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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.
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  1. === Hobby Lobby === 125 Boxes of 100ct Red - $1.50 each - 50% Off 125 Boxes of 100ct Green - $1.50 Each - 50 % Off === Lowes === 168 Boxes of 100ct Clear - 60cents a box - 75% off 1 motorized Santa on a teeter totter - $25 (Price on box $100) === Wal Mart === 16 mini deers with 100 lights each - $8.50 each 150 Boxes of 100ct Clears - $1.25 each (some I got for $1) 10 6.5 Artificial Trees with 400 lights each. $17.50 each ------------ I got my deals from Hobby Lobby and Lowes on the 24th. I was surprised that Lowes was at 75% off BEFORE Christmas on the 24th. Only had clears left and I bought them all. I went to 3 Lowes in total and only that 1 had any lights left, the other two where barren. Hobby Lobby here has A TON of lights and I mean A TON! They also have a lot of C9s/C7s in solid color which is pretty rare. They were also the only ones that had Greens and Reds left. Everybody else only had Multi and Clears. I think I may go tomorrow and pick up some more Red and Green. I was thinking about waiting until they are 75% off but I am a little nervous that somebody else may buy them. I hit 5 Wal-Marts today. One of them had a bunch of mini wireframe deer with 100 lights so I bought 16 of them. May try a flying reindeer thing next year. No wal-marts had Greens or Reds only Clears and Multi. Some of the walmarts had a ton of Christmas Stuff though left over, just not the lights in the color I wanted.
  2. The Record has some other fun stuff on it. It has some Christmas Voice Overs by Madonna, Depeche Mode, Bee Gees, Erasue, and others saying things Like Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, etc. It was a promo record to be used by radio stations to play around the Holiday Season. I totally forgot about those voice overs and it would be fun to put them in the show and have Madonna, the material girl say Merry Christmas to everybody! LOL Here is a picture of the record Turntable is a Technics SL-1600 (Made in 1979) with a newer higher end Grado Stylus/Needle. It then goes to a rack mountable older SAE pre-amp that give me a line-level output and goes to a Edirol External USB Sound Card which I record with Sony Sound Forge. Sound Forge then has a lot of noise reduction and a pops, clicks, and crackle filters. I usually only apply the pop and crackle manually to areas where you can hear them. If you do a general "apply to all" it can start messing with high sounds such as symbols. The noise reduction is absolutely amazing in Sony Sound Forge. You take a sample of just the surface noise of the record before the music starts. It then knows what this noise sounds like and can isolate it from the rest of the music and remove it. -Richard
  3. Looks great! It was real fun to watch you do this song. Do you sleep? I am surprised that since I posted that song that you sequenced and shot it on video and posted it up already. LOL. Yeah it took me a long time to track down that vinyl album. I knew it existed and had a very bad copy of it that somebody passed along to me years ago. The vinyl record is really cool though since it is a translucent red color. I have about 400+ 12" remix records from the 80s. Lots of cool stuff that was never released on CD.
  4. I am really interested in the LED C9 Strobes. One thing that has not been addressed yet is the timing on the blinks. If I put 50 of these C9 strobes on a strand and give them power, are the going to blink different than each other? I could see an issue where if they all used some electronic circuit where they are programmed to blink every .348 seconds. What would happen is if you apply power to the strand, each strobe will be exactly in sync with each other. If they are all in sync, they will all flash off and on at the same time instead of giving them all a twinkle look which we are use to and I think will look better.
  5. the latest project done by Steve Lelinski was truly amazing of his marching band. I have a question though. Why do people use Coro instead of getting a large sheet of plywood, paint it white, and then drill holes for the mini lights to poke through? I remember reading about Steve having some heating issues with his Coro and thinking that if you just used a sheet of plywood, it would be a lot more sturdy and would not get as much damaged caused by high winds. I used a sheet of plywood for my Bethlehem Star with C9s and it turned out pretty good and was thinking of doing some projects with minis. What are the advantages of using Coro instead of a sheet of plywood? -Richard
  6. Best 2008 project posted on Planet Christmas. Absoultely Amazing! You blew us away!
  7. Yes mine at 6' I bought some more at walmart last year that I think were 5' and they had around 400 lights each I think. Also the branches don't spread out as much as the ones I bought at Home Depot. I got lucky and bought all those for 50% back in 2005 right after seeing Carson Willimas video and saying "I have got to try this!".
  8. LOL. I had a heck of time finding mine. I was checking e-bay and they were going for more than I wanted to pay. I decided to check a local classified ad section and actually found one for $40! Woot!
