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2014-06-06 (0 comments)

TimeFest is upon us!

Well, almost. Tonight I'll be setting up at what seems like a familiar old haunt, the Doubletree Hotel on Veterans Blvd. and Williams. The Consortium of Genius launched in 1996 at this very hotel, and I'm returning the layout to something very very similar, with the main stage & band (Confabulation of Gentry) in the 'Bayou' grand ballroom, and the dealer and gaming areas across the hall. Gonna be a bit hectic managing TWO rooms (I'm running a separate panel/video room across the hall) but overall I have a really good feeling about all this. Hope you can make it to what promises to be a fun festival!

2014-06-01 (0 comments)

What a show last night!

The Mint is a very prestigious place, and they were well equipped for taping and broadcasting - in fact, they webcasted the show and stored it for all to view here:

Watch live streaming video from directionofsky at livestream.com

2014-05-31 (0 comments)

Jules Verne Fest tonight!

Well, this should be interesting... I've resisted augmenting the stagecraft aspect of the Steampunk version of C.O.G. for pretty its entire existence, hoping to avoid backbreaking exercises in last minute A/V spaghetti, networking, etc., but this time I simply couldn't resist.

Jules Verne is as Steampunk as it gets, and of course his contemporary Georges Méliès made the original science fiction film, 'Voyage to the Moon'... so what I've done for tonight's appearance is dusted off some of the best Georges Méliès films (or rather, stabilized, deflickered, and denoised them) and will be showing them while we perform at the Old Mint - one of our most prestigious appearances ever! We'll also be introducing our new trumpet player Jenevieve. Should be a fun evening! I hope it is well attended and appreciated...

2014-05-16 (0 comments)

Upcoming Events!

LOTS of events coming up! First up will be Jules Verne Fest on May 31, presented by the New Orleans Academy Francaise, and starring the Confabulation of Gentry - at the Old Mint building downtown! Quite an honor... and we are busy getting a new trumpet player trained up just in time for the occasion. Jules Verne is practically the grandfather of Steampunk, and I cannot think of a more appropriate occasion. And then, just a week later...

Yes, it's almost that TIME again... time for NOLA TimeFest, our wonderful Doctor Who/time travel celebration. It's June 7. This year we're upgrading from a large reception hall to a proper hotel, and the hotel ended up being the Doubletree - former home of Contraflow and the venerable New Orleans Science Fiction & Fantasy Fest (where C.O.G. debuted!)

Needless to say I'm excited about the possibilities... we'll be presenting the Confabulation of Gentry as the warm up band to the costume contest. I intend to show some George Melies films on the screen behind us as we play. Should be a delight! Been working on some commercials for this event too; here's the first one (I love playing 'Dalek Erik' and company... this year I actually did the whole read inside the Dalek costume. What a workout! They should market Dalek operator as a legitimate form of exercise.)

On June 21st, C.O.G. is scheduled to appear at BayouCon in Lake Charles, LA.  Been a couple years since we've done that, and they're upgrading the venue.  This con should see the debut of our new Lab Girl ... more news about her soon! Also unique will be the retro-lineup we're employing - you'll be seeing a couple of faces on this gig you haven't seen onstage with C.O.G. in quite some time...

2014-01-17 (0 comments)

Getting lasey...

So right now I'm getting interested again in show lasers - and it's a good time for that too, as they're pretty cheap, easy to get, and easy to modify.  This is being done in a run-up to a Pink Floyd concert that my guitarist and keyboardist are involved in, in early March.

I've gone ahead and bought another inexpensive '4 head' laser show box, which houses two red, one green, and one purple LED laser heads.  Now I have two such boxes that will be mounted on the stage, probably near the drums, and aimed over the audience's heads.  (we were shining the lasers down from the front truss and painting the stage with the abstract lines and patterns, but having beams radiate up from the stage itself promises to be a lot more effective.

Each unit houses two 400mw red lasers, a bright 60mw green laser, and a 300mw blue (or purple) laser.  In one port, the green laser beam is split and mixed with the extra red laser diode to approximate yellow.

So right now I'm thinking of purchasing an M140 laser diode module, which is a 2000mw blue laser, and swapping it out with one of the red lasers to obtain an aqua mix color... should be pretty spectacular if done right.  Gotta take some readings to make sure the power supply can support the extra current draw, but I have confidence that it'll be within the limits... also much ensure that the laser diode is heatsinked appropriately to radiate away the heat.  (laser heatsinks aren't that difficult to obtain...)

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