Stage lighting has as much impact to a stage performance as much as the quality of the performer’s performance. However, being able to effectively and efficiently utilize stage lighting can make a difference in the audience’s overall experience as well as the performance of the performers.
Choose Your Tools Appropriately: You have to know which equipment or lightings are appropriate in a particular stage set. Furthermore, you also have to figure out if the lightings that you will be setting up on the stage are appropriate or fitting to the theme of the performance.
Power: This is also important. You do not want the performance to be spoiled just because of power shortage. With this in mind, it is important that you consider the place where the performance will be held. This will also tell you what kind of lighting equipment would work best in relation to the amount of power needed for good elation lighting at wwbw to function.
Location: This is also something that you have to consider when you are setting up stage lights. You have the choice of hanging lighting equipment on iron bars by using hooks or you can use tools which will allow you to suspend these lighting gadgets.
The importance of stage lighting should not be neglected and should be given due attention. It is one of those important factors when it comes to the success of a stage performance as well as delivering a pleasing experience for the audience.
The truth is that a lot of people out there are in dire need of drug rehabilitation. Basically, it is a term which refers to the various treatment methods that helps a person overcome drug addiction. Drug addiction is one of the biggest problems that society is facing right now and knowing when someone already needs help is important. The good news is that there are a number of treatment facilities where people can go to. So how would you know if a facility is reliable?
Detoxification: The rehab center should have a detox process onsite. This works best for people who are in immediate need of rehabilitation.
Personalized Nursing: It is important that a drug rehab center has the means to deal with different cases of addiction since not all drug addicts can be treated in the same manner. A drug rehabilitation center that can handle different cases and that can offer different approaches is an effective location.
CBT: Another important method that a rehab center should be implementing is the cognitive-behavioral therapy which is a one-on-one conversation between the professional and the addict. This helps determine how the patient’s way of thinking runs and how it leads to destructive behavior. And by being able to determine this sequence, the rehab professional would be able to figure out how to best interact with the patient.
These are but a few things that you should look for when it comes to choosing a rehab center. So if you are wondering if the santa Barbara rehab can help a love one then you may want to consider
All jewelry eventually gets tarnished especially if you do not have any idea how to take care of it. However, the good news is that there is a method that you can follow. There is a way that you can clean your platinum diamond ring that signifies your love to your other half while being able to extend its lifespan.
Step 1: Get a corning ware dish pan and then pour around two cups of water in it. After this, what you do next is to bring the water to a boil. Once it starts boiling, the next thing that you have to do is to put two teaspoons of ammonia and then bring it down to a simmer.
Step 2: Once the water is brought down to a simmer, you can now submerge your ring in it and leave it there for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, you can remove the ring but be careful when doing so. Remember, the ring was submerged in hot water and you might get scalded so it is best that you use a tong to pick it up.
Step 3: Let the ring cool for the time being and then once it has cool down, get a toothbrush that you are not using and then use it to scrub the ring. After you are done scrubbing the ring with the toothbrush, submerge it again in the water for five minutes. After five minutes, you can then remove the ring and then rinse it using clean water.
Always make it a point to clean your diamond platinum rings if you see that it is losing its luster. Remember, it should be a significant item in your relationship so do everything to take extra care of it.
It’s the 9th of April and as soon as I got online, I opened up some tabs then scoured on my newsfeeds in Facebook. While browsing some of the latest Dragon’s Maze spoilers, two cards caught my attention big time: Advent of the Wurm and Sin Collector. So what’s the deal with these two?
Spell Type: Instant
Text: Put a 5/5 green Wurm creature token with trample onto the battlefield.
Let’s start with the manacost. Advent of the Wurm costs four which is pretty reasonable for what it can do. Though most players would probably find it reminiscent of Restoration Angel because it is an instant with a neat power and toughness, plus the same converted manacost, it is still NOT a Restoration Angel in a sense that it does not have the blink ability which makes Restoration Angel extra special in most decks. Not to mention that the angel can well, obviously fly over the ground blockers. But what this card can offer is an instant blocker and a troublesome attacker. Even your opponent would think twice before blocking the ravaging wurm with any of their creatures, with the exception of Beef Reckoner of course, and chomp blocking it with a dork or a spirit token wouldn’t even make the cut because of its trample ability. Perhaps one of the most notable thing about this card is that it creates a creature token which means that capitalizing on the populate mechanic can be a neat thing to do. Also take note that it is a creature in a form of a spell which can potentially flip your Delver of Secrets into an Insectile Abberation. So based on what we’ve discussed so far, we’re looking at aggressive Bant decks or Selesnya Populate decks adding a couple of this card. Just imagine Delver decks flipping their human wizards through the some Call of the Conclave or Advent. The density of instant and sorceries in such decks will definitely increase. At the same time, you can have a turn one manadork into a smiter then an end of turn wurm on the third turn.
