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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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  1. Are 1000 circuits really better than 500? When does the joy and fun become overwhelming and boring? There is no real answer to this but it makes me ponder where all of this will go. How does this display fit into your little formulae. Lets call it just over 12,000 channels. And he plans to double that next year. I am guessing that this will be the new model that everyone will try to copy. Absolutly beautiful and hypnotic to watch. JOel
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    Led Keeper?

    A week ago Menards said they were out. No other stores had them in stock. and they could not reorder. Joel
  3. The E68x series can control 4 DMX universes. There are 4 connectors per universe available. So the E680 can control 2040 channels or 680 pixels total(pixels come in threes, so there is a little rounding involved) or a maximum of 16 connectors, whichever comes first. In your case it would be 16 strings or 400 pixels for the 25 count strands. Joel
  4. That's just out of date. How about a new video with version 2 the "MiniRose" Joel
  5. How about this. Take a 2x6, oak or maybe composite material. Pine would probably not hold up. knock both sides down to a 40 degree angle. Route a small channel 1/2 in wide by 1/2 in deep in both faces. Place a 5050 strip in each channel, think single color, single channel CCR strip without the protective jacket. Place the strip in the channels and cover with a cleat epoxy, furniture glassing compound. Now that I actually see the layout, 3/8in ropelight would also work. Light would come out both faces , but not much larger than a speed bump. Joel
  6. look for "commercial light tester" still a good price depending on shipping. http://www.1000bulbs.com/product/10232/HLS-TEST100.html Unless you spent over an hour attaching each bulb to a frame, or it is strand #3 on an 10 strand arch, and all the strands are interconnected, or it is part of a mega strand that has been braided together with other strands. All my minis are attached to or incorporated into something else., I do not have any minis that I can JUST REPLACE. Joel
  7. Re read the first post. He wants to have actual lights in the street, otherwise he would not be considering acrylic as a material. No ideas yet. Tell up more of what the purpose is and we may come up with something. Knowing your location/weather(cold/rain/snow) would also help. JOel
  8. There is no string I can not fix with my BUZZZ BOX. Listen for where the crackle is coming from. that is your open connection that the spark is jumping. If the lights are concentrated on a frame or arch, I use a stethoscope to isolate the bad spot. If it sounds like it is coming from the buzz box itself, check the fuses in the plug, and make sure the wires have not been pulled out of the plug. Joel
  9. Here is a matrix I made up last year. 12 strands of what are now the stella blacks in a 21 X 24 matrix on 4in centers. roughly 6ft tall and 8ft wide. I pushed the lights int 1/2in pvc so it would not become a giant sail in my NW Iowa winters. I flash the frequency for 5 seconds at the start of every song. Joel
  10. July4 light show featuring 16 swags and stars 1 ropelight flag 24 channels 16 ACL strobe sticks 1 BloomingRose 2 MiniRoses
  11. Apparently yours is a private hydrant of non potable water. Top Colors NFPA 291 BLUE 1500 GPM or more Very good flows GREEN 1000-1499 GPM Good for residential areas ORANGE 500-999 GPM Marginally adequate RED Below 500 GPM Inadequate Body Colors NFPA standards require that private hydrants placed on or near public streets be painted a color that will distinguish them from public hydrants. Furthermore OSHA standards require sources of non-potable water be painted violet. We require that all hydrant bodies in our district reflect the responsible ownership and/or operation of the hydrant. WHITE Public System Hydrant (EBMUD) YELLOW Private System Hydrant Connected to public water main RED Special Operation Hydrant Not used except for spcl. procedures VIOLET Non Potable Supply Effuent, pond or lake supply http://www.firehydrant.org/info/hycolor.html
  12. This is pretty old, I had one last year and two of a newer version for this year. best video Complete details 2010 http://doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/showthread.php?11108-My-2010-project 2011 http://doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/showthread.php?15577-FireWorks-2011-the-MiniRose Will be setting them up in a few days for this years July 4 show. Joel
  13. I usually have my special Santa hat on, so I just bring my finger up, rub my nose and say its m a g i c. Quoting Aurthur C. Clarke Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Now if someone actually knows what LOR or Renard are, then we can talk shop. Joel
  14. I have 20M of 60led/m RGB strip should be delivered today. The plan is to use 10m per burst. Only 6 branches / 3 spokes per branch. The spokes will be only 30 in long made from 1/2in strip. 3 8in RGB strips per branch. some kind of strobes on the tips. downsizing to a 3/4in pipe for the pole. Joel
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