  9. You may want to look into this. A 32bit program should be able to run on a 64bit OS. We are not talking about making a 64bit version of the program. Almost every single program that is out there installs on a 32bit OS will install on a 64bit OS. It still runs at 32bit, but it does run! LOR which is a 32bit program runs fine on a 64bit OS. I even have a 10 year old windows program that I could still run under a Windows 64bit OS. It may be a super easy fix and you will want to talk to your programmers. If it is an issue for some reason, it would be nice to at least have a dialog box come up that says "Sorry, this product can not be installed on a 64bit OS". Right now you just click to install it and it does nothing confusing the user as to what is happening. I wish you the best of success with your program! -Richard
  10. Christmas is kind of weird for me this year. Last year I was out doing traffic control about every single night for 3 weeks straight and it was easy to get into the spirit. You would see the excited looks on everybody's faces and total strangers would give me Hot Chocolate and even slices of pizza that they had with them. I could easily see people in front of the display getting out of their cars in the freezing cold and dancing around. It was nice to talk to the people and have them tell you all about their experiences and such. I was giving to them and they were giving back. Now that my display is 8 miles from where I live, I don't get to see anything (I really should have worked more on getting a web cam set up). I may go over there every 3 days or so for just 10-15 minutes at a time to make sure things are running but it is just not the same. I guess it is just strange that you put all this effort into a huge display and you look out your window and there is not a single car on the street where last year it was packed all the time. I know there are people out there though enjoying the display but I just can't connect to them like I did last year.
  11. Great song and it was very fun to see it on your display. I am a HUGE Book of Love fan and have every album, single, promo, remix, press kits, posters, etc that they have ever produced. I even got a chance to see them in concert and we interviewed them on our High School Radio Station back in 1989. I have a very rare Red Vinyl Christmas Record that was produced by the record label with other artists in a limited number that included Book of Love doing "We Three Kings" I recorded it from the vinyl, cleaned it up, and put it on my server many years ago. You can download it here. http://www.holdman.com/bookoflove/xmas/Book_of_Love-We-Three-Kings(vinyl).mp3 Over the years I have thought about doing it on my display but I know others would not appreciate it as much as I do.
  12. I was at our local walmart and they had zero Green and Red lights. Only clears and Multi and only a few cases left.
  13. I had this very exact same problem with trying to install Spectrum on a 64bit OS. It seems that the old spectrum and LightShow Pro are similar products (same icons, features, etc.). I went back to a 32bit OS a couple of months ago because of other reasons and LSP installed fine so I can't test it on a 64bit machine again.
  14. I was hired to program this for a commercial display this year. I really don't hate it but I would personally never choose it. I was going around singing "Tinsel Town. la la la la laaa la" for days after that. Now I have it in my head again. Thanks a lot!
  15. I can't stand this song. I remember seeing a video somewhere, and it may be somebody here so don't be offended, but they had a Plexiglas box in their display with RED SHOES in it. I am sure that a lot of people loved it but I was like "Oh... My... Gosh...."
  16. A little trivia. The worlds first KFC is located about 30 miles from my home here in Utah.
  17. Blues seems to only last a couple years before they start getting the white speckles. For consistent blues over the years, LEDs are the way to go or you can be like me and don't use any blues!
  18. As far as days go Sunday & Mondays are the most busy. I know that Monday seems unusually to be the most busy but the Mormon influence (80% of the valley I live in) has a thing called "Family Night" on Mondays and all the families come out in droves on that night. The absolute busiest though was the 23rd since we were not running it on the 24th and the 25th because many neighbors did not want it running on those nights. We had the police come because traffic was backed up over a mile and we end up shutting down early because it was gridlock on many streets. This year though I think we are going to try it every single night! LOL! I thought it would die down after Christmas like it did in 2006 but it was still packed all the way to new years.
  19. It was a joke. The gave me about $1800 in gift checks. I gave about 1/3 of it to the food bank, another 1/3 I gave to my volunteers that helped with the traffic (about 10 different people) and I kept the other 1/3 and much of that I have given away as birthday presents. -Richard
  20. I am so sick of eating KFC. I voted! === Edited to add ==== Well I was going to vote. I viewed the youtube group off the KFC web site and saw Ron Listers video and then was going to vote for it but looks like it is not on the voting page. What a shame. I know he entered last year and I wonder if you were in the semi-finals last year, they don't put you in the next year. Where you in it last year Tim L? I know there were quite a few of us in it and can't quite remember it was (Yes my memory is that bad)
  21. Looks Great! Since you scaled down your display a little (still looks awesome though!) you have to put all those extra controllers to use somehow! So what kind of web cam are you using? Looks great! -Richard
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