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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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Everything posted by Scott4864

  1. Doing a 3 car driveway is going to need a pretty sturdy structure. I would suggest using the pipe for a chain link fence top rail. It comes in 10' and 20' lengths with a swag on one end so you can connect as many as you need together. If you Google "greenhouse hoop bender" you will find a lot of info on how to bend the pipe. I would drill a hole thru the pipe where each pipe connects together and put a bolt or a pin thru the hole to keep the pipe from spinning.
  2. www.buyheatshrink.com has all different types and colors.
  3. I see what you are saying about it not looking correct. The intention with that diagram is that the breakaway tabs on the receptacle be removed between the two screws on each side. Think of it as two separate receptacles. One will be on when the relay is powered and the other will be on when the relay isn't powered. You could use one for static display elements and the other for security lights after the show. Sorry for the confusion.
  4. The one in the diagram is a DPDT (double pole double throw). A DPST (double pole single throw) would work if you are only turning some thing on when the LOR channel is turned on.
  5. Only the relay is powered from the channel and it would be way under the 8 amps. The second cord would be carrying all the load from the receptacle in the diagram.
  6. You could use a relay that has a 110vac coil and control it with an LOR channel. The diagram below shows how to wire it so one receptacle has power when the LOR channel is on and the other has power when the LOR channel is off. You plug the cord going to the relay coil into the controller channel and the other cord goes to a receptacle that is always on.
  7. I'll be glad to try. I am new to Madrix as well. I have just been testing with the demo software this year. Brad Boyink might be more help than me. He has done several "how to" videos and taught a class at the Expo.
  8. LED Light Keeper repair tool. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Unbranded-LED-Light-Diagnostic-and-Repair-Tool-Kit-3203CDX/203462277?cm_mmc=sem|psocial|fbx|dynamic#.Ul3d7p0o6Uk I have fixed a bunch of LED strings using this to find the bad LED.
  9. http://www.magicchristmasnews.org/magic_christmas_news_003.htm
  10. This is a post he made on Facebook tonight: "Well I promised you folks we would make progress...and here goes. We not only shipped out another batch of orders today, we started another batch of RP32 kits...about half of these are needed for you guys now. Nick joined us today and has been sorting parts like a demon! Please join me in saying Welcome!So now Aaron, Hillary, Nick and yours truly are going to get his backlog fixed! Thank you all for your patience and understanding. Chris"
  11. That's crazy. It's scary just watching that.
  12. I think some people use the term "vintage" very loosely on eBay.
  13. Hi Do you have the DMX adapters set up in Madrix? You need to get it set up so that you can control the lights in Madrix without LOR first. Then after you have them working with Madrix see if LOR can control Madrix. It sounds like you have the ActiDongle connected to LOR. You need to have the RGB lights on an adapter/dongle/etc..that is only connected to Madrix if that is what you want to control them.
  14. Very nice. I have some starburst poles with rope light wrapped around the poles. I never thought about doing them like this. I may have to try this in the future.
  15. Yes you can. They will run in DMX mode.
  16. This works great for finding the problem. http://www.ledkeeper.com/
  17. Here's one source: http://www.christmas-leds.com/productinfo_v3.aspx?productid=LED-CON-KIT-38 I don't know about shipping cost or if they ship to Canada.
  18. Like Xenon said, that's him (Steve). The TV show did embellish and I think scrip some of that. He does have an awesome display.
  19. Here is what LOR sells. http://store.lightorama.com/motiondetector.html There is a link on that page that also shows how to hook it up. I don't think that one is weatherproof. It's just a basic motion detector that goes on a home security system.
  20. With a little more info I can bring you one to the MS Mini Plus. Are you trying to pick up people or cars? How big of an area? 40'x40' 100'x50' etc... Will it need to be weatherproof or will it have some protection from the weather like being under a porch or the edge of the roof?
  21. It was 3G Lighting Creations. They do really nice work. http://store.3glightingcreations.com/
  22. The 2013 Mississippi Mini will be Saturday August 10th. It's less than a month away! Who will be going this year?
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