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  1. 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!!!!
  2. 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.
  3. Yep - We've seen your work:
  4. No I changed my mind about selling.....I'm going to give it 1 more try
  5. You could always torch their house and then stick a sign in their yard saying their bonfire sucks.
  6. 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. ?
  7. 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.
  8. 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......
  9. 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
  10. 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!"
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. That lady better stay away from my house then. She'll be out numbered.
  14. 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.
  15. 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...
  16. 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
  17. 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)
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. [Admin Edit - Note: There is now a video at the bottom of this post. Not the thread, this post.] In lieu of all the members I have assisted with setting up and configuring their pixie16 and the pixie2/4 and 8 controllers I am going to see if this will provide some relief to you the end user, myself someone who likes to help others and the LOR Help Desk who get a ton of requests at this time of year and the end user may not understand the volume of help tickets. Also more than a few recommended I write this up. So here it is. If you follow these steps in order you should have lights at the final step as long as your light strings or strips work. I am writing this as an S4 user. S5 users can follow the steps to a certain point. At which time you will have to have a basic understanding as to how to add a pixie device to your S5 sequencer. Things to consider: 1) The pixie16 and other pixie devices will only control "smart" RGB lights 2) Do not get wrapped around the Hardware Utility for anything more than setting the Unit ID, light color order and a minor test. The HU has nothing to do with the controller running the lights outside of the HU. Once you close the HU the rest is with you the end user to ensure the network is set up correctly and the device is added to your sequence. 3) The newer pixie controllers will have 8 dip switches. Please familiarize yourself with the location of the switches. From the factory one dip switch will be in the "on" position. This dip switch in the "On" position will not allow the user to set a Unit ID other than 1 4) The pixie series controllers will automatically assign the unit ID's after the user selects the first one. If you attempt to interfere with this process by manually building the unit ID's and not follow the Hexadecimal protocol you will have channels (units) that will not work. This is the time to start talking Units, the pixie series assigns unit ID's not channels like the AC controllers. You must remember this especially when you start adding other controllers or you will have conflicts. Example: If your pixie16 has a starting Unit ID of Unit 1 then the system will assign it to Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0A, 0B, 0C, 0D, 0E, 0F and 10. As you can see the system uses an alpha numeric Unit ID after 09. This is consistent across the board. Any number that has a nine the following 7 unit ID's will be alpha numeric. Based on the pixie model you may have. Pixie2 - 2 consecutive unit ID's Pixie4 - 4 consecutive unit ID's Pixie8 - 8 consecutive unit ID's Pixie16 - 16 consecutive unit ID's Lets get started: Items required Pixie controller 2/4/8/16 can all be configured using these instructions. Black RS485 or Red RS485HS adapter (red preferred) red is backwards compatible and with the cost being a few dollars more than black - makes it worth while. A spare is always good Cat5 cable(s) Time - its best to start this only if you can dedicate an hour or so without interruption Of course a computer Lets get started- I am going to keep the steps as simple as possible 1) connect the RS485 (black) / RS485HS (Red) adapter to the computer - if you have not previously configured the adapter do so using the LOR provided instructions prior to continuing on 2) Inspect the pixie controller and look for those dip switches. As mentioned above the newer units have them. If yours does not have them you can skip the next step 3) If you are using the pixie controller as any unit ID other than Unit ID # 1 please turn off the dip switch that is currently on. All dip switches should be in the "off" position. If using as #1 you do have the option of leaving it on or turning it off thus enabling you to change the unit ID without forgetting this step later on when you add additional controllers. 4) Open the Control Panel - this will vary between users so I will not cover that. 5) Ensure the Comm Listener (CL) is running. You should see a CL on your task bar. 6) Connect only the pixie device being configured to the RS485 adapter. Remember one unit at a time is the best way to prevent issues while configuring any controllers. - Note if you disconnect the RS485 adapter from your computer you need to remember which USB port it was connected to. 7) In the HU on the left side you should see the comport that your computer found and assigned your RS485 adapter to. Refrain from refreshing this or using the "auto configure". 8 ) On the right side of the screen you can adjust the "max number of unit ID's" if it is set to far beyond your controller numbers it takes additional time searching the network. Optional 9) In the center of the HU there is a "Select Unit to Configure" button. Now is the time to press this and the HU will search for the controller. The light on the controller should be solid on. 10) Once the HU is finished you should see your device listed in the box directly under the heading. 11) It probably found 01- Pixie... and version number (unless the unit number has been changed to something else) it will show the appropriate Unit ID 12) If the Unit ID is not the Unit ID you wish to have assigned you change that in the bottom left of the HU - select "old Unit ID" and "new Unit ID" then "Change Unit ID" you will see the message "Unit ID has been set to..." 13) Now to check the color order of your light strings (if you have them) if not you can refer back to this step once you have your light strings or strips. 14) At the bottom of the HU screen you will see a "Config" button - select that 15) Towards the bottom center you will see "CCR/ Pixie device" - select that. 16) Select the ribbon/ string model number 17) Select the color order - if known, you will test and be able to change this in a couple more steps. Note different mfg color order may vary. Its best to not mix and match because with pixie device you cannot change the color order of different Unit ID's. Triples RGB. RGB, RGB is also in this step. 18) Select the number of pixels per string 50 / 100 16) Resolution - I have never changed the resolution from the default 17) Apply and then you will receive the "changes have been applied" box. 18) Back to the HU main page for color testing. Its pretty self explanatory so I will not cover it. If you select a color and the color is different ie; you select Red and the color is Blue this is where you can go back to the config/ CCR/ pixie config above and change the color order. 19) Note - If you selected 100 pixels in step 18 above but you only have strings of 5o, during testing there will be delays while the controller is attempting to light pixels that do not exist 20) Once you are happy with the color order you are finished in the HU. Close it out but leave the controller connected. 21) I ALWAYS perform this test while assisting others - reopen the HU and select the "Select Unit to configure" "Refresh" button again. This is to ensure you did not miss a step or forget to turn the dip switch to the "off" position if needed. (I recommend you turn it off) 22) Once you have verified that the HU found your correctly assigned Unit ID you can now close the HU. 23) Now we will set up your Network Configuration 24) In the Control Panel drop down list ( just under the HU) you will find Network Preferences (NP) click on it to open 25) If you have never opened this before on the right side of the box you will see "simple mode". 26) You want to press the "Advanced" button just under the "Simple Mode" 27) The next box should resemble a spreadsheet (green and white rows) 28) You will have 3 tabs LOR/ DMX and Misc. We are keeping it simple and not discussing either of the DMX or Misc tabs. 29) Select the LOR tab 30) You will now see your networks. Most users probably have only one network 31) You should see LOR Regular and under that the various Aux network 32) We are concentrating on the Regular LOR network 33) You will see the speed. By default it probably shows 57.6 kbps - click on the speed- you will now get a small pop up window. Use the drop down to select 500K 34) In the same box you will see an "enhance" box- click that - it is crucial you do not miss steps 33 and 34. If you do this you will not have lights 35) Click "ok or apply" 36) you will get the 500K warning, do not worry about it 37) you will receive the "enhanced" warning. once again disregard 38) Select the "OK" button on top right of the scree and NP will close - you are now almost ready to have lights on 39) Setting up your pixie in your sequence - this is where S5 users should refer to the S5 manual. I do know there are two methods to add a device to S5. One is through "Prop Definition" the other is in the "Preview Editor" the latter found on the right side of the screen. That is my knowledge. 