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Thinking About the Future

I’m always thinking about the future.  This morning particularly for some reason…  I woke up at 4am with it on my mind this morning really heavily.

Canopy of Shadow

Whether it’s what’s next in lighting or what I’m going to do next with my day, it’s always on my mind.  We as humans have an inane need to find comfort in the similar and familiar, sometimes at a price of our happiness.  I’ve always enjoyed the journey, whether it be alone or with a companion, but the journey is the spice of life.  When you stop wanting to see what’s out there, or you stop wanting to discover new things, I think you’ve missed the point of life.  Things rock right now, and frankly I only see them getting better.  I am always looking to see what I can do to better the industry that has made me what I am today.

Let me ask this — are you involved in bettering the Lighting industries?  I work for a company that gives a shit, and it’s pretty f*cking cool.  It’s a first, as far as I am concerned, for me at least.  I am involved in things that literally change lives.  The more I work and the harder things get for the industry, the more I realize that we as an industry have to reach out and do our own outreach.  Redundant terms?  Maybe.  Absolutely important?  Absolutely.

I’ve traveled to and lived in some quite spectacular places in my travels.  I’ve seen some really amazing stuff, some really scary stuff, and some stuff that would make any human question what and how they were living.  I’m always interested to see what comes next.  For some, the future is a grind; it’s unknown and scary.  For me, I say bring it right the f*ck on.

Have a good day everyone, go out there and just own today.  If you want to leave a comment, I welcome it, and if not, may the sunshine be on your shoulders as you head into the future.

Jim

Sometimes Life Gets In the Way, But We’re Still Live!

dizzy-jim

Good morning and good day, JimOnLight readers!  It’s “o’ dark thirty” as my dad always says, and guess what?  I’m at an airport getting ready to fly somewhere for a gig!  Say it ain’t so!   I just had my 78th trip to Las Vegas for LDI since 2000…  it seems like just yesterday…  actually no it doesn’t, I’ve been to Vegas WAY too many times for anyone’s good!

You’ll have to pardon my long pause here on the site…  I have been adjusting to a new gig (which is awesome) and to having my wife out of the country while we work on immigration issues.  You’d think Canada and the US would have a little looser restrictions on bringing your loved one to the states when you’re married, right?  Wrong.  Immigration is the single most confusing thing I have ever dealt with in my entire life, and I’ve been divorced twice!  Wacka wacka!

I’m heading out to Los Angeles for the Concert Lighting Master Classes this week — I’ll be programming for Jeff Ravitz, which is WAY cool for me, I’ve been a fan of Jeff’s work for many years, and I’ve interviewed him before for the website.

For those of you who don’t know, I’m the Customer Engagement and Education Manager (and Lighting Designer!) for CHAUVET Professional down here in Sunrise, Florida — I came on board back in August 2013, and I’ve been working myself ridiculous for Berenice and Albert, who are amazing people with a drive that matches none other I’ve met.  It’s quite amazing to have a mentor like Berenice, she literally pushes her people to greatness.

In other news, I have a digital stalker!  Anyone have a good lawyer they can recommend?  Shit’s getting ugly.

Have an amazing day, everyone!  JimOnLight is back.  Sorry for the pause, sometimes life gets in the way.

World, Welcome Daphne Mir to JimOnLight.com!

JimOnLight.com has grown beyond a point where Jim from JimOnLight.com can do it alone and still have a functioning body and mind.  Hahahaa, I have been trying, it’s freaking impossible!  I have dedicated JimOnLight.com to bringing you the best that the world of lighting can offer, and I’m adding another well-known personality to the site as a staff writer for your eternal enjoyment!  World, welcome Daphne Mir to the site – she’s going to be writing what she sees fit in the blogopshere about light, her experiences in life, and her travels worldwide!

Daphne is joining my stellar crew of excellent people who are dedicated to showing the world how important light is, and how we can enjoy it while learning about one of the most complex things in our universe!  Daphne is on Twitter as everyone’s favorite @lekogirl, and her personal blog at lekogirl.com.  You can reach Daphne now on the contact page and at daphne [at] jimonlight.com.

She joins me, Jax, and David in trying to take over the world of light!  Or, as I like to call us, three of the coolest mophos with glasses EVAR:

DAPHNE!  What are you doing right now???  Tell the world where you are, what you’re doing there, and what’s coming up!  GO!

Hello world! A couple years ago I sent Jim a link to a lamp illuminated by steeping a tea bag, and he posted it on JOL. I was so ecstatic that something I had discovered was being shared with the world. And now, I get to have that feeling ALL THE TIME!

I am a student at CalArts, and have just started a foreign exchange at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. I am extraordinarily curious, and fascinated by the entire universe. I hope to both learn, and share knowledge of light in all its forms worldwide, in the vast space beyond, and even in new worlds created by artists like ourselves! If there’s something that you find inspiring, or want to know more about, give me a shout! I just bought a Sherlock Holmes deerstalker, so I am ready to sleuth out solutions to your lighting curiosities and quandaries. As my new Scottish friends say, “Cheers, mate!”

