August to December

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My order of Ray Wu 5cm diameter balls for the trees has arrived, and I will start this week to set up into 2 groups of 70 and 2 of 50 for the 4 trees in the yard.

1 song has been finished, 1 more half done, and 2 more planned in the next week or two, plus I will most likely add many of the older songs, but just 1 per night, so I think I have 7 older songs than can easily be added to sequences... I hope :)

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AUG 15

The balls for the trees have been set up into 2 groups of 70 and 2 of 50 for the 4 trees in the yard.

Now comes the fun part of sealing 240 balls, ergh!

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AUG 20

Balls are sealed, and have been running tests for the last 24hrs.

I'll make up the cables for them tomorrow.

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What idiot invented 2811 Pixels? I have had 2 weeks of hell with these pieces of trash. With 2801 pixels I ran the power down 2 wires of some alarm cable, Data and clock down 2 more of the same alarm cable. I often had runs of 8-10 meters and never had an issue with doing it this way. 2811's do not work this way with runs longer than about 2 meters.

I ended up remaking all 4 cables with the data and a reference earth running down a pair of cat5 cores, and the power down the alarm cable. This was the only way I could get reliable data flow to any of the strings. I will never buy 2811's unless I have no other choice in the future!

Moving the controller closer was not an option, and this controller runs a LOT of other items from a central point in the yard.

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SEP 12

Spent a bit more time sequencing, and upgrading the P12R box that drives the Pixels from the corner of the yard. 6 12V outputs and 6 5V outputs, plus some power injection points for both voltages are now squeezed into the box, making things much easier for connections and future upgrades.

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SEP 26

I had to have a break from the lights due to work and other commitments, but today I went to Dubbo for a few days with the family to go to a burnout comp where a work colleague is running his car in the Pro class.


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Yet another burnout comp, Burnout Mania 2, photographed today at Eastern Creek... I really should get back to the lights, but this is so much fun. This time I shot with one camera, and my son shot with another, taking some great images on the day, including the one below.

Safety Crew

For more images of the competition, please see here: Burnout Mania 2 on Flickr.

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Loads of last minute testing, fixing, swapping out, plus a failure of an order to arrive from China by the start of last month as promised (it's been 7 weeks now - argh!), meant I had to use the old LED's to outline the house once again this year. I was lucky to have just enough LED's to redo the ropelights destroyed when the contractors installed our Solar Panels earlier this year. Yes Dr Green, your installers are assholes!

Today the megatree base and lights around 8 windows, and 4 in the shrubs were installed.

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NOV 10

More lights up again today, but still awaiting the bed gone, so I cant put anything around the path, but should be able to do that later today.

Internal window silhouettes done, and their controllers, after windows were all cleaned.

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NOV 13

Back to putting up lights again today after a day in Sydney to meet George R R Martin and get a copy of Game of Thrones signed.

Arches, candy canes, floodlights and lights in the trees done today, and the majority cabled up, and almost all of the controllers are out, connected to the lights and ready to go.

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NOV 15

The majority of the lights are connected up and tested now, with the inside silhouettes, miditrees and a couple of ropelights left to do next week.

Once the lights are up and running I will add a map to the front page of the website showing our location.

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NOV 21

The Show ran well last night, with a few bugs and errors being sorted out and tested again later that night (ok more like 1AM today).

Ropelight added to the top of the roof a little while ago, leaving just a few small items left to put up for the show to be complete.

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Well the show is live, with 3 new songs and 2 old classics from previous years.

I will be adding some more songs over the month, so watch out for announcements.

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DEC 13

We are on Facebook!

I had resisted the urge to create a facebook page for way too long, so I finally created one this week. There will be images, videos and more added to the page over the coming weeks. Please share it and tell your friends. We will be adding some off-season information to it through the year as well, so keep and eye out there too. The link is in the menu bar on the top of all the pages.

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Total of 2013's spend

White Minitrees: $165
Alcohol: $25
Snow Machines: $175
Cable & Boxes: $160
Steel for faces: $60
Boxes: $100
Standoffs: $16
P12S: $225
Rope: $40
Cableties: $50
Ray Wu Order 1: $500
Ray Wu Order 2: $692
Cable: $110
Bunnings Various: $100
Gigabit Switch: $110
Lollies: $250
Lollies: $230

Total: $3,008