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  • 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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    prescott valley az
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    computers lighting
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  • About my display
    2011 had 48 chanels
  1. just open it in ie in privet session , you dont need a google account to look at it
  2. This is a site agnostic comparison of controllers available currently to run pixels. This is a draft so for atlest the next week there will be changes and updates, and if you see something wrong please add a comment to the spreadsheet so it can be fixed for all to see. If this is successful and useful to all I will be adding a list of ac controllers and a list of dc controllers to this. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AniFrVDuq3jtdE1WVGNxaEhuYVd3Vm9OMDFYTWJOOXc&usp=sharing
  3. ( AZ Mini was a huge success! Everyone had a great time Thanks to Bobby for facilitating the event. It does take a lot of effort to coordinate the presentors was well as run live stream video. Special thanks to John and Caroline for their generous hospitality. Great food Angie and Caroline! To commemorate the event I compiled this 10 min collage of video and photos. Take a look. Hope to see you there next year.. Regards, Lightman ) First lots of thanks, Thank you Lightman for your video of the event, thank you to the Slades for hosting us once agen, and making everything perfect, including getting such a great selection of venders. Thank you to all the presenters for sharing you knowledge with the group. Thanks to everyone who attended, without people a get-together isn’t much. And a big thanks you to all the venders that participated. Next year already? This year due to some unfortunate sequence of events we got a late start on planning and therefor a late notice to participates, presenters, and vendors. For 2014 we will try to learn from the past and we have already picked a date (4-12-14). This should help with planning and as it will be one week earlier it should also have the nice side effect of being cooler. Other things that we will likely change Less presentations (4?) and more interaction time. Presentations with a set time of 45 minutes each with time in-between them. Possibly two running rooms / presentations at a time. Hope to see you all back next year, Your Friendly 2013 Facilitator.... Gigogig (bobby)
  4. Mystery Mini broadcast 4-20-13, one day warning Just under 1 day away from a mini being broadcast at http://abcholidays.serveblog.net/ in the mini room. Here are the particulars.... What: Mystery Mini When: April 20, 2013 Time: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=Mystery+Mini+broadcast+&iso=20130420T08&p1=197&ah=9 Where: http://abcholidays.serveblog.net/ in the mini room. Agenda: This is the agenda but it may get moved around a little. 8:00 am break time (open chat) 9:00 am 30 min Reindeer Headsets by lightman 30 min soldering by AZDan 10:00 am 30 min using xmas elements for Halloween and vice versa by Halstaff, 30 min Air cannon demo by Lightman 11:00 am 1 hour Pixels by gigogig 12 Noon break time (open chat) 1:00 pm 1 hour Projectors in shows by gigogig 2:00 pm 1 hour illustrated sequencing By raplass 3:00 pm 1 hour Maga trees by FrankAZ 4:00 + pm break time (open chat) Sounds great Your Friendly Facilitator.... Gigogig (Bobby)
  5. AZ Mini participants and agenda, one day warning Just under 1 day away and so far we have ~22 participants Here are the particulars.... What: Arizona Mini When: April 20, 2013 8 am to 5 pm Where: Slades Residence (Near 101 and Thomas) Link address link http://freetexthost.com/yox03stedr Link address link Agenda: below Optional Dinner plans: (To be arranged during mini) Donation: $7/person to cover food and drinks; Will collect at event Door Prizes: Fantastic gifts from several notable vendors (have to be present to win) Actions Required by You: 1. Please respond to this thread to confirm your attendance by indicating how many will attend and first names (bringing a significant other, spouse, friend, lighting addict...?) We need final headcount. 2. Let us know if you will be bringing any gear and have any special needs (other than the presenters)...respond to this thread. 3. Show up List of Participants as of 4-19-13 1 2 100% slades 3 4 100% Gigogig (bobby) and Angikins (angie) 5 99% Halstaff 6 99% Lightman 7 100% scuba steve 8 90% mlkren 9 90% FrankAZ 10 ??% timon 11 100% einstein2883 12 90% raplass 13 90% circus4u 14 100% 4Hoogies 15 50% ArizonaLegend 16 17 100% AZDan & Crystal 18 50% Mike Hill 19 100% Mike Rogers 20 100% ritztech 21 22 100% Medinas 0% JoeS, Mat er daddy, mcnamara9, JCMarksafb, Tmcteer, olingerjccj. Sorry you couldn’t make it hopefully next year we will see you! 2013 agenda This is the agenda but it may get moved around a little. 8:00 am Meet and Greet (Continental Breakfast Caroline Specialty) 9:00 am 30 min Reindeer Headsets by lightman 30 min soldering by AZDan 10:00 am 30 min using xmas elements for Halloween and vice versa by Halstaff, 30 min Air cannon demo by Lightman 11:00 am 1 hour Pixels by gigogig 12 Noon Lunch (Angies Pulled pork) 1:00 pm 1 hour Projectors in shows by gigogig 2:00 pm 1 hour illustrated sequencing By raplass 3:00 pm 1 hour Maga trees by FrankAZ 4:00 pm Networking and Wrap up 5:00 pm AZ Mini Close 5pm plus Optional Dinner plans (To be arranged during mini) Sounds great Your Friendly Facilitator.... Gigogig (Bobby)
