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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:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, STEPHEN HAWKING!
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

WINNER of the 2010 Gaff Dress Challenge IS…

Have I kept you in suspense enough about the winner of the 2010 Gaff Dress Challenge, sponsored by BMI Supply and JimOnLight.com?

This was a ridiculously amazing challenge.  When we first started this challenge between Daphne Mir (we like to call her Gaffne) and everyone’s favorite Amanda Lynne Ballard, I half expected there to be one good dress and one awesome dress, but I had no idea who would do what.  What ended up happening is that two intelligent, beautiful, amazing people brought two beautiful, sophisticated, amazing dresses to USITT 2010 and rocked our socks off, and rocked them hard.

After three days of trying to decide if it was possible to decide a winner, we unanimously decided that there was no way to actually decide a winner between these two wonderful acts of gaff dress brilliance.  Both Daphne and Amanda Lynne made such beautiful works that were so durable and creative that I declare them both the winner!

I approached the ladies about this decision, and they were both so thrilled about both being declared winner that they helped me come up with ways to distribute the prizes accordingly so that they made the highest benefit overall.  What we’ve decided is that the prize of the SeaChanger ColorBug will go to CalArts on behalf of Daphne, and the people who have emailed with monetary donations will go to a worthwhile charity that Amanda Lynne has chosen – The Famous People Players, the internationally reknowned blacklight theatre that works with developmentally disabled people.  Can you think of a better way to honor the Gaff Dress Challenge winners than THIS?!  So selfless!

I made a video for the challenge – one of the most fun times of USITT was having an impromptu photoshoot with Miss Daphne and Miss Amanda Lynne.  It was all my pleasure.  Check it out:

Gaff Dress Challenge 2010, Sponsored by BMI Supply and JimOnLight.com from Jim Hutchison on Vimeo.

Some images:

Daphne, Amanda Lynne, thank you for being so awesome.

JimOnLight.com and iSquint.net Announce USITT 2010 Kansas City’s Evening Party Plans

So over the last several months we’ve been talking about that convention that’s happening in Kansas City next week, and how @lekogirl and @a_mandolin are going to be going head-to-head in a Gaff Dress Challenge at the BMI Supply booth (which is booth 1010, by the way).  Even though apparently none of the lighting bloggers in this world are cool enough to report on the USITT convention in Kansas City, we’re still gonna be there having a good time!

We’ve been discussing the idea of having a one-night Gaff Dress Prom event for all of us crazy entertainment industry people to get gaffed up and have a great time together, do some networking, you know – standard fun stuff.  What I’ve come up with to solve the problems of convention evening scheduling, trying to find a place that will not only let us party but also work on our lighting blogger’s budget (which is typically negative $14 bucks).

Instead of disappointing the masses by having one party night, we’ve decided that we’re going to have a party EVERY NIGHT of USITT, at a different establishment in close proximity to the conference hotel and convention center so that everyone can walk to and fro!  There are some events scheduled between the expo floor’s closing and 10pm most nights, I think, so we’re going to start partying around 9pm each night and go until we’re partied out!

Did I mention that if you come to the party dressed to the nines in gaff tape, you’ll get entered in for some prizes to be given away each night?!  Also, Justin and I will buy you a beverage!  If you’re over 21, it’ll be whatever you want.  Under 21?  Then I will buy you sodas all night!

So:  What have you REALLY got going on that you can’t come hang out with us EVERY NIGHT YOU’RE AT USITT?!

We’re going to announce each location during that day, so keep your eyes on Twitter and Facebook for the hashtag #KCGaffCrawl to pop up and get RT’ed all over the place!

Stay tuned!

The 2010 Gaff Dress Challenge!

Whoa.  It’s like three weeks away!  I have to ask, where in the world did January and February 2010 go?!  Wasn’t it just Christmas?

The last six days have been some of the busiest of the last few years.  At one point last week I felt like I was busier than when I wrote my Master’s thesis.  That will make sense to a lot of people out there, methinks.

A news bump – coming up at a little Theatre Technology conference coming up March 31-April 3 in Kansas City, MO:

@lekogirl vs. @a_mandolin for 2010 – who will throw down next year?  Who has the creativity to take 2010?

There will be an event at USITT that will be a Gaff Tape Prom-type deal, but we’re working on having it offsite of the conference center.  Stay tuned.  Aww yeah.