from 22 to 10 gauge thick, with the bigger the number being the thinner the wire), and it doesn’t take much to bend them out. Just like when you shove your earbuds in your pocket without making sure they are coiled up nicely.
So, when you wrap Over/Under, you are actually alternating the coil of the cable to match the natural way the cable wants to go (this is called the “lay” of the cable). When you get the over/under technique down, you will feel that the cable naturally wants to coil that way, and it takes no effort. When you wrap a coil just one over the other like a home extension cord, you can feel the cable actually twist and want to fight you.
Also, to know if you got it right, all you have to do is take one end of the cable, and then throw the rest of it out away from your body. If you did it right the cable will FLY out of your hands and land straight and true right on the deck, making you look like a badass stage ninja!
It may take a lot of practice, but eventually you will literally do it in your sleep. Just like any motor action, it just takes practice! And, you will find that many professional houses still have people who cannot coil cable correctly (these tend to also be the know-it-alls who will give new techs trouble, ironically). Master fast, accurate cable wrapping and you will save the band or the venue a TON of money in cable costs, and it will make you more attractive too! Trust me.
desim42 said: Hey Cassie! Recently, I’ve noticed a lot of people who have read Lord of Shadows notice that Julian seems to be headed down a dark path, maybe even one similar to Malcolm. Despite his ruthlessness, I don’t want to believe he could be evil or cruel, I feel that even despite his at times ruthless heart, his heart is the most caring of all. What is your take on the subject of Julian’s ruthlessness and the limits he will cross when under difficult circumstances.
ontheroadtodisaster said: Hi Cassie !!!! I love your writing and it did change my outlook on the world. Are we going to see the dark side of Julian in Queen of Air and Darkness even more than we already did in the first two books and will it ever, under any circumstance be directed at Emma? And please assure me that QoAD will end in a nicely, wrapped up way and definately not with a cliffhanger . (I would love you even if it doesn’t :-) )
It’s hard to answer this question without entering Ye Olde Realm of Spoilers. I will tread carefully and say what I can.
My take on Julian and his ruthlessness is that when we meet him at twelve, he isn’t like that. He’s a pretty gentle and ordinary boy. We watch him change due to the incredible stress and trauma of the Dark War, and the first time I think we see him do something ruthless, or at least something that requires some real steel and emotionlessness, is when he kills his Endarkened father to save his siblings.
Having the care of those siblings for so many years and basically raising them has made him ruthless in the sense that he’ll do anything for them. And though he may be overprotective sometimes, he’s stood between them and the world to good effect for a long time. Without him, his siblings would have been split up and scattered to the winds. They would all be deeply unhappy and shattered to one extent or another, especially Ty.
So unfortunately what Jules has learned is that ruthlessness is effective: it protects the ones you love. And what he’s learned from his losses in Lord of Shadows is that he should be more ruthless … not less.
Absolutely Julian has a caring and loving heart. It’s just that the circle of those he loves and trusts is small and he’s very very careful about giving love or trust to those outside it. He’s very clear to Emma that the world is us versus them as far as he’s concerned because that’s what his experiences have taught him. Would he turn off every parabatai bond in the world to protect his siblings? Would he kill, and what would it cost him: would he only kill the guilty, or also the innocent?
Julian will definitely be faced with incredibly difficult choices. But keep in mind how his story differs from Malcolm's—Malcolm loved one person above all others, and in some ways isolated himself, even from his friends. Julian has never been able to do that. He’s too full of love for his family, for Emma, for Diana. He’s connected to his community in a way Malcolm wasn’t. Whatever paths Julian takes in the future, he has to reconcile those decisions with the love he has for his family and friends. Is Julian capable of cruelty and manipulation? Absolutely. But he’s also capable of great love and gentleness.
As for his ruthlessness being directed at Emma, he would never be violent or cruel to her or his family. It’s just not his nature, or the nature of his darkness.
QoAaD is a work in progress, so I can’t speak to specifics about the ways in which Julian’s ruthlessness comes out or how it affects the story. What I will tell you is that Julian uses some…unorthodox methods to deal with his emotional state.
