Simpsons Locales, Painted in Night, with A Dash of Creepy

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You have to give it up to Tim Doyle.  Tim paints all kinds of awesome nerdy stuff that people like us all enjoy.  Something he painted back in 2012 is still getting lots of play, and it holds special real estate in my heart because A) well, it’s light stuff and B) because Simpsons.

Check these out, they’re mind blowing, especially if you grew up watching that 5pm Simpsons rerun daily, religiously.  Mr. Doyle also has an amazing gallery…  and if you’re looking for more of these Simpons night-time nightmare fuel tablets, look for UnReal Estate, Parts 1-3.

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The Daily Lamp – Dude Has His Leg Amputated, Turns It Into A Lamp

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This might be the best thing ever, and most definitely the best Daily Lamp I would have ever posted…  but there is a man in the Netherlands who had an accident a few years ago, got a bacterial infection, and then unfortunately had a tough choice to make due to a loss of bone…  amputation of the leg.

I can’t help but honor the man’s sense of lumen-ary dedication — the man, Leo Bonten, who needed to cop some bills money, decided to turn that leg into a “classy” lamp.  I mean, he’s asking a hundred thousand euros for it.  So, that being said, let’s look at that eBay listing!  It’s got a very catchy title, “Lamp, made out of my amputated leg.”  It kind of just falls of the tongue, doesn’t it?

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…and of course, the tweet!

Bonten had to do some negotiating with the hospital to get the leg, because, well, they usually don’t let you have your amputated leg. It’s a shame because it’s his leg and all, and I would hate to have that conversation myself.  “What do you mean I can’t have my f*cking leg?!  It’s MY F*CKING LEG!

By all means, please watch the quick video on this piece of light leg art:

eBay didn’t really find the listing too appropriate, and has since killed it deader than Amy Winehouse’s next solo album.  As you would expect, like having the warnings on the toaster about not using in the bathtub, eBay has a rule against people’s dead appendages in auctions on their site:

We don’t allow humans, the human body, or any human body parts or products to be listed on eBay, with two exceptions. Sellers can list items containing human scalp hair, and skulls and skeletons intended for medical use.

But nevertheless, if anyone wants it, and has that 100,000 euro that Bonten’s asking for his amputated leg lamp, drop me a line and I’ll see if I can hook that up.  I don’t even need any fees, I’ll do it for free.

I had to find out what was up with the odd lamp on the top of the formaldehyde-leg-vessel-thing.  It looked very similar to something called the Cola Lamp from lighting designer Willem Schaperkotter.  Like so:

Alright, it’s the same minus the Coke can and all, this is the guy’s leg for feck’s sake.  Here’s some photos of Leo, the leg lamp, and some other leg lamp related Leo photos, because details:

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Undulatus Asperatus – The ‘Holy Crap’ of Cloud Formations

I’m sitting here with the wife, and she gets my attention to show me this video:

Those undulus asperatus cloud formations are nearly unbelievable to the eye.  I rubbed mine three or four times while watching that video, there are several portions where I could have sworn it was a ‘shopped job.  But, nope!

METEOROLOGYNEWS.com — In the first new cloud type to be officially designated in over 50 years, members of the Cloud Appreciation Society are pushing for official recognition of the undulating, ominous-appearing clouds.

Turbulent motions between differing air masses create undulating clouds as seen over rural Kansas in the early morning hours of April 28, 2006. Meteorologists are proposing these clouds be designated as the first new cloud type to be named in over 50 years: Undulus Asperatus.
The Cloud Appreciation Society has designated the clouds as “Undulus Asperatus” or alternatively, “Undulatus Asperatus.”  The Latin term translates loosely as “turbulent undulation.”  Such clouds are relatively rare, but have been photographed in several areas around the world.

The ominous-looking clouds have been particularly common in the Plains states of the United States, often during the morning or midday hours following convective thunderstorm activity.  These clouds are not considered a precursor to severe weather, rather appear to form following rain or thunderstorm activity.

Jane Wiggins of Cedar Rapids, Iowa recently captured several spectacular images of the new cloud type as viewed from a downtown office building.  Several of her images have recently been published by National Geographic Magazine – an honor which Wiggins does not take lightly.

“It is a bit like looking at the surface of a choppy sea from below,” said Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society, who first identified the asperatus cloud from photographs that were being sent in by members of the society.