What we have here next is Sin Collector which was already discussed earlier today by Starcitygames’ Sam Black. But let me share a few of my thoughts about it.
As we can clearly see here, the collector costs three with a power and toughness of 2/1 plus a neat enters the battlefield ability. Like with Advent of the Wurm, this card reminds us of another card in one of the older sets; Tidehollow Sculler. So what makes these two different? For one, the former costs one more mana than the latter and has a toughness of 1 as oppose to the sculler which has a toughness of 2. Though both of them can easily be killed, what makes the collector special is that the card he purges from the opponent’s hand is gone forever unlike with Tidehollow sculler which I am sure all players are aware won’t be able to hold indefinitely. The only exception to this is if the sculler is blinked before letting it resolve its enters-the-battlefield ability.
The question here is not really about who is better because it depends on the context, not to mention the fact that the human cleric’s home is the standard format while the zombie is in the modern format. So would it see play in the current standard? Yes it definitely will though as of the moment, the most that I could imagine would be its inclusion in the Aristocrats and the Junk Reanimator decks. How many of them in the main? Could be two, could be just one or none at all. What is more likely to happen is the human cleric being utilized as a sideboard card against control match ups where it can shine. What makes it more fun to play is abusing its ETB ability with the help of Restoration Angel which can definitely wreck the hands of the control player. Sigh, for a moment, I wish I was a Junk Reanimator player or an Aristocrats player. Haha.
That is all for the meantime. I am excited to see more of what Dragon’s Maze has to offer and I am pretty sure that there will be more interesting cards to see in the next days to come!
The first thing that I did as soon as I got online was to check out the latest Dragon’ Maze spoilers. With the Dragon’s Maze prerelease event to take place on the 27th and 28th of April, the Dragon’s Maze spoilers has begun and the first week didn’t disappoint as a couple of the cards spoiled really got my attention starting with of course, the Izzet-aligned planeswalker Ral Zarek!
So what are we looking at right now?
Manacost: Ral costs four which is acceptable for your average planeswalker. Like Jace, Architect of Thought, Ajani Vengeant and other similarly four-costed planeswalkers, it is very possible that Ral will see play. With the obvious inclusion of this card in URW shells.
Starting Loyalty: Four. Pretty decent for a four-costed planeswalker, does not easily die to Flinthoof boars or Dreg Manglers or rampaging Reckoners
Looking at the first ability, it clearly shows that Ral doesn’t have the means to tap down a permanent similar to what good ol’ Ajani Vengeant can do which can be an edge against opposing Thragtusks and other similar fatties in the current standard. Not to mention the fact that the vengeful Ajani also has the quirk to keep control players off from one of their lands. But what makes Ral’s first ability interesting is that it can be used aggressively and defensively. Just imagine having a third turn Geist of Saint Traft followed up by a fourth turn Ral Zarek. You can simply tap one of your opponent’s blockers and untap one of your Hallowed Fountains or any blue source for an Unsummon or perhaps a pillar of flame BEFORE attacking with the spirit cleric. You can also take advantage of that untapped mana for an end of turn Thought Scour if necessary or dispel that fog in case your opponent is trying to prolong the game with it.
In fact, if you are going to imagine it, Ral Zarek virtually only costs three, provided that you will be utilizing the first ability to untap one of your lands after your cast the planeswalker. Another thing that you may also want to consider is that it can combo well with Izzet Staticaster. Normally, the flash shooter can only kill one toughness creatures but with the ingenious planeswalker’s help, you can shoot down two toughness creatures. And the same thing applies with any creatures out there with an ability which requires you to tap them to activate.
