I have a brother Kris living in Salt Lake City who has a 5-year old son named Nick. And as you can also imagine, Nick is ALSO a HUGE fan of Rescue Hero's. So just for grins (and to be a geek! ;-), I decided to have Dirk show Nick what he got for Xmas ... via the webcam! So I called up Kris/Nick and had 'em surf to it and while we chatted on the phone, I had 'em update/change the lights a few times while we did some stuff for 'em in front of the webcam.
These didn't come out too good - it's been a bit chilly here in Colorado, although we haven't gotten snow in the city for weeks now. So the flashlight was definately fading with the temperatures ... and Dirk wasn't that cooperative standing for a while in front of the webcam. But it was fun to give it a shot and I think Nick was able to positively identify at least one of these from the picture - although it helped that he was telling Dirk which one to hold up in front of the camera (while I held the fading flashlight on Dirk and told him not to move! ;-)
Another problem was that the lights were flashing a LOT, and a review of the
logs shows that there were several other folks accessing the xmas_webcam at
the same time - here is the actual data (starting at 1900) when folks first
"started" with the webcam and there were multiple changes by everyone
during the show-n-tell ... so I was never sure what Kris/Nick would
end up seeing, since I had no way of knowing who was making changes as
all of these guys were "battling" for control of the lights!
190134   188.8.131.52 (unresolvable IP)
190623   XXXXX.slkc.uswest.net (Kris/Nick)
191624   Alek waves goodbye to Kris/Nick
In fact, it was so busy, that the logs show that Kris/Nick attempted an update at 191520, but someone beat 'em to it - the program will only allow one update/second. BTW, it's possible to LOCKOUT anyone from making changes except a specified IP address (which is what I'll do for the RoShamBo contest since the light change is your throw), but I didn't want to hassle Kris with looking this up, etc.
So thanx Kris/Nick for being good sports and here are the actual images they saw on their screen. Note that the other folks would have seen slightly different pictures, since they were toggling lights also as Dirk and I were pulling Nick's Rescue Heros selection from our stack between shots.
Dirk holds up Billy Blazes with his Pooh Gloves
Rescue Hero Kenny Rider (selected by Kris) - yea, it's hard to tell he's
on a Motorcycle ...
The webcam occasionally doesn't work right - "what the heck is THAT Alek?"
This is the Rescue Hero dog - I'll have to ask Dirk his name.
Note Dirk's face visible to the right - this was a better angle.
A sneak preview of the ROCK Myke will be seeing during our RoShamBo contest at 2130 MST on Sunday, December 29th! ;-)
Heading back into the warm house!!!!