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Everything posted by tonyjmartin

  1. Over the years glycol based fog fluid had been shunned in lieu of other formulations, but it's been more than 10 years since I've read the actor's union statement on the use of "airborne media" for fog and haze effects (A colleague of mine was one of the co-authors, if not a consultant on the project, if memory serves.) I'll poke around and see if I can find the specifics. IMHO--the whole thing was a bit alarmist, but when you are in a closed environment (aka performance space) night after night, then exposure does become a concern.. Much like the cumulative effect of loud working environments in relation to both temporary and permanent hearing loss. Barring further research, outdoor use shouldn't be a concern, unless you are sitting at the jet of a fog machine, for hours/days at a time. But this was a hotbed of emotionally-charged controversy for years in legit theater. And actors do tend to be a rather high-maintenance lot, so I took that into consideration at the time.
  2. "Men will cook if there's danger involved." - Rita Rudner
  3. JHolmes: you are starting to use the terms fog and haze interchangeably. They are not the same. Also, be sure to check the compatibility chart on the Froggy's Fog site, as the above link is for haze fluid, not fog fluid, as in your original question. These two terms refer to two very different effects.
  4. A few people have dabbled in making their displays interactive online, so there is an interest. Early on, there was Komar's display, but I read that this proved to originally be a hoax, as the apparent control was pretty basic and therefore easier to emulate than to actually implement. I do not know if he eventually succeeded in offering some form of online real-time control.
  5. At a glance, I would put these somewhere between the PC and Showtime controllers, given the screw down connections and the robust looking board traces. Though I do find the lack of heat sinks on the triacs a little disturbing. Perhaps a higher capacity component? Given that there is no mention of any other companies and/or gadgets on their site, I assume that these relatively recent fascinations in the hobby community have little to do with Revival's intended market. But remember, LOR-S2 cannot yet send DMX without an expensive add-on piece of hardware, and D-Light just got DMX off the workbench for it's controllers, so it's a bit premature to start measuring every other product by a standard that's still experiencing growing pains as it's worked into home decorating gear.
  6. From their site it appears that they've been around since mid-2009, and that their niche is the worship market. So it stands to reason that their public presence may not be obvious to holiday decorating crowd.
  7. Well, I'm sure that will be the start of a positive exchange. And San Diego? All the more reason not to trust them.
  8. What Dennis said. The exact phrase you mentioned appears elusive, but it's fairly easy to infer an answer from available information (link).
  9. There's an echo in here. This is a copy/paste of the same information from 2008 located at the link I provided above.
  10. Here's a couple of the strobe units used in the Florida show (scroll down to post #127 in a thread from this forum). Dataflash AF1000 ColorBlast® 12 Powercore Not sure exactly what they're using in Anaheim, but there have been some recent upgrades (see post #2 in this thread on another forum).
  11. ***sound of a giant can of worms being pried open***
  12. If this was screwed into wood as opposed to being bolted through wood, then I'm surprised that it lasted four years, especially if it was load bearing. Ouch!
  13. Ben did not say how far apart he was going to have his inflatables. For all we know, he may have them clustered together on a postage stamp of a yard. There are a whole lot of assumptions here that are all but saying that it's a stupid idea before he has even started! Maybe he has cheap access to extra blowers from his work. Maybe he's got a garage full of inflatables with burned out motors. Maybe he has other reasons for trying this idea that he hasn't shared. Maybe he just wants to try out an idea and would like some advice on how to do it rather than only a list of reasons why people think that it won't work.
  14. While I agree with Tim that this may not actually be practical, sometimes such matters aren't about practicality. They are often about experimentation and learning a few things during the process. And maybe having a little fun. To inflate (and keep inflated) several inflatables from a single blower, you are going to need to either increase the pressure, the volume, or both. This is why HVAC systems use larger size ducts nearer to the furnace/motor, decrease duct sizing further down the line, and/or increase the BTU/Ton/CFM rating of the system. I'm way over-generalizing here, but this is similar to the adding of spray heads to your lawn sprinkler system. The more sprinklers you add, the more volume of water is needed to keep sprinkler performance constant. Having sufficient pressure will help to a certain degree, but you finally reach a point where the size of the water pipes needs to increase to handle the additional needed volume of water. Similar effect with electricity. You can keep adding lights to an extension cord until you reach the limit of it's capacity to carry the volume of electricity needed. At some point you need to increase the size of the wire used to carry the electrical current to the added lights. For your inflatables project, I suspect you are most likely going to need to oversize your manifold, increase the diameter of the longer duct runs, and then use a blower that is rated for greater than the sum of the CFM needed by your inflatables. Oh, and use some aluminum duct sleeves (look in the clothes dryer vent section at your hardware store) to attach your inflatables to your flexible ducting. I see many shopping trips in your future. :santasmileyitty:
  15. Ahem. Jazz: Mannheim Steamroller. And any of Marty Slack's classic jazz selections. Though the former is admittedly modern jazz or fusion, take your pick. Country: Dixie Chicks, SHe DAISY, Faith Hill, Aaron Tippin. Everybody notices more of what they are into....
