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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.

thebaronn

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About thebaronn

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  • Birthday 11/18/1974

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    When I was a kid, the first time I can remember going to church on Christmas Eve. Then getting Ice Cream and driving around looking at Christmas light.
  • Location
    Lathrop, CA
  • Biography
    Married forever. Have 3 kids Vladimir born 1/14/2003, the twins, Magnus and Calypso were born on the 4th of july 2008. Went to BYU, UCLA, UCSC and never received a degree. LOVE techno music!
  • Interests
    Lights!!!!
  • Occupation
    Floorman
  • About my display
    My display is small compared to the rest of the community. I live in an new house and I am ready to bust out some madness!!
  1. This is our brand spanking new mix for the new year! Hope you enjoy the mix! The Clock tower effects were created with LightShow Pro! www.lightshowpro.com
  2. This is our New Year's Mix! It contain 4 songs: Pompeii- Bastille Siren- Kat Krazy Orion-Shy Kidx Crystallize- Lindsey Stirling
  3. This is our brand spanking new mix for the new year! Hope you enjoy the mix! The Clock tower effects were created with LightShow Pro! www.lightshowpro.com
  4. LOL! I def am! And proud of it! Otherwise I am the "lights on the farm" when they charge you $10 to drive though and you listen to music and see a bunch of lights that randomly twinkle.... But the people that like my show know this. If they want the touchy feely old time Christmas Songs, go to the house down the road. If they want the new wave/age/techno/rave/debstup christmas mixes crazy 25 foot Big Ben Clock Tower that will give them seizures, come here! I get may 5-10 cars a night. Fine with me, my kids help me pick the music and they def have daddy's tastes (which kills my wife, lol). Nothing worse than sequencing a song you do not like....... Whatever my sequencing style is, if I did not enjoy it, I would find another hobby. Happy new year! My new Micky Mouse Sequence for New Year's! LOL!!
  5. Well, after a crappy year we managed to get a Halloween Show off the ground. It won't win any Tony Awards, but I was fortunate enough to have two small interested parties in performing on Halloween night! Two of the cutest actors of all time! And that made it all worth while!! Hope you enjoy it!
  6. Hello! I used 8 fog machines (the cheap $20 from Spirit) They worked well. (all purchsed in 2009 and they all still work!!) http://youtu.be/Rp4BGHTn3bQ?t=3m53s I used the 120V relay for each fogger that was plugged into a LOR channel. And here is the PC thread from a long time ago with the troubleshooting.
  7. Hello! I was wondering what everyone uses to light their blowmolds. I have several blowmolds that take regular incandescent bulbs, but my home depot and target stopped carrying them. Is there a good place for dimmable LED replacements? If it was a C9 or C7 I would be good to go. But the bigger bulbs are tougher and $30/bulb at home depot for a dimmable substitute it a little high..... Thank you Eric
  8. As far as I know Jim at Sandevices never had a chance to check out the Galaxia Lights and controller. Which firmware are you running with Galaxia? I know that you could trigger specific patterns using LOR. I used it for halloween in 2010.
  9. KING DIAMOND! WOW! I had them on LP before my parents took it away. They "supposedly" had a song that if you played backward at 3am it could summon the devil or something (hey, I was young). Yeah well mom was very upset and out with the king diamond! So old now I couldn't name one song. Nightwish has some good stuff, very operatic. Go with the first singer, not the second. The album Century Child has some good halloween-esq songs.
  10. Slow your roll! Jim has a new controller! It appears to be a mini, but I like it! Just thought I would throw that out there!
  11. Saw your PM and before I amswer that, I need to add one more bit. As much I love my SanDevices controllers, before you take the plunge, have you asked the same question over at doityourselfchristmas.com? I only ask because fasteddy is right, most of us are giving you our opinion based on our experience and a lot of us have only used one brand. But like the purchasing of a car, you can ask someone all day long "do you like your car you just bought?" in the end they have no other new cars to compare it to, and a 10 minute test drive doesn't help much. All you have is their opinion. Then you have to wonder if the person giving you the opinion has an agena in any way. The internet has changed personal interactions in so many ways. If you ask a simple question "where should I purchase some LEDs?" You get those that will say google.com.....other will say "check out my website" but rarely is it done like 20 years ago. "I use Joe Blow, he has decent prices and stands by his product, he is a good guy, there could be others, but am happy with Joe" So in the end you make an informed decision based on the experiences of others and the level of respect/trust you have for that person. Bobby wants to go with SanDevices because a guy that lives near him uses them! That is much more tangible that any of us in the forum. All of us here are pretty much random aquaintences. That being said, yes, I went with Jim and his SanDevices, why? Here are the reasons: 1. He didn't make me feel like an idiot, even though that is what I am. Answered every lame question. 2. I liked the idea of having 16 connections (conversely, for certain applications I like the ECG-P2 with only 2 pixels strings and look forward to using them somewhere) I chose my pixels first and since they were 5V, I did not want to mess with injecting power down the line, so the more connections, the better. 3. I liked that DMX universes could be split across connections 4. 2 people that I respected very much Donny Carter and Mark Schell (and helped with my CCPixel debacle over at LSP) said they had no problems with them and would use them again. 5. At the time LSP was having trouble transferring Matrix setups from sequence to sequence (if they were existing sequences) so I needed a setup that was fast and easy to duplicate. All first pixels starting at one end going up was easy to duplicate, not even I could mess it up. I have been a member since 2007, but, I never asked the question over at doityourselfchristmas.com. Why? Well, I was never planning on getting into the DIY RGB Pixels, all of you were nuts! I barely had enough time to do my display. I didn't want to mess with soldering and group buys and all that jazz. So i jumped in to the plug and play CCPixels and LOR forced me to find an alternative when, as a LOR employee said "maybe they will just never meet your standards." I stopped my correspondence after that statement back in July and I was strapped for time. But, with the help of Donny and Mark, I found something that worked as I envisioned, and cheaper. My setup was easy, rectangular panels with 2" spacing. I am having trouble 100% visualizing what you wish to do and do not want to steer you in the wrong direction. So, really, start a thread over at doityourselfchristmas.com and get some more opinions, you do have time. Download the manuals and read them and see what interface you think you might like better. I don't mind user commands, but I had to have a copy of the manual handy. Then again, $189 for an assembled SanDevices board, hard to go wrong. Besides, whatever you decide on, I am sure you won't stop at just one! Good luck! Eric
  12. Welcome to the madness....I mean club!
  13. I do not know channel wise, but information wise, S3 runs into problems saving the slightest change after a files size of 900MB. After that it will give you an error. Now in some cases it says it couldn't save the file, but in reality is saved "something" to the temp user folder. I ended up using that temp file many times (sometimes after doing too much work at a time) and while I cannot possible verify all channels and effects, it "looked" good and when played. Now you can change LOR to use more memory (up to 4GB) but at 1.5GB I started running into the same errors. Funny, the same 1.5GB file in S3 was only 193MB in LSP. Hard to go cold turkey on LOR though!
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