2006 News/Media stuff about Alek's Controllable Christmas Lights for Celiac Disease Research
It been entertaining over the years
to read the various media reports
about my Christmas lights webcam.
I certainly had my 15 minutes of fame for
Christmas 2004 where there was international
publicity about my lights. I'd be happy to get 15 seconds in subsequent
years to benefit the
Celiac Disease fund-rasing effort -
over $15,000 has been raised.
Here is a chronological listing of various mainstream media
sightings (the online linkage is wayyyy too numerous to list) along with
some misc. media resources.
2006 Thanksgiving Day
The online community tends to be ahead of the traditional mass media so
I'm seeing a number of inbound links pop up daily
to my web site as people circle back and basically say
"Controllable Christmas lights - way cool ... and what a great idea
raising money for Celiac Disease."
One new feature this year is the christmas maps
which uses geolocation and the Google Map API to show where surfers are coming
from - country #100 was Trinidad and Tibago.
Even though I'm not quite done yet, it hits the
front page of DIGG.
Good stress test for the 4 dedicated 100 Mbps servers (running Apache/Linux/mod_perl) and they never hiccupped under the load.
Dave at RedHotRadio in the UK made
this hilarious advert about my site - gotta love that accent and ending.
The Boulder Daily Camera says this is
Boulder County's Brightest and includes a nice front-page picture.
Nice radio interview with Bob Miller at KPAM Portland.
Had a double-header grandslamfest when this site hit the front page of both
at the same time - servers get hammered, but never go down.
Some nice "mates" at MoreFM in New Zealand.
The Rocky Mountain News selects this site as one of
their top-10 favorite Christmas Displays
and includes a half page picture.
Previous coverage by them in 2005.
American Public Radio writes about
The Season of Light Bills.
Resources for Media Folks
BTW, for those media folks that actually happen to be reading this, pls
read the Christmas FAQ
which should answer most questions for 'ya. Lotsa lights on the
christmas pictures page. Some misc.
points of contact tha might be helpful to 'ya are:
Again, I'd strongly recommend reading my
which should answer most questions ... and (obligatory plug) since
media companies tend to have deep pockets, pls consider
for Celiac Disease.
- I'm trying to raise money for the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research which is doing
leading edge research into the causes and possible cures for Celiac.
See their webcam page and/or give Pam King (firstname.lastname@example.org) a holler at 410-706-8021 for more info.
- Brass Key Property Partners
from Broomfield, Colorado was the first $1,000 contributor and said:
""We've enjoyed Alek's Christmas Lights website for years and were happy to donate a $1,000 toward Celiac Research in appreciation for all the Christmas Cheer he has brought people around the world.
As thousands of web surfers check out the great lights display and techno
wizardry we hope they'll stop by www.YourWayHome.com to check some of
the great real estate available in Colorado. Money Magazine ranked
Louisville, Colorado the 5th best place to live in the United States and the generosity of people
like Alek in supporting Celiac research is just another reason Colorado
is a great place to live. Andrew Batson, President, 888-446-6637"
- Steamboat Springs Skier (aka Jon Wade) was the first $100 individual
contributor. Jon has been an invaluable consultant on the christmas webcam
project for years and was quoted in the Wall Street Journal article. Great resource who has had an inside view since the
beginning and reachable at 970-819-6930. Jon wrote some incredibly nice
things in that link that got me a bit emotional ...
although he failed to mention how Dirk barfed in his new house the first
three times we visited! Yea, it was a bit rough at times before Dirk was
diagnosed with Celiac.
Jon's words are too good to try to to excerpt,
so here's that link again - go read it!