518 comments (chronological order) on the Christmas Blog in 2005
I've taken down my halloween decorations (see below) and the Halloween Blog was a lotta fun, so here's the first entry in the Christmas Blog! ;-)
If it was all a hoax in the past, how do we know it won't be a hoax this year?? This WOULD be neat!
Great question and skepticism is good. The hoax this year is that everyone will think it is simulated again (as it was in 2002-2004) but I'm actually doing it for real in 2005. I don't know how to "prove it's real" online, but many folks were convinced by the halloween decorations webcam along with the time-lapse halloween videos - those sure would have required a heck of a lot of work to fake. Check back after Thanksgiving and form your own opinion - I bet you end up thinking it is pretty darn neat ... ;-)
What if you show the latest news paper for the day?
I actually did that with the stamped concrete cam where I would walk up to the webcam with that day's issue of the Wall Street Journal.
Hey alex - love the Santa cursor - has he been walking all the way from the North Pole?
compliments from germany - your homepage is great and the christmas lights too.
your site is fantastic! Witg all good wishes from London England!
I am check everyday now to see when the Christmas lights go up at your house. We have started putting up a few. A couple of airblown characters. A big turkey, and a santa that waves hi, and then slides down the chimney. Slowing we will get the decks up on the days I am feeling good and it is warm..and my husband cooperates. :) computerwheelie (trach and vent user)
Your Christmas lights are awesome! This is going to be my first year looking at them this season. I am just like you. I love Christmas lights. I'm actually putting my family's lights up tomorrow. But my dad said we probably can't turn them on until next week or after Thanksgiving. Oh well. Can't wait to see your lights this year!
Your website has gotten me into the Christmas spirt even more than ever. I am going to put up even more (tastfully of course) than last year. Thanks from Iowa. Please keep up the good work.
Hi,we have only just come across your website this year.We are in the uk and think your lights are fantastic.Clarke Griswold had better watch out,I must admit that is one of my favorate christmas films.My son is 9 years old also thinks the lights are great and is looking forward to Santa coming.We would like to wish you and your family an early happy holiday's for 2005. Thank you,Gill,Paul and Luke.
Your animated GIF Santa cursor is taking 2 steps every second. Assuming a 3 foot stride, he's walking at 4 MPH. So if you have a thousand web surfers look at your site for an hour, he walks 4,000 miles - does he ever get tired and slow down?
merry christmas to all and have a happy new year
this x-mas is gunu be grate
wow 2 webcams with a possibility of two more, your realy going for it this yeah
I love the webcam. Thank you. Looking at camera 2, it looks like you are really thinking hard at times. LOL.
i like your site and webcams but why dont you put them in real time such as ftp://www.tnacso.net/cont/jailcam.php
That was awesome Alek - multiple webcams - way cool - can't wait to see what it looks like with the lights up - how many are you putting out this year?
Hello from Australia :D
so where abouts in america do u people live?
Carson Williams from Mason Ohio used 88 Light-O-Rama channels to control his 16,000 christmas lights - check out this awesome 3 minute video that is set to music - WOW! X10 technology (which I have used for years) is cheap and simple, but doesn't have the speed and reliability neccessary for this. It would be a blast to upgrade to this type of powerline control, but it is beyond my time/budget for now.
Alek, this is Wraith from MG man! I came to see the infamous MG T-shirt but instead I get to see this strange guy sitting at his computer! Great job Alek, keep up the good work. Someday you and I have to talk about that x10 technology. I'm thinking of setting it up around my place to feed/water the dogs and let them out to do their duty. Cya around m8!
17,000 lights is pretty impressive. I've been known to kick over 40,000 though.... http://community.webshots.com/photo/56029300/56029715tUFBeb This years display (new house) hasn't been counted yet and I'm going to make the switch to LEDs. The power battles are driving my crazy...http://community.webshots.com/photo/507267315/507268576HLkQAH
Hello just popping in from ireland
hahha, this is amazing! keep up the good work and can't wait till x-mas!!
Hi, we live in the neighborhood. We were just walking by with our dog Panda just a few minutes ago. You mentioned Santa climbing the stairs in the workshop, looks great! Loved the ornament last year, but I like the tree on the lawn even more!
Love what you've done with your site, but for the love of god, loose the cake-walking Santa. My threshold is about 90 seconds. Merry Christmas Brian
Oh god... enough of the santa following the cursor.
go for it boy
Hi Alek from West Virginia! Your website is great, and I love all the Christmas lights! Happy Holidays to you and yours! ___Mary PS___ I kinda hate the Santa cursor too. ___)
Hey.. Thanks for the special note. We're having fun with it. Merry Christmas to you as well. Let me know if you ever need anything to do with webhosting and i'll help you out. For free =)
In regard to the Christmas lights done in sync to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra....I wanted to state for the record that I have personally viewed the light show many, many times (on the street in front of the house). It is 100___ real. The part that you are viewing is just the finale. The entire show is about 12 minutes long and outstanding. It features Frosty and the Red Baron along with numerous other emsembles. A great show to watch, can't wait to see what he does this year.
In addition, to all of you wondering if the neighbors are bothered? No , they are not, in the front of the house is a sign telling you which station to tune to in your car to hear the music.
My friend sent me Wizards of Winter with music from Trans Siberian, That was AWESOME!!! Do you have more music and lights? Thanks, Monty
Thanx Christmas lights fans for all of the nice notes. First, I realize the Walking Santa Cursor isn't for everybody ... but my kids think he is awesome, so he is probably going to stay. Second, the computer animated christmas light video set to music is NOT mine - pls see blog entry #21. Finally, I've got 15,000+ lights out there now ... and hope to finish up over Thanksgiving.
AWESOME and Merry Christmas! I live in Atlanta and I am 15 years old and I hope to one day when I get my own house have it just like yours. Merry Christmas and be safe!! Best Wishes from Georgia!
Do you know that the clock has stopped? I can see you both moving around in Santa's work shop, but the time has not changed on the clock in quite some time...
Thank you for updating the time... :)
Clock battery was still strong enough to go "click, click, click" but not strong enough to move the hands. Popped a new AA in there - thanx for bringing to my attention ... and oh heck, Stepping Santa was turned off - just turned him back on for 'ya.
My family would really love to see Carson Williams Wizards of Winter lights show but we don't want to make the 300 mile trip this Christmas if it isn't for real. Anybody out there that could verify that it is? I found his name, address and phone number... I'm ready to call him on the phone or write to him to ask him personally..lol
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone. Enjoy your day!!
I had written earlier that YES CARSON WILLIAMS LIGHT SHOW IS REAL!!!!! Again I have seen it in person many many times. IT IS REAL!!!!!
By the way. Wizards of Winter was last year display. It will not be playing this year, another song from Trans-Siberian Orchestra will be the finale.
hey santa how have you been me ok i guess. Are you and mrs.Klause being good i sure am.
what kind of cookie do you want for Christmas?
Ho! Ho! Ho! Ho!
Greetings from New Zealand (go look it up!) Oh Man I am so blown away by the Wizards Of Winter light/music display!! I must have watched the video 20 times by now. I just sit here drooling over my keyboard mumbling "Gotta have gotta have gotta have NOW!!" However, sanity prevails and it will have to wait to next year. BTW Anyone know anything about the techy stuff as to how the interface is done??? Merry Christmas to you all.
HA HA HA HA....HO HO HO HO I THINK THE HOAX IS FUNNY AS HE77 PEOPLE NEED TO REMEMBER TO LAUGH AT THEMSELVES. WE'RE ALL SO SERIOUS TODAY!
Is that you or Saint Nick that I see up on the roof?
whoa! and I thought my method of remotely controlling my lights was awesome. this beats that!
Brilliant the christmas light on houses has only taking off in ireland in the past few years but i have to say you cant beat the americans!!!!
Thanx for all the comments - I especially appreciate the "you can't beat the Americans" when it comes to Christmas Lights - LOL. In case you missed me up on the roof, you can see a time-lapse christmas video of it - sorry no dramatic ending as I got down in one piece. The Santa on the roof is also a controllable inflateable (zone 5) although even with some extra wood/pavers weighing him down, I'm a bit concerned if the wind picks up.
haha. Good work on the lights. I better tell my dad to put ours up soon.
A friend noticed a few funny pictures of me in Santa's Workshop - see below. The inflateable Santa on the roof is leaning a bit from the West wind that is currently gusting to 21.3 MPH - note the nearby new addition: "ON-OFF on the Roof" - this is also on Zone 5.
