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Sometimes You Just Need a Good Belly Laugh – Here’s 25! (Some are NSFW)

Lately I have needed to laugh my ass off to get through what we’ll call one of the crappier times of our lives here at JimOnLight.com.  Things are looking up, however, and that means the laughs have become natural again!

I can’t have all of these awesome laughs all to myself, I just don’t see that it’s fair to the Universe.  So take this next few minutes and just LAUGH!

Got something funny you want me to post?  Send me an email at [email protected]!

Ready?  GO!

alderaan_places

BAMBO

big-dick

bingo-night

bullshit-meter-full

cause-this-is-thriller

courage

drugs

explain-this-shit

franks-shit

funnyguy

hang-in-there

horse

lego-execution

look-at-this-duck-look-at-it

mom-thug-life

no-resemblence

north-west-stupid

raptor-jesus

roses-are-red

sharkalanche

sharks-want-to-cuddle

shits-on-fire

smart-motherfuckers

Third-party-facepalm1

 

Happy Birthday, InLight Gobos!

Wha – who – HEY!  Is that InLight Gobos?  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, InLight Gobos!

Today is the 9th birthday of InLight Gobos, the brainchild of Rick Hutton.  You know Rick, right?  If you’ve ever used a VL5, you know Rick.  He’s one of the brains that made Vari*Lite what it is, and he developed the VL5.  He is, in all aspects of the word, a true geek – and an awesome dude.

Rick and his lovely wife Adriana (and avid Words with Friends player who is constantly whipping me at that game) run InLight Gobos – their shop is in Dallas, and they make the best freaking glass gobos in the business.  That’s a fact.  Their gobos are the thinnest glass gobos in the business – 1.7mm thick – and the process they use puts the image all into one plane so there is no fuzzy crappy focus when you throw it into a fixture.

InLight Gobos’ services, from the website:

  • Custom and Catalog Glass Gobos – Full Color, Greyscale and Black and White
  • Custom Metal Gobos – Custom metal in any size
  • Wedding Gobos – Design you own special gobo for your special day
  • DiGiGOBOS® – Royalty free digital content in SD and HD formats
  • GAM on GLASS™ – Any GAM pattern can be produced in glass for extended use
  • Rent-A-Gobo™ – Short term glass gobo rental program
  • Laser Marking – Laser engraving service for gobo ring identification
  • Artwork Service – Artwork creation or help service

InLight Gobos is doing some pretty cool stuff.  You know this gobo, yeah?  It’s stock on PRG’s Bad Boy:

Yeah.  That’s all Rick and InLight.  I love that freaking gobo!  I just want to cover a room in those!  InLight Gobos are finding their way all over the place, and have been for a while – they were at E3 recently in the Nintendo booth, people are spec’ing them all over the place for projects, and recently Rick and Adriana started doing custom wedding gobos!

InLight Gobos is also on Twitter – make sure you’re following @InLightGobos!

From the InLight Gobos website:

Their catalogue is pretty great – I highly recommend checking it out.  They do full color gobos, greyscale, and pure black and white – custom or stock.  Check out the InLight Gobos catalogue here, and prepare to be impressed.  Rick also had a cool idea that he’s implemented into a service – gobo rental!  InLight Gobos has a Rent-A-Gobo program with a select group of their stock patterns, all glass.  Definitely check it out.

I have to show you some of my favorites from the InLight Gobos collection – these are some official JimOnLight.com favorites:

Liquid

Shocking

Jungle

Comb-Atic

Firework 1

Foiled Plot

On the history of the company:

InLight Gobos opened its doors on August 1st, 2002 with a simple mission to bring the best quality glass gobos at a competitive price to the lighting and entertainment industries. This mission still stands today. Over the years we have continued to bring new programs and innovations to the industry. Our partnership with Beacon SSR Stage Light AB in Sweden allows us to produce the thinnest full color gobos in the market. We continue to work closely with Beacon to improve our processes and the quality of our products. Our customers and employees are the most important assets we have, therefor we strive to continually improve all aspects of our business. We are always open to suggestions to  improve our operation and fulfill your needs.

InLight Gobos, JimOnLight.com thinks you are outstanding.