  6. We have now have a presenter for the soldering presentation, AZDan has graciously offered to share his knowledge! Sounds great Your Friendly Facilitator.... Gigogig (Bobby)
  7. AZ Mini participants and agenda, one week warning Just under 1 week away and so far we have ~22 participants! If you have any additional or corrections to your attendance likelihood please let us know, headcount helps us know how many chairs and how much food we are going to need, Thanks. Also it’s not too late to let anyone you know is from AZ or a neighboring state that may be interested about this mini, the more the merrier. And there will be a great selection of prizes from venders too, nothing wrong with winning something : ) . Here are the particulars.... What: Arizona Mini When: April 20, 2013 8 am to 5 pm Where: Slades Residence (Near 101 and Thomas) Link address link http://freetexthost.com/yox03stedr Link address link Agenda: below Optional Dinner plans: (To be arranged during mini) Donation: $7/person to cover food and drinks; Will collect at event Door Prizes: Fantastic gifts from several notable vendors (have to be present to win) Actions Required by You: 1. Please respond to this thread to confirm your attendance by indicating how many will attend and first names (bringing a significant other, spouse, friend, lighting addict...?) We need final headcount. 2. Please send PM to Gigogig (Bobby) if you have special dietary needs. 3. Let us know if you will be bringing any gear and have any special needs (other than the presenters)...respond to this thread. List of Participants as of 4-12-13 1 2 100% slades 3 4 100% Gigogig (bobby) and Angikins (angie) 5 99% Halstaff 6 99% Lightman 7 100% scuba steve 8 90% mlkren 9 90% FrankAZ 10 ??% timon 11 100% einstein2883 12 90% raplass 13 30% olingerjccj 14 90% circus4u 15 100% 4Hoogies 16 50% ArizonaLegend 17 18 100% AZDan & Crystal 19 50% Mike Hill 20 100% Mike Rogers 21 100% ritztech 22 50% Tmcteer 0% JoeS, Mat er daddy, mcnamara9, JCMarksafb. Sorry you couldn’t make it hopefully next year we will see you! 2013 agenda The agenda is still a work in progress and we are still looking for other presenters or presentations. Here is what we have so far... If anyone has a topic they would like to share to fill the open slots, let me know through a PM. 8:00 am Meet and Greet (Continental Breakfast) 9:00 am 30 min Reindeer Headsets by lightman 30min open slot? 10:00 am 30 min using xmas elements for Halloween and vice versa by needs volunteer, 30 min soldering by needs volunteer 11:00 am 1 hour Pixels by gigogig 12 Noon Lunch (Caroline Specialty) 1:00 pm 1 hour Projectors in shows by gigogig 2:00 pm 1 hour illustrated sequencing By raplass 3:00 pm 1 hour Maga trees by FrankAZ 4:00 pm Networking and Wrap up 5:00 pm AZ Mini Close 5pm plus Optional Dinner plans (To be arranged during mini) Sounds great Your Friendly Facilitator.... Gigogig (Bobby)
  8. AZ Mini participants and agenda so far Just under 2 weeks away and so far we have 21 participants!, and a great selection of prizes from venders, also please let anyone you know is from AZ or a neighboring states that may be interested, the more the merrier. List of Participants as of 4-7-13 1 2 100% slades 3 4 100% Gigogig (bobby) and Angikins (angie) 5 99% Halstaff 6 99% Lightman 7 100% scuba steve 8 90% mlkren 9 90% FrankAZ 10 ??% timon 11 100% einstein2883 12 13 90% raplass and son 14 30% olingerjccj 15 90% circus4u 16 90% 4Hoogies 17 50% ArizonaLegend 18 19 100% AZDan & Crystal 20 50% Mike Hill 21 100% Mike Rogers 2013 agenda I am working on the agenda for the Arizona Mini to he held on Saturday, 4/20/13. The agenda is tentative and we are still looking for other presenters or presentations. Here is what we have so far... If anyone has a topic they would like to share to fill the open slots, let me know either here or through a PM. 8:00 am Meet and Greet (Continental Breakfast) 9:00 am 30 min Coroplast in displays by (mmciver?) 30min open slot? 10:00 am 30 min using xmas elements for Halloween and vice versa by ???, 30 min soldering by (Mike Hill?) 11:00 am 1 hour Pixels by gigogig or joint by ??? 12 Noon Lunch (Caroline Specialty) 1:00 pm 1 hour Projectors in shows by gigogig 2:00 pm 1 hour illustrated sequencing By raplass 3:00 pm 1 hour Maga trees by FrankAZ 4:00 pm Networking and Wrap up 5:00 pm AZ Mini Close 5pm plus Optional Dinner plans (To be arranged during mini) Sounds great, see you all there.
