Good Morning Inspiration – THE SKY, BLEOTCH!

This reminds me of a joke.

What does Snoop Dogg (wait, Snoop Lion, right? wait.) — one more time:
What does Snoop Dogg use to get his soiled whites that Oh-So-White white?

Why, BLEOTCH of course.


I LOVE writing outside!  I have been glued to this patio table for three days straight.  Since it’s Laura’s birthday, I promised I would not be on my laptop all day, and I don’t break promises to my wife

While plastered to this table, I found a bunch of photos of the sky that were inspired by just being outside — a series of photographs from The Boston Globe’s Big Picture Blog, which frequently rocks my socks off, some Flickr photos that rocked me after the first sock change, and more inspirational shots of nature’s original TV.   This particular morning sock rocking is of photos of the sky – and they are TOTALLY worth it!

Spend some time outside this weekend looking at the sky, day or night – you owe it to yourself.  You never know when you’re going to see something life-changing.  Go get a cup and chill and scroll through these captures of pure imagination building.




Touching the sky


Sky sunset



Big Tree with Red Sky in the Winter Night





High Altitude Eclipse

boston globe-big-picture-red-wave



Big Tree with Red Sky in the Winter Night

Sky Lion


Sunset / Sky / Clouds



Sky's Secrets




The National Ignition Facility (NIF), or “What Would We Do Without The Big Picture Blog?”

If you’re not reading Boston Globe”s The Big Picture blog, I have to say that you are depriving your mind of some pretty intense and without fail breathtaking imagery.  One pretty unbelievable example is this post from the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which is better known as the place on the planet with the most powerful laser.  The NIF has a system of 192 beams that are focused onto a 2mm-ish target, applying a megajoule onto that target.

Yeah.  That’s the energy of 10,000 100W lamps in one second.

I have four images of the 27 posted on the Big Picture Blog’s NIF post, which I implore you to visit.  I hope that someone reading the website will visit this post and get excited about the future of photon science, because that is what places like The Big Picture are all about – piquing interest.

I grabbed the captions for each image too – you must have the captions!

Ok, go.  No, RUN, over to The Big Picture Blog.


The Big Picture blog has a huge post full of beautiful lightning shots.  Take a moment and check it out!  Here are three of my favorites from the post – come on, everyone loves lightning!




Solar Eclipse in China – Longest of the 21st Century

On July 22 of this year, China and part of Asia saw the longest solar eclipse of this century – six minutes and 39 seconds long.  The next longest solar eclipse?  I certainly won’t see it, as it’s supposed to take place in 2132.  Maybe Bernie Madoff can see it when he gets out of prison.’s The Big Picture blog has some absolutely stellar (bwahahaa) images of the eclipse – I posted 3 smaller ones, but the blog has such better shots, if I do say so myself.  Also check out a small video below.

solar eclipse

solar eclipse

solar eclipse

solar eclipse

Cassini’s Extended Mission


Saturn, as see from the Cassini spacecraft

One of my favorite blogs, The Big Picture, has yet another fantastic display of high-res images of something stellar – this time, quite literally.  NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is almost a year into the mission extension of its four-year mission that ended in 2008.  There are 24 images there, so please check it out.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.  Alan Taylor’s posts are so freaking good it sometimes brings tears to my eyes.


Rhea, as seen from Cassini

Earth Hour Fade Outs

I love Boston Globe’s Big Picture blog.  They just posted a series of images taken during Earth Hour 2009 of cities before Earth Hour, and then what they looked like right after the lights went down.  Click each picture – awesome!

Las Vegas

The Big Picture: The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival

Boston Globe’s photo blog, The Big Picture, has a beautiful series of images taken at the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin, China.  The series of photographs are fantastic – ice, LEDs, and other light sources just glowing.  Check it out at The Big Picture.  The two images below are from the set, but are nowhere near representative of the awesomeness of the whole.

The Big Picture: Lighting Up The Night

I’m not sure if JimOnLight readers read The Big Picture on (Boston Globe’s news site and blog), but you certainly should.  Alan Taylor writes The Big Picture, and he posts large images of current goings-on, and they are without fail AMAZING.  Every single post he’s made so far has been stellar.

In particular, go check out a post called Lighting Up The Night.  This is a post with 21 images, all huge, of night time stuff – the World Trade Center Memorial, Germany’s Festival of Lights, and lots of others.  You need to add this to your RSS reader if you haven’t already.

Lighting Up The Night

High End Systems and the Olympic Ceremonies

I found an interesting article at High End Systems’ website about projections, the record number of Axon media servers used in the olympic ceremonies, and the sheer amount of creativity that went into making that amazing spectacle for us.  Check it out.  It’s a great read.

Also, the image above is from’s excellent blog, “The Big Picture.”  There are high res shots of the ceremonies there, and they always have fantastic articles.  I highly recommend adding it to your RSS reader.