Angela set up a little photo booth that night, so we're trying something new this time: we're selling high quality prints of the Zombie photos in our online store. If you got your picture taken that night, you're in there. (There's a second page with the full gallery of everyone.) 5"x7" prints are $7, and 8"x10" prints are $14.
The event itself was an amazingly good time! The premise of the show was that Zombie Labs is conducting experiments to see how much of their previous skills the recently-dead retain; so they brought out a cage full of zombies, and had them perform their pre-death cabaret acts. If the zombies did well, they were rewarded with a tasty treat from the cooler full of brains. If they did not do so well, they went into the woodchipper, I mean, the Zombie Labs NecroShred 3000, pictured on the right! Though it's too late to get sprayed with blood from it, you can still listen to what this fine piece of equipment sounded like.
Our drink special that night was (of course) Zombie shots, with a splash of Bailey's for extra chunky encephalivore goodness.
The show got a very nice (and long -- more than a full page!) write-up in The Weekly. Based on that, we've had a few people calling the club wanting to know when the next one is...
But enough about zombies, now let's talk about bloodsucking parasites. We just renewed our liability insurance, and it's gone up again by like $4,000: it's now $50,000 a year! When we opened in 2001, we were paying $21,000/year. We've never filed a claim, but it doubled almost immediately after those Great White pigfuckers went and blew themselves up.
The wonderful new kink this time around is that now the insurance companies are offering "terrorism insurance" for an additional charge. You can connect the dots on what that means, right? It means that if you file a claim, and the insurance company decides that, if they squint just right, it looks like "terrorism", then they don't have to pay. And as we all know, here in These Uncertain Times, absolutely everything is considered terrorism. What do you want to bet that they'd consider someone getting maced to be terrorism? After all, it's a chemical weapon.
But enough about bloodsucking parasites, let's talk about the music industry. The other day a bunch of us went to see The Pixies up at UC Davis. (It was a great show, but lousy sound quality, being as it was in what was essentially a gymnasium.) But anyway, I mention this because of a cool thing that they were doing: they were selling CDs of that night's performance, and they were available for pick-up not more than 20 minutes after the show ended! They said they sold 1,000 discs (and it was a two disc set.) It's a nice quality package, too: the disc face was printed, and the jewel case looked totally professional. It sounded better than the mix in the room did, too. DiscLive are the folks who were responsible.
There was also an article recently about a company called eMusic Live who are trying to do a similar thing, but instead of printing CDs, they have kiosks that download an MP3 of the show onto a USB memory stick (which they'll also sell to you if you don't have one already.)