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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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  5. The JimOnLight Archive!JIM_NOSEHAIRS_JIMONLIGHT1.jpg
  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?

Illinois gives good wind!

…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!

the Ghost of Disbelief

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.

JOL Sunday Flickr #11

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Back after a few days in rural Ontario with my lovely and awesome wife, and we’re into another episode of JOL Sunday Flickr!  I’m sitting here on the couch with my little adorable dogger and my Laura watching Blood Diamond with Leo DiCaprio and Jennifer Connelly.  Laura has not seen a lot of the American movies that I love to watch when I write, and today’s episode is no exception.  If you haven’t seen Blood Diamond, you need to get it!

Check out some excellent shots from the Flickrverse — the JimOnLight Flickr Group Photo Pool!

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Ball of Light - Loves the Night

A photo that expresses the importance of spelling…
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Mercy Me

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

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Layers of Arches

A touch of light from the moon ° Series

CALMING-DOWN…

Doors Open on the Right

some InLight Gobos custom work

I wish you a very excellent week!

The Daily Lamp – Naica, Reminiscing On Carbide Lamps and Caverns, from @SomethingBureau

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Today’s Daily Lamp offering is something pretty cool from Something.

Seriously. The design firm is called Something. Two designer pals, Daniel Debiasi and Federico Sandri, created an industrial design firm that seems to be doing pretty well. Today’s Daily Lamp is certainly something I would own, fo sho!

Naica is the name of a northern Mexican city, pretty famous for its crystal mine.  Have you ever seen images of the mammoth crystal formations in Mexico?

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Yeah.  It’s that one.

From the product page for Naica at Something:

Reminding a bit on a cavern itself, these lamps are inspired by carbide lanterns from the past, originally used by miners.  The light is diffused by reflection, creating a gently faded glow on the inner surface of the ceramics.
The cable covered with fabric doubles as a handle to easily move the lamp from one spot to another.  The lamp is available either in white or with a red coloured cavity.

This is a really stunning lamp. I would love to see this sitting in my bedroom right now!

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For contrast, the lamp makers mention its inspiration draws from carbide lamps from the mining days.  Have you seen one of these?

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I had to know more about this crazy cave at Naica.  This thing has crystals of Selenite that are 4 feet wide in some places.  That boggles my mind!  I found this crazy video of a team going into the cave — for some reason they’re all packed up with ice.  I’ve seen several videos now that have people trapsing through the Naica caves, but none with the kind of protection this crew has.