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.

This is the best freaking images blog I have EVER SEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEN

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Maiko Takeda – Naked Light in its Purest Form with Fashion

I’m in love with Maiko Takeda.

Let me back up:  This is the work of Maiko Takeda, and she blows my mind.  Maiko takes fashion, incorporates the idea of pattern projections based on fabric, and turns them into unbelievable works of human art.  Maybe this is why I’m in love with Maiko Takeda.

Check this out:

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Right?

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Riiiiiight?!

From Maiko’s portfolio page, about Maiko:

Logic + geometry + space form the common denominator in all Maiko Takeda pieces. It’s a world in which the simple will seem complicated and order turns to chaos. But do not be afraid to indulge, as at the end you will always find that the common denominator stands (right there at the bottom where it belongs).

Maiko Takeda grew up in a post boom Tokyo where she quickly was faced with the challenge of wanting to create products of individual and timeless quality in a country slowly coming to a grinding halt. This meant that she more and more looked to areas outside of fashion and pop culture for impulses, exploring the city by foot, finding inspiration in the smallest and most random of things.

Within the pieces, there is the juxtaposition of various elements. Environmental influences such as shadow, wind and gravity, create an experience of wonder and bewilderment for the adorned. The form of her work itself can never be its sole feature as the extra element is always seeking to transcend the expectations of the wearer as part of the work.

After having moved to London she studied Jewellery Design BA(Hons) at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and is currently doing a Masters in Millinery at the Royal College of Art. Her work experience includes Issey Miyake, Stephen Jones, Philip Treacy and Erickson Beamon.

Enough talking.  MORE MAIKO!

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In case you’re feeling frisky, check out Maiko’s photography collections page, and definitely check out Maiko’s Camera Obscura work.  Unreal!

 

Let’s Nominate Jefferson Waful, Umphrey’s McGee, and ECTO Productions for a 2013 Parnelli Award!

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We have about three methods out there in the entertainment lighting industry for lighting designers to be showcased.  One of those yearly methods is the PLSN Parnelli Awards — it’s like the Oscars for the production industry!

This year, I think we should nominate one of the best LDs for the best bands out there with the best set of production:  Jefferson Waful, Umphrey’s McGee, and ECTO Productions, who supplies UM’s tour kit.  This is my opinion, of course — but if you share this opinion, let’s get Jeff and UM on the bill for one of the best events in the industry to showcase some true talent in this business.

Here’s a look at the form you’ll want to fill out:

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Here’s how to do it:

  1. Go to the Parnelli Awards nomination site:  http://www.parnelliawards.com/nominate.php
  2. Under “Lighting Designer of the Year,” type in JEFFERSON WAFUL — under “Show:” type in UMPHREY’S MCGEE
  3. Under “Lighting Company of the Year,” type in ECTO PRODUCTIONS — under “Show:” type in UMPHREY’S MCGEE

When you’re ready to submit, your form will look like this:

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It’s that easy.  Let’s show our love for one of the TOP acts on the touring market with one of the top LDs out there in the business!

 

 

Dancing with Light, Literally

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Are you kidding?  OF COURSE when Fox posts something I’m posting that stuff over here, especially when it’s tres awesomesauce!

This is a video short from Marc-Antoine Locatelli, in which a dancer, Lucas Boirat, fights different geometric forms of light.  This is what I offer to fire up your Tuesday morning!

Nuance from Marc-Antoine Locatelli on Vimeo.

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A LEGO CONCERT RIG!

Ok, this might be the most awesome lego creation I’ve ever seen, and my best friend is 42 and has every frigging Star Wars lego thing ever invented. Meet the Lego Concert, from Mario Fabrio. Mario’s a bit of a Lego fan you could say… but his work?  Even Greggus must bow in the face of Mario the Lego King!

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He’s also got a great oil rig in his pile of Lego marvel. Check it out.

Thanks, MOC Pages!