OOOPS, a bug in the Perl code!
Whew, it didn't break anything!
Lets get back to work!
20,000 lights! Insanity! :D
More to come - as I said before "Watch out Clark Griswold" - anybody remember how many Christmas Lights he had in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation movie?!? ;-)
Hey... looks more realistic this year for sure. Good show. Hope it's not a hoax this time ;)
Maybe the media will check it out and let us know if it's real! BTW, speaking of media outlets, consider sending a note to the Alice105.9 radio station and see if they will donate for charity.
ok i might be thick but how u control the light's very cool lights you have.
Santa How are you? I am Jack Harty. Jack
So over dinner last night, I was explaining to my 7 and 4-year old sons that I was trying to raise money for Celiac Disease Research so they will eventually not have to be very careful what they eat. They both volunteered to chip in a dollar. That's a healthy contribution given that their last "income" was $3 each from the Hulk'in lemonade stand this summer. Needless to say, I was impressed.
Winds are gusting 20+ MPH, so I have disabled the inflateable Frosty and Frankie. However, the inflateable Santa on the roof is operational and while he's about half their size, it's comical watching the streaming video that I can see as he wobbles like crazy on the roof in the wind. BTW, snow is forecast late tonight.
Good Job Alek! This control sure is real, I was giving santa a workout for the last 10 minutes or so. You are a smart guy to do something like this. Good job.
Hi Alek.I am luke paul and gills son(uk) and i love your lights i wish i could have that many on our house and i like the house that plays to music.I wish i could see your lights at night for real.From Luke (Age 9)
love the lights, love the music...good job.
you fat man you shouldnt be thinking of christmas at this sort of time you should be doing your chimney exercises
I think what you have done is awesome. I love it and so does my son.Keep it up. Cazza www.geocities.com/cazzanlady/santa/letters.html
hi i just want to give my grandson something for xmas I have Aids hepatitus C and have been fighting cancers for almost 20 tears, i know my TIME must be running out!! i cant get any help..i have the basic things to survive but i am the only family my daughter has my grandson's dad is in jail still for burglary /rape charges so he's no help...my grandson MARQUISE is only 5 and should get something from SANTA his mom is to stubborn and works hard to makes end meet. I really need help as this may be my last XMAS!! Thank-you hopeless nana Brenda Raymond
Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is World Peace and my whole Family to be together on Christmas eve!
Hi Alek.It's luke again and we have today just put our lights up only we still don't have as many as you i wonder if there will be anyone with more lights than you.From Luke
Hi. Does anyone know the guys address in Mason Ohio where I can view his home xmas lights playing to Wizards of winter? Thanks JT
See blog entry #21 for more info about Carson William's great computered christmas lights display set to music. And speaking of video's, I just shot and uploaded a 4 minute short featuring yours truly - check out my christmas movies and let me know what you think.
I added titles and credits to wizards of winter. http://media.putfile.com/Cool-Christmas-Lights-
Well done as always Hulkster! Green man done good! I'll make a donation Downunder for you! Merry Christmas Mate! I hope the chooks don't knock you're dunny down cobber!
hey hey hey hey hey hey hey fat man
just kidding I love u and that was my bro who said that ok love ya bye
http://URL DELETED BY SANTA Try and beat the high score COAL COMING YOUR WAY FOR CHRISTMAS!
love the lights
So when you planning on holding the auction for the webcam that fooled the world?
Allright guys ... you KILLED Frankenstein again. The fan motor is still running, so it's not a blown fuse ... but it's barely running ... so I have marked him as R.I.P. for now ... time to get out the lightening bolts and try to bring him back to life! eBay auction is coming - in the meantime, pls consider donating for Celiac Disease Research.
Just to let you know i found this great place to make holiday cards. They are usually like ___20 but free if you click on this link. I am going to put my christmas letter and favorite family picture in them for christmas cards this year. If your interested AFFILIATE LINK DELETED
Thanx but no thanx Mr. Spammer ... how 'bout finding another blog to bother ... I've re-enabled the link filter in the blog code. And oh yeah, Santa is sending you a coal for Christmas! ;-)
Interesting observation: this year, with the whole thing apparently for real, the lights are actually looking much less active. Even with 90+ people listed as being active, you can still reasonably expect to see the changes you're commanding take effect. It's rather cool to watch Frosty inflate and deflate on command. :-)
Good observation - my experience is that most people are passive. For instance, my wife had a letter printed in today's Boulder Camera - circulation of several tens of thousands. We've been here for a decade+ and my last name is pretty unique ... so far, three people have mentioned they saw the letter ... so go figure. Glad you enjoy messing with Frosty - have fun before the masses start showing up in December. Too bad I can't rebroadcast the MPEG4 stream I can see on my house LAN, because it is frickin' hilareous watching him do his thing at 10 frames/second! ;-)
Looks like you fixed Frankie Dr. Alek - IT'S ALIVE!!!!
Man, you guys are fast noticing this stuff. Problem was I let the kids play with the X10 remote control that allows you to dim a lamp module ... and Frankie is on a lamp module ... so (DUHH) he's wasn't getting much voltage. Cranked it back up ... and Frankie is as good as new!
How fun! Merry Christmas from one of the TeachingMoms. Added a few nickels to the pot for celiac research! Thanks for keeping my sons entertained this evening.
Glad you enjoyed the show and thanx for chipping in for Celiac. If you don't mind, pls forward me the confirmation Email of the amount as we're trying to keep track of how much we are raising.
Alex, I looked everyday. (At least I think I did!) You finally got it the page up...Yipppe. My dad was here for Thanksgiving and I showed him your Halloween page. We are late on our decorations, have been sick. As always...beauteeful display Alex. You are awesome. computerwheelie
inspired by your page, today i went into the loft to get our Christmas lights down its dark cold and dusty up there but it was worth it, what would be handy is some instructions on how to put away your Christmas lights with out having to spend a good hour untangling them ___-) any advice there Alek?
Hulkster.. I love you. I can't read the sign by your desk. And I don't understand why the webcam pics are clickable. It's a little misleading. Going back to click them some more..
Excellent process!!! I have a X10 security camera but never got the controller to work - Congrats on the media coverage and bringing your family medical situation into the research funding. Please continue the effort - Christmas lights and celiac research.
OK OK I got it! Since you're mister X10 master, let's see if you can do something like this: LINK DELETED When I watched it I laughed so hard out of amazement! I figured it HAD to be some X10 magic or something, it really is mind blowing LOL. Merry Christmas! I look forward to killing Frank this Christmas just like during Halloween! LOL
Awww, the link filter is in place :-( I guess I'll e-mail you the link. It's a video of a guy that sync'd his christmas lights to Trans Siberian Orchestra's "Wizards In Winter" Crazy stuff!
071.240.163.235 - if you look down the page you'll see the video mentioned :)
Thanx Blueyonder ... the specific blog entry was #21 back on the 19th for those interested and include a link. BTW, in case people are wondering about Frankenstein (and the Pirate Skeleton in Santa's Workshop), those are obviousely leftovers from Halloween. My kids say that this stuff shouldn't be up for Christmas ... and I have been TOLD that they MUST come down Christmas Eve to insure that Santa visits ... ;-)
Very cool website! If you ever need some webspace or bandwidth hit me up some time. theforistellhick ___at___ gmail.com
hmm....doesn't like you to refresh the page...must have the variable still stored in the html...Sorry!
are you in a chat room?
we see you. what are you doing?
Hello you two. Go to bed!
If you see tis will you wave to me?
My brother Kris in Salt Lake City sent me this picture of his Christmas Lights display. He says there are 1,783 lights - would have been 1,800 ... but 16 aren't working and he stepped on one. Looks good Kris ... but I expect to see 24,200 more lights next year! ;-)
I'm in love. -Yono
Myself and some of my coworkers were wanting to bring our children by to see you'r house, but we can't find the location (other than Mason, but thats a big city now). Are you willing to share you'r address so that we could come see it?
We put on an extravegent light display also and have been doing it for years. we enjoy watchin people stop and watch. just recently i came across your display and was interested in computerizing our display. We Keep adding more lights every year and want to try sumthing different. we also live in the mason area and wouldnt mind checking out your house if theres anyway possible.
Merry Christmas and thanks again for turning on the light early for me DASH from LINK DELETED
from digg dot com!
Hello, just discovered your site, the x-mas display looks AWESOME from your pics i noticed a couple mentions of the carson williams display on this blog, i saw that video and was OVERJOYED, i LOVE Trans Siberian Orchestra !!! your webcam thing is pretty neat too. just figured i'd say hi, oh and i like the dual LCD monitor setup :jealous: :-P
I have a program to write for my class tomorrow morning. I think I am going to play with these christmas lights instead.
