This is the 1700th post I have made on

I want to use it to say CONGRATULATIONS, Graduates!  This is a congratulations to everybody who successfully graduated from their undergraduate or graduate degree programs this semester – but specifically to those going into one of the many lighting industries we call careers here on Earth.  Take a moment, watch this video – and remember that we’re all very proud of you!

Now go out there, respect your industry, and make us proud!

Congratulations Graduates of 2011! from Jim Hutchison on Vimeo.

The Ocean Thin Films Booth at Photonics West 2011

Last week, I was in San Francisco exercising my lighting design muscle for Ocean Thin Films’s booth at Photonics West 2011.  Fun was had by all – I got to see Jax from, I got to see Phil Buchsbaum from Ocean Thin Films, Rick and Adri Hutton from InLight Gobos, and a ton of other folks who all had great times walking around, enjoying the awesome weather, and generally having a great time!

The rig was simple but effective – three handfuls of tungsten SeaChanger profiles, a handful and a half of Nemo Wash units (SeaChanger’s LUXIM lamp fixtures), and a couple of VL-1000 Tungsten for frosting.

Check out the rest of the images – click on a thumbnail and a magic gallery of images opens up!

See this dude here below?  The guy in the lift?
That guy is Mark Hetrick.  He is one of the coolest dudes I’ve ever met.

A Top of 2011 Message from

Hey, you got a minute or two? I want to say thanks to you! Watch this video:

Seriously now. I mean it, thank you. Let’s ROCK 2011!

(Holy Crap) HAPPY 2011!

Hey, did you know that it’s 2011?!  I had a project that started on December 27th and just finished up today.  NOW, finally, I am in 2011!

I cannot tell you how glad I am that we’re in a new calendar year.  Also, where in the hell did 2010 go, actually?
As long as I’m concerned, I’ve hit the ground running in this new decade, and it is on.

As my friend Lance says, as if he were still living in an apartment with Shakespeare, “Bring’t, 2011.”

Posts resume tomorrow morning.  Look forward to a video of me talking about something that’s been stuck in my brain.