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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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  • 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. There is new version 3.2.4 of Marquee RGB matrix effect builder today. https://vimeo.com/78723703 This version has a new preview mode which allows you to set the amount of black space between pixels. You can set the scale vertically and horizontally to adjust for your matrix spacing. This will give a better idea of how it will look on the actual pixels. Also a pop-up window to zoom in and set the preview size as large as you want.
  2. Is there going to be a SLAM this year?
  3. Miip got another upgrade today. Now there are two new options to effect the way the currently playing song is presented to the viewer. I can still accept more users for this season if anyone wants to try it.
  4. Another enhancement today. Now you can have a set of songs which do not rotate in the show, but instead will play only if the are voted for.
  5. Today I upgraded MIIP to give all enrolled displays their own sub-domain within miip.mobi When you use this subdomain in your link for your website, the guest will go directly to your shows schedule page.
  6. I have not been charging for it up to this point Tremor30. But would accept $20 Yesterday I was told my job is ending before Thanksgiving. So I need another job quick or I will have to start charging a lot more.
  7. Thanks Doug. And thanks again for the sign. Hope to make a frame for it this weekend.
  8. If you are interested in show control via internet phone, email me as explained in the below document. This is for LOR only. There is setup work involved so please inquire early. All accounts who used it last year are still active on the server. http://itsmebob.com/...umentation.html http://miip.mobi
  9. Bob-O

    Ready 2010 shows?

    Early birds! I have the yard marked for the ground elements but none out yet. Some of the overhead lights are up. All the construction projects got done early. Tested them again yesterday and they are ready to mount.
  10. Hmmm .... I typed a post but it seems to have disappeared... Sorry if it turns out to be a repeat. Anyone who wants to try MIIP for this season should enroll asap. November will be too busy and too late. The above $200 price was kidding! There is no charge for this season. The current release is fully functioning with all reported problems addressed. 1.0.2.0
  11. The Beta period for MIIP is ending in August. Pricing starting September 1 will be: $200 List price. Provide the discount code 90PctOff to pay only $20 ! If you want to get MIIP totally free, you can still request enrollment AND complete your setup before September first. A completed setup includes creating a show and using MIIP to play it and vote. Take a look here. http://miip.mobi/?s=TCLH Enrollment info http://miip.mobi/help/MemberDocumentation.html The latest release of MIIP includes Integrated support for RDS text. (Using your RDS capable transmitter) Improved verification tests and speed. Improved MP3 tag identification. Improved visitor tracking. LOR version detection.
  12. Searched and found your site and videos. The 2009 video was incredible! Loved the rbg trees. The angel and star are beyond inspirational. I would post the link here but the site asked we not.
  13. None of the hardware, office supply, or hobby stores around here sell coro of any kind. Been looking for weeks. Sorry for the glancing misread of your thread. I was pretty happy to find what I did at all and it was much cheaper than I expected to pay. It is sufficient for my need of a light box with other structural support. Now back to the show.
  14. Sign-a-rama sells it. They are all over including Houston. I just went in today ( St Louis) and said White Coro 4x8 sheet and he said $25. SOLD in one minute! He cut it down for me for free so I could transport it. http://www.signarama.com/Locations/
  15. [quote name='vipzach']Lol, holy dig up an old thread batman..............[/QUOTE] That throwback quote is much older than this thread ! ;)
  16. The two computers you are using have their LOR setups in different folders. And you are probably selecting background and media that are not in the setup folders. Its very easy to fix. You can get a memory stick to carry on your key-chain for $10 to hold the files you are transferring. One approach is to install LOR in its own folder right near the root. C:\LightORama instead of installing it in ProgramFiles. You will then have C:\LightORama\Audio & C:\LightORama\sequences on both computers. All your music must be copied into the audio folder. Do not navigate to any other folder to select anything. When you start having a lot of files and want to add folders they must be folder within these folders. C:\LightORama\Audio\2010 & C:\LightORama\sequences\2010 are ok C:\LightORama\2010stuff is not. When you select the backgrund picture it must also be in a LOR folder that exists on both computers. The first time you copy a sequence to the laptop you will need to place both sequence & MP3 in the correct place. Usually all sequences for a season will have the same background picture so you only do that one once into the proper LOR folder Next time you only need the sequence.
