As our auxiliary Halloween has come and gone, the kids decided we needed to have a secondary staff Christmas party, too. Also, it was our three year anniversary! Yay us. We had all the usual Christmas trappings at this party: a bouncy-castle, piñatas, and karaoke. (Well, the bouncy-castle was actually a car, but you get the idea.) Unfortunately, I forgot to schedule a webcast for that night, so we don't have an archive of the red hot karaoke action.
Well, last night was just all about the equipment failures... Our sound board crapped out just before the W.A.S.P. / Sparrow's Point / Push show last night, so we had to bring in a loaner. We were late getting doors open, and in the ensuing chaos, we didn't get the new board hooked up to the webcast until halfway through the second band's set. It was webcasting the between-bands music fine, but we lost all of Push and half of Sparrow's Point.
I took photos, but it was really difficult. It was pretty crowded up front, and W.A.S.P. had us rent barricades for in front of the stage. This made it pretty hard to get decent shots: those barricades make it hard to move around near them, and when I went on the stage side of the barricades to shoot, I was too close and was getting these great shots right up peoples' noses.
The barricades were totally unnecessary, of course. The crowd was enthusiastic, but there wasn't even a pit. We've had rougher goth shows here.
Then, when I got home, I found that 2/3rds of my pictures were toast: most of Sparrow's Point and all of W.A.S.P. were zero-length when I got them off the card. I don't know if the card got corrupted, or if this was the "your computer is our learning experience" Linux USB drivers screwing me again, but either way, zap.
- Apparently W.A.S.P. gave Sparrow's Point a lot of shit after they played together in LA last night for "upstaging" them. Which I guess means "putting on a more energetic and entertaining show."
- We printed up some W.A.S.P. posters to sell (same image as the flyer), and the band agreed to have their merch guy sell them for us. He put them on display by hiding them under a stack of t-shirts. He was actively trying not to sell them, so the only way any got sold was if someone spotted someone else walking around with one and asked where they got it. Sweet.
So, we've got a big stack of those posters left. If you want to buy one, ask the next time you're at the club. We've got a bunch of the Sister Machine Gun posters left, too. (This selling posters thing, it's not working out so well.)
We lost the friday night webcast because the server in question lost its mind and corrupted the file system on its RAID-1 disk pair; it's done this several times now, but this was the worst. At this point, we're inclined to point the finger at the RAID controller card (a Promise FastTrak SX4000.) We did hardware RAID because that is purported to be faster and possibly more reliable than software RAID, but here's something that I didn't know: disks used in a RAID array are married to the card that wrote them. Even though both disks are supposed to be exact copies of each other, if you plug one of them in and try to use it as a normal non-RAID IDE drive, it doesn't work! The disks are in some proprietary format. So RAID protects you from bad drives, but locks you into the exact model of card that you used to format the drive the first time. Nice, very nice. This is apparently not the case with software RAID under Linux, so we're going to try that next. The sucky part there is that first we have to buy a third drive to make a backup of the two RAID drives before reformatting it.
Also, here is why we only accept credit cards with billing/shipping addresses in the US and Canada:
Subject: INTERNATIONAL ORDER
Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2004 23:48:49 +0800
From: "emma qaz" <email@example.com>
I AM dan horst FROM USA I WILL LIKE TO PURCHASE SOME ITEMS IN YOUR STORE THEN I WANT THE ITEMS TO BE SHIP DOWN TO MY COMPANY IN NIGERIA,SO I WANT YOU TO MAIL ME BACK IF YU CAN SHIP INTERNATIONAL ORDER,THEN MY METHOD OF PAYMENT WILL BE CREDIT CARD, DO MAIL ME BACK ASAP.