Happy Canada Day, Mophos!


My time in Canada was a good time, generally — and the people there, especially outside of the major cities, are as pleasant as the smell is sweet coming off of the prairies in Ontario.  As an American who married a Canadian, I say Happy Canada Day, Canadian friends and family!

Canadians are just like us, especially the ones who come down here to South Florida and drive like assholes.  You’re doing it right, snowbirds!  When you’re busy hating on our northerly neighbor, just remember this…  Canadians are just Americans who learned how to diet and exercise.  Happy Canada Day!

What is Canada Day, you ask?

Canada Day (French: Fête du Canada) is the national day of Canada, a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the British North America Act, 1867 (today called the Constitution Act, 1867), which united three colonies (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and the United Province of Canada) into a single country called Canada within the British Empire.[1][2][3] Originally called Dominion Day (French: Le Jour de la Confédération), the holiday was renamed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was enacted, resulting in the patriation of the Constitution of Canada. Canada Day observances take place throughout Canada, as well as among Canadians internationally.

Here’s some feckin’ Canadian fireworks, eh?

This one is bad ass right here!



A huge thanks to Family Fun Calgary for the cool photo, and thanks to Wikipedia for the Canada Day info!

HAPPY 2015, WORLD!!!


GOOD-BYE, 2014 — and HELLO, 2015!

I hope that if you’re out there partying that you have a blast with the rest of your night/morning, and if you’re out there working a show tonight, please have a blast afterwards, even if it’s much after load-out.  YOU DESERVE IT!


Paul Gregory of Focus Lighting Talks Times Square Ball History

I love to remember how the Times Square ball has changed over the years.  It’s one of my first memories, seeing that thing lit up on television as a very little lighting designer of 5 or 6 years old.  I always wonder if my mom and dad knew that was one of my first memories.

Check this out — a video of Paul Gregory of Focus Lighting talking about the history of the Times Square Ball and how it has changed over the years.  Very cool video!

Santa’s On Tour, See Him TONIGHT ONLY! Norad Santa Tracker!

Ok kids (and patient parents waiting for said kids to get to sleep, etcetera), Santa is on tour and he’s doing his yearly hit-every-venue-in-one-night road show!  Obviously lighting production is light for the tour, we’re not gonna see the Syncrolites this time, just Rudolph’s glowing A-15 nose lamp.

If you go here:


You can watch Santa on tour as he plays to the entire world!  Check it out!


My CHAUVET DJ Colleagues Made an AWESOME Halloween Video!

This is too cool not to share.  My colleagues working for the Chauvet DJ brand have created an awe-some-sauce video for Halloween, and for all of your scarytime enjoyment.  Check this stuff out, it’s pretty awesome!!

Geoff Short, the star of Thursday Vids and the Gig Lab series, directed the piece, and also created a Gig Lab to go along with the video for those of you interested in how they made the whole thing work!

Good work, guys!!!  Congrats to Geoff, Todd Murray, and Carlos Cardenas, three extremely creative mophos.

Geoff Short’s Gig Lab — A 4th of July Truss Flag!


This is pretty awesome for the Independence Day mid-week break!  Check out Geoff Short’s LED and truss-based American Flag!  It might not have as many stripes as are there, and there’s about twice the amount of stars, but if you’re a gear nerd, you’ll love this!

I, for example, am a gear nerd.

Happy Fourth of July!

In Canada, We Work On American Thanksgiving!

For the first time in my life, Thanksgiving Day did not consist of turkey, stuffing, cranberry whatever, and pumpkin pie.  Know why?  American Thanksgiving 2012 is on Thursday, November 22, 2012; Canadian Thanksgiving was on October 8, 2012!  Ah, the sweet buzz of tryptophan.  Good times.

For those of you who had to work today too, let’s have a laugh!

Happy Thanksgiving, America!  I hope it was awesome!

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The JimOnLight Guide to Christmas Lights, Parts 1 to 5

It’s that time of year again, albeit maybe a little early…  there are lots of Canadians who are already rocking the Christmas lights, and by rocking I do mean there are lots of strands of LED Christmas lights all over the place in Toronto.

This is why it’s ABOUT TIME to publish the JimOnLight Guide to Christmas Lights again, by popular demand!!!


Part One is geared towards sharing where Christmas Lighting got its start, including going WAY back to talk a bit about what actually happens in the sky around Christmas time (or Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Flying Spaghetti Monster time, or whatever flavor of religion you pick for the Holidays)and how we’ve been dealing with it for a few thousand years.


Part Two takes some of the most basic information about Christmas lighting — the light sources— and breaks them down for the reader to make it easy to understand and identify different kinds of Christmas Lights.  You know, for that moment when you have to pull the ball of lights out of the box in the garage and actually NOT burn your house down.


Rain lights, curtain strands, cascades, and all kinds of other terms that mean something about the different arrays that Christmas lighting come in — Part Three of the JimOnLight.com’s Guide to Christmas Lighting is all about telling those arrays apart so you can get back inside and drink some Wassail!


This is an important one — Part Four talks about how NOT to get yourself dead while doing all of that Christmas light installation!


…not last, not least, and definitely not the end of the series, but perhaps one of my favorites!  A quick overview of some of the basic and important electrical equations that can help you make a little more sense out of the task of hanging Holiday Illumination!

Ok world, let’s be safe and sound out there, and I would say let’s not be tacky, but we all know that it will never ever happen at Christmas time!

A Downtown View of Oklahoma City, Lit for the Holidays

Living in a condo tower downtown has its privvies, I guess.   I’m not really much of a downtown dweller, at least lately, but I seem to leave home and return home these days when the sun is still a snooze slap away from waking up.

I certainly take a lot of pictures of the downtown nightscape – my apartment is right next to the Oklahoma City Murrah Building Memorial, and it faces the downtown skyline.  Parts of Oklahoma City are bustling with holiday-themed lighting, and I’m planning a series of photos of the city at night.

Here’s the first installment of architectural lighting from Oklahoma City, OK – this set from the 13th floor of my tower – for reference, here’s the city skyline in August:

…and here’s a detail of the Chase Bank building (and I don’t know the tower to the right yet):

Wider city shot – It’s true – apparently crosses cover the idea of “Holiday” in general here in Oklahoma…

Here’s looking the other way at Oklahoma City, looking southwest:

More shots – click on any one in this gallery, and a Gallery View will open up for your enjoyment!