This Ferrite Toy NEEDS Some Light Added to the Ends

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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.

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

Thanks Core77!

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 galassiaflowers.com.au

Happy Birthday, Jim!

Say it with me everybody…Happy Birthday, Jim! That’s for two guys I work with daily – James Watt and our very own Jim Hutchison! Okay, I don’t physically work with Mr. Watt, but you get what I mean, right?

Jim has written an article previously about James Watt. You should certainly (re)read it since all of us should understand the background of which our entire industry measures power. Check out the Wikipedia article on the unit of watt if you need a refresher.

Here are a few events that occurred on this day:
1736 – James Watt, Scottish inventor, was born.
1883 – The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey.
1915 – George Claude, of Paris, France, patented the neon discharge tube for use in advertising signs.

Thanks to Wikipedia and the rest of the non-censored interwebs for keeping documentation on our history available!

The JimOnLight Guide to Christmas Lights, Parts 1-5

Back another year by popular demand and thousands of visits, the JimOnLight.com’s Guide to Christmas Lights is here!  To break this down a bit and hopefully keep the five parts of the JimOnLight.com Guide to Christmas Lights:

Part One:  CHRISTMAS LIGHTING HISTORY

Part One is geared towards sharing where Christmas Lighting got its start, including going WAY back to talk a bit about what actually happens in the sky around Christmas time (or Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Flying Spaghetti Monster time, or whatever flavor of religion you pick for the Holidays) and how we’ve been dealing with it for a few thousand years.

Part Two:  MODERN LAMP TYPES AND SIZES

Part Two takes some of the most basic information about Christmas lighting – the light sources – and breaks them down for the reader to make it easy to understand and identify different kinds of Christmas Lights.  You know, for that moment when you have to pull the ball of lights out of the box in the garage and actually NOT burn your house down.

Part Three:  FORM FACTORS of CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

Rain lights, curtain strands, cascades, and all kinds of other terms that mean something about the different arrays that Christmas lighting come in – Part Three of the JimOnLight.com’s Guide to Christmas Lighting is all about telling those arrays apart so you can get back inside and drink some Wassail!

Part Four:  CHRISTMAS LIGHT POWER AND SAFETY

This is an important one – Part Four talks about how NOT to get yourself dead while doing all of that Christmas light installation!

Part Five:  CHRISTMAS LIGHTING MATH

…not last, not least, and definitely not the end of the series, but perhaps one of my favorites!  A quick overview of some of the basic and important electrical equations that can help you make a little more sense out of the task of hanging Holiday Illumination!

Drop us a comment below if you like the JimOnLight.com’s Guide to Christmas Lights – we’re dedicated to bringing you the best!

A Big JimOnLight.com Community Welcome to Some Absolutely Awesome People

I have made some changes lately to the way things are done here at JimOnLight.com and Light Associated Media, LLC.

I have been so busy doing all of the stuff that prevents me from writing like I used to be able to write – I miss the sheer volume of time I used to be able to spend just researching and writing!  I’m sick and tired of not being able to do that, so I have reached out into the JimOnLight.com Community to get some help with the day-to-day operation of JimOnLight.com and the Light Associated Media Network (Jobs.JimOnLight.com, bulbr.com, and the JimOnLight.com Newsletter – YEAH!  We do a newsletter, too!)

As you already know, Jax Steager from San Francisco functions as the JimOnLight.com Executive Assistant, helping me at conventions and conferences, and generally helps me keep my stuff together.  Jax also writes on JimOnLight.com from time to time – we’ll be seeing her a lot more in the coming months.

I’ve also started to put together a JimOnLight.com Executive Advisory Board.  The first member that has accepted is Rick Hutton from InLight Gobos – Rick is a close friend, and his feet are rooted in this industry from the bottom up.  Rick is a valuable resource as a friend and as someone tied into the industry.  I asked him for technical advisory, and to spearhead the board.

The latest member of the JimOnLight.com Team is the fantastic Mr. David Fox, Day Crew on Cirque du Soleil’s in Las Vegas, as well as a smart dude and developer (pictured on the left with Jim and Erik Walstad from KA).  David is going to become the Chief Web Strategist for JimOnLight.com.  We’ve been very fortunate to have Leia Scofield developing JimOnLight.com for several years – Leia is one of the best web developers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, if not one of the best in the South.  Leia’s still doing development for JimOnLight.com, but we’re trying to move stuff over to David to lighten Leia’s load.  I’m so fortunate to have Leia’s expertise on the site!  I’m also glad to now have David’s input on the site!

More coming soon – please join me in saying HEY HI! to the new people, and to Jax!

John Whitney’s “CATALOGUE” from 1961

There has been a lot of research going on over at the JimOnLight.com World HQ – lots of video research, moving picture content, and just general shifting image stuff.  The project will be monstrously enormous, to make up a modifier, but it’s all in good fun.

You have to see this – the video below is John Whitney‘s video, called “Catalogue,” from 1961.  Whitney was an animator who is considered by many to be the Father of Modern Computer Graphics.

Here’s another one, called Arabesque (from 1975):

Imagine something like this projected over a whole city…

Nikola Tesla, A Genius Who Got Screwed By Edison

Awesome dude and entertainment lighting publicist Michael Eddy sent this video a few weeks ago about Nikola Tesla – and funny enough, I’m reading a biography of Edison right now, so I love the conflicting history!  You have to take the three minutes and watch this video – you’ll learn about Tesla today, and how awesome he was.  You need to learn something new every day!

The History of Nikola Tesla – a Short Story from Jeremiah Warren on Vimeo.

Thanks, Michael!

bulbr, Meet the World!

So, I have a surprise for you, everybody.  Meet the new spot for people that love light to blog, network, and interact:  it’s bulbr!

bulbr is now a public beta, and registration is open to everyone.  Just keep in mind that we’re still in beta, and always trying to make it better!  Go sign up, talk with a lot of the people you know from Twitter, and get involved!  I’m Jim on bulbr (real creative, I know), so go be my friend, wouldja?

Follow this link to register yourself for bulbr!

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