The People Make the LDI Experience for Me

LDI reminds me that there are so many things I love and hate about this industry we call our home.  I hate the hours; I love the payoff.  I hate the exhaustion; I love the camaraderie that occurs between people that don’t normally play well with others.  The one thing that I love more than any of it is the people of this business.  The people make LDI for me, every single time we trek our rear ends to the desert for our industry’s prom.

I walked around taking as many “obligatory LDI selfies” as I could.  I took a bunch near our booth, and yes Jaybles, some of these aren’t selfies.  :D

I missed seeing hundreds of people.  This is the standard for LDI.  Next year I’ll miss more hundreds of people.  You have to make these shows focus on who you DO get to see!  You’ll always see who you missed next year!

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Eric Mueller, Matt Suarez, Thomas Fonseca, the bald one, and Corey SIlverman!

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TEAM AVOLITES AWESOMESAUCE!!!!!!!!! Holy awesome, Batman!

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Flash and Trash Works Inc – Executive Team! Cat West and Joe Cabrera, two of the world’s greatest programmers.

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What’s Danilo looking at? Danilo, DeAnna, Mikey, and Gilbert!

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Tobin Neis of Barbizon and Sharon Gross from Bandit Lites!

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Hi Brad! Brad Schiller, ladies and gentlemen!

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It’s Simon Newton! Great to meet YOU, dude!

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Steve Shelley, who always has a giggle for me!! You’re awesome.

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Sharon, so great to meet you finally! World, Sharon runs PR for Bandit Lites. Say hi to her on Facebook and Twitter! GO! DO IT!

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Feelin’ CONGO with Susan Rose!

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Look at that big beautiful smile! Richard Belliveau and I resting the dogs at the Elation Professional booth.

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Randy Wade! What’s up man?!

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What’s that weird Stepford Wives face we’re making?! Me, Justin Lang, Mike Graham, and Danilo Oliveira.

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Danilo, Peter Kirkup of Peter Kirkup, and Mikey all talking shop.

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LOOK at this f*cking guy!! Did he get sexified or WHAT?! Peter Kirkup looking great at LDI 2014!

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Avolites’ Koy and a lovely chap that I did not get a name from, EMAIL ME!

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Rosco Matt! Awesome chatting with you mandingo.

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The brainchild of Legend, Rogue, and many more, Michael Graham!

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Nick Airiess (NICKY!) and Dan Goldsmith of X-Laser

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F*CK YEAH! Kevin Loretto, JOL, Thierry Pouliot!!!! Great to see you both!!!

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The enchanting Miss Katherine Walmsley from our UK office and CARRRRRRLOS! Carlos makes photoshop and e-blasts his bitch.

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Hi Justin!

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Jeremy Kumin of ENTTEC! I thought Enttec had the coolest booth at LDI, totally Steampunk.

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THE GOGGLES!!!

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AWWWW! It was so great to see Jax.

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Jacob Coakley is the third funniest man I have ever met. Read what he has to say about what we do, his words drive our businesses in a strongly creative direction.

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One of Entertainment’s favorite ladies! Heather Marie Short rocks!!

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SEE?! She’s commanding you with her eyes!!!

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Ladies and gentlemen, the most popular man on the block! Look at that tongue!!!

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David makes the JimOnLight world go ’round. David is our technojesus

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Dr. DMX!

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Debi Moen — this lady writes the lighting industry’s soul. Fact.

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I call this one “nefarious smiles”

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Danilo having an eyebrow moment

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Jeremy, JOL, Crystal LEE!

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Berenice Chauvet – Lighting’s Marketing SAMURAI!!!!

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BAHAA!!! YOU GUYS!@!@!

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CHAD FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! ROSCO CHAD! ROSCO CHAD!

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Oh my god this was the best photo ever. Chris Conti, my salty head, and Michael Eddy at load-out.

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STEALTH selfie! Berenice, meself, Jackie. I caught Jackie Tien on camera!!! She ninja’d the other way for the next shot I took, you fast devil you!

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Andre!!! Cool to meet you, duder!

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This guy. A very awesome chap. He introduced himself to me and I did not record his name. What’s your name again, my man?! Amy Walker, what’s his name?!?!

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Me, Susan Rose, Berenice Chauvet, and Joe Fucini! Awesome!

 

It's Allan Reiss programming his awesome booth!

