InLight Gobos Now Offers Online Ordering!

Yeah, that first night in a hotel when I have a big presentation the next morning is always a wash.  Always.  I’m in Orlando, at LDI, getting ready to teach

I don’t write about press releases unless I believe that there’s something to talk about, and I just got a good one.  InLight Gobos is now offering ONLINE ORDERING.  I heard about some other cool stuff that’s coming from InLight Gobos, but if I told you, I’d have to kill you.  I mean, figuratively of course, but not in the Shakespearean way.  Sorry, I’m just not that kind of girl!  Guy!  You know what I mean.

Rick Hutton, president of InLight Gobos (and just a stellar guy) sent this:

Dallas, TX (October 25, 2011) – InLight Gobos has opened a new online shop at http://www.inlightgobos.com/catalog/.  Developed to provide added convenience and value to customers and prospective customers, InLight Gobos Online Shop features their full inventory of color, greyscale and black & white gobos.

InLight Gobos offers a wide variety of color, greyscale and monochrome patterns for catalog reproduction.  All patterns are available in a variety of sizes to fit most projectors and lighting fixtures on the market, and the Online Shop provides customers with a fast and convenient way to order glass gobos 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Customers simply select a category, then choose the gobo pattern, size and quantity and required sizes. Orders are shipped within 3 days from order date, with faster shipping available if needed.

“We wanted to bring a higher level of convenience to our customers,” says company President, Rick Hutton, “Our entire catalog of stock gobos are available for viewing online, making it convenient for new clients and those already familiar with our extensive line of designs , online shopping made sense.  We’re confident that our customers will find it to be an excellent complement to our services and customer care efforts.”

The Online Shop can be accessed directly at http://www.inlightgobos.com/catalog/ and is also featured on the company’s home page.

InLight Gobos was formed in 2002 with a simple mission to bring the best quality glass gobos at a competitive price to the lighting and entertainment industries; this mission still stands today. Over the years InLight Gobos has continued to bring new innovations to the lighting and projection industry. In partnership with Beacon SSR Stage Light AB, their patented process allows them to produce the most detailed and thinnest full-color gobos in the market.

Awesome.  If you’ve ever used Rick’s glass, you know that there is no other.

Sunday JimOnLight.com Flickr Group Photo Pool

It’s been a little while.  I’ve been pretty swamped – this time of year always seems to really kick my butt.  October has historically always been the busiest month of the year for me.  What’s your busiest month of the year, typically?

This is a cool day for the JimOnLight.com Flickr Group Photo Pool – some excellent work developing there, please check it out!  I love to share.  You also need to check out my special web ninja’s Flickr group, Today’s Sun.  It is absolutely chock full of awesome.  Here’s a few highlights:

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Burning Clouds

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Whispy clouds with a happy little tree.

…and now, the Sunday JimOnLight.com Flickr Pool Post!

cocoon shape : an innovative design?

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OutInChi Launch Party

Horse Drawn To Water

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Tap Kids! 2011 Showcase

Crepuscular Rays

Awesome.

$35,000 Per Life, and A Search Warrant for IATSE #30 – Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse Update

So, it’s been a little while since we’ve had to see the images of the Indiana State Fair collapse during the Sugarland show on the grandstand. I want everybody to see some of these images again, I think the only way to freshly get it in your head is to see what happened.

First this happened:

Then all of these people did this:

I just read two articles on the collapse and the aftermath. One of them said that the families of the fallen concertgoers were each given $35,000 for their dead loved one and that the Indiana State Fair attendance is lagging due to the “incident,” the other article said that the IATSE Local in Indianapolis, IATSE #30, is experiencing some grind from the lawyers from the state of Indiana. From an article at the Indy Star:

Lawyers for the state and a stagehands union are working on an agreement to turn over documents relating to the Indiana State Fair stage collapse.

A lawyer for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 30 said Wednesday that he was willing to hand over apprenticeship training files on stagehands who were working at the fair when the accident occurred Aug. 13.

Local 30 stopped the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration from conducting a search of its Indianapolis union hall last week. The agency had obtained a search warrant requesting employment disciplinary records, apprenticeship training records, certificates, licenses and other documents.

“We are trying to resolve this in a nonadversarial way,” said William Groth, the lawyer for the union. “We want to cooperate. We just think a search warrant is the nuclear option.”

Marion Superior Court Judge David Shaheed on Wednesday extended a stay of the search warrant until Nov. 3.

Chetrice Mosely, a spokeswoman for the Department of Labor, said “both sides have agreed to enter a discussion as to how to resolve this. Our goal is to get the records so we can do a comprehensive investigation,” she said.

This is a real bummer. I don’t really have much to comment on about this, I just wanted to share these two stories, as this is still fresh in the hearts of the families and IA brothers and sisters still mourning the loss of their cherished.

Then there was this article

INDIANAPOLIS — Two high-level investigations into the fatal Indiana State Fair stage collapse may not be released in time to help prepare for next year’s fair, the fair’s director said Tuesday.

Indiana State Fair Executive Director Cindy Hoye told a group of lawmakers that information from separate investigations into the stage collapse that killed seven people may not be complete until mid-April.