40) Back to S4 users 41) Open an existing sequence "if you have previously used SE and have a controller configured" 42) If you do not have a sequence and are brand new 43) Open Sequence Editor from the Control Panel or your Programs menu 44) Select "File" 45) Select "New" 46) Select "Musical Sequence" 47) Now is a good time to remind you that although it is not mandatory it is best to keep your "Audio and Sequence" files in the correct LOR directory. My Documents/ Light O Rama/ Audio (for music and Sequences for Sequences. 48) Select the audio file - just select the first one since this sequence will be scrapped later (unless you plan on using this song to create your first sequence) 49) SE will process the audio 50) You will now get a "New Musical Sequence Option" box 51) On this first attempt I just ensure that in the bottom right corner under the " Initial Timing" box that "use a fixed timing grid" is selected. All other defaults are good at this point. 52) Press the "Ok" button 53) Your sequence working grid will appear 54) If using the defaults in the previous steps you should see 8 Channel buttons on the right side of the grid. (if you are new) If you are familiar with SE and have controllers already built into your config skip the following steps and pick back up on the add device step 55) If new and do not have any other controllers then perform the following 2 steps 56) Right click on the bottom channel button , it may say port or channel 8 57) in the drop down select "remove channel from track" 58) A warning will appear asking if you are sure - select "yes" 59) That channel will now be removed from the working grid leaving you 7 more, repeat steps 56-58 until you have only one channel remaining 60) Right click on the remaining channel 61) On the drop down you will select "insert device" 62) in this tutorial you will select "below" if you are a previous user having a configuration you may wish to select "above" but I recommend "below" for you as well 63) You have the option to "Name" your device. If you know what you are using the Pixie for it is recommended to name it. Example: CCR Tre 62) To prevent clutter I ensure that the box directly below is Not checked. "Include Base Unit ID's" 63) "Device" if the pixie 2/4/8/16 is not in the box use the drop down to select that device group *** At the moment if using the Pixie16 for anything over 100 pixels at step # 63 select Pixcon16 instead and at step 66 select 170 for pixels per port. Light O Rama will be updating the manual and the firmware in the near future. 64) Ensure "Add as a group" is selected. Once again to declutter the Unit list 65) The next box should say Pixie 2/4/8/ 16 - use the drop down menu to select your particular model number 66) "Pixels per Port" once again 50 or 100 67) "Channel Mode" Triples RGB, RGB, RGB 68) "Base Unit ID" this must be the same unit ID that you assigned in the HU setup process 69) "Network" for most users this will be "regular" if you have additional networks you know who you are and what to select. This must match the network that you assigned in the Network Preference (NP) steps 70) Select "OK" and now you will see your pixie on your sequence working grid 71) If you were one of the members that deleted the 7 channel buttons in the previous steps now is the time to remove the last channel button. Leaving only your pixie device 72) If you followed all of the above steps you WILL have lights as long as 1- you physically have lights and 2- the lights are not broken 3- lights are connected to your controller 73) Testing you lights 74) On the open sequence - if you "grouped" the pixie as described above you will see a "+" sign 75) Select that and you will see 16 channel/ unit ID buttons 76) The buttons will be grey and to the right your working grid will be black 77) We are now going to write your test sequence 78) On the right side of the SE "tool bar" you will see a yellow star 79) To the left of the yellow star as you put your mouse over the different tools you will find the "color fade" tool select that 80) A pop up box will appear it will have a fade from red to green. This is the tool you use to place colors to your RGB sequences if you use SE to create your RGB sequences. In order to have solid colors just select the same color on both ends 81) For this tutorial you will leave it as is Red to green 82) I am going to show you how "I" use this tool for testing. IMO this is the fastest way to fill the entire sequence and will teach you haw to use the copy/ paste fast feature 83) Use the scroll bar directly under the working grid and drag it all of the way to the end (right) of your sequence. 