A Contest – FREE T-SHIRT!


The lovely Cat West of Console Trainer has provided me with a great High End Showpix t-shirt, so I want to have a little contest to give it to some knowledgeable reader!  I’m giving this t-shirt to a random correct answerer of a small question that Cat has posed for the contest.  I’ll end this contest on Sunday, June 21, 2009 at 11:59pm.

The question to answer via the contact form is as follows:

Holding down what 2 keys on the Wholehog will open the Programmer window?

DO NOT leave a comment with the answer – submit your answer via the contact form, and good luck!

jimonlight – A “More Free Stuff” Contest!

YEAH!  Free stuff is awesome.  When it’s free stuff that lights up, even more rocking takes place.

Four people will get a stickable LED light pods – LumPods.  These little things stick to places like the back of your cell, above a keyhole, or any place your heart desires.  All you have to do is leave a comment with your answer below – tell me who you consider as your favorite lighting designer or luminaire designer.  That’s it!


I’ll pick four people, all drawn randomly of all entries, to get one LumPod each – make sure to specify in your comment whether you prefer:  black, pink, white, or silver.  Don’t forget!  I can’t promise to give you the color you wanted, but I’ll do my best.

I’ll keep the contest open until Monday, June 1, 2009.  Make sure to enter, all you have to do is tell me who your favorite lighting designer or luminaire designer below!



I’m pleased to announce that reader Daphne Mir is the winner of the RAM contest!  Congratulations, Daphne!  You’re on a luck streak, apparently!  I’ll contact you about the details, enjoy the RAM! – The RAM Giveaway Ends Tonight!

Just a reminder – the end of the RAM giveaway is tonight at 11:59pm!  Get your entry in, all you have to do is contact me and say hi!  It’s a 2X2GB package, 240 pin DDR2.  Hurry up!

HEY! I’m Giving Away Four Gigs of RAM!

Another giveaway on – this time without a trivia question!  I’m giving away a four gig, dual channel pair of OCZ high-performance RAM sticks – DDR2 PC2 6400 5-4-4@2.1V.  These are 240-pin DIMMs, and run about $50 for the pair.  Four gigs will certainly pep up your system!  I upgraded to four gigs when I got WYSIWYG Perform, and it made all the difference.

For this giveaway, all you gotta do is contact me through the contact form – you have until Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 11:59pm to do so.  I am going to take a random winner from all who enter, and shipping is on me!

Good luck!

jim on light

jim on light

Luminair 1.5 Contest Is Over – Winners Contacted

I am thrilled to say that I have sent the two winners’ names of the Luminair 1.5 contest to Ryan at Synthe FX, who will be contacting the winners to set up their free licenses of Luminair 1.5 – lighting control via your iPhone!

If you listened to the first edition of The Podcast, you would know the two questions posed for entry into the contest – for those of you who haven’t had a chance to hear it, I asked the following questions:

1.  What was the first computerized lighting control console for entertainment?
2.  What are the languages in which Luminair 1.5 is translated?

I accepted two answers for question 1 – the first memory console was actually developed by Strand, called the Strand IDM.  From the Strand Archive:

The world’s first memory lighting control, the IDM/DL arose out of the need to advance from a three preset manual fader desk to a means of recording the fader levels and instantly reproducing them in performance. The first installation in June 1968 in Schweinfurt, was followed by Budapest Opera and the Coliseum, London. With its push-button IDM/R variant (the prototype of the DDM) and the later redesigned MSR system, 20 systems were installed around the world.


I also accepted the answer of Gordon Pearlman’s LS-8 Electronics Diversified, used in Tharon Musser’s production of A Chorus Line.  Pearlman’s console was the first memory desk used on Broadway.

The second question was easy, located on Luminair’s website.  Luminair is translated into Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, English, and Spanish.

I took all of the entries and generated two completely random winners from a randomly generating algorithm – the winners were completely randomly selected from the correct answerers.  If you won, you’ve been contacted.  If you didn’t win, I have another contest coming up this week!  Free stuff ROCKS!  Thanks to all who entered – I have a lot more planned, and I hope you participate again!

The Podcast – Contest Reminder!

Just a reminder for Hump Day – the Podcast launched this week- the first podcast features an interview with Gil Densham of Cast Lighting, the makers of WYSIWYG.  I’m giving away free stuff in the podcast – two free licenses of Synthe-FX’s iPhone and ArtNet control platform, Luminair 1.5!  A $99.99 value, and I’ve got two for you!

Listen to the podcast – there are two questions that need answering in order to enter the contest.  Contact me through the contact form – do NOT, and I repeat, do NOT POST YOUR ANSWER in the comments!

Friday at 11:59pm is coming up quick!  Listen to the podcast, answer the questions, contact me through the contact form!

The Podcast, Episode 1: Gil Densham of Cast Lighting

The first Podcast is ready! I had an interview with Cast Lighting‘s CEO Gilray Densham a few weeks ago, and we talked about WYSIWYG, Black Box, and some other exciting information. Please check it out!

I’m also giving away two free licenses of Synthe-FX’s software Luminair 1.5$99.99 each! In the podcast I asked two questions – contact me through the contact form with your answers, and a winner will be randomly selected from the group of correct answers! Good luck! The deadline for contest entries is Friday, April 24, 2009 by 11:59pm.

Let me make sure I’m clear about this – do not post the answers in the comments! Use the contact form!