I found a bunch of my old ideas for Door Decs, Bulletin Boards, AND Programs. Unfortunately won’t have time to complete the ideas that are listed here, but I hope that you all can find some inspiration from them! I’ll add on to this as I think of more and inform you all when I do!
This post is designated for BULLETIN BOARDS! There are separate posts for Door Decs and Programs. I left out common ideas that you see pretty often.
NOTE: I’m not including things that I plan on completing this semester, as I will make separate posts for these when they’re completed :)
So crescentwrenches had an awesome idea for theater/AV techs to post their gig bags, tool boxes, etc. Here’s mine. I work in live audio (at a venue and freelance with my own small PA) and do field recording for broadcast. I’ve given everything in the pictures above a number, so look down below for a description and comment about each item!
1. Stanley tool bag: I got this for like $10 on Amazon a while back and it’s held up well. Holds what I need, durable enough, and looks professional. 2. Lutz interchangeable ratcheting screwdriver: I bought this when I interned for an IT department. I’ve used it for everything from rebuilding computers to repairing refrigerators to building props. 3. Kobalt adjustable wrench on tool tether: Every theater tech should have an adjustable wrench in their gig bag. I’ve been using this one for about four years and I love it. 4. Mechanix work gloves: For unloading trucks during load in, pushing cases, rigging, focusing lights, etc. Not very happy with these, but they do the job for now. 5. DeWalt belt tool holder: I don’t use this very often, but during big shows I can put this on my belt and hold an adjustable wrench, sharpies, flashlight, etc. 6. Various screwdrivers 7. Various pliers and a very mediocre set of wire cutters that need to be taken out of my bag 8. Scotch super glue: I stuck this in my tool bag because I found it on the floor one day and it’s saved me on about four shows since then. 9. Various adjustable wrenches to loan out to stagehands or when I need another one to hold something in place 10. 120v outlet tester: Checks for messed up ground, etc. 11. Crappy extra batteries: I usually have a few procells but I used them all up. 12. No contact voltage detector: I never use this, but it’s here if needed. I think the batteries are dead. It’s been months since I’ve touched it. 13. Crappy multimeter 14. Stanley precision screwdrivers: BEST $3 I’VE EVER SPENT 15. Ebtech cable tester: Everyone should have a cable tester in their bag. I happen to have this Ebtech. Nothing special. Works fine, but doesn’t test NL4. 16/17. Gerber multitool and holster 18. MagLite MiniMag LED and holster: Currently my favorite flashlight 19. Gerber Crucial multitool: Look it up. The black version is great. 20. Crappy flash drive 21. Crappy pocket knife 22. Really nice scissors: because nobody can ever figure out what happened to the venue’s scissors 23. Various lead and lead free solder 24. Wire strippers 25. Solder sucker 26. Mediocre Weller soldering iron 27. Tire pressure gauge: I work with a lot of carts and things 28. Pen with a bunch of different colored ink 29. Various sharpies 30. TOTALLY AWESOME MEYER SOUND SHARPIE 31. King Size Sharpie: I don’t actually use it. It’s solely for bragging rights. 32. Metallic Sharpie: For writing on gaff and stuff. I love this thing. 33. Drum keys: Because drummers don’t know how to tune their own drums 32-36. Electrical tape in various colors: For labelling handheld mics, usually 37. Band-aids 38. Lexicon-branded lanyard: As an emergency backup tool tether
39. Behringer UCA222 Audio Interface: This thing is technically a really mediocre interface, but it’s gotten me out of so many difficult situations since the headphone output on my MacBook has a grounding issue. Easy the best $25 I’ve ever spent. 40. (2) RCA to ¼ cables: The set that’s usually in my bag is still at work, so there’s a normal set of RCA cables holding it’s place in this picture. I use these for the UCA222 interface. 41. 1/8 to dual ¼ cable: For connecting a phone to the board 42. Adapter case (more on that below) 43. Sennheiser HD280 Pro Headphones 44. Mediocre Passive Behringer DI Box: Hate on Behringer all you want, but this DI has gotten me out of dozens of difficult situations and doesn’t sound horrific, so I keep using it. (Yes, I have much better DIs for my PA, don’t worry) 45. HP Stream 7 Windows Tablet: This thing cost like $60 with a few discounts, and it’s great for looking up manuals and emails and stuff. I love Windows tablets. neotrotsky would be proud. Still running Windows 8 because 10 was giving me driver issues with the accelerometer, but it still works fine. 46. Kmashi 10,000mah battery: Because my stupid iPhone lasts two hours 47. Micro USB cable: Charges Stream 7 and my iPhone (with battery case) 48. (4) 6′ TRS to XLR Male cables: I get a lot of questions about why I carry these. I work on analog boards a lot with ¼ outputs. I usually don’t end up using all four of these, but they’ve saved me more times than I can count.
