How do you keep the kids from bumping into your laptop at the dance.

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Old_Goat

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Electrified barbed wire over a saline moat? I dunno...it works okay for grown-ups...I can count on one hand the number of times I had anyone actually make it to my gear and only once managed to touch it.

Seriously, though...I spin CDs because I ALWAYS spin CDs. Keeping people away, after all, has been a topic here for years. We all have our ways to keep our discs from being pulled out of order or beer spilled on our panels, (or worse!), why should we expect any different behavior from a less socially practiced demographic?
 

robertbenda

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I find it weird how much some of you work to alienate the kids - I WANT them to come ask me for songs. I always respond to it, including being honest if I have no intention of playing it, or sometimes guessing that I'll be holding it til towards the end of the dance. I want them to know I'm doing my best to listen to want they want.

If a kid is asking for stuff and NOT dancing, I'll talk to them about it - I take chances on songs for kids I see dancing, not for people sitting off to the side.

I put a facade in front of my table, usually flanked by something else like totems or speaker stands. Its rarely been a problem, though there was a fall dance this year where things got tight. That was good, though, because it meant I had 300 kids going on the dance floor.

For spaces where I worry, I have rugs to throw down over cords, or I'll use cafeteria tables to barrier behind me, but I won't prevent them from actually getting to me. Not cool.
 

Arnoldo Offermann

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Electrified barbed wire over a saline moat? I dunno...it works okay for grown-ups...I can count on one hand the number of times I had anyone actually make it to my gear and only once managed to touch it.

Seriously, though...I spin CDs because I ALWAYS spin CDs. Keeping people away, after all, has been a topic here for years. We all have our ways to keep our discs from being pulled out of order or beer spilled on our panels, (or worse!), why should we expect any different behavior from a less socially practiced demographic?


In my experience, most kids are more polite than adults.
 

Ausumm

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In my experience, most kids are more polite than adults.

Depends on what they want.
Kids are more aggressive in asking for something (over and over again) but will listen to you when you explain it.
Adults may not bug you continuously for a request, but they also tend to NOT stop asking when you deny them.

As for the OP,
Hippy Dog is partially correct.
While "Electrified barbed wire over a saline moat" may not be an option...
you can always create a "barrier" that only allows them access to the place(s) you want them to go.
We've used tables, chairs, plants, staging, road cases, and even teachers.
 

DJ Cory Barron

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Hey guys, thanks for all the insight here. For most of these school gigs (as nice as it would be be to have an integrated app for requests) I keep a clipboard and paper pad by my table.
For most of the smaller school dances we use a small rig MacPro, MC-6000, & (2) EV-ZXA5s w/ 2 LED lights O-Clamped to the speaker poles w/ scrims and a table top Facade. The facade cleans up the look while protecting my gear. This way I can still enjoy the interaction with the kids by taking requests and pumping the crowd.
I have found the key is to write down their request in front of them or have them put it on the list themselves. if there's a long list of songs ahead of their request, much more likely to leave you alone for a while if you can't play it right away or don't want to play it.
 
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NickyB

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My laptop sits atop a laptop cooler that is literally screwed onto the sliding shelf in my console. When my laptop is on that cooler, it is then lashed onto the cooler by way of a 1.5" wide velcro strap that goes under the cooler and over the laptop at the bottom edge of the keyboard. No need for me to use the touch pad since I use an external USB trackball to communicate with the laptop as well as an external controller. There is no way that laptop is coming off from a jolt.

Also keep a clipboard and lots of pens (they'll walk) available for requests lists.
 

hippydog

wuz here when it was Red.
I find it weird how much some of you work to alienate the kids - I WANT them to come ask me for songs. I always respond to it, including being honest if I have no intention of playing it, or sometimes guessing that I'll be holding it til towards the end of the dance. I want them to know I'm doing my best to listen to want they want.

If a kid is asking for stuff and NOT dancing, I'll talk to them about it - I take chances on songs for kids I see dancing, not for people sitting off to the side.

I put a facade in front of my table, usually flanked by something else like totems or speaker stands. Its rarely been a problem, though there was a fall dance this year where things got tight. That was good, though, because it meant I had 300 kids going on the dance floor.

For spaces where I worry, I have rugs to throw down over cords, or I'll use cafeteria tables to barrier behind me, but I won't prevent them from actually getting to me. Not cool.
+1
What he said :)
 

hippydog

wuz here when it was Red.
While "Electrified barbed wire over a saline moat" may not be an option...
you can always create a "barrier" that only allows them access to the place(s) you want them to go.
We've used tables, chairs, plants, staging, road cases, and even teachers.
LOL, Teachers! dammit! I never once thought of that.. You sir, are a genius.

Its been years since I did the school dances .. I remember I would usually set up where I was open to my right, but have a table set up behind me (for browsing CD's) and any boxes and equipment to block access to the table..
I would make the ankle biters line up and wait in line, and would only take off my headphones for 30 seconds between songs (just enough for one, maybe two requests) :) ..
Now that i think about it, i kinda do the same thing now LOL
 

Ken Heath

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I keep them from bumping my laptop by never using one!

I use a 1u Dell Poweredge Server... runs cooler, more dependable and rack mounted!
 
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