Archive for December, 2010

Impressions of Christmas

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

A few shots to summarize our Christmas (and Christmas eve).

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One more thing…

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

Happy Life Day to my sister.

She’ll know why.[1]

  1. If she’s worthy of the gift she sent me. []

Merry Christmas to All!

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

Merry Christmas from the Schierers. We have quite a few of them here with my folks in town for the weekend.

Here’s our house with the record breaking December snowfall[1] and a snapshot of Nathan and Sheepie from the Christmas pageant. You guess which is which.
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  1. I admit it doesn’t look like much in the picture. []

Christmas Decorations

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

Here’s a collection of Christmas decoration pictures I’ve taken over the last few weeks. Most of these were taken at the Kraynak’s Garden Center Christmas Display in Hermitage, PA. The last two are the Fayetteville and Cazenovia, NY Christmas trees. More in the gallery.

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Fun with LED Christmas lights.

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

LED Christmas lights have been around for several years, but seem to have become particularly popular this year. They have many advantages over conventional incandescent bulbs including better life, more vibrant colors (and the paint doesn’t chip off) and considerably less power for the same light. (The incandescent lights in the star on Nate’s tree below draws as much power as all 200 LEDs on the tree.)
However, there is one annoying drawback. They flicker.

I assume most people either don’t notice this, or aren’t bothered by it, but it seems to jump right out to me. I find it particularly bad when the lights are on trees blowing in the wind (moving) so the flicker becomes apparent due to persistence of vision effects.

Technical details and fun Christmas tree pictures below the fold.
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