Come See the Cutest Halloween Costume of All Eternity

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Glowy Zoey.  She and her daddy made the most adorable LED Halloween costume of all time.

No, seriously, it’s way cuter than your kid’s Despicable Me costume.  Watch:

Now Zoey and her daddy are in the LED costume business!  They’re sold out for this Halloween, though…  You need to go check out the website, Glowy Zoey, and then make sure to tell them JimOnLight sent you!

Here’s the original video that went thermonuclear:

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Another week, another task list, another group of things to get done before NEXT week!  We’re all in the same boat in the Lighting Industry right now as we all prepare for the Prom of the industry, LDI 2014.  Who’s going, who’s not going, and who is going that has never been?

Check out some photos from the very awesome and never disappointing JimOnLight.com Flickr Group Photo Pool!

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: