LEDs, Guys in the Snow, in the Dark, Not Porn.

Ok, I want to do this.  Wait, it’s 70 outside and the ocean breeze is outstanding.  Suck on THAT, Midwest!

I kid!

Watch:

WOO Productions made this.  WOO Productions has some pretty awesome projects under their belt, you should go over there and check out their catalogue of work.  BUT NOT RIGHT THIS SECOND, WAIT DAMMIT!

From the video:

Two Mountainbikers, fully equipped with a lot of LED’s, enlighten the trails as they ride in the dark.

There are so many action sports videos on the internet nowadays that it’s hard to mix things up. Pretty much everything has already been done by someone else. This concept has left us wanting to create something innovative for quite a while now. We just didn’t have the “big idea” until we talked to Phillippe. After a day of testing with the aerial drone in 2012 the actual plan was to produce a “normal” Enduro or Trailbiking video with WOOProductions this year. It all turned out a little differently, though. The filming for the Enduro video never happened, but we ended up getting this idea for a completely different project. Phillippe, the founder of WOOProductions, came up with the idea of using LED lights for a video- a lot of them. At a meeting he explained his concept or at least he tried to, as it was quite a complex idea. It was hard for us to imagine the outcome but we almost had to give it a try due to how intrigued he was with the idea. The goal was never to document a day in the life kind of thing or produce a video with logical content. We would definitely not go for a normal ride at night with hundreds of little lights spread all over our bikes and bodies while still not seeing anything. We just wanted to create something different that looked cool for your and our entertainment- simple as that.

How I should have started this article was something like “Do you want to see some outstanding light art in the snow with LEDs glowing on bicycles?

Nah.  Too tame.

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Leif Maginnis Makes Ultraviolet Light and Spinning Things Into Magic Mind, uh, Intercourse

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Leif Maginnis had an idea that he turned into what I’m calling THE coolest interactive thing I’ve seen in 2014 so far.  So simple and so visually confusing and pleasing — meet the Art Strobe:

Oh yeah, and if that wasn’t enough to shake loose the little bits of acid from back in your 1970’s days, here’s some more:

ArtStrobe Interactive Light Art from leif maginnis on Vimeo.

It’s probably best to let Leif describe this one:

The ArtStrobe is interactive, kinetic light art. It works by spinning an object that has fluorescent-colored patterns on it. Ultraviolet strobe lights are aimed at it and rings of bright fluorescent patterns emerge, transform in color and move in and out of focus. The user can change these patterns by turning two knobs mounted near the ArtStrobe.

Ok, I can dig it.  So for those of you who won’t watch the longer video, even though the awesome quotient is about 437, Leif spins something that has some fluorescing paint on it and then strobes blacklight at it.  the results are eye-gasmic.

Leif, you sir are awesome!  By the way, Leif’s also kind of a bad ass prop master and designer — Check out his Cat Designs website, he’s got all kinds of broadcast design work on there!

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pipel2I have Tobin to thank for this.  Thank you, Tobin!

This comes from DesignBoom’s DIY Submission Series, which is pretty freaking cool full time!  All images (C) Leif Maginnis

 

This One’s for Igor

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Hi, World.  Jim here.

My buddy igor is having a rough day.  No need to explain, he’s just having a tough time today.  I need everyone who reads JimOnLight to do me a favor — normally what I’d do when Igor was having a rough day is I’d just give him a big ass hug because, well, that’s my thing, I do that.  If I hug you at a trade show, it’s because I wanted to share the love!  Jim hugs are no joke, mophos.  So back to the favor…

If you can read this, or you’re around someone who can read this, close your eyes and think happy thoughts for a second or two, and send that shit to Igor, would ya?

I love you brother!  Hang in there man, you’re amazing!

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JOL Sunday Flickr #24

What a week this has been, very busy and tight with deadlines.  These kind of weeks make me more grateful for things that we take for granted, like having someone I love, regardless of where she is right now.  These kind of weeks make me grateful to have a job and friends, and that those friends are from coast to coast.  A week like this one, where Monday morning starts with something shitty and ends with something awesome, and every day between has some kind of challenge or problem that has seemingly tight parallel restrictions that make accomplishing the task more difficult.  But what makes us survivors is that we get through weeks like this and come out on the other side saying “hey, challenges!  F*CK YOU!”

