Stage Weights Dropped On Things for Fun


Stage weights.  Dropping them from the fly gallery.  Not typically a good idea, unless you’re the Kansas City Repertory Theatre.

I do not condone this type of behavior in a non-controlled environment with a whole lot of precautions in place…

…but I totally condone this behavior.  Watch stage weights (pig iron, stage bricks, whatever you call it in your theatre) being dropped on pianos, computers, other random things that needed destroying.

Ready to see some kinetic energy converted to work?

Prism Power – the ROGUE RH1 Hybrid Product Video


I love programming these videos.  I get to work with a real video badass in this market, Todd Murray, who is just one talented mopho, and that is a fact.  Better yet, he’s not a douche about it.  What a surprise, a non-douche yet really talented artist!

Check out our latest, the product video for the ROGUE RH1 Hybrid from CHAUVET Professional.  Programming by me, videography by Todd Murray, Josh (Jaybles) Berlant, and Bryan Adams.  But not that Bryan, OUR Bryan.

Know What You DON’T Have But Need? THE NEW JIMONLIGHT APP!!!

Ok, David has been in his new garage with some cream cheese, Robin Williams when he was Mork, and a blowtorch making the latest and greatest thing to be free as hell in not only the iTunes Store AND the Android Store — the new App!


jimonlight-google-playOk, this thing drives like a Porsche.

Jim it’s too soon for the joke Jim it’s too soon for the joke JIM IT’S TOO SOON FOR THE JOKE

When you fire this bad puppy up from whatever device you have — iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android tablet, whatever — you’ll get the top page story right up front (yeah, yeah, my battery always runs that low, shut up):

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The menu here gives you access to anything you really ever need to do in life, including eat or pay your internet bill which I keep forgetting to do:

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The Popular Articles tab gives you high traffic stories that you know you need to read:

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You know, that bastard David would OF COURSE make me work for the number one spot on that list.  What a jackass.  I WRITE THE QUESTIONS!

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Right in the dark while you’re lying there reading this if you’re an insomniac like me, maybe it’s a Thursday and it’s 2pm or something for you you can jump right to the JimOnLight Flickr Group:

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Videos.  Of course, videos!  What kind of self-serving aptly named website would be worth a damn without some videos?!!1

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YOU TOO can submit to JimOnLight.  Use the app!  If you’re out there in the field and you see the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen or just anything you might be looking at, this is how!

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Second to last but least not at all to me, the most awesome Flickr group, Today’s Sun.  Fox’s Flickr group is way cooler than mine even though mine tries really hard and never quite could afford to go to college but definitely never stripped its way through Dental School:

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Twitter Feed.  Because really now, does anyone actually ever actually physically GO to Twitter anymore?!

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David, you’re a bad ass.  Everybody else, GO GET YOU SOME JIMONLIGHT.COM APP!




Aww man.  I had such a crush on Pam Dawber.  But I was six or seven, it never would have worked out.

FOLLOWUP: Anyone up for friendly football competition?


Ok. For those who would like to try out this “sports” thing, we’ve set up a Pro Football Pick ‘Em Pool for this year. If you’d like to get in on it, all you have to do is head over to and sign up. There are no entry fees. We are hoping to get some sponsorship so that we can award prizes when it’s all said and done.

When you sign up, you will be asked for a password, which is: lumens.

If you are someone or a company who would like to sponsor the game, please send Fox an email.

Perhaps we’ll turn this into a fantasy league next year. I thought it was a little late to get that set up for this year.

Remember, there is nothing to lose, so it’s worth a try – even if you’re like Jim and haven’t a clue. Good luck!

This Ferrite Toy NEEDS Some Light Added to the Ends


I saw this toy on Geeks are Sexy (which they are) a few days ago — imagine this toy with an LED source of some sort placed at either end. Then, imagine that LED source as a color changing source that had some kind of proximity-sensed or dynamic magnitude sensed interaction where somehow the amount of ferrite fluid near the sensor allowed for different changes in color…

And I could go on for freaking days about this kind of stuff. It’s why sometimes I want to get an Electrical Engineering degree so I can design and build the four moving heads and one scanner I have floating around in my brain. Oh my gosh. That would be an amazing day.

Check this out:

This project by David Markus was featured on Kickstarter, trying to raise $30,000.  Like everything awesome on Kickstarter, the project raised almost $50,000 bucks by the time it finished.  It’s definitely awesome.  Now what needs to happen is some lighting designers need to get their hands on it!  This is an awesome — AWESOME — revitalization of the classic “floating fluid” toy.  David, this is awesome work.




Amazing.  GAH, can you imagine a whole tank of this stuff?!

Thanks Core77!

April 2013’s Top 20 Posts

April 2013 has not been a fully happy period in our industry, at least on the accidents front.  Unfortunately I have to report that a lot of the top 20 posts that were read in 193 countries all over the world were stories I reported where injury or death to our stage hand brothers and sisters.  At least their names will never be forgotten, at least by me.  Ever.  In order to go where we’re going, we have to remember how we got here.  It’s not all negative, but get ready to relive some disaster in our business.