Queen of Air and Darkness will wrap up the plot of TDA and be a satisfying end to the series. Some mysteries will be left unresolved and taken up again in the Wicked Powers, but TDA is written as a trilogy, and will be self contained as such.
When people criticize Hannigram as a toxic ship I’m just like…have you ever read literature? Have you ever looked at art? Have you ever watched film? Art isn’t always supposed to be nice, pretty, and wrap things up in perfect little bows of how ideal life and relationships should be. Art can be complicated, raise moral questions, show the dark side of humanity and love.
I feel like there is this general misunderstanding with like 18 year old kids on this website of how to engage with complex art and representation. Critique and analysis are essential. But I don’t understand this imposition that creative works be positive, healthy, and safe. Like that’s not how art works??
My skin is thriving, my crops are 20/20, my vision is up, the Sun is clear….
One of the KBCW book preview images that may not be as OMG STUFF! as the Temple fusion one but still… d'aww. Indication the Frybros are getting on better? I mean, Peedee smiling wearing a costume… whilst goofing off… with his irritating brother?!… And who took the picture? Aaah what if it was their dad?!! Happy tater familyyyy!
Request:Babe, a BTS reaction to you being affectionate or touchy while sleeping? Shannnnks
Note: Totally forgot about my algebra advanced exam and the many hw piled in my laptop thats due by midnight *screams into oblivion with tears cascading down my cheeks* NEARLY A HUNDRED PROBLEMS. But, it’s what I deserve. I didn’t wanna leave ya hanging, so here is a revamped version of..this. *Credit to gif owners*
➳The moment Jin arrived home and plastered himself onto the bed where you were sleeping soundly, he felt an overwhelming exhaustion overtake him. His eyes were slowly closing, and before he could fall asleep; you threw the blanket over him and hugged him, resting your head on his chest unconsciously. His eyes widened and he became too happy, thanking the one above for giving him a chance to be with you. In the morning, he caught you off guard. *gif*
Yoongi gave you a small kiss on your forehead before pulling you into his chest. He was content with the way you hugged him back, making him feel loved with how you squeezed him with need. Before sleep could overtake him, you moved a little—trying to get comfortable and when you finally stopped moving, Yoongi’s eyes shot wide open. Your hand was settled right on his manhood, and his face flushed at the sudden contact. He couldn’t sleep at all.
Hoseok was staring at the ceiling, dreading the next day. He was too tired and just wanted to call in sick, but staring at you made him realize that he wanted you to be proud of him. He sighed, and when you hugged him in your sleep; digging your face into his neck a wide smile spread onto his lips. Now, he knew for a fact that he couldn’t wait for the next day. He’d take 8 hours of sleep with you in his arms any day!
Namjoon isn’t really used to affection, so when he threw the fluffy blankets over you two and was slowly dozing off; he immediately froze when he felt you wrap an arm around him. The biggest smile ever plastered onto his face and he refused to move; scared to wake you up from your sleep. He was happy, and he couldn’t wait to do that with you and more for the rest of your life.
The moment Jimin felt you move in bed and hug him in your sleep, his cheeks were flaming red from embarrassment and at the cute contact. He squeaked out loud when you moved your hand, softly hitting his best friend and smoothly resting your hand on his belly. He eventually fell asleep but when he woke up he wouldn’t stop teasing you. “I know you want some of this, babe.” he’d say, lifting his shirt up and giving you a shit eating grin. “Well tooo bad!” You would be confused and he would just blush, remembering the night before.
Yes, you’d be affectionate while sleeping but Taehyung would be even more affectionate than you. Before he’d go to sleep, he’d pull you into his arms, give you a loving kiss and dig his face into your hair; smelling the nice scent while wrapping his arms securely around your waist before he’d fall asleep. You’d enjoy it a lot, but when you just wanted to sleep without being tangled into each other’s limbs—he would wake up immediately and not let you. Always wanting you to be with him at all times.
