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Sunday JimOnLight Flickr Group Photo Pool

three kings of lighting online at PLASA 2012 — Rob Sayer from OnStageLighting.co.uk, Jim Hutchison from JimOnLight.com, Justin Lang of iSquint.net

Happy Sunday, everybody! I’m back from PLASA 2012 in London, and I think I am finally caught up with sleep and no longer grumpy (sorry, principessa) after a grand return. I had a blast, saw some of my favorite people, met new favorite people, and didn’t sleep much! As usual, a standard trade show experience.

I signed into Flickr this morning to write a Sunday Flickr Group post, and I nearly jumped out of my chair with excitement.  This was an AWESOME day to check out the Pool!  Lots and lots of great images were just added by a bunch of great photogs and light artists — it’s totally worth a few minutes’ worth of black background photo gazing!

Check out today’s selection — it’s huge!

"Love" Light Graffiti

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The Lenser Orb Challenge

Tree and Me - Brimham Rocks

N.D.B.C - I'M SEXY I KNOW IT - Today's Explore at #1 on Fluidr

Light

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Metal & Light

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Oriole Park, Toronto

Face Down Olympic Gold!

Sunset Showoff.

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The Calamari Sisters' Big Fat Italian Wedding

Deference of the Departed

A Chorus Line Rendering

Happy Sunday! I hope it is a relaxing and very chill one for each and every one of you out there!

JimOnLight.com and iSquint.net Announce USITT 2010 Kansas City’s Evening Party Plans

So over the last several months we’ve been talking about that convention that’s happening in Kansas City next week, and how @lekogirl and @a_mandolin are going to be going head-to-head in a Gaff Dress Challenge at the BMI Supply booth (which is booth 1010, by the way).  Even though apparently none of the lighting bloggers in this world are cool enough to report on the USITT convention in Kansas City, we’re still gonna be there having a good time!

We’ve been discussing the idea of having a one-night Gaff Dress Prom event for all of us crazy entertainment industry people to get gaffed up and have a great time together, do some networking, you know – standard fun stuff.  What I’ve come up with to solve the problems of convention evening scheduling, trying to find a place that will not only let us party but also work on our lighting blogger’s budget (which is typically negative $14 bucks).

Instead of disappointing the masses by having one party night, we’ve decided that we’re going to have a party EVERY NIGHT of USITT, at a different establishment in close proximity to the conference hotel and convention center so that everyone can walk to and fro!  There are some events scheduled between the expo floor’s closing and 10pm most nights, I think, so we’re going to start partying around 9pm each night and go until we’re partied out!

Did I mention that if you come to the party dressed to the nines in gaff tape, you’ll get entered in for some prizes to be given away each night?!  Also, Justin and I will buy you a beverage!  If you’re over 21, it’ll be whatever you want.  Under 21?  Then I will buy you sodas all night!

So:  What have you REALLY got going on that you can’t come hang out with us EVERY NIGHT YOU’RE AT USITT?!

We’re going to announce each location during that day, so keep your eyes on Twitter and Facebook for the hashtag #KCGaffCrawl to pop up and get RT’ed all over the place!

Stay tuned!

JimOnLight.com and iSquint.net “Light Plot Deconstructed” WINNER!

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Ladies and gentlemen – I am proud to announce the winner of the second half of the JimOnLight.com and iSquint.net Light Plot Deconstructed contest.  We had many entries, lots of interest, and we’re pleased as punch that everyone was so receptive!

The cold, unfeeling finger of the Random Number Generator chose our second winner – congratulations, Michelle Ramsay!

JimOnLight and iSquint Tweet-Up – TWITVITE ALIVE!

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Remember all of that “hey, JimOnLight.com and iSquint.net are having a Tweet-Up at the LDI21009 Orlando Conference this year!” stuff?

It’s officially now official.  If you’re on Twitter and coming to the LDI 2009 Tweet-Up, go check out the official TwitVite!  Let us know that you’re coming or not, and see who else is coming to meet up.  We’re going to have a blast!

When you’re telling people on Twitter about the JimOnLight and iSquint LDI2009 Tweet-Up, make sure to tag your Tweet with hash tag #ldi09tweetup so everyone knows what the score is!  We are looking forward to seeing you there!

LDI 2009 – The JimOnLight.com and iSquint TWEET-UP!

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Jim is gonna be at LDI this year!  Are you?

I have some questions for the JimOnLight.com community:

  1. Are you going to LDI 2009 in Orlando, Florida?
  2. Do you at least occasionally enjoy drinking a beer or cocktail?
  3. Are you a Twitter-er?

