Sugarland’s Lawyers Blame the Injured – IN State Fair Collapse

Just like the remainder of this story, this isn’t going to end well.

So, the legal people for the band Sugarland have made some pretty sensational comments regarding claims made by the some of the people injured or killed in the collapse that took place at the Indiana State Fair during the summer of 2011.  I doubt you’ve forgotten any of it, I can’t believe that I’ll ever forget that image of the stage crashing down:

From a post at the MSNBC site:

Fans who were killed and injured when stage rigging and sound equipment collapsed onto them as they awaited a Sugarland concert at the Indiana State Fair failed to take steps to ensure their own safety and are at least in part to blame for their injuries, the country duo’s attorneys said.

The statement, part of a Feb. 16 response to a civil suit filed by survivors and families of some of those killed, is a clear attempt to cast blame away from the band as investigators continue to search for answers in the collapse that killed seven people and injured 58.

Calling the powerful winds that toppled the stage on Aug. 13 an “act of God,” Sugarland’s attorneys said fair officials and Mid-America Sound Corp. were responsible for the stage setup, and that the fans voluntarily assumed risk by attending the show.

“Some or all of the plaintiffs’ claimed injuries resulted from their own fault,” according to the response. Sugarland attorney James H. Milstone would not elaborate Tuesday on whether that statement included those killed as well as the injured.

I actually found out about this from Erich Friend of Teqniqal Systems in Fort Worth.  Erich is a safety guru and general genius, and my go-to guy for safety.  We were chatting about this at PLASA Focus this week when he told me about the band’s legal response to the disaster.  If you want another mind-blowing bout of complete and utter ridiculousness, read through the comments on the MSNBC Facebook post about the story.  Holy sh*t.

I haven’t seen any retractions, big announcements, or the like about Sugarland firing its legal team, so perhaps they are right in line with these comments.  We’ll see.

JimOnLight TV, Episode 1 Tease

This is some exciting stuff for!  We’re starting JimOnLight TV pretty soon, and we wanted to give you a bit of a teaser!  JimOnLight TV is a YouTube series where we talk about the coolest lighting designs, the most awesome designers from now and from the rich history of this industry we all love so much, and the gear that we’re using today and that was used in the past.  Yeah, one of these episodes I’m gonna show a VL2C.  I f*cking LOVE that fixture.  That’s right.

We submit for your approval – a teaser of Episode One of JimOnLight TV:

Please help us spread the word – tell your friends!  JimOnLight TV is coming!  We’re also on Vimeo, too!



You know, sometimes I crack myself up.  No, actually, I crack myself up all the time.  If you’ve ever hung out with me, you know that I am prone to these outbursts of laughter pretty much constantly because I think the world is awesome and hilarious often, so you can imagine what my neighbors must think of the guy who works in his apartment all day long just cackling to himself all day.  Oh, yeah, I also speak with my cat.  She does speak conversational English, or maybe I speak conversational Meow, I’m not really sure.

I think I need to get out more.  Which, coincidentally, allows me to SEGUE INTO THE WHOLE REASON FOR WRITING THIS POST!  HA HAAAA!

Who’s coming to THE FOCUS?!  [haha that’s not really what it’s called, but for the time being it’s called that in my noodle, so imagine it being said with a deep voice]

I’m literally about to jump in the car to drive from Oklahoma City to Austin for PLASA Focus, which is gonna be awesome!  I’m gonna be down there with CAST Software, so come by the CAST booth and give me a hug!  I love hugs; I was born with WAY too much extra Enthusiasm Karma, so I try to help spread it around the world by hugging everybody I meet.  FREE HUGS AT THE CAST BOOTH!  We’re right next to the InLight Gobos booth, so I GET THE BE NEXT TO TWO OF MY FAVORITE PEOPLE for like THREE DAYS!!!!

Shoot me a call if you’re in the PLASA Focus FALLOUT ZONE (aww yeah) and you wanna try and get together!  I have to believe there will be large groups of people being ridiculous.  Come be ridiculous!  Just hold down the star key on your cell and it calls my phone directly.  I KEED!

TWEET! ME! UP!  See you there!

Thanks Wikipedia

After-Image Woman – Check It Out!

Alright, alright, this is the last optical illusion for a few days.  Otherwise, Brad Schiller is gonna be breaking down my door with a baseball bat!  [love you, sugar Brad!]

Ok – stare at the red dot on this woman’s schnoz for about a half a minute as hard as you can.  Once the 30 or so seconds are up, stare at something white.  Allow the flippage to ensue.  The longer you stare, the longer your vision has a chance to burn in, and the closer you stare at that red dot the better – try to get your eyes around 12″ away.

Is that not just totally f*cking trippy or WHAT?!  It’s called an afterimage.  it’s what happens when we over-stimulate our cones – they essentially go on break, and the cones around them, which aren’t overstimulated, kick into gear, allowing the brain to interpret the exact opposite of the image.