Of course it doesn’t necessarily mean that the first ability is limited to untapping your land, mana dork or that staticaster for a second ping but have you ever wished that Boros Reckoner had vigilance? Well, with Ral, that is a dream come true. Not only can Boros Reckoner play defense against the aggressive match ups but then again, thanks to Ral’s first ability, you can have your minotaur wizard attack ANDTHEN block during your opponent’s turn. Having problems with Blind Obedience? Let Ral handle it. Overall, there are a lot of things that Ral’s first ability can do.
The application of the second ability of Ral Zarek is pretty obvious. Just like with Ajani Vengeant, he can bolt any creature or player minus the lifegain. So what makes this second ability any special as compared to the former planeswalker? Ral can do this twice in two consecutive turns unlike Ajani Vengeant since Ral’s loyalty counter is a notch higher than the leonine planeswalker.
And because of that knowledge, your opponent’s likely to attack Ral right away which can serve as a fog effect for you unless he or she wants to get another of his three toughness creatures bolted on the spot, assuming that Ral killed a three toughness creature the turn he entered the battlefield. Some of the creatures that he can kill would be Flinthoof Boar, Vampire Nighthawk, Boros Reckoner (Though you wouldn’t want to bolt this one in particular), Centaur Healer, Dreg Mangler and many more. On the other hand, Ral can deal a total of six damage on two consecutive turns that he is online. Though the lifegain that old Ajani had will be missed, being able to virtually fog the next turn and kill a few creatures gives you virtual life anyway.
Unless you are extremely unlucky, you should at least get an extra turn with the Izzet planeswalker’s ultimate. But then again, if you are having your lucky day, you can get as much as five extra turns and you can potentially win the game with those five consecutive turns. Though the chances of you having five extra turns is not at all likely, getting a few extra turns is still possible. However, being able to actually get to the point of being able to activate his ultimate is a bit questionable but there will still be those who will attempt to do so. Besides, isn’t it cool being able to activate his ultimate at least once during the course of the day? I won’t even discuss what you can do with those extra turns which can potentially win you the game.
Overall, Ral Zarek has much to offer the current standard, and I am one of those people who are excited to play the card! Will he be able to greatly impact the current metagame? None knows for sure but the fact remains that he is an interesting addition to decks out there and it’s only a matter of time before standard is shaken by the Dragon’s Maze.
After posting my latest article which featured the Izzet-aligned planeswalker Ral Zarek, I felt that I wanted to write more so I decided to write my thoughts with regard to the latest Dragon’s Maze spoilers. And since being visited by my writing muse (Thanks to St Estrella for introducing the term to me) is a rare occasion, I want to take this opportunity to express what I think of some of the already spoiled Dragon’s Maze cards.
Spell Type: Instant
Text: Counter target spell. Its controller can’t cast spells this turn.
The first thing that came to my mind when I saw this card was “This is another cool addition to the URW deck shell! A silence and counter hybrid!” Similar to Aurelia’s Fury and Counterflux, this spell doesn’t seem like a spell that will allow any form of counter wars to take place nor any response from the opposing player. At the same time, Render Silent keeps opposing control players from being able to hook you into countering a problematic spell that they will cast during their turn just so they can cast a more problematic spell afterwards after exhausting your hand of counter spells. Of course, they can always wait for their next turn to cast a more problematic spell while baiting you with a few annoyance. Or at least, you get a chance to cast some spell which can help you cantrip to a much-needed counterspell. Overall, the spell is good but nothing really to get so hyped about but being a blue mage, I am still excited to try out this card in a URW shell! Plus I love the flavor text!
Creature Type: Human Wizard
Text: Flash, When Deputy of Acquittals enters the battlefield; you may return another target creature you control to owner’s hand.
This is one of those cards that I really find interesting maybe because I personally love playing creatures with flash. Furthermore, he is big enough to surprise chomp block an attacking Burning-Tree Emissary or an assault made by Spirit Cleric Traft. But what makes Deputy of Acquittals interesting is his ability to bounce a creature you control back to your hand. Now, take note that you do not necessarily have to bounce any creature back to your hand but just imagine bouncing back an Augur of Bolas after you assigned it as a blocker against an attacking Smiter. Not only do you get a second use for the Augur when your turn comes around, but you also get to save it from being smacked down by the Selesnyan pachyderm.