Awesome.  Daphne’s first post is coming up tomorrow morning, so be sure to tune in and check it out!!!

Jim’s New Tattoo – June 24!

I decided recently that the time to wait to get any more tattooing has passed. The guy who did my first tattoo is coming back to Oklahoma City on June 24, and I have an appointment to get some more equations!

So far, I have the Law of Reflection and Snell’s Constant – each of the equations on my arm are separated by a semicolon.  Each additional equation will be separated by a semicolon as well.  Here’s the first one:

Jim, new tattoo.

I’ve decided that this next round will be several equations.  First, the Lorentz force exerted on charged particles, from classical electromagnetism:

(Try to ignore the blue lines, they are guides for me to line up symbols in Photoshop)

Next in line is the Lensmaker’s Equation:

After that will be all four of Maxwell’s Equations, starting with Gauss’ Law:

Of course next will be Gauss’ Law for Magnetism (no monopoles, mophos!):

Followed by the Maxwell-Faraday equation explaining induction:

Last but not least or final – Ampere’s Law with Maxwell’s correction:

I am so freaking excited!!!

Need to Pause – Back on Thursday!

Hi everybody.

I want to just give you a quick heads up – I am going to be AWOL for the next two days until my current show gets out of tech.  Thanks for being understanding – I know many of you are in the very same situation!

I’ll be back on Thursday – until then, wish me luck!  I hope this finds you all doing great!

Jim

A Quick Note about “Personal JimOnLight.com” – My Contribution to Your Sanity

I write about a lot of topics on JimOnLight.com – some of them have to do with my personal life, for example, my recent rotator cuff surgery.  Sometimes I ramble on the site (actually I do that a lot!), both on topic about lighting and off-topic about my life as a lighting designer, professor, writer, and general busy dude.  I do try to keep the personal rammle-jammle down to a trickle, but sometimes I feel I just have to

I’ve been trying to tag the posts where I ramble about my personal life or personal career with the words “Personal JimOnLight.com” in the title – this way if you’re a dedicated JimOnLight.com reader and don’t care to read my personal posts, you can filter them out in your RSS reader!

On a personal tip – my shoulder surgery went well – the surgeon said that he went in and cleaned up my shoulder joint to promote healing.  Anything’s better than daily pain, that’s for damned sure!

I hope everyone is having a great Saturday!

Upcoming JimOnLight.com Appearances!

I’m doing a fair amount of traveling over the next handful of months – some guest artist appearances, some conference appearances, and maybe I’ll just go streaking across the quad somewhere in America!  LET’S GO STREAKING!

Ha, ha.  Moving on.

So tomorrow I’m having some surgery on my torn rotator cuff and shoulder injury – I’m going to be recovering for the next few weeks, so when you see me at USITT I might still be sore.  If you slap my right shoulder, I might punch your right face.  Don’t take it offensively though, it’ll just be a reaction to the pain, you know how it goes!  So I’ll be sitting on the couch, recovering, and generally watching a lot of Family Guy.  Send me some good juju today (Thursday, Feb. 23) around 230pm!

SETC 2011
I’ll be at the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) in Atlanta, Georgia next week.  I’m the guest lighting designer judge for the 2011 Student Design Competition, which takes place Wednesday through Saturday, March 2-4, 2011.  After there, it’s on to Charlotte!

USITT 2011
I’m presenting on a panel at the United States Institute for Theatre Technologies (USITT) National Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina – March 9-12, 2011.  The panel, called Marketing in the Digital World and Social Media for the Lighting Professional, is with Andrea Bilkey from Texas Tech and Justin Lang from iSquint.net.  “It’s gonna be tight, y’all!”

LFI 2011
I’m going to be walking the floor at LightFair 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this year too!  I had such a great time at the 2010 LightFair Conference covering the floor that I want to get back this year and see what there is to be seen on the architectural lighting scene!  You see how I punned there?!

So, what do you think?  Spontaneous JimOnLight.com Tweetups in each and every one of these cities???  Let me know if you’re gonna be somewhere by dropping me a line on Twitter (@JimOnLight) or via the contact form.  If you know my cell, then send me a text!  I hope to see you all there!

(Holy Crap) HAPPY 2011!

Hey, did you know that it’s 2011?!  I had a project that started on December 27th and just finished up today.  NOW, finally, I am in 2011!

I cannot tell you how glad I am that we’re in a new calendar year.  Also, where in the hell did 2010 go, actually?
As long as I’m concerned, I’ve hit the ground running in this new decade, and it is on.

As my friend Lance says, as if he were still living in an apartment with Shakespeare, “Bring’t, 2011.”

Posts resume tomorrow morning.  Look forward to a video of me talking about something that’s been stuck in my brain.