I love the site, keep it up, I'll make a donation when I have some cash to send (poor broke student am I)
hope your site does not get diggstroyed. Just saw you in the garden. Sweet job and good luck with the donations
Nice job on this. keep the lights up. I could only hope your donations will total substancially more that your web and hybro bills lol
Great one. The inflatables is a cool addition!
WOW - as implied by the Diggstroyed comment below, I showed up on the Front Page of Digg ... at midnight as I was about to hit the sack. I normally turn the lights off at 10:00 ... but figured what the heck, all my nightbors are probably asleep ... so I turned everything back on as thousands of DIGG'ers came by to play with the 26,000 christmas lights. Lets just hope some of 'em contribute to Celiac.
very cool - i started out by searching for info on the wizards and got to your site ... love the lights and the controls ... we're headed for a hot christmas as usual - our santa wears t-shirt and shorts
I think what you've done and are doing is great. keep up the good work and people... if you can read this... please donate... even ___5 DOLLARS makes his time worthwhile im sure.
good job man, keep up the good work. god bless your children.
You're on del.icio.us too LINK DELETED
You're a nut, dude. But a funny, good nut with a good cause. Merry Christmas! and thanks! Going to digg...
Despite the commercialism of Christmas, people like you keep the spirit alive. I can't wait for my kid to get home from school so I can show him this! I'm off for a mince pie and a quick view of It's a Wonderful Life. Paul, UK - Merry Christmas
I saw you walking the dogs this morning. Merry Christmas!!!! hehehehe. I walk my dogs when it's still dark here in California.
This is great. I'm going to donate right now. I do have a suggestion - why don't you show how much people have donated? Not individuals but total?
Never mind. I'm a nerd. Just saw the total. (Make it easier to see)
GREAT FUN! Is this really live? Scratch your nose if it is!
Good Morning from Hamburg, Germany, Alek, and all the best to you and your Family as well as to anyone else here =)) ___ Merry Christmas ___
I just highlighted the total listed 064.240.144.123 - yea, I know my user interface/layout leaves a bit to be desired - good suggestion. Forward me the confirmation Email you get from the CFCR and I'll update that total. And that must have been a neighbor walking the dogs 068.116.088.249.
Alek, Between the flashing of your meta-refresh and the flashing lights, you're gonna give someone a siezure! Perhaps you could enhance your site to refresh the Webcam images via AJAX so the whole page doesn't refresh causing the images to blink? IT'd give a much smoother appearance to the webcam images too ... they'd seem to "morph" into the next time-lapse as the new image was replaced by the old with no blink.
I agree the meta-refresh is a bit annoying - write me some code that will do this. Remember that when I load an image, I don't know the filename (or when it will be available) of the next subsequent image, since it hasn't been FTP'ed over yet.
I love looking at Christmas lights. I wish everyone would go to the trouble to put up lots of lights. It rally puts me in the Christmas spirit.
Hi from Wintery PA (thats Pennsylvania). I found this site earlier today, and have been sending it all over my office. Can't wait till Monday when I can come play again!
refer to # 126 or what you can do is write a simple JS code to just to refresh the images , well technically it is not AJAX, but kind of similar concept. I am emailing you the JS code.
FYI FWIW: We had a subsequent discussion and turns out it is not quite that simple, but we may have ideas.
HELLO!!!! Don't see you (Alek) around. Have a nice evening everyone.
Very cool man, i just saw you helping frosty up ....very nice Put i killed him again Muhahahhahaha
w00t, go you ______
Very nice job Alex. Do you have a page that discussions the technical side of your display? What number/type/brand of X10 modules are you using? What Language/API are you using to control the lights from the web? Just an interested techie. Merry Christmas!
WOW I can't believe it is real. At first i thought it was bs but i have to say that was AMAZING. I can't believe you guys actually did that. I will give you mad props on that. I'm jewish but i LOVED that. Merry Christmas. I really enjoyed that.
This is a really awesome idea. I hope you earn lots of money to help your kids! Merry Xmas! - Mary
What a wonderful idea you have, may everyones wishes and hopes come true, from Donna in Sarnia Canada
Great work! Merry Christmas, from San Antonio, TX!
I never met a chocolate I didn't like! Merry Xmas and a Happy new year frm UK.
I never met a chocolate I didn't like! Merry Xmas and a Happy new year frm UK.
good question on what API/Language is being used! Mine are all controlled from an old 486DX4/100 running win95 and a small DOS program called "lptout". Any idea if something like that would work? (it would only need to execute "lptout 1" for ON and "lptout 0" for OFF). My current methods involve either using VNC (slow on a 486) or an mIRC client on a local server with a small script setup to execute the DOS app on a privmsg.
Funny you should ask. I just got done watching "Christmas Vacation". Thought about this sight. I enjoy it alot and look forward to checking in. My Husband likes the HULK thing. Goodnight.:___
Was ther snow in the forecast tonight???
We had about an inch of icy snow the evening of December 2nd and it has been cold since then. In fact, Frosty and Frank would not stand up until I knocked off the accumulation. Temperature at ChristmasCam #1 hit an overnight low of 17°F - yea, I have measurements there via a wireless temperature monitor. Thanx for all the great comments (even the chocolate ones) and I have just added an overly long christmas video of "how I do it" with misc. technical information - also see the christmas FAQ.
What's the deal with the GTA'ers. I didn't post a link on a GTA forum ___.___ ___.___
Where are you at in Mason? I also live in Mason and would love to stop by and donate!!
As noted below (see blog entry #21), I'm not the guy in Mason Ohio. But if you would like to donate for Celiac Disease Research, you can do so online right now.
Thank you for your work on Celiac Disease. One of my 3 sons also has Celiac Sprue and must watch his diet very carefully. It is amazing how many processed foods he cannot eat--breakfast cereal, for example. Even rice crispy types add malt, I suppose for crunchiness. Many companies have inadequate labeling. Is "modified food starch" corn based or wheat? Some of us need to know. Thank you for your work and also for the educational value that it has!
You are absolutely right ... and my wife Wendy has been awesome sorting all this out. Good news is that effective Jan 1st, 2006, the new food labelling guidelines go into affect. This will not only make it easier to see what might be contaminated, but also will encourage vendors to produce more goods that are allergy free by simple changes in their manufacturing process.
your sites the great wish you had streaming video but that eats up bandwidth alot but still nice site glad to see you do it real this year. love the site. and remember the handyman's sercet weapon duct tape. keep your stick on the ice.. all the best from minot, north dakota.
Dear Sir, My aunt had ciliac disease that prevented her from having bread and such. She developed it about 7 years ago. She died last year from pancreatic cancer. The odd thing I found, and did not know why the doctors did not pursuit it was that in her last months she could have bread. My entire family was upset when my aunt was given bread but the doctors said she no longer had sprue....Has there ever been cases where sprue was reversed (other than my aunt?) Regards, Janine Meyers
me wish streaming video or I get hulk to smash you into pieces like puny little human you are! :)
Thanks for the cool looking lights. Clark can't hold a candle to ya! By the way, there are some Christmas cams from all over the world at LINK DELETED NO!IT'S NOT SPAM!!! It's actual chicken meat. (or turkey, I can't tell?!) Have a wonderful Christmas everyone! And yes, I said Christmas, meaning, Christmas, Hanukah, Spandex, Chickeedoo, or whatever you celebrate! (Sorry if I offended anyone)...lol Debbie in Ohio
Have Great Redneck Christmas, not xmas it's Christmas, Not Happy hoildays. it's Christmas. Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night, now get off my yard before i sick the dog on you. Merry Christmas. DON'T EAT THE FRUITCAKE!!!! Give it to your Mother in law.
i want a bike please
why do americans get offended when it says happy holidays instead of merry christmas? there are other holidays too, and other relighions dont wanna feel left out, iam a catholic but...why?
Your lights are wonderful, and I have been amazing my friends with tales of them for about a week now. My only problem is we are in the UK, and so the site is only online between 12.00 and 5.00 am our time. Do you ever leave the lights on longer (at weekends, for example)? My two children (aged 6 and 4) are desperate to switch them on and off, but try as I might I just can't wake them up at midnight!! Let us know if you ever do.