And in case you do not have a Restoration Angel in your hand to blink off your Thragtusks, you can hire the deputy to serve as a substitute. Not only do you get a 2/2 body and a 3/3 beast token which can attack on your next turn but you can also get an additional five life when you play the beast again. Just imagine a deck having four Restoration Angels and then a couple of the human wizard. Speaking of human wizards, consider the idea of letting your other human wizard, the Snapcaster retire for the day back in your hand while your deputy stands in as a replacement. Just like with the Augur, you can get another use for your Snapcaster mage while being able to defend yourself with the help of the deputy. Also take note that by bouncing back a creature you already assigned as a blocker, effects such as lifelink and deathtouch will no longer take effect. This also applies when it comes to a blocking good ol’ Reckoner. Overall, Deputy of Acquittals is an interesting card that I am sure some people, if not all, would consider putting a couple of in their decks.
I’ll be writing another article for the other cards that I found interesting! Hope you enjoyed reading my entry!
Performing on stage is not limited to just being good with the instrument that you are playing or with the way you sing. It is also important that you and you have a crew who are able to properly set the lighting on the stage because this can influence the quality of the experience of the audience to whom you are performing for. In order for you to be able to do this correctly, it is important that you consider the following:
Do Your Homework: You cannot expect yourself to be able to set up the lightings on the stage properly if you do not even have any point of reference to get ideas from. And this is where research comes in. Furthermore, the designer should not limit his or her research on shows but should also consider production. It is important that the designer clearly communicates his or her thoughts to the director of the show so as to be able to plan what needs to be done. Knowing what kind of show and production is going to be done is also a factor. Part of this is also knowing where to get stage lights.
Designing: This starts when you already have an idea of what to do or you and the show’s director have agreed on what needs to be done. The main idea here is that the lights should ideally be set up all light locations of the stage but is not a necessity. Having mapped out the entire area can help you get an idea on where to effectively position the lights.
Loading: Always make it a point to be there when you are setting up the lights on the stage. It is important that someone is directing them especially when they are already setting up the safety cables and securing the lights.
Cues: Setting up the lights does not send there. It is also paramount that you are able to properly set up the cues and to ensure that none of the lights are directed towards a performer’s face. It helps when you have an idea where the lights will pop in per segment of the performance
Last Wednesday (or was it Thursday?), I got ill as I mentioned in my previous entry. And as much as I wanted to be productive that day, my condition was keeping me from focusing so I eventually gave up and just thought of doing some random stuff online to keep myself entertained for the meantime. I tried streaming a couple of anime at Otakustreamers.com but one particular series got my attention: Shiki. The premise of the story starts in a fictional small village in Japan called Sotoba that is located in the countryside. A series of mysterious deaths is overwhelming the village and the only doctor in the Village, Toshio Ozaki, suspects the cause to be an epidemic. At the same time, a strange family moves in the abandoned Kanemasa mansion located far away from the village, atop a cliff surrounded by the wilderness. Meanwhile, Yuuki Natsuno, a fifteen year old boy who originally came from the city and studies in the only school in Sotoba, suddenly finds him involved in these mysterious deaths. As the series progress, they eventually discover the terrible truth behind these deaths.
As much as I want to give the reason why I am impressed with this anime, I am unable to effectively do so without spoiling a number of things in the story. But the most I can say is that the characters here are portrayed very well. The storytelling is great, and the scenarios are realistic and logical that you do not need to suspend disbelief most of the time. If you have watched the anime Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni (When They Cry) and enjoyed it then you will definitely enjoy watching this series. Furthermore, the adaptation of a particular creature in this anime is so far one of the best I’ve seen so far especially these days that a lot of authors are overextending their creativity. Again, I apologize if I am unable to reveal much of what’s happening in the series but overall, this is a good watch. Now, if I am already able to pique your curiosity then you might as well watch this anime series and see it for yourself.
It has been quite some time since Liz and I last watched anime. For the past few weeks we’ve been watching Meitantei Conan, or more popularly known locally as Detective Conan. But since we got busy with a lot of important tasks, we had to cut on the anime marathons. Not to mention the fact that we got a lot of pending activities that needs to be given attention such as competing in Magic: The Gathering tournaments and watching movies. It’s been so long since we last played in an actual tournament together and I really miss playing in tourneys. Sadly, I haven’t been able to construct a tourney competitive deck since Liz and I are mainly focused on completing her deck.
