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A Video Introduction to Nanophotonics

Have you ever heard of Nanophotonics?  It’s also called nano-optics — things like laser communication, optimizing solar cells and how much they can generate, near-field microscopy, surface-plasmon resonance microscopy (SPR), and lots of other very focused research (no pun intended, but ha haaa) into how light interacts when it’s squeezed into very, very tiny volumes.

Still not getting it?  Ok, from SPIE’s own journal on Nanophotonics, here’s a wide net on what the hell Nanophotonics covers:

  • Nanoparticles and nanoparticulate composite materials
  • Quantum dots and other low-dimensional nanostructures
  • Nanotubes, nanowires, and nanofibers
  • Nanowaveguides and nanoantennas
  • Sculptured thin films and nanostructured photonic crystals
  • Quantum optics and spintronics
  • Nanoscale optical electronics
  • Surface plasmons and nanoplasmonics
  • Ultrashort pulse propagation
  • Light-harvesting materials and devices
  • Nanophotonic detectors
  • Near-field optics
  • Optical manipulation techniques, spectroscopies, and scattering techniques
  • Molecular self-assembly, and other nanofabrication techniques
  • Nanobiophotonics
  • Nanophotonic concepts and systems that facilitate continued integration of various optical and/or electronic functions
  • Dynamically tunable, multifunctional, and/or active nanomaterials and metamaterials

Yeah, I looked up seven of them myself!

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Regardless, it’s photonics and optics, and that is one of my favorite research locations!  Here’s Professor Kent Choquette at the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana talking nanophotonics to a group of students.  WARNING, NON-NERDS:  This is over an hour, and not for the feeble math minded!

Face Melting ROCK and F*CKING ROLL – Rival Sons

It’s Afternoon Pick-Me-Up time!!!

Are you ready to get your face melted off by some incredible power and vocals?!  I know I am.  I’ve been in a rock-and-fucking-roll-throw-the-TV-out-the-hotel-window mood for the last several weeks, pushing harder and harder to write more and more content at work.

I actually heard about three seconds of these guys’ tune on the movie Swearnet (which is frigging awesome and will make you laugh harder than Betty Davis telling Rudy Giuliani that he needs a facelift) and it is well worth the few minutes it’s gonna take to get that face melted.  Also, the video is pretty super cool!

Check it, but before you wreck it, crank it up — this is Rival Sons performing Pressure and Time.

Did you watch it?

RIGHT?!?!?!  AWESOME!

From Chicago Blackhawks to Chicago Bulls in 3 Minutes

From GAME CHANGERS:  HAWKS TO BULLS, Chicago Tribune

From GAME CHANGERS: HAWKS TO BULLS, Chicago Tribune

I found this incredible video of the transformation that happens between a Chicago Blackhawks ice hockey game and a Chicago Bulls basketball game — all on the same court.  Now we think we’re pretty awesome people when we tour and put in these massive configurations of cable, computing, and networking…  but when it really comes down to sheer weight moved and work done (in the pure physics sense of the word WORK) these crews are the shit.

Check this out:

All of this is from an excellent article in the Tribune called Game Changers…  this below, for example, is a minute-by-minute timeline of the changeover.  I’ll never bitch about an overnight changeover ever again…

…or at least not until the next one…

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Carry On My Wayward Son, with ALL of the Cocaine

Wanna see some crazy shit this early on a Monday morning?  #COCAINE

I personally have never seen Carry On My Wayward Son played with this much enthusiasm, um, ever.  Not even at karaoke nights.  Maaaaybe not even ever at karaoke nights back when I used to drink a lot, and those were some crazy nights.

I found this on Dangerous Minds, and this is too awesome not to share (check out Dangerous Minds — one of my favorite blogs!):

A few online sources mention that years later, in the ‘90s, Walsh was supposedly arrested for possession and threatened with jail time. We also know from this 700 Club interview that guitarist Kerry Livgren and bassist Dave Hope were seriously addicted until they “found God.” In that particular interview, Hope admits to having spent $40,000 (in 1980 dollars!) on cocaine the year before his Christian rebirth. We can only guess what the differences would be between Dave Hope’s and Steve Walsh’s level of commitment to the white lady, but this performance seems to indicate Walsh was in imminent danger of flying off the stage and into the stratosphere at any second.

You see, as I have heard many times before…
Cocaine makes you a brand new man!  The problem then becomes that the brand new man then wants some cocaine.

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Confusion Through Sand – An Experimental Video on Recycled Paper

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Something that not many people know about me:  Until I was in my late teens, I considered joined the military, as was my initial plan in life.  I was going to join up, become an officer with combat experience, and then move on to join the FBI or CIA.

Since then, lots of things in my life gave a hand in turning towards art instead of war.  I am pretty glad for every moment of time I have not spent sweating somewhere under suppressing fire somewhere in a third world hellhole.  But in my travels and corporate event design and touring, I have met some great people who have and are in those places doing what they do for our freedom.

Sometimes it’s amazing to see art done by people who have seen that side of humanity.  Check this out — a video called Confusion Through Sand, done completely on recycled paper, and this is an amazing piece of work.  It is going to be heavily emotional for those of you out there who have had time being shot at in the deserts of the globe.  The audio is…  well, it is unreal.  Unreal.

Confusion Through Sand from ornana films on Vimeo.

I recommend watching this one too… the Making Of…

making Confusion Through Sand from ornana films on Vimeo.

Unreal.

HUGE thanks to Funker350 for posting the first round.  I highly recommend checking out Funker350.

Prism Power – the ROGUE RH1 Hybrid Product Video

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I love programming these videos.  I get to work with a real video badass in this market, Todd Murray, who is just one talented mopho, and that is a fact.  Better yet, he’s not a douche about it.  What a surprise, a non-douche yet really talented artist!

Check out our latest, the product video for the ROGUE RH1 Hybrid from CHAUVET Professional.  Programming by me, videography by Todd Murray, Josh (Jaybles) Berlant, and Bryan Adams.  But not that Bryan, OUR Bryan.

Good Morning Inspiration: Rocking Some Romantics from 1983

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Sometimes when you wake up early, you just need a boost from some vintage 1983 Romantics, from the album In Heat.  For all of you who love this like I do, here’s an internet HIGH FIVE!

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“I hear… the secrets that you keep… when you’re talkin’ in your sleep…”

Crank it up loud, people.  YOU KNOW IN YOUR HEART that the entire office needs a burst of 1980’s awesomesauce!

I hope this starts your day off with an earworm that only WHEELS ON THE BUS can get rid of!  Happy Tuesday!

The Officially Unofficially Official Dark Side of the Rainbow Post (or Dark Side of Oz, If You Must)

Happy Independence Day, everybody!

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Call it what you will — some call it the Dark Side of Oz.  Others call it the Dark Side of the Rainbow, and an even smaller group of others call it the Wizard of the Dark Side, and The Wizard of Floyd.

No, as far as the world knows it and has been admitted by all of the band members, it’s a crock.  But, it’s an awesome crock.  Have you ever just turned down the lights, kicked your feet up with a nice whatever, and watched the visuals from The Wizard of Oz synced to the Dark Side of the Moon album?  If the answer to that last question was anything other than hell yes Jim I am doing it right now, then you need to go do this right now.

You can even buy Dark Side of Oz on Amazon.  That sounds crazy, doesn’t it?!

Here’s how it’s done:

  1. start The Wizard of Oz and turn the sound off.  Get ready though, you have something to do coming up here pretty quickly!
  2. When the MGM lion in the beginning starts his third roar, start Dark Side of the Moon.
  3. Sit back, and check that sh*t out.

OR, because JimOnLight loves our readers, you can just click on one of these Dark Side of  the Rainbow videos below!

On Vimeo, since I think they are awesome:

The Dark Side of OZ from BAMF Gaming on Vimeo.

and, for the time being I’m sure, on YouTube:

This video below is pretty awesome — YouTube user m1kef0y put this analysis together of a large portion of the lyrics that correspond with actions occurring in the film.  Bravo, brother!

OH — something else that is completely awesome:  Wish You Were Here ALSO syncs up with a movie coincidentally!  Here’s Metropolis and Wish You Were Here, with a side of awesomesauce:

Now definitely go full-screen on any of these videos, because as you’re sitting back watching this you’re not going to want to strain.  This is some cool stuff if you’ve never done it.  So?  DO IT!  You’ll love it, I guarantee!

Something else that is pretty awesome is Dub Side of the Moon by the Easy Star All Stars.  If you like reggae, you will pee yourself over this album, it’s outstanding.

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PHISH! New Video Clips of the Hampton Coliseum Reunion Shows from March 2009

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I started digging my way through the 2 terabytes or so of uncut, backlogged video I have to process.  Behind every folder is something I have forgotten that I filmed, and I am uncovering some really fun stuff!

Here’s a handful of clips from when Greggity and I flew the famous mockingbird from Columbus, OH to Hampton, VA for the Phish reunion shows on March 6-8, 2009.  The clips I had sitting in a folder were, in order:

Army of One
Wilson
Down with Disease JAM
Contact
Tweezer Reprise

Enjoy! Also check out Greg and I chatting with Chris Kuroda, Phish’s lighting designer, during the Hampton 2009 run, all four parts:

Part 1:
http://www.jimonlight.com/2009/03/23/interview-with-chris-kuroda-lighting-designer-for-phish-part-one/

Part 2:
http://www.jimonlight.com/2009/03/24/interview-with-chris-kuroda-lighting-designer-for-phish-part-two/

Part 3:
http://www.jimonlight.com/2009/03/25/interview-with-chris-kuroda-lighting-designer-for-phish-part-three/

Part 4:
http://www.jimonlight.com/2009/03/26/interview-with-chris-kuroda-lighting-designer-for-phish-part-4/

Ready?  Get your coffee, have a seat, and rock out!

PHISH! 2009 Hampton Coliseum Reunion Shows from JimOnLight.com! from Jim Hutchison on Vimeo.

A Timelapse Video of Dubai that Will Give You an Eyegasm

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Don’t worry — eyegasms are more of a brain thing that a discharging thing.  I mean, just so you know.

From Vimeo — a video of Dubai that will blow your eyes out of the back of your head it’s so beautiful:

Dubai Timelapse from dimid on Vimeo.

From the Vimeo user Dimid‘s page:

This video was filmed during our trip to UAE in January 2013.

Equipment:
Canon 7D
Sigma 10-20 mm 3.5
Canon 24-105 mm 4
Sigma 30 mm 1.4
Benro C-257 tripod

Sound: Foreground set – Go with the wind

This is amazing.  I hope this brings you some peace in your afternoon.  I know I need some.