  9. So far we have 13 participants!, and a great selection of prizes from venders, were just missing what everyone would like to get out of it? also please let anyone you know is from AZ or a neighboring states that may be interested about this, as we don't want to exclude anyone that can make it. List of Participants as of 3-31-13 1 2 100% slades 3 4 100% Gigogig (bobby) and Angikins (angie) 5 99% Halstaff 6 99% Lightman 7 100% scuba steve 8 90% mlkren 9 90% FrankAZ 10 ??% timon 11 100% einstein2883 12 13 90% raplass and son Also raplass has offered to go over the illustrated sequencing concepts covered in http://doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/showthread.php?25055-Sequencing-round-table-anything-similar Sounds great, see you all there.
  10. Please refer all comments and repsonses to the newly opened thread here... Thanks, Gigogig
  11. 2013 agenda I am working on the agenda for the Arizona Mini to he held on Saturday, 4/20/13. The agenda is tentative and we are still looking for other presenters. Here is what we have so far... If anyone has a topic they would like to share to fill the open slots, let me know either here or through a PM. 8:00 am Meet and Greet (Continential Breakfast) 9:00 am 1 hour or 2 half hours 10:00 am 1 hour or 2 half hours 11:00 am 1 hour or 2 half hours 12 Noon Lunch (Caroline Specialty) 1:00 pm 1 hour or 2 half hours 2:00 pm 1 hour or 2 half hours 3:00 pm 1 hour or 2 half hours 4:00 pm Networking and Wrap up 5:00 pm AZ Mini Close 5pm plus Optional Dinner plans (To be arranged during mini) Here is a list of some possible topics to fill time slots that people might be interested in seeing. That being said we will need volunteers for anything to be presented so please volunteer if your confirmable doing any of these, also let us know if you have any other ideas. And vote for the sessions you’re interested in. Agenda votes / volunteers Minutes, what, possibly who 30, Air Cannon Demo, (lightman?) 30, Ground Fault Trips, (?) 30, Lights comparing led types (outputs) , (?) 30, Mini tree how-to, (?) 30, Pic programing, (?) 30, RGB pixel types, all about different pixel physical formats, (gigogig?) 30, RGB power, options for power distribution between 5v 12v 24v rgb power. (gigogig?) 30, RGB protocols, all about different pixel protocols (2801,3001,gece,etc) (gigogig?) 30, Repairing Lights, (?) 30, Shared neutral cables and vampire cabling, (?) 30, Ways to make setup easier without killing your wallet,(?) 30-60, How to lay out a display, (?) 30-60, Lasers in displays, (?) 30-60, Neighborhood relations/traffic and or handling media, (?) 30-60, Power calculation, ac 110,220, dc5v, dc12v, (?) 30-60, Servo controllers, working with and selecting, (Halstaff?) 30-60, Servos, working with and selecting, (Halstaff?) 30-60, Soldering how-to, (?) 30-60, Website development, content, (?) 30-60, ac controller choices, (gigogig?) 30-60, coroplast building, (mmciver?) 30-60, dc controller choices, (?) 30-60, ways to spruce up your elements to make them look less "tacky.",(?) 60, Animation in a Display, (Done 2012) 60, Audacity. Working with audio, (?) 60, DMX Primer, (done 2012) 60, Dumb rgb pixels, (?) 60, Fm-transmitters/ antennas/ and RDS , (?) 60, Hacking gece, (done 2012) 60, Hls software, (?) 60, IR Communications with demo of IR Reindeer headsets, (lightman) 60, Light Show Pro (LSP), possibly sequencing, setup and tricks, (Mmulveena?) 60, Light o roma (lor) software, (Done 2012) 60, Lightjams software, (gigogig?) 60, PCB Board design (advanced) , (?) 60, Projectors in shows,(gigogig?) 60, RGB smart controlling, all about different rgb controllers, (gigogig?) 60, Surveillance, software hardware and setup, (?) 60, Tips and tricks dealing with flicker , (lightman?) 60, Video Taping Light Shows, (done 2012) 60, Vixen2.x, possibly sequencing, setup and tricks, (?) 60, Vixen3.x, possibly sequencing, setup and tricks, (?) 60, Wire-frame and Welding Techniques, (done 2012) 60, Xlights setup and tricks. (ongoing on Thursdays) 60, Yard Train, (done 2012) 60, megatrees how to, (?) 60, using xmas elements for Halloween, (gigogig?,halstaff?) 60-120, ideas discussion for 2013 displays, (everyone) 60-120, round table on problems and solutions (software,hardware,networking,anything),(everyone)