Hey Santa what sup I want an I pod for Christmas mom said its ok too if you get me a puppy she really wants one and since we are quiet poor I don___t very much any ways, my brother said Santa___s not coming this year said he never comes top our house, I never really get anything maybe you can change it this year bye sending me a lot of stuff to make up for the other years? What ever you want how old are you now anyways?. I___m getting up there brother said that there___s no real Santa clause o well I no your real love you
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That was most awesome. Keep up the spirit of the Season. Jesus is the Reason.
What is the deal with Frankie Alex - has he really died?
There was some major blustery weather the last few days, and basically the lights inside of Frankie got smashed up from hitting the concrete driveway. A little bit of "work" ... and he is as good as new!
I see you shoveling snow on the driveway - you missed a spot!
Trying to find Carson Williams house led me to your site and your house. It's really awesome. Where is your house located - if not to far away I'd like to see it live. Great Blog, great effort and a good cause. Thanks for bringing some fun to the holidays. PS: I think the Santa cursor is "way cool."
the lights look great with the snow
OH, MY GOODNESS!! THIS IS THE COOLEST THING I'VE EVER SEEN!!
This is my best side
It looks as cold as it does here in Sarnia Canada, Wave to us! Don't freeze! Wonderful lights!
Just emailed your site around my office. It is 35 degrees C in Sydney, Australia, at the moment - so envious of your snow! Keep up the good work.
152/154 - streaming video would be sweet, maybe in 2006. 160 - let me talk to my neighbors about leaving the lights on ALL night. Yea, it's COLD today - did a photoshoot outside and it was hard to smile. Thanx for all the nice notes.
What a great idea you have here. My son has celiac disease too, so we appreciate the fact that you are motivated to do something about celiac awareness. Every little bit helps.
Unfortunately, Carson Williams light show has had the plug pulled on it. The Fire Department said there were too many cars in the neighborhood. :-( Sad day
That's a bummer ... he had a great show ... but yea, this is one of those unfortunate things about having a popular christmas lights display. Fortunately, I don't think the fire department is too worred about the ton of traffic I get on the Internet ... unless my web server starts smoking! ;-)
i am marty hamilton and i am gay. merry christmas
YO WATTS KRACKIN. THAT HOUSE WAS OFF THE HIZZLE MAN FO SHO THAT HOUSE IS STRAIGHT UP GANGSTA PEACE. Merry Christmas
Celiac sprue runs in our family too. Thanks for your help
Wow! This is soooo cool! I came across this website is search of something to donate to in light of Christmas. I will be making a donation To raise funds for Celiac Diesase. Keep up the good work!
Is nice. I like. -Borat
Wish we had some of that here in Northern Ireland...well Done AJL
Oh...nice stripped shirt...by the way...AJL
wow! this is really cool! must have taken a lot a time. great job!
Great site. You look very serious in Santa's workshop. Good luck with the fundraising.
Hey Alex, Like the Christmas Lights, I see you have gotten so snow since my last visit. Hope you have a Merry Christmas. Note: The Santa cursor should have a switch to turn it off and on.
Thanx again for all the nice comments. I'll consider adding a "turn the stepping Santa cursor off" #185 - yea, I know that's not for everybody. And I'll try to upgrade my wardrobe #182 and smile a bit more #184 ... ;-)
Man I thought I did alot of lights but now I see I do nothing
Thank you so much for setting up such a neat site to benefit celiac disease research. Merry Christmas!
Greatest website evvveeeerrrrrrr!!!! But how do you know my name when I link from that Michael Jackson website?
this is hecka crazy!!!!! I think i need to go buy more lights. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
Good fun, good cause. I was recently diagnosed with Celiac. Thank you for setting this up for the U of M. Got they limk to your sit efrom SillyYaks on Yahoo. Merry Christmas
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Zone 4 roof icicles weren't working. Thought maybe I had blown another X10 Super Socket ... but turned out the GFCI popped - reset it and we are back in business.
Hi Alek, What date did you turn on your lights this year and what will be the date that you turn it off? Can't wait until I show the kids your site on the week-end (time zone means that they are at school).
Simply Amazing! I wish you the best of luck with the fund raising. Have a Merry Christmas!
this is awesome dude ___-)
I think it is pretty neat that you can turn the lights on and off like that remotely. Maybe next year, instead of just being able to turn the lights on and off, maybe you could have your website allow someone to create a sequence, then run the light sequence. Something that would let you pick which zones you could turn on or off and how long until the next element in the sequence (with a max of like 5-10 seconds). Might get some really neat stuff that way :).... Merry Christmas Alek and hope you and yours have a lower electric bill over your old record as you predict you will.
Good suggestion #194 - I have updated the main page to show that the light display will run through January 1st. Yes #198, that is another approach to the queueing problem/issue I considered, but I went with the 3-second rate-limited because it was easy to code. Thanx for the awesome/amazing/etc. commants guys.
I wish you a very merry Christmas this is fantastic, good luck with he fundraising :):):) From all in Ossett United Kingdom x
Carson Williams has decided to shut off his lights after a motorist who stopped to admire his display was rear-ended by another person distrcated by his lights. Google news has more, just search for "Carson Williams"
Oops, you forgot to change the date on the newspaper!
Good eyes! Yes, that is yesterday's (12/8) Wall Street Journal since today's WSJ has an excellent front-page article on Celiac Disease ... and I didn't want to mar it up since I plan to bring it to the Celiac Cookie exchange next Tuesday for others to see.
Wow THIS IS SICK!!! HOW'D U hook it up to the net like that
Hey mERRY CHRISTMAS
i wanna wish u a merry christmas...i wanna wish u a merry christmas...i wanna wish u a merry christmas from the bottom of my hearrrtt
Great messaging fromMyrtle Beach, SC
hi merry christmas
We are driving from Atlanta Ga to Canton Oh for Xmas. Whilst on I75/71, how would we get to the house to see the lights? Merry Xmas from grandma and grandpa
Dear santa,all i would like for christmas is my best friend back! MERRY CHRISTMAS! Sincerally, Courtney
coolest lights I have ever seen! Trans-Siberian Orchestra is wonderful!
jojojojojojojojojojojojojojojojojojojojojojojojojojojojojojo!!!! .... -----___MERRY CHRISTMAS! i think that is very very pretty and theyre coolest lights I have ever seen! congratulations!!from MeXiCo !!!!
i foOrgoOt tOo tell yoOu that youre santas cursoOr are very pretty toO!! jOojOojOo well take care and merry CHRISTMAS !!!!
Thank you... how fun. HAVE FUN. Merry Christmas!!
loved it ... it was awesome
Awesome articles in the Rocky Mountain News today, Alek. I was pretty sure it wasn't a hoax this year, but the article from the tech guy was a nice third party verification.-Andrew
I was thinking of getting a webcam for my office- maybe broadcast our lunch time foosball games on the web. Those DLink's are pricey. Any others that are less expensive that you suggest?
Thanx yet again for all the nice comments - glad you like the Santa cursor #212 ... just think how many steps he has taken for all the folks who have visited the site. Yea Andrew, the folks at the Rocky did a nice job. No suggestions on webcams for 'ya #216 - rest assured I am quite familier with how pricey the D-Link DCS-6620G's are ... :-(
My wife won a free airplane flight a while back so I got to take my boys up Saturday evening in a Cessna 172 courtesy of Specialty Flight Training out of the Erie Airport. We had a great flight with Bill Elliott who was a great pilot - lined it up perfectly for the flyby pictures, but you guys kept turning the lights off! ;-) Dirk and Kyle had a blast seeing the house from a 1,000' up. Some pictures of the boys1 & boys2 and and some so-so house1 & house2 pictures - definately a unusual point of view.
Great job this year, Alek. Enjoyed the site. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Kevin & Cindy Golden, CO
I though of somthing 4 you next year. mabe a chat room for all the people. sorry about your boys. best wishes and merry christmas
Hey Alek, great job this year!! I heard about your christmas lights webcam (hoax :-) ) last year and I thought it was so cool even when I heard that it all was a hoax, great way to share the holiday spirit! Last year I thought it was cool, but this year is even better. I definitely believe that this is real this year, Great Job! Happy Holidays to you and your Family!!! -Thomas
So a friend of mine is staying here for the weekend but is out tonight ... and he left his $3,000+ (w/o lens) Canon 5D here for me to play with. Holy awesome DSLR's Batman - this thing is sweet - check out this 10 mega-pixel screen shot! And BTW, I usually run Firefox, but I pulled up IE for these shots. And yes, Santa's desk is typically this messy.
Merry Christmas! Clever idea!
your kid picks his nose!
It's actually my friend's kid ... and he thought your comment was hilarious!
