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  1. Can I make a suggestion here, please? Rather than focus on what you didn't receive (thanks), why not focus on why you gave in the first place? Learning to give without strings, even strings as insignificant as a thank you, is a much more rewarding experience. The giving is the part that should make you feel good, not the receiving of a thank you. There will always be ungrateful, forgetful, or ill-manored people in the world. When you understand that your gift to the unappreciating is just as valuable as your gift to someone who shows appreciation, all those negative feelings go away. Don't share if you expect a thank-you. Share because the act itself is right and feels good.
  2. Go ahead - talk all you want. But do it elsewhere. I ordered a couple of RGB floods this afternoon, and 34 minutes after I received an email confirming the order I received another email telling me that the product has shipped. Now some people might say that's an awfully long time to wait. But heck - at my age, I've waited longer than that for a bowel movement. When a company can get their business finished, including the paperwork, quicker than I can at home, well, let's just say my hat's off to them.
  3. Just wanted to post and say JR Dibble and James Morris contribution’s to this forum are invaluable. You guys set the bar and thank you for all what you do!!! Rock on!!!!
  4. Friends ... please be careful Yesterday I went to a Christmas party... had a few beers, followed by a few cocktails, followed by a few shots... I still had the sense to know that I was over my limit. That's when I decided to do what I have never done before: I took a cab home. Sure enough, there was a police roadblock on the way home, and since it was a cab, they waved it past. I arrived home safely without incident. This was both a great relief and a surprise because I had never driven a cab before. I don't even know where I got it from and, now that it is in my garage, I don't know what to do with it.
  5. Here is one of my 2015 videos, I just shot and up-loaded it last night. Came out kinda cute. Both these little guys voices are me playing with an audio editor.(yes that's really me ) Let me know what you think. It always gets a laugh out of my "stalkers"
  6. Yep - We've seen your work:
  7. If you have the means, I highly recommend...
  8. This was an idea sprung on me by the wife Sunday, Drew out the idea Monday, picked up the Coro and wood Tuesday, frames and glue Wednesday, drawn and holes poked on Thursday, done on Friday. Just need to make some cords and hook it up and test it. It's a 5 channel face to go along with the song "in summer" from frozen. When she has an idea to add stuff and will so the sequencing for it, I'll build it immediately, pleases her and she don't ask about other stuff I'm working on lol
  9. No I changed my mind about selling.....I'm going to give it 1 more try
  10. You could always torch their house and then stick a sign in their yard saying their bonfire sucks.
  11. You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Light-O-Rama-land, and if all goes well you will [Foul Language Used] off your HOA."
  12. I learned that my dislike of Facebook(and social media in general) has merit. January 1st I'm deleting our Christmas light FB page and my personal FB page so I can focus on old school real life again. Too much wasted time "commenting on comments"... "liking posts, pictures, and other crap"..."starting to type my opinion only to realize nobody really cares"... "realizing that people I thought were smart, sound pretty stupid fairly often"... "NOT realizing you have become one of them"... etc, etc. Should be a banner year for actually getting stuff done!!!
  13. Once you dabble, your hooked. Kinda like a serious drug. Prices won't be a high priority, divorce is acceptable and being late on bills are side affects. ?
  14. Right now is customer support time. After the new year Matt Brown and myself will be working on integrating SS and PE and SE and it will be known as S5. The plan is to make it so you can use any of the 3 during any portion of your sequence. It will also mean you no longer have to use copy/paste or a subsequence to get SS sequences in with your other lights. As for when it will come out, I can't say.
  15. I wish they would do a show with the "Average Joe" in a "regular" residential area. Not the homes with 5 Acres of property and or HUGE homes. Give the regular homeowner a chance to show off and see what we can do. There are a lot of homes that really pack more punch than some of the crap they show on this show......
  16. Well this is one person that will not jump ship. I will continue to use LOR until it doesn't work for me, if that time ever comes.
