Been Busy--Just a Reminder About Photos

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I've been crazy with work and while I have some things to write up here, I just haven't had time.  I have been still doing stuff and shooting photos, but as I wrote, I now post those things over on my Facebook photography page, where I post at least one photo every day (like the amazing Severed show I shot last night, which are the photos in this entry).  Also, please be sure to check out my new photo portfolio site.  And, make sure you subscribe to my RSS feed to see whatever I post next here. Thanks for reading!

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Control Geek Blog 6 Years Old!

Hard to believe, but this blog has now been going 6 years today! You can view my first entries (with lots of broken links and missing graphics) here. I started the blog before Facebook become really popular, so I used to post a lot of funny videos and so on. These days I post about once a week or so, and generally only when I have something original to share, or something else happens that I want to put into context. I had moved a lot of photography onto the page a couple of years ago, but earlier this year I moved all my day to day photography onto my Facebook Photography Page. You can also see my photo highlights galleries on the links at the top of this page (check back soon because I'm redoing that in the next few days).

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What's amazing to me is that Google analytics says I've had more than 27,000 unique visits just in the last year! That's what keeps me going, since I rarely get any feedback; if you like this or have constructive suggestions, please drop me a line using the contact form. Thanks to everyone for reading! 

Introduction to Computer Networking Session at USITT

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I don't go to USITT every year, but I'm going this year and will be presenting a session on basic computer networking on March 26 2014, from 2:30PM - 4:00PM.  Here's the session description:

John Huntington, author of Show Networks and Control Systems, introduces networks and their applications for shows.  Key protocols such TCP/UDP/IP will be introduced, and some basic network topology issues will be covered. Key aspects of network operation will be demonstrated.

I hope to see you there!

A Few Blog Changes for the New Year/New Facebook Photography Page

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I've had a website since the mid 1990's.  The original site featured information about my book, and also informational links to companies, standards organizations, and even fun websites. By 2008, when I started writing this blog, "Googling" had become a verb, so I phased out all those links and other information. All along, I've been writing informational and opinion pieces like my multi part series on tragic weather related show disasters, my recent piece on the possible future for AVB (which has had thousands of hits in recent months), and my most popular post of all time--a post I wrote in 15 minutes debunking a viral video: Baaastuds Extreme Sheep LED Art

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I had been on Facebook since 2006, but when I started here in 2008, Facebook hadn't reached critical mass amongst my friends, so here on the blog I was posting funny videos, news stories, etc, but in 2009, I moved all that stuff onto my personal Facebook timeline.  Also around that time I bought my first DSLR camera and rekindled my interest in photography, so I started posting a lot of photos here. Some were just pretty landscape photos, some the results of storm chasing, others were pictures of friends' bands. Squarespace (my hosting company) does a great job displaying photos, but the photos I posted directly on Facebook got a lot more engagement.  So, late last year, I started a public Facebook John Huntington Photography page, where I've been posting things like the photos you see on this post (of Guns N' Hoses and Girls Girls Girls, two all-female heavy metal tribute bands, or a Rockaway beach sunset (below)).

I definitely enjoy writing this blog, and will continue to do so, but going forward it will re-focus more on entertainment technology issues (which is why it was titled Controlgeek in the first place), with the occasional storm chase report, time lapse video, or other item that I want to be openly searchable, completely public, and on a platform over which I have a degree of control. So if you like my photography, please head over to my John Huntington Photography Facebook page and like it by clicking the like button below!  Or, if you don't want to fall into the time suck of Facebook, you can just view the page without joining Facebook.

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American Theatre Magazine Interviewed Me

In the January, 2014 issue, American Theatre magazine has a special section, "Approaches to Theatre Training: Technical Theatre and Production" which includes this article, entitled, "The Technical Answer", which includes an interview with me.  Mike Lawler, the writer, did a pretty good job trying to do an overview of this complex issue.  I'm particularly happy he included this quote:

With a growing emphasis on training a pool of practical designers—those with the skills to conceive, create and implement their multimedia designs—Huntington believes that what’s really missing are visionary directors.

“We can pretty much do anything on a stage these days, but I would argue that we are limited—especially in the theatre—only by our creative imaginations,” he says. “For the majority of theatre that I come across, the directors don’t seem to understand how to use modern technology to tell the story.

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