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Good Morning Inspiration: Rocking Some Romantics from 1983

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Sometimes when you wake up early, you just need a boost from some vintage 1983 Romantics, from the album In Heat.  For all of you who love this like I do, here’s an internet HIGH FIVE!

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“I hear… the secrets that you keep… when you’re talkin’ in your sleep…”

Crank it up loud, people.  YOU KNOW IN YOUR HEART that the entire office needs a burst of 1980’s awesomesauce!

I hope this starts your day off with an earworm that only WHEELS ON THE BUS can get rid of!  Happy Tuesday!

I Feel Ridiculous That I’m JUST NOW Discovering That Rare Earth is Rare Earth

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Laura and I are crashing with my best friend Greg in Ohio for the next few weeks; work’s been kinda tight since I left Canada, and I’m down here searching.  Billions of things go through your mind when you’re looking for a job and can’t find one in the industry – do I look into other industries for a job, or do I continue pushing my own things?  Do I find somewhere to hunker down and get through a rough time?  It’s pretty amazing to be someone who has a wonderful and crafty partner with which to weather the bad times.  I’m so grateful for my life, and it’s amazing to have such good friends.  It is truly humbling.

I was sitting here this morning with Greg and Laura, and Greg put on this great album full of excellent groove.  I had no idea who it was until Greg put on this track, which is about 3 minutes of the total 21 minutes of the tune on the album:

I had no idea this was Rare Earth, and even less idea that they were this good.  I feel like a failure of the funk:

Go get a cup of coffee, sit down on the couch, and groove to this song — just hit play, you know you need some Rare Earth in your Saturday.

Ready?

Set?

Light, Lighting, and Electricity Facts and Chicks!

I did this once before, but since then there have been a hell of a lot more facts posted.  Now the funniest thing for this post is… we expect more women than men to read it!

It is my pleasure to introduce some of the great Facts and Chicks’ Facts and ChicksLight, Lighting, and Electricity Edition!

(PS:  Ladies and Men, if you want men to look at with facts on them, let me know where they are!  We are equal opportunity expoloitationists for the sake of science!)

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http://factsandchicks.com/post/41536251566/when-in-panic-mode-your-eyes-see-more-frames-per
Fact Source: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_frames_per_second_can_your_eyes_see

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http://factsandchicks.com/post/41964531906/women-can-see-more-colors-than-men-can-source
Fact Source: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/09/120907-men-women-see-differently-science-health-vision-sex/

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http://factsandchicks.com/post/42593838699/the-flashes-of-color-you-see-in-your-eye-after-you
Fact Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phosphene

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http://factsandchicks.com/post/44963953401/a-star-trek-style-tractor-beam-is-being-created
Fact Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-21187598

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http://factsandchicks.com/post/46693730393/twice-a-year-the-sun-perfectly-lines-up-with-the
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manhattanhenge

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http://factsandchicks.com/post/47041887365/the-world-strongest-super-capacitor-was-recently
Fact Source: http://io9.com/5987086/meet-the-scientific-accident-that-could-change-the-world

LSD-facts-and-chicks

http://factsandchicks.com/post/48374445164/tripping-on-lsd-has-aided-at-least-2-nobel-prize
Fact Source: http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2006/01/70015?currentPage=all

blue-eyes-facts-and-chicks

http://factsandchicks.com/post/49941859378/all-blue-eyed-people-can-be-traced-back-to-one
Fact Source: http://occupycorporatism.com/blue-eyes-originated-10000-years-ago-in-the-black-sea-region/

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http://factsandchicks.com/post/23879660724/a-man-has-built-a-real-star-trek-beam-gun-source
Fact Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2136184/Man-builds-Star-Trek-phaser-gun-powerful-defeat-Borg-pop-balloon.html

pickles-facts-and-chicks

http://factsandchicks.com/post/15411661442
Fact Source, unofficial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZieGLO9_ks

water-electricity-facts-and-chicks

http://factsandchicks.com/post/18618764196/submitted-by-puddle

solar-paint-facts-and-chicks

http://factsandchicks.com/post/24003901613/there-is-a-solar-paint-that-can-generate
Fact Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2135571/The-end-bulky-solar-panels-New-solar-paint-generate-electricity-roofs-walls-EVERY-home.html

road-charging-facts-and-chicks

http://factsandchicks.com/post/47378860715/scientists-are-working-on-a-technology-where-the
Fact Source: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20120312-wireless-highway-to-charge-cars

laser-facts-and-chicks

http://factsandchicks.com/post/21507663219/submitted-by-rthompson
Fact Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser

 

 

 

The Daily Lamp for My Birthday Girl – Arik Levy’s Wireflow is Actually Distilled Freaking Genius

I found the coolest Daily Lamp for today, since it’s Laura’s birthday and she is my world.  Check this out, when I saw this I had an audible “awesome” come out:

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These are the braingasm of Arik Levy, who’s been on JimOnLight before with his WellofLife series.  He’s awesome.  So are these lamps, which he calls Wireflow.  There’s quite the series on Arik’s website, you must check them out.  Here’s some of my favorites:

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The series was made for Vibia — from an awesome post at DesignBoom:

‘wireflow’ explores geometries in two and three dimensions through a series of pendant lighting fixtures which are composed of simple elements, whereby from certain angles they appear flat, like a line drawing suspended in the air.  designed by arik levy, the structures are formed by thin rods which end with LED terminals (3W) for illumination, continuing the visual fluidity of the lines. produced by spanish company VIBIA, ‘wireflow’ explores presence and absence, transparency and luminosity, light and fluidity.

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Look at that smile on Arik’s face!  HE KNOWS he’s genius!  GAA!

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Good Morning Inspiration – 100 Black Balloons vs. 1 Blu-Ray Laser

What is better than coherent light obliterating 100 very carefully placed balloons down a hallway complete with different angles and audio that is not related to sex?

This is something that I submit to THAT list:

HAPPY FRIDAY, EVERYBODY! 

Buon Venerdì! 

Feliz Viernes! 

Gëzuar e premte! 

Fericit Vineri! 

金曜日ハッピー! 

周五快乐!

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JOL Sunday Flickr #15

This is a crazy day — Laura and I are packing up the JimOnLight.com Toronto offices today, getting ready for our move back to the USA!  The next few weeks will be fairly busy, as we’re staying in Durham, Ontario for a week or so before we head to see family in Peoria, Illinois.  Laura’s only allowed to visit until we get all of her visa stuff approved, so we’re dreading but accepting the fact that we’re going to have some time spent apart while we make sure that we don’t overstay her visa.

Talk about sh*t you never thought you’d have to do!

Today’s JOL Sunday Flickr is awesome — go give these great photogs some love!  Stop by the JimOnLight Flickr Group photo pool and give your eyes some lovin!

LIGHTS

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Light on!

The Daily Lamp – A Ceiling Lamp, Made from the Ceiling

As strange as it is at first glance, it’s actually a quite awesome idea — adapt your architecture to have some form AND function.  Meet the Ceiling Light, from Russian designer Дмитрий Куляев, or Dimitry Kulyev, for those of us who don’t speak Russian very well (or at all, like me — well, I learned how to swear in Russian, of course):

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Dimitri’s Ceiling Light actually incorporates the concept of recessed illumination, which provides a nice indirect source of light for a room.  He goes a bit further in this design by adding a fluorescent tube into the “luminaire.”  What do you think about this?  I’m not a fan of un-diffused fluorescent, as that stuff gives me a wicked headache, but I like the idea of Dimitri’s lamp, period!  I have to say that I think he really tackled every element of the typical A-Lamp, all the way down to the shiny applique on the ceiling to represent the base.  Brilliant work, man!

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What do YOU think?  Make a comment by clicking on the little cloud at the top right of the post!  Check out Dimitri’s Behance page for more awesome work!

Two Kittens, One Laser

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I think that it’s about time to take a second and laugh your butt off.  Yeah, it’s been a hard week, things haven’t gone how you wanted, and now Claudia Schiffer is too uninterested in you for anyone to care.

What to do?  Kittens and a laser.  Works every time.

 

Christopher Moulder’s Schproket Lighting System, Sans Dieter

Christopher Moulder is a Composer of Light.

from http://ohmygodot.blogspot.ca/2010/08/deadwood-not-dead-yet.html

That’s a pretty big introduction, I’m really not sure where to go from here; ooh, maybe also, his bowel movements smell like freshly baked cinnamon rolls?

From the Christopher Moulder website:

Christopher Moulder is a composer of light. His works possess a flow and visual rhythm that leave indelible signatures on the spaces they inhabit. His chandeliers, pendants, and ceiling and wall mounted fixtures span a broad range of styles: from sea and sky inspired rhapsodies that swim and soar, to architectural, sculptural designs that assert their quiet presence with elegantly refined gestures.

