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Hump Day Lighting Porn – Catalyst and DL3 Demo Room Footage from 2010 at High End Systems!

Having downtime has allowed me to dig up gigabytes and schmigabytes of video content that I’ve either A) got sidetracked during and never got to finish, B) decided for some reason that I needed to prioritize something else, or C) completely forgot about having altogether!  I found some really fun stuff last night while searching through content — a demo from 2010 at High End Systems of the Axon media server and DL3 digital lights!

I hope you enjoy it!  Please excuse my giggling at one point for a few seconds, I was having a frigging blast!  Thanks a lot, Richard!

Check out some High End Systems lighting demo porn from 2010!  From the JimOnLight.com Vimeo Channel:

Lighting Porn! High End Systems – Catalyst Media Server Demo, 2010, Austin, Texas from Jim Hutchison on Vimeo.

or if you prefer YouTube:

20×2 NEEDS OUR HELP! Please RT, and OFTEN.

So you guys might remember when I did a guest spot at 20×2 in Austin, during the SXSW Interactive Conference a few years back.  Here’s my presentation for the 20×2 Festival to refresh your memory:

20×2 is a volunteer thing – an awesome thing – and it’s a thing that is very jam-packed with very awesome and intelligent people.  Mark Couvillion, one of the creators of 20×2, has reached out for some help this year.  Mark needs someone to help him broadcast and record the 20×2 show happening at Skinny’s this year, on March 9.  This is on FRIDAY of this week.  This year’s question that the list of folk need to answer is:  How Did I Get Here?

Look – if you’re going to be around the Austin area on Friday night, March 9, and you happen to have some gear that could make something like this possible, can you contact Mark Couvillion pronto?  Mark is on Twitter at @chimchim, or you can email him directly here.  Mark and his wife just had a baby, so as you can imagine, he has no time.  Please help him out if you can.  I owe you one. This is a volunteer opportunity, but it’s one of the more prestigious ones you’ll do.  If you can’t but know someone who might be able to help out, please tell them to get ahold of me or Mark ASAP.

THANK YOU!

Austin’s Moon Towers – An Alternative Approach to Streetlight

When I was down in Austin this year for the South-by-Southwest Interactive festival, we drove around looking at the city’s old moon towers.  The concept of these old towers is that they were used to augment street lighting, which was made of gas at the time (late 1800’s), and could be employed when regular street lighting was way too expensive.

The moonlight towers, as they are officially called, were once carbon arc sources, but now sport mercury vapor HIDs.  Once incandescent lighting started to get really popular, moonlight towers sorta went by the waysite.  Austin, however, still has 17 original towers that have been refurbed all the way down to the hardware back in 1993.  Supposedly they provide enough light for you to read a watch for a 1500 foot radius.  It was very hard to discern these onsite due to all of the other street lighting, but the towers certainly provide a presence around the city.  You can see them for miles.

I took a few crappy shots of the moonlight tower I checked out – there are 16 more to explore!

Thanks, Wikipedia!

Austin’s Solar Sunflowers

A while ago I wrote about the Solar Sunflowers that are installed on the rear end of a retail park in Austin.  They’re large beautiful structures that you can see on I-35 as you drive by a certain Home Depot.  Here’s the aerial view:

I have always wanted to see these things up close and personal, so when Leia and I were driving down I-35 to hook up with some friends for SXSW we sort of spotted them from the highway.  It’s pretty fantastic to see something like this after you’ve researched it – the experience was awesome.  It’s also nice to be able to have a light nerd freakout around my wife.

The photovoltaics for these units are built into the structure of each of the 15 flowers; they in themselves are functioning art.  During the day, the sun shines through the PV material, which has some blue poly edges that create beautiful blue light in the shadows.  At night the sunflowers’ stamen-like LED arrays illuminate the face of the PV panel with deep blue light.  Beautiful!

Austin’s Solar Sunflower Garden, off off I-35 – JimOnLight.com from Jim Hutchison on Vimeo.

High End Systems Rocks the Face Off of Pure Volume at SXSW 2010

I was chilling with my wife and Josh Benton (you know, the guy who runs the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard) during the “Fray Cafe” event at the Red Eyed Fly at SXSW last weekend.  In comes Adam DeWitt (@xedmada) to have a beer because I posted my status on GoWalla, and all of the sudden I was on the way over to the Pure Volume venue in Austin to meet up with Craig Burross from High End Systems.

That’s like a freaking lighting nerd’s dream.  So, I walk into Pure Volume with Adam, and there is truss everywhere.  The venue has a very low ceiling, so Craig Burross and his team had installed some very interesting configurations in the club.  I was very impressed.  High End Systems, I heart you so much.

Cameron Gordon was busking as the lighting director at the venue.  Nice work, Cameron!