The most read post in April of 2013 from

A Rigger Dies after a 100 Foot Fall at AT&T Center in San AntonioRIGGERS-NOT-SKYDIVERS

April 2013’s Most Read Post #2:

April 2013’s Most Read Post #3:
San Antonio Rigger Falls 100 Feet to Death at AT&T Center

April 2013’s Most Read Post #4:
Lighting 101:  Luminance VS. Illuminance

April 2013’s Most Read Post #5:
New Footage of the Demolition of the Famous Texas Stadium

April 2013’s Most Read Post #6:
Let’s Be Safer, At Least in the Entertainment Industry

April 2013’s Most Read Post #7:
A Time-Lapse of the Maroon 5 Overexposed Tour Load-In

April 2013’s Most Read Post #8:
Memorial Fund Established for Dean Williams, Rigger Who Fell at AT&T Center in San Antonio

April 2013’s Most Read Post #9:
UPDATE – Ultra Music Festival LED Wall Accident

April 2013’s Most Read Post #10:
Jim Hutchison Leaves CAST Software, Opens Lumen Buddha Studios, A Lighting Industries Think-Tank and Design Studio

April 2013’s Most Read Post #11:
INDUSTRY ACCIDENT – Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Video Wall Falls on Workers

April 2013’s Most Read Post #12:
Something Horribly Wrong is Going On at Wicked Lasers, UPDATED

April 2013’s Most Read Post #13:
Recommended Reading on JOL!

April 2013’s Most Read Post #14:
Radiohead Stage Collapse in Toronto — 1 Dead, 3 Wounded

April 2013’s Most Read Post #15:
Gaffers and Grips — DIY Gaff Tape Key Fob

April 2013’s Most Read Post #16:
LER:  Luminaire Efficacy Rating

April 2013’s Most Read Post #17:

April 2013’s Most Read Post #18:
LED Freerunning:  Lighting Emitting Dudes

April 2013’s Most Read Post #19:
Mycena Lux Coeli — The Coolest Mushroom I Have Ever Seen!

April 2013’s Most Read Post #20:
Pilobolus’ Shadowland Review



JimOnLight’s Top 10 Posts of 2012

It is so much fun for me to see what people like to read on JimOnLight over the course of the year – or week, or month, or quarter, I am nuts about research!

Check out the top 10 posts of last year – what was your favorite JOL post from 2012???

Post #10:
Multiverse, by Leo Villareal

Post #9:
JimOnLight’s Guide to Christmas Lights, Part 4:  Christmas Light Power and Safety

Post #8:
The Phenomenon of Earthquake Lights

Post #7:
Travel Tips for Squints on the Wing

Post #6:
The McNamara Tunnel, Detroit Airport

Post #5:
The Gaff Tape Dress Showdown

Post #4:
High End Systems at LDI 2012 — and HOG 4!

Post #3:
DIY Globe Cluster Chandelier-esque Fixtures

Post #2:
Lighting 101 — Luminance VS. Illuminance

…and the #1 most visited post on JimOnLight of 2012:

Stephen Hawking is a PLAYA

Tune in next time, we’ll have the Top 10 Posts on JimOnLight Read While Farting on NYC Public Transit.  Stay tuned!

I didn't choose the thug life

Fun Trivia: Hide and Seek Hopper in ETC’s HQ

Electronic Theatre Controls’ headquarters in Middleton, Wisconsin is generally accepted as unbelievably awesome. ETC won In Business Magazine’s “Commercial Designs of the Decade” award for best development in a large building. Amongst the tangle of storefronts, theaters, and towers; its own “town square” buzzing with inspiration and creation, is a replica of a very famous diner–American realist painter Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks.” Some cool trivia many do not realize is–quite a few more of Edward Hopper’s paintings influenced ETC’s Town Square. The storefronts were influenced by “Early Sunday Morning” and the bank entrance at the headquarters which houses the finances department with “New York Pavements” and “Summertime.” Characters from Hopper paintings are also visible, including:

• From “Four Lane Road” an older man in a chair, located across from ETC’s deli

• Also from “Four Lane Road” the woman is seen leaning out a window above the Habberdashery (the clothing and swag shop) • “Girl at a Sewing Machine” is also across from the deli, but closer to Manufacturing

• The man from “Pennsylvania Coal Town” is seen by the Century Theatre’s ever-changing marquee

• From “New York Office,” a woman seen above the bank

• From “Room In Brooklyn” the girl sitting with her back to the window

Edward Hopper was a fabulous painter and printmaker. His works portray all the light our eyes harvest from the world magnificently, and it is really fantastic that Electronic Theatre Controls’ headquarters holds such clever tributes to Mr. Hopper. Without light, there is nothing for a painter to portray.




Nighthawks reception photo by John Jacobsen.

Beware! The Blob

While not a 1970s scifi horror flick, Sunday Paper‘s spectacular short film Light is certainly haunting. For a fascinating and beautiful minute and a half short film, it certainly carries an elegiac note.



Just watch it!


Light from Sunday Paper on Vimeo.


Happy Valentine’s Day!

For those of you like yours truly, who will be spending this holiday of sickeningly sweet romance working hard to fill the world with more light, I got you a little something…

These are Galassia Flowers, the first product designed by an Australian company, Bionconst, known for its plant research and development. Bioconst hopes to further its technologies and create a range of plants that emit light.

Galassia Flowers are treated with a special luminous formula, visible with the aid of some UV. The glow lasts many months, much longer than the lifespan of the flowers. Check out the gallery below and see not just more of their flowers, but how they add UV sources in to bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres:

Images from