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I likes a good freshinstall, I do! - Tactical Ninja

Oct. 28th, 2010

08:20 am - I likes a good freshinstall, I do!

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Last night I got home with mah new toy and set out to install it and get it working. This involved installing Traktor on two machines and then setting up the controller and getting it working.

The installs went pretty well (except for the bit where Socrates felt it necessary to run a scheduled scan in the middle of the install - note to self: turn this off when playing or things will go *kersplut*). Then came the updatey part, which also went fine, except that you can't run the software on two machines at the same time so they had to be queued. 1 hour of downloading later (yep, NZ's bandwidth sucks), a bit of fiddling to install the updates and we were ready to go.

At which point my brains fell out. I set up the audio out no trouble, but totally forgot that the point of this exercise is so that I can mix - ie, I need the outputs to go not just to the PA but also to my headphones, and that the output to the phones needs to allow for monitor/cue mucking about. Doh.

At this point I decided I was probably too tired to fix it and went off to read manuals. Traktor is not intuitive from my perspective. I can see the buttons, I know what they do, but could not immediately figure out how to beatmatch off this thing. It probably didn't help that *see above about the headphones snafu*

Turned out I was too tired to read the manual as well since it seemed to say "Blah blah etc audio wharrgarble output rhubarb rhubarb monitor gobblygook effects blah blah."

Not an auspicious start. But tonight I'll have another go and it will go swimmingly because I won't have to precede it with several hours of download/install loops. And it IS shiny!

Then I went and read some James Herriot. Because James Herriot makes everything better.

In other news, the government recently reduced funding to industry training by $55 million. This is one of the reasons I'm unimpressed with the deal that's been struck with Warner Brothers re: The Hobbit. I fail to grasp how this deal is anything other than using a convenient excuse to relax employment laws in favour of big business, and the 'industry support' argument falls over in the face of the cuts to other industries in this country that are happening at the same time. As someone on Twitter put it - what other PM would get away with reducing worker rights and giving tax breaks to large offshore corporations, and get applauded for it?

I am not clapping.

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From:anna_en_route
Date:October 27th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
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Herriot (and Durrell( for the win!!!!!

Also the loss of worker's rights really sucks.
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From:phaetonschariot
Date:October 27th, 2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
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Neither am I. I'm pissed the fuck off at the studio and movie team and pissed the fuck off that the union is getting flack for the whole thing.
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From:t_c_da
Date:October 27th, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC)
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And I'm not impressed that it was some Aussie union smartarse that created the stink in the first place. Note that I am an Australian wot is unimpressed with said smartarse - what right has he to screw up the NZ film industry???
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From:tatjna
Date:October 27th, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
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Someone described it as akin to the shearers' problems in the 80s, when the Aussie union had farmers by the short and curlies, and the Kiwis came in and undercut them (they didn't actually, they were just willing to work in conditions the Aussie union wouldn't allow).

Essentially, the Australian union sees NZ actors as 'scab labour' that is uncercutting their industry.

Whether this is right or wrong I'm not sure - to be honest I don't think there is any 'right' answer to this mess. But I would ask, how would The Hobbit look if it were filmed in Australia.
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From:t_c_da
Date:October 27th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
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I was half listening to some commentator (it may even have been Phil Goff) on the radio yesterday saying that Australia had a cracking economy because they had kickstarted the economy in a far more intelligent manner than the NZ government in that they had made tax cuts (as had been done here) but capped the cuts so that the majority went to the bottom of the heap rather than the top (here 48% of the benefit went to the top 20% of earners IIRC) so that in Aussie the workers were happily spending and thus keeping the economy ticking over. Here in NZ, because the bottom end got almost nothing, nobody's spending and the shopkeepers are suffering because of it, and as the shopkeepers are suffering, so the economy's going down the toilet.

National for a second term anyone? Anyone?
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From:laoke
Date:October 28th, 2010 09:19 am (UTC)
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The thing that gets me though is as far as I can tell the whole kefuffle about workers rights etc is around contract workers. And how they don't get sick leave or annual leave or anything like that.

Which is why, when I'm contracting, I build that into my hourly rate. Last time I checked, my hourly rate is bumped up by around 17% or so to provide me with the sick leave / annual leave that non-contract workers get by default.
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From:helianthas
Date:November 1st, 2010 08:03 am (UTC)
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There was an article about the film deal in the New York Times. Since you've been posting a lot about the USA-centric topic, I think I was reading the article with a bit of that in the back of my mind. I couldn't actually follow what the unions were bargaining for -- the main thing I took home was, "Wow, a huge American company just bullied an entire government into changing its labor laws."

IMHO this was not the tenor of the article -- I felt there was a spin in the article that the change in the law was a good thing for the workers and the company and the NZ gov't was just "changing some language" or some-such.

Still, whether in truth the changes will benefit the workers or not, I just couldn't get the sinking feeling that the NZ gov't, if they really wanted the filming to be done in NZ and not lose the business & advertising & benefit that go along with having the film there, had no choice but to bow to Warner's demands and kind of got the shit end of the stick.

And here I go feeling bad about my dominator country again. :/

Edited at 2010-11-01 08:04 am (UTC)
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From:tatjna
Date:November 1st, 2010 09:02 am (UTC)
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Yeah, people are still debating whether or not it's a good thing - on one hand, the filming here brings a lot of money into the country, but that money tends to go straight into the hands of business people (hotel owners, property owners, business owners), who are more likely than not to invest it back offshore.

Meanwhile, I doubt conditions for workers will actually change that much - I've heard that workers on LOTR got pretty rugged terms and conditions too. But what they've done is ensure that workers on The Hobbit will be independent contractors which removes their powers of collective bargaining and means they are hired and fired individually, with few rights to due process should someone decide to sack them on the spot.

In the bigger picture, this government has already pushed through laws that allow a three month 'probation' period for any hired worker, in which they can be sacked without the same rights as permanent staff. So I wouldn't feel too bad - this thing played somewhat into an existing agenda of softening up employment law anyway. But yeah, I doubt there was an available answer that would keep everyone happy, and I don't envy those who were trying to work it out while keeping the Pot O Gold that is what these big movie deals do for our tiny film industry.
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From:tatjna
Date:November 1st, 2010 09:03 am (UTC)
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Oh, there's some (I think) good commentary here about it. That's a Kiwi-flavoured feminist blog.
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