The state has typically done much of its work for its three-week-long summer fair by that point.

The state hired international engineers Thornton Tomasetti to investigate the wreckage of the stage.

The state also hired Witt Associates to assess the fair’s emergency preparations. Witt has completed much of its work but will wait until the engineers complete their investigation before issuing a report together with them, Hoye said.

“We’re progressing right now with looking at our emergency preparations, we’re doing a lot of front end work,” Hoye said after the meeting. “I think that report will clarify and put a snapshot on some of the things we need to do.”

There is more to this article of course, here – what we should be taking away from this whole thing is the amazing amount of bureaucratic inflighting and policy clouding will be involved with the results of the collapse by that time.  Let’sd hope not much – but we can all watch the news and determine how good this situation is going to come about once it becomes filled with politics.  I sincerely hope for the sake of the hearts of those involved that this time is the one exception.

 

Sebastian Brajkovic’s Lathe-Made Lamp

This is a pretty cool lamp, I must say!  Dutch designer Sebastian Brajkovic has created this, and a bunch of other very beautiful lathed pieces, for the New York Pavilion of Art and Design Show in the city.  The PAD show is Friday 11th November through Monday 14th November, 2011.  There are going to be some pretty cool pieces of work at the show, so if you’re around during that time, I highly recommend checking it out!

Sebastian’s lamp is lathed from aluminum and hard anodized – lovely work!

This is another piece from the Lathe series – it’s a beautiful console wall table called, funny enough, “console.”

Beautiful.

Thanks, DesignBoom!

The North American Nebula

Pardon the late afternoon post, I’m rocking some kind of stomach flu today. What an interesting day – this morning, not even water could take residence in my stomach.  I tried, but the water said “I’M OUT!”

Light from the universe is pretty cool.  There is a large nebula that has a quaint resemblance to the North American continent (which is funny enough called The North American Nebula) that is sometimes visible on really dark nights.  What makes this nebula cool is that as you filter out certain wavelengths of light (like the IR spectrum or UHC filters), our perception of the light from the nebula changes.  The shape really kind of goes away altogether, but who cares – that mass of points and bands of light and color is absolutely amazing.

Check out this image – it’s a quad image from wikipedia of the North American Nebula, but with filters in place for each image:

(You have got to see this one full size.  Seriously.)

This is an amazing thing – I know that there are some serious nerds who read JimOnLight.com, hopefully you all read the NASA Image of the Day gallery, this was the post from yesterday:

From the NASA Image of the Day post from October 18:

This swirling landscape of stars is known as the North America Nebula. In visible light, the region resembles North America, but in this image infrared view from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, the continent disappears.

Where did the continent go? The reason you don’t see it in Spitzer’s view has to do, in part, with the fact that infrared light can penetrate dust whereas visible light cannot. Dusty, dark clouds in the visible image become transparent in Spitzer’s view. In addition, Spitzer’s infrared detectors pick up the glow of dusty cocoons enveloping baby stars.

Clusters of young stars (about one million years old) can be found throughout the image. Some areas of this nebula are still very thick with dust and appear dark even in Spitzer’s view. 

The Spitzer image contains data from both its infrared array camera and multi-band imaging photometer. Light with a wavelength of 3.6 microns has been color-coded blue; 4.5-micron light is blue-green; 5.8-micron and 8.0-micron light are green; and 24-micron light is red. This image is from February 2011.

This is totally worth a few minutes, check out this video – it breaks down the nebula with visible and invisible light filters and details. Unbelievably beautiful.

A Solar Condensation Water Filter – Totally Random.

I have been working so much and so frequently on a multi-float Halloween parade entry I’ve designed with so much help from co-designer Ashley Bellet (who is an outstanding costume designer, by the way).  All I can think about in my non-work-time is going camping with two good friends, Roger and Ru, so I have been thinking a lot lately about camping and the kind of nerd stuff that I like to try when camping.  It’s almost as if camping represents some kind of peaceful non-work place where there are magic bottles of Shiner Bock just begging me to drink them, and the breeze coming off of the lake is as good as zoning out in front of the TV.

Solar water condensation filters – have you seen anything like this before?  This is the kind of stuff I dreamed in my head as a kid – my folks gave me this awesome little 18X24 drafting set when I was 8 or 9, I don’t remember.  I used to draw this kind of stuff in my room with my little t-square and 30-60-90 triangle.  I also came up with a flying ninja space wagon, a large rocket that could drive my GI Joes around the house, and for some reason, plan views of my little imaginary mountain towns… OF THE FUTURE.

Do you have any idea what it is I’m rambling about here?  From Len McDougall’s The Self-Reliance Manifesto: How to Survive Anything Anywhere:

 

Another way to go about this is by taking a large container and a small container and some plastic wrap to make a sort-of crock-pot style water catcher – like this:

Nothing major, imagine a black aluminum pan or a bucket, even – and inside, a smaller jar that will collect the condensate.  Over the top of the large container should be a piece of clear (or at least very translucent) plastic wrap that acts as the “airtight” barrier between the water environment and the outside air, and a little rock.  Like, a rock – not like Lynyrd Skynyrd.  When you put the rock in the center of the plastic wrap, you’ve created a little funnel that pretty much directs the water right into the collecting container!  Now how simple and awesome is that?!

Ok.  Back to your breakfast.  Just a total random bit of my brain, interjecting itself onto the world.

 

Hot, Steamy, Sexy Solar Power – ALL NIGHT LONG!

Doesn’t that just sound like the biggest nerd pr0n video of all time?!

I just saw an article over at ThinkProgress.org about a solar power plant in Spain that is using reflected solar thermal power to heat salts that stay molten for a long time, and then using that heat during the evening hours to maintain a constant stream of collected energy to electricity for customer demand.  The idea of using hundreds of heliostats to focus daytime sun onto essentially a bucket of something to collect solar energy is not new, we’ve been doing it for a long time.  It’s always interesting, however, exactly what stories get peoples’ attention.  I’m always grateful whenever cool tech makes regular news.

PS, a heliostat is the combination of a very, very specular mirror of the planar variety (usually) that is attached to something that makes it continually point so that it is focusing its reflected beam of light onto a target.  When you put several hundred of these things together in a field shining at something like they use in solar thermal collection, you get beams of light that create some of the most intense melting heat we know on Earth.  Like this:

Here’s the video from CNN:

Thanks for the image, Wikipedia!

SpongeBob’s Aurora Borealis – San Diego’s Red Tide

Over the last few weeks in the San Diego area (and I’m guessing several locations within a few tens of miles from there, too), a strange thing has been happening – at night, the tide is glowing.  The rolling waves of water are emanating a crazy dim glow, almost as if it’s dreaming – whenever I see the ocean in my head, it’s always sleeping, I have no idea why.  Check out this amazing video:

Meet the little dinoflagellate that’s causing all of this awesome low-level illuminating beauty:

This is Lingulodinium Polyedrum, also known as the little dinoflagellate that is responsible for Red Tides and mollusk death during these periods of “red” tides, is not poisonous to humans, according to biological oceanographer Peter Franks.  Dr. Franks teaches at the University of Southern California at San Diego, and is a pretty intelligent dude.  I came across an article that was a back-and-forth email exchange between Dr. Franks and Miriam Goldstein of Deep Sea News.  On the subject of Red Tides making you sick and WHY they are bioluminescent:

Frequently asked question number 2: Why do the dinoflagellates bioluminescence?

As far as we know (which is surprisingly not very far) the bioluminescence both deters grazers of the dinoflagellates (who likes eating food that flashes in your mouth?), and also attracts the predators of the grazers which are mostly visually oriented organisms such as fish (the so-called “burglar hypothesis”).

Frequently asked question number 3: When I surf in a red tide I get sick (ear aches, sinus infections, etc.). Why?

My usual answer is that you should bathe more. Or at least check to see whether you get sick when there isn’t a red tide.

However … a student of mine (Meg Rippy – please give her a postdoc) has some evidence that red tides can decrease the mortality of human pathogenic bacteria that get into the nearshore waters. These bacteria normally die pretty quickly; they may die slower during a red tide, perhaps due to the increased amounts of organic material in the water. So perhaps your ear infection is because of other bacteria that are present in higher concentrations in a red tide than they would normally be. (Please give us funding to pursue this.)

It seems as though this is something that will have more explanation in the future as we discover more about the dinoflagellates and how they chemically interact.  Stay tuned!

Dr. Franks had a cool experiment to try – get a clear bottle and fill it with knee-deep tide water.  Take the bottle home and stick in the dark for a few hours, and then shake it in the dark.  The Lingulodinium Polyedrum will release some bioluminescent material into the water!  If you add ammonia, says Dr. Franks, all of the Lingulodinium Polyedrum will dump ALL of their bioluminescent material all at once, like a little fireworks show in a bottle!  This is, however, terminal to the dinoflagellates.  If this kills your conscience, don’t do it.  I, however, cannot wait to have some blue fireworks in a bottle!

Thanksa, Species Identification!

Krstyna Pojerova’s Glass Greenhouse Lamp

This lamp design project is quite an interesting mix of two things we really need – illumination (in the form of a pendant lamp), and perhaps a miniature herb garden…  ABOVE THE KITCHEN TABLE!

Check out designer Krstyna Pojerova‘s Glass Greenhouse Lamp – and a bit about the lamp from Krstyna’s “web gallery” as she calls it:

The Glasshouse is a designer lamp which aims to satisfy the desire for fresh herbs in a city kitchen.  Its shape was inspired by growth of plants.  The herbs are planted inside the glass lamp along its wall in a kind of gutter around a central opening.  This opening not only facilitates easy access to the herbs and the passage of light from an electric bulb hanging up in the lamp but it also ensures adequate ventilation enhancing natural microclimate.  All this is basically about making use of the otherwise useless waste heat of the bulb. You can easily regulate the bulb with a dimmer placed over the lamp.

Krstyna is a student at AAAD in Prague – and she has some interesting projects in her repertoire!  Like this one, for example:

Krstyna, I dig the way you think!

Thanks, DesignBoom!