  17. If you are worried your neighbors wont like it... I hope you don't hint or say to them they may not like it. That is giving them permission to agree with your negative critique of yourself. I would be totally positive and enthusiastic when the first discussion comes. Spirit of Christmas and all lollipops and candy canes and wows and such. This is your gift to the neighborhood so plant the thought that its a good deed for his family.
  18. Hey Bill I took a peek and see that birth days are exposed on your profile. I don't want people to know how young I am !
  19. Thanks Kent. The MIIP enrollment email is also my paypal. Not sure what I want to do about that. Once I go official first release I will decide. For now its still Beta and expires while I address bug reports. This project is now for my coolness factor. I was unemployed for a while and thought about selling it, but at this point its not for the money. However... I could use a fancy phone when I stand out in front of the house and talk to people. I could show them how to control the show.
  20. Thanks Tim & Mike for your support. I agree Mike that MIIP is not for everyone. There is certainly the possibility that an interactive show may disappoint the non-participant. But if I may present a few counter points. While the music I select is what I like, its not what everyone likes. Many times I have noticed people leave during certain songs. Or sometimes the same car returns several times trying to catch a particular song. This has caused me to add or remove songs that I think people want to see. MIIP offers the guest the chance to see the song list and to effect it. And offers me some information about what songs are liked or not liked. As opposed to nothing at all, they now have more information to make a stay / go decision. Even without voting, they can see if the song they want will be coming up. If they don't want to wait 10 minutes they can try to bump their song up the list. The voting calculations are simple. If there is no one voting, the songs play in a rotation. The song played the longest ago plays next. When a vote is placed for a song, that song jumps to next in the playlist. When a second song gets a vote (now two songs each have one vote) the song with votes played longest ago plays next. So repeating is reduced if there is more than one voter. In the case where there is only one person voting, its ok with me if a song plays frequently. When there are a lot of cars outside, there could be some competition. Or they could all want to see the same song.. that is what the miip voter data tells you. But if they are battling to get their song next or try repeat it too many times there are some things to prevent it. In MIIP you can not vote for a playing song. So there will always be at least one song between repeats of a song. Also a planned feature is to limit the number of votes from a single phone. Several ideas are being considered but one is to just put a timer on voting to require 2 minutes between votes and a second longer timer on songs that were already voted for. This will prevent a single person from hogging the show but will still allow the crowd to express their opinions on what is seen. Once again, if there is only a single car viewing, my inclination would be to let them pick any song with no restrictions since it would not disappoint anyone else. The limits above are for when there is heavy competition. Don't forget that when the rotation of songs changes, all the MIIP users screens are refreshed with the new list. It tells them the number of seconds from that point to when each song plays. This may increase the amount of time people want to stay since they know how long they need to wait for their song. Guests without an internet phone are going to be in the dark. They will not know what song is coming up.. but.. they would not know if there was no interactive voting either. Even before MIIP, songs were added and removed from the list depending on how close before or after Christmas. So no guest could know how long to wait or even if the song they once heard would be played at all. With MIIP at least some of the guests have a cool insiders look they may like and give them a memory of that light show where you can pick your song.
  21. After a few months of getting the kinks out, the software I have been working on is ready for a PC announcement. I have been developing interactive show software to allow guests to vote to advance the song they want to see in the playlist. There is no hardware needed for the display owner but the guest needs an internet phone to vote. I am calling it MIIP for Mobile Internet Interactive Playlist. You can see it in action here. http://miip.mobi/?s=TCLH The site is formated for a Blackberry, iphone, or mobile internet device but you can see it from any browser. It will look all squished to the left from here. Here is the user document. http://miip.mobi/help/MemberDocumentation.html If you wish to try it out free you can email me as explained in the link.
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