On Friday, November 20, 2009 at 8pm, JimOnLight.com and iSquint are hosting a Tweet-Up at the LDI 2009 show.  We’re still ironing out some of the details, but it’s gonna be awesome.  We’re hoping to see as many of you there as possible!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Friday night, November 20, 2009, 8pm!

Jim and iSquint will be tweeting about this from now until the Tweet-Up – check Twitter for hashtags (that’s a word with a # in front of it) #ldi2009 and #ldi09tweetup.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Light Plot Deconstructed – The Continuing Contest!

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iSquint just finished the first part of the Greg Hillmar contest for Light Plot Deconstructed, Greg’s new book about light plots and the process of making one.  Now that iSquint has passed the torch, JimOnLight.com is going to host the second part of the contest for one of two signed copies of Greg’s book!  iSquint will be announcing the winner of the first signed Greg Hillmar book soon.

First, thanks Greg for providing us the books so we could give them away to the JimOnLight and iSquint communities!

As in all contests on JimOnLight, this one is just as easy – to be entered into the completely random drawing for the last signed copy of Greg’s book, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post.  Leave your name, email address (which will of course not be published or shared with anyone), and if you’re feeling generous, leave me a note!  I LOVE your notes!

I will be running this section of the contest from right now until October 30, 2009 at midnight central time.  Once the contest is closed, I’ll just stop allowing comments on this post.  Good luck, and thank you so much for reading JimOnLight and iSquint!

Greg Hillmar is also selling copies of his book for $40 on the Light Plot Deconstructed website.  Check it out!

JimOnLight.com and iSquint.net- A “Light Plot Deconstructed” Contest!

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Great things happen when people work together!

My good pal iSquint and I are running a contest for two of Greg Hillmar’s book, Light Plot Deconstructed, which retails for $40.  Greg’s book deals with Vectorworks Spotlight, a popular program on the market of CAD software.  Greg has graciously donated two copies of his book, SIGNED, for the contest!

We’re conducting this contest in two parts – iSquint is rocking the first two weeks of October, and I will be rolling the last two weeks of October.  iSquint is holding the first part of the contest from October 1 and ending it on October 18; I will take over on JimOnLight.com and run it from October 19 and end of October 30.

Entering is just as easy as any other JimOnLight or iSquint contest – for the first half, hop on over to iSquint’s contest page for the Greg Hillmar book and leave your name, email (which is as always private), and a note – notes are awesome!  I’ll post a contest page when it’s my turn.

What are you waiting for?

Cat West – Interview on iSquint – Where is the Industry Heading?

Okay, I love these interviews.  I did one back in mid 2009 with iSquint, and now he’s got an interview posted with our favorite sassy programmer/LD, Cat West.  Don’t waste a second, check it out!

Cat’s actually a ninja – and she WILL kick your butt with her throwing stars made of complex algorithms.

Yeah.  I went there.

Anniversary Week on JimOnLight.com – Friday Giveaways, and Grand Prize!

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Today is the last day of the week of giveaways – it’s been a great week, hundreds of people have commented, twittered, and just plain been awesome.  Thank you so much for every single one of your wonderful comments – I love writing this stuff as much as you love reading it!  I read the metrics for the site daily, and you guys are the most dedicated readership a blogger could ever want!

I want to give my best, loudest, and most energetic screams of appreciation to the people who provided the merchandise we were able to you awesome JimOnLight.com readers:

Last but certainly not least, Shannon Dudley at Inkblot Creative for the fabulous site design, and my awesome wife for the code!

Thanks a lot for reading JimOnLight.com – I promise to keep giving you the best news I can find.

Friday Winners – two Zinman software 3-Packs (iSwitch DMX, PocketLD, and GelCalc), two 9-LED flashlights, one BMI Supply t-shirt, and one license of Zinman’s ML Finder PRO software!

Zinman 3-pack:
Dominic from Seattle
Zinman 3-pack:
Aron Altmark
9-LED flashlight:
Ofir Dori
9-LED flashlight:
Noah on the Goah
BMI Supply t-shirt:
Greg Owen
ML Finder PRO:
David Atkinson

And FINALLY – the Grand Prize Winner – who will be awarded with a lux meter from Mastech, a $20 coupon for the JimOnLight.com store (ie, a free t-shirt!!) a full Zinman software suite (iSwitch DMX, PocketLD, GelCalc, and ML Finder PRO), a BMI Supply t-shirt, and a 16-LED flashlight!

Congratulations, Colin Riebel, you’re the grand prize winner!

Thank you for reading, everyone! New stuff coming up and daily articles, as always! Winners, I’ll be contacting you all in the next few days, so make sure that jim [at] JimOnLight.com is not getting thrown into your SPAM folder!