JAM CRUISE 10 with Chris Kuroda and Jeff Waful, Part Deux

Part TWO of the very excellent Lighting Workshop that Chris Kuroda from Phish and Jeff Waful from Umphrey’s McGee have on Jam Cruise 10.  Thanks Jeff!

Quantum Blink


Ok, so first, read this:

According to quantum mechanics we have forty conscious moments per second, and our brains connect this sequence of nows to create the illusion of the flow of time. So, what would things look like if that itermittence was made visible? This body of work explores that hiccup, that blink, that ubiquitous fissure in the falling-into-place of things. 

In my work I attempt to articulate something in between the freezing of time–that so often characterizes photography–and its relentless passing. I hint towards temporalities that are fluid, speculative, and somewhat loose. I am looking for the line that divides the finite (probability) from the infinite (possibility). If time is a succession of instants, I want to see what lies in between them. I am after the gaps between instants of consciousness. 

The photographs in Quantum Blink are composed of two exposures taken instants apart. The striped pattern is the result of masks placed in-camera, this feature allows me to blend two images together and at the same time keep them from fully fusing onto one another. Visually, these works appear to shift and change depending on the distance and the angle from which they are seen; an illusion of volume may become apparent, while other times it may seem as though there are three images at play.

That’s Isabel M. Martinez‘ artist statement for what’s below.  Isabel’s series, Quantum Blink, is a group of photos with two scenes captured – I have been flipping my eye at these for the last twenty minutes, and let me tell you – I CAN’T SEE THE FREAKING STEREOGRAMS EITHER!  Sailboat?  WHAT freaking sailboiat?!?!?  Look PAST the picture?!

These are much better:

Thanks, DesignBoom!

Oleg Shuplyak’s Hidden Images – Awesome Optical Illusions

I love optical illusions.  Whenever I see a cool optical illusion image, I always grab it.

This set is no exception – check out the work of Oleg Shuplyak, a Russian painter doing some pretty works that have a secondary image!

This is really just a smidgen, the rest of the works are over at Toxel, where I found this brilliant painter!  Oleg Shuplyak’s website is also kind of a weird trip, it’s like stepping right back into the Dancing Baby era.

Also, from Oleg’s website, check out a VIDEO VERSION of some of his work!  Way cool, check it out!

Just be forewarned, it’s Russian, and it’s very Russian. I love it!

Blue Marbles! The Earth At 28,000 Miles

So back on the 7th of December 1972 , Appollo 17 was about 28,000 miles away from the surface of the Earth, and they decided HEY!  Let’s tweet this cool photo of the Earth that nobody but us can see!

(Of course I kid, everybody knows that MySpace was the *only* Social Media place back then)

Do you think they high-fived after seeing that?  I have to believe I would want to high-five something, a colleague, the bulkhead, the instrument panel, anything.  I’d be too excited.

Now a new Blue Marble was released just a few weeks ago – but it’s a composite image of six orbits of the Earth, not the one shot Instagram masterpiece that the Apollo 17 ninjas got back in 1972.  Check it out:

Check THIS out – this is the Hasselblad camera, a model just like the one the astronauts on Apollo 17 used to snap the first Blue Marble:

I put this together for your enjoyment and study – here are the 1972 and Eastern Hemisphere Blue Marbles (2012) side-by-side.  If you click the image, it opens up to a manageable size (1800 pixels wide) for viewing.  Check it out!

Now just remember, these are all courtesy of NASA and NOAA, so make sure you attribute if you share!  Plus, it’s just awesome to point someone to the NASA and NOAA websites; to be nerd is to be awesome.

That’s right, you heard it here first.  Well, the nerd thing anyway.

Allison Patrick’s Awesome Artichoke Pendants

Have you seen these amazing lamps?!  A designer that has her stuff on Etsy, Allison Patrick of the 3R’s Blog (Reduce, Reuse, Redecorate – 30 projects in 30 weeks) has created some pretty cool pendant shades that are pretty representative of the beautiful shape of the artichoke.  But – the shade is made of recycled pages from books and magazines!  Allison’s lamps are very cool, they remind me of the decoupage projects my mom would do with us as a kid.  Just recently she got featured on, and that has pushed her work sky high!

Allison’s got a pretty awesome story with her luminaire design business (which is called Zipper 8 Design, by the way) – she graduated with her Masters, and like many people, she found herself with lots of time and no job.  So, she did what we do when we want to change things – she busted her ass making a bunch of really great lamps!

Allison's stuff on Etsy

Allison, thinks your works are awesome.

Thanks Inhabitat for the original article!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

For those of you like yours truly, who will be spending this holiday of sickeningly sweet romance working hard to fill the world with more light, I got you a little something…

These are Galassia Flowers, the first product designed by an Australian company, Bionconst, known for its plant research and development. Bioconst hopes to further its technologies and create a range of plants that emit light.

Galassia Flowers are treated with a special luminous formula, visible with the aid of some UV. The glow lasts many months, much longer than the lifespan of the flowers. Check out the gallery below and see not just more of their flowers, but how they add UV sources in to bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres:

Images from