84) Place your mouse on the top "black row" probably pixie... port 1" 85) Right click in the last grid box and drag it all of the way to the left (beginning) of the sequence. Note- to make it faster you can drag it all of the way to the edge of your computer screen. You do not need to stay within the working grid. Before you release the mouse you can also drag it all of the way to port that corresponds to your pixie model. Thus filling the entire pixie working grid with color. I will discuss the copy paste method next. 86) Because you scrolled to the end and dragged to the beginning your color fade will be green to red 87) If you only filled in one row the fastest way IMO to copy paste that row (s) is right click on the first grid square- select row (s), that entire row will now be encapsulated in a white box. Now right click in that box. "copy". To paste - place your mouse in the next Unit/ Channel/ Port and right click - you have the option to select "paste or paste multiple" select the one that coincides with your situation. If you selected the "multiple" you will be given another option "Vertical" (top half of the box) or "Horizontal" (bottom of the box) In this instance you will select the bottom choice and fill the correct number based on how many ports you wish to paste to. Once you press ok it will perform the action and your entire pixie device "should" have a sequence filled within. 88) Once you have the sequence filled and your lights connected. Go to the "play" tab on the tool bar. At a minimum ensure "Control Lights" is checked. Your light WILL NOT work if this is not checked. 89) Also under "play" scroll down to "Play Range" and ensure "Entire Sequence" is checked 90) On the tool bar you will see a "Blue Arrow" your "color Fade" tool is probably still open. Push the blue arrow and it will turn off the color fade tool. If you forget to turn that off, anytime you put the mouse and click it on the working grid it will place either a color or grey fill. (that's something to always remember) 91) Now push the "Green" play button. If all was performed correctly you WILL HAVE LIGHTS. 92) For those of you that do not have lights and wish to test your controller - refer to the Visualizer tutorial in the "Help" guide in the Control Panel drop down menu. Or feel free to PM me and I will send you a CCR tree viz file to help you test your light. I probably have one that is already set up for almost every pixie config within unit ID 50. If I don't have one it only takes me a few minutes to create one for you. Best of luck and if you need further assistance feel free to submit a Help Desk ticket or PM me. Note from Sept - January I am very busy with my show and helping others but I will reply. Happy Lighting JR ---
  21. I would like to ask a favor of all my friends here. Halloween is my wife's favorite holiday. With be not being able to do her show this year, I would like to try and make her feel a little special. Would any of you be willing to send my wife a Halloween card? Thank you. Raenee Thompson Po box 568 Siletz OR 97380
  22. Orville made a 'one word post' !!!
  23. Tom- Thanks for the compliment. Trust me I understand your pov. As far as outline sequences other than James there may be less than 5 members I have asked for a sequence and I know each of them from memory. James sequences compliments my props and my singing faces. I also have either met in person, skype or over the phone each of them, well except for 75Redman who recently shared a work of art with me. I still haven't worked it into my show yet, I think it was a patriotic sequence so it will get there. IMO this is just a fun hobby, that's why I do what I do. If I wanted to get paid, and I have had offers, that would take the fun away. I like helping people either singing faces or setting up their pixies etc. and when my local publisher asked me why I do what I do for the holidays my comment was and will always be the same "because I can and there are others who simply cant for various reasons" and I left it at that. Its the same way in the forums. Happy Lighting and Merry Christmas everyone. JR
  24. Remember, a significant percentage probably don't even tune in their radios, or even spend enough time to associate the music to the lights. I don't do social media, don't advertise or desire any media attention, The show is what it is, take it or leave it. The fact that the lights are perfectly timed makes me smile, that's enough for me.
  25. My set up is 48 Channel I I Will be sharing these and many more with singing faces as soon as I am OFF THE LOR NAUGHTY LIST.... LOL.. This list is of my 2014 Christmas List. 2015 has 4 singing trees and faces added to it 1. mega tree, 16 channel 2 color (multi and blue), 8 mini trees all multi color 1 channel each, Eves of house 3 channel three color led roped (Red, Blue and White, 2 arch's, two connected as 1 for a total of 4 but set the opposite so when one goes left to right the other goes R to L, 1 channel for Rudolf red nose deer, 1 channel for 4 yard deer connected together 2 channel for mega tree star, Multi and blue, 1 channel controlling 10 candy cane lining walk way. In case you are wondering... I will run different shows at diff times and will also make a separate show basically for the younger kids(more things like frosty the snow man, Rudolf, etc. geared more for the younger kids at early times like as soon as it is dark for a couple shows then change to more rocking and music for the older people. . Some of my music will also have Spanish as I live in S. Cali. and my wife and her family helps pick it out for me to do for them. If you see any here you would like to checkout send me the name and or number of what you would like and I will try to send it as soon as I can. My List Is constantly growing as I am retired and have lots of time on my hands. I FREELY SHARE EVERYTHING and JUST ASK THAT THE MILITARY IS REMEMBERED IN YOUR SHOWS BECAUSE WITHOUT THEM YOU WOULDN'T BE HAVING A SHOW. 48 channel LOR Christmas 2014 NO FACES 1 Adoro LosPanchos 2 All Day Music War 3 All I Want for Chrustmas is You Mariah Carey 4 Military Melody Air Force Band 5 Ava Maria Jewel 6 Bamboleo Melody 7 Jingle Bells Barking Dogs 8 Believe Disney 9 Blue Christmas Elvis 10 Camoflage and Christmas Lights Rodney Carrngton 11 Cannon Rock TSO 12 Charlie Brown Vince Guaraldi Trio 13 Chicken Dance 14 Christmas Celebration BB King 15 Christmas Cookies George Straite 16 Christmas Don't Be Late The Chipmonks 17 Contigo Aprendi Los Panchos 18 Curse of the Ice Queen 19 Dance of the Sugar Plum 20 Decorations The Beach Boys 21 Do you Hear What I Hear 22 Do You Wanna Build a Snowman Frozen 23 Don't Stop Believing Journey 24 El Burrito (The Burrito Yerba Buena 25 Fantasy Earth Wind & Fire 26 Feliz Navidad Jose Feliciano 27 Fina Estampa Ramon Algeciras 28 Frosty the Snow Man Willie Nelson 29 Fur Elsie Vince Guaraldi (Charlie Brown album) 30 Getting in the Mood Big Band swing 31 Gimmi All Your Lovin ZZ Top 32 God Bless The USA Lee Greenwood 33 Granada Ramon Algeciras (Flamingo Guitar) 34 Green Sleeves TSO 35 Guajira Santana 36 Hark! The Herald Angles Sing Jewel 37 Jingle Bell Rock Randy Travis 38 Joy to the World Ann Murray 39 La Flor de la Canela Paco de Lucia, Ramon Algeciras 40 Leroy The Red Neck Rain Deer Joe Diffy 41 Let it Go Frozen 42 Lil Drummer Boy 43 Little Saint Nick Beach Boys 44 Malaguena Salerosa Ramon Algeciras 45 Manger 6 Commercial Tom Bodet 46 Mele Kalikimaka Bing Cosby(Cartoon) 47 Music Box Dancer Schwede 48 My Favorite Time of the Year Florin Street Band 49 Nut Rocker TSO 50 O Holy Night Jewel 51 Please Come Home for Christmas The Eagles 52 Polar Express Album Cut 53 Pop Corn Hot Butter 54 Queen of The Winter Night TSO 55 Rhythm is Gonna Get You Gloria Estefan 56 Rock This Town Stray Cats 57 Rock You Queen 58 Rockin Robin The Coasters 59 Rudolf Drank the Moon Shine Blue Grass Christmas 60 Rudolf the Red Nose Raindeer Gene Autry 61 Santa Baby Eartha Kitt 62 Santa Claus is Coming to town Merle Haggard 63 Santa Clause is Back in Town Elvis Presley 64 Siboney Paco de Lucia, Ramon Algeciras 65 Sleigh Ride The Ventures 66 So This is Christmas John Lennon 67 Soldiers Silent Night Father Ted Berndt 68 Stille Nacht Jose Carreras 69 Takin Care of Business Bachman-Turner Overdrive 70 The Angles Cried Alan Jackson & Alison Krauss 71 The Story in Your Eyes Moody Blues 72 The Very First Christmas Spong Bob & Square Pants 73 THX Repair of my lights 74 Volare The Gypsy Kings 75 William Tell Overture Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 76 Wings of a Snow White Dove Ferlin Huskey 77 You’re a Mean one Mr Grinch How the Grinch Stole Christmas E Mail me at retired_old_sarge@yahoo.com with the number of the song you want
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. I'm just the opposite. Sequencing is about one step above torture. The hardware part is easy and fun for me.
