174 - China - Beijing 39.9289°N 116.3883°E"Anonymous" from 118.244.239.002 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/10/24 16:58:20 The rocks in the driveway straight down directly under sponge bob were not there in 2012 (seen in blog pics), why did you cut into your driveway and what is the purpose for the rocks?
Alek replies at 18:30 - They've always been there - they are just hard to see if the camera is down low.
170 - United States - Depew New York 42.8955°N 78.7071°W"Shawn" from 072.228.146.045 (cpe-72-228-146-45.buffalo.res.rr.com) wrote at 2014/10/23 18:51:44 In case you don't see the IM message, Cam 1 is having some difficulty keeping up to date. It is lagging a little!
168 - United States - Saint Paul Minnesota 45.0573°N 92.9534°W"nathan" from 206.131.049.254 (s254-49.mahtomedi.k12.mn.us) wrote at 2014/10/23 13:09:07 you fix the headless horseman
Alek replies at 13:51 - Yea, I turned on webcam1 so you could see me at work. There's still some inflation issues, so you need to say "Giddy'yup" to the Headless Horseman, but he'll be controllable tonight. There was few other minor adjustments, but the view from webcam1 is pretty much done now.
167 - United States - Dayton Ohio 39.7589°N 84.1916°W"Scott G." from 22.214.171.124 (cpe-174-103-153-102.cinci.res.rr.com) wrote at 2014/10/23 12:46:43 Hi Alek and entire family!Just got the annual email...great to see everyone having a great time and in good health. Take care and happy halloween!
166 - United States - Decatur Georgia 33.7748°N 84.2963°W"Dean" from 192.234.069.175 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/10/23 08:11:08 Hi Alek! I am checking in for the first time this year. I have been following your site for several years now and enjoy it immensely. Happy Upcoming Halloween from McDonough, Georgia!
164 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2014/10/22 12:55:54 A pretty good thunderstorm rolled in late last night and momentarily knocked out the power to the house. Besides the blinking clocks, all seemed OK ... except (ironically) Frankenstein blew a fuse - I guess the electricity was too much for the monster. The first animated GIF shows how a lightning bolt really lights up the webcam - the second image is what Frankie's fuse looked like. Fortunately, that lower one in the plug is a spare, so it's simply a matter of popping out the blown one, replacing with the good one and ... "IT'S ALIVE!!!"
162 - United States - Saint Paul Minnesota 45.0141°N 93.0305°W"Nathan" from 071.193.092.128 (c-71-193-92-128.hsd1.mn.comcast.net) wrote at 2014/10/21 20:46:57 alien is down
Alek replies at 21:57 - Yep - very windy tonight - put him back up. FYI that probably better to post these type of issues on the Instant Messages rather than on the Blog ... unless something really goes amiss! ;-)
159 - United Kingdom - Willenhall Walsall 52.6122°N 2.0397°W"alan eason" from 081.129.216.083 (host81-129-216-83.range81-129.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2014/10/21 11:52:59 hi alek will your mum be giving you a help putting your xmas lights up this year like she did last time
Alek replies at 21:55 - Actually, Mom is flying in for Thanksgiving week and has graciously offered to help out again - she ROCKED last year as seen in the animated GIF below.
152 - United States - Saint Paul Minnesota 45.0141°N 93.0305°W"Nathan" from 071.193.092.128 (c-71-193-92-128.hsd1.mn.comcast.net) wrote at 2014/10/19 18:02:30 what happen to the inflatable Headless Horseman
Alek replies at 18:31 - He's having some "inflation" issues ... can't get it up! ;-)
151 - United Kingdom - City N/A 51.5000°N 0.1300°W"Elliott" from 126.96.36.199 (jacqveares.plus.com) wrote at 2014/10/19 16:10:26 Ever thought about enabling PTZ control for cam 2 (watching grass grow) when not being used for the Halloween and Christmas setup? Also love the site, just shame that I have to stay up to 1am in the UK.
