Francisco Gomez Paz and Paolo Rizzatto Give Us “Hope”


Sometimes I find something, whether it be a fixture, a light source, a design, or just a person that I find fascinating and wonderful.  I feel that way about my wife, for example.  The Hope Chandelier from Francisco Gomez Paz and Paolo Rizzatto gives me that kind of a feeling – the Hope Chandelier has been created using pieces of polycrabonate, very thin, to bring a warped glass effect to the fixture.  Hope is math and optics.  I love it.

hope lens detail



Thanks, Freshome and Moco Loco!

An Interesting CFL Project – More Like CFLED

Make Mag had an article about a Make-er that created an LED lamp from a used “CFL ballast case.”  There are several reasons why I(‘m probably not going to recommend that you try this project – it’s not well protected from zapping yourself on mains voltage, you could contaminate your space with Mercury, you could slice yourself with a knife whi.e you’re cutting the top off of the old CFL, and breadboardds aren’t supposed to be used like that.

All that being said, this is an interesting project.  Check out the creator’s website.




Enttec’s Playback, Programming, and Shortcut Interfaces

I read about some of the PC lighting control company Enttec‘s wares tonight – considering I am saving up to buy the Hog 3 PC programming and playback interfaces for use with my WYSIWYG suite (I have a loooong way to go…), these units look pretty cool.  Provided, that is, they would work with the Hog 3 PC software, and connected to my WYSIWYG suite.  Enttec has a programming wing, a playback wing, and a shortcut wing that, hooked together, could make a pretty sweet interface.  Enttec’s software, LightFactory, is what the units are geared for – but they claim that the units work with any PC based lighting control software.  The units connect to the PC via ethernet.

Enttec, these things are great!  I want to know more!

The programming wing:

enttec programming wing

The playback wing:

enttec playback wing

The shortcut wing:

enttec shortcut wing

Lighting Industry Folk and Passports


This is just a quick rumination on a conversation that my good friend Anj and I had the other day over IM…

It was regarding passports, and hiring people to work on a job that happened to be in another country.  My friend was looking for someone to be flown to Germany to do some LED install work, and one of the people she called asked her if they needed a passport.

Hmm.  Traveling overseas to another country means you need a passport, dude.  Does anyone really not have a passport anymore?  I got my first passport right after grad school when I knew I was going to have the possibility of working in another country at some point – even Canada is another country, of course.  The best and worst comment I ever received about traveling to Canada was “why do I need a passport for Canada?  Canada and Mexico are right next door.”


If you’re living a life in the lighting industries, get a passport.  You never know when an awesome opportunity might spring up, and believe me, it ain’t cheap to get it rushed. It’s an additional $60 plus all the fees associated with getting a passport.  To get a United States Passport, go to the US Department of State’s Travel.State.Gov website and get yourself informed about where to go and how to get your passport process kicking.  The passport home is here, and getting info on rushed services is here.  Get your passport already!  Also, when you have a US Passport and have to fill out one of those employment eligibility verification forms, your passport counts as two documents, which can most of the time be awesome.

Weekly WYSIWYG: Importing Floorplans for Maximum Awesome

So I know it’s been a little while since WYSIWYG R23 has been released, but it’s never too late to show some of the pretty fantastic features that it’s packing.  I have a ton of these for you (as there are a ton to show) so I’m breaking them up into smaller posts.

The feature that has significantly made life a bit more simple for me as of the last couple of days is the ability to import an image file as a “floor plan.”  Once this image is in place and scaled (yeah, WYSIWYG scales it for you too), you can draw on top of the floor plan and use it as a map for creating a quick reference to either make a new drawing, copy on top of an old drawing, make some revisions to a drawing that your venue only has half a JPEG file for, or anything else you can come up with.  It’s awesome.  I am doing a show right now, as a matter of fact, that doesn’t have much information about their theatre, and they desperately need that information.  The scenic designer and I have been emailing back and forth with files that are from a non-standard CAD program, and once I was able to find a converter for those files to JPEG or BMP, I was able to pop the theatre into WYSIWYG, quickly 3D-up the plan, and *POW* – I have a working model of the theatre so I can light it.

I am all giggles about this – I have so many old drawings that would brighten the day of many a TD or production manager if they just had a CAD of their eleventy thousand year old hand-drawn blueprint of their venue.  Well thanks, Cast Lighting – DONE and DONE.

Adding the image file is cake – black forest cherry chocolate cake, mmm – and literally as easy as dropping the image in, measuring a line in the image, and telling WYG the length of that line.  Done.  I have to give thanks where thanks are due for this feature, because it saved me about two hours of trying to figure out an unscaled drawing.

