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Last Week’s Posts Catch-Up

It’s another great week here in JimOnLight Land — pretty soon Laura and I will be moving down to start a great new job, things are falling back into place, and karma is having its way with someone who really deserves it this morning!  Ah, how the Universe takes care of itself.  I LOVE IT!

I wanted to just catch up on last week’s short post string — now that I’m back driving the bus again and not looking for work 14 hours a day, we’re gonna have a blast!

LAST WEEK on JimOnLight:

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Vintage Power and Light:
The Coolest Thing to Happen to Tungsten Since Edison!

Meet Lowell and York Fowler’s art and hobby business that centers around taking vintage electrical and power equipment and turning it into beautiful, sexy, and interesting incandescent works of light and beauty!  It’s my pleasure to tell the world about the venture, hopefully one of these days I can commission my OWN bit of Vintage Power and Light!


Also, a must-read for anyone in the Entertainment Business:

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Do You Scream at Stagehands?  STOP IT!

I got an interesting email from a stagehand in Colorado who’s sick and tired of all of the tour personnel screaming at the local crew when they come through.  What kind of crap is THAT?!  Are YOU a screamer?  Knock that shit off!  Click on the image to read the article — this has to STOP!  You’re ruining the friendliness and compassion for the rest of us who come through after you!


 Last but not least — one of the fathers of Modern Lighting had a birthday last week:

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Happy Birthday, George C. Izenour!

If you don’t know who George Izenour is, it’s time for you to get your act together and learn about one of our industry’s most prolific inventors!  His 101st birthday was last week — even though he’s no longer with us, go check out some of the things he’s done for our beloved industry!

Oh My God, It’s July — and JimOnLight is Back!

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Hi everyone!  Oh, how I have missed you.

I’ve been on the hunt for a new job, and I am very proud to say that after almost five months of hell, I have been offered the most perfect job for a great lighting company in south Florida.

Perhaps even better news than that is that I accepted the position, and I start August 15!  I’m keeping the company under wraps for now, mostly because I am continuing my lifelong research and writing obsession with light and the lighting industries through JimOnLight, and I want to maintain my integrity as a researcher and writer.  But let me just say this — a position has been created for me that I am honored to accept, and I am excited to get back to work — this time for a company and a boss who will treat me like a human being.  How exciting is THAT?!

My experiences over the last almost five months have been intense to the point of Albert Camus’ worst nightmares – doors that I thought would be wide open I found locked tighter than Fort Knox, while other doors that I assumed would be deadbolted swung wide open and welcomed my big bald head with open arms.  If there is anything I have learned from this experience since March is that you never really know who your real friends are, even those you’ve supported at every turn, until you need a friend in return.  It’s literally made me change my entire philosophy of life and work.  On one hand I’m pretty thrilled to change philosophy, but on the other hand I’m pretty bummed to see that the majority of the people for whom I’ve done lots of work were just as quick to turn their backs as someone I never met before.  Ce la vie.  

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“You’re out, smartass. Hit the dugout.”

One thing is definite for all of you out there still in the situation I just got lucky enough to slide out of — you have to hold onto hope, you have to hold tight, and you have to beat the pavement in order to make something happen.  Finding a job in this economy is no small feat, and it’s no small victory once you’ve found a way out of the mire.  Let me be the first to tell you that sometimes the shit can get dark.  It is hard to exist when you have no money.  It’s hard to get by when all of the laws are written to help those who can help themselves but live on the system, I know this for a fact.

I’ve had lots of time to think about what to say to help those lighting industry folks who are down and out, and are losing hope:

  • Get used to the fact that your life needs to be different (read that as cheaper) until you get steady money coming in again.  Life’s not over, it’s just stalled out a bit.
  • HANG IN THERE.  This crap will change if you keep doing what you’re doing, which hopefully is making the calls to everyone and anyone you know, letting them know that you’re looking for something.
  • JOB SEARCH RESOURCES — Check it out, nothing hurts when you’re without a job!
  • Tune up that resume — put a call on Facebook to some of us out there, any number of us would be more than happy to help a fellow industry member by taking two minutes to look over your resume.
  • Do you have a savings account?  GET ONE.  Are you sticking a decent portion of your take-home after bills in that savings account?  If you answered anything other than “you bet your bottom dollar I am,” START SAVING.  Save ANYTHING YOU CAN.  it will help down the line.
  • Expect some percentage of rejection and disappointment.  Sorry folks, but it’s true.  When you send out resumes and portfolios en masse, you’re going to experience a good portion of “no, sorry” responses.  It happens.  It just means that its time to get out there and keep pushing.
  • If you have family, see what they can do for you.  You might need to suck it up and move home for a bit (hey, I did it, I can never thank my Dad enough for what he’s done for my wife and I, he literally saved us) until you can get back on your feet.
  • If you have friends, see if they can help you out.  Suck it up if you’re destitute, your pride isn’t doing anything but screwing you up.
  • If you have “habits,” like drinking or smoking, guess what?  YOU CAN’T AFFORD IT RIGHT NOW.  You also can’t afford to be eating out all the time, either — it’s time to get used to bologna and ramen for a bit.  The stuff isn’t all that bad, believe me.  It’s way better than fucking starving.
  • If you have a wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, whatever — MAKE TIME TO SPEND WITH THEM.  QUALITY time.  Spend time with them where you’re not looking at your phone searching for jobs, and get used to dumping the shit out of your brain so that you can also be a good partner.  I cannot stress this to you enough — being unemployed and broke is EXPONENTIALLY WORSE when you have to fight all the time with your loved one.  Also, it costs nothing to walk around the park holding hands and talking about things.
  • I said this before, but HANG IN THERE!  This WILL get better.  It might take a month, two months, or twelve months.  It does happen.  It just might be a while.  It was for me, anyway.

If you need a pick-me-up, drop me a line.  I’d be glad to do what I can for you.  I have great jokes.  Sometimes all it takes is a smile on your face to greatly improve your day when you’re out of work.

hang-in-there

 

 

June 2013’s Top 20 Posts on JimOnLight.com

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It’s always great to see what people like reading on JimOnLight — it’s because of you that JOL can keep writing for YOU!

Check out the top 20 posts for June 2013 on JimOnLight.com!

June 2013’s TOP post:

  1. WYBRON Closes It’s Doors After 35 Years of Business
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  2. Lighting 101:  Luminance vs. Illuminance
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  3. Radiohead Stage Collapse – Charges Laid On Live Nation, Optex Staging, and Domenic Cugliari
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  4. Crazy Friday Science: New “Dua’s Layer” Discovered in Human Eyes, Ophthalmology Changed Forever
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  6. Stage Doesn’t Collapse – But It Could Have

    Under stage bracings Credit: Benatar & Giraldo

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    Credit: Benatar & Giraldo

     

  7. Stage Collapse in Phuket, Thailand – One Dead, One Injured phuket-stage-collapse-1

  8. What Seems Like Ancient History: The Justin Timberlake/Christina Aguilera Truss Collapse
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  9. DIY Globe Cluster Chandelier-esque Fixtures
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  10. How Well Do YOU Know Light? Take Our Quiz, Come Find OUT! COME ON!
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  11. Need A Laugh? Here’s A Han Solo Aroused in Carbonite Light Switch Plate
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  12. The JimOnLight Recommended reading Store!
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  13. From the WTF Files – Ladies and Gentlemen, A DMX-Controlled Fire Machine
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  14. The McNamara Tunnel, Detroit Airport3005888951_aa31c4038a_b1.jpg
  15. Industry Resources on JimOnLight!
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  16. Fox Sports’ Overhead Camera Accident at NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
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  17. The Phenomenon of Earthquake Lights
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  18. Looking for A Job in Light? Me Too! Here’s Some Lighting Industry Resources to Help!
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  19. High Speed Photography of Light Bulbs As They Explode, Filled with AWESOMESAUCE by Jon Smith
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  20. A Grim Reminder of the Latest Deaths in Our Beloved Industry Before Summer Work Kicks Off
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If I could hug you all, I would hug you all.  In the mean time, I will continue to try and hug you all.  Thank you, Earth, for reading JimOnLight every day.

Illinois Gives Good Wind – Fourth in the Nation for Wind Power Generation!

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I had a chance to drive through some of the great wind fields of Illinois over the last month — Laura and I have ostensibly been vagabonding here in the US since there’s no work.

I put together a quick video on Illinois wind power — check it out, wouldja?  Share it with your friends!  Illinois, a state that sent 4 of its last 7 sitting governors to prison for corruption, is the fourth largest wind producer in the United States!  I guess you go, Illinois still works?

