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michael b

Florida Mini 09' September 19th at Lori's Lighted D'Lites!

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Michael,

If Sally and I aren't on the list don't add us. We're still not going.

:P

I need to try to whack you with a display element! Please come! :giggle:

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Why didn't you just have the mini in Georgia? It isn't that much farther for me. :P

They just had a Georgia Mini in April, that's why! :121_reindeer:

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They just had a Georgia Mini in April, that's why! :121_reindeer:

It took me just over 2 1/2 hours to get to the hotel in Louisville from Miami. It will take me over 6 hours to get to Lori's. I could be in Paris by then. (Hence, I'm not going.)

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Chuck, just drive really, really, really fast! Let me know which way you are driving so I can stay off the sidewalk!:eek:

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Michael,

Maybe an item for your agenda, LED lighting or even if its a side conversation.

I have been reading what I can on the WEb and feel like I need an electrical engineering degree.

What I am looking for is:

1. What the difference between full and 1/2 wave

2. How can I tell which is which, not all boxes marked, even called the 800 number and their tech folks had no idea

3. Can you shorten the length of a string

4. Does if make a difference if you wanted to use LED in a lighting sequewnce

Thanks,

Lee

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Michael,

Maybe an item for your agenda, LED lighting or even if its a side conversation.

I have been reading what I can on the WEb and feel like I need an electrical engineering degree.

What I am looking for is:

1. What the difference between full and 1/2 wave

2. How can I tell which is which, not all boxes marked, even called the 800 number and their tech folks had no idea

3. Can you shorten the length of a string

4. Does if make a difference if you wanted to use LED in a lighting sequewnce

Thanks,

Lee

Thanks for the suggestions Lee. This will help.

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I wanted to update the numbers:

Bill and I are working on an agenda for the day. We need your help. Let us know what you expect from the Mini. What are you hoping to learn?

Tell us now so we can plan to meet your needs. :santasmileyitty:

Micheal.......Would love to know if anyone has any tips or suggestions for working with a charity.

Dave

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Micheal.......Would love to know if anyone has any tips or suggestions for working with a charity.

Dave

Dave, thanks for for your input. This will help us plan our day.

Anyone else, please let us know what you want to learn or see.

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Michael I think a session on sequencing tips might be good both for the newbies as well as the old timers. There is always something that can be picked up.

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Michael I think a session on sequencing tips might be good both for the newbies as well as the old timers. There is always something that can be picked up.

Bob, I agree. We are working on having a session on LOR 2. A short presentation and then have a time where we help each other. Someone may have a question about timing or the Beat Wizzard and two or three people from the audience give their way of doing it.

I have found that a lot of us have our way of sequencing, but know little about many of the features. I have had people say, "I wish LOR could do this." Then I show them it can. They are like, "Wow!" People have shown me so much, too. I know I only know about 10% of what LOR2 can do.

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Lee

Thanks for inquiry about LED lights and we agree this is area that requires some coverage. Does anybody know anybody that could do a good training session on LED lights which would include how to repair LED strings? If we can't find anyone, I suggest we have open discussion on LED and we all can give some input. I can show demo to determine if string is 1/2 or full wave and also how to cut LED string. I am still working on good way to test a bad LED string but I'm not quite there! I can also demonstrate the difference between sealed and replaceable LED bulbs and the advantages and disadvantages of both. Hope somebody can recommend someone who can help us out on this subject.

Edited by bill vanderslice

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Bill and I are setting up the agenda for the Florida Mini on September 19th at Lori's. We are excited about the way the day is shaping up. Now is the time to post what you expect from the Mini and what you want to learn. :)

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Bill and I are setting up the agenda for the Florida Mini on September 19th at Lori's. We are excited about the way the day is shaping up. Now is the time to post what you expect from the Mini and what you want to learn. :)

As Michael posted above we are looking to do the things that people have the most interest in. Here is what we are planning on covering at this time.

1. Wireframe tour of Lori's mfg facility + demo by Gene on how they build wireframes.

2. Presentation on LOR2 and programming help and hints.

3. Presentation on DMX and different operating platforms operated by wireless.

4. LED open forum giving good idea of what LED is all about. Will also be demonstrating LED RGB rope lite + LOR new cosmic RGB light ribbon.

5. Open discussion that will go whatever way you would like to see it go.

As Michael asked for, your input will determine where this open session goes.

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As Bill just mentioned the open session can be what you suggest. One idea we have tossed around: Is to have a Show N Tell. Many of you are building display items. This would be a great time to show them to all of us. We could all learn together. Items to share could be North Poles, coro projects, stars, leaping arches, etc...

Please let us know what you think.

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Michael,

Last night I was thinking that I could spend the night in Ocala at my friend Kevin's house and then we could drive the rest of the way up on Saturday morning to attend the mini.

When I woke up this morning I thought about it some more and decided I'm still not going.

Don't add me to your list. :P

:D

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Michael, please add Kathy and myself, Joel Jenkins, to those attending Lori's event. I finally was able to confirm time off. We will need to find a room nearby if we come down on Friday night. The last time we came we just about loaded up the truck with frames and people around here have really been enjoying them at Christmas.

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Michael, please add Kathy and myself, Joel Jenkins, to those attending Lori's event. I finally was able to confirm time off. We will need to find a room nearby if we come down on Friday night. The last time we came we just about loaded up the truck with frames and people around here have really been enjoying them at Christmas.

I have you down Joel as two coming. It will be great to finally meet you and Kathy.

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Michael.

I look forward to meeting you. I amreconfirming my intent to be there Saturday. I may have a second guest. My ladyfriend would enjoy the event but she may slip up to Jacksonville for the day.

Ed

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Michael.

I look forward to meeting you. I amreconfirming my intent to be there Saturday. I may have a second guest. My ladyfriend would enjoy the event but she may slip up to Jacksonville for the day.

Ed

Ed I have you down as coming and your ladyfriend as a maybe. This is turning out to be a big event! See you then!

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Update time! Well there is one month to go until the Mini. 31 days! Bill, Lori, and I have been communicating often working on the details.

As of today we have 51 attendees and 18 others who are maybes. This is very exciting! What a wonderful way to spend the day! Over 50 crazy for Christmas decorators at Lori's Lighted D'Lites. :santasmileyitty:

We have people coming from all over Florida, including South Florida and several from Georgia.

Gene, Lori, Bill, and I are looking forward to meeting all of you and talking Christmas decorating.

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