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  • My favorite Christmas story
    It's a Wonderful Life
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    O'Fallon, Missouri, USA
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    CHRISTMAS - gadgets - muisc
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    Instructional Designer and E-Learning Development - Clarity Consultants

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  1. Does everyone leave the power to the controllers on all the time or do you turn it off after the show? Thanks
  2. Glen: I suppose you have already considered the inflatable version of this project that is available?
  3. Bill: Thanks so much for providing the pictures. It definitely helps me to move closer to a solution on my Christmas display issue. I appreciate the time you took to do this. Best wishes for your display this year and my I be the first to wish you a... MERRY CHRISTMAS
  4. Bill: OK, I understand. What would be helpful to me is to learn how you attach the motor to create the motion. Thanks,
  5. Thanks Bill: I will look into this. If you have any pics that you could share it would greatly appreciated.
  6. I have a wire frame Santa Copter that I would like to fly vertically about 10 feet. I built a prototype using a fulcrum and lever approach. The idea was to achieve near balance and then control the movement with an electric linear actuator I purchased. The design proved to be less than practical. To get the desired lift height the lever was 18' and crossed the fulcrum with two feet on one side and 16 feet on the other with a counter balance on the short side of about 80 lbs. There has got to be a simpler way of doing this. Anyone with some suggestions on a better way to approach this? Thanks everyone
  7. Bill, Do you think these Skycraft fiberglass outdoor enclosures (14"x12"x8 1/4")would accommodate two CTB-16D? Thanks
  8. I have about a dozen controllers and I would like to consolidate many of them into a single panel inside where I can run connections to duplex connectors within the panel for standard plug-ins instead of the cables (see picture) I am currently using. Does anyone have any suggestions on the panels that would work well for this project and where they can be located? Thanks in advance to all,
  9. If you are currently an Animated Lighting user like myself who, for whatever reason, is thinking about changing to LOR but, has hesitated because of the cost and effort of selling your current controllers and losing money on your investment there is another option for you. Have your AL controller converted to LOR controllers. I just had that procedure performed on 10 of my AL controllers. The work was done quickly but professional by experts in computer science, electrical and mechanical engineering. This team invented the music-synchronized holiday industry when they created a software program called Dasher
  10. Thanks for the information on DYCs. I will definitely look into this.
  11. Right - Trans - Siberian Orchestra http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001235F5Y/ref=dm_sp_alb?ie=UTF8&qid=1237650117&sr=8-1 It is based on a composition by Johann Pachelbel (b. 1653 – d. 1706) who was a German Baroque composer, organist and teacher. Pachelbel's work enjoyed enormous popularity during his lifetime. Today, he is best known for the Canon in D, the only canon he wrote. You frequently hear it at weddings. bth: Canons in his day are like today’s rounds, such as "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" and "Fr
  12. I was disappointed in the performance of a mini tree matrix I recently built. The idea was to apply a ground to a group of mini trees (each with four strings of light - blue, green, red, and white) and control the on and off of the tree as well as the color by controlling the hot sides of the circuit. I accepted the working characteristics that would preclude different color combinations on different trees. With this circuit all lights would be one or a combination of colors but I did have total control over which ones lite. The purpose of this was to control a total of 24 minitrees each with 4 colors using only two sixteen channel controllers (4 channels for the ground of each color and 12 channels for the hot side of each mini - per controller) Is there a better way to do this other than a dedicated channel for each color on each mini?
  13. Does anyone know where you can purchase the corkscrew anchors that come with inflatables. I know you can get larger ones at Lowes or Home Dept. However, I am looking for several that are the same size as the originals. Thanks for your assistance,
  14. Thanks David! You saved me a lot of wasted time.
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