Happy Holidays to Everyone!
Hoax or real... it doesn't matter, it's in the spirit of Christmas!
may god bless you this holiday.. JESUS is the reason for all of my SEASONS
My friends Jon and Wendy visited us this weekend and in a novel/unique use of Christmas Cam #3 in Santa's workshop, they used it to to show off their newborn to friends back east. While they went out last night, I watched their two year old son ... and he didn't like it when web surfers turned the Stepping Santa OFF ... but I gave him the wireless X10 remote ... and he enjoyed turning it back on. Jon thought it was pretty funny that #225 pointed out that his kid picks his nose! ;-)
what are ya up 2 in the front garden with the lights on your grass?
I am controlling the snowman from the UK!!!
Hey alek i was wondering... how to you get power to all your lights? do you use weatherproof connectors etc.. and do you use low voltage lights?
Santa, I Like the way you do your job. And I think you might like a reward. It is a suprise. But don't let anyone tear it up!
THe newspaper on the chair still says 12/10. GREAT JOB.
Let's vote! Christmas Classics: 1. Santa Claus is comin' to town 2. Frosty the snowman 1 3. frosty the snowman 2 4.Frosty Returns 5. Jack Frost 5. Little drummer boy 6.Rudolfh the red nosed riendeer 7. A year without a santa claus. If you belive in Santa type belive, If you don't belive in Santa type: Not Belive
Wow how great you have used your yard and really opened you home to all of us strangers for a GREAT cause. Love your site
At Least Carson Williams is Real My Friend!
GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR KIDS . MY SON SUFFERS FROM CELIACS ALSO WE ARE LUCKY TO HAVE A GREAT PEDEATRITION. AND I KNOW THEY DON'T GROW OUT OF IT BUT SOMETIMES I HAVE FOUND THAT LETTING HIM EAT A SLICE OR TO OF PIZZA IS'NT TOBAD. IF YOU EVERWHAT TO CHAT JUST WRIT BACKHAVE A JOYOUS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS. AND I WILL KEEP YOUR KIDS IN OUR PRAYERS. RICHARD I WAS LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WHO LIHGTS HOMES
hey merry christmas to all and to all a good night!!! i love ryan!!!
Merry Christmas to you all! Have fun when the site hits Fark.com :)
You may have some sort of premonition there, since my web logs are showing traffic from TotalFark right now. I turned the webcams on early and told Scotty that I'll need maximum warp drive on the web servers if it gets greenlighted on Fark.Com
T - 10 minutes: Merry Christmas from another Farker!
Ohhhhh Boy ... Scotty: Give me maximum power to all 5 web servers ... NOW!
Hi there, we are sitting here in Leeds in North Yorkshire UK having a great time inflating and deflating the snowman and frankenstein.Can't believe it! Your lights are wonderful!!! Merry Christmas to you and yours. Angela and James.
Heh! 2 minute warning - you asked for it! Good luck!
dnag 1196 people and counting, no wonder why it took awhile for your page to come up. I've never seen so people on one website ever. Hope all your servers are able to handle it.
Merry Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza, Festivus to all the Farkers.
This...is farking cool.
wooo the snowman inflates! Merry Christmas!
Freakin crazy idea man. kudos.
this is wonderful, thank you
Hope you've told the neighbors what this is about. (-:
Hi! lol. i thought it was kinda funny to see this website, and i dont know if it actually turns stuff on and off... but whatever, its still fun to try. as you can tell from my resnet address, im a college student, so, sadly, im broke and cant donate. but this site is an awesome idea. woo!
Hello from over at Fark. Note that there are some scattered attempts to break the snowman.
Have your neighbors gone utterly insane or had seizures or anything one might expect from what your doing?
oh and w/o a doubt merry christmas, happy holidays, chanukah, festivus, kwanza, solstice, and any other seasonal celebration that might come to mind!
Why stop at January 1st? Traditionally, Christmas decorations (including lights) are supposed to stay up and operational through (not until, but THROUGH) January 6th, aka Epiphany, Three Kings Night, Twelfthnight, and The Twelfth Day of Christmas (yes, that's where that song comes from). Traditionally, this is the night that the Magi / Wise Men / "Three Kings" (the Bible neither calls them "kings" nor says how many of them there were) came, as some Midaeval scholar figured that it must have taken twelve days to travel from the East to Bethlehem in a small camel caravan. Anyway, following this tradition would gain you five more days to collect donations to such a worthy cause!
"You are limited to 1000 characters (no HTML)" ___p 2000 people! :D
I tried to make a donation, but sadly it seems unpossibe, unless you're in the US. So I'll have to settle for wishing you all the best, and glaedelig jul from Denmark.
FYI: I asked the UofM folks and they are going to check with the donation office tomorrow on what the scoop is on overseas donations. May just be how their online credit card system works. If you Email me and/or blog your contact info, I'll let you know what I find out. 2005_12_13_08:39 UPDATE: UofM folks just said they have added a country field. You didn't leave any contact info, so all I can do is mention here and hope you see it. Drop me a note if any problems doing.
Ho Ho Ho, congrats on surviving up on fark.com for an hour. Fark Server test at work
Thanx for the compliment. The load factor on the primary server was over 50 for quite some time ... but otherwise hung in there. I never saw the load factor get into double digits on the other 4 servers.
Hey this is great! Good cause too... I was just wondering if your neighbours go nuts from the lights going on and off all the time?
Great website, I really like it.
Watch this Christmas Light Show LINK DELETED
Enter the following into Google in order to watch another Christmas Light Show. Car crash, heavy traffic turn out Christmas light show
And this year, we are supposed to believe you, AGAIN ? Even if it isn't true, i like th eidea of setting something like this up.
My friend, Billy Bolt, who lives in Oklahoma, really digs your website
877 people are watching the webcam right now! That's more than four times the highest number of people I've ever seen here!!! Hopefully they all will make a donation. ___HINT HINT___ Donate, everyone!
This is a blank space..well it was until I typed stuff on it. Hey this is neat and what a great spot to use WISHING ALL OF YOUR READERS A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS. Oh yeah if you hear a noise in you chimney...don't shoot, it's me Santa.
It might be nice if you explained what "fark" means.
Fark is fark.com, who is HAMMERING his site right now
For those of you outside the US the celiac.com website offers information about orginizations Outside the US. LINK DELETED Best wishes and happy holidays.
Awwww. The tree and stockings are lovely!
This is a wicked site... I hope you get all the donations you are looking for, good luck!
You could try re-broadcasting the MPEG4 feed from the Dlink camera using VideoLAN, open source media client, VLC, videolan.org My cam site: electro.ath.cx contact me (details on site) and I might be able to help you get it into a windows media stream, then on to camstreams.com (windows media re-broadcasting)
I actually looked into VideoLan ... the hardest part is getting the feed from the D-Link webcams ... maybe in 2006.
#274: Glad you like the "lighted Christmas Tree" in the front yard - at least it
is not an ugly Christmas Tree!
Cool! I must admit I thought you were up to some clever tricks when I came across your bit from Wayne Harrison - looks like he's the one with the 15 mins of fame!
Great job... the hoax last year was pretty funny... I suppose this year having it real is just as fun. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
kool luv it lol and luv the website
This has got to be the coolest thing that i have ever seen as far as internet controls goes Hope all goes well and have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Thanx for all the nice comments guys and glad you enjoy the show. My great neighbors were the ones who said it was OK to leave the webcam on all night last night (time-lapse video to be uploaded soon) so especially those folks from overseas could see the lights and turn them on and off. More importantly, the UofM folks inform me this morning that thanx to a spike in donations, we have passed the $3,000 mark - thanx! And yes #278, there was some good comedy with the christmas hoax - thought you might like the pictures below.
Associated Press sent this around the world in 2004
Christmas/2005 - the webcams are real!
Hi, Just wanted to say you have a nice site. Bob Johnson told me about it. Cool man.
great original site merry christmas and happy new year
Very cool. I want to do this, only not tell my wife. Let he think she is going nuts =D
I have now developed an addiction of checking your site everyday ... may be a better term is "new Christmas tradition".
Me too, #286!
I am writing this from Naples (Italy). It's amazing! I wish I could be able to see this via webcam, but it seems to be always off!! And more that anything I wish my two children could see your display!!! Their jaws would definitely get stuck open!!! BUON NATALE !
i have been very good girl
That's not what we've heard...
