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  1. Jim Feeley

    Cuban Sonic Spying?

    This story is back in the news: Cuban 'acoustic attack' report on US diplomats flawed, say neurologists Tests stating staff suffered brain damage were ‘misinterpreted’ and ruled out other explanations such as mass psychogenic illness Claims that US diplomats suffered mysterious brain injuries after being targeted with a secret weapon in Cuba have been challenged by neurologists and other brain specialists. A medical report commissioned by the US government, published in March, found that staff at the US embassy in Havana suffered concussion-like brain damage after hearing strange noises in homes and hotels, but doctors from the US, the UK and Germany have contested the conclusions. In four separate letters to the Journal of the American Medical Association, which published the original medical study, groups of doctors specialising in neurology, neuropsychiatry and neuropsychology described what they believed were major flaws in the study. Rest of the article, which includes some cool links: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/14/cuban-acoustic-attack-report-on-us-diplomats-flawed-say-neurologists The actual letters and responses in the medical journal appear to be behind a paywall. But you can read the abstracts and first page (ie- most of each letter, I think) here (just search the page on "Cuba"): https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/currentissue
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    The horse has left that barn

    I think Matthew works with/for a university or similar large organization. I.e., not a stand-alone theater group or something. I could be wrong about that, but if so, then the whole funding process probably takes a long time; at least, it sure does for the major university down the street from my house (and where half the neighborhood works and waits for funding to come through).
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    HVAC astonishment

    Ya, I get that a lot. At least the coffee and lunches are extra good. My worst was a few years ago where the CEO was sitting directly under one of the jet-engine HVAC vents. Why there? Because the reclaimed-brick & open-workspace background looked great from that position. So hyper & lav & prayers. Crew was WTF? But the agency client insisted... After, my half-assed RX monkeying got things kinda passible. The some serious post guy or gal (wasn't my job...don't recall... Stuart Dubey maybe?) made things actually good. And that just got the camera and producer (both good guys) all excited about sticking people just anywhere. I was able to impress upon them that we got lucky; they bought it. The producer and client? It's like they got RX implanted in their brains and stopped hearing all sorts of noise (the implant's battery eventually wore out). And ya, the full-on employees... At a certain point, they realize the free food functions as a tasty prison; do not leave the building. As Al suggests, the white noise muffles the realization that they're in the well-appointed second circle of hell. #beentheredonethatkeptthestockoptionsbutthestockdidntdomuch Here's an article with a headline that unsells the problems with open office plans: Open-plan offices were devised by Satan in the deepest caverns of hell They’re bad for concentration, motivation, stress – and they don’t even make it easier for employees to communicate, new research indicates https://www.theguardian.com/news/2013/nov/18/open-plan-offices-bad-harvard-business-review
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    Sony F5 - F55 - FS7 RF Spray problems.

    In addition to poorly-shielded cable, I've come across people using poorly made or damaged cables. Esp at the BNC-cable junction...if the connection isn't solid (and shielded), then it's a leaky RFI faucet. In fact, I'll often carry a couple good BNC cables since at my lower-end of the world; ya, it's not my problem. But it's my problem.
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    Abisonic Microphones

    Looks like the Rode SoundField mic isn't out yet; expected to by coming out the end of August with a street price around $1000US. http://en.rode.com/nt-sf1 So I think we need to wait to read and hear the thoughts of people who have solid experience with that sort of mic.
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    Fantasy Studios RIP

    More from Berkeleyside: Berkeley’s Fantasy Studios closure came because of financial struggles Rich Robbins, the owner of Wareham Development and Fantasy Studios, said it breaks his heart to shutter the fabled music business that has operated in Berkeley for 47 years, but that it was struggling financially. “It could have been closed eleven and a half years ago,” said Robbins in an interview on Monday. (That’s around the time Robbins licensed the rights to the name.) “It’s an industry that’s dead. All the studios are closing. It’s been subsidized the entire time we have owned it, and I mean massively subsidized, even investing in equipment.” [snip] Robbins has also decided to put the building on the market. It is basically an office building now, not a cutting-edge center of music and film. About 75% of the tenants are professionals like attorneys and architects. ====== Good to get the perspective of the owner; I'd guess he's being at least mostly truthful. You can read the article here: http://www.berkeleyside.com/2018/07/31/berkeleys-fantasy-studios-closure-came-because-of-financial-struggles And here's a picture of Studio B:
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    Fantasy Studios RIP

