Top Ten Posts EVER on JimOnLight!

I love looking through statistics and analyses of JOL — from where people read around the world to which kinds of stories that people around the globe like to read on the site.  One of my favorite things is seeing which posts are the most visited and why.  It might seem silly to most, but when you look at the world as a metric, it’s actually pretty neat!

People across the time that has been publishing articles have ranked these ten posts as the most visited ten posts in the history of as of the date of publishing this post, counting down from #10:

10:   The Phenomenon of Earthquake Lights


9:   The Gaff Tape Dress Showdown


8:   Sorry Governor Daniels, We’re In The Business of Keeping Fans Safe — the Indiana State Fair Collapse Continues


7.   Happy Birthday, Stephen Hawking!


6.   Madonna Stage Collapses


5.   DIY Globe Cluster Chandelier-esque Fixtures


4.   Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse — Five Dead, Now What?


3.   Lighting 101:  Luminance VS. Illuminance


2.   Something Horribly Wrong is Going On at Wicked Lasers


…and the NUMBER ONE LINK visited by JOL readers since its inception…


One Hundred Live and Die from Bruce Nauman

Another statement from an artist I’m seeing now as a cross between VIcki DaSilva and Dan Flavin — Bruce Nauman’s work, One Hundred Live and Die, is absolutely chilling to me:


From the post at The Fox is Black:

One Hundred Live and Die is what many consider to be Nauman’s masterpiece. Sad and hopeful, One Hundred flickers through each possible flippant, mundane, and tragic way to live or die in a blaze of neon exuberance. Each phrase (“LAUNCH AND LIVE,” “FALL AND DIE,” “SPIT AND LIVE,” etc.) light the room with its orange, blue, white, or whatever color it may be. It paints the room and provides a surprisingly profound commentary on life, telling a story with each phrase, reiterating just how fucked up life can be (which may elicit tears, laughter, or blank stares). In the end, One Hundred resonates with all one hundred phrases lit, blindingly beautiful and a little overwhelming.


Top Wind Power Stories of 2012


I read a lot of blogs about alternative energy, its production, and its usage across many different industries.  It’s interesting stuff for me!

I found a great story that you have to check out over at CleanTechnica; it’s their Top 10 Wind Power Stories of 2012.  WELL worth the read!

Check out CleanTechnica’s Top Ten Wind Power Stories of 2012!

Nikon’s 2012 Small World Contest – FIRST PLACE WINNERS!

This is so freaking cool!  Nikon, everyone’s favorite camera company (that is unless you’re a Canon), puts on this competition every year for Photomicrography, or images viewed through a microscope.  Immediately that should tinge up some of those “holy schmoly I’m gonna see something neat!” hairs on your neck; mine are located right next to the “Terrible Smell from My Past” hairs, so I always get a little bit of extra freakout.  From Nikon’s site about the contest:

Small World is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. The Photomicrography Competition is open to anyone with an interest in microscopy and photography (or videography). The video competition, entitled Small World, encompasses any movie or digital time-lapse photography taken through the microscope.

There are two contests – Small World for Photomicrography and Small World in Motion for Micrography for video subjects.

The Winner of the Small World for Photomicrography Contest:

Nikon Microfotografia 2012

Dr. Jennifer L. Peters & Dr. Michael R. Taylor
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Subject Matter:  The blood-brain barrier in a live zebrafish embryo

Dr. Jennifer Peters’ and Dr. Michael Taylor’s winning image of the blood-brain barrier in a live zebrafish embryo perfectly demonstrates the intersection of art and science that drives the Nikon Small World Competition.

The blood-brain barrier plays a critical role in neurological function and disease. Drs. Peters and Taylor, developed a transgenic zebrafish to visualize the development of this structure in a live specimen. By doing so, this model proves that not only can we image the blood-brain barrier, but we can also genetically and chemically dissect the signaling pathways that modulate the blood-brain barrier function and development.

To achieve this image, Peters and Taylor used a maximum intensity projection of a series of images acquired in the z plane. The images were first pseudo-colored with a rainbow palette based on depth so that the coloring scheme would be both visually appealing and provide spatial information. In doing so, Peters and Taylor captured an image that Peters says“not only captures the beauty of nature, but is also topical and biomedically relevant.”

Both Peters and Taylor have more than ten years of imaging experience. Peters is an imaging scientist in the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s Light Microscopy Core Facility and Taylor is an Assistant Member in the Department of Chemical Biology and Therapeutics at St. Jude Children’s Research.

But not to be outdone, overdone, or underdone like not-quite-finished-baking chocolate chip cookies, which are still delicious – the winner of the Small World in Motion for Photomicrography 2012:

Dr. Olena Kamenyeva
National Institute of Health (NIH)
NIAID – Laboratory of Immunoregulation
Bethesda, Maryland, USA

Subject Matter: Recruitment of neutrophils to the site of laser damage in mouse inguinal lymph node

This video shows the immune response in the lymph node of a mouse, when activated by a laser. Specifically, it shows an efficient innate immune reaction in the lymph node, which typically has been studied for the development of adaptive immune response.

Now go out there and rule the world, ‘Lil Campers!

A Nitrate Noctourne from the Turconi Collection

I had no idea what the hell the Turconi Collection even was, I had to research it!

