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.

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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