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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Can the Little People (ie, US) Beat Xcel Energy in Boulder? These People Say YES

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Xcel Energy, the people who started up the Colorado solar-to-home movement only to withdraw from it quicker than John Wayne Bobbitt lost his wang, are back at the douchebaggery again.  This time, a group of very smart and very environmentally conscious people called New Era Colorado is putting the kibosh on their plans for coal-fired world domination.  Check this out:

From the video page:

This is a grassroots David and Goliath campaign to create a landmark model for how communities can take control of their energy future: http://igg.me/at/localpowerYou can support this effort on Indiegogo:http://igg.me/at/localpower

This is pretty great.  These folks are simply trying to stop the mass amounts of money from flowing into the pockets of the “we don’t give a shit” power brokers and back into the hands of the community, and to save the Earth one city at a time.  Can you imagine what would happen if this works?  I for one would love to see solar panels and wind turbines out en masse instead of coal fired plants spewing black death into the atmosphere.  But, that’s just me.  I’m sure the Xcel Energy executives need their Mercedes and homes in the Hamptons, too.  Right?

Check out the Campaign for Local Power’s IndieGogo campaign.  Feeling frisky?  Donate ten bucks, you’ll literally change the world.

From the IndieGogo campaign website:

Back in 2011, our community did something no other community had ever done before: we voted to explore taking control of our power supply for the sole purpose of lowering our impact on the planet. Xcel Energy spent nearly $1 million dollars on that election, but lost–because a committed group of community advocates and a small nonprofit that engages young people in politics won the day. Outspent 10-to-1, the grassroots coalition registered voters, knocked on doors, and made thousands of phone calls.

With voter approval, the city launched an extensive analysis and found that it could get cleaner, cheaper power that was just as reliable all on its own.

But now, Xcel is back, with a misleading initiative they’ve helped place on Boulder’s fall ballot that would stop the city’s formation of a local electric utility dead in its tracks. Their ballot measure is masquerading as a way to reduce government debt, but it’s really just a dirty trick–the measure includes impossible, even illegal, requirements that would stall out the very process voters already approved.

They’re back to undermine our local process, because the city’s findings made it clear that they stand to lose more than the $35 million dollars in profits they make annually from Boulder. They know that Boulder is on the verge of setting a precedent of national significance that would threaten not just Xcel, but the very core of the coal energy’s business model–not to mention that industry’s billions of dollars in profits.

We out-organized them in 2011, and we know we can again in 2013 if we have the resources to achieve the reach we need. Boulder has already voted to move forward–this fight is about keeping the coal industry from holding us back.

Can you help these smart people defeat the coal giant in the region?  Like New Era Colorado on Facebook, I’m sure they’d appreciate it.  Xcel Energy will not.

Nine Inch Nails’ New Tour Design Pretty Much Nine Inch Kicks Ass

Do you know who Roy Bennett is?  Are you in the lighting industry?  Let me help you out here — go check out Roy Bennett, then come back here.  I’ll wait.

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I wouldn’t say that I’m a NIN fan; but then again, I wouldn’t say that if one of their tunes came on the radio I would turn it off.  Nine Inch Nails has their place for me in the world, but then again I’m one of those trippy dippy jamband people who love the groove.  Call it what you will.  One thing is certain — Roy Bennett’s kick ass production and lighting design work for NIN is definitely just that:  kick ass.

Check out some great video of the pre-production, with those excellent mobile video panels — video put together by The Moment Factory:

NIN Festival Tour – Teaser from Moment Factory on Vimeo.

Then watch this — an AWE-SOME pre-production video of the rehearsals and interviews with tour staff:

Then, Nine Inch Nails fans, a video of the entire performance at the Lowlands Festival in the Netherlands. Here’s the setlist, followed by the video!

00:00:00 — Copy of A
00:06:09 — Came Back Haunted
00:11:28 — 1,000,000
00:15:32 — March of the Pigs
00:19:45 — Piggy
00:24:24 — Terrible Lie
00:29:27 — Burn
00:34:16 — Closer
00:38:50 — Gave Up
00:43:55 — Help Me I Am in Hell
00:45:19 — The Warning
00:49:01 — What If We Could?
00:52:53 — The Way Out Is Through
00:56:33 — Wish
01:00:21 — Only
01:04:41 — The Hand That Feeds
01:08:17 — Head Like a Hole
01:13:58 — Hurt

Sweet.  Roy, you’re AWESOME.

Thanks to Pitchfork for the first video and The Auto Didactic in the Attic for the green smoke image!