Sunday Flickr Pool Photos

It’s an interesting day here in Oklahoma City, as it’s January and feels like April.  Yeah.  I can’t wait to get out of this state, we do not like each other!

On the other side of the rainbow, there are some excellent Flickr Group photos today!  The first one just gives me the shivers because of the depth of the silver in the grain.  Beautiful.

Dear mama


Long Exposure

Boston Thunderstorm

Lines of Continuity

Happy Birthday, Jim!

Say it with me everybody…Happy Birthday, Jim! That’s for two guys I work with daily – James Watt and our very own Jim Hutchison! Okay, I don’t physically work with Mr. Watt, but you get what I mean, right?

Jim has written an article previously about James Watt. You should certainly (re)read it since all of us should understand the background of which our entire industry measures power. Check out the Wikipedia article on the unit of watt if you need a refresher.

Here are a few events that occurred on this day:
1736 – James Watt, Scottish inventor, was born.
1883 – The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey.
1915 – George Claude, of Paris, France, patented the neon discharge tube for use in advertising signs.

Thanks to Wikipedia and the rest of the non-censored interwebs for keeping documentation on our history available!


Today is a pretty interesting day in political history.  Today is the day that Reddit goes black from 8am to 8pm EST to protest the Protect IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act.  This is also the day that a hearing is taking place about these two bills being pushed through Congress – and there are a lot of amazing brains testifying today in front of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about how these two bills are going to kill the Internet as we know it.

From an article in The Hill, House Oversight Committee Chair Darrell Issa:

“An open Internet is crucial to American job creation, government operations, and the daily routines of Americans from all walks of life,” Issa said. “The public deserves a full discussion about the consequences of changing the way Americans access information and communicate on the Internet today.”

Also, from an article at Ars Technica, Consumer Electronics Association CEO Gary Shapiro:

“The bill attempts a radical restructuring of the laws governing the Internet,” said CEO Gary Shapiro. “It would undo the legal safe harbors that have allowed a world-leading Internet industry to flourish over the last decade. It would expose legitimate American businesses and innovators to broad and open-ended liability. The result will be more lawsuits, decreased venture capital investment, and fewer new jobs. The significant potential harms of this bill are reflected by the extraordinary coalition arrayed against it. Concerns about SOPA have been raised by Tea Partiers, progressives, computer scientists, human rights advocates, venture capitalists, law professors, independent musicians, and many more. Unfortunately, these voices were not heard at today’s hearing.”

One more poignant one, from Representative Zoe Lofgren, regarding the expert opinion letter that she asked Dr. Leonard Napolitano, Internet Security Expert and the Director of the Sandia National Laboratories’ Center for Computer Sciences and Information Technologies to write on the SOPA and PIPA mess:

“This analysis from one of our nation’s top cybersecurity experts is the definitive word that this legislation would undermine Internet security efforts and would harm the Internet. Dr. Napolitano and his team are tasked with securing our cyber infrastructure. Their assessment as experts at our national lab gives us the final answer as to whether these bills would endanger our security. They would.” 

You know, this affects us all.  If you use the Internet, if you’re reading this message, the SOPA and PIPA affect you.  If you like (which, quite frankly low on the totem of importance in this issue), this affects you.  As PIPA is written now, if we were to post even a link to something on the site and someone disagreed with me linking to them or to their content, they could just sue us, and then block the site from the web.  How far are we all gonna let this go, folks?

Watch this:

Then check this out – from

Where do YOU stand?  How do you like your internet?

Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.

Here are some additional resources on SOPA and PIPA – get yourself informed.  Ignorance is not an option or an excuse, not anymore.

Thanks to Questionable Topic for the photo!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Benjamin Franklin!

What?!  It’s that time of year again, it’s the time to scream HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BEN FRANKLIN!  Nevermind the fact that he’s dead, he was one cool mopho, and should be celebrated.

When people all across Ben Franklin’s close-minded little world said to him, BEN!  PLEASE don’t tie a key to a kite and fly it in a rainstorm, GOD will smite you, Ben Franklin just said hey f*ck you, I’m about to prove some serious scientific sh*t here.  

It was serious.  It was scientific.  AND, he was a LADIES’ MAN, all the same!  Check out my original HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN post!

Thanks, Motifake!

Sh*t Photographers Say

I have a lot of photog friends for some reason.  I was sitting here thinking about this and I realized that OF COURSE I have a lot of photographer pals, I’m a f*cking lighting designer, Jim, ya dumb dumb!

I hope this brings you a laugh, I made three phone calls because of it and had more laughs!

Good MORNING, everyone!  It’s FRIDAY THE 13th!

The image at the top was from a pretty funny gallery of photographer shots, check it out!

Should YOU Join United Scenic Artists Local 829?

I just read an absolutely outstanding article on joining United Scenic Artists Local 829, written by Andrew Griffin, @afgld on Twitter.  I myself am a United Scenic Artists Local 829 member, in the category of Lighting Designer, of course!  I mean, I know I’m well-known for my illustrious costume designs for RuPaul and all, but my heart goes out to light.