  17. Here is one of 6 songs I mixed and then laid out in LOR to program, Enjoy! My first year on LOR, love it! already building for bigger and better next year
  18. When I closed my show down last night I had a note left in my mailbox and this is the true Spirit of Christmas and why I do this: "I just wanted to honestly thank you and your family for this wonderful gift to the community! I recently had surgery and its killed my entire holiday spirit, including Thanksgiving. I brought my boys by this evening and ended up overwhelmed with the holiday spirit and even cried. It made me feel like a kid again, to the point that I was ashamed to have let my recovery ruin so much for me. Seeing my children's faces light up just filled me with so much joy that I'd lost this season. Thank you guys again! My boys want to come back so I'm sure we'll be camped out again later this week. Thank you and blessings to your family!"
  19. Tonight I took my nine year old to her first concert. She may have high expectations for future stage shows after this one. There were several songs she recognized from our show and it managed to entertain her pretty well for her age. If I could have just one of the dozens of high power lights, spark machines, foggers, lasers I would be happy.
  20. This is my first year decorating the house. I built the tree last year and decided to match the house with it this year. Hope you enjoy!
  21. That lady better stay away from my house then. She'll be out numbered.
  22. In 2011, I had The Demented Elf do a package of announcements. I heard his Halloween voice and just loved it. After I got my stuff, I contacted him and had him re-do a couple in that voice. I call it my Christmas monster. I use it for a headlight reminder and also for a keep out of the yard reminder. They're both very effective, and in each announcement he says please and thank you and even Merry Christmas. Since then, I've had maybe 4 people complain that their children were frightened when they heard that voice. (One lady even said I was intentionally being cruel.) It's always women - never had a guy complain. I basically tell them to get bent, and suggest that they shouldn't bring their children by until the kids are old enough to either enjoy the voice or not be frightened by something they hear on the radio. One lady left in a huff as I was laughing at her and said she was never coming back and was going to tell all her friends. I still chuckle when I think about that one. And I'm still waiting to see the drop off in traffic. If someone's going to "jump in and blast" what Ebuechner said, it won't be me. He's totally correct. If more parents did their job we wouldn't have the human snowflake problem we see today.
  23. Well, at the end of 2016 we made the decision to be "dark" for 2017 in case we decided to travel, or just to give ourselves a break - but it turns out we'll be dark in 2017 for a different reason altogether! We've decided to sell our current digs and buy a new house. We won't even get ours on the market until May or June, which means we may not close on a new place until the fall - which is way too late to get started on a new configuration and creating a whole new show! And you KNOW I'm only looking at houses that are one-story with big front yards (or corner lots) so that I can decorate along the roofline but also have more room to expand! I'm also only looking at houses that have nice wide streets for traffic purposes. Other people care about updated kitchens and new appliances. I'm the one looking at rooflines and yard sizes...
  24. Update: I have had a bunch of great comments the last two nights about my arches laying flat since they fell so I am going to leave them flat and build some stronger arches today. I have decided to call them flat feet since they are fallen arches
  25. You could always try voodoo. I often sacrifice a chicken while chanting to the electrical gods. (Eating a bucket of KFC while yelling work dammit)
  26. I feel as though everything is going smooth so I recorded the simulation of my Star Wars sequence and put it on YouTube still may have a little tweaking to do
  27. I learned that I have one asshat neighbor that said he "would do anything to stop my display" I learned the GCLF can be more about the "story" than the lights regardless of what they tell you. I learned that Lawn moth grubs love warm controllers. I learned that a close enough lightning strike can take out a lot of stuff, especially if you leave everything powered up during the storm. I learned that by taking off the 2016 season I will be just fine mentally..... The uncontrolled head jerks are annoying though.. I learned that vertical strip lights need a way to drain even if they are "sealed" I learned that 3 night a week is plenty for a synchronized display and the other 4 nights static works just fine. I learned that if it were true that you "learn from your mistakes", I should be a stinking genius.. but that isn't the case unfortunately.
