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  • 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 jerrymac

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  • Birthday 11/26/1946

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

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  1. jerrymac

    Strips vs nodes for adding to house

    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. jerrymac

    thinking of getting LOR but nervous

    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. JUST tried the 64 bit and get a "file not found" error on the link ??
  4. 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.
  5. jerrymac

    2nd Year Pixel Strips - Grrrrrrrrrrr

    Strips are Fragile at best. Any Brand. Best solution is attach them to something flat and NEVER remove them or bend them. (bend 1000 times on problem or bend them ONCE and have a failure). I have strips from HC that are 4 years old and still work well (no failures). But I ONLY use them straight and am VERY delicate with them. Same issues with other 2811 strips and CCR's (have had 2 failures on CCR's due to solder joints). So it can happen to any brand of strips.
  6. jerrymac

    Central Florida Mini

    I am planning on coming down from South Georgia, If needed I can do a overview of how to get started with RGB / DMX.
  7. jerrymac

    Dominic the Donkey & I want a Hippo Mashup

    As usual GREAT job. LOVE it. soon you will have an entire Entourage.
  8. jerrymac

    Best Sequencing Software?

    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.
  9. jerrymac

    Mixing Dumb Strip Brands, Can I Do It?

    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.
  10. jerrymac

    Getting Started With A Sequenced Display

    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.
  11. jerrymac

    How To Sequence Face

    Check out Papagyo and Bob's converter software. Including tutorials. www.itmebobo.com /SD.html Works great.
  12. jerrymac

    Changed Last Year's Arches Into A Light Tunnel

    Great idea and nice setup.
  13. jerrymac

    Animatronic Twist

    Love it. Looking forward to video's of the rest of your show. Love the entire group together.
  14. jerrymac

    Gemmy Lightshow Pumpkin

    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.
  15. jerrymac

    $5,000 Mega Tree Budget... Help!

    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