If you’re deciding on whether or not to join up or try to take the test and join up, you need to read Andrew’s article.  Hands down.

Dangers of Natural Gas [Infographic]

I just ran across this great infographic about how Natural Gas compares to sustainable forms of power generation and collection.  It’s pretty eye-opening; even Uranium mining looks fairly attractive when compared to natural gas, and that’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard all week.  I’ve posted a 650px version of the infographic, but this thing is beautiful and informative – so go to check out the original!

Switch Lighting’s New Liquid-Cooled LED A-Lamps?

Now, I know what you’re thinking – well, unless it’s hey, I wonder where I put the remote

Switch Lighting has come out with an absolutely beautiful series of lamps that are being tested right now in “several distinct hospitality properties.”  This thing is absolutely beautiful, as are Switch Lighting’s other LED A-lamp designs, holy crap – it’s got panache, it’s got beautiful design, and this cooling liquid inside the dome with the LEDs.  Oh, just check it out – this particular flavor of Switch lamp is the Switch75 (which is a 75W LED lamp, of course, and you can tell from its blue collar!)

Ok, this thing is pretty beautiful, to be sure!  I love the design; just alone, the design is fairly similar to most of the LED A-lamp replacements out there with regards to form.  Heat sink on the bottom, LED dome and some kind of diffuser or magnifier on top, but this one just looks different.  I love how the heat sink continues up into the LED dome, which is filled with a liquid of some sort – I am guessing a mineral oil or some kind of paraffin oil, possibly?  We’ll find out when Switch makes that public!  Something to note is how the LED structure wraps around and attaches to the heat sink – it’s almost as if they used such little material to get the most efficient heat dissipation possible.  If you work with LEDs, you know that heat that they generate is an enemy of their output and life.

More beautiful photos:

Here’s the Switch60 – you can tell it’s 60W because it’s got a red collar:

That thing is just sexy, there are no if’s, and’s, or but’s about it.  I originally saw this post at a great blog called Jetson Green – and I remembered that, wait a minute, somebody tried this before, I wrote about it!  Now, all things aside, the Switch Lighting lamps and the one I wrote about in 2009 are completely different lamps in every regard.  Check it out – this is the EternaLEDs Hydralux-4 liquid-cooled LED lamp.  It’s only 25W, it’s MUCH different than the Switch lamps, and it’s sitting now in my big box o’ lamps:

It’s just a different lamp, completely – fully glass, the liquid is similar to paraffin oil, and there is no heat sink.  It has a frosted top diffuser either formed or blasted into the envelope of the lamp around the LED element.  The only differences are the liquid and the LED parts, really, but I think it is important to see an early version of the liquid-cooled LED technology.  These lamps are no longer offered at EternaLEDs; I did find an old blog post of theirs though that talks a bit about the old Hydralux-4.  It was also featured in a 2009 issue of Popular Mechanics as one of the Top 12 Must-Have Products.  Crazy, huh?

I for one am pretty excited to see how Switch does liquid-cooled LED lamps.  The nerd in me wants to know info on output and efficacy!  Here’s where I kick and scream and beat my fists until no one gives me the info I need.

ELS and the Family of Danilo Morales Need Our Thoughts Today.

The good folks at Entertainment Lighting Services in Sun Valley, California need our thoughts today – actually yesterday when they tweeted about it was the start, and even before that.  If you’ve worked in the industry, you know or have worked with ELS.  Unfortunately they’re suffering the loss of one of their warehouse team, Danilo Estuerdo Morales.  Dilo, as they called him, was shot Monday evening, January 9, trying to help his grandfather, who was being mugged and assaulted by three men.  They shot him while they were running away.  Dilo was 25.  These three scumbags are still at large.  If you’re out there and you know something, give the Los Angeles Police Department a call, please.  From the LAPD Blog, who already has a post up about Dilo’s murder (EXCELLENT work, LAPD BLOG):

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of the suspect vehicle or the location of the suspects is being asked to notify either Detective Castro or Detective O’Donnell, North Hollywood Homicide Detectives at 818-623-4075. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.

We’re really sorry to hear of Dilo’s passing.  If you read this, take a second and send some good vibes to Dilo’s family and the ELS family out there on the West Coast and across America.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Stephen Hawking!!!

WHOA!  I can’t believe I almost missed this – dude!  Stephen!  Mr. Hawking!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, man!

We here at really respect your work – and hearing that you weren’t feeling well on your birthday sucks, brother, as we’re sorry to hear of it.  I usually end up feeling like the poops the day AFTER my birthday for obvious reasons, but then again I only pretend to have as much use of my brain matter as you do, sir.  One thing is for certain – and a whole bunch of people across the world think that you are one cool guy, and if I could buy you a pint right now, I’d be doing it!

Feel better tomorrow, which in your part of the world is in just a few hours.  Here in Central Time, we’re still shouting our HAPPY BIRTHDAY, STEPHEN HAWKING chant!

If you *really* don’t know who Stephen Hawking is, I think you need to take a few minutes to look at some stuff:

Happy Birthday, Mr. Hawking, one last time for tonight!  I wish you were doing this instead of being sick:

photo credit:  1, 2