A Quick Note on Anonymous Commenters

You know, I love writing JimOnLight.  I have put my reputation on the line repeatedly to bring you the best and sometimes stupid news and views across the internet, at least in our lighting world.

Something that drives me nuts, and it doesn’t happen very often, is a few people commenting shitty comments anonymously.  I mean hey — it’s cool with me if you have a point of view, and it’s even cooler with me if you share it, especially on something I post.  But here’s the thing — if you’re gonna make a comment on something that I have to say, just say it and do it with your real name.  Honestly, there is about a 1:1000 ratio of people who have the lack of reproductive parts to have to hide behind a pseudonym, but even that little bit of need to hide behind a comment posted by an anonymous or fake username blows my mind.  This website is called JIM On Light, not “Anonymous Wanker Who is Too Afraid for People to Know How He Really Feels On Light.”

Don’t be a pussy — if you have something to say, just say it, and say it under your own name.  Have the intestinal fortitude to stand behind your shitty comment.  David and I are going to leave the ability to leave your anonymous comments intact just so when you can’t be a man or woman about what you have to say, we can laugh at your need to make snide comments as a fake person.

Thanks for reading, everyone.  We’ve had some of our best weeks ever in the last few weeks.  All of this is thanks to you.  Thanks for being awesome.

Have an awesome day!

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JOL Sunday Flickr #21

This has been an awesome and busy week.  My new job — I have to say it is absolutely freaking awesome.  It was literally catered to my skillset, and so far it is a mix of design, creating education, blogging, social media expertise, and using my industry knowledge for the company good.  I absolutely f*cking love it.  It’s also nice to work for a boss who doesn’t demean the employees and come in every morning screaming.  I hope I forget about that experience pretty soon, it literally haunts me like The Blair Witch Project haunted teenagers in the US for months when it came out.  You live and learn, I guess.

It’s a late night JOL Sunday Flickr, but it’s awesome — give these brilliant light capturers your clicks, wouldja? And, AND, check out the JimOnLight Flickr Group!

Rays of Light in Sherwood Forest

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Light Shower

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UK - London - Design Museum - Wallpiercing 05 - red and yellow

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VER at LDI 2012

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I hope this is the week of your dreams, everyone!

Last Week Recap – Roxy and I Escape Death, Shelby Stage Collapse, and Shoddy Rigging

Oh, friends and neighbors, it’s been a crazy last week here on JimOnLight!

Just to catch you up:  I started a new job last week, Laura and Roxy and I have settled into our new apartment, and we’re 15 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean.  That alone is going to provide us some serious peace and tranquility, at least until Hurricane Season!  Hopefully the Hurricane Center will add my suggestions to the naming conventions list…  Hurricane Ru Paul should be making his or her way up the coast any day now!

Let’s recap on last week’s posts – we found out that L&N Productions in North Carolina had some photo evidence on their website of their crappy rigging that nearly took out some of the performers from the band The Afters, followed by some unbelievable images of the stage collapse L&N was involved in…  the promoter called it “weather related,” but as John Huntington from the awesome blog Control Geek noted, that’s a bunch of BS.  And, AND, this weekend I missed my death by about 15 seconds, as a couple of thugs who stole a car wiped out on our street (which is a 25 mph zone) going about 70.  Check them all out below!

Last week’s top posts:

ANOTHER STRUCTURE FALLS:  Roof Made from Construction Genie Towers Falls in North Carolina

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MORE Contradiction in the Shelby, North Carolina Stage Collapse:  Weather, Equipment, NEGLIGENCE

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from WCNC Charlotte – Shelby stage collapse photos

And, from the weekend:

If Roxy Had Pooped 15 Seconds Later, We’d Both Be Dead Now

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Stay tuned, as always — we’re going to have a lot more great stuff this week on JimOnLight!  Thanks for reading!

Last Week’s Posts Catch-Up

It’s another great week here in JimOnLight Land — pretty soon Laura and I will be moving down to start a great new job, things are falling back into place, and karma is having its way with someone who really deserves it this morning!  Ah, how the Universe takes care of itself.  I LOVE IT!

I wanted to just catch up on last week’s short post string — now that I’m back driving the bus again and not looking for work 14 hours a day, we’re gonna have a blast!

LAST WEEK on JimOnLight:

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Vintage Power and Light:
The Coolest Thing to Happen to Tungsten Since Edison!

Meet Lowell and York Fowler’s art and hobby business that centers around taking vintage electrical and power equipment and turning it into beautiful, sexy, and interesting incandescent works of light and beauty!  It’s my pleasure to tell the world about the venture, hopefully one of these days I can commission my OWN bit of Vintage Power and Light!


Also, a must-read for anyone in the Entertainment Business:

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Do You Scream at Stagehands?  STOP IT!

I got an interesting email from a stagehand in Colorado who’s sick and tired of all of the tour personnel screaming at the local crew when they come through.  What kind of crap is THAT?!  Are YOU a screamer?  Knock that shit off!  Click on the image to read the article — this has to STOP!  You’re ruining the friendliness and compassion for the rest of us who come through after you!


 Last but not least — one of the fathers of Modern Lighting had a birthday last week:

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Happy Birthday, George C. Izenour!

If you don’t know who George Izenour is, it’s time for you to get your act together and learn about one of our industry’s most prolific inventors!  His 101st birthday was last week — even though he’s no longer with us, go check out some of the things he’s done for our beloved industry!

