SAS Drives

Two weeks ago, one of the SATA drives  in my Render box’s RAID began to go.  Fortunately, I had most

of my material backed up, and what wasn’t was recoverable with a little prodding. I decided, so long as I had to replace a drive, why not step up the I/O?  On ebay, I was able to get a hold of a Dell Perc 5 / i SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) with 512MB of RAM for a little over $100 and two 72GB 15.2k RPM Cheetah drives from Seagate for ca $125 each.  After waiting for shipping, and being absent last week while traveling in DC, I finally finished installing the hardware and setting up the OS Saturday morning.  I reinstalled my copy of Adobe’s Production Premium and tried a few renders.  The performance is night and day.  I have one project which is a scan of 8mm film in 1080p.  I was able to preview the frame sequence in Premier straight off the disks where a few weeks ago, I would have had to do some prerendering.

Next, I’ll throw a heavy duty After Effects project at it and see what happens:)








Lawrence of Arabia

I know this is going to make me sound like a complete uncultured boob, but until two weeks ago, I had never seen Lawrence of Arabia.  Maybe you are in the same boat?  No?  Well, I like to believe there are other people out there who haven’t seen this classic (because, among other reasons, if everyone else has seen it but me, than this entry is fairly pointless).  So, assuming there is someone reading this who, like me, has never seen the film: this is for you.

See it!

I don’t know what compulsed me to put the film on my NetFlix queue, but I’m glad I did.  I watched it as I was flying to LA two weeks ago and it just made 4 hours sail by.  

Lawrence of Arabia is based upon the writings and life of an actual historical figure, T.E. Lawrence, and his struggle to unify the feuding tribes of Arabia in order to fight off the Turkish invaders of World War I and thereby liberate the land and people he has come to love.  The film traces his campaign in concert with his 

Las Vegas – “Unreal City”

It’s quiet in my room at Bill’s Gambling Hall on the Las Vegas strip.  I’ve been in town for a little over a day now, preparing for the Digital Signage Expo which opens tomorrow at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  I just got back from the opening reception / dinner at a place in Caesar’s.  As I was walking back to the hotel, this phrase popped into my head: the “unreal city” from T.S. Elliot’s “The Wasteland” which I intend on recording on my website, sometime, if copyrights permit. 

I’ve seen too much of Vegas.  In the past few years, I’ve been here almost two months in sum… too much for most.  I think the first week is the eye opener.  The next few, I walked the strip with my camera and tripod, the last two weeks have been fairly low key.  Don’t get me wrong: I have my camera ready to go, probably tomorrow night, but for now, I want to get some rest and do some graphic “playing” before bed.

I hope you are well, whoever you are, reading this.  


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