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The International Space Station’s Touring Roadcase Toolbox

GIORGIO-ALIENS

Packing your touring toolkit is always a bit of a challenge — you almost have to have future vision to decide what is going to be needed, what little trinkets and wrenches will be most useful, and what not to pack.  Frankly, I love the job!

But…  can you imagine having to put together the roadcase of tools for use aboard the International Space Station?  Now THAT is a task suited for a rocket scientist!  (Or if you’re my old buddy Kirby Roberts, a rocket surgeon!)  The ultimate tour must have the most ultimate tool box…  right?

Check out these photos posted by UK astronaut Tim Peake posted these photos of the ISS’ road case toolbox for all of us to enjoy — or as happens in our industry, critique to the point of madness.  Come on, you know exactly what I’m talking about, I can even hear the snark from here — “He doesn’t have a single Crescent in there, this guy must be an amateur.”

Check it out!  I guess my first question would be which of the nut drivers they turned into a one hitter?

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I’m guessing that the pry bars are for when the aliens can’t get the truss to line up correctly.  Remember NASA, make your “M”s and “W”s!  I mean, there’s a truss hammer in there, after all!

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Thanks to Tim Peake for posting these on his personal Flickr account!

A Day in The Life of Jeff Waful, LD of Umphrey’s McGee

Talking to fellow lighting designers and seeing how they do things is one of my favorite parts of writing JimOnLight.com – just recently I had the absolute pleasure of having a nice long chat with Jeff Waful of Umprey’s McGee, and this morning I awoke to an email from Jeff about a two-part video he’s posted on his day.  From the bunk to the coffee, to the venue, to the focus, to the dinner, to the show – and then the out.  We end at the bunk again, as we always do on tourdays.

This is a great look into the life of a rock and roll lighting designer.  It’s well worth the watch.

Jeff, I will be buying you and Wade some drinks at some point soon.  Stay tuned.

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Part 2:

Thanks, Jeff!

(and for all of you people out there who thought it would be awesome to assume his last name was not pronounced like that wonderful flat thing that goes with syrup and sausage, it’s actually pronounced “waffle.”  I’d like to see a waffle light UM like this Waful does, though.)

A JimOnLight Community Question: How Do You Stay in Shape On The Road?

This might be a silly question for some, but for many people who work across the industries of light, being away from home, family, friends can be along the same vein as being away from the treadmill/elliptical machine and a healthy diet.  All of the ways that we live when away from home can be positive to our experiences of the world and of our current away gig – but sometimes we party like it’s 1976 – er, I mean 1999 – and forget that we’re actually working and not just having a  vacation.

One of my goals while here in Sweden is to lose some weight while I am spending lots of time in front of my computer learning about spectral power distribution curves and how Americans are apparently silly that we call fluorescent lamps in 8ths (like a T5 or a T8).  It’s getting colder here in Sweden, so every time I go outside to run or jog or play basketball, I get sick for 3-4 days.  This is forcing me to find other ways to observe some moments of cardio, and the process is going s-l-o-w-l-y.  My problem might be one of motivation, especially after a 16-hour or 18-hour day.  What’s your excuse?

I ask for your your community input on this one – can you answer the poll below and maybe leave a comment about how you stay in shape on the road? If you don’t stay in shape on the road and don’t really care – why?  If you are having a hard time staying in shape when on the road but are trying valiantly to do so, what are the problems you’re having?  I realize I’m opening myself up for one of those GI Joe jokes here – but in order to learn about light and practice our art and craft, we must maintain a healthy body and mind.

What tricks and/or tips can you share with the JimOnLight.com Community?

How are your health habits on the road?

  • I could certainly do more to be healthy when I travel for work. (39%, 9 Votes)
  • Waitress, can I have two more heffeweisens and another order of fried cheese? (30%, 7 Votes)
  • I stay healthy on the road, but motivation is a problem. (22%, 5 Votes)
  • The work itself keeps me in good health and fitness. (9%, 2 Votes)
  • I do just fine keeping myself in good health while on the road. (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 23

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U2’s 360° Tour – Video

@aronaltmark on Twitter pointed this out to me – a fairly lengthy video of some of U2’s latest tour, the 360° Tour, which is in the round featuring a ginormous 360° video screen.  Very cool, check it out – it is 10 minutes, FYI.  Thanks, Aron!

For My Friend, and His First Time Sleeping on A Prevost

I have a friend who is out on his first tour right now, and he is having a really hard time adjusting to his schedule and sleeping on a rock-and-roll coach.  He’s on a Prevost, which I always thought was a nice bus, and sleeping came naturally – but he is having a hard time sleeping in his coffin-like bunk.

Nathan, the image below is for you.  Click for larger size.
Anyone got any advice for my friend?  Post in the comments.