This database is a record of the 35mm nitrate film frame clippings collected by Italian film historian Davide Turconi (1911-2005) from the Josef Joye Collection in Switzerland and from other unidentified sources. The collection consists of 23,491 clippings in total (usually two to three frames each). The vast majority of the frames cover the early years of cinema (from ca. 1897 to 1915); however, some items in the collection represent films produced as late as 1944.

Upon inspection, Turconi found many of the prints to be in advanced stages of decomposition. He arranged for some of the Italian films to be duplicated on safety film stock in Italy, and approached a number of other archives to preserve the rest of the collection. However, given the expenses involved with a large number of prints, no institution could undertake such a project at the time. Finding no means of saving the collection as a whole, Turconi resorted to a desperate step: he cut frames from the films and carefully organized them in envelopes by title and date (when identifiable) in order to preserve in fragments what he feared would soon disappear. Fortunately, many of the remaining prints did survive, and in 1976 — at the instigation of British filmmaker David Mingay — the remainder of the Joye Collection was rescued by David Francis, then Curator of the National Film Archive at the British Film Institute in London.

The gist of this is the images below — strips from the Turconi library’s nitrate film selection in various stages of decay:





















I never really new of nitrate film to be so beautiful.

Thanks, 50 Watts!

Gallons of Light – A Tesla Motors Story


Have you heard of the Tesla “Gallons of Light” video?  A guy named Jordan Bloch, filmmaker and storyteller, decided one day while out with his girlfriend that he would — nah, you know what, here.  I’ll let Jordan tell the story:

It was November 2012, and I had just moved from New York City to Los Angeles. My girlfriend and I were walking down the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, CA, and I noticed the Tesla retail store.

I’d heard about Tesla, but seeing the car in person…I was floored. Beyond the car itself, Tesla was creating a network of free, solar-powered Superchargers in partnership with Solar City. This was the future of transportation.

As I looked around the store, my eyes wandered to plasma screens showing footage of the Model S. Frankly, I wasn’t impressed. Where was the cinematic flair, the story, the emotion? I knew I could do better.

As I stared at the monitors surrounding me, I saw an incredible opportunity: to create a commercial that tied together the Model S and the Superchargers.

I went home and contemplated the challenge I was up against. Where would I get a Model S for my project? A hot commodity, the car was massively backordered.

The prospect was daunting to say the least….

So he made this:

This is pretty cool — I mean other than it being a marketing campaign, which pretty much everything in our lives is, from every angle.  But Jordan, your marketing campaign is excellent.

Run From Fear, Fun From Rear

American artist and statement maker Bruce Nauman has come out with another statement piece for the world to look at and take a few moments to crack some filthy jokes.

This is: Run From Fear, Fun From Rear:


What do you think?  Leave a comment!

Thanks, We Waste Time!


Illustrations for An Asteroid Novel

I saw these on 50 Watts, and I was just taken aback at how accurately the light in each scene was sketched. I mean seriously – check these out and tell me if you don’t have an exact idea as to how to light every one of these plates!

These are from a book called Lesabéndio: An Asteroid Novel (1913) by Austrian illustrator Alfred Kubin  (1877- 1959):

First published in German in 1913 and widely considered to be Paul Scheerbart’s masterpiece, Lesabéndio is an intergalactic utopian novel that describes life on the planetoid Pallas, where rubbery suction-footed life forms with telescopic eyes smoke bubble-weed in mushroom meadows under violet skies and green stars. Amid the conveyor-belt highways and lighthouses weaving together the mountains and valleys, a visionary named Lesabéndio hatches a plan to build a 44-mile-high tower and employ architecture to connect the two halves of their double star. A cosmic ecological fable, Scheerbart’s novel was admired by such architects as Bruno Taut and Walter Gropius, and such thinkers as Walter Benjamin and Gershom Scholem (whose wedding present to Benjamin was a copy of Lesabéndio). Benjamin had intended to devote the concluding section of his lost manuscript The True Politician to a discussion of the positive political possibilities embedded in Scheerbart’s “Asteroid Novel.” As translator Christina Svendsen writes in her introduction, “Lesabéndio helps us imagine an ecological politics more daring than the conservative politics of preservation, even as it reminds us that we are part of a larger galactic set of interrelationships.”

So it’s not light Musical Theatre reading is the general gist…














Being able to sketch out light is so essential for Lighting Designers; I think that rendering digitally and pre-viz have perhaps caused a lack of teaching of this skill.  It’s also not a skill that I never really mastered, which was why I learned how to do it on a computer.  Ah, the circle of life…

JOL Sunday Flickr #8

Another week and another JOL Sunday Flickr!  I went old-school this week, digging down from the first few days of the Flickr Group.  Ah, the memories!


In-Car Monaro Light Trails - Image 6


Inner Space Explosion

Backstage Lights

Museumnacht 2008


deep blue - Sonnenuntergang in Assamstadt

white man can jump

Light MK1 Special


Why YOU Should Care About Energy Efficiency [Infographic]

I love infographics!  It’s a collection of information that is relevant to one’s interests — kind of like LOLCats:



Why YOU Should Care About Energy Efficiency:

Save-The-World-By-Saving-Energy-Infographic-infographicsmaniaThanks, eLocal and Infographics Mania!