The minute Jungkook was wrapped into a burrito of blankets with you in his arms, he would knock out immediately. No matter what you did in your sleep, he wouldn’t acknowledge it because of his deep slumber. You could even be sleeping on top of him and he wouldn’t budge, unless you tried to get away from the skin contact—he’d just pull you back in. He’d only be able to sleep good with you by his side, and when he woke up to you still sleeping; he would be content.
“You’ve spoken about The Adventure of the Three Garridebs on multiple occasions in the past, so what inspired you to finally adapt it the way you did in The Final Problem?” is such a fucking loaded question because it lets them know that you know /what/ they said about Garridebs, it implies that you know that they love it and more importantly /why/, and it hits them completely out of left field with the sucker punch implication that you know they fucked it up, all wrapped up nicely in what sounds like a compliment to the casual viewer and I need someone to ask them this right now.
It’s been five minutes since we’ve both been awake, although she doesn’t know that I’m up, I looked down and saw the way her eyes were opening and closing.
“Did you sleep okay?” Still in the position I fell asleep in, I felt her freeze up.
“Uh yeah, thanks did you?”
“Mhmm, it was a nice sleep.” She moved her head gently up and down, nodding.
“This is awkward isn’t it? Why are you still like, uh you know holding me?” She stuttered out.
“You’re the one with the arm around me too Y/N" she was about to remove her arm but I held it back and placed it where it was before. “besides I like it, this is nice.” I wrapped my arm around her even tighter.
“Um, yeah me too.” I felt the awkwardness radiate off of her and admittedly, it was cute.
With our arms under the cover, I moved my arm and placed my hand directly on her waist. Not realising that her shirt had slightly risen, my cold hand on her waist caused her to shiver.
“Wh-what are you doing?” Why was she so nervous?
“I’m going to-” Without finishing my sentence I began tickling her.
“S-st-stop! Tae stop!” She called me Tae for the first time, which for some reason caught me off guard and made me freeze and so I stopped tickling her, and by now I was already sat right next to her with her still lying there. “Taehyung? Is there something wrong?” She say up and placed a hand on my forehead. “You didn’t catch my cold did you?” Her doe like eyes looked up at me full of concern.
“You called me Tae.” Her eyes widened.
“I’m sorry if I offended you, it just uh came out. Sorry.” Her eyes wandered around and avoided me.
“I liked it, you should call me that more often.” I said smiling at her, resting my hand on her cheek rubbing my thumb right beneath her eye. “You know Y/N, you’re actually really beautiful. So don’t ever change yourself for anyone.” I was being genuine and I really hoped that she’d believe me.
“Um thanks Tae, I guess.”
“You’ve always mocked me for the way I look and stuff so when you say things like that I just don’t know what to believe.” She twiddled her fingers in her lap. I repositioned myself and say directly in front of her, I shuffled closer and wrapped my legs round the back of her. I pulled her into my arms and hugged her.
“I’m sorry Y/N. I never meant those things and I never intended to hurt you, no matter what I said.” I felt her hug me back and honestly, aside from cuddling her whilst I was sleeping this was the best feeling I’ve had in a while.
We stayed in bed the majority of the day, Taehyung went out and bought food back for the both of us and we stayed just turned on some movies and allowed it to play in the background as we talked.
I grabbed my phone from the nightstand and proceeded to enter the passcode 301295 to unlock my phone.
“That’s the same passcode to your door.” Taehyung pointed out.
“Why’s that your passcode? Is there a special meaning behind it?”
“Mmm well I guess so?” It’s your birthday, so it’s special.
“Taehyung you know I don’t have a boyfriend.”
“Then, someone special?”
“Something like that.” You’re special to me even though you have no idea.
“Someone you like?”
“Mmm, yeah it’s someone I like. What’s with all the quick fire questions?”
“Who is it? Is it someone I know?”
“You’re an idiot.” I laughed lightly and looked at him. He doesn’t know his own birthday.
“What why?” He gasped, somewhat offended.
“You’ll have to figure that out yourself, smartass.” Until then, my feelings for you will remain secret.