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  1. I filmed in a herring processing plant up there a few years ago. I believe the plant is now closed, but it was a really cool location. The only problem - I had to throw away every cable I used. You just cannot get that fish smell out of the cables, no matter how hard you try. Maybe it's better now. 😄
  2. I always presume that, unless the ad says otherwise, that everything is sold as is. If something arrives DOA, then I will get in touch with the seller to see what s/he is willing to do about it. Otherwise, I assume the risk of buying unseen gear.
  3. Hi, I have G3's and Lectrosonics wireless, and I have Countryman B6's and Sanken COS-11's and the same lavs work with either set. The plugs are different, but I have adapters that make them work with both. One of the things you have to be careful with is frequency ranges. Not sure what is legal in London or the UK, but make sure you know so you by wireless kits that fall into the legal range. Phil
  4. Laurence, the best now is that there is a KOA campground next door to Shambala. I hear that some of the employees there don't warn the campers about Shambala, and they get a bunch of freaked out people at 2am when the lions all start roaring. :-)
  5. One of the general signs of a scam for me is when the capitalization in the email is incorrect, as it is in this message. And, the fact that they are requiring that you have a checking account. That should never be a part of a job requirement, nor should you ever give them any information. In addition to the check scam mentioned above, they might also try to tell you they'll wire the money to your account (which of course requires detailed account information). The only problem is, instead of the money going into your account, money will be leaving your account.
  6. I love hearing these stories. I'm actually at Shambala (the former location of the movie) once a month or so. Tippi turned from the craziness to rescuing abused big cats. I sponsor one of the lions there, and the new mountain lion cub they just got from Fish and Game. It is now an amazing place to be - and the irony is that it is now a completely hands off facility. The handlers are no longer allowed to interact with the cats without a very strong fence in between. And, yes, I've seen Roar (bought a copy of the DVD many years ago) and it is a terrible movie. :-) Here's a short clip (forgive the camera work...)
  7. Jeff, I'm so sorry for your loss.
  8. Hi Rob, You've probably already tried this, but have you hidden it in the knot of their tie? That always works well for me when the gentleman is wearing a tie. Phil
  9. I just directed a short "movie" yesterday with a small crew and even though we sending sound directly to the camera (no double system on this) you can't believe how many times I called "roll sound" which of course really got me laughing the first time the mixer called back "sound speed". :-) Phil
  10. So I haven't posted for a while, but am going to jump back into the fray. My primary recorder is Boom Recorder, usually mirrored recording (external HD and internal HD on my Mac). I also run an HDP2 but have been thinking about going with the new ZFR200, jamming it and just letting it run since you can get 12+ hours on it and the Zaxcom software can chase to a specific TC point (so I've been told). This eliminates the need to "run" a backup since it will always be running. Has anyone tried this or given it any thought? Thanks, and hope everyone is doing well... Phil (the other Phil from Northern CA)
  11. I just checked on Oleg's Facebook page and he said someone hacked his gmail account and sent it - he's okay. Phil
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    Apple iPad

    Mike, if you're asking me, it was about 30 minutes of hands on time at the launch event. Closely supervised by two Apple people, but I had pretty much a free hand to try out the things that were installed (obviously carefully tested and loaded before the launch event). It was funny to watch the apple folks get nervous as I strayed from their "demo script". :-)
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    Apple iPad

    Having just published my consumer/twitter research report on the iPad, for me personally I see it as a replacement for my iPod Touch, and that's about it. I'm not even sure I would replace my Kindle. I have serious concerns about the reflective screen when trying to read. Although it would be cool if you could protect it sufficiently to be able to use that TC slate app. And, at the risk of offending some, (my apologies in advance) the working title of my report was, "Is the iPad a Bloody Mess?". Phil
  14. Thanks for the feedback everyone! Much appreciated.
  15. Hi all, Is anyone using this for wireless boom? Anyone have hands-on experience with this yet? I haven't seen anything on it... Thanks! Phil
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