Grand Theft Lumber: Early Chronicles of the GTA Adventure Community

History

“Probably a Tree” – a song about the trials and tribulations of easy to miss but hard to avoid trees in the game “GTA V”.

I had been responsible for coercing many of our clan’s players to deliberately crash their aircraft in the game for the cause. Composing the music, performing the instruments and singing all of the vocals in the song turned this into a fairly major project for me.

Video footage included several coordinated scenes with direction and effort made by many crew members. This was a LOT of fun during our nightly sessions.

The song and video then went semi-viral around the Reddit GTA community and also reposted by Rockstar Games’s own social club.

I believe the limiting factor in the video’s spread via Rockstar themselves was probably due to the R-rated single F-bomb in the lyrics, although since the topic of the video is about trees, the word was actually fir-kin. I guess a major screw-up on my part for thinking I’d get away with that. 😝

Instruments physically performed in this piece include: the Chinese Erhu, a traditional bowed instrument. The melodica, a wind instrument similar to combining a keyboard with a harmonica, and a regular hand played Concertina. The remainder of the instrumentation was then put together in the digital audio workstation: Renoise.

RedHeat Productions

The original logo was also one of my original contributions to the crew that has apparently stood the test of time. The crew emblem/logo can be put on cars and clothing in-game and is still in use on the GTAX/GTAA Crew (Clan) subreddit.

A few scraps of video of the Rockstar emblem creator used to put together a replica of the Reddit Snoo plus some crew-appropriate attire:

Legendary status accomplished!

Shenanigans afoot

The game Grand Theft Auto V is now multiplatform cross-play on newer consoles and so the two crews merged from the same subreddit- The GTAX Adventure crew for Xbox 360 with the GTA Adventure Crew for Playstation.

There have been other productions created from various crew events- here’s a couple of them for the sake of nostalgia! 😃

Please note that the quality of the video here is absurdly poor as I did not have video capture ability for my Xbox until much later, so these were shot by pointing a HD handy-cam video camera directly at my television screen! 😯🤣

Here are a few more- mostly for the memories.

When we could load North Yankton into multiplayer!
GTAA Does Top Gear Challenge including interviews
Creating a ring of Titan planes to use as a bike track

The Dam Busters was our first real accomplished video coordination effort, following the theme of the original movie including the long title sequence, as was common in that era.

Main Feature Film

Probably a Tree

Keep your eyes peeled- The track is included on the Not Safe for Life compilation coming out (by request of Commissioner Zdah) on April 1st 2022 on all streaming platforms. If you want a preview of the entire compilation, look no further:

Cover Art


Thanks for dropping by, these days while I do now have an Xbox Series S I haven’t really felt the pull of GTAV since I arrived very late to the platform, however I do still game and have spent quite a bit of time in No Man’s Sky.

If you would like to add me on Xbox, my tag is ”redheat” 😃

Update 2021: Eindhoven Airport Building Collapse

History

This story has quite a few development updates, catch up on the previous posts below:

Fully Operational

The brand new, fully rebuilt multipurpose building as it stands today.

A closer look during our 2021 vacation departure from Eindhoven Airport

Update 2020: Eindhoven Airport Building Collapse

History

The Update

The speculation made initially by the early investigators citing the the probable cause as material failure was completely wrong.

After a thorough forensic investigation by the Dutch Safety Board, the actual fault was found and the origin of the fault that caused the collapse was due to an error made by the construction company.

The investigation discovered that load bearing floor panels had been installed with incorrect orientation. The panels were meant to be crossing the pillars laterally and instead they were positioned longitudinally across the support pillars, leading to catastrophic structural integrity failure.

Below is a quote from the official investigation.

Eindhoven Airport and construction company BAM reached an agreement on the financial settlement of the incident of 27 May 2017, in which the parking garage at Eindhoven Airport partially collapsed. Fortunately no casualties occurred during the incident.

At the beginning of April 2018 BAM started with the rebuilding of the parking garage. Completion is planned for October 2019. The parties do not make any further announcements regarding the content of the agreement reached.

“We are pleased that with this agreement we can put a stop to financial settlement and we can focus on the future”, says Joost Meijs, general manager of Eindhoven Airport.

“The settlement fits within the provision made by BAM in the fourth quarter of 2017,” says Jaap Hazeleger, director BAM Bouw en Techniek bv. “The rebuilding is progressing well.”

Eindhoven / Bunnik, 2 January 2019
Source

Dutch Safety Board

The Dutch Safety Board did an interesting video (in English) about this entire story. Check it out!

Update 2018: Eindhoven Airport Building Collapse

Eindhoven Airport Building Collapse

Update 2018

The partially collapsed building has now been completely torn down and another, bigger building exactly the same building but without the epic construction fault has been scheduled to be constructed in its place with an estimated completion date around October 2019.

The damage to the partially collapsed building came to about €22,000,000 (About $25 million US dollars). I am glad it is all sorted out now and look forward to seeing what the airport looks like later in 2019.

Blog – Eindhoven Airport Building Collapse

History

This story has been updated with several new blog posts with new developments.

During the time we spent at the airport there had also been the construction of a new multipurpose building that included several stories of car parking. The building was almost complete and ready to open when a large portion of it suddenly collapsed.

Luckily, the collapse happened on the one day we weren’t there. We had been at the airport every day but one that exact week doing out photo experiments. Thankfully, nobody was injured.