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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.

Nick Diaz

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  • Birthday 06/19/1992

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    Palos Hills, Illinois, USA
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    Teen who likes Christmas lights.
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    Theather Lighting
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    Nancy's Pizza
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  1. Not sure If this really applies to many people, but I thought I'd post it anyways. I know that next year I'm going to be putting DMX LED parcans, and a moving light lighting the front of my house, however I was unsure how it would look. Thankfully I realized this before I took my display down, I was able to go outside and take some pictures of how it looks when all the lights are on. If you have some new items (floods, LED's, etc. ) try them out now, if you don't plan on changing your display drastically, you've got a good representation of what It'll look like next year. Nothing fancy, I just put them in test modes and snapped a few pictures for my files. Now in the summer, when I'm programming I know exactly what color combos look like, and how they show up with the display.
  2. It's currently set up for 3, mouth open, mouth closed, and static head. In the picture all 3 are on for some reason, the row of lights going straight through the mouth would be the closed channel.
  3. Hello! I'm looking for a loving home for my singing reindeer head. Inspired by Marty Slack's head. This one is 4'x4' and sits on 2- 2x4 legs approx 8' tall. This one is made of masonite (composite wood) with a wooden frame. Unsure of the condition of bulbs, I haven't used it in a few years. Each hole was drilled not punched, so replacing lights could possibly be easy. I honestly don't know, haven't had to do it. Basically, I don't have the storage room for this anymore, but I don't want it trashed. If anyone has any questions, or would like to take it home, please let me know. I'll keep it till the Chicago mini if anyone from farther out wants it then. Let me know. Here's some pictures.
  4. One of my theatre friends forwarded me this. Some of the jargon might be hard, but definitely impressive. A friend of mine helped me put together a partial equipment list: All fountains have a custom LED ring with either 1 or 3w LEDs, VL 3000's, Syncrolite SXB 7/3's, Martin Atomics, LED Sparkle strobes, Color Kinetics Color Reaches, Color Kinetics TR-UV, Chauvet Bubble Kings, Christie projectors, underwater fire canons, moving fire canons, underwater projection domes that can move up and down, custom underwater projector housing, custom underwater housings for the Atomics, and the Vari-Lite domes are Tempest Tornado 2300's with DEC control. Then on Mickey's Fun Wheel: Color Kinetics iColor Flex, Altman Spectra LEDs, and a new version of the iColor coves. Control: (3) GrandMA 2's, a GrandMA 2 Lite, GMA Remote through iPad, and GMA Network And some "fun facts" from a press release: * The production uses one of the biggest show control systems ever built; more than 18,000 active points of control are precisely managed by a single system. * The brilliant hues in the show are the result of specially created lighting (special LEDs) that infuses the nearly 1,200 fountains with light and color. This dazzling, colorful effect has revolutionized fountain lighting. * The “World of Color” technology can create a 380-foot-wide water screen for digital projection, and yet it’s not just the scope that makes it spectacular. The water screen takes on live characteristics, changing shapes, creating special effects, and interacting with a variety of other media in the show: color, fire, lasers and fog. * The “World of Color” fountains are programmed the way lights are in a rock-and-roll show, using elaborate light boards and switches. * Creators of the show found four state-of-the-art lasers in Europe that are used to produce some of the wonderful illusions in “World of Color.” * The moving fountains in “World of Color” will reach enormous heights. The fountains, capable of reaching from 30 feet to 200 feet high, are: 600+ Grid Fountains 400+ Chaser Fountains 65 Dual Water Whip Fountains 76 Single Water Whip Fountains 12 Flower Spout Fountains 10 Geyser Fountains 6 Dancer Fountains 4 Butterfly Fountains More than 100,000 digital images and several different animation styles – computer-generated, paper, sand, 2-D and 3-D animation – were gathered to create the fantastic, innovative visuals. * The show uses 28 projectors (14 of them, submersible) to help bring the vibrant, colorful images to life. * The 1-acre “grid” of fountains in Paradise Bay will function, in a way, like “pin art” or a “pin screen” toy, as fountains pop up, change shapes and shoot to different heights. The fountain table is bigger than a football field in length and divided into three sections. (It took a 400-foot-tall crane to install this giant platform.) * The platform functions at three levels: under the surface for daytime, at “show” height in the evening, and above the water for maintenance. * The huge underwater system features three submersible electrical rooms, each the size of a semi trailer and each weighing approximately 30,000 lbs. As the show is performing, these rooms can travel up and down with the platform like submarines, controlling the power and infrastructure that runs the fountains and lights. * More than 75 miles of cable help control the lift tables and show equipment in the lagoon cable trays. * The show spans Paradise Bay – a 3.5-acre lagoon, with more than 16 million gallons of water. * A new audience area was specifically “imagineered” to provide viewing for guests, including some fountain surprises. * Nearly 1,200 powerful and programmable fountains with heights ranging from 30 feet to 200 feet (50 feet higher than Mickey’s Fun Wheel). Each fountain has multiple points of control to direct the lighting, color intensity, water angle and height. * One of the world’s largest projected water screens – a wall of water 380 feet wide by 50 feet high, for a projection surface of 19,000 square feet. * Nearly 30 high-definition projectors – 14 of them submersible. * Synchronized flame projections, lasers and special effects that will flood the senses. * A soundtrack performed by more than 100 musicians.
  5. So, I plan on making my display interactive this year and I bought the buttons already. I need to make a panel to house the buttons, so visitors can make selections for songs. I wanted it to be a "podium"-esk thing, and I have made the picture. It's 8.5x11, and I wanted to know what the best way to print this, or have it made, would be. I was thinking about printing it out and putting it between plexi glass, but if there is a better way to have it printed that is weather-proof, I'd love to know. here is the document. http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m297/nickslights/1.jpg Thanks for all the help!
  6. Today's weather was just too good to pass up, so I decided to build some lanterns which would also double up as speaker/floodlight posts for my Halloween display. They are made out of 2x2 furring strips, really simple. I have also mounted a speaker, and a floodlight holder on the back side. The lanterns are from Wal-Mart. I frosted them and then tinted with a little brown spray paint. I'm hoping to have most of the Halloween display out this coming week for a Light-up next weekend. *fingers Crossed* *sorry for the picture quality, I'll get some better ones when the display is up.
  7. Also, if you're looking for some creepy music, try Midnight Syndicate, I have 2 of their cds. I recommend "Vampyre" though.
  8. Dog "Tie-out" stakes are supposted to hold approx. 75-100 lbs dogs, they would probably help, and they'd be less obtrusive than cinder blocks. Though the cinder block can be possibly made into presents.
  9. I use the Belkin mod. Works great, you might have to play around with the antenna length/placement, but once you do it you have it season after season. it is around 110' feet from the transmitter to the street, however it can still be heard 90+ feet down the street.
  10. A couple rules I like to think about when I sequence are, 1, Key change= color change- this is a great suggestion and can make transitions in the music very powerful. 2, No "flashy-ness"- not pointing out anyone in particular and I've done this before. It gets annoying to watch it after 2 weeks.. and its not very creative. 3, analyze the music- think "what do i want to accomplish with this certain section" Do you want certain things lit up, or many things. 4, Keep lights on- for your first couple of seasons people won't know about the lights.. a mistake sometimes made is people think they're light designing a show.. when in reality its Christmas lights. People driving past your house might pass it up because they don't see any lights on. Good Luck!
  11. Okay, I got it!, so I realized that the only problem was that the fluid in the tank wasn't staying warm, even inside the house because the tube that was going outside was too cold, so I wrapped the tank and the rest of the coil of tube inside with a heating pad (Tim, I remembered your peanuts slide projector project) and stuck some c9's inside the case of the snow machine, and close to the sock of the snow machine, to keep it from freezing.. within 3 minutes (or the time it took me to wire up the relay) the heating pad alone had heated the tank, and the warm fluid kept the rest warm. with the c9's, it insures that once inside the machine, it'll stay warm. Thanks for the responses guys, I was a little bit worried about putting chemicals in it, as in 19 degree temps, the snow sticks, and freezes as it falls down... so yeah, heating pads are amazing...
  12. so, I was testing my snow machine out tonight...and after about an hour, the fluid was frozen in the nozzle....I'm using the rubbing alcohol and Mr.Bubbles fluid method. So here's what I was thinking, I've extended the supply line, so that I can have the tank inside the house for re-filling.. now, if I wrap the tank in a heating pad...will that be enough to keep the fluid warm?
  13. Nick Diaz


    what colors?. I'm looking to do a tree in them, and possibly future displays.
  14. Are we turning this into a Blowmold dating service? :)
  15. Thanks Everyone, I realize that I didn't take pictures of the blowmolds...and I posted this in the Blowmold fourm...I'll get them tomorrow. I do, but I don't usually put them out until halloween night, cause other wise it just gets annoying inside...
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