It’s Allan Reiss programming his awesome booth!

 

 

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Load-in week dinner for those of us who stayed late. We were the few. As in you see who stayed late!

Y'all COME BACK NOW!

Y’all COME BACK NOW!

JimOnLight Interviews Psyberpixie

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One of the cooler interviews I’ve done — she is so much fun to watch making the video art while she’s making it!  Ladies and gentlemen, meet Psyberpixie!  She’s the world’s leading VJ.

I did this interview for the Lighting Insights newsletter, but I wanted to give this some play to the JimOnLight.com audience.  many of you dig ‘Pixie’s work, thank you for the links you send!!!  Keep them coming!

JimOnLight and TEAM CHAUVET Take the #ICEBUCKETCHALLENGE

Oh yes indeed, kids!  The #ICEBUCKETCHALLENGE was accepted by Tobin Neis from Barbizon, and I reached out to Berenice and Albert Chauvet and all of TEAM CHAUVET to really try and put my money where my big loud mouth is to FIGHT ALS.  A special thanks go out to Connor Graham, who took the challenge with Albert Chauvet and donated his own money to fight ALS.  Connor, YOU ROCK, BUDDY!

NOW YOU’RE UP, George Masek and Bob Gordon from ACT Lighting, and Richard Belliveau from High End Systems/Barco!  Richard, I know you got nominated twice, but guess what?  WE JUST LOVE YOU THAT MUCH, BROTHER!

ANYONE can donate to ALS.  Just go to http://www.alsa.org/donate/ and donate.  We did the challenge and we’re donating.  Them’s the rules, kids!

Here’s Tobin’s initial challenge video, Tobin, thank you SO MUCH for the nomination!  Max, YOU ROCK, BUDDY!

Lighting Insights July 2014 — Balancing Video and Lighting

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I’ve been doing a video series with CHAUVET Professional every month where we talk about things to make your lighting design and production more efficient or more fun — it’s solely geared towards you, the LD or lighting production technician.  This month we’re talking about balancing video and lighting together for a cohesive look onstage.  Check it out!

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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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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from WCNC Charlotte – Shelby stage collapse photos

 

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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Crashed Mustang

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

Like JimOnLight On Facebook, Go Straight to Lighting Heaven

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Okay, maybe there IS no lighting heaven…  but do you like us on Facebook?  The JimOnLight Facebook page has almost a thousand likes, with stories, hilarious photos, and other entertaining stuff every day!  What’s not to like?  My ugly mug?  If it makes you feel any better, I do my damnedest to keep my ugly mug as far away from the site as possible.  I’m doing humankind a service!

What do you have to lose?  Like JimOnLight on Facebook!  Tell your friends!  Click the button below!

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The Weekly “Dodgy Technicians” Facebook Group on JimOnLight!

I’m very excited to announce that JimOnLight is going to feature a weekly post of some of the scariest, most unbelievable photos of dodgy work done by people in our business.  In cooperation with Andy and Chris from the Dodgy Technicians group on Facebook, JimOnLight will be hosting some of these very crazy photos for your enjoyment, fright, and entertainment — hopefully this will also force people to do better work, because — well, who in their right minds wants to become famous this way?!

Ladies and gentlemen, here are some really Dodgy photos!  Can you spot the epic fails?!  Click on each photo for a larger version, maybe it will help you spot the disaster either in progress or waiting to happen!

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I call this piece “Hanging Just By Safety Cables.”

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No, no, standing a ladder on a sheet of plywood is perfectly safe. I hope the ATV’s parking brake is on!

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What the double what?!

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I’m sure that the crane operator was sober.

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Welcome to Faces of Death the Game Show! Would you prefer falling, electrocution, or a combination of both?

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Sometimes even my big mouth has nothing to say. Wow.

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What, was the ladder really THAT inconvenient?!

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Nah, that won’t lead to tape residue at all.

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I have nothing but sympathy for this tech — the first time I ever soldered a 19-pin socapex connector, I forgot to add half of the casing hardware. I actually cried!

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Click on this one, check it out full-size. There are sticks of truss that are TRUCK-STRAPPED TOGETHER and TO THE ROOF.

We’ll be back next week with another installment of Dodgy Technicians on JimOnLight!  Make sure to visit Dodgy Technicians on Facebook for daily entertainment of the ridiculous kind!

 

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!