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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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  • My favorite Christmas story
    More pixels More Power
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    South Georgia
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    retired call center manager
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    change often. so many things to do so little time
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    96 channel LOR 2, 10,000 + RGB chnanels

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  1. If you are looking for the placement and 3 pixel for each color look of 12 v strips, but don't want the fragile issues of strips, use rectangular pixels. They are a little more but you can zip them to Boscoyo strips end to end and they will be the same as strips BUT.. If one goes out you just cut the wire and splice in another. They are practically indestructible and 100% waterproof (not just weather proof.
  2. I would skip LOR and go straight to Xlights (free software) and RGB lights. Unless you are going to use Led Christmas lights then learn only one and skip the double learning curve. There are lots of videos to help.
  3. jerrymac

    How far away

    Depends on the controller and the size wire used for the power. 25 to 30 feet is on the high end of distances for data for most controllers. using a null pixel can extend this distance. Best case for power might be to relocate the power to very near the first pixel (use as if power injection) and only run data from the controller. 12 volt vs 5 volt also can make a big difference on power length. I do not run any power from my controllers to help reduce voltage drop. I power my controllers with the small wall warts. The falcon has a VERY long controller to pixel distance for power but you still have the power voltage drop issue.
  4. As usual GREAT job. LOVE it. soon you will have an entire Entourage.
  5. Best Software? Like anything else personal prefrence comes to play. LOR solid long standing and very capabable add SuperStar and very capable software. Large pixel counts beyond their CC line is currently bogging down the software. Dan indicates they are working on the issue and will have it upgraded (no time or date porjections or specifics. SuperStar supports RGB (in a round a bout way) and great with CCR.s LSP now very stable and fully supports RGB pixels in large numbers, Very capable for big setups. (new owner since the last year and growing). many features and with it a bit more of a learning curve (as you should expect). HLS Free program built from the ground up as RGB aware. Very capable and a different style of programming. This is one is not worth what you pay it is worth MUCH more. Nutcracker (X-Lights). Sean has done and continues to do a GREAT job and also worth much more the the free price. capable of very large count displays and if run in x-lights very small program foot and fast. Madrix. Expensive very capable stable professional program (not time sequenced like the other programs mentioned in these forums. Ford / Chevy or Dodge Ram which is the best depends on your outlook and specific needs. Realize this is a down and dirty short recap. Of course above is personal opinion only.
  6. There can even be differences when you order from the same source at the same time. Not long ago there were some differences even with CCR's. I have purchased from different people at different time and found the difference to be visible if you look for it but not signifigant. Purchasing one string for a sample then ordering more later is no assurance the the second order will exactly match the one you used for a sample.
  7. If you are just getting started you will likely find that there are more ways to sequence than there are people sequencing. Here is a turorial done by John (actully part 1 of 4) that is VERY well done and a great place to start. Just one great way to get going. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mf9O-KiysA0&feature=c4-overview&list=UU0dnf9FV18XPhcV-BQNXckw Start off small and simple, it is easy to get over your head very quickly. My seggestion is to let your lights interpret the music not just flash on and off to the beat.
  8. Check out Papagyo and Bob's converter software. Including tutorials. www.itmebobo.com /SD.html Works great.
  9. I use AVS4you ( www.avs4you.com ) . cheap and very easy to learn. One trick I use is to insert a very High tone (or you could use a very very low tone_) at the very beginning of the audio with Audiocity. The tone is so high (or so low) that the speakers can not reproduce it, but shows in the sequence editor wave form. I key a couple of key lights to respond to the tone during seqencing. After video is taken I use AVS4you to overlay the original audio file used for sequencing (remove the recored audio) and line up the key light(s) to the inserted tone as seen in the wave form in AVS4you. This makes the new audio EXACTLY the same as the one in the sequence. Works for me and is very fast and neat. Same idea would work in any other audio dub software that has a wave form. No my idea but one I got from one of the boards a few years ago. (reprinted from another forum)
  10. Love it. Looking forward to video's of the rest of your show. Love the entire group together.
  11. Darlene: Don't forget these are Gemmi. (flip a switch and all come on at the same time?), lucky if you flip and switch they all come on at all, more than twice in a row. hope all is well at your place.
  12. PM sent re: the two rolls of 4 core wire.
  13. McKinney has complete pixel trees from $2,000 to $3,000. and software to match. Pretty close to an out of the box setup. Here is a link http://www.holidaylightdesigns.com/index.php/products/pixel-trees you can check out some of his video's
  14. Seasonal Entertainment makes a great breakout board for PC power suipply's. They have an On and Off switch as well as seperate 5v and 12 volt outputs, and best of all you do not have to cut off the original plugs or sweat color codes on the wires. Here is the link http://www.seasonalentertainmentllc.com/store/en/breakout-boards/144-24-pin-atx-power-supply-breakout-board.html very easy to solder up I have half a dozen of them I use. New ATX power supply's go for around $25.00 for 600 watt on Ebay.
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