  28. I have decided to try and launch a National Campaign for this coming Christmas season. I want to call it A Blue Christmas. The idea is to say thank you to the men and woman who serve and protect our communities, and to honor the memories of those officers who have given their lives in the line of duty. It can be as simple as changing a porch light to a blue bulb…..blue candles in the windows….a section of lights on your house that are blue. If you do a more elaborate display, your imagination is the limit. I am still working out the details, but wanted to give you the background on this idea. On March 18th Greenville Police Officer Allen Jacobs lost his life when he and other officers spotted the suspect walking along the street and wanted to ask him about a weapon. They were conducting a field interview based on some information they received. The suspect took off. And Officer Jacobs gave chase. As Officer Jacobs rounded a corner of a house he was met with a hail of gunfire. He was shot multiple times, was wearing a bulletproof vest, and his gun was still holstered. Officer Jacobs died later of his wounds in the Hospital. Before other Officers could chase down the suspect, he turned the gun on himself. Officer Jacobs left behind a young wife, 2 sons and a daughter on the way. Officer Jacobs death has stunned the community. I don’t know why but this death has really bothered me, so I thought we need to come together as a community and a country to say thank you. We need to let officers know we appreciate what they do and for those who made the ultimate sacrifice, let their families know they aren’t forgotten. What better time than at Christmas. Right now this is an idea I have, as it comes together more I will post more. But I wanted to get the idea out there and see what happens. Thank you to every officer that has said I will serve and protect….thank you to my Dad, who was an officer in the 60’s and then went on to train officers in NJ.
  29. No, I'm still here. But if there's a couple of us, I'd at least like to know who my competiton is, if you don't mind.
  30. A woman rang my door bell last night at five pm. She introduced herself and said she wanted to talk to me about my Christmas lights. She explained she moved here from Canada and her her grandchildren only get to come see her once every few years. It had been 5 years since their last visit. While visiting last Christmas they came everyday and watched my lights and the kids were spellbound. She went on to say how the display is special to them and when the grandkids call they always ask about house with the lights and they reminisce about watching the lights and how they want to do it again next year. She left thanking me, once again, for making their Christmas with their children and grandchildren so memorable and special. I don't care you are, that's a cool story! She could have passed on by and never told me. And who knows exactly how many people our displays touch and we don't even know. I just wanted to share that. That is not the only story I have. Not trying to make a point but if there was a point it would be- everyone keep up the good work, who knows how many traditions you may be starting.
  31. This is pretty much how I start doing every song. Gives me lots of timing options very quickly (about 10 minutes). I still have to take some time to make sure things are perfect, but it gives me a huge head start. This video shows how to: Look at what is inside a bare bones LMS fileTake advantage of advanced timing wizards in AudacityHow to manually convert Audacity timing grids (labels) and import them into Light-O-Rama timing gridsHow to automatically convert Audacity labels to LOR timing grids using a crude PERL script, that I don't support.How to use the Beat Wizard and the Tapper Wizard.Ends with a brief code walkthrough on the script.Links: Audacity Download:http://audacity.sourceforge.net/Queen Mary Vamp plugins for Audacity: http://www.nutcracker123.com/nutcracker/releases/Vamp_Plugin.exeLink to Audacity to LOR Script: (I provide no support for this): https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B95M-4jUDX5aSVVGMEJoQmpiUGM/viewActiveState PERL: http://www.activestate.com/activeperl
  32. We've all been there. I'll give you this... if I had a nickel for every time I've had to cut/re-solder a 4-core wire because I forgot to slide the shrink wrap on... I'd be a very rich man.
