Anonymously, For Whom is Lighting Voting?

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If you’ve been paying attention, you’d notice how polarizing this 2016 Presidential Race has been among our community.  We’ve got IATSE saying they’re supporting Clinton, but a really large majority of the membership is saying “absolutely not are we voting for Hillary, we’re feeling the Bern.”

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Then there’s Trump.  And Ben Carson.  And still, for some reason, John Kasich still hasn’t dropped out yet.

Who are YOU voting for in the 2016 Presidential Election?  This poll is completely anonymous, we’re just curious where Lighting is falling in this race.

Anonymously -- if you're in the various Lighting Industries, who are you voting for in the 2016 Presidential Race?

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Are You Renting Avolites? Get On the Rental Partners Site!

Happy Tuesday, everybody!  It’s been a crazy week so far and it’s only Tuesday — Grammy Awards last night, huge stage fire in Mumbai this past weekend, and the 2016 is just getting rolling.  Here’s to a safe and happy rest of the year!

This is a huge worldwide shout-out to all people across the Earth renting Avolites consoles, servers, and equipment:
Are YOU on our Rental Partners website?

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Bounce me an email at jimh@g1limited.com or through the JimOnLight contact form and we’ll get you sorted!  We’re just doing a quick shout-out among the production community to see if there is anyone out there renting Avo that isn’t already on the rental partners site…  and to get you on there pronto!

Random side note for those of my brothers and sisters here in America that don’t venture outside of our walls very often…

In America we rent, everywhere else on Earth they hire.
Also, here in America, they’re trade show booths; everywhere else, they’re trade show stands.

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STOP Aiming Lasers at Pilots, Stupid Bastards!

PEOPLE!  People.  We have to talk.

Over the weekend, there was an incident that caused a flight out of London to turn around because the pilot had experienced a laser beam in the eye from the ground somewhere.  Here’s the recording from the cockpit with the control tower with the crosstalk about the First Officer being hit in the eye by a laser:

Now:

Do you work with lasers?
Do you play with lasers?
Do you have a pen laser?
Do you like it?

Here’s a list of your local laser laws and regulations.  It might be time to bone up.

Pretty soon, if the bullshit keeps up with the pilots and shining lasers in their eyes — we, as in you and me here in the United States (and potentially worldwide because the rest of the world doesn’t play the crap like we do) will no longer be able to have these pen lasers.  The laser industry will suffer; laser consumerism will suffer, and creativity from lasers and playing with lasers in the darkness and all of the fun that entails will be a thing of the past, and you will knock the progression of lasers as a tool of learning and fun right out of whack.  See what’s happening to consumer drone use right now??  I foresee some really non laser-positive things happening with respect to laser legislation in our very near future if this keeps up.

What happens when you do something like this is that you instantly create a panic — and when people panic, news stories like this come out:

See, this is what happens when we can't have nice lasers

See, this is what happens when we can’t have nice lasers

It’s a shame, really.  It’s so much fun to shine lasers into the night sky, given the proper permitting and all of that.  In some places they show right up at your house when you shine your laser up in the sky, it’s uncanny how well law enforcement has gotten with respect to laser source tracking using socio-economic data in tandem with location tracking to find out who might have had the errant laser.  But there is no time and no laughter coming from the US Government on lasers and planes, even when having one of those Star Shower things…

The Star Shower is essentially eye-safe, and does not cause direct interference (glare) with pilots’ vision after about 411 feet. However, a single beamlet can be a distraction to pilots at least 3/4 of a mile away, and possibly further away due to the large number of laser dots aimed into the sky causing a flashing effect.

For this reason, a Star Shower needs to be aimed so that beams don’t go into airspace. You do not want an officer knocking on your door because a pilot saw and reported your home laser projector. While it is unlikely you would be arrested for an unknowing aircraft illumination, federal penalties for laser pointer misuse range up to five years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine.

Putting the projector closer to a house will keep more of the beams on the structure. Similarly, don’t aim it up into a tree unless the tree is very dense, such as an evergreen.

It should also be noted that there are reports such as this and this of Star Showers being stolen from yards. If you put your projector on a roof or up in a tree, aiming downwards, this both helps aviation (no beams going up into the air) and makes it harder to steal the projector. Finally, if you are in a heavy air traffic area, you might want to consider restricting it to indoor use only.

DAMMIT! You're screwing lasers up for everybody!

DAMMIT! You’re screwing lasers up for everybody!

The FBI and the US government has no humor and no tolerance for this behavior, it literally is a felony to shine a laser at a plane because, if you’re caught, you’re more than likely going to be charged with a felony — the government considers this interfering with the operation of an aircraft, which comes with a door prize of a 20 year prison maximum and a $250,000 fine.  Again, there is no humor or time for this, and every reported case is another instance some lawmaker is going to use to really put a bind on lasers for the normal nerd.

What is going to happen now I suspect, since the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) is good and angry about its most recent experience this last weekend with a first officer being hit in the eye with a “military grade laser” on a flight form Heathrow, is that everyone is going to panic, and people across the world are rushing to judgement because any time we can’t fix something or perhaps don’t understand something, we legislate the piss out of it so that it becomes harmless to everyone.  If the plane laser strikes keep happening and whomever out there doing this keeps it up, not only will everything laser become more expensive, but so will the cost of legally being able to own it, especially with some of the higher laser classes.  Thanks for nothing, y’all.

Laser strikes doubled from 2014 to 2015.  DOUBLED, both per day and per the whole year .  Why?  High-power laser pens are everywhere, and are cheaper than dirt.  Also, people who are stupid are going to do stupid things:

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So, with that being said, seriously:  stop doing this!

Sincerely,
A Laser Enthusiast and General Nerd of Light

Extra nerdery for your benefit on this topic:

http://www.laserpointersafety.com/rules-general/uslaws/uslaws.html
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/03/22/laser_pointers_most_red_green_lasers_are_more_powerful_than_allowed_by_law.html
https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2011/september/laser_092611
http://blogs.findlaw.com/law_and_life/2013/07/are-laser-pointers-illegal.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/suffolk/7710530.stm
http://www.laserpointersafety.com/news/news/aviation-incidents_files/006f7fc3ca68ea39e59c329d2fe3f627-616.php
http://www.laserpointersafety.com/news/news/other-news_files/tag-faa.php
https://www.faa.gov/aircraft/safety/report/laserinfo/
https://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/lasers/laws/

VIDEO: Massive Stage Fire at Mumbai Political Rally

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IMAGE: KUNAL PATIL/HINDUSTAN TIMES/GETTY IMAGES

This weekend, a huge stage fire absolutely destroyed equipment, structure, and pretty much everything that it could consume, in Mumbai during a political rally.  These videos are unreal – pay particular attention to the rigging of the gear as it is on fire.

Fortunately, the news is saying no one was reported hurt.  Bollywood rockstars Amitabh Bachchan (who tweeted a TON during the fire) and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis were on stage moments before the fire began:

From an article at The Indian Express:

The fire started just after the performance of actor Amitabh Bachchan. It spread rapidly, spread by a strong wind till the whole stage – a creation of Bollywood  set designer  Nitin Desai — was gutted.

“I was waiting in my make-up van. My performance was in an hour. Then my staff told me that there is a fire. So, I stepped out to see. And sure enough the stage was on fire. And it’s so windy the fire spread at an alarming speed,” said actor Aamir Khan.

“The event was underway when fire broke out, we ran to save our lives. We don’t know the reason for the fire,” said an eyewitness.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated the Make in India Week yesterday as a showcase event for the government’s flagship manufacturing scheme.

Ugh.  Look at this:

Some photos — the initial post was here at ProLightingSpace, check it out:

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A massive fire broke out on Sunday evening during a cultural programme at Make In India week event in Mumbai. The fire broke out below the stage during the programme.Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and governor C Vidyasagar Rao who were present during the programme were quickly moved out of the area. Express photo by Prashant Nadkar,Mumbai, 14/02/2016

From an article at The Hindu — heads up, this link sucks in Chrome for some reason.

Around 8.20 p.m. on Sunday, fire broke out under the stage when a troupe of dancers was performing on the stage. Police personnel immediately rushed towards the stage bringing the performance to a halt. The strong evening wind fanned the fire and within seconds the entire stage along with the strobe lights were engulfed in a billowing blaze. Sounds of explosions were heard due to the presence of gas cylinders at the venue.

Chaos reigned, and within minutes thousands of spectators who were spread over the beach enclosure made a quick dash for the exits and were evacuated from the spot. The Mumbai Police and Mumbai Fire Brigade took control of the evacuation and of dousing the fire respectively.

Four fire tenders were at the spot and 14 more were rushed to Chowpatty, along with 10 water tankers and eight jumbo tankers. The police barricaded the area and diverted traffic. Chief Fire officer P. Rahangdale said the fire was controlled in 38 minutes. Around 8:56 pm, Deven Bharti, Joint Commissioner of Police, Law and Order, told Mr. Fadnavis, “All well.”

The Bombay High Court had denied permission for the event. However, the Maharashtra government sought the Supreme Court’s nod for the event.

A visibly shaken Chief Minister called the incident “extremely unfortunate” and ordered “a comprehensive inquiry” into the cause of the fire. “It is extremely unfortunate as an important cultural event was being held. We began the evacuation process immediately. All the civilians and artists were safely evacuated. A fire audit of the event was conducted four days ago and a disaster management plan was prepared. We have ordered an inquiry into the causes of the fire, to find out if there were any lapses and if SOPs (standard operating procedures) were followed. Further action will be taken based on the probe. There was a spark under the stage and because there was cloth and wood, it spread rapidly,” Mr Fadnavis told reporters.

The incident has cast a shadow on the Make In India Week, the Centre’s big ticket investment programme for Maharashtra, though Mr. Fadnavis assured that it will not impact the event. “A comprehensive inquiry into the incidence of fire will be conducted to ascertain reasons,” Mr. Fadnavis tweeted. “All Make In India programmes will be conducted as scheduled.”

A massive fire broke out on Sunday evening during a cultural programme at Make In India week event in Mumbai. The fire broke out below the stage during the programme.Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and governor C Vidyasagar Rao who were present during the programme were quickly moved out of the area. Express photo by Prashant Nadkar,Mumbai, 14/02/2016

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A massive fire broke out on Sunday evening during a cultural programme at Make In India week event in Mumbai. The fire broke out below the stage during the programme.Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and governor C Vidyasagar Rao who were present during the programme were quickly moved out of the area. Express photo by Prashant Nadkar,Mumbai, 14/02/2016

A massive fire broke out on Sunday evening during a cultural programme at Make In India week event in Mumbai. The fire broke out below the stage during the programme.Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and governor C Vidyasagar Rao who were present during the programme were quickly moved out of the area. Express photo by Prashant Nadkar,Mumbai, 14/02/2016

A massive fire broke out on Sunday evening during a cultural programme at Make In India week event in Mumbai. The fire broke out below the stage during the programme.Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and governor C Vidyasagar Rao who were present during the programme were quickly moved out of the area. Express photo by Prashant Nadkar,Mumbai, 14/02/2016

A massive fire broke out on Sunday evening during a cultural programme at Make In India week event in Mumbai. The fire broke out below the stage during the programme.Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and governor C Vidyasagar Rao who were present during the programme were quickly moved out of the area. Express Photos by Pradip Das,14/02/16,Mumbai

LAMB OF GOD’s Gear Truck Took A Tumble

GAH!  Metal band Lamb of God experienced some crap on February 7, 2016 when their gear truck flipped over on I-37 in Texas.  Apparently the highway was closed for several hours while the gear was collected and taken off the roadway.  No one knows the reason, but their gear took a hit, which sucks.  Lamb of God’s tour is almost finished, too, which double sucks!

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I have been reading articles about this accident and how everyone is making a HUGE deal out of it.  People who are NOT in the industry — it’s more than likely that there was insurance on every single piece of that gear, and it will be replaced really quickly.  Perhaps if there were some instruments in that truck that were damages that’s gonna be a shame, but you can rest assured that the band will keep kicking your ass and they’ll have new gear.

Reports are conflicting about what happened to the driver, but decidedly he is A-OK and alive.  A few say that he broke an arm and had a few cuts and bruises, other reports say no injuries at all, which would obviously be ideal.

Some images of the accident, it’s kinda just a truck flipped over, but it’s history.  We’re glad to hear everyone is OK, and Lamb of God is finishing their dates with Anthrax, Deafheaven, and Power Trip.

Some images, mostly from guitar player Mark Morton, but also a few from tour manager Darren Sanders.

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ALL RIGHTS @ D. Randall Blythe

ALL RIGHTS @ D. Randall Blythe

ALL RIGHTS @ D. Randall Blythe

ALL RIGHTS @ D. Randall Blythe

More readage for you:

http://loudwire.com/lamb-of-god-gear-damaged-18-wheeler-accident/

http://lambgoat.com/news/26094/Lamb-Of-God-gear-damaged-in-truck-accident

http://www.metalinsider.net/metal-on-metal/lamb-of-gods-gear-damaged-driver-injured-in-truck-accident

 

I Want the SNL Closing Theme at My Funeral

So, you know that little ditty that the SNL band plays every closing of every show?  The amazing one, the blues-y/jazzy/epic, in-your-face, the-world-is-happy-and-no-matter-what-we’re-all-gonna-die closer that Lenny Pickett usually belts out on his tenor sax?  I want that song at my funeral.  I don’t want any other music, just that song, and the amazing live version of Auld Lang Syne that all of the jam bands play at midnight on New Years’ Eve.

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Rick Hutton told me once – and keep in mind he used to light Clapton — that “if you can light a slow groovy blues tune, you can light a big, fast tune no problem.”  He’s totally right.

Do you have a playlist or three that you can whip out for those big epic audience-centric moments?

This is the best f*cking cut I have ever heard of the SNL closing theme — it’s called “A Waltz in A” and is usually improvised — I’m recommending you go ahead and crank this shit up in your office, in the shop, in the theatre, just make peoples’ days for a few minutes here:

Another amazing cut:

The quality of the actual cuts on this one blow, but the groove is so damned good I can barely stand it:

I hope you all enjoyed that as much as I did just now.

JOL Sunday Flickr, #32

In the movie Basquiat, there is this little story that Jeffrey Wright says as a voice over as Jean-Michel Basquiat that just absolutely murders me every time I hear it:

“There was this little prince with a magic crown.  An evil warlock kidnapped him, locked him in a cell in a huge tower and took away his voice.  There was a window made of bars.  The prince would smash his head against the bars hoping that someone would hear the sound and find him.  The crown made the most beautiful sound that anyone ever heard.  You could hear the ringing for miles.  It was so beautiful, that people wanted to grab the air.  They never found the prince.  He never got out of the room.  But the sound he made filled everything up with beauty.”

I will always wonder why this dead man’s crazy art appeals to me so deeply.

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“Untitled” by Jean Michel Basquiat

This week’s JOL Sunday Flickr, a late night edition, because — well, because I was up:

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RGB is the way-to-be!

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Web & LED par

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Urinetown! 2007: The Cops in the Dark Scene

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Zamora.

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I hope for everyone reading this you have found something that woke up something in you.

GoPro Just Released the HD Footage of Felix Baumgartner’s Space Jump

I don’t know about you, but I was f*cking GLUED to the Space Jump when it happened back on October 14, 2012 — Actually, Igor Fernando de Oliveira Da Silva and I from CAST (I love his long ass name) were in town doing LDI 2012!  That was the big Blacktrax demo room year.

This guy was jumping out of the plane right as we were getting into the cab at the airport.  This was so freaking cool, and watching this HD footage of it just totally made my morning.  GAH, the nuts on this guy!

Honestly though…  if you wanna read an even cooler, ballsier, more selfless story, read about the big voice you hear on the recordings…  that guy is Colonel Joseph W. Kittinger of the United States Air Force.  Felix Baumgartner’s team hired Joe to help Felix do the deed.  Joe did the deed first, jumping from some crazy 102,800 feet above the Earth’s surface.  Felix’s jump beat Joe’s record, but Joe’s record stood since the damned thing was set.  How cool.

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Colonel Kittinger’s Record Setting Space Jump

An interesting side note on the initial record setting jump by Kittinger — Colonel Kittinger’s final attempt at the space jump almost failed because somewhere in the 40,000-50,000 foot ascention range, a hole in Joe’s glove caused his hand to basically double in size.  At that time, he decided that the mission’s data and all of the work that he and the team had put into this was more important to see through than the pain he had in his hand.  Now how bad ass is that???  “Pardon me, I’m Joe Kittinger, and I need a truck for my nuts!”

Felix’s HD footage from GoPro of the record breaking space jump:

Now, also completely worthy (and someone added some neat music in the background) — Colonel Joe’s jump back in the day:

Ooooh, and an even cooler video on Project Excelsior, the project classification name of Joe’s jump:

Jumping From Space from Spacecraft Films on Vimeo.