Here’s some excellent visual material to which you can stroke your mind’s eye!  Give the photogs some credit, check out their work — and please come on over to Flickr and join the JimOnLight Flickr Group!

Complete Footage of the Dropping of Fat Man On Nagasaki

That’s kind of a hard title to write.  Ever seen the documentary White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? It’s not an easy documentary to watch; it gives a face to the receivers of the Fat Man and Little Boy inventions.

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A user named RestrictedData on YouTube has uploaded this video — which is pretty much the whole shebang, from rolling Fat Man out of the garage to the bomb detonating on Nagasaki, Japan.  It’s eleven minutes, but it’s historically awesome, and awesome not in the thumbs up way but awesome in the way that it was meant — it will fill you with awe to see that thing detonate.  It’s frightening:

Crazy. The unbelievable power of those things; I find it amazing that we can’t out that kind of energy towards free energy for everyone.  Can you imagine if we had small dishwasher-sized devices in our homes that delivered all of the power needed for heat and electricity?  Nah, instead we have weapons that can erase all life in a 5-mile radius and ruin the next two or three thousand years for the next 5-10 miles.  That’s so much better.

SOCHI OUCHIE – Far Right Olympic Ring Afraid to Come Out of Russian Closet

Ok, it’s not funny.  Well, it’s kinda funny.  It would be less funny if Russia wasn’t generally a douche about things like human rights; you know, if, say, Canada’s rings had malfunctioned, everyone would be apologizing and Twitter would be afloat with comments like “ohh, sorry” instead of the ones that are up there right now, like ‘Oops. Malfunction! One of the massive Olympic doilies is broke. Someone must pay!’ and ‘£30Billion and they couldn’t even get the rings right!’

Oh, Russia.

But seriously though Pootie Poot, don’t shoot a stage hand for this.

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Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony

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Thanks BBC News, Metro UK!

…and for all of you people out there who would rather have the Sochi Ouchi read to you, I’ll let Christina Marie tell you allllll about it:

#ThrowbackThursday – JimOnLight at 21 After Horrible Ramen Noodle Accident

21 year old JimOnLight.  Happy Thursday!  I hope yours was great!

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Holy Shit, Rockstar: Bruno Mars Does Billie Jean On Top of Smells Like Teen Spirit

The title is as suggestively great as the video you’re about to watch on full screen (it’s the only way for this one folks, this is awesome) — and what might be even better than the little piece of rocking the faces off of however many people were there that night is the Dirty Diana cover he transitions into towards the end.

Happy Thursday, you beautiful people.

This is the best freaking images blog I have EVER SEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEN

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Know What You DON’T Have But Need? THE NEW JIMONLIGHT APP!!!

Ok, David has been in his new garage with some cream cheese, Robin Williams when he was Mork, and a blowtorch making the latest and greatest thing to be free as hell in not only the iTunes Store AND the Android Store — the new JimOnLight.com App!

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jimonlight-google-playOk, this thing drives like a Porsche.

Jim it’s too soon for the joke Jim it’s too soon for the joke JIM IT’S TOO SOON FOR THE JOKE

When you fire this bad puppy up from whatever device you have — iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android tablet, whatever — you’ll get the top page story right up front (yeah, yeah, my battery always runs that low, shut up):

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The menu here gives you access to anything you really ever need to do in life, including eat or pay your internet bill which I keep forgetting to do:

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The Popular Articles tab gives you high traffic stories that you know you need to read:

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You know, that bastard David would OF COURSE make me work for the number one spot on that list.  What a jackass.  I WRITE THE QUESTIONS!

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Right in the dark while you’re lying there reading this if you’re an insomniac like me, maybe it’s a Thursday and it’s 2pm or something for you you can jump right to the JimOnLight Flickr Group:

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Videos.  Of course, videos!  What kind of self-serving aptly named website would be worth a damn without some videos?!!1

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YOU TOO can submit to JimOnLight.  Use the app!  If you’re out there in the field and you see the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen or just anything you might be looking at, this is how!