I know the fixture counts I have won’t be accurate – but it was a Hog III and wing, 12 ShowPix, 6 ShowGuns, and 6 Cyberlight 2’s.  Oh, and a bunch of DL3’s.  The Cyberlight 2.0 is a <expletive> fantastic fixture.  The industry needs a great scanner – Cyber 2.0 is where my money is going.  That fixture has been awesome since it was first released.  You and your huge creative brain, Richard Belliveau!

I made a little video of some of the lighting inside Pure Volume – check it out!

SXSW This Weekend – Who’s Going?

What’s up, everybody?  Throw your hands in the ay-aa if you’re working long we-eeks:

[waving]

The major question:
Who is going to be in Austin this weekend, who is going to be hanging out at SXSW, and what time are we getting together and what night?!  It’s hopefully gonna be a whirlwind weekend full of win.

If you’re in Austin this weekend and want to try and meet up, I’m gonna be trying to keep up with my tour of the town on Gowalla and at @jimonlight on Twitter.  Spontaneous moments of drinking and revelry are always and often appreciated.

On Monday, March 14 – 20×2!  I’m pretty excited about my presentation.  I’ll be posting it after the night is over.  So much anticipation!

Jim’s Gonna Be In 20×2 at SXSWi This Year!

What?!  OH YEAH!

I’m over here peeing in my pants about some emails that got bounced around this morning, and it looks like I’m gonna be participating in the 10th anniversary of 20×2 in Austin at the 2010 SXSW Interactive!  20×2 is an event that gives 20 invited speakers each 2 minutes to answer a question – like “What if?” or “What’s the big idea?” or this year’s question, “Who loves ya baby?”

It doesn’t matter how you answer the question, but you can apparently use video, music, interpretive dance, or any other method of getting your answer across – as long as it’s 2 minutes.  20×2 v10 is happening at The Ghost Room, March 15, 2010 from 7-9:30pm.  Are you going to SXSW?  Come listen to these people answer the question!

AAAA!  There’s gonna be some excellent people presenting this year – I am so excited!  Kevin Newsum, Jeff Rider, Mark Couvillion and the 20×2 people, thanks a lot!

Check out some past 20×2 performances on a variety of questions:

20×2 Live Sketchnoting from Mike Rohde on Vimeo.

SXSW 2009: 20×2 “What’s it gonna take?” from karen chu on Vimeo.


What’s the difference – 20×2 performance – SXSW 2008 @ Yahoo! Video

WOOHOO!  Who loves ya, baby?

Solar Blossoms in Austin – SunFlowers, An Electric Garden

I’ve not been to Austin a lot – a few times for working and visiting – but this is the kind of project I would want to see if I lived there.  Meet the SunFlowers, a photovoltaic sculpture garden that collects solar energy and turns it into night time light:

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A blurb from Good Mag on the project:

Comprised of 15 flower-shaped photovoltaic solar panels that line a pedestrian and bike path on the greenbelt between a retail lot and highway I-35, SunFlowers was unveiled on July 30. In such close proximity to a prominent highway, the 30-foot structures are, as Harries/Héder put it, “a highly visible metaphor for the energy-conscious city of Austin.” But because each one is a working solar collector, the art piece is both emblematic and functional.

The energy that the panels collect during the day is used, come nightfall, to power SunFlowers’ stunning blue LEDs, which illuminate the path below for bike-riders and walkers, and generally beautifying the area. An extra 15 kilowatts generated each day is fed back into the grid and used offset the costs of operation and maintenance.

What do you think of this installation? I’m actually a fan of projects like this – projects that use technology like solar tech and repurpose it in a dual role as art and civil lighting interest me.  The developer paid a large part of the project, and a grant was given for the materials.

Some information on the project from Mags Harries and Lajos Heder’s website – the creators of the SunFlowers project:

Location:      Austin, TX
Client:            Catellus Development Co.
Size:                30′ x 1000′ x 16′
Materials:     Photovoltaic solar collector panels, welded steel frames and stems, landforms and plantings
Budget:         $595,000:
$470,000 from the Developer
$75,000 from Austin Energy rebate
$50,000 grant from Applied Materials Inc.

The 15 SunFlowers that form the Electric Garden are sculptural solar collectors that generate solar energy for lighting at night. The additional 15 kilowatts of energy that they produce is fed into the electrical grid for credit, which will fund the maintenance and operating costs for the project. During the day they provide shade for a pedestrian/bicycle path and at night the LED’s in the SunFlowers’ stamens glow with blue light.
SunFlowers was initiated as a buffer to mask the loading docks at the edge of the Mueller Development from the I-35 highway.

To date, this is the largest public art project in the City of Austin.  SunFlowers is both an icon for the sustainable, LEED certified Mueller Development and a highly visible metaphor for the energy conscious City of Austin.

The custom-made solar collector panels have a blue crystalline surface and appear like a garden of huge flowers facing the northbound traffic on I-35.

More images of the project:

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sunflower model

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Thanks, Good and Core77!