March Madness in April

I can’t imagine a blog at this time of the year without a mention of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. We are down to the Final Four. I have once again nailed the office bracket pool—Yeah Right!!! In the first round I lost 2 Final Four teams and one of them was a Final 2 team. By the time we got …

Lighting Programming Experience

One of the most common requests we receive from our clients (other than actual lighting rentals) is where and how they can learn to program lighting consoles for shows. Or, if already experienced, how can they stay up-to-date on the latest lighting control offerings.

Back in the Day

I think I have caught myself using the phrase “back in the day” way too often these days. My last blog recounted my involvement in the High School Theatre Fest and the realization that I have been involved with an event for close to 25 years. Having just returned from a successful trip to USITT’s annual stage expo and conference last week …

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Unusual requests are the norm these days. I guess I’ve been doing this long enough to not be phased by one. Lately, I have been reminded just how crazy this business can be.

NIU Advanced Lighting Class

We invited the students from the advanced lighting class at Northern Illinois University to visit our shop for a programming workship where they executed a basic light plot and strike.

Project Management

This is my first blog. I am the Project Manager for lighting systems at ILC. It sounds kind of boring, doesn’t it? Well if something sounds boring then it probably is. Project management is no different. I basically make sure that all of the aspects on a project are running smoothly including ordering, shipping, receiving, drawings, cutsheets, scheduling, commissioning and …

The 80th Anniversary of the LEKO

About 5 years ago at LDI, I was having a conversation with an engineer about where LED lighting was going. It’s been obvious for some time now that LEDs were/are the future of lighting technology. Up to this point all LED fixtures were wash fixtures with a soft-edged beam. So I asked this engineer “How long until we have a …

The Final Tale

In the shop at ILC, there is a large white board hanging up. It is divided into the days of the week starting with Monday. This is the drive board for ILC, upon which we write the destinations of our gear and where it needs to be picked up from. Each drive on the board is assigned a driver and …

Bi-Polar Part 1

I’m scrambling to get this weeks blog done due to a busy schedule and writer’s block. For those that know me, having a block of some sort is no surprise. It’s quite difficult to be comical now that our Accounting Supervisor Pat (Past Due) Gzehoviak has stolen the thunder. There has certainly been enough written about our polices, procedures, working …

Excel – Great for job costing, bad for impressing girls.

Over the past couple of months, we have been working on a new job costing method at ILC.  Although this may seem like a tedious task to some, I find anything that involves an Excel spreadsheet to be overwhelmingly exciting which does not say much about my other hobbies and interests.  I love creating simple formulas such as: