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Speedster last won the day on January 12 2020

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    Freedom, WI
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    Computer Programmer

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    Music, Sports, & Christmas Lights synched to music
  • Favorite Decorating Holiday?
    Christmas

LOR Software

  • LOR Software Version
    4.3.18
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    Standard

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  1. Congrats JR and thanks for all your help and advice these past several years!
  2. Hope 2021 is a much better year than the train wreck that 2020 was.
  3. Thinking of making 2 candy cane spinners out of a bunch of Walmart candy canes that were causing a bunch of GFCI trips 3 yrs ago that I haven't used since. I'll probably mount them to the front of our house to keep them off the ground.
  4. I usually wait until 1 or 2 weekends after New Year's Day to tear down our Christmas display. But due to several inches of snow in the forecast yesterday, several days later this week, and several days next week, I decided to tear down yesterday Dec 27. With my back & shoulder problems having gotten worse this year, I figured it would be better to tear down before all the ground props and cords got buried by snow and encased in snow that melted and refroze. Much safer to go up and down ladders too while the ground is still snow-free. We (and probably our neighbors too) aren't used to our house already being dark this soon after Christmas. But we'll keep our indoor lights and Christmas tree up for several more weeks.
  5. If you're not opposed to buying sequences from the LOR Sequences store, they have a sequence for that song. http://sequences.lightorama.com/Rockin-Around-the-Christmas-Tree-Brenda-Lee_p_1156.html You can see it in our 48-channel setup from last Christmas around the 1:12:59 mark of the video. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RpWmHQk0h00wr3dtTPssNjq8S78JBUZH/view
  6. Just bought my ticket. The days are flying by really fast and I almost forgot about this lol.
  7. Looking for a 48-channel sequence of this song. Thanks in advance. MartinaFan64@gmail.com
  8. Speedster

    Initiation

    I'm using a flexible drain pipe like this to keep over 2 dozen extension cords & SPT1 wires from dangerously cluttering the area below the first step leading to our front porch. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Bend-A-Drain-4-in-x-12-ft-Polypropylene-Flexible-Solid-Drain-Pipe-335112/205164017
  9. Heat isn't an issue this time of year in WI either, so I always cover my controllers with black plastic bags as an added layer of protection against Mother Nature, and to also conceal the controllers.
  10. Since your laptop is dedicated to LOR and not even connected to the internet or used for other purposes, then rebooting regularly (probably weekly in your case) might be all you need. (My show runs on a MiniDirector, but if I used a computer I'd probably reboot every afternoon before a show starts because I'm paranoid about show glitches that might be avoidable by simply rebooting.) A 3-yr old laptop should be new/powerful enough to run your show, but if your sequences are complicated, and having 9 controllers and an ELL, maybe 8 GB of RAM isn't enough. If you can increase the RAM, go for it. Can't hurt. It's possible that connecting to the internet to perform a Windows update might resolve an issue that you're experiencing that doesn't get resolved by rebooting. But with Microsoft's propensity to push updates and hotfixes that cause more problems than they actually fix, I suggest doing a Windows update as a last resort. One of my PCs got really messed up from a Win 10 update a few yrs ago, so I delay installing updates as long as I can lol.
  11. I had the exact same problem with a set of net lights that I bought from Home Depot. From far away it wasn't real evident, but once I got within 10 feet of them, I could see that they were very dimly lit even when the show wasn't running. I wasn't sure if it was a problem with the channel on that controller or a problem with the net lights, but it didn't really bother me too much since you couldn't even tell the net lights were dimly lit from far away. I had the exact same set of net lights on a different channel on the same controller, but did not experience that same issue. I opted for a smaller setup this year and I'm not using those net lights, so I don't know if the issue still exists. (It probably does, and I won't find out until next year if I do my normal full setup.) Since rebooting PCs has resolved some weird issues, I think that points to the PC itself as the cause of the issues. I've seen pending/uninstalled Windows updates cause computers to slow down, and software act glitchy until the updates are installed and the computer is rebooted. If a computer doesn't have enough RAM, sometimes it gets to a point where almost everything slows down until the computer is rebooted. So upgrade to the maximum amount of RAM if possible. And obviously, running multiple software/programs simultaneously can cause slow/glitchy performance. I suggest rebooting weekly (and maybe even a few times a week) to possibly prevent issues/glitches in your light shows.
  12. So this sequencing issue was caused by inconsistent timing in the track? Makes me wonder how frustrating it would be to sequence a song by the rock group Rush. They were known for changing time signatures within the same song, and had some weird non-standard time signatures like 11/8, 5/4, 6/4, 7/4, 9/8, etc. As an amateur musician I struggle with normal time signatures like 3/4 and 4/4 lol.
  13. I wish I had seen TSO years ago before ticket prices skyrocketed to the point where it became un-affordable for me and my family of 5 to attend a show. So I'm definitely excited about this livestream concert. Because I've had 14 TSO songs in our light show for several years, whenever I hear a TSO song on the radio I can "see" our display in my mind as I listen to the song. I can see the chasing effect during Wizards In Winter quite vividly in my mind lol.
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