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  • 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.


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    About simcole

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    • Birthday 01/03/1982

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      Denver, NC
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      Live in NC with LOR 16 controller
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      Xmas Lights and Flying
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      16 Channel LOR Controller and this is my 2nd year.
    1. VKJohnson great reply. I also do a minimum of 2 "beat tracks". I use them for main beat and secondary beats. Sometimes I add a 3rd track for misc. stuff. I have NOT tried adding other timing grids but I have a fast song I'm working on that's killing me. I think I'm going to have to do that now. Thanks for that tidbit that'll help me now.
    2. I am just curious if I'm making things harder than they should be. This will be my 4th year sequencing songs and my normal setup is to use a fixed grid of .05 seconds. Is that what most people do use a fixed grid? Do most people use fluid? Sometimes it seems I need to do .02 second grids for fast songs but that would be a pretty big pain. So what way do y'all do?
    3. I'm interested in this as well. I would love to see how these are doing in their beta tests. I'm ready for some LOR supported RGB control. CAN you get more than 4 universes with this controller by connecting more? What if I want 12 universes?
    4. So if I read this right, your 2nd rendering had 48 strings * 60 lights per string=2880 lights * 3 channels per light = 8640 channels? And 8640 channels / 512 per universe = 16.875 universes. Sorry I just spent the past 5 hours reading about DMX because I want to go that route soon. So if I wanted to replicate what you did there, that's what I'd need. It looks ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. I WANT IT SO BAD! lol great work.
    5. You don't have any strobes or zip cord do you? Just curious.
    6. I figured it out. Something internally was broken in one of the LEDs. The leads were all fine as were the sockets. No corrosion anywhere. I eliminated the resistor as being a problem by stripping some wire and replacing the resistor temporarily. Thanks for the help.
    7. Awesome I'll try that when I get home.. what kind of resistor is it? Something I can get on the way home from radio shack? Thanks for the input. I was the front page of the local paper and I'd like the show to be at full capacity at least till the season is over.
    8. Ok I just froze but I pulled every bulb out of the section that was not lit and bent the pins slightly out to ensure they'd make connection. After 45 minutes of this they're still not working. Now what lol.
    9. So I have these LEDs from Walmart. They've been great for the last 3 years, but suddenly tonight 1 small portion of my 20' string isn't working. It just so happens that the first thing in line after the working part is this big bulb socket that is sealed and isn't actually a bulb. Here is a picture of another spare set I have where I'm holding this "fake bulb". So I'm assuming this is what's broken since none of the bulbs are missing and the string has been working fine since December 1st until tonight. What is this thing and can I take it apart and fix it? Thanks edit: or did
    10. I WILL be adding RGB soon.. esp if I can solder and wire up some of them to save costs. I'm just starting to read about them. I know nothing about DMX or Lynx controllers so I'll watch that video series
    11. I am very handy and capable, and I've been known to go to the dump and fix plasma's and lcd's and resell them. Most times it's a simple board or IC that needs replacing. I have a decent hand at soldering. I guess I was always afraid of people stealing my LOR boxes so I spent the $ on cords. I think I'll seriously look into soldering my own kit in the spring. Thanks for the helpful responses!
    12. Thanks guys. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't making uneducated decisions. I guess I'll be taking note of the off season sales. I really need to pay more attention to the group buys. P.S. Thanks for the comment JHunt, I really do try to work hard on the sequencing.
    13. Brian thanks for the reply. I also spend more on extension cords, but I just found out most people use "SPT2" cord with vampire plugs. I wish I had done that the first year and only bought extension cords for my big items. 1000' of spt2 cord is only $160. But do people really spend $200 a box for even the partially assembled ones? So for 144 channels they spend $1800+tax+shipping? I mean that's insane! I'm reading dmoores LED basics now too because I think I want to get into pixel based controllers next year. That will throw a whole new level of complexity I'm sure.
    14. So I've been using my 2 LOR controllers for the past 2 years, and I love them. They've been maintenance free, well made, and easy to use. The downside is that they're so damn expensive. I've noticed that most people have more than the 32 channels I have. I'm big into coreagraphed sequences than amount of channels, but I'd like to add more channels, at least 32 more. I'm not opposed to selling my LOR boxes but can I just add on channels and keep going? What ar emy options? What will interface with my LOR? What's cheaper. I can solder but how much would that truly save me? I am v
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