146 - United States - Westland Michigan 42.3318°N 83.3710°W"ErrantEgo" from 068.040.236.133 (c-68-40-236-133.hsd1.mi.comcast.net) wrote at 2014/10/18 15:35:53 Alek, what do you have in the driveway @ 15:30? Almost looks like the left skeleton head has arms! LOL
Alek replies at 15:46 - That's the Halloween Arch I put down by the mailbox ... but yea, it does make it look like the skeleton head has arms - LOL! ;-)
144 - United States - Henderson Nevada 36.0397°N 114.9819°W"Anonymous" from 068.108.041.082 (ip68-108-41-82.lv.lv.cox.net) wrote at 2014/10/18 14:19:05 Up go the Icicles! I can't see you directly but I do see your shadow (and you're oldest son I presume??... two shadows on the roof) cast onto your driveway this afternoon! Just checking in from Vegas.
Alek replies at 15:45 - My son Kyle was helping me setup the roof pumpkins ... so yea, you can see our shadows pretty good in the video below. And the picture below that shows the pretty nice view up there ... although Mom wasn't too happy when we text'ed here the image! ;-)
143 - Canada - Spruce Grove Alberta 53.5490°N 113.8995°W"Anonymous" from 068.151.069.230 (S01060026f304d4af.ed.shawcable.net) wrote at 2014/10/18 10:32:30 Alek you should go buy those new ones that actually shoot down the wire, very cool. only problem is they are not cheap.
142 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2014/10/18 09:41:02 One big project today is to get the roof icicles working. These are also used at Christmas, so want to have them in tip-top shape to minimize the chance of burnt out sections on the house - much harder to troubeshoot/replace on the roof. About 10% of these burn out every year, so I've been cannibalizing other strongs and the "Magic Gun" is critical to relight strands - see closeup in 2nd picture.
138 - United States - Depew New York 42.8955°N 78.7071°W"Shawn" from 072.228.146.045 (cpe-72-228-146-45.buffalo.res.rr.com) wrote at 2014/10/17 20:32:35 I went to bed, but with the help of my 3DS, I can continue to have fun with this. I just can't IM unless there was a submit button
135 - United Kingdom - Derby 52.9344°N 1.4530°W"Gill Luke's mum" from 081.096.176.065 (cpc23-derb12-2-0-cust64.8-3.cable.virginm.net) wrote at 2014/10/17 18:00:51 Go Alek! Go! Only 3minutes left until lift off, for Aleks Halloween lights 2014. 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 lift off!!!!
131 - United States - Depew New York 42.8955°N 78.7071°W"Shawn" from 072.228.146.045 (cpe-72-228-146-45.buffalo.res.rr.com) wrote at 2014/10/17 13:44:57 Website text error found! Did you mean the Hunted office and cam 1 (front of the house)? You basically said cam 1 twice! LOL
129 - Canada - Sherwood Park Alberta 53.5190°N 113.3216°W"Anonymous" from 142.229.088.238 (goa88-238.ext.gov.ab.ca) wrote at 2014/10/17 11:25:13 Alek, I notice that your messages page needs to be updated, some information from 2013 missing at the bottom and it's not complete.
Alek replies at 12:37 - Great spot - I fixed that (and also on the Christmas messages) plus clarified the note I had on my checklist about this - thanks!
121 - United States - Depew New York 42.8955°N 78.7071°W"Shawn" from 072.228.146.045 (cpe-72-228-146-45.buffalo.res.rr.com) wrote at 2014/10/16 14:40:48 As long at the pumpkins works this time, I will be happy! LOL! I hope you have better luck this time! I am a HUGE fan of this, as I keep saying! LOL
115 - Germany - City N/A 51.0000°N 9.0000°E"Anonymous" from 080.241.220.123 (ip-123-220-241-80.static.contabo.net) wrote at 2014/10/16 08:14:31 REQUEST: Someone living near there please do a walking up to the door video on Halloween night so we can all see what*** like and post on YouTube. Pan all around so we can get the feel of it all from a kid's point of view. Thanks in advance!
112 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2014/10/15 23:21:06 One issue was I could not get the browser interface to work with the older Vivotek FD8161 webcam under Windoow7. So in order to get the 32-bit Active-X control to work, I fired up an old laptop running Windows Vista! ;-) I also have an issue with the wireless extender that connects webcam1 to my LAN. Unfortunately, these problems are time-consuming to troubleshoot ... and while the end-user doesn't see any of these "directly", these are just a few of the myrid of things behind the scenes that are critical for things to operate smoothly - sorry it's taking longer than expected.
111 - Canada - Spruce Grove Alberta 53.5490°N 113.8995°W"Anonymous" from 068.151.069.230 (S01060026f304d4af.ed.shawcable.net) wrote at 2014/10/15 21:52:49 He's setting up the office
Alek replies at 23:18 - Yea, the Haunted Office is mostly setup ... and isn't looking too shabby - below is a picture of me adjusting the position of things. Still have almost a dozen things to add ... include the Brain Dude and Heads-up Harry. And yes, I know the clocks are set wrong - that will get fixed.
107 - United Kingdom - Derby 52.9344°N 1.4530°W"Gill Luke's mum" from 081.096.176.065 (cpc23-derb12-2-0-cust64.8-3.cable.virginm.net) wrote at 2014/10/15 15:48:21 Starting to look spooktacular already Alek :)
96 - United States - Brandon Florida 27.9003°N 82.3024°W"Anonymous" from 071.180.125.177 (pool-71-180-125-177.tampfl.fios.verizon.net) wrote at 2014/10/14 20:53:54 Holy @&___? Man, you do good every friggin year and I expect you to do frighin good this year. SO JUST GET OFF YOUR LAZY @______ AND GET THE h**** OUT THERE AND WORK. JESUS CHRIST!
81 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2014/10/13 21:28:28 I appreciate the nice words and patience. Before I put stuff out on the front lawn, I need to cut the grass. I'll turn on at least one webcam so you can surf by at at Noon MDT on Tuesday to see me fire up the mower! ;-)
80 - Hungary - Sopron Gyor-Moson-Sopron 47.6833°N 16.6000°E"Roland" from 089.134.164.099 (catv-89-134-164-99.catv.broadband.hu) wrote at 2014/10/13 15:03:20 when i see every year the snowy halloween or christmas decoration my day will be nicer :) i love this feeling every year thanks alek!
79 - Canada - City N/A 60.0000°N 95.0000°W"Anonymous" from 068.150.161.248 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/10/13 14:55:11 Yea lets not rush. There are only 79 days left in 2014 let time go slowly! Enjoy this nice weather.
77 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2014/10/12 22:30:28 Sorry everyone, but I got real busy this weekend with some family stuff and baseball for my son. Good news is starting Tuesday, I have some free time and the weather forecast is very good ... so you should see me cranking some spooky Halloween stuff out there this week and get things online soon!
76 - Bangladesh - Dhaka 23.7231°N 90.4086°E"Anonymous" from 203.076.100.154 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/10/11 22:26:06 Live video to be done? Watch on holloween the kids up car park be nice to see.
75 - United States - Brandon Florida 27.9003°N 82.3024°W"Anonymous" from 071.180.125.177 (pool-71-180-125-177.tampfl.fios.verizon.net) wrote at 2014/10/11 21:18:37 Love your display!!!!!!!! I am sure your kids LOVE it, don't they? I come to your website everyday to check the black g to see WHEN THE WEBCAMS WILL FINALY AFTER ALL THIS TIME turn on. ____________
74 - Canada - City N/A 60.0000°N 95.0000°W"Anonymous" from 068.150.161.248 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/10/11 20:48:55 If there's something strange in your neighbourhood, who ya gonna Call?
72 - United Kingdom - City N/A 51.5000°N 0.1300°W"Anonymous" from 089.242.194.053 (host-89-242-194-53.as13285.net) wrote at 2014/10/11 18:21:47 Hi Alek. I came across your site about 5 years ago (I think) while researching Mod_Perl, finding your site on a link to Mod_Perl sites. With this came a new Halloween and Christmas tradition in our house....
71 - United States - Bridgeton New Jersey 39.4238°N 75.2577°W"Joseph Filler" from 068.044.231.163 (c-68-44-231-163.hsd1.pa.comcast.net) wrote at 2014/10/11 15:38:31 Hey Alek, I love your displays and have a few questions for you: 1. When are you setting up your webcam? 2. How long does it take to set up your displays? 3.Could you make a display for another holiday? Thanks,Joseph
63 - Uruguay - Montevideo 34.8581°S 56.1708°W"Anonymous" from 188.8.131.52 (r190-134-196-186.dialup.adsl.anteldata.net.uy) wrote at 2014/10/10 16:02:22 really enjoying it, can't wait for the decorations.
59 - China - Beijing 39.9289°N 116.3883°E"Anonymous" from 118.244.239.002 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/10/09 19:06:00 Not suggesting REPLACING the cams or the web page showing pics the way they are, you can simply announce and put a link to the streaming feed. You are already doing a URL request to the cam for the pics, these cams can handle more than one user and request at a time. You could at least try it being a programmer it's not that hard to do. See if you can stream (locally) and also send a pic request maybe from a different computer/IP. Try it on the different models you have. What about a spare extra cam? USB webcam and a laptop? You can turn off any ads on youtube, at least that is what it says, if not then it's a small price to pay for the free bandwidth. I haven't seen an ad on ustream feeds but I do use a blocker.
Alek replies at 16:08 - I appreciate the suggestions, but probably not going to happen this year. There are some other technical (and sociological) reasons why not to stream that I don't want to go into.
58 - United States - Brandon Florida 27.9003°N 82.3024°W"Anonymous" from 071.180.125.177 (pool-71-180-125-177.tampfl.fios.verizon.net) wrote at 2014/10/09 17:49:44 Just wanted to let you know that you are an inspiration to my family and just wanted to thank you for what you do
Alek replies at 16:07 - Thanks for the very nice comment!
56 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2014/10/09 09:17:29 In response to various questions:
The MIDI plays on my computer too! ;-)
Don't remember where I got the inflatable pumpkins ... but probably post-Halloween for 50% off!
I'll probably pull the "Dead Guy" out of the crawl space today and put 'em on the front lawn.
The webcams are IP-based ... and everything is setup to upload/display jpegs, so doubt that will change this year. Also, I like the way it currently embeds in the webcam/webcontrol page ... plus no advertisements!
55 - United Kingdom - City N/A 51.5000°N 0.1300°W"Anonymous" from 082.014.015.188 (cpc1-hava2-2-0-cust443.6-1.cable.virginm.net) wrote at 2014/10/09 04:24:29 Alek, Do you listen to the MIDI music on loop in your office? I hope you listen to the MIDI music on loop in your office.
53 - Canada - City N/A 60.0000°N 95.0000°W"Anonymous" from 068.151.069.230 (S01060026f304d4af.ed.shawcable.net) wrote at 2014/10/08 22:04:17 I don't know... I'd rather have what works well
52 - China - Beijing 39.9289°N 116.3883°E"Anonymous" from 118.244.239.002 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/10/08 20:52:50 Streaming cam would give the site more exposure, lots of Youtube watchers out there, it may make it up on the ratings and then show up on one of their main lists on Youtube for halloween. Also seeing the trick-or-treaters live would be fun. UStream would be good too. I can't believe I had to explain that to you, Mr. Canada. Another feed would be great! Nothing wrong with something new and it's easy enough to do.
50 - China - Beijing 39.9289°N 116.3883°E"Anonymous" from 118.244.239.002 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/10/07 20:31:27 If the front yard camera is a normal video cable type then it would be easy to tap into that and send the feed to a capture card or USB transfer device and get it to youtube streaming, your server load would NOT be affected and you can pick a low res for lower bandwidth at your ISP. Maybe straight Ethernet would also work since it would be low bandwidth at the house anyway even at 100 bps. Or if you have a extra old camera use that?