  33. The only INCORRECT way of unplugging cat5 that I know of is tripping over the cable...
  34. So last night (the 9th) i was working on my setup and testing my lights. I sat my laptop on the back of my car in the garage and was testing my controllers and the lights. Everything was working great and i was thrilled. My wife called me in for dinner and i grabbed the laptop and ran in. Had dinner then got ready for work and left for work. As I'm backing out i feel this bump like I ran something over and to my dismay crushed on the floor of my garage is the USB 485 dongle. ? ::face palm:: so needless to say i ordered a new one from lor but oh crud i not only feel stupid now I cant finish my testing and I'm dying to know how the last 2 controllers look.
  35. Hi! I'm Murray............ Murray close up shot. Morty - the guy that started it all. It's only fitting that since Tom (Santas Helper) inspired me on the way I made my Mega Tree, that after helping him raise Morty today - I had to go find my own skeleton. Well, this post is introducing Murray. Anyone else have skeletons climbing Mega Trees? Feel free to tag on this post if you do.
  36. O...M...G... What a great time with the greatest folks!!! Today was a blast and hope everyone had fun. Thank you for your kind words. It takes a little work to host an event but that's not what makes it successful. "YOU" is what makes it successful. To have great people attend and interact with each other. To share their story, their experience and to learn new things. And believe me, this mini (from what I observed) was very successful. SO I Thank You!!! for being involved. Each and everyone of you!!! And for everyone who donated a door prize and/or brought food (very delicious). Another THANK YOU!!! I'm going to work on posting pics but I gotta catch my breath tonight and chill. It was a busy couple days. So if you took pictures, please post them. I'll be doing the same soon. Have a great evening and remember... it couldn't have been great... without YOU. Tom
  37. A few weeks back I had all kinds of questions about DMX. As it turns out I had lots of videos on YouTube sent my way and posted on the forum. Matt Johnsons videos were great along with other posted suggestions. I stopped in a local business researching pixels and they gave me a local contacts name which I followed up on. A buddy of mine and I were invited to this guy's shop for a chat. During that chat I told him that I watched Matt Johnson's videos and almost instantly he whips out his cell and showed me that he is a consultant to Matt. I then told him that Richard Holdman was a big influence on my getting started in this hobby and he shows me that he is a consultant for him also. He then proceeds to loan me just about every concieveable pixel made for me to take home and play with. This would have almost certainly never happened had I not asked for help on this forum. If interested in seeing some of his projects just ask and I'll post a couple.
  38. How do you time the lights with a radio station? (I always tell them I own the station )
  39. I just spent the week working on Pentatonix's Little Drummer Boy. Wife really likes this song. tell me what you think guys??
  40. Here is a picture of the Cop powder coated light blue.
  41. I clicked on "like this" and that phrase pops up. What the heck is that all about?
  42. Well, you folks convinced me that being able to import an image would be worthwhile. I have started work on it. What I'm thinking of doing is being able to flip between two views, one that has the high resolution image and one that has the low res image. Its going to take me a while but it is the next thing I will put in. By the way, the thing I just finished putting in is the ability to copy/paste between two instances of superstar. So that's an ability that will be in the next release.
  43. I tried lighting our animals, but couldn't get either dog to sit still while I wrapped the lights. I probably could have done the turtle, but that's been dead for a few years already.
  44. I stopped openly sharing sequences mostly due to rarely receiving even a thank you in return. And I'll be right up front about it. In fact, the straw that broke this sequencer's proverbial back was the day I got ragged up one side and down the other because I wouldn't illegally include a free copy of the audio file along with the sequence. Call me whatever you want, but when I give someone a project I've spent more than a week conjuring, building, and fine tuning - a gift that saves them at least days of their own time while also providing a better finished product than they'd likely come up with on their own - YES, I expect at least a thank-you. Maybe even a thank-you-very-much.
  45. THIS is the first vid of the 4th of july hope you enjoy!!!!!!
  46. I haven't even found the time to learn Superstar, much less a different sequencing software. Doesn't much matter to me when LOR gets their upgrade finished and released - my show went on just fine last year and that same software will run it just fine this year also.
  47. need email will send the two I made
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