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6 flags over hell

Photo blog surrounding events leading to and just soon after Survival Research Lab's San Jose show August 11 2006. This is our largest, no-holds barred, permitted show in the Bay Area in about a decade. The show is unofficially known as 6 Flags Over Hell until Mark blesses it with the usual SRL long title for big shows. Dante's Inferno is the theme for the show

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Night Activity

Doug Sutton and Sandra Lee leave after long day of work:

Big Walker up close:

Michael Shiloh and Terry Barsoom weld a stand for the Conveyor Belt to Hell (or was it the Stairway to Hell that Karen Marcelo has to put the belt around and oil) but didn't do instead drilled holes sloo owly for the stands instead.

Oops look what Chip Flynn left behind:

Of course there's always time to set something off. So what that it's midnight:

As usual Mark Pauline works away till the dark side of morning but not before Bob Taylor gives Mark the alternative to coffee:

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

11 More Days Till Show Time!

We are getting close to Load Out! Kimric Smythe has attached the 6-Barrelled Shockwave Cannon to his Tug and is armorizing it. The hood ornament will be something really protective like a baby's head.

Michael Shiloh tries to take apart this lovely little retro-Flash Gordon motor for the Conveyor Belt to Hell. Of course he can't do it by himself so Chris Bohren and Terry Barsoom demonstrate the Russian Dance method of taking old motors apart:

Babalou, David Calkins, and Simone Davalos Security Crew:

Some machines pulled out:


Running Machine

Jaws which was last seen in face-off with the Inchworm in the movie Bitter Message of Hopeless Grief
This robot was driven by Stu Mark's guinea pig. The only animal trained to operate a SRL machine

The Air Launcher

Pitching Machine Ammo

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Crew Gallery

Babalou and Mark Pauline kick off this week's crew meeting

Jon Sarriugarte in front of the Pope and Double Dong
Joanne Bloomfield and John Rogers
SRL love

Endorsing each other (crew endorses crew/friends of crew via T-shirt):

Jon wears a Smythe Accordion Shop t-shirt and Karen has on an old Peoplehater one

Liam wearing F-Space and Liisa's Crime Inc (one of Sergio's)

Nina shoots the scene Mike welds something


It's dark in the shop. Big Walker on Mark's truck outside

Bob Taylor pops a wheelie

After hours some of the crew head over for some silliness over at Karen's party

Mr. Satan v2006

One of the oldest machine props at SRL is Mr. Satan. We are resurrecting him by 3D scanning the old one and creating a new one out of that.
The original.

Click on this for a different, much larger view

This is the new one being tweaked on by Mark Pauline and David Gessel

Stack of sneakies next to the Inchworm and Chris Bohren giving Violet a hand:

Mark Pauline

Theresa Tranh cuts a pipe
Jon Sarriugarte and Mark Pauline go over Dual Mule parts
George Homsy works on the Pitching Machine

Michael Shiloh coding away in the Beaver Hut
Nina Alter and Sarah Boyd

Conveyor Belt to Hell and Other Props

This conveyor belt to hell is the new prop Mark got. We are also digging out another *really* old machine that hasn't seen action since A Scenic Harvest from the Kingdom of Pain ('80s!) - the Stairway to Hell. Golden cow heads will be placed on the stairway, sent up to the top of the conveyor belt to hell, funnelled through it and into a new cow head 'processing' machine at the bottom. Will the audience have to watch out for splattered cow brains?

Violet Blue makes the lexan 'walls' to the conveyor belt for cow head processing/viewing pleasure:

Another view of the conveyor belt with the Pulse Jets on the Hovercraft and the new Angry Inch the Cyclops got after he was neutered last week:

Mark got this weird thing at HMR as well. Next to it, not really quite a Centaur, this thing still keeps being referred to as the Cyclops and amazingly everyone knows what everyone means:

Here's a better view of the angry inch and Joanne Bloomfield priming it for some red glitter. Just like a baboon (well maybe a Vegas baboon):

The legs of this devil go-go dancer and the top half hangs above the shop entrance. Unusual amount of wood by the door for what is normally a metal and steel zone: