Jump to content
Did you know?
  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  • Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. Will you be ready??? Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.

    how to use a cell phone to control part of your display


    Recommended Posts

    I'm kicking around the idea of having part of my display controllable via cell phone. Making it more interactive and fun for people driving by in their cars.

    My plan would be to buy a few cheap cells; nowadays, cheapo cells with simple plans can be found at walmart,target,etc. Setup part of my display to be controlled when a cell phone number is itself called, or even better, when after calling a number pressing certain digits. Example, after calling a number, pressing digit '1' would light up a holiday greeting sign, pressing digit '2' would light up a tree, etc. There would be several options for turning things off, such as using time outs or controllable features are mutually exclusive.

    Any inputs on how to actually use a cell phone to control displays?

    dallasmike

    Link to post
    Share on other sites

    cool idea. I would definetly like to see someone do this. My only worry would be that you might get to much congestion ontop of you may already have. But this would be a really cool idea. There is a local telephone number around here that if you call it you can listen to Christian stories, its been around for at least 20 years and I know that because I called it when I was a little kid.

    Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Drawbacks:

    1) You'd need a dedicated phone line just for this-- most likely a monthly year-round expense of $10-$30/month.

    2) Only one person could do this at a time. If you have even a few cars at your display, lots of people are going to get busy signals.

    3) I think kids(particularly young ones, too young for cell phones) would much rather see a colorful control panel than use a cell phone.

    4) To me this seems more like a "bragging rights" feature than a real bona-fide addition to your display (similar to how I feel about web control).

    But if you want to do it, you can get a cheap X-10 controller that will answer the phone and control X-10 modules. I got mine for free with another X-10 order...

    -Tim

    Link to post
    Share on other sites

    tfischer wrote:

    .......

    3) I think kids (particularly young ones, too young for cell phones) would much rather see a colorful control panel than use a cell phone.

    ......

    -Tim

    I'd love to see an example of the color panels you are talking about. Is this hard to do? What kind of functionality can you get out of these panels?

    Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Toby_Evans wrote:

    I'd love to see an example of the color panels you are talking about. Is this hard to do? What kind of functionality can you get out of these panels?

    Well combined with the upcoming LOR II(see related threads in the LOR conference) you could make it do pretty much anything you want -- start a sequence, turn on groups of lights, whatever...

    I'm not aware of anything prefabricated, but I was thinking of a kid-sized panel with blinking buttons (a la arcade games) and the like, and plenty of colorful graphics.

    -Tim

    Link to post
    Share on other sites

    How about this,

    You have two arcade buttons set up and they control two snowmen doing the snowball fight, and the kids fight back and forth lol, make like a points thing or something, essentially an arcade game in lights. Would be tons of work, and I dont think it is really something that would enhance your display, more less take away due to the build up of traffic, getting people to understand how to do it. However if you could get it to work it would be very neat.

    Link to post
    Share on other sites

    logan_moore wrote:

    How about this,

    You have two arcade buttons set up and they control two snowmen doing the snowball fight, and the kids fight back and forth lol, make like a points thing or something, essentially an arcade game in lights. Would be tons of work, and I dont think it is really something that would enhance your display, more less take away due to the build up of traffic, getting people to understand how to do it. However if you could get it to work it would be very neat.

    now that I could see as being pretty cool!!
    Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Robin wrote:

    As far as the phone thing goes I would not do it. Not of course unless you would like to have the FBI and CIA watching you. This is the same type of system they use for IED's in Iraq.

    OK, I'm confused. How would having a phone line that people could call and control your lights bring the eyes of the FBI/CIA your direction? Especially if you used the X-10 interface I mentioned above -- those are VERY common.

    -Tim

    Link to post
    Share on other sites

    tfischer wrote:

    Robin wrote:

    OK, I'm confused. How would having a phone line that people could call and control your lights bring the eyes of the FBI/CIA your direction? Especially if you used the X-10 interface I mentioned above -- those are VERY common.

    -Tim

    Terrorists use the same type of technology to detonate bombs remotely from very far away... Just purchasing those components could put you on a watch list.

    Personally, I like the button idea better anyway. Cheaper and easier to wire, I'm sure...And, if mounted to the Donation Box, maybe adonation generator... :)

    Link to post
    Share on other sites

    EAB wrote:

    Terrorists use the same type of technology to detonate bombs remotely from very far away... Just purchasing those components could put you on a watch list.

    Guess I'm already on the list since I've had my X-10 telephone controller for a few years now... Seriously I can't worry about such things. I don't think I'd be mistaken for a terrorist, and if I was I don't think it's anything a short conversation wouldn't clear up. Never been a "black helicopter" fearer...

    X-10 home automation is quite common -- I seriously doubt everyone with an X-10 home phone controller is on a super-secret Terrorist Alert list.

    -Tim

    Link to post
    Share on other sites
    • 3 years later...

    Join the conversation

    You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

    Guest
    Reply to this topic...

    ×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

      Only 75 emoji are allowed.

    ×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

    ×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

    ×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

    ×
    ×
    • Create New...