  12. On behalf of Caroline and John Slade, I would like to invite you to the 2013 Arizona Mini to be held in Scottsdale, Arizona on April 20th. (also Thank you to the Slades) We look forward to meeting you all and discussing blinky flashy including all the elements that make up this fascinating hobby. The presentations are geared for both the novice and experienced.... you will find something to take home and improve your show. Please pay attention to the Actions below. You must respond to this thread for obtaining the final headcount for food, drink, chairs, and etc. Here are the particulars.... What: Arizona Mini When: April 20, 2013 8 am to 5 pm Where: Slades Residence (Near 101 and Thomas) Agenda: still ironing this out (volunteers and votes please) Optional Dinner plans (To be arranged during mini) Donation: $7/person to cover food and drinks; Will collect at event Door Prizes: Fantastic gifts from several notable vendors (have to be present to win) The Slades have a terrific location for our Mini. We will have plenty of room to spread out. We have lots of tables and chairs along with IT infrastructure... i.e., projector, computers. So bring your show and tell items, whatever you have someone else hasn’t probably seen it yet. Actions Required by You: 1. Please respond to this thread to confirm your attendance by indicating how many will attend and first names (bringing a significant other, spouse, friend, lighting addict...?) We need final headcount. Also please let us know how likely you are, I for one am at 99% but my wife Angie is 70%. 2. Please send PM to Gigogig if you have special dietary needs. 3. Please respond to this thread if you will be bringing any gear and have any special needs. 4. Please let me know if any members from other forums (or local nabers) will be attending. Pass this notice along to them. Your Friendly 2013 Facilitator.... Gigogig (Bobby) Plagiarized from Lightman
  13. After a small communication error, the Slades have graciously offered their phoenix home again on April 20. So with the location and date set, now we can put together an agenda. Anyone willing and able to present please post, we are hoping to have a good framework by 3-22-13. We are moving forward, fast for 4-20-13
  14. Its late notice but if we can pull a 2013 az mini together this is the interest thread to do it in. I’m offering up my home as a possible location (https://maps.google.com/maps?q=prescott+valley+az) but we are totally willing to relocate if someone in the greater PHX area is willing to host. I’d like to get everyone’s % likely hood of being able to make it on ‘4-20-13’ or ‘5-18-13’. Something like: ‘gigogig %99 on both dates’ Also we will need some volunteers to do presentations so please also express anything your willing to teach, and anything you’re looking to learn. Something like: ‘Gigogig %99 on both dates Will to teach intro to being awesome Would like to learn how to use lsp’ I’m hoping to make this like the successful 2012 mini, a mini geared toward presentations for both the novice and experienced.
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    Online Mini Conference # 6 is about 3 hours away! time http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=industry+overview&iso=20120713T18&p1=1956&ah=4 this Online Mini Conference will be a industry overview of nearly everything! by AussiePhil Reminder the server is here http://abcholidays.serveblog.net/ and all youl need is a name to join but it wont be open untill about 15 min prior to the start
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