    Remember last time the building was sold, the tower tenants got really active that their rent not be raised (since IIRC, most were way below market rate). They emphasized to the city the special community, the number of Oscar nominations, and so on. The owners relented and kept rents (or at least most of them) comparatively low. Will be interesting to see how things unfold this time (esp for the producers on shorter-term leases)... Maybe a new owner would be happy with the existing buildings and a new building over the (rather large) parking lot? I'm just gassing here, though... A local article with some more info on the sale (though not much more than what Phil's already provided here), some music and film history of Fantasy & Zaentz, and a few pictures: Fantasy Studios, internationally renowned film and music studio, to close its doors http://www.berkeleyside.com/2018/07/29/berkeleys-fantasy-studios-an-internationally-renowned-film-and-music-studio-to-close-its-doors
  8. Jim Feeley

    Fantasy Studios RIP

    I wonder if some of those new recording studios are backed by dot.com money. Sort of like Meets The Eye in San Carlos... Marshall was an early (and good) Google engineer. Maybe something like that is the best hope for the Zaentz center... Maybe we need to drop some hints with these people... The Tech Exec Cover Bands Of Silicon Valley A rather surprising number of investors, engineers, and top-level executives from startups and companies like Facebook (Hi, Randi Zuckerberg!), Google, and Pandora belong to a cover band (or two). They play private gigs and charity events around the Bay, like Silicon Valley Rocks, which raises money for a non-profit promoting music education in schools. Below, we round up some of the most most, uh, interesting ones. https://www.buzzfeed.com/azafar/silicon-valley-execs-are-in-cover-bands Uh...maybe not...
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    Fantasy Studios RIP

    I think a co-op would be tough. Besides the studio, there's a six or seven-story office building. And at least on the floors I frequent, the tenants are filmmakers, and various post craftspeople. Not tons of money, some turnover (but also a bunch of long-time tenants). 11 years ago the building sold for $20 million. I'd guess it went for a whole lot more this time. Probably out of reach of everyone in the building. 😞
  10. Jim Feeley

    Fantasy Studios RIP

    Fantasy also offered low-cost recording for kids; as in, when he was in high school, my son cut some jazz tracks there. World-class studio that also worked to be a true community asset.
  11. Jim Feeley

    cycling to work

    When you're running late for work and and ebike won't get you there on time...
  12. Jim Feeley

    Fantasy Studios RIP

  13. Jim Feeley

    Abisonic Microphones

    James Longley hauled a SoundField mic all over Afghanistan for a year or so and didn't report any problems (I think the resulting film will be out later this year). Don't know how the Ambeo does, though I guess it's not like taking a ribbon mic into the fields....
  14. Jim Feeley

    Anyone had experience with Lectrosonics 190 series?

    I still have a 187 system. Couldn't sell it for squat. And as Rick says, VHS feels wide open these days; it's gotten me out of a couple jams. Also, I have the stick TX for it. Like Larry implies (and btw, 100cl, Larry is the retired head of Lectro, so he knows what he's talking about), I don't think I'd add another 180 or 190 series system to my collection. If money's tight and you want Lectro, maybe look at a used 200-series system...like a 211 receiver and a UM200C transmitter...in an appropriate frequency block for where you work.
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    Sports Headworn Microphone

    Are they maybe thinking of something like what some pop singers use? For example: I just googled "Britney Spears microphone" and it looks like she used a couple models (or at least a couple screens) over the years. I don't know what she used, but a bit of GTS might turn up model numbers. If the client can't provide a picture, perhaps they can describe who they've seen use it? Even "That guy on the GB Packers on ESPN" or "Justin Timberlake on tour a couple years ago" might help you chase down whatever it is they're talking about. And it looks like she uses/used a Crown (or re-branded AKG?) CM-311, as Ryan guessed (or knew) above: https://www.akg.com/Microphones/Headset Microphones/CM311MiniXLR.html