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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  1. Sean, Glad to hear all is going well. You have shared hundreds of hours of your time and efforts with us and that is one of the greatest things people can do for each other. I know from my family our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your are a great person! Lee
  2. I would get the Beldon 8213 RG-11. it will give you about 80% output @ 75 feet. So if you are transmitting at 1 watt you should get .81 out at the 88 MHz and about .79 out at 105 mhz. Do not use the cheap coax you will loss over half your db. Here is a nice calculator to use. http://arrg.us/pages/Loss-Calc.htm Lee
  3. Here is a DIY if you wish to go that route. I built one last year it works great. I mounted it in the attic above my garage. http://www.mikestechblog.com/joomla/ham-radio/ham-radio-antennas-category/99-build-2-meter-vertical-antenna.html
  4. What type of channels? regular lights - Dumb RGB - Smart RGB - ... What is the software you are using? LOR - LSP - Vixen - HLS - ...
  5. I moved to RGB last year, I still use LOR as my software to run my show. This year I am adding a whole bunch of new RGB channels and I plan on still using LOR. I have Light Show Pro also but have not used it enough at this point to feel comfortable with it running the show. Last year I used Sean's Nutcracker to do some of the effects this year the xLights/Nutcracker has been used very much. The Hardware I am using this year is 2 J1Sys P12S controllers. They work great and handle all my RGB work. Lee
  6. You are correct, about the Occupation, bio, etc... I guess I read Frank's post and forgot the primary thread was about what parts of the "Past Info" Sorry, Lee
  7. Top right corner open your Profile, After that opens there is a box in the top right corner of the white section. "Edit My Profile" Click on that, it will open all your personal info.
  8. I use the 3/8 rebar. I buy it at Lowes or Home Depot. It bends very easily if you want the U shape. Cost is only about .35c per foot if you get the 10' piece and cut it to length. http://www.lowes.com/pd_12138-157-05370_0__?storeNumber=0061&Ntt=rebar&selectedLocalStoreBeanArray=%5Bcom.lowes.commerce.storelocator.beans.LocatorStoreBean%4017131713%5D&pl=1&productId=3010011&ipTrail= Lee
  9. Welcome Sk8er, Glad you found this site, it hold a wealth of info and inspiration. Lee
  10. On the PDF document their contact info is about halfway down. Lee
  11. I think what you want is a GOBO for your spots. Check these out, not sure they will come in the size you need. http://downloads.goapollo.com/Halloween%20Flyer%2012.pdf Lee
  12. Check your mail up at the top of the page I believe Mijoangel sent you some help. Lee
  13. If you are using LOR, the Simple Show Builder only sees files in the "C:\Light-O-Rama\Sequences" folder not the Light-O-Rama folder in the "My Documents". So when you open the files in the sequencer save them in the "C:\Light-O-Rama\Sequences" then all the correct files will be there for you to use the simple show builder. Hope this helps you out, Lee
  14. Let first make sure we are talking the same software, Are you using LOR ? Lee
  15. Bucket truck or man lift is the best choice. If you broadcast your show on a FM transmitter you might be able to talk the rental company into donating the rental or a portion of it for a nice little sponsors spot broadcast during the show. It has worked for me in the past.
  16. Very Nice. I have the same project going right now. I did not think about stacking the P12 on top of the PSs. I have the new P12S and it is a little taller. I will check the clearance. Lee
  17. First Off, Welcome to PC! If you have played with the visualizer and you have the picture of your yard or display area, then the next step will be to go into the sequencer and create a new musical sequence; find the song you want to use, type your name into the author area, fill out the artist info, Channel setup # of channels 32 , check automatically setup channels... , then tenth of a second on the timings, check fixed grid , check save these choices as defaults, click the OK this should get you a sequence page with 32 channels with a sequence length of the song you picked. Each channel will be assigned to a controller (ie Unit1.1 is controller 1 channel 1, Unit 1.2 is controller 1 channel 2, ect....) . You will need to plan this out with your display. I do mine on paper first then figure out what channel needs to go to what element. Put a friendly name on each channel by right clicking the channel button "Unit 1.1" a menu will come up choose name then type the name that you want. Next Right click again and choose the color you want. This usually is the color of the light that will be connected to that channel. repeat for each channel. Next go to the top menu bar click on "Play" go down and select "Control Visualizer" This must be checked for sequencer to output to the visualizer. When done SAVE Now you can go into visualizer if you saved the file earlier with the picture you want then select that file, if not then select "New" and go through the process of getting your picture/image back into the background. Then save the file. after the file is saved right click the background image, Use the buttons in Visualizer to select what you want to create, Draw the element, a pop-up box will appear fill in all the info, in the bottom click into the first box under "Name" another pop-up will appear, dill in the name, select the color, Device type wil;l be LOR Controller, Network Regular, select Unit/Controller #, and the circuit/channel # you assigned to that element in Sequencer. this will link the element to the sequencer. After you have that set, save your configuration. Now each time you start a new sequence your channels will be set to this setup in visualizer. Just remember if you change the sequence channel setup the elements in visualizer also needs to be changed to the new configurations. Now you can start programming the channels in Sequencer. To watch the Visualizer you must have it running in the "Simulation mode" click on "file" go down and select Simulation mode . I hope this helps. If you get stuck you can PM me and I will help you through it. The Help menu is a great resource. Lee
  18. You are only going to have 10 channels per color. That would mean you have to control 12 string with each channel. You may need to rework your numbers based on the channel count you have to work with. Just my thoughts. Lee
  19. Welcome to PC Jake! As stated above ask any questions you need to. I have never been let down with my questions. The fact that you are joining in August means you may already have the CLAP! You just may not show all the symptoms yet. Lee
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