Pimp My Hubble – New Deep Space Images

The Hubble telescope (I’m sorry, “Space Observatory”) recently got a big upgrade – in addition to a new camera, it got two repairs that made the observatory capable of all kinds of new awesomeness.  From the press release at NASA:

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with the quality of the images from the new Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) and repaired Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), and the spectra from the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) and the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS),” said Keith Noll, leader of a team at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, which planned the early release observations. “The targets we’ve selected to showcase the telescope reveal the great range of capabilities in our newly upgraded Hubble.”

These results are compelling evidence of the success of the STS-125 servicing mission in May, which has brought the space observatory to the apex of its scientific performance. Two new instruments, the WFC3 and COS, were installed, and two others, the ACS and STIS, were repaired at the circuit board level. Mission scientists also announced Wednesday that the Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer was brought back into operation during the three months of calibration and testing.

“On this mission we wanted to replenish the ‘tool kit’ of Hubble instruments on which scientists around the world rely to carry out their cutting-edge research,” said David Leckrone, senior project scientist for Hubble at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. “Prior to this servicing mission, we had only three unique instrument channels still working, and today we have 13. I’m very proud to be able to say, ‘mission accomplished.’ “

Is it cheesy for me to say that these images are out of this world?  They truly are – check them out, they’re amazing.

First image – NGC 6302, a butterfly-shaped nebula surrounding a dying star:

new-hubble-ngc6302

Second image – a galactic clash of Stephan’s Quintet:

newhubble-2

Third image – the huge cluster of Omega Centauri, and 100,000 stars in that cluster:

newhubble-3

Last image for now – a freaky pillar of star birth in the Carina Nebula:

newhubble-4

Thanks, Hubble Site!

Sunday JimOnLight.com Flickr Pool Post

I have neglected the Flickr Pool post for a handful of Sundays.  I am sorry about that, everything has been super busy!

I chose 8 images, and narrowed it down to three for this week’s post.  Lexi has a photo blog (the upward facing face) that I read regularly, BazPics is always posting beautiful stuff, and Luca Pierro is a very talented photographer. Check their work out!

it rained today (229/365) by sea legs snapshots

it rained today (229/365)

1 MAJU by Luca Pierro

Too Blue for You

too blue for you by Baz Pics

too blue for you


The Sunday JimOnLight.com Flickr Pool Post

I’m going to start doing this every Sunday.  The JimOnLight.com Flickr Pool has 46 members as of Friday, February 6, 2009 – here are five great images added to the pool.  There is some great stuff here – if you’re a member of Flickr, please join the group!

Galeries Lafayette, Bayona - from RLasaosa

Galeries Lafayette, Bayona – from RLasaosa

Here Comes the Sun! - from Denis Collette...!

Here Comes the Sun! – from Denis Collette…!

Swimming in Dark Matter - from TheBobCirca69

Swimming in Dark Matter – from TheBobCirca69

Bregenz - West Side Story - from tedesco57

Bregenz – West Side Story – from tedesco57

Soil and Pimp Sessions - from Tyiri

Soil and Pimp Sessions – from Tyiri


Check back next Sunday for more JimOnLight.com’s Flickr Pool action!

The JimOnLight.com Flickr Pool is Growing!

As of this afternoon, we have 28 members, and steadily growing!

The JimOnLight Flickr Pool is just a place for Flickr peeps to share their photos with a group of “light-minded” individuals.  And with that bad pun, I’ll stop.

Check out some images from the pool!

“DeAndrè Teatro 1992 04,” by Giupa

“A Good Tree III” by NotForSaleA Good Tree III

“Rainbow Twister” by The RandeeZee

“Emily,” by Erin-Fflur

Remember, these photogs’ work is still protected under their Creative Commons Laws, and mine.

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LDI – A TON of Photos!

My wife and I bought a new DSLR a few weeks ago, and I took it on my trip to LDI.  I’m going to try to post one or two of these a day, and I have about 30 groups of photos of different booths and such – LDI 2008 was a great time.  I got to meet Mike Zinman of The Zinman Co, I got to hang out with old friends, and I saw a heckuva lot of great technology.  There’s some amazing LED technology out right now by companies like iLight and Traxon.  Don’t worry, I have pictures of their stuff too!

Here’s some general LDI images – if you were there, leave a comment!  I bet we passed right by each other eleventy times.

The Arri booth and the Strong booth to the right – that’s either Barco or Lasernet to the left (the green).

The “LDI guy.”

Vectorworks, and *I think* the back of Clay Paky’s booth.

AC Lighting’s area.  Cool LED CYC fixtures.  More on that later.

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