Fabricated using only the finest, texturally sophisticated materials, and meticulously engineered to the highest standards, these works of lighting art transform commercial and residential spaces.

Christopher’s studio is based in Atlanta, Georgia but his work travels the world. He creates and builds both one-of-a-kind sculptural lighting artworks designed for specific sites, and an original line of lighting fixtures made to order.

He welcomes inquiries from designers, architects and private collectors alike.

He’s not lyin’ folks, his work is muy excelente.  Here’s the latest thing called the Schproket Lighting System, and it’s pretty beautiful.  Check it out – in a desire to use low-voltage lighting to create socketless, wire-less lamps, this amazing series came out of Christopher Moulder’s brain:

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These pieces are absolutely outstanding — it’s almost as if Christopher has designed little plasma rings of light that emanate these crisp, hot little points of fire to warm up whatever room it finds itself radiating inside:

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Wall-mounted Schprokets:

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and perhaps Dieter’s favorite, Hanging Schprokets:

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Beautiful.  You also have to go sit on Christopher’s website and just let the rotating background gallery do its thing, he really has some lovely, lovely work!  Here’s a few shots from it, which makes me wonder WHY YOU’RE NOT THERE CHECKING IT OUT!!!

 

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Amazing.  Now check out a gallery of Schprokets, this is some beautiful work!

Thanks to DesignBoom!

Late Night Excellent: Rain Room at The Barbican, 2012

This is absolutely great.  Before I say sh*t, watch this:

Rain Room at the Barbican, 2012 from rAndom International on Vimeo.

OK, no, wait, watch another video, it’s late anyway:

GAH!  This is too awesome!

First and foremost, THIS IS STILL GOING ON at the Barbican Gallery, and WILL BE until MARCH 3, 2013.  SO, this means you need to get out there and see it!  If you live in the London metro or are going to be there between now and March 3, 2013, you need to check this out.  Go to the Barbican Gallery visitor’s page and get some info on the what, when, where, how, by clicking here!

Rain Room was created by rAndom International –

From the Barbican Gallery’s page on rAndom International‘s Rain Room exhibit:

Random International invites you to experience what it’s like to control the rain. Visitors can choose to simply watch the spectacle or find their way carefully through the rain, putting their trust in the work to the test.

More than the technical virtuosity necessary for its success, the piece relies on a sculptural rigour, with the entire Curve transformed by the monumental proportions of this carefully choreographed downpour and the sound of water.

Random International are known for their distinctive approach to digital-based contemporary art. Their experimental artworks come alive through audience interaction and staged performance.

Random International are represented by Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London and Paris.

In order for visitors to enjoy the sensory experience of Rain Room, there is a limited capacity of 5 people at a time in the rain.

Please be aware that due to the popularity of Rain Room, the queue time currently stands at around two hours, at peak times including evenings and weekends up to three hours.

We advise visitors to arrive as early in the day as possible, a minimum of two hours before closing time. Entry to the queue is subject to the number of visitors already waiting. Anyone arriving later may not be allowed to join the queue as we are unable to admit visitors after the gallery closes. Thank you for your patience.

Sun 18 Nov, 2 Dec, 20 Jan, 24 Feb
12-5pm, The Curve
Wayne McGregor Random Dance, with a score by Max Richter

Experience a unique fusion of art and movement on four Sundays during the exhibition as dancers respond to Rain Room.

Admission is free and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis from the queue. Please arrive early to allow for long queues due to a very limited capacity inside the Curve.

I also think this text from rAndom International’s website on Rain Room is pretty awesome too — but please check out the rAndom International website, it is absolutely a eye-stroking experience!

Water, injection moulded tiles, solenoid valves, pressure regulators, custom software, 3D tracking cameras, wooden frames, steel beams, hydraulic management system, grated floor 

Rain Room has been made possible through the generous support of the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art.

Video by Gramafilm, music by Max Richter

Rain Room is a hundred square metre field of falling water through which it is possible to walk, trusting that a path can be navigated, without being drenched in the process.

As you progress through The Curve, the sound of water and a suggestion of moisture fill the air, before you are confronted by this carefully choreographed downpour that responds to your movements and presence.

* PS I LOVE THIS! 

All of these images are directly from the rAndom International website, and I thank them for it!