47 - United Kingdom - City N/A 51.5000°N 0.1300°W"Laurence" from 090.196.203.036 (5ac4cb24.bb.sky.com) wrote at 2014/10/07 14:32:08 I love the way you guys in the States put your decorations up for nearly the whole of October, if you did that over here they would be stolen after about a week! by the way Alek, I bought an inflatable Frankenstein yesterday in honour of yours, he's not quite as big (only 1.2m tall) but my two kids love him!!
43 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2014/10/05 18:33:32 So once again, my neighbors across the street have their Halloween Decorations up before me - D'OH! ;-)
Here's a closeup picture I just took of their pumpkins by the front door - the next two images are from last year. I'm still about a week away from putting stuff out. But I'll probably be pulling THE INCREDIBLE HULK's out of storage the next couple of days and pumping them up to check/repair any leaks.
37 - China - Beijing 39.9289°N 116.3883°E"Anonymous" from 118.244.239.002 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/10/04 22:00:41 Youtube live streaming is super easy, use their servers! It's not 1990 anymore...
36 - United States - Morrisville Pennsylvania 40.1957°N 74.8127°W"Anonymous" from 108.036.138.067 (pool-108-36-138-67.phlapa.east.verizon.net) wrote at 2014/10/04 17:47:53 Saw the silliest inflatable in Home Despot today. Witches' legs that looked like she fell in the cauldron. They were thrashing around. LOL!
35 - United States - Magnolia Delaware 39.0783°N 75.4610°W"Anonymous" from 050.190.128.244 (c-50-190-128-244.hsd1.de.comcast.net) wrote at 2014/10/04 06:58:38 Is today the day Alek?
Alek replies at 08:07 - You probably won't see much on the front yard until next weekened ... hope the weather is as nice then as it is now! ;-)
32 - United States - Orange Park Florida 30.1294°N 81.7775°W"daniel" from 024.129.032.032 (c-24-129-32-32.hsd1.fl.comcast.net) wrote at 2014/10/02 19:26:38 hey alek can you do a real time Halloween set up this year
Alek replies at 21:25 - Probably similar webcam setup as last Halloween, but higher quality feed from the Haunted Office.
25 - United Kingdom - City N/A 51.5000°N 0.1300°W"alan eason" from 081.156.093.152 (host81-156-93-152.range81-156.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2014/09/30 09:12:14 hi alek wonder if you will be getting any help with the lights and things ?
Alek replies at 07:59 - My kids aren't as much into it, but they may help a little bit ... plus there's some younger kids in the neighborhood who love to assist, especially with the inflatables.
21 - United Kingdom - City N/A 51.5000°N 0.1300°W"Gill Luke's mum" from 081.096.176.065 (cpc23-derb12-2-0-cust64.8-3.cable.virginm.net) wrote at 2014/09/29 15:16:56 Here we go! I'm looking forward to this years amazing display of lights, and other goodies :)
20 - United Kingdom - City N/A 51.5000°N 0.1300°W"alan eason" from 184.108.40.206 (host109-151-192-203.range109-151.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2014/09/29 14:31:04 glad to see the blogs open again cant wait for the halloween lights to go up
16 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2014/09/29 07:35:26 Thanks for all the nice comments and yea, last year was good - hopefully the same for others. I hope to everything deployed and operational in a week or two. No snow in the forecast - here's a few pictures from mid-October last year.
14 - United Kingdom - City N/A 51.5000°N 0.1300°W"Tony" from 085.255.233.098 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/09/29 03:05:22 Huzzah! Hallowe'en blog is up again. Been looking forward to this. I've recently been getting in some spooky surprises for my own celebrations. Hope you and yours are well, Alek. :)
13 - Canada - City N/A 60.0000°N 95.0000°W"Ryan" from 216.232.007.106 (d216-232-7-106.bchsia.telus.net) wrote at 2014/09/28 22:58:52 When will the webcams be up and running Alek? Oh, and how was your year?
6 - United Kingdom - City N/A 51.5000°N 0.1300°W"Laurence" from 090.196.203.036 (5ac4cb24.bb.sky.com) wrote at 2014/09/28 13:37:49 YAAAAAAAAAAYYY my favourite time of year is back, Alek is starting the decorating again which means soon it will be Christmas, I am so excited (sad I know!!)