Vintage Power and Light: The Coolest Thing to Happen to Tungsten Since Edison!

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If you’ve been to an architectural lighting, entertainment lighting, or decorative lighting trade show lately, you should notice an interesting trend:  the lack of attention to incandescent light sources.  The light emitting diode has overtaken the world, and like myself, I miss the days of the warm tungsten filament in a room, bathing everything in its reach with a wider spectrum of color than its LED counterparts.  Tungsten filaments, at least decoratively, have become the fine wine of our lighting generation – only those with the intelligence and artistic knowledge in using tungsten and other incandescent sources have continued to do so.  The rest of the world is convinced, at the behest of excellent marketing and often regardless of price, that LED illumination is not only the way of the future but also today’s only way to appropriately design lighting.

It’s a fact that in many applications, including modern high bay methodologies and architectural applications, LED light sources are winning hearts and minds over their higher-energy-consuming incandescent cousins.  Sooner than later we’re going to see higher output automated fixtures giving their HID counterparts a run for their money, too.  ETC’s LED Source Four ellipsoidal, Chauvet’s Ovation LED ellipsoidal, Altman Lighting’s ME3 ellipsoidal, and Robert Juliat’s Tibo and Zep LED profiles have taken the market by storm – and have begun pushing back on the use of tungsten-halogen sources, arc sources, and even halogen sources!

On the whole, energy costs when dealing with a large facility or venue are where LED and non-incandescent sources make a monster difference in energy costs.  But what about where energy costs are negligible, like in your home?  If saving comparatively a few dollars here and there in your home is less important than the feeling and artistic appreciation that something like an incandescent lamp brings to you, can you put a price on your happiness?  I’ve owned many a compact fluorescent lamp-based fixture in my home, and frankly I replace every single CFL with its halogen or incandescent counterpart.  It’s my decision, and I do what makes my eyes and my brain happy.

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On that thought, I introduce to you the work of Vintage Power and Light out of Austin, Texas – creator Lowell Fowler (of High End Systems fame) has started a new hobby art venture based on utilizing the beauty and intrigue of vintage lighting and electrical equipment tied with the warm glow of incandescent sources.  Even better than just the sexiness of a glowing filament structure, Vintage Power and Light takes the beauty of an Edison filament wrap source and melds it to gorgeous finished old-world wood components, then adds stunning copper and brass connections and controls.  My favorite parts of Vintage Power and Light’s work are their use of Consolidated Design glass insulators – there is nothing quite like a multi-petticoat glass insulator on a fixture with an artistic incandescent filament turning that glass into a mystical piece of glowing jewelry.  GAH!  This stuff is amazing!!!

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Lowell and York Fowler have put an interesting new spin on the idea of Steampunk-esque design by bringing old-world components and combining them with early 20th century incandescence.  The result is a stunning and refreshing take on using incandescence as not only an artistic statement, but a comfortable, familiar, and heartwarming addition to your house, office, or anywhere else that LEDs just don’t cut it.

Check out a series of gallery images below, click on any image for a light box of that gallery for your perusal!
Just make sure that you give credit where credit is due, and all of these photos are courtesy of Vintage Power and Light with photography by Tim Grivas.

First things first, Vintage Power and Light’s Table Lamps:

Vintage Power and Light’s Chandelier and Pendant series:

Got a Steampunk jones?  Vintage Power and Light does that too!

Last but not least, a gorgeous offering of sconces for your collection:

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JimOnLight says HELL YES to Vintage Power and LightAwesome offerings, guys!  We hope that the whole world sees your work and loves it as much as we do!

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HOG 4 TRAINING VIDEOS!

High End Systems has released a series of training videos for the new Hog 4!

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From a press release at High End Systems:

Following the extremely successful HOG4 launch and due to incredibly high demand, High End Systems is today releasing a series of Hog4 training videos.

In tandem with the large number of worldwide training classes undertaken both by High End Systems and it’s extensive distributor network, the initial 12 videos will allow everyone to learn how to use a Hog.

The videos have been split into easy to watch segments meaning that beginners as well as experienced users will benefit from them. They are also in a logical order allowing for the user to move from one element of the Hog software to another with ease. The 12 videos means that users who only need to look at a specific area of the console may do this with ease.

“The addition of these videos to our already extensive training program is testament to our commitment to offer education at multiple levels” says Jeff Pelzl, VP, Technical and Marketing Services “and we are committed to ensuring that everyone has access to Hog training.”

“We realized that not everyone is able to attend training classes and also that users want the ability to brush up on certain areas of the platform’ says Chris Ferrante, Director of Product Management “so we partnered with Colin Wood of Pre Production Services and now have a brilliant suite of training videos”

These videos can be seen at the following location:  http://www.highend.com/support/training/Hog4Training/index.asp

As well as launching this suite of videos, High End Systems has recently launched version 1.2 for the Hog4 platform adding a host of new features including Command Keys, which continues the aggressive release schedule embarked upon on the platform’s launch.

