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Dust and Diesel – Sign of life, part 3 – 05.01.2013

January 8th, 2013 Posted in Backstage Tags: , ,

We’re having a day off in Dakhla – getting the cars fixed (the axle suspension of one of the cars broke – got fixed for 30 €) and relaxing. With 20°C at the beach, that’s easy.

At the moment, we are in the Western Sahara, a politically disputed region, which Morocco claims for itself. Morocco is attemting – without success –  to fill this region with life by building ghost towns in the middle of nowhere. There are houses for over 50 families – but the only occupants are guards, who protect the area. Very bizarre.

Our route took us from Guelmin to Laayoune and then ultimately to Dakhla. Not far from Laayoune, we stayed in a dune camp overnight, located along a tidal flat. Sand, all around sand. After that, the track was straight on. Sometimes you couldn’t see the end of the road, only a flicker at the horizon.

Once our fuel got scarce and we needed to use one of our spare canisters. It’s very wise to use fuel canisters here, as one of the gas stations simply didn’t have enough fuel for all cars. That is how it is in the Western Sahara.

The situation is pretty relaxed in general, only interrupted by some police controls, which are friendly most of the time due to our „Rallye humanitaire“. Small presents shorten the waiting time.

However, tomorrow we will have to wait a bit longer, as we’re going to Mauritania. You can spend several hours at the border. The route goes through a mine field. We’re  looking forward to seeing the no man’s land as well as visiting the children of the aepn project in Nouadhibou, who we are to meet tomorrow.

After that, we will drive into the desert in convoy with military protection. We’ll be driving on sand, through dunes and on the beach – let’s see, how our „red flash“ will handle it. We’re confident ‘though.

In Mauritania, the connection may be bad. But I’ll try to send a sign of life from there, too.

Bye for now,

Michael

  

Lichtspielhaus celebrates with Steinigke into the new year

January 7th, 2013 Posted in EUROLITE, FUTURELIGHT, References

How better can you begin the new year than with a great party? That was the thought of the persons in charge at the discotheque “Lichtspielhaus” in Marktheidenfeld. That’s why they organized the big “New Year’s Eve Party” – with good music, the best atmosphere and support from Steinigke Showtechnic. Until the morning hours, 400 party people celebrated the start into the year 2013.

Happy new year to all our customers and friends!

 

 

The Lichtspielhaus used the following equipment:

3 x EUROLITE AT-DIMM 8 DMX Dimmer DC 24V/6A

10 x EUROLITE LED IP Strip 150 5m RGB 24V

1 x EUROLITE VLS-1200RGB 40k Show laser

1 x EUROLITE HE Laser Software with Interface

2 x EUROLITE LED FE-600 Flower effect

2 x FUTURELIGHT EYE-60 Moving Head Wash

2 x EUROLITE LSD-25 IP44 (H)1.6m x (B)1.2m

1 x EUROLITE LSD AIO und 1 x MADRIX dvi Software

4 x FUTURELIGHT DMH-1 LED Moving Head

5 x EUROLITE LED BAR-252 RGB 10mm 20°

4 x EUROLITE LED IP T1000 RGB 10mm 20°

20 x LED Christmas ball 6cm

20 x LED Christmas ball 6cm

Dust and Diesel – Sign of Life part 2 – 03.01.2013

January 4th, 2013 Posted in Backstage Tags: , ,

Marrakech was a dream, like of 1000 and one nights: a big hustle and bustle, an endlessly big crowd with snake charmers, juggler, music and a lot of food. Drove through Agadir to Guelmin then. This is where the civilisation ends and the steppe begins.

We’re just  getting the car of one participant fixed, the shock absorbers are broken: We drove on the first track with slanting and a river crossing yesterday. Our bus does a good job.

Slept on the estate of an former rallye driver yesterday, Fort bou jerif. Today we have an hop of 200 km from Tantan in southern direction to the Sahara.

Bye for now!

Photo © by Albert Backer

Dust and Diesel – Sign of Life part 1 – 31.12.2012

January 2nd, 2013 Posted in Backstage Tags: , ,

We are on the black continent, more precisely, in Morocco. And this Morocco is fascinating. It’s a mixture between the connection to Europe and the oriental Africa. Most streets are better than we thought, however, this is the first country where I can understand that you drive an SUV, if you’re rich enough.The majority of course, the people without money, drive Mercedes Benz. In all versions. If Cuba is the country for American oldtimers, Morocco is the counterpart for Mercedes. Especially popular are the classic limousines like the W123, the good old 190 D and the 207 busses. The company from Stuttgart should send their marketing department down here – there is no better proof for endurance!

At the moment, we are in Marrakech. We have driven through Tarifa and Fes, the Atlas Mountains – they are, by the way, so high, that at an altitude of over 2000 meters, we drove past snow and had to be careful on the icy streets. This is Africa, too! At the moment, the landscape is pretty diverse. The vegetation (very green in general) seems to change in every bend. There’s everything from mandarin trees to coniferous forests and palm trees.

Tomorrow, on New Year’s Day, we will visit Marrakech. Everybody is looking forward to taste the local cuisine at the main square, the Jemaa el Fna.

Until now, we’re still in the stable part of Africa, with compulsory schooling and an organised life (even though we as Germans need to get used to this type of organisation, but it works). I will keep on reporting about what awaits us further south – more adventures, for sure!

Bye for now, Michael

  

The cheap alternative

January 2nd, 2013 Posted in EUROLITE

Controlling light is hardly conceivable without DMX today. However, many users shy away from high costs for devices and software. But there is a cheaper solution with the EUROLITE USB-DMX512-PRO Interface:

The device is the interface between PC or laptop and your DMX devices. It works with freeware programs like Freestyler, which can be downloaded from the internet for free.  This way, 512 DMX channels can be controlled. Expensive programs are not necessary therefore.

The interface works with the program Freestyler from version 3.37 on and the OS Microsoft Windows from Windows XP on. It’s perfect for users, who are not afraid of using the PC and who don’t need expensive programs.

For more information about the interface and the minimum requirements for the PC or laptop, take a look to our shop.