ADAPTER CASE: 49. (6) XLR female to female turnarounds: Yes, I’ve used all six at the same time. 50. (6) XLR male to male turnarounds: Yes, I’ve also used all six of these at the same time. 51. NL4 to ¼ 52/53. ¼ to XLR adapters 54. Mic stand parts and thread adapters 55. Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter 56. (2) RCA to ¼ 57/59/60/62/61/63. Various AV adapters and things 58. TRS couplers 64/65. Barrel DIs 66. Whirlwind Little IMP: generally used to get mic level signal into guitar pedals 67/68/69/70. XLR splitter, 1/8 female to dual ¼, stereo RCA to mono ¼, other RCA adapters
Sorry this was so lengthy! Please ask if you have any questions or want details about any of these items! I love to talk gear!
Why is it that the empty packaging for stolen items always ends up shoved behind some items on the household cleaners aisle? I mean, tire gauges, pregnancy tests, Tylenol, razors, batteries, I have found packaging from some of the most bizarre shit from all areas of the store on this one fucking aisle, shoved behind Windex, bleach, dryer sheets … it’s ridiculous. What is it about this aisle that draws all the shoplifters to it to discard the evidence of their theft?!
So we're approaching (at least in the USA) that Spring Break time of year (at least for most schools/Universities)
So I felt I should make a post about staying safe while still making the most of your break. And yeah I’m aware most of y'all know all this but still.
Always let someone know where you’re going to go/stay
If you’re driving, have an emergency kit in your car (tire gauge, jumper cables, extra fluid for your car, there’s some emergency tire repair kits that have pumps that connect to your cigarette lighter, road flare/hazard signs) and have a tow truck number handy
If you’re renting a room, confirm your reservation the day before you’re scheduled to check in and make sure someone who’s not on the trip with you knows the name/number/room number of where you’ll be.
Also if someone you don’t know offers you a drink, don’t take it. Not only for the obvious reasons of it could be drugged, but if you’re allergic to certain things that could also bite you in the butt. If you want to talk to the stranger but don’t want the offered drink you can say something like “I don’t drink those but why don’t we go to the bar and you can get me a *insert drink you like*” (that way you can watch the drink being made too)
If you’re going somewhere that popular tv channels like to film at for spring break, be aware of the cameras and don’t get filmed doing anything that could jeopardize your reputation especially if it could affect your job.
If you’re gonna take hard drugs, tell someone for safety and don’t lie to the EMT if it goes that far.
SUNSCREEN UP LIKE IT’S GOING OUT OF STYLE! even if you don’t plan to be outside too much, still lather it up. And make sure you have aloe gel or lotion not only for if you get burned but also to moisturize.
HAVE A DESIGNATED DRIVER OR A BACKUP-PLAN SUCH AS A TAXI
Have a backup plan in case things go haywire
Set a limit of how much you want to spend while you’re wherever and freaking stick to it as best you can. Spring Break is not worth adding a lot of credit card debt on.
Drink lots of water. Sun + alcohol + activity = your body’s gonna dry up like a desert inside.
Listen to that voice in the back of your head, if something seems off/shady/call kenny loggins because you’re in the danger zone/odd, listen to that voice and adjust plans accordingly.
Sorry if I’m sounding like a killjoy, but I just want y'all to be safe while you’re having fun <3 –Dionysus (feel free to add to this list)