AWESOME!!!!!

The videos:

Lesson 1:  Starting a New Show

Lesson 2: Default Layout of a New Show

Lesson 3: An Introduction to Patching

Lesson 4: Basic Programming

Lesson 5: Cue Playback

Lesson 6: Using Palettes

Lesson 7: Basic Cue Timing and Editing

Lesson 8: Tracking

Lesson 9: User Kinds

Lesson 10: Command Keys

Lesson 11: Multi-Console Setup

Lesson 12: Configuring Art-Net

I hope to see more of these from MORE console manufacturers in the near future!!!

JOL Sunday Flickr #18

I’m a few weeks behind on my JOL Sunday Flickr posting…  I’ve been pretty much spending every waking moment looking for a job, so life has been a bit challenging at best lately.

It is very therapeutic to search for JOL Sunday Flickr images to post, I have to say!  Looking at other artists’ eye frames of the world is one of my favorite things.  Remember those “Art in the Dark” classes where you watched nothing but slides of works of art for months at a time?  Yeah, I loved those classes.

Check out JOL Sunday Flickr #18!

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Marine's Flames..

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Make sure to give these artists a second of your time!

Pissed Off Paul Anka Rants on His Crew and Band in the Mid-1980s After A Bad Show

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Ready for something awesome?

“Do any of your checks bounce? Do you all get full value on your money? I want full value on your f*cking services. You have three days to get it together.”

You know what, if the guys were screwing up and I was paying the checks, I would probably feel the same way. Here’s Paul Anka reading his crew and band the riot act after a bad show in the 1980’s. You have to listen to this video and watch the images associated, this video has pretty funny images associated as Paul goes batshit angry.

From Wikipedia:

Sometime in the mid-1980s, Anka was secretly recorded while launching a tirade against his crew and band members, berating them for unprofessional behavior in the show they had just played. (Asked about it on the interview program Fresh Air, he referred to the person who did the recording as a “snake we later fired.”) The recording became widely known after being uploaded to the Internet, and a number of quotes from it have since become famous, including “The guys get shirts,” “Don’t make a maniac out of me,” and “Slice like a fucking hammer.” Some of the quotes were reproduced verbatim by Al Pacino’s character in the 2007 film Ocean’s Thirteen.

This is too awesome not to put myself right there in the room like a fly on the wall.

Here’s Paul Anka pitching a bitch:

June 2013’s Top 20 Posts on JimOnLight.com

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It’s always great to see what people like reading on JimOnLight — it’s because of you that JOL can keep writing for YOU!

Check out the top 20 posts for June 2013 on JimOnLight.com!

June 2013’s TOP post:

  1. WYBRON Closes It’s Doors After 35 Years of Business
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  2. Lighting 101:  Luminance vs. Illuminance
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  3. Radiohead Stage Collapse – Charges Laid On Live Nation, Optex Staging, and Domenic Cugliari
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  4. Crazy Friday Science: New “Dua’s Layer” Discovered in Human Eyes, Ophthalmology Changed Forever
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  5. The JimOnLight Archive!JIM_NOSEHAIRS_JIMONLIGHT1.jpg
  6. Stage Doesn’t Collapse – But It Could Have

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  7. Stage Collapse in Phuket, Thailand – One Dead, One Injured phuket-stage-collapse-1

  8. What Seems Like Ancient History: The Justin Timberlake/Christina Aguilera Truss Collapse
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  9. DIY Globe Cluster Chandelier-esque Fixtures
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  10. How Well Do YOU Know Light? Take Our Quiz, Come Find OUT! COME ON!
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  11. Need A Laugh? Here’s A Han Solo Aroused in Carbonite Light Switch Plate
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  12. The JimOnLight Recommended reading Store!
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  13. From the WTF Files – Ladies and Gentlemen, A DMX-Controlled Fire Machine
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  14. The McNamara Tunnel, Detroit Airport3005888951_aa31c4038a_b1.jpg
  15. Industry Resources on JimOnLight!
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  16. Fox Sports’ Overhead Camera Accident at NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
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  17. The Phenomenon of Earthquake Lights
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  18. Looking for A Job in Light? Me Too! Here’s Some Lighting Industry Resources to Help!
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  19. High Speed Photography of Light Bulbs As They Explode, Filled with AWESOMESAUCE by Jon Smith
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  20. A Grim Reminder of the Latest Deaths in Our Beloved Industry Before Summer Work Kicks Off
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If I could hug you all, I would hug you all.  In the mean time, I will continue to try and hug you all.  Thank you, Earth, for reading JimOnLight every day.

Bill Nye the Science Guy Explains Climate Change

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This is an awesome video — Bill Nye the Science Guy takes on the science vs. the myth of climate change.  What do you think?

CLIMATE 101 from Climate Reality on Vimeo.

AND, as a special Friday bonus, here’s Reggie Watts talking about the Price of Carbon, courtesy of Climate Reality!

CLIMATE 101 from Climate Reality on Vimeo.

Happy Friday, July 5!

The Officially Unofficially Official Dark Side of the Rainbow Post (or Dark Side of Oz, If You Must)

Happy Independence Day, everybody!

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Call it what you will — some call it the Dark Side of Oz.  Others call it the Dark Side of the Rainbow, and an even smaller group of others call it the Wizard of the Dark Side, and The Wizard of Floyd.

No, as far as the world knows it and has been admitted by all of the band members, it’s a crock.  But, it’s an awesome crock.  Have you ever just turned down the lights, kicked your feet up with a nice whatever, and watched the visuals from The Wizard of Oz synced to the Dark Side of the Moon album?  If the answer to that last question was anything other than hell yes Jim I am doing it right now, then you need to go do this right now.

You can even buy Dark Side of Oz on Amazon.  That sounds crazy, doesn’t it?!

Here’s how it’s done:

  1. start The Wizard of Oz and turn the sound off.  Get ready though, you have something to do coming up here pretty quickly!
  2. When the MGM lion in the beginning starts his third roar, start Dark Side of the Moon.
  3. Sit back, and check that sh*t out.

OR, because JimOnLight loves our readers, you can just click on one of these Dark Side of  the Rainbow videos below!

On Vimeo, since I think they are awesome:

The Dark Side of OZ from BAMF Gaming on Vimeo.

and, for the time being I’m sure, on YouTube:

This video below is pretty awesome — YouTube user m1kef0y put this analysis together of a large portion of the lyrics that correspond with actions occurring in the film.  Bravo, brother!

OH — something else that is completely awesome:  Wish You Were Here ALSO syncs up with a movie coincidentally!  Here’s Metropolis and Wish You Were Here, with a side of awesomesauce:

Now definitely go full-screen on any of these videos, because as you’re sitting back watching this you’re not going to want to strain.  This is some cool stuff if you’ve never done it.  So?  DO IT!  You’ll love it, I guarantee!

Something else that is pretty awesome is Dub Side of the Moon by the Easy Star All Stars.  If you like reggae, you will pee yourself over this album, it’s outstanding.

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Pink Floyd’s Lighting Designer, Arthur Max, Has A Bad Day on Headset – in 1973

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It’s the day before Independence Day off here in the USA.

There is nothing you’re doing right now that can’t wait for 11 minutes while you watch Arthur Max at the office while working a 1973 Pink Floyd show in Detroit — the venue ruled that Pink Floyd had to use the Union spot ops from the venue instead of the Pink Floyd crew, and with some animation, this is one of the best things you’ll see today!  Thanks to Cliff Port, a fan filmmaker that really got a good belly laugh out of me today!

You know who Arthur Max is, right?  He’s a production designer and artist who does a ton of movies now, but lit Floyd back in the day along with working for Bill Graham at the Filmore East.  From IMDB:

A native New Yorker who worked as a Stage Lighting Designer in the late 1960s and early 1970s in the music industry, and then, after studying architecture in England and Italy, went on to do several architectural design projects in London. He entered British film as an assistant to several British Production Designers in the mid-1980s. First for Stuart Craig on Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes and Cal (both 1984) and then for Ashetton Gorton on Revolution (1985). His Production Design career began withTV commercials during the years 1985-1995 for many different Directors, including Ridley Scott and David Fincher, with whom he would go on to collaborate on feature films.

This is so awesome, I think I may just watch it again.

HUGE thanks to Simone Kay’s YouTube channel!

Hump Day Lighting Porn – Catalyst and DL3 Demo Room Footage from 2010 at High End Systems!

Having downtime has allowed me to dig up gigabytes and schmigabytes of video content that I’ve either A) got sidetracked during and never got to finish, B) decided for some reason that I needed to prioritize something else, or C) completely forgot about having altogether!  I found some really fun stuff last night while searching through content — a demo from 2010 at High End Systems of the Axon media server and DL3 digital lights!

I hope you enjoy it!  Please excuse my giggling at one point for a few seconds, I was having a frigging blast!  Thanks a lot, Richard!

Check out some High End Systems lighting demo porn from 2010!  From the JimOnLight.com Vimeo Channel:

Lighting Porn! High End Systems – Catalyst Media Server Demo, 2010, Austin, Texas from Jim Hutchison on Vimeo.

or if you prefer YouTube:

Illinois Gives Good Wind – Fourth in the Nation for Wind Power Generation!

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I had a chance to drive through some of the great wind fields of Illinois over the last month — Laura and I have ostensibly been vagabonding here in the US since there’s no work.

I put together a quick video on Illinois wind power — check it out, wouldja?  Share it with your friends!  Illinois, a state that sent 4 of its last 7 sitting governors to prison for corruption, is the fourth largest wind producer in the United States!  I guess you go, Illinois still works?

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…and on Vimeo, in case you like it there better (I have to admit I love their interface…)

Illinois Gives Good Wind! from Jim Hutchison on Vimeo.