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Second to last but least not at all to me, the most awesome Flickr group, Today’s Sun.  Fox’s Flickr group is way cooler than mine even though mine tries really hard and never quite could afford to go to college but definitely never stripped its way through Dental School:

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Twitter Feed.  Because really now, does anyone actually ever actually physically GO to Twitter anymore?!

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David, you’re a bad ass.  Everybody else, GO GET YOU SOME JIMONLIGHT.COM APP!

 

 

 

Aww man.  I had such a crush on Pam Dawber.  But I was six or seven, it never would have worked out.

Ten Reasons Why It Sucks to Be Fat in the Lighting Industry

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Hello, friends and neighbors of light!  I hope this morning finds you happy and healthy, and brimming with enthusiasm to just go out there and kick today’s ass!

I write this post to talk about something that we don’t talk about frequently:  how our physical health affects our work in the lighting industries.  From Research Science and Photonics to Rock and Roll production, if you work in light and you have extra bacon around the midsection like me, you probably feel the pain that the surplus chub brings to the table.

I’ve struggled with my weight pretty much my entire adult life, and in 2014 I am going to win against the forces of fat.  Over the last three years, I have lost 80-something pounds of pizza from my belt line, and by the end of this year I plan to have gotten considerably closer to my goal weight of 200 pounds.   Usually when I need to overcome a challenge, I will collect information like someone with major OCD about that specific subject and then make a plan of action.  Right now, the plan is to talk about how being fat in lighting sucks in order to bring the subject to light, per se, wocka wocka.

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So getting on with it:  

  • do you have a few extra butter rolls sitting on your belt line?
  • Is your headset belt pack padded over top by a layer of old cheesecake?
  • Have a hard time not getting that second (or third) serving in the Craft Services line?
  • Does the container you carry your tools in fit inside the container you bring your lunch in?

Then you too can commiserate about this topic!  I’m sure there are many, many more I haven’t even considered or probably have forgotten about in my days, but here are ten things that BLOW about having extra bacon around the midsection in the lighting industry!

#10:  GIG BUTT/Chub Rub

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Come on, don’t pretend, you know exactly what the hell it is I’m talking about. Gig Butt happens when you’re outside, in the summer, loading in shows somewhere where it is hotter than hell, and you might not have showered in a day — not getting to shower every day happens on tour sometimes, ask anybody.  It’s when your thighs get red and irritated from your clothes and sweat and bacteria constantly rubbing together. It sucks the monkeys ass, And if you have worked and lighting, you have experienced this unpleasantness. However, when you’re fat, multiply this unpleasantness into something with a magnitude of volcano and fire/Brimstone, all that.  I lost enough weight at one point that I did an entire summer of shows, and the number of times I got gig assed was zero. Friends, it is totally worth losing weight simply for this single aspect.

#9:  Clothes Wear Out Faster

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It might not seem like a very big deal, Or maybe something you don’t really think about, But when you have extra weight you actually put strain on your clothes as well.  And we people of size can really f*ck up some gear, can’t we people!  Big ol’ sweat salt rings around our collars; splitting the asses of our pants from time to time when they might catch a certain way when we’re kneeling down to straighten some cable or plug something into the desk; the random tear in a shirt that some of our chub caught on something as we walked by; all of these are symptoms of the condition of overweightitude.

#8:  Injuries

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You know, it’s not hard to understand why having extra weight can cause a fat body to get injured by doing normal tasks in the lighting industry — we perform all kinds of sometimes unbelievable tasks, from hanging lighting from a ladder to climbing up inside lighting truss at height.  For a person of normal size and in good health/in shape, these tasks aren’t usually much of a bother.  But if you’re a person of pie, like me, just the everyday average task can really screw up one’s will to live if you happen to come down wrong off of something, or extra weight just bounced you off of something in the way, which does happen, people.  Fat is just unpredictable!

#7:  Balance and Flexibility

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Let’s face it, lighting people – if you once were relatively thin, like I was once, things like climbing truss ladders and walking 20.5″ truss was a cake walk.  Now it’s really a cake walk, with me looking like the cake when I’m up somewhere off of level ground working.  It’s difficult sometimes when you carry extra weight to do the things that need to be done in the business simply because we no longer have great flexibility and balance like a person without some butt luggage to carry around everywhere we go.  Know what I’m saying?

#6:  Your Appearance (and Your Assumptions of Other People’s Assumptions of Your Appearance)

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Friends, it is an unfortunate truth of our industry that the better you look, the better you feel,And the better you are perceived in our business. Disagree with me if you want, that is completely within your rights. But whether you’re in FOH calling the shots or coiling feeder in Dimmer Beach,  the way you look can play hell on your psyche.  When you are a person “of size,” like me, you are constantly wondering if people perceive you a certain way.  It’s called human nature.  Our industry is absolutely chock full of people who not only take excellent care of themselves, but look like they take excellent care of themselves.  Sometimes not being one of those people in a crowd of those people can seriously play tricks on our fat subconscious.  Or, maybe you’re one of those people who could give not a crap about how they look and feel, and if so, more power to you.  I never learned that skill.

#5:  PPE Issues

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People, let’s face it.  They do not make PPE (which means Personal Protective Equipment — harnesses, etc) in sizes above Thick Cut Bacon.  What does this mean for us people with extra bacon around the midsection?  it means that either A) you’re climbing that f*cking access ladder in a harness that looks like you’re baking bread with rope wrapped around it, or you’re simply just not going to where it is required to wear said PPE.  You catch-a my drift?

I remember watching an episode of The Biggest Loser a few years ago in which Bob put on a harness with something like 200 extra pounds on it to simulate the pressure of someone who weighed 400 pounds on the show.  It looked like he was strapped with 25 pound sand bags and rolls of socapex.  This is how I imagine the extra weight on our bodies to feel like when we’re carrying around coils of 4/0 or rolls of socapex.

#4:  Location Limitations

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Unfortunately, sometimes as a person with surplus love you just can’t go certain places that are required to work in lighting.  Sometimes this is up inside of the rig, sometimes this is inside of a theatre where you have to be Kate Hudson to fit anyway, and sometimes it’s just some cramped place you have to get to do something.  When you can’t see your feet, there are just places people like us won’t fit.

#3:  Exhaustion

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Let’s face it, people — being fat is absolutely effing exhausting.  When you double up the kinds of work that need to take place in our industry and add that to having a couple extra rolls around the midsection, the result is just purely crappy.  Being overweight and having to work the schedule that we often have to work here in lighting can just completely break your will to do anything, including move.  It’s a fact!

#2:  Working in Hot Climates

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Ok, this is one I hate almost as much as #1…

Being fat and doing shows where it is hot S-U-C-K-S.  SUCKS. It sucks sucks sucks to be fat and be COVERED in sweat after doing something as stupidly easy as unstacking cases.  It sucks to have sweaty white salt rings around the collars, back, and armpits of your black t-shirt because Mother Nature decided you needed to load in on a 100 degree day into a convention center than doesn’t have the AC on until show time.  It sucks to be fat and be sweaty on a show site where your pants just stick to you like white on rice and a glass of milk on a paper plate in a snowstorm.  So generally, as a rule of thumb, HOT DAYS + FAT GUY + SWEATY EVERYTHING = SUCKS.

#1:  TRAVEL Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

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Now your mileage may vary on this one, but the number one thing that I despise about my size is traveling.  Economy seats are too small for people with wide asses.  Train seats in Economy are too small for people with wide asses.  If you’re still young and doing work where a handful of people travel in one car… well, as you can imagine, nothing good can come of stuffing one of us into a vehicle for long trips.  Being fat and traveling is like an exercise in patience — how long can I sit crammed in this seat with my knees halfway down my throat and my dough stuffed between each armrest, sweating, and miserable?

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Wish me luck, everybody.  If you too want to get less fat, shoot me an email, let’s do it together.  A single twig is weak, but a bundle of twigs is strong.