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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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An Architect’s Perspective On Rendering?

I just read a post at Young Architect about rendering – more specifically, the article was stating that rendering is something that should be “avoided at all cost.”  I am a bit shocked by the post – not because of the concept that rendering is difficult, but because you wouldn’t render your design or architecture because rendering is time-consuming and difficult.  Being a lighting designer, for example, I cannot imagine going to a client with a light plot and telling that client their project will be illuminated. I doubt I’d get any clients if I couldn’t (or just refused to) communicate what a design looks like without showing them through some kind of rendering.

I learn things about my design when I render – I fix things when I create renderings.  Most times I am able to perfect and clarify my design through doing the renderings.  Communicating, whether you’re a designer, architect, engineer, or some other derivation of these, is part of your job.  Communicating and collaborating.

I won’t launch a diatribe about this subject – but I am really, really curious about your thoughts on it.  Read the article at Young Architect, and let me know what you think – post below in the comments, please!