Hello, great job and for a great contribution. I have tried to deflate your Hulk with no success, You must have him protected LOL. Keep up the good work, donations coming your way
The HULK is actually not inflatable ... try clicking on those buttons and see (and hear!) what he says when you try to do that. Thanx for the donation for Celiac Disease Reearch.
Alek, You should see a spike from CT - biggest radio a.m. program highlighted it & put up a link - WTIC1080.com. Thanks for highlighting Celiac - in our family too. Needs publicity through things like this!
Who would win in a match between Hulk and the Jolly Green Giant?
Merry Christmas homes.
I love christmas day and this blog is great!!I'm french so sorry for my mistakes thank you bye
the hulk will win
to all little children in the world im sorry to say santa is not reral
santas not real
Blasphemer! (Directed at #299 and #300)
I think the office webcam is "real". However, the yard cams are more spoofs. There's too much a difference in the sunlight between the two shots.
ChristmasCam #1 looks to the South, whereas ChristmasCam #2 is looking almost due north ... so that's why you see the difference. If you still doubt it, you might contact the Rocky Mountain News, since after 5 seperate visits, they concluded it is 100% real this year ... ;-)
WRT Hulk versus Jolly Green Giant - Hulk is STRONG!
i wish u a merry christmas
If the Rocky Mountain News says the cams are real, that's good enough for me. :D Merry Christmas, everyone!
Truly an amazing feat! You have made Christmas and the Internet a great 2005 Experience. My kids Loved it... I tell them to stop clicking those ON/OFF Inflate buttons... Do you have "How you do this" posted anywhere? My kids think I should do this!.. Again, Merry Christmas
Glad the kids like it - certainly one of the major reasons I do this. My christmas faq explains a fair amount and may be of interest to 'ya.
Howie Frosty? Where did the "Howie" come from?
I put that up there because Howie is the name of a morning radio DJ who is REALLY into Frosty ... and Alice 106 says they MAY donate to charity - should know tomorrow.
What Just happend the cams just went all like to the hulk dude
I was off saying goodnight to my oldest son (the youngest is already asleep) ... so I didn't see this ... but all appears to be working well ... I see some funky looking dude in PJ's/bathrobe in Santa's office ... ;-)
great way to raise money next year maybe you could charge to turn lights on 1 penny each click
A fiendish delight in Christmas should be its own reward, but I donated anyway. Thanks for all the fun.
Pretty cool. To bad it is fake.
Nice work on the fund-raising Alec - is that radio station going to chip in?
Hello, Can you let me know how to turn the lights on and off? Thank you im from scotland UK
Santa you are so fat
Nice work hulkster ___) Hope it earns you some good money for charity! :) -Goldfish
Holy **** - was that a firetruck at your house?
why was there a firetruck there?
Hey was that firetruck at your house
WOW - you guys are quick - yea, there was a fire truck outside my house ... and a police car ... and here's the time-lapse video. They said it was a false alarm at the neighbor's house ... and they thought my lights looked pretty nice! ;-)
That's pretty cool. Maybe you could integrate something like a chat for 2006.
yeah that would be cool
I'll put the chatroom down as an idea for 2006. BTW, the X10 SuperSocket in the Panel-3 circuit (which controls the Big Tree and West Overhead Net) has started "buzzing" rather than "clicking." This would be the second one to fail - no surprise since this is a pretty intense application that is way outa spec for them. So I have plugged those lights into a non-controllable outlet for now - I'll try to replace it tomorrow when it isn't freezing cold and snowing.
Christmas/2006 Update: Check out the christmas messages plus christmas maps.
have you got problems with christmas cam 3 every now and then i got the message "The server at webcam3.komar.org is taking too long to respond."?
Things are load-balanced behind the scenes, and the Web Server handling cam3 isn't showing any errors - neither are the other 4. It is actually cam2 that acts up the most frequently - not sure if the wireless is dropping out occasionally or the webcam is just flakey. The other problem spot is the upper-deck icicles on X10 zone 4 which is the most unreliable at receiving signals. And as just noted below, another X10 Super Socket has failed.
Why Can I only see 3 webcams?
This is AWESOME!! I have celiac,too, I'm 12. try melting nestle' semisweet morsels, stirring in craisins (orange & cherry are best), drop in clusters onto waxed paper. YUM & Gluten free! -Brigid
Who ya talkin to that person nexted to you. That wife? Dont me to be rude can't tell. Merry Christmas
Ahh his butts in the camera. Just got back from my christmas party to.
such a great idea man
Hey man, I don't need the webcam, I can see the glow from here - and I'm in the UK.
This is totatly the coolest thing I have seen on the internet every. A great way to raise money too!
What computer program are you using to do this? Homeseer? and what is serving the internet and x10?
I think your website and webcams are great! Thanks for sharing!!! Ronda in Tennessee
Yeah can u tell us how u did this on your website. That would be really kool.
Good job! Too bad some of your videos are in a format that I can't watch. Any chance of putting them up in a format that can be viewed by Mac users? The Mac version of Windows Media Player will only play the video, and the Mac version of MPlayer will only play the audio.
they don't work for me. you sure it isn't still a hoaz?
I guess the word "Kyoto" does not ring any bells, does it? Silly Yank...!
#334 try watching them with Quicktime player it seems to manage them fine
Very Nice, Loving it from Palmdale California. Prayers and best wishes for you and your family.
Merry Christmas from the great white north!
Hey folks, it's Jon and Shira from Pennsylvania watching your lights show!
Merry Christmas from Las Vegas!!!
Merry Christmas from Sydney, Australia
MERRY XMAS FROM MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA & HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR TOO ALL
your decorations are wonderful. Just wish I had the know how to do what you and your family have done. Love the walking santa too. Merry christmas to you all. From N.C.
Haha, you live pretty close to me. MERRY XMAS from the teenage boys at GROUNDFORCE1.COM -Duffy
Merry Christmas from Bakersfield, California !!
___tried to href="LINK DELETED Awesome Light Show___/a___
slackoffatwork.com/index.php?goto=xmas_lights awesome light show
hello santa dont eat too many pince pies lol!
Hohoho, There is a new Christmas site for a lot of fun: LINK DELETED Check it and enjoy! Santa
Merry Christmas from DigitalPoint! Good luck with the charity - Jim W.
Hi alek,Please could we have the lights on all night on x mas eve.Hope you have a good christmas and i have just broken up from school today.Hope your boys get what they want for christmas.From luke(paul and gills son)uk.
Hey alek give me a wave if you can see my message
come on alek wave i can see you at your computer :),Luke
thanks for the wave alek i saw you.Have a merry christmas.Luke
Bi alek going to bed now very late to bed.See you on christmas eve or tomorrow.Luke
Dear Santa, You are a **** ass ****. I heard the mall is hiring extra Security to protect you. That's a **** move, Santa. I'm coming for that ass again untill YOU PAY what you OWE! Sincurly Yours, The Santa Stalker
Santa is always watching ... and he can see really good at night too!
Hello from tokyo, wishing you a merry christmas.
#338, I was referring to the few videos that are in Windows Media format. Quicktime doesn't support this format, although you are correct that it plays all the other videos fine.
The MONSTER Santa is ... ALIVE!
I am seeing your family. your son is cute. Yuka from Tokyo Japan
Yes, the 12 foot inflatable Santa is ALIVE! I picked him up at Lowe's (originally $80, marked down to $60, and then 50% off). I was going to save him for next year, but my boys went wild when they saw the box, so I tossed him out there and he is controllable with Zone 5. He takes a WHILE to inflate, so try to leave him on. The monster Santa shows up well on ChristmasCam #1 especially when I zoom in.
Wow sweet lights i wish i could do that (:
Alek I am on your site for the first time, do you mind telling us how old your boys are?
This has been dugg...watch out !
Little Drummer Boy
what time should i go to bed on christmas eve
Happy Christmas to all!
Ho Ho Ho... How's the power bill?
Great site!!!!! Merry Christmas
Wave to your fans Alek. :-) Thanks for the cool light show!
Hi alek,luke again.Like santa outside your garage.what have you done with frankinstein.From luke have a good night and christmas.Luke(uk)Age 9
hey i was wondering whats your monthly electric bill for the month of december (: im sure it costs alot with all those lights
this rocks, I wish I could even do the whole x10 thing with some lamps...I don't feel bad for the neighbors, its a good cause! Merry Christmas
You are awesome!!!! I am thinking of adding light controllers next year. If I don't I will definatly do the x-10 control.. Keep it up. Look forward to next years also..
