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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.
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. Will you be ready??? 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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    About Max-Paul

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      Warrenton, MO
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      numeric control electrician
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    1. West of St. Louis on I-70 in a sleepy little town of Warrenton. Got the roof trim and icicles on gutters, along with 8 snow flakes on the roof. Got lots more to put up in hardware and finish "Music box dancer" but have about 7 sequences from the past two years. Got lots of time between now and the Friday after Thanksgiving.
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      Sounds interesting Lori, Dont know what you all have in mind and what kind of place (inside or outside) or room we will have to set anything up. At a minimum I will bring my laptop and show how I do things and others hopefully will bring their laptops if they use them for programming and show us how they do things. Shoot, I know that last year I picked up on a few things that BobO does on his that made programming easier to do on mine. Like using the sloped solids in the timing grid to show fading. I was still in default that showed fading as dithered blocks that the whole block faded. Same fo
    3. I have up to 300 parapet anchors from CDI. This is for the horz C7 or C9 shingle mounts. See this http://www.creativedisplays.com/product/409/Parapet-Clip/ I dont need all of these and assume that there are others who dont need a whole 500 of them either. Need to see if I can sell some to recoup some money. Thanks
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      I think that it is getting to late in this year to really incorp anything new from LOR for many. As Jason pointed out. There are some new faces such as Lori and maybe a few others I have not seen. Anyway, if SLAM is going to be anything other than a social gathering. Then I say sooner than later for the gathering. Although it might be mute for my comments. I might find myself tied up on the weekend you schedule the meet. Not to be taken as a dig at LOR, but I think any new products that they sell from this point out is going to be a no deal for this year.
    5. Very important that you understand this, and do not break this rule. Never put a smaller gauged wire on a breaker that can carry more current than the wire. Example you have a 30 amp breaker or larger with 12 gauge wire. The circuit could be loaded to 27 amps and the breaker will not trip, but the wire will start to heat up. Could heat up to the point that it causes something that it is in near contact, to heat up to the point that the material catches on fire. So, pull the current breaker and install a breaker that would be rated for the size of wire that you are going to install.
    6. Thanks Paul for the update. Must have been reading my mind. I was just about ready to post a post asking what was the status of the rope lights. At least it is still hot out where I can leave the ropelights outside to get it warm and easy to shape to some of my display elements. again thanks for the update
    7. But how about a multi turn pot like a 10 turn pot? I was thinking the same thing as you till your last post and it got me thinking about a 10 turn or maybe gear on both the motor and pot. We do that on big gantry mills that go 40 feet and accurate down to .0001". Ok, thinking about it they use encoders and tachs. but still a 10:1 with a 10 turn pot will give you almost 100 revs on the motor shaft that you can resolve.
    8. forgive me, but what the heck is an H Bridge? I see two limit switches and a relay. Although mechanical parts tend to wear out. The relay would need to be 3PDT. Two of the poles would switch the polarity going out to the motor. Just thinking, not sure just what you have in mind other than something going back and forth. I have seen the motor shaft turning a plate with a stud on the plate that has a slotted flat riding on the stud going out to a pivot point and beyond to what ever you want to animate.
    9. Ok, palm plant to forehead. Ok, so This I suppose is the incandescent lights and green and white wire shipment that just arrived. I forgot those above dates is the date that they are suppose to ship from China. Thanks for the reply Paul
    10. Paul, Seen some what I believe are recent pictures on FB of you all unloading a container. Is this a recent shipment? And are the LED Rope Lights in this container? Whooo Hooo more lights for all of us.
    11. FrostNsnow, Boy if you could cut the fat out of your post, it might become clear in just one post what you are doing and what you want to do. Ok, it appears that at this time your display is static. And you are wanting to wire up your display (aka Griswold style). Ok so you have a 15 amp outlet and you want to put on some power strips. Most power strips have their own built in breaker, so over loading a power strip is a possibility but the breaker will trip if one is overloaded. I think your question is, is it safe to use two power strips that each might have a 15 amp breaker. Yes it is
    12. Ditto on the thanks for the updates Paul. Dang, again one of the items I ordered will be on the last shipment. But hey getting it by July is still a good thing. I remember the year I had to wait till about Oct from a different vendor, so July is great.
    13. this is really simple. Dedicate one channel to be for your gate instead of lights. Make a start sequence and turn on and then off this channel for about .5 sec. Have the output turn on a small relay. Wire the N.O. output of the relay to parallel the push button in the house or some place closer to the drive that operates the gate. Also make a close down or ending seq. that again will pulse the relay for about .5 sec. might want to do this at the end of the ending seq. thus the cars can get back out. Say about 5 minutes after the last of the shows for the night.
    14. I think dmoore was hinting to your answer. I would like to offer up my version. You can not use LOR to cause a string of say 70 lights to chase within the string. Like lamp 1,2,3,,,,,,68,69,70,1,2 and so on. There is the CCR that this would be possible as dmoore was hinting to about pixels. With 25 trees, usually the chase is from tree to tree. So, each tree will be a channel each. and if you have three colors on each tree. Then each tree becomes 3 separate channel. This is where dmoore advised you to the need for 75 channels or 5 controllers with 5 channels left over for other use.
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      Led Diodes

      If you are looking for blue LEDs, why are you messing with different white LEDs? Ah, have you tried ebay? I bought different colored LEDs off of ebay for a few projects I did. Converted icans to led. Have 15 of those 18" spiral trees from Home Depot. Now they are Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, White and Blue.
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