152 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/12/09 17:36:04 The ON/OFF on the upper roof are much more visible tonight. They were actually working last night - just covered in snow ... so I ventured up there (CAREFULLY) with a broom and swept 'em off. BTW, if I had backed up any further on the 2nd shot, I would have fallen off the roof - D'OH! ;-)
150 - United States - Lancaster New York 42.9057°N 78.6264°W"Anonymous" from 072.228.146.045 (cpe-72-228-146-45.buffalo.res.rr.com) wrote at 2013/12/09 16:48:08 UMMM... Webcam 1 doesn't look right!
Alek replies at 16:54 - Webcam1 reset itself ... so I just had to repoint it correctly - fixed!
149 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/12/09 16:39:14 Good News: Despite the chilly weather, I replaced the Super Socket on zone #4 that wasn't working - post #131 was prophetic because it was the same problem as there. The 15 minute job took twice that ... because I had to keep going inside to warm up my fingers after handing the 8°F metal! ;-)
147 - Portugal - City N/A 39.5000°N 8.0000°W"Anonymous" from 087.103.066.215 (18.104.22.168.rev.vodafone.pt) wrote at 2013/12/09 13:10:19 nothing says christmas like a horse drwn sleigh and Komar's Christmas Lights
146 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/12/08 19:28:32 Here's a picture of the horse drawn sleigh that made laps around the neighborhood for a few hours tonight. It's a bit of work doing since I'm holding a secondary flash but also have to remotely trigger the camera ... and there were some technical problems so I ended up speaker cell phoning to my son to fire the camera. I kinda screwed up this picture - should have had them come further forward ... plus the balloon had fallen over ... the 2012 shot (2nd image) was much better ... and also shows the differences in the display. I'll try to get a better horse drawn sleigh picture next year!
141 - United States - Las Vegas Nevada 36.0625°N 115.3192°W"Anonymous" from 068.227.056.036 (ip68-227-56-36.lv.lv.cox.net) wrote at 2013/12/07 16:45:46 Where are those boxy square looking things that have a red high hat? They are pictured below in the back yard two of them.
Alek replies at 21:25 - Those would be mini-lighted Frosties! ;-) Only one is deployed (I just didn't have a spot for the 2nd one) and from the perspective of webcam #2, they are on the far left side next to the 8' Frosty.
137 - United States - Overland Park Kansas 38.9593°N 94.6811°W"Krazy Kina in KC" from 099.155.188.245 (99-155-188-245.lightspeed.mssnks.sbcglobal.net) wrote at 2013/12/07 14:53:59 Merry Christmas to Alek and family again. Missed the Halloween lights, was busy. :( Coming to play with the Christmas lights though. Have a wonderful holiday and bless you all. I am showing my granddaughters the Christmas Tradition with the Komars too. :)
132 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/12/07 07:46:24 My wife had to leave early this morning to catch a flight ... so after she left, I took a 30-second exposure at 6:13AM - that's a car driving by. And yes, that is one really cold penguin as seen in the 2nd image with the Infra-Red thermometer! ;-)
123 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.4839°N 113.5227°W"Anonymous" from 22.214.171.124 (unresolvable) wrote at 2013/12/06 16:13:04 maybe if we are really greatful, you could add the train to the list of items that tell us what turns on and off? :)
Alek replies at 16:32 - There's a complete circuit layout BELOW the webcam images that shows what zone everything is assigned to - the train is on zone #3. BTW, I sometimes make mistakes ... so if you see something wrong, let me know and I'll fix it.
120 - United Kingdom - City N/A 51.5000°N 0.1300°W"Anonymous" from 031.049.081.033 (host31-49-81-33.range31-49.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/12/06 14:43:04 The temperature says 7.0 F. Is it just very cold where you live or is there snow (or something else) on the sensor?
Alek replies at 14:54 - It's that cold .. will be MINUS 7 tonight! ;-)
113 - United Kingdom - Westerham Kent 51.2667°N 0.0833°E"Anonymous" from 126.96.36.199 (host109-157-222-148.range109-157.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/12/04 16:27:43 1.3 Degress Celsius where i am but no sign of snow. Why does the south of England NEVER get much snow!
111 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W"Anonymous" from 142.229.107.031 (unresolvable) wrote at 2013/12/04 11:52:27 Alek, are you aware that you haven't added the statistics for the overloads and # of times people have turned the lights off and on? you have every year except 2013 in your stats page. :) Alek replies at 16:00 - Good spot ... I forgot to enable daily summaries for 2013 now that the webcam is online - fixed - thanks!
110 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/12/04 10:58:59 You can see me taking pictures of Santa at the end of the YouTube video on post #107. Here's what he looks like - yes, that is a werewolf mask from Halloween - I gotta find a better "face" ... or maybe he'll be the Santa Grinch! On the flip side, SpongeBob is always smiling no matter what! ;-)
108 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W"Russ" from 142.229.107.031 (unresolvable) wrote at 2013/12/04 09:40:06 I believe you're getting the same blast that we are receiving up North in Alberta. we're expecting to get to -28c or worse for a few days. it's unfortunate but that's how winter is.
107 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/12/04 09:36:06 The high temperature yesterday was 60 degrees just after Noon ... but then the thermometer plummeted as the arctic blast arrived and it is single digits this morning and we may set a record low tonight of around -10°F ... gotta love Colorado weather! We also got about 3" of fresh snow with more coming down. And while most people shovel their driveways, I also have to go out and sweep the Christmas Lights so you can see 'em through the snow! ;-)
105 - United States - Sahuarita Arizona 31.9102°N 110.8996°W"Green Valley" from 072.211.174.160 (ip72-211-174-160.tc.ph.cox.net) wrote at 2013/12/04 09:20:14 Alek: The lights would look great during the daytime on a day like today.. Just on W/O the on and off and other functions.
101 - United States - Livonia Michigan 42.3684°N 83.3720°W"Anonymous" from 075.114.237.159 (unresolvable) wrote at 2013/12/03 19:55:44 alek I just want to let you know that the light controls are loading slow for some reason. its never done this before unless you changed something.?
Alek replies at 21:26 - No real changes ... haven't seen this issue myself or heard anyone say there is an issue - perhaps your Internet connection just slowed down?
100 - Canada - Windsor Nova Scotia 44.9590°N 64.1448°W"Richard" from 173.237.111.095 (blk-237-111-95.eastlink.ca) wrote at 2013/12/03 19:09:00 Alex, it has become a bit of a tradition to log in and see your amazing Christmas lights. All the best to you and your family for the upcoming holidays.
94 - United States - Fort Smith Arkansas 35.3859°N 94.3986°W"n10cities" from 070.178.150.051 (ip70-178-150-51.ks.ks.cox.net) wrote at 2013/12/03 08:31:49 Get your snow shovel ready, Alek! Cleon is a-comin'! LOL
Alek replies at 11:05 - Yep - after 60°F on Monday, an Arctic Blast comes in Tuesday afternoon with temperatures dropping to the single digits on Wednesday plus several inches of snow - WOOT! ;-)
92 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/12/02 13:00:51 As mentioned on the chat board last night, the winds came up ... and they are increasing today with predictions of up to 75MPH ... which is what clobbered things in 2008 - Wind is the Greatest Enemy of Holiday Displays! So while the lights, webcams (watch cam #1 bounce around), and X10 controls will be online, the 12' Santa and 15' Balloon (and maybe some other inflatables) won't be plugged in this evening. Snow is predicted later in the week.
91 - United Kingdom - Spalding Lincolnshire 52.7833°N 0.1667°W"alan eason" from 086.152.174.153 (host86-152-174-153.range86-152.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/12/02 09:47:33 some not very nice people putting live messages on last night they should be ashamed of themselve with younsters looking at the decorations
87 - United Kingdom - Spalding Lincolnshire 52.7833°N 0.1667°W"alan eason" from 086.152.174.153 (host86-152-174-153.range86-152.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/12/01 13:18:06 is santas workshop ready yet
Alek replies at 13:27 - Here is what Santa's workshop looks like - what 'ya think?!? ;-)
85 - United States - Westland Michigan 42.2890°N 83.3686°W"ErrantEgo" from 069.014.170.149 (d14-69-149-170.try.wideopenwest.com) wrote at 2013/12/01 09:23:53 Alek, on average, how long does it take for you to put your display up (from beginning to end)? Also, how much help do you usually have when you put your display up? My task has officially become a 2 day thing! LOL
Alek replies at 13:29 - As mentioned, my Mom was in town and helped with the setup this year - she's awesome. The whole setup from storage to operational deployment takes a couple of weeks, but that's only working on it a couple of hours a day ... although there's a big push at the end, especially if the weather is nice.
84 - United Kingdom - Cardiff 51.4737°N 3.2457°W"Robert Croonin" from 086.025.147.209 (cpc1-ely05-2-0-cust976.5-1.cable.virginm.net) wrote at 2013/12/01 02:32:05 wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and keep up the good work . I've visited your site for the last 4 years and always am amazed at how too do it!! From Robert C in Wales uk
81 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/11/30 14:46:07 Once again, my neighbor across the street has finished their Christmas display before me (albeit it's a bit less grandiose/gaudy)... and I gotta love their inflatable Santa in a Hammock between two palm trees. Normally I take pictures at dusk so you can see them lit up ... but this one just has to be taken during the daylight! ;-)
80 - United Kingdom - West Malling Kent 51.2833°N 0.4167°E"Anonymous" from 081.159.223.167 (host81-159-223-167.range81-159.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/11/29 11:05:07 This year I have bought a snow globe type inflatable. I have seen on the internet that it is best to keep it running all day long. What do you suggest?
Alek replies at 21:50 - Mine is on 5 hours a day ... except during that time period, it is turned ON-OFF-ON-OFF-ON-OFF-etc ... and it still works fine! ;-)
79 - United States - Pottstown Pennsylvania 40.2454°N 75.6496°W"Anonymous" from 072.092.066.113 (pool-72-92-66-113.phlapa.east.verizon.net) wrote at 2013/11/29 11:03:47 I see Team Komarnitsky in action! Yeah!
Alek replies at 18:58 - Yea, in addition to my Mom, my two kids even pitched in - made some great progress on the front of the house as seen via webcam1 in the Youtube video below.
78 - United Kingdom - Derby 52.9659°N 1.4788°W"Anonymous" from 086.027.156.202 (cpc2-derb12-2-0-cust201.8-3.cable.virginm.net) wrote at 2013/11/29 09:50:28 I too have an electric knife, wouldn't be without it, perfect carving every time. Well done Aleks wife, it sure looks tasty. Now for the light switch on, can't wait :)
76 - United Kingdom - City N/A 51.5000°N 0.1300°W"Anonymous" from 090.216.253.111 (5ad8fd6f.bb.sky.com) wrote at 2013/11/29 07:21:27 what time is the big switch on Alex, don't wanna miss it here in the UK
Alek replies at 07:35 - I'm planning to turn everything online December 1st at 5:00 MST.
75 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/11/29 07:09:42 And here's what the turkey looked like just out of the oven - wife did a great job - man was it good. And that's the $10 Black & Decker electric knife that showed up Wednesday afternoon - thank you Amazon Prime! ;-)
I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving and don't get too carried away shopping on Black Friday.
71 - United Kingdom - Derby 52.9659°N 1.4788°W"Luke's mum" from 086.027.156.202 (cpc2-derb12-2-0-cust201.8-3.cable.virginm.net) wrote at 2013/11/28 16:07:33 Hey Alek Happy Thanksgiving, that 21 pounder sure needs that new electric knife. Hope you and your family have a great day. By the way, your mom has done a great job with those lights. Maybe see you later trying out that knife ___)
66 - United States - Cary North Carolina 35.7915°N 78.7811°W"al" from 065.190.092.222 (cpe-065-190-092-222.nc.res.rr.com) wrote at 2013/11/28 07:56:38 another year of great Christmas lights thanks to alek, cant wait to see them in action very pleased to see santa ballon, hope he makes it okay this year. again thanks for doing what you do alek
62 - United States - Pottstown Pennsylvania 40.2454°N 75.6496°W"Anonymous" from 072.092.066.113 (pool-72-92-66-113.phlapa.east.verizon.net) wrote at 2013/11/27 19:41:43 Happy Thanksgiving Alek & Family! It was fun to see your Mom helping out today!
Alek replies at 20:02 - Mom was a HUGE help and had some great design ideas - below is an animated GIF showing the before/after (we are using a laptop to check how it looks in real time) followed by a Youtube video - we work fast! ;-)
59 - United States - Norcross Georgia 33.9412°N 84.2135°W"Dean" from 192.234.069.175 (unresolvable) wrote at 2013/11/27 15:05:28 Yeah! Watching the camera, I see the Lights going up! Happy Thanksgiving to all, and I look forward to the lights/controls going live!
56 - United Kingdom - Derby 52.9659°N 1.4788°W"Luke's mum" from 086.027.156.202 (cpc2-derb12-2-0-cust201.8-3.cable.virginm.net) wrote at 2013/11/27 12:27:33 I'm getting excited about that Thanksgiving Turkey picture :)
Alek replies at 12:38 - I'll try to remember to take one ... and I'm getting excited about the $10 electrical knife we ordered on Amazon that hopefully should arrive today! ;-)
52 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/11/27 08:52:16 I've turned on webcam2 so you'll see us (my Mom, perhaps my kids (!) and me) working in the front lawn later today. Also, webcam1 (an AXIS215 enclosed in a 6" sewer pipe!) has been installed at the neighbors house across the street.
50 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/11/26 16:34:07 While you can't see anything yet, progress was made today and just about everything was moved out of the basement to the staging areas on the front lawn and the inflatables on the back porch. I will probably turn on the webcams tomorrow when we start to deploy! ;-)
48 - United Kingdom - London London, City of 51.5142°N 0.0931°W"Anonymous" from 086.168.134.151 (host86-168-134-151.range86-168.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/11/26 15:18:28 Anyone watched battle of the bulbs? It reminds me of you Alek, except I am guessing the winner of the battle is you.
Alek replies at 16:33 - I'm guessing you mean the reality-TV show called "The Great Christmas Light Fight" - those guys actually talked to me earlier in the year, but I said heck no. Reality TV is anything but ... and dealing with those guys is a PIA ... although there is a healthy prize!
47 - United States - Pottstown Pennsylvania 40.2454°N 75.6496°W"Anonymous" from 072.092.066.113 (pool-72-92-66-113.phlapa.east.verizon.net) wrote at 2013/11/26 14:38:30 Where are you going with that ladder, mister?
Alek replies at 16:31 - Just trimming some trees - don't want those low hanging branches to poke me in the eye when I'm setting stuff up! ;-)
42 - United States - Peoria Arizona 33.5806°N 112.2374°W"Ken" from 184.101.018.232 (184-101-18-232.phnx.qwest.net) wrote at 2013/11/23 16:53:41 Nice site. I live in the southwest - Arizona. Have you ever thought about adding some southwestern theme to your display? I am thinking chili pepper lights and/or electric luminarias. Keep up the good work.
41 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/11/23 16:49:08 In preparation for setting up the christmas stuff this upcoming week, I pulled it all out of the basement crawlspace. My favorite helper each year is Jeffrey (who lives a few doors down) and here he is in front of the various "piles" - yes, the wife isn't too keen if her exercise equipment is blocked. Although back in 2005, someone donated a $100 for a picture of my cluttered basement. Unfortunately, Jeffrey will be gone next week ... but my Mom will be visiting and she's a big help too - heck, I might even get my teenage boys to help some even though they aren't as in to Christmas as they used to be! ;-)
37 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/11/22 12:46:01 We had our first significant snow of the season as temperatures plunged and a couple of inches of fluffy white stuff showed up. While it was pretty chilly, cool to see the new season ... and another sign that Christmas is coming. In the webcam image below, I'm shoveling the driveway as the wife drives in. Notice how "bare" the front lawn looks - that is going to change dramatically in the next week! ;-)
35 - United Kingdom - Norwich Norfolk 52.6333°N 1.3000°E"alan eason" from 031.051.207.222 (host31-51-207-222.range31-51.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/11/22 09:16:05 hi alek be carefull on the roof if you have to go on with the snow dont take any risks cant wait for the show
Alek replies at 09:37 - The driveway is super slick right now ... so there's no way I'd be going up on the roof ... sunny and 50's by Monday ... so Thanksgiving week should be an excellent (and safe) time to setup! ;-)
32 - Canada - City N/A 60.0000°N 95.0000°W"Paul C." from 047.055.044.044 (stjhnbsu0ww-047055044044.dhcp-dynamic.FibreOp.nb.bellaliant.net) wrote at 2013/11/20 04:53:39 Hi Alec Best wishes to you & your family, I hope you have a great Thanksgiving & thanks in advance for all the work you do that brightens Christmas for so many people!
28 - Australia - Melbourne Victoria 37.8139°S 144.9634°E"Anonymous" from 137.147.069.137 (CPE-137-147-69-137.lnse7.lon.bigpond.net.au) wrote at 2013/11/17 02:57:49 Every year I come to your page Alek. I just love it. Cheers, from Australia
Alek replies at 10:34 - Thanks for stopping by and glad you enjoy the website!
27 - United States - Du Quoin Illinois 38.0027°N 89.2479°W"Casey" from 108.175.241.037 (host-108-175-241-37.newwave.com) wrote at 2013/11/14 09:00:20 Can't wait for the show this year! Over the last 6 years visiting your site has become a holiday tradition for me. Thank you for bringing some holiday cheer to the masses!
Alek replies at 13:30 - Thanks for stopping by Casey ... I'll start posting more stuff soon ... and setup begins in about a week.
25 - United States - Walpole Massachusetts 42.1512°N 71.2569°W"Wes" from 098.110.158.012 (pool-98-110-158-12.bstnma.fios.verizon.net) wrote at 2013/11/12 19:24:58 I'm starting to listen to christmas music now. Just 2 songs this week then 4 next week. Then by thanksgiving it's full on for me!
23 - United Kingdom - Cambridge Cambridgeshire 52.2231°N 0.0778°W"alan eason" from 086.155.042.094 (host86-155-42-94.range86-155.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/11/09 09:08:03 hi alek do any of your neighbours put up any christmas lights ?
Alek replies at 21:21 - Yep - there are a number of colorful displays in the neighborhood ... but nobody else has the Hulk! ;-)
18 - United Kingdom - West Malling Kent 51.2833°N 0.4167°E"Anonymous" from 086.183.198.005 (host86-183-198-5.range86-183.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/11/03 12:22:18 What date will the decorations start going up Alek?
Alek replies at 13:15 - Probably during the week before Thanksgiving - I'll mention it here
17 - United Kingdom - Spalding Lincolnshire 52.7833°N 0.1667°W"alan eason" from 031.051.113.190 (host31-51-113-190.range31-51.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/11/03 10:31:17 hi alek great halloween display this year all steam ahead now for the christmas display looking forward to it keep up the good work
15 - Canada - Concord Ontario 43.8000°N 79.5300°W"Alex" from 099.238.046.149 (CPE602ad07aa51f-CM602ad07aa51c.cpe.net.cable.rogers.com) wrote at 2013/11/01 19:58:16 So happy for this year! Can't wait! Was at Wal-Mart today and saw the christmas stuff and thought of you haha :)
10 - United States - Chappaqua New York 41.1726°N 73.7712°W"Anonymous" from 074.088.131.126 (ool-4a58837e.dyn.optonline.net) wrote at 2013/10/31 13:59:47 Nice site. You might like the Christmas ornaments at Saint Nicholas Hand Blown Glass. You'll have to google the site. John Cross Type in your Christmas Cheer here ...
9 - United Kingdom - Spalding Lincolnshire 52.7833°N 0.1667°W"alan eason" from 031.051.113.190 (host31-51-113-190.range31-51.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/10/31 12:39:31 cant wait for the xmas lights to come will keep coming back to have a look at them its a bit early but a happy christmas to all
8 - United States - Raleigh North Carolina 35.8181°N 78.5636°W"Anonymous" from 162.039.122.187 (h188.8.131.52.static.ip.windstream.net) wrote at 2013/10/31 09:14:23 I KNOW THE SANTA BALLON HAS SEEN BETTER TIMES, WILL IT BE OUT THIS YEAR?
Alek replies at 23:40 - I plan to put it out ... we'll see what type of shape it is in when I pull it out of the basement.
6 - United Kingdom - City N/A 51.5000°N 0.1300°W"Dan" from 080.189.010.152 (184.108.40.206.dyn.plus.net) wrote at 2013/10/30 18:21:51 Have you got any new decorations this year Alek? Enjoying the Hallowe'en display and looking forward to Christmas!
Alek replies at 22:23 - The pickings were slim last year when I did my annual post-holiday run to check out discounted Christmas merchandise at the stores ... plus I already have a lot of stuff. I did pick up an inflatable Red Baron Snoopy, small SpongeBob, and nifty Colorado Rockies Santa hat.
4 - United States - Westland Michigan 42.2890°N 83.3686°W"ErrantEgo" from 069.014.170.149 (d14-69-149-170.try.wideopenwest.com) wrote at 2013/10/30 13:02:24 Heh, Alek is getting in the holiday spirit by opening the blogging as early as he is! Christmas can't come fast enough, Alek and I should have a yard decorating contest! LOL
3 - United Kingdom - West Malling Kent 51.2833°N 0.4167°E"Anonymous" from 086.183.198.005 (host86-183-198-5.range86-183.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/10/30 12:18:37 55 days until Christmas! Alek have you ever tried using other home automation types such as Z-wave?
Alek replies at 13:02 - X10 certainly is an old technology with some issues ... but I have all the gear bought/paid-for/installed ... and it generally works ... especially since I got this totally bad-a** XTB-IIR/III X10 signal booster from JV Digital Engineering.
Before, it was always a challenge to the find
the "right" combination of TM751 transceivers (on the "right" circuits!) to
hopefully maximize reliability ... and sometimes things would just flake out
with circuits/zones "stuck" - who turned on the Microwave Oven?!? ;-)
The XTB-IIR/III (pictured below) just ROCKS -
if you are an X10 user, I strongly encourage you
check out JV Digital Engineering - Jeff Volp
makes some great products (the craftsmanship is exquisite) and is a
genuine pleasure to work with.