In This Issue
Lighting Course Update
A Gift
Tracking Santa
Reindeer Power Conversion
Member Profile - Holiday Edition
Quick Hits
Have You Seen This?

2013 Executive Board



Ashley Sells




 Vanessa Fritsch




 Stuart Sparks




Tony Fields



Past President

Brad Johnson




Steve Cummins

Eric Green

Paul Slone



Section Rep

Scott Walker



Secretary Elect (2014)

Anne Warnick 

















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The Changing Face of Transportation

Happy Holidays! 

Merry Christmas! 

Happy Chanukah! 

Happy Kwanzaa! 

Seasons Greetings! 

Happy Winter Solstice! 


Once again, we decided to bring back the holiday edition of the newsletter.  This is still a relatively slow time for KYSITE, but you might find a few things below that interest you.  Most important is the first article, which is a quick update on the lighting course


We hope you enjoy this edition.  We will return to the regular format in the first edition next year.

As always, contact us at anytime!      


Be safe -- and Happy Holidays! 


- KYSITE Officers

Update: AGi32 Lighting Course
Thanks to everyone who filled out the survey regarding the AGi32 lighting course. We are coordinating with AGi and they are trying to get the course set up in Louisville in the beginning of March.
As soon as registration is open, we will let you know and send you the link.
Our Gift to You! 
The 2013 KYSITE Board would like to send Seasons Greetings to all.  We worked hard on the following just for you:

 The full size card can be seen here.  It is worth a click.

Tracking Santa 2013 - New and Improved!


For all the good little boys and girls who have been patiently waiting for Santa to deliver their much desired present this year, there have been a few updates to the "Santa Tracker" which is provided by NORAD. 


Some of these changes include the ability to follow Santa via Twitter and Facebook.  Also added is a jet-fighter escort to make sure Santa stays safe as he travels around the world. 


For more info on the updates you can view the article here:   Santa Goes High-Tech
For the Santa Tracker site, please click here: Santa Tracker
Reindeer Power Conversion 
From the website Tick Tick Vroom:
"Of all the methods of transport that exist, it must be argued that Santa Claus's sleigh and eight flying reindeer rank among the coolest and fastest out there (He does make it around the world in one night including several stops, after all).

So, with Christmas and Santa's annual trek coming up on Monday, it got me thinking...what if the power of the world's cars was measured in Reindeer Power instead of horsepower? Keep in mind, since my magical skills are somewhat lacking, and I have yet to see a flying Lamborghini Gallardo, this is regular grounded reindeer power.

First step is to determine the "power" of an average horse. There is a lot of variety in horses. Thus, after some research on the history of the term "horsepower", I learned it was invented by James Watt of steam engine fame to compare the power of steam engines relative to that of a draft horse. Draft horses can pull approximately one ton for an extended period of time.
Okay, 2,000 pounds pulled for a horse. I found that reindeer, after further research, can pull about 300 pounds. That means reindeer are 15% as powerful as a draft horse or Reindeer Power = Horsepower / 0.15. 
  • 1982 DeLorean DMC-12: 130 hp = 867 Reindeer Power
  •  2010 Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SuperVeloce: 661 hp = 4,407 Reindeer Power 
  • 1968 OldsmobileHurst 442: 390 hp = 2,600 Reindeer Power
  • Batmobile: 1700 hp = 11,333 Reindeer Power 

For more conversions, click here.

Member Profile - Holiday Edition - Part 3
Prepared by: North Pole Elves 

Back by popular demand, our 'member profile' for the  holidays.


Name Buddy the Elf  


Resides: North Pole / New York City


Degree(s) Master Tinker


Other Qualifications:


Family: Papa Elf, wife Jovi and baby Susie.


1. What do you do day-to-day? First we'll make snow angels for a two hours, then we'll go ice skating, then we'll eat a whole roll of Tollhouse Cookiedough as fast as we can, and then we'll snuggle.


2. What are your technical interests? 


Thermodynamics (working on the Kringle 5000 to power Santa's Sleigh).


3. Favorites:

a. Smiling

b. Favorite Color? Green and Red

c. Favorite Food: Candy, Candy Canes, Candy Corns and Syrup

d. Favorite Christmas Song? Baby It's Cold Outside 


4. Five Questions:

a. Dogs or Cats: Good news, I saw a dog today!

b. Silver or Gold:  Both are required to make a beautiful Christmas tree!

c. Dasher or Dancer: Neither since they mis-behave and require a lot of clean-up. 

d. Snow or Ice:  Snow for making snowballs

e. Cats or Cards?   CATS!  (The Cardinals are still on the naughty list according to Santa)


5. Other Information:

If your workday is going a little slow, just add a little "syrup" to your coffee to make you get up and dance!


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

Quick Hits 
New York State Approves Installation of Device to Limit Teens Use of Cellphones While Driving


Even an 85 MPH Highway Can't Fix Austin's Traffic Tangle 


Ohio DOT Shows What Can Happen When Motorists 'Crowd the Plow'


Nashville MPO OKs $4 Million in Funding for Bus Rapid Transit System 


Congress Says No with FCC Set to Go on In-Flight Calls 


Have You Seen This: Snowman Edition

Please be nice to snowman, even if they are a little scary. 


(Warning: this is slightly violent but not too bad).



Snowman Prank Gone Wrong - Knock Out
Snowman Prank Gone Wrong - Knock Out


      In the Next Edition... 
Coming Soon 

- Happy New Year

- KYSITE Announcements


Thanks for your continued support of KYSITE!  

2013/2014 KYSITE Board; and

Bumbles, Editor

with assistance from Ms. Claus and an Elf.