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The Most Inspiring Story of The Month

I was sent this story this morning by two lovely people (funny enough, our two amazing Gaff Dress Challenge artists, Amanda Lynne and Daphne), and by the time I had finished it, my eyes were a little damp.  An amazing story.

I’ve posted the images from the day in this post, which were all taken by Dean Rutz of the Seattle Times.  Katherine Long wrote the story about our superhero, Erik Martin, a 13 year old dude who has liver cancer.  The Make A Wish Foundation made Erik’s wish come true and turned him into Electron Boy, protector of all things light.  Make A Wish, that was amazing and awesome.  Katherine, thanks for posting this story.

An excerpt from the article:

Erik got into his red-and-blue superhero costume, and called on the powers of Moonshine Maid, who owns a DeLorean sports car. For good measure, more than 20 motorcycle officers from the Bellevue Police Department and King County and Snohomish sheriff’s offices escorted Electron Boy to Seattle.

“They shut down 405 – they shut down I-90,” marveled Moonshine Maid, aka Misty Peterson. “I thought it would just be me, in the car.”

At Qwest Field, Electron Boy was directed by frantic fans to the Sounders locker room, where the entire team was shouting for help behind jammed doors. With a little help from Lightning Lad, the alter ego of local actor Rob Burgess, Erik opened the door with his lightning rod. The Sounders cheered.

“Thank you, Electron Boy,” said defender Taylor Graham.

“You saved us!” exclaimed forward Nate Jaqua.

“Good job, big man,” said defender Tyrone Marshall. And forward Steve Zakuani mutely bowed his thanks.

Electron Boy seemed a little dazed by his powers. Out on Qwest Field, the Sounders gave Erik a hero’s congratulations, posed for pictures and gave him a jersey and autographed ball.

Everyone was startled when, overhead, the Jumbotron crackled to life.

Please go read the rest of this story.  How inspiring!  Erik, everyone here at JimOnLight.com wishes you the very best of life, little man.

The Sky Church at the Experience Music Project

Last weekend my wife and I went to Seattle for a short little weekend vacation.  We hit the Space Needle, the downtown scene, the Pike Place Market, and a few other wonderfully beautiful places and experiences.  One of my favorites was the Experience Music Project – not so much the museum as a whole (although the music poster exhibit and the Sci-Fi Museum were great), but the Sky Church room was something of a wonderment.  Funny enough, it was the part of the museum that was free.  I could have sat in that room for hours.

The Sky Church has a very, very large video wall – 40′ x 70′ – designed by Paul Allen, the man who owns the EMP.  Gehry was the architect of the crazy structure that is the Experience Music Project – an amalgamation of curves, bubbles, and other amorphous shapes.  One of the greatest views of the EMP was from the Space Needle, looking down on it.

I took a little video of the Sky Church – check it out below:

There are Mac 700s and PARs all over this room – I think it’s about 24,000 square feet, and it’s bathed with color and movement of light.  There is some absolutely stunning programming done with these Mac 700s and the video wall – someone did their homework, that’s for sure.  A Grand MA controls the show, and is a very appropriate choice for the application.  There are small lulls between videos, but overall it’s a great light experience.  Dangling from the ceiling are flower-like rings of cloth that seem to float and ebb like jellyfish in the tide.  I can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed this experience!

Check out some images of the Sky Church:

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Seattle, Here We Come

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My wife and I are heading out on our way to Seattle this morning for a weekend visit – my wife found an unbelievable deal on roundtrip airfare (like a hundred bucks), and we’re going out to hang with a friend for the weekend.  I’ll be doing as much sightseeing and taking pictures as humanly possible, having some fine Seattle eats and drinks, and getting to meet Vik from Konstructr.  It’s going to be a good trip!  It’s about the first time I’ve had a real vacation of any kind with my wife besides coming to Denver to see if we were going to like it here.  Crazy how life keeps you busy, huh!

Have a good weekend, internet!  If you have suggestions on stuff I should see, leave a comment or shoot me an email through the contact form.  Thanks!