A few pointers that I’ve noticed with this process:

  1. Your image needs to be no larger than 2048 x 2048 pixels.
  2. It’s best to crop to the outside edges of your walls before importing an image for the floorplan.  I mean that extra white space in your drawing should be cropped out -  when I dropped in a drawing that was about half of an E sized sheet, WYG wasn’t as happy with rescaling it as it was when I cropped the extra white space out.
  3. You need a bitmap (.BMP), jpeg (.JPG), gif (.GIF), png (.PNG), tiff (.TIFF), or targa (.TGA) image file to use the tool.

Okay, the first step is to click the FILE menu and choose to import floorplan:


Once you click this option, you’re going to get a dialogue box asking you where that pesky image file of your floorplan lives – just a standard dialogue box.  Navigate to your image file and choose it.


Once you’ve told WYSIWYG where that image file is hiding, it’s going to give you a brief description of what’s going to happen next.


You’ll then see that image file.  This is a good example of cutting that extra white space out of the outsides of the image – anywhere on the outside edge of my venue’s walls has to go.  I left this one in here because…  well, because I forgot to take it out and took mine out later, but I thought this would be a good time to show that image with the white space and without.  Below is with the space:


This is the image file without:


Okay, back on track – once you drop the image in the drawing, you’ll need to zoom into the image and give WYSIWYG the gist of some lengths.  If, for example, you have a stage that is 40′-0″ wide, then you’ll move your crosshairs to point A and click (one side of the proscenium) and then at point B and click again (other side of the proscenium).  I had some hard measurements on my drawing, so I chose one.


Once you’ve done the two clicks, WYSIWYG will say “hey drafter, how long’s that line, duder?  (or dudette, you know).  Enter in how long the distance is between your two clicks.


VOILA – WYSIWYG has scaled that floorplan to the correct scale – which in WYG is 1:1 of course – you scale your paper after you’re finished drawing.  As you can see below, my 18′-2″ is 18′-2″!


I hope this has been helpful – I have tons more to post!

What? Ultraviolet Light Glowing Puppies


This has to fall under the What? category, even though I have a beagle, and she is the cutest of the cute.

Scientists in South Korea have developed the world’s first transgenic dog – a dog that produces genes from a different species, in this case, genes from sea anemones.  These puppies make a fluorescent protein that glows red under ultraviolet light.  The puppy’s name?  Ruppy – for Ruby Puppy.

You ready for some cuteness?


This experiment is a proof-of-principle experiment stemming from scientist Woo Suk Hwang’s Snuppy, the world’s first cloned dog – Ruppy is a cloned beagle as well, and we have professor Byeong-Chun Lee of Seoul National University to thank.  Funny enough, Hwang’s work on human cells back in 2005 proved to be pretty much a crock (and very fraudulent, too!) but Snuppy was real.  He failed at man, but he got man’s best friend right, at least.

The bummer part of this experiment as I see it?  These cloned dogs are to be used as stand-ins for human disease research.  Ruppy was created out of a bucket of cute (and sea anemone fibroblasts) to see if it could be done.  The ruppy was mated with some non-transgenic dogs, and the spawned dogs are now spawning their own fluorescent puppies.

Okay, one more bit of cute – now you can go on with your day:


Thanks, New Scientist!

The Earth and its Power Consumption

This is staggering, isn’t it?  The image below, if you click on it, gets much bigger.

earth power

Thanks to my friend Erich who runs Teqniqal Systems – a safety and engineering firm.

X-Ray Awesomeness

These images are light-related because they’re taken with x-rays – but sometimes it’s grand just to see something clever and creative.  User Reintji on Flickr posted a set of photos of mostly gaming consoles and accessories shot under x-ray scans.  These images are very interesting – check them out!

NES x-ray

April 2009’s Top Posts

It’s been a while since I’ve listed the most liked posts from a month – there’s been a lot of news, and it’s kept me busy!  I always find it interesting to see what readers read most.

To no surprise, and for yet another month, the #1 post is about PRG’s Bad Boy.  Congrats, PRG!

2.   Posts tagged with “Chris Kuroda”

3. Stickers!

4.   Feast Your Eyes on Robe’s LIFI Fixture:  ROBIN 3 Plasma Spot

5.   VLX:  Vari-Lite’s LED Wash Luminaire

You Fade to Light

You remember Chris O’Shea?  Chris worked with Cinimod Studio to create a work called Beacon a while back.  Chris just did some more programming on another work, this time an OLED love fest with Philips’ LumiBlade OLEDs and a company in London called rAndom international.  “You Fade to Light” is a project that takes your image and essentially reverses it in large OLED pixels as you pass in front of the interface.  Of course it also makes the exploit of LumiBlade’s ability to be transparent.  Of course.

Check out a video of the work:

“You fade to light” – OLED Installation from rAndom International on Vimeo.