The good news is that her deck’s latest iteration is almost complete except for a few deck pieces which we’ll probably try to obtain before this week ends. In this way, Liz would be able to start playing again while I, on the other hand, would probably have to settle with the cards that I have at home. Plus, some printed proxies to create a gauntlet for play testing purposes.
In fact I am still deciding on what to play. I am considering playing either Midrange Jund or URW Flash/Tempo or whatever they call it. Jund because most of the deck pieces I have at home are available except for three Liliana of the Veil and my own playset of Stomping Grounds. Furthermore, I used to play a Jund deck during Alara Block going Zendikar. Though today’s Jund is non-comparable to the original Jund or to the Modern format’s Jund, Midrange Jund is something I find interesting and fun to play.
On the other hand, the reason I wanted to play URW (Blue, Red, and White) Flash is because well, I am a blue mage after all. But other than that, I like URW because I think it will suit my playing style. It may not be comparable to the UW (Blue White) Delver I recently played pre-rotation but it still has some of the things that I love in a UW deck such as Restoration Angel, Snapcaster Mages and a couple of permission spells. There’s also the tide-turning Sphinx’s Revelation as well as the combat savvy Boros Reckoner. Though I haven’t tried playing that kind of deck as compared to Midrange Jund, I am pretty sure I’ll enjoy playing URW Flash. But right now, I don’t think I have the luxury to focus on completing my deck.
Setting aside MTG, I actually got ill around Wednesday last week probably due to the sudden change of weather, plus the stress of having to deal with a number of things at home. I’ve been sleeping late these days but the good thing though is that I still get up around noon. I am still thankful that I am still able to keep my sleeping pattern “decent”. Sadly, during the time that I was sick, I wasn’t able to work on any articles or give feedback to any of the writers in the Writers’ Guild in Otakustreamers.com, a group that I, along with another member established for those who aim to become a good writer. In fact, I got so many things on my plate these days that I haven’t submitted at least the first chapter of the story that a good friend of mine and I thought of, even though we already know what to put in the first ten chapters as well as the main outline of the plot.
Just thinking about the things which needs to be done gets me anxious and stressed. But I am hoping to accomplish them at least this March. Since I was too lethargic to even do anything productive last week, thanks to me being sick, I decided to just stream some random anime. I remembered that I haven’t watched the final episode of Macross Frontier because the copy that we have at home at that time didn’t have a functioning last episode. After I was done with the last episode, I decided to check another one: Durarara. The premise of the story starts with a young boy, Mikado Ryugamine who desires to have an exciting life. He moved to Ikebukuro, being invited by his childhood friend Masaomi Kida to attend the same school that he attends. Here, the main protagonist encounters a local legend “Black Rider”, someone who rides his motorbike like it was a horse and has rumors of having no head.
I tried watching at least three episodes while checking another anime at the same time entitled Shiki. However, in the end, Shiki won out and I closed the already loaded episode three of Durarara and just watched Shiki moving forward. And I can say that Shiki is one of the best horror, occult and mystery anime that I was able to watch. I’ll probably be writing a review of the said anime sometime soon. But for the meantime, I’ll leave it with the above impression. As of the moment, I am feeling much better and have accomplished the online tasks which I was assigned to do. Though the previous week almost massacred me in a number of ways, this week so far is proving better. I just hope that things will become better than worse in the following days to come.
These days, you can see a lot of variations of lighters being sold in stores. If you are planning to purchase a lighter anytime soon, make sure that you consider the following:
Flame: Most cigarette smokers prefer a torch flame lighter which generates a jet flame as compared to the conventional soft flame. The reason for this is that when you often smoke outdoors, gust of winds can easily blow out the fire which can make it difficult for you to light your cigarette especially during the colder months. But then again, if you are smoking indoors most of the time then you can always opt for the simple one.
Disposable Bic Lighters: This lighters work well especially if you are someone who often travels a lot by plane since this is not allowed when boarding a plane. If you prefer a softer flame then it is important that you pick one which runs on butane gas than the usual liquid naptha. The good thing with a butane gas run lighter is that it does not infuse a good quality cigar with any weird taste.
Dual-Flames: Some cigars can be so thick that lighting them up with a single torch lighter can take time. However, dual torch lighters significantly reduce that time. But if you are someone who just wants the best little cigars then you need not opt for this.
Always consider these factors when purchasing a lighter especially if you are purchasing this as a gift for someone.