WOW: Work It, Tron Dancers!

Japan, I love you. You’ve done it again.

The Wrecking Crew Orchestra performs a jaw dropping dance performance inspired by TRON. I love their use of cueing and the effects they can create using only intensity parameters and their bodies! CHECK IT OUT!

This is the full length version of a piece seen in the Sony Experia smartphone ad:

Jax’s Link-O-Rama: Lampshade On Head Edition

Hi everyone!  I didn’t title this the “back from the dead” edition, but I suppose it might as well be.  Didja miss me?  While Jim’s off doing Shakespeare in the Park, I thought I’d stop in and show you some pretty pictures.

I’ve got a new addition to my home: my new drafting desk, where I can draw to my heart’s content, and upon which is clamped the mount for the external monitor I like to use for computer drafting.  I’m lucky enough to have a full wall of east-facing windows, but I need a lamp for those late-night drawing sessions.  Here are some I found, along with some gorgeous chandeliers (they’re having a design competition over at Inhabitat, so there are a bunch of links from there–pop over right now and vote for the finalists!):

Found this here.  It’s true, you know.

After all those fabulously inventive recycled-materials lamps, I think I might need to try making one of my own to set on the corner of my desk!

Jax’s Link-O-Rama: Space Case Edition

The countdown is in full force!  In less than 48 hours Jim and I will be in Las Vegas, preparing to rock out at LDI2010.  We’ve been making plaaaaaaaans.  Can.  Not.  Wait.

Meantime, here are some cool things you should look at.

Last week was the 31st anniversary of the publication of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Don’t panic.

Jax’s Link-O-Rama: Fixture Fun Edition

Ladies and germs, you don’t know how close I came to clicking publish on something truly insane last night.  I think I was actually sleep-typing for part of that last links post.

Gorgeous long-exposure shot by Travis of Caliber.  Apropos of nothing, but too pretty to pass up.

I’ve got a lot of fun lighting fixtures to look at today.  Check ‘em:

Jax’s Link-O-Rama: Insomia Edition

I have a problem, faithful JOL readers.  I’m pulling all-nighters like a grad student, but I’m DONE with that phase of my life.  So why am I up all night?

I am Jack’s inability to type accurately.

At any rate, Jim and I and a whole lot of other people are just a few days short of converging on Las Vegas like it’s never been converged upon before for LDI.  So let’s get down to business, because I need a nap before we commit to that epic incidence of lighting nerdery!

Jax’s Link-O-Rama: Goose Crap Edition

Light isn’t always a glamorous business, it’s true.  Sometimes you gotta get dirty.

Photo belongs to MistyDays.  Pretty, no?

Jax’s Link-O-Rama: Burning Man Edition

Seems like half my city (that’s San Francisco, y’all) has been away at Burning Man for the past week.  I don’t do the playa thing, myself, but there has been some pretty fun light art that’s happened out there over the years.  Here’s a video from 2009 of some of the light art (and explosions! my favorite!).

Photos of the Flaming Lotus GirlsSoma installation from 2009, courtesy of Steve

Awesome, no?  If next year everyone can switch from diesel-powered generators to solar power, then we’ll be in business!  Okay, on to the linkage:

Jax’s Link-O-Rama: Daft Punk Edition

It’s geektastic and rave-a-licious up in here, y’all.

Hooray for Daft Punk.

Jax’s Link-O-Rama: Objective Gaze Edition

There’s a deep connection between light and how we see and how we interpret it–a connection all light artists work to explore and manipulate.  But here’s another aspect of that, which I love: using our medium, light, to talk about that connection, out loud.

Image credit: Julie Michelle of FemmeFotografie

Image by one of my personal favorite light-picture makers, Julie Michelle.

Jax’s Link-o-Rama: Critter Edition

I visited a salmon hatchery in Alaska once, and something that made me smile was the sign that said, Fish Ladder.  We’ve got something in common, those fish and us stagehands!

You see the resemblance, right?  (Thanks for the image, HowStuffWorks!)