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Well, what do you think of that?  I have to say that is some quite incredible visual magic!  Can you imagine that on the side of a convention center?

One more video, this one is freaking awesomesauce:

Too cool.

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!

Drones Flying Through Fireworks is Outstanding

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Effing outstanding doesn’t really do it too much justice, but you get the idea — or at least you will once you watch these two videos.  Even just part of one of the videos, you have got to experience this for yourself.  As my wife said to me about this, “it’ll change your life.”

Check it — this one is from a guy named Jos Stiglingh (Jos’ youtube link) took his DJI Phantom 2 quad-rotor drone and a GoPro HERO3 Silver and ran that rig right through the West Palm Beach fireworks show.  Jos’ balls?  Brass.  Jos’ results?  Spectacular.  Check this out:

WOW. Even GoPro got in on that action with a video on their channel —  good move, GoPro!

Also now with equally metallic external appendages, Robert Hartline, a guy in Nashville who owns some Sprint stores who also has a quad-rotor drone of sorts, made his own video, but his was in promotion of some business schtuff, from the article at WBIR:

Hartline, an entrepreneur who owns 12 area Sprint stores and the sales reporting app CallProof, decided to put his $1,300 drone up as a promotion for a new venture – Hytch, a carpooling app he’ll launch in October. Its matchmaking software finds neighbors with similar commutes and encourages gas-money reimbursement.

“You probably have neighbors with the exact same commute as you, you just don’t know it yet,” he said.

Hartline ran the drone from a spot near Pinewood Social and watched the video feed on a screen with his friends. Tennessee only limits drone use for law enforcement, and the Federal Aviation Administration only regulates altitude for non-commercial drones, so Hartline said he was on firm legal footing for the activity.

His only regret: His battery ran out before the big finale.

We’re sorry too, Robert. Still cool. Check out Robert’s go:

Leif Maginnis Makes Ultraviolet Light and Spinning Things Into Magic Mind, uh, Intercourse

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Leif Maginnis had an idea that he turned into what I’m calling THE coolest interactive thing I’ve seen in 2014 so far.  So simple and so visually confusing and pleasing — meet the Art Strobe:

Oh yeah, and if that wasn’t enough to shake loose the little bits of acid from back in your 1970’s days, here’s some more:

ArtStrobe Interactive Light Art from leif maginnis on Vimeo.

It’s probably best to let Leif describe this one:

The ArtStrobe is interactive, kinetic light art. It works by spinning an object that has fluorescent-colored patterns on it. Ultraviolet strobe lights are aimed at it and rings of bright fluorescent patterns emerge, transform in color and move in and out of focus. The user can change these patterns by turning two knobs mounted near the ArtStrobe.

Ok, I can dig it.  So for those of you who won’t watch the longer video, even though the awesome quotient is about 437, Leif spins something that has some fluorescing paint on it and then strobes blacklight at it.  the results are eye-gasmic.

Leif, you sir are awesome!  By the way, Leif’s also kind of a bad ass prop master and designer — Check out his Cat Designs website, he’s got all kinds of broadcast design work on there!

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pipel2I have Tobin to thank for this.  Thank you, Tobin!

This comes from DesignBoom’s DIY Submission Series, which is pretty freaking cool full time!  All images (C) Leif Maginnis

 

JOL Sunday Flickr #24

What a week this has been, very busy and tight with deadlines.  These kind of weeks make me more grateful for things that we take for granted, like having someone I love, regardless of where she is right now.  These kind of weeks make me grateful to have a job and friends, and that those friends are from coast to coast.  A week like this one, where Monday morning starts with something shitty and ends with something awesome, and every day between has some kind of challenge or problem that has seemingly tight parallel restrictions that make accomplishing the task more difficult.  But what makes us survivors is that we get through weeks like this and come out on the other side saying “hey, challenges!  F*CK YOU!”

Here’s some excellent visual material to which you can stroke your mind’s eye!  Give the photogs some credit, check out their work — and please come on over to Flickr and join the JimOnLight Flickr Group!

Holy Shit, Rockstar: Bruno Mars Does Billie Jean On Top of Smells Like Teen Spirit

The title is as suggestively great as the video you’re about to watch on full screen (it’s the only way for this one folks, this is awesome) — and what might be even better than the little piece of rocking the faces off of however many people were there that night is the Dirty Diana cover he transitions into towards the end.

Happy Thursday, you beautiful people.

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