JOL Sunday Flickr #19

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Happy Sunday, everybody!

I hope that today’s installment of photos from the JimOnLight Flickr Group meets your approval as you’re sipping on some coffee surrounded by your loved ones…  or pets…  or absolutely by yourself if that’s what you’ve been dealt today.  I always loved sitting on my 21st story balcony on Sunday mornings in Oklahoma City when I lived there, just staring off in the middle distance at the wonderment that comes from living 252 feet above the street.

Here’s today’s collection of awesome photos by some awesome photographers.  Check them out, and give their respective pages some traffic!  Have an awesome morning, everyone!  AWESOME!

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Lights in Alingsås #1

Sunset Showoff.

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Light in The Subway - Canyoneering in Zion National Park

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Paris Exposition: night view, Paris, France, 1900

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in the heat of the fired wing we rise again...

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June 2013’s Top 20 Posts on JimOnLight.com

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It’s always great to see what people like reading on JimOnLight — it’s because of you that JOL can keep writing for YOU!

Check out the top 20 posts for June 2013 on JimOnLight.com!

June 2013’s TOP post:

  1. WYBRON Closes It’s Doors After 35 Years of Business
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  2. Lighting 101:  Luminance vs. Illuminance
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  3. Radiohead Stage Collapse – Charges Laid On Live Nation, Optex Staging, and Domenic Cugliari
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  4. Crazy Friday Science: New “Dua’s Layer” Discovered in Human Eyes, Ophthalmology Changed Forever
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  5. The JimOnLight Archive!JIM_NOSEHAIRS_JIMONLIGHT1.jpg
  6. Stage Doesn’t Collapse – But It Could Have

    Under stage bracings Credit: Benatar & Giraldo

    Under stage bracings
    Credit: Benatar & Giraldo

     

  7. Stage Collapse in Phuket, Thailand – One Dead, One Injured phuket-stage-collapse-1

  8. What Seems Like Ancient History: The Justin Timberlake/Christina Aguilera Truss Collapse
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  9. DIY Globe Cluster Chandelier-esque Fixtures
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  10. How Well Do YOU Know Light? Take Our Quiz, Come Find OUT! COME ON!
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  11. Need A Laugh? Here’s A Han Solo Aroused in Carbonite Light Switch Plate
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  12. The JimOnLight Recommended reading Store!
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  13. From the WTF Files – Ladies and Gentlemen, A DMX-Controlled Fire Machine
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  14. The McNamara Tunnel, Detroit Airport3005888951_aa31c4038a_b1.jpg
  15. Industry Resources on JimOnLight!
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  16. Fox Sports’ Overhead Camera Accident at NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
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  17. The Phenomenon of Earthquake Lights
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  18. Looking for A Job in Light? Me Too! Here’s Some Lighting Industry Resources to Help!
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  19. High Speed Photography of Light Bulbs As They Explode, Filled with AWESOMESAUCE by Jon Smith
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  20. A Grim Reminder of the Latest Deaths in Our Beloved Industry Before Summer Work Kicks Off
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If I could hug you all, I would hug you all.  In the mean time, I will continue to try and hug you all.  Thank you, Earth, for reading JimOnLight every day.

Pardon Our Dust, We’ll Return On Monday!

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Hello, world!  Pardon the few days’ post disparity there, Laura and Roxy and I are in Illinois after a two day drive from Durham, Ontario to Peoria, Illinois.  We’re running around and setting up some things last minute, like Laura with a US cell phone and prescriptions and such.  A huge (H-U-G-E) thanks to my sister Samantha and her man Mike for putting us up!  I haven’t spent more than two days in my hometown for decades.

Monday starts an amazing week of posts, videos, and other top-notch content, so give us till Monday to get through one more trip (to Kenosha, Wisconsin to see my Mom for Mother’s Day) and we’ll be back in full force!

 

JOL Sunday Flickr #16

We’re coming to you from Durham, Ontario this week for the JOL Sunday Flickr, soon to be heading to the USA for some nice, warm Dallas SUNSHINE! I’m just not used to Winter lasting until mid-May.

This week’s JOL Sunday Flickr is made possible by Barbizon Lighting, who loves this industry just as much as we here at JimOnLight.com. Thanks, Barbizon!

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Abstract colored lights in motion

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Lighted Cherry Blossoms and Bright Roads

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Philips Entertainment at LDI 2012 -- VL1000 rocking

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Natural light - Clouds @ 35000 ft @ sunrise - chicagbw-500

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more cheap video

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VER at LDI 2012

AirStar at LDI 2012

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Will You Take A Moment to Donate to JimOnLight.com?

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Good morning, world!  I hope this finds you well, and I hope you woke up happy and healthy!

I’m very humbly writing this post to reach out to our extended Reader Family — Fox and I make JimOnLight.com for a world readership of 193 of the 196 independent countries across Earth, and we’ve covered things from the amazing to the mundane and everything in between over the last six years.  We’ve been growing full-speed every day ever since I wrote the very first JimOnLight post back in 2008!  I’m doing this full time now, and I’m reaching out into the digital international to ask a small but urgent question:

Will you take a few moments and donate to JimOnLight?

We’re not looking for tens of thousands of dollars, we’re just trying to raise between $7500 and $9900 to cover the costs of server space, maintenance, relocating, and allowing us to keep writing JimOnLight.com for you!

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