Enter “Sandy”

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve updated, but there has been a lot going on behind the scenes….and hurricane Sandy made her presence felt. Thankfully, she spared us for the most part, but VERY high winds and minor flooding has still slowed things down. I hope they get things back going down in NYC and NJ….I can’t imagine the hurt all those people are feeling right now.

So, I’ve been trying to finish a few projects (real work) so that I can update my editing system before I start digging into the edit of this film. A new version of the NLE software I use has been released, but as always, it’s never as easy as it seems to upgrade these days. I needed a new power supply and video card in order to use some of the cool new features. The first power supply I purchased came to me DOA…and after installing it…and ripping it apart a few times, I decided there was nothing I could do and sent it back for a replacement (what fun). The new one just came the other day, but one rule I always stick to is; NEVER upgrade when you’re in the middle of a project!  Thus, I am now waiting to finish a few things before the upgrade.

On another note, a fellow speed bagger is heading down to Australia and has offered to shoot an interview and get some footage of a few baggers “down-under”!  This is a great help and now I’ll be able to show the ‘Australian Style’ too. (BIG thanks to Biff for taking this on during his vacation).

….that’s about all to report today….and Happy Halloween.


SuperBagger Ataraxis!

I’ve been a little lax in updating the blog (although I don’t think anyone really reads these) so it’s time.

A couple of weeks ago, I made another road trip down to the beautiful town of Woodstock, NY.  I love that town and was lucky enough to spend time there back in 1983 …when I was recording an album with the band I was a member of at Bearsville Studios. I only wish I remember more about it! Nuf-said.

I was there to interview what I would call one of the ‘SuperBaggers’ I met at SPEED B.A.G. III, Speedbag Ataraxis.  He’s a great guy, very interesting and an amazing speed bagger and punchdrummer.  I was able to spend an afternoon interviewing him, getting his thoughts on the speed bag and shooting some great bagging footage.  Ataraxis (which IS a word, look it up) is a personal trainier by profession and integrates the speed bag into the training of his clients and although not everyone ‘takes’ to it, he has spawned a few more addicts.  I have to thank him (and his better half) for a great day in the Catskills!

Since that trip, the research continues into the history of the speed bag.  Until next time…..