  16. Because people see a video using the song, they like it, it gets them excited enough to go out and buy the equipment/software, they use it, and then they proudly post a video of their efforts to YouTube. That, and there's a big difference between the perception of your friends/neighbors and those watching a YouTube video from afar.
  17. Oh...there is that one controller on stand-off's in the metal case, sitting on the carpet, in back corner of the family room, under the throw pillows. I should really be more careful and put it outside with the rest. :giggle:
  18. Which would be quite the opposite of what's been happening lately with Britney Spears (trading suggestive for overt)...but I digress.
  19. Then you are incorrect. While it had been discussed previously, a complete change in the protocol was not part of the specific discussions surrounding LOR's offering to provide firmware "for cards made by other vendors". There was a good deal of concern from users with multiple controllers from both LOR and D-Light suddenly not having certain functionality available to them for part of their systems when using updated versions of LOR-S2. And these concerns about "some additional enhancements [that] MAY require protocol changes" included, but were not limited to the ability to fade shimmer/twinkle commands. This isn't about looking at Dan's post with today's knowledge. It's about looking at his post in the context of the events surrounding it as one who took part in the discussions (both public and private) that eventually lead to his announcement. No one asked or was expecting LOR to provide firmware versions for other controllers. Dan offered the option to ease concerns about losing certain functionality (i.e.: the ability to fade of shimmer/twinkle that was already available to D-Light users before becoming a part of LOR-S2). I never really took the rumors of a complete change in the LOR protocol very seriously, as it would hurt too many users. Not only the owner's of the old 8 channel LOR boards, but anyone that had already invested a goodly amount of money in any brand of controller that has been using the LOR protocol. D-Light/Aurora/LSP/Vixen are very small operations in comparison to LOR. Aurora and Vixen are basically one-man shows. Save for Animated Lighting (another issue), LOR has been the ONLY real industry player, so I don't think that LOR has ever really been worried about needing to make sure that it's equipment/software is compatible with anything. I think what drives LOR is it's desire to serve it's customers. The smaller companies keep coming up with little innovations to try and gain a market edge, and LOR either incorporates these innovations or revises them to create it's own product (i.e.: audio waveform, picture in visualizer, Firefli vs CCR, servo control, etc.) As Dan mentioned in this post "Because of our high volume and minimal overhead we can give you more for your money." Back to the comparison between LOR-S2 and LSP. If you own or plan to own any controller other than LOR's (i.e.: Renard, D-Light, Lynx, etc.), you may find yourself with compatibilty issues with LOR-S2, if not already. If you like to buy many different breeds of toys, then you may be better served by using a software that routinely adds output options (LSP) or plugins (Vixen). Of course, if you have DMX compatible gear, your concerns are somewhat lessened, though there is a price to be paid for incorporating this additional protocol. DMX-512 is contolled by USITT and they want a little cut for it's use. Hence the additional cost associated with equipment using the DMX protocol. Not to mention more expensive cabling.
  20. Hmmmmm. Good thread. Though this is a deal breaker for me in regards to purchasing LOR-S2, as being able to fade shimmers/twinkles is one of those "must have" features. I wonder when this quietly came to pass. So I suppose that in order to use fully utilize LOR-S2 with D-Light controllers, it now either rests with D-Light changing their firmware to accommodate the change in the LOR protocol, or for LOR to issue firmware for D-Light controllers (as promised in this post over at the LOR Forums nearly two years ago). BTW--this is a little off topic, but to be fair, there are reasons to purchase LOR controllers over D-Light, and Dan details them in his post in this thread at the LOR Forums. Not like the decision to go with LSP/Aurora/S2 software isn't complicated enough.
  21. The protocol is the same, it's the firmware that's different. But at any rate, I seem to remember Dan being very up front a couple years ago with the notion that if S2 ever limited the functionality of D-Light controllers (which he refers to as LOR controllers, as he regards LOR-compatible controllers to be LOR controllers), then LOR would issue firmware for "other manufacturer's" controllers as well. I haven't heard of this coming to pass though. Anybody actually try S2 shimmer/twinkle ramps driving D-Light controllers? I know a few folks that frequent other forums and do hybrid installs, so I can ask over there and report back.
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