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…and on Vimeo, in case you like it there better (I have to admit I love their interface…)

Illinois Gives Good Wind! from Jim Hutchison on Vimeo.

A Random Snowstorm Video to Break Up the Summer Heat

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It was hot as hell this week here in Ohio. You know those mornings when you wake up feeling like you just worked a whole night loading in a show because it was so hot and humid the night before?

Yeah. I was on a summer tour where our bus driver kept forgetting to reset the air conditioner after plugging into shore power. It was July. Those mornings SUCKED!

In my quest to get all of this old video processed, here’s a few minutes of a snowstorm from Denver that I must have grabbed back in 2009… enjoy its cold frostiness!

A Random Snowstorm in Denver, 2009 from Jim Hutchison on Vimeo.

Last Week’s News Catch-up – Wybron Closing, Live Nation Sued, Trees That Glow, and More!

It’s been a busy weekend, and now that Monday rears its ugly head, it’s time to get back to work.  For some of us, it means looking for work, and others it means working hard and keeping busy.  With the summer season coming up, I have to believe that the “keeping busy” part won’t be an issue.

Let’s catch up on last week — a lot happened last week that was of industry importance.

First — Wybron, Inc is closing its doors on June 28, 2013.  After 35 years in business and with tons of technological development for and in our beloved Lighting Industry, the maker of the Color Scroller (et al) says goodnight, and good luck.

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Then — Live Nation, Optex Staging, and Domenic Cugliari (an individual engineer that allegedly signed off on the Radiohead stage that collapsed and killed Scott Johnson, Radiohead’s drum tech) were sued by the Ontario Health and Safety Board.  This is a huge deal in the world right now, especially since summer gigs are kicking full steam ahead.  Are you safe in the workplace?

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Next — a Kickstarter campaign by some extremely intelligent and driven individuals to manufacture the first man-made bioluminescent trees.  I highly recommend this as a respite from the news about disasters.

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Then — are you an expert of light?  Think you know the difference between Luminance and Illuminance?  Then put your knowledge where your mouth is and take the JimOnLight LIGHT Quiz!

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Stay tuned, world — more to come soon, and I wish you all a Happy Monday!

 

How to Fold A Drawing Plate or Light Plot for Easy Shipping and Storage!

Whoa! It’s pre-tattoos JimOnLight!

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When I first started up the JimOnLight YouTube Channel, I posted a video on how to fold a drawing — when I was in grad school, my mentor Mary Tarantino taught me perhaps one of the coolest skills in all of the world when dealing with paper plots and scenic or lighting drawings.  Check it out for yourself, you’ll never go back to shipping shit in a mailer tube again!

(unless of course you would rather spend the extra money, or you have a plate set that is more than 20 pages and you don’t want to fold them all…)

This method works on any type and any size of plate up to ARCH E, ANSI E, and A0, and will get your drawing small enough to fit in a manilla envelope or folder for transport and shipping!

Random Light – A Trip to Durham, Ontario with My Camera and My Wife

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Laura and I went to Durham, Ontario to see her mom and stepdad a few days ago, and it was cold and snowy — just what I’ve come to expect of Canada!

The light was so overcast and diffuse because of the weather that it created some great conditions for capturing detail.  Check out some photos I posted of our little journey in the snow:

The Saugeen River, Durham, Ontario

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Happy Laura!

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the founder of Durham, ON carved into a log

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"Use NEW-LIFE Seeds!"

It's a Lil' Cannon!

Our Heroic Dead

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DANGER!

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beautiful house on our trip

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Like I said… it was a short trip! We still had a blast walking around through the snowy and cold town of Durham!  It’s been so long since I’ve had any time to actually take and appreciate photography that this little adventure set off a storm of creativity in my head.  Thanks, baby!

Editor’s note:
I got an email a few weeks ago asking about what I use to shoot lately.  When I was teaching in Oklahoma, during The House of Atreus, some asshole came into the theatre and stole my DSLR, two lenses, and a big bottle of post-surgery Percocets.  After that, I didn’t want to invest any money in something that was just going to get stolen too — until I saw Martin Kuhn’s Sony NEX-5N at NAB 2012.  So I got one!  I also use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 as my management suite, and Adobe Photoshop CS6 if I’m doing anything funky or out of the ordinary.