My other half and my mother in-law also have Celiac's....Their side of the family hails from Norway. Mom is in her 70's and very underweight. We are constantly looking for new recipes for wheat-gluten free foods....Great website! It goes a long way in bringing awareness to Celiac's..Keep up the fight!
Merry Christmas to you and your family. Great cause and not a bad job on the site. From your friends in Bailey.
hey Alek can you please deflate the 12 foot santa fully and inflate him again because i want to see what santa looks like flat on the ground! BTW the lights look realy cool, and what do i need to do the same as that?
Hey Alek - wave to the camera, please?? lol, I totally love this site - you rock, dude!
hey wave to the cam plz! ___)
plz make 12 foot santa flat on the ground!
The "Monster Santa" really moves when the wind blows and I have some rope tying him to the gutter. So while he will fully deflate (and then take a LONG time to inflate - lotta volume there), he'll "hang" rather than go flat on the ground. Thanx for all the nice comments and I put up a WAVE sign for 'ya! ;-)
This is a great idea! A lot of fun to play with. Thanks and Merry Christmas from your Speakreality buddies!
I live in Crestline, CA but work in Etiwanda, CA. We want to take our daughter around to see the christmas lights. What neighborhoods are doing a big extravaganza this year?
If Frosty wasn't such a jolly happy soul, he'd kick Hulk's butt!
hey alek.Where is frankinstein have you put him away.From luke(uk)
Merry Christmas! Cool Site!
Awesome light display and very fun too! I LOVE IT! Wave the hello sign!
heya, cool setup, what a way to express christmas Merry christmas and A Happy New Year
HoHo! Merry Christmas...All the way from Singapore!
Hello, To all you wonderful people all over the USA and the World I hope you have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I have two young children and I am blessed for the very big six foot green tree that underneathe is not full of wonderful gifts like before butt I still have a smile cause each child has at least one thing to open and I do have that to be thankful for and believe me it hurts because it is not like it was before butt I do what I can. I can honstely tell you my kids will be very happy christmas morining MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A VERY HAPPY NEW YEARS 2006
I just Want to Said " God bless You and Your Family " in this word We need more Peoples like you. Merry Christmas
Les deseo toda clase de dicha, salud y prosperidad para el 2006. Reciban un fuerte y afectuoso abrazo
Can you leave everything ON on christmas eve?
What a cool idea for Celiac research! I have Celiac too. Happy gluten-free holidays from sunny Florida. - Heather
I have to tel you that this must be driving you insane! Nothing like going crazy for research.. very impressive interaction!
HO HO HO HO HO
hi, I am here on occasionally. I___@was attracted by a Christmas card. Merry Christmas for everyone. Wish you happy and get what you want in a new year The wishes come from Beijing, China.
Merry Christmas!! Much___333
You are an awsome family, the world needs this honest and simple sort of cheer and goodwill, GOD BLESS
hey santa i jast want you to be happy to all the chindren fo the world and will you come to my house. did you got me in the bad list? will you see my room at night? i see you in my tv. p.s will you come to my house. p.s.a i love you santa claus!!
that note is form my Angela bye santa claus
DEAR SANTA CLUAS I JUST WANTED TO NO YOUR NUMBER AND IF YOU COULD COME TO MY AUNTS HOUSE THANK YOU BI
Merry Christmas from The Netherlands
Hi Santa! how are you doing? I hope i'm on the good list. can i talk to Cupid thanx. Hi Cupid! how are you doing? your my favorite raindeer can't wait to see you on my roof byebye for now
merry christmas from South Glens Falls, NY
Santa has been sighted by NORAD. I sent those fine folks a note saying Santa is cleared for flyby and possible landing at our house. Ditto for any Air Defense fighters tracking him - I consider jet noise the sound of freedom. We'll see if one of the three ChristmasCams catches a glimpse of the Big Red Guy and his reindeer team tonight.
merry christmas from austria!
SANTA IS NOT REAL.
Bloody hell,how mny clocks do you need in that room mate? Happy Holidays..smile for the camera ___)
Costco had a sale on that monster Atomic Clock I just added to Santa's workshop. Also shows temperature and humidity - way cool!
CAN YOU LEAVE ALL LIGHTS ON PLEASE FOR CHRISTMAS EVE
See the BIG note at the top of the webcam page - my neighbors have OK'ed it ... so YES, everything will be operational all night long - I know folks overseas will especially appreciate this.
Thank you, I___m in scotland UK!
To the people who keep deflating the snowman: you are soooo off my Christmas card list. ___)
pretty cool site.. Don't remember how I got here but I love the Christmas lights... PS: Watching from Germany.
merry christmas & happy new year where is the deers in the yard
Merry Christmas from St. Marys, Ohio! Amazing light system you have set up, I've been showing my whole family this site!
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Merry Christmas to all! May you get all you are wishing for. Don't forget the reason for the season. I have my own belief, but apply your own as long as it makes the good in your heart come to the surface. love to all. Again, Merry Christmas!:)!!!
Merry Christmas Hulk!!!!
Merry Christmas from the Netherlands! I heard about this site from the yahoo mailinglist of celiacs here. I could not sleep anymore this Christmas morning (it is 5.45) and surfed to your lights. My son and I both have Celiac Disease. Good luck for you all!
Merry Christmas baby!
Merry Christmas from Omaha,Ne. The lights are awsome.
Merry Christmas Aleks from Fark.com
Thanx for all the Merry Christmas wishes and all the best to everyone. While the webcams and lights will blink the rest of the night, it's time for me to hit the sack - right now, not a creature is stirring, not even a mouse. As noted on the main page, ChristmasCam#3 has been moved downstairs from Santa's workshop so that it is viewing the Tree and Chimney - you can also see the notes to Santa from my two sons along with a chocolate truffle and glass of milk. My boys (particularly the 7-year old) is hoping we'll catch a glimpse of the Big Red Guy - stay tuned!
Alek - radar tracking is showing fast moving red bogey inbound your way from the midwest - ETA 2338 MST - 0538 Zulu. We have identified as friendly and assigned call sign Rudolph1. Per your blog entry #413, we have informed Santa via satellite phone that there are two good boys at your house and he is cleared for landing. We are monitoring your webcams for possible Santa sighting. NORAD out.
Ho-Ho-Ho ... Merry Christmas - Santa!
Thanx for stopping by ... and I used the webcams as a Santa Tracker to get some footage of your visit.
Merry Christmas to your wonderful family. Love Santa
Hello everyone Merry xmas I found some free stuff at thatfreebiesite.com We all are going to need some free stuff after spending all our money , Cya!
Needless to say, the kids were up early this morning and anxious to see what Santa brought ... and the Big Red Guy was quite generous this year - another fun family Christmas. And check out the Santa Tracker - we caught him on the webcams showing up at our house!
Merry Christmas from Fred the Dog in Mechanicsburg PA. I have light envy!!
santa you forgot your thank you paper but thank you for the doll can you come agin plaese
merry christmas to everyone from us in SC.
lol this is funny
Hallo Alek, nice greetings from Bavaria, Germany. Thank you for your fast email reply. ___o)
hey kiddo - I see you!! Merry Christmas!
ho ho ho you wierdos and this web sites rubbish
if you dont like it use the close button, This site is about christmas and is a good cause so dont ever say that.
YOU ARE A GENUIUS! Happy New Year! Amy______
Wish more people had as much Christmas spirit and cheer as you do.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Lane and Hinton Family in Camp Hill, Pa. We LOVE your Website. Thank you for sharing. We hope to see more next Year. SueandEddie@aol.com
ello again mate. How long are you going to keep up with the webcams and lighting? Will you be doing the same on Halloween? Cheers
Hi alek.Luke again gill and paul's son.How long are you keeping your lights and webcams up.Did you have a good christmas?From luke (age 9 ) (UK)
Hi alek.Luke again gill and paul's son.How long are you keeping your lights and webcams up.Did you have a good christmas?From luke (age 9 ) (UK)
hi again.Its luke,sorry about clicking twice,did it by accident.Going to bed now.Good night :)
Alek, where Are you? baschalove!!
Happy New Years to all! Great Idea ! From Donna in Sarnia Ontario Canada
Alek, This is Cassady in Denver, CO. I recently purchased an X10 Firecracker system. The only way i can get it to work is with the included X10 (remote-looking) software. I would like to be able to do more with my X10 system, such as timers, etc. But i don't want to pay for the software that they are selling. Did you write your own software or use a program that you downloaded or bought?
Hello again. sorry to post again but i meant: Did you write your own software or use a program that you downloaded or bought to allow your firecracker system to be controlled from the internet?
i see u r left handed
Hi Alek.Its luke.Could you tell me please when you are keeping your lights up until,and do you have lights and things for Easter and valentines day?From luke. :) happy new year Alek.
Hi Alek I like the christmas lights and controling them. Good luck on the Celiac Disease Research. Happy New Year.
As noted on the main page, the lights will be up until January 1st. I may leave 'em on late New Years Eve, but all comes down the next day. I wrote my own software (mostly Perl) that "duct-tapes" everything together - read more in the Christmas FAQ. BTW, I'm actually right-handed, but I use my left hand for the computer mouse. And thanx yet again for all the nice comments.
Tip for next year: Lose the Santa cursor...
NICE ONE ALEK, YOU HAD ME FOOLED...ENJOYING IT ANYWAY ALL THE WAY FROM PERTH SCOTLAND ...GREAT FUN...GOOD LUCK..WITH YOUR RESEARCH FUND ...HALKERSTON ,PERTH
grr I hate christmas and gaudy xmas lights and I hate fat sneaky old santas even more
Merry christmas everyone!
Why don't you leave your lights up until January 6th. You got a great website here and i've been turning on and off your christmas lights for the past month
Can you leave the webcams on while you take down all the lights?
hey Alek can you put the lights on early for everyone in the u.k as soon as it's new years eve.
Tonight - December 31st - will be the last night. I will try to turn it on a little earlier for the folks overseas ... but the lights just don't look that good until it gets dark. Hope everyone has a fun and safe New Years!
Hi Alek.Did you get our E-mail?Hope you have a good new year and have your lights up this next year.Have enjoyed looking at them and writing things on here your christmas blog.Happy new year,From luke,And forgot to ask why have you got a peice of paper saying my name on it?lol.C ya,From luke
Alek i sent you an email about a week ago it about making a dontation and you said you cc'd Pam King any news on that yet? and if if so could you put up some info on your site on how to do it please :) thanks again Happy New Year Dave
I did talk to Pam King at the University of Maryland about this and she says things should be fixed - please try again and Email me if it does not work. Thanx in advance for your donation.
Hey Alek,Its Luke again i am so exited because it is 20 mins til midnight where we live,I am so exited can't wait we have a table set in the garden ready to let off our fireworks.From Luke,C ya
15 minute luke :-)
Hey Alek,It's luke it is now 10 Mins,ooooo i am so exited,we are going to countdown when there is only a few secs left.From Luke and hope you have a good new year to when it is midnight at your house
where are you in the uk luke?
Going to let fireworks off now alek,C ya,From Luke.
Yes.Who ever is asking if i am in the UK well i am and is it you who is copying me?From luke,And Alek i am back we have let quite a few fireworks off.From Luke
To the person who is asking where I am from its Derby uk.oh and sorry Alek for making a mistake on your Christmas blog. Luke.
Happy new Year! Don't you think you and your wife should toast the New Year and kiss at midnight in front of the web cam for all your visiters? Use your time zone, of course. I will try and stay awake until one. I'm in the Central Time Zone. P.S. You got me good last year. At least I wasn't the only one. Thanks for the fun! Dawn in Iowa
Hey Alek, great job this year! The Halloween and Christmas Webcams + Webcontrol have been great! Can't wait to see what new things you are going to add to the halloween and christmas webcams Next year! I wish you and your family (and everyone else reading this Blog) a happy and healthy new year!!! -Thomas
I've turned the webcams on today (January 1st), so those that are interested can watch the ever-so-exciting takedown process of 26,000 Christmas Lights - pls call 911 if you see me fall off the roof. Also note that the X10 lights controls are disabled since everything is now disconnected. We had a fun time at a New Years Eve Party across the street last night and celebrated midnight in several times zones ... and as Dawn suggested in #478 below, here is the first kiss of 2006.
what time are you going to start taking the lights down. Maybe next year ask your neighbour to cut that tree down because it blocks the webcam. Happy new year everyone.
I've already taken down some of the inside lights and broughts all the boxes up from the basement. I'll be outside for a good part of the next 6 hours. First up is the roof, since winds are gusting over 20 MPH and predicted to go higher. Yea, that one Aspen tree is a bummer since it obscures the webcam view a bit - I have great neighbors, but can't ask 'em to cut down their tree for my ChristmasCam! ;-)
maybe you could just hint to your neighbours about the tree for the next few months.
how do you manage to stand up on the roof
It was a little dicey at times, but I'm all done up there. Peak gust recorded so far today is 27.8 MPH ... and I bet it was blowing even more up there where I was quite exposed.
hey, do you think you could add the counter that tells how many people are viewing the cams? -Thomas
Oooops - there was a bug in the code when I disabled the light controls - counter is back up.
Hi Alek,Its Luke,Looks a nice sunny day for taking your lights down,It has been quite sunny here too today.I will look forward to seeing your lights this year which has just started today.Have a good year,From Luke+gill and paul.
Thanks for putting the counter back! Have fun taking down the lights!!! -Thomas
Just got back on your web site and saw you and your wife's first kiss of the New Year. That was great. You do read your e-mail and try to please. I couldn't stay awake so I am glad you took a picture. I missed your escapades on the roof. You must have done that really early. So glad no 911 call was necessary. Best wishes to you and your family in the New Year. Dawn in Iowa
Hi Alek,Its luke,Just wanted to ask if you have bought any Christmas stuff for this year 2006.Have a good day,From your fan,Luke
P.S. When you are done there, can you come over and help me take down my Christmas tree? Dawn in Iowa
Yea Alex - please come over to take my lights down when you are done. And what/why all the stuff layed out on the driveway?
at least its not snowing that would be fun lol
why were you showing those coils of wire
Me and about 30 other people need to "get a life", don't you think? It is New Years Day and we are spending it watching Christmas lights come down. It is entertaining seeing the progress, but my own tree is still waiting to be taken down. You may inspire me to get started. Were you coming to help as per my earlier request? Dawn in Iowa
We'll miss the light show, Alek. Best to you and your family!
Good comment Dawn (#493) - you could be watching New Years Day football instead ... not sure how much more truly exciting that is versus watching christmas lights being taken down though ... ;-) What you saw on the driveway was just over a 1,000 feet of extension cords - here's a webcam view ... and I even got my wife to shoot a better Christmas picture that I have annotated.
Come on people. Let's get Alek up to 500 comments before he turns out the lights. Thanks for the show. Dawn in Iowa
if you don't take them all downtoday could we tun on/off the ones left
Yes,I would like that too.From Luke.
that was badly phrased if you don't take al the lights down today could we ten all the one that are left on and off.
Could you leave santa's workshop webcam on all year :) lol.From Luke.
Made it to 500 comments! Granted some are yours, and lot are mine and Luke's, but other people are out there enjoying your web site. One question- Do you watch yourself on the web cam? Yes, it is Dawn in Iowa again. Can you tell I am home alone today?
can you think of anything else to do throught out the year it is a long to halloween
Yea, can you not think off something else to do before hallowen? Also, You should make a chat room for us all to talk in until then, or everyone swap MSN addresses and get a big convo going.
you wont get them all down tonight:):):):):):)Luke.
It looks so dark and quiet without all of the lights. All of your fans are wanting to see more webcam fun, and we can't wait until Halloween. Maybe some more HULK related adventures? I'm sure you can come up with something, can't you?
Hey Alek have you got all the lights down now
i'm thirteen and live in the uk. This year i put up over 3,000 lights and it's my second year. It just shows that anyone with a bit of christmas spirit can put lights up.
Thank you for your wonderful lights and all the work you put into the Season, Happy New Year, Health and Wealth from good deads! Donna in Sarnia Ont. Canada
I have been viewing your cams over the last week.. shame its over now! It was great.. :) I am 14 and live in the UK and I am taking down my lights tomorrow! :)
What is your msn address Alek
I'm really surprised with this idea. It's something that in Spain is not doneI'm 17 from CATALONIA - SPAIN Greetings! (Sorry for my english...) Happy 2006 to everybody
Your focus for this year should be relly improving the look of your website
where should i go?
What is your msn address Alek
am uk based and also light our house up for christmas .well done it looks great.
Once again, I appreciate all the nice notes and yea, it's over - sorry, all good things must come to an end. For those that enjoyed this, I'll definately be doing "something" come Halloween/2006 ... and you might periodically check www.komar.org to see what other things I'm up to until then. The January 10th, 2005 Time Magazine issue quoted me saying "I figured I could provide some holiday cheer to folks" and it appears I was succcesful again this year - thanx everyone.
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