  29. If it makes you feel any better, it would still be 24 channels, even if you did it in a different color.
  30. Here's my latest project – I'm adding (8) mini trees this year. I'm 95% LED, so 20,000 lights is only about 20amps. I still have my show split out onto 9 separate GFCI circuits, which helps with the “leakage accumulation”. I typically don't have issues tripping GFCIs myself. However, I read and read and read that many of you have problems tripping GFCIs, some of which can be traced back to tomato cage style mini trees. So I've been searching and researching how to best, & inexpensively, build a non-metallic mini tree. I saw a video with a guy using PVC and a hula-hoop (link at bottom). I liked the idea a lot and so I modified his plan somewhat. Instead of screws that can cut the light strands, I'm using tie wraps. Instead of a hula hoop, I'm using plumbers PEX pipe. I think they turned out just perfect.... Cuts & shopping list: Cut (5) 1/2" sch40 PVC x 36" long Cut (1) 1/2” PEX x 48” long 1/2” x 1/2” straight inside coupling bag of black tie wraps 3/16” x 8” long couple of 3/16” x 11” tie wraps can of flat black spray paint Tools needed: PVC cutter (or hacksaw) 5/8” rotory rasp for drill 11/64” drill bit Here's the raw assembled mini tree. Painted it flat black. Cuts down on glare and just plain looks better. Final tree with (4) colors LED; RWB-G. Could use pixels, or even those old style suck-you-dry-incandescent lamps. Even if you don't think LEDs are worth it for energy, I won't break these stacking them in off season and my blues stay blue for years... not weeks..... And as disclosed above - I modified an idea from someone else. Don't know him, but here's his video - in case you wondered, pondered, or just plain wanted to watch it.
  31. Via one of my other ventures, I've learned about a device that will be able to broadcast a very short message to all (Android for now) phones in the area. (iPhone is being worked on.) Expected range is a 100 yard radius, and you are limited to 40 characters. I'm sensing the ability to send out greetings to those who visit your display. I do *not* know how quickly the device can have it's message changed, or if there will be API access to it somehow. If you want more information, shoot me a PM.
  32. 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
  33. 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.
  34. IMO- when you realize what SS can do, what you can create, the almost total customization of effects, and ease of which to create them, the license and license upgrade price is a small, small price to pay. Not to mention the unbelievable support you get from the creator himself.
  35. Here's one I use. Lots of people like it. I use it for checking all the lights across both yards. (Sorry - I can't find any more recent video.)
  36. 10 feet off the ground from end to end of the house. Planned to be 100 feet but the CCB strings were longer than I expected.
  37. Sigh... ok so can I say the show is terrible? Is that allowed? Drew
  38. Welcome ISPGeek. Memorable first post! At work I used to sit by the consumer help desk. There are 40 people answering calls at lunch hour. That area takes 20,000 mostly complaint calls every week. Even closer to me is the second level escalation desk. I could hear all kinds unhappy people all day long, ok, just one side of the call. It was pretty amazing how well the second level could keep cool and try to smooth it over. I never had to talk to a customer but would get the escalated software glitches to research which was maybe 2-4 in a thousand calls. A common topic was how to 'reduce friction' and hope people would notice messages. DevMike this post is a Kudos to you for your response which is right up there with the call center managers of the big shops as far as this observer can tell. Great Job!
  39. How do you time the lights with a radio station? (I always tell them I own the station )
  40. It won't let me "Like" this, so I'll post it instead. LIKE!
  41. dibblejr

    OLD SARGE

    Just wanted to say a HUGE THANK YOU to Old Sarge! I PMd him about a week ago with some questions and request for assistance. Since then he has been hard at work helping me out and giving me some lessons. There are not enough kind words to say about him. Thank you Old Sarge!
  42. When I started with LOR four years ago I joined my HOA. Now if any complaints come in they have to go through me.
  43. OK - but at least 4 generations can keep handing down my display to the next one without spending a dime. My legacy lives on & on & on.....
  44. Sounds even more boring and annoying than that other thread. Love the new ignore option!
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