196 Comments (chronological order) on the Halloween Blog in 2012
1 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado
I enabled commenting for the Halloween Blog last year on September 28th ... so lets do the same bat-time, bat-channel! ;-) I'll be pulling everything out from the crawl space in the next week or two and the webcams will go live when I start setting stuff up. Here's a few pictures of the Halloween Display from last year.
2 - United States - Cary North Carolina 35.7915°N 78.7811°W
LET THE FUN BEGIN, ALL WE NEED NOW IS TO GET ALEK TO DECORATE FOR THANKSGIVING.
3 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W
THIS IS HALLOWEEN THIS IS HALLOWEEN. HALLOWEEN HALLOWEEEN! Creepy crawling, scary monsters!!.. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! hahahahaha...
4 - United States - Las Vegas Nevada 36.1750°N 115.1372°W
It's officially Halloween season! BOO! :D
5 - United States - Fort Smith Arkansas 35.2718°N 94.3550°W
Yay! C'mon Halloween!
6 - United Kingdom - Tetbury Gloucestershire 51.6394°N 2.1622°W
Hey Alek, Think You'll get any of the White Stuff for Halloween?
It would be nice to get some snow for Halloween ... but hopefully will hold off until everything is setup. Last year, there was 10" of snow the week before Halloween as seen below.
7 - United States - Aurora Illinois 41.7606°N 88.3201°W
I look forward to this every year! Thanks Alek!
8 - United Kingdom - Dartmouth Devon 50.3500°N 3.5833°W
wow! Has it really been a year Alek? Very much looking forward to the 2012 display! Hope wendy and the kids are ok!? Can we expect any new lights this year?
Only picked up a few new things last year at the post-holiday 75% off sale - see below. I'm hoping to get some upgraded webcams to enhanced the viewing experience.
9 - United States - Coplay Pennsylvania 40.6841°N 75.5471°W
I'm not overly fond of Fall, but your Halloween cam is always a bright spot in my season! Thanks Alek!!!
10 - United States - Kent Washington 47.3809°N 122.2348°W
Hello Alek! Greetings from the Olympic Peninsula.
11 - United States - Chandler Arizona 33.3062°N 111.8413°W
Always look forward to this! Can't wait for this year! Thanks for the fantastic entertainment.
12 - United Kingdom - Reading 51.4333°N 1.0000°W
It's looking good, can't wait for it to go live :D
13 - United Kingdom - London London, City of 51.5142°N 0.0931°W
I'm too excited for the webcams to go live! Cannot wait
14 - Hungary - Sopron Gyor-Moson-Sopron 47.6833°N 16.6000°E
Hey Alek! Im back again! greetings from Hungary...whats the new things in this year? Roland
15 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado
Note that 2012 is an election year ... and
THE HULK will be running for president again - support the Green Party Candidate!
The Big Green Guy almost won in 2008 with 21,692 votes versus 21,821 for McCain and 21,996 for Obama.
For 2012, he's hoping to SMASH Obama & Romney!!!
16 - United States - Hoboken New Jersey 40.7458°N 74.0321°W
Watch the Halloween music video that my comedy group (The East Coast Exports) made last October. It is entitled "Halloween Pride (For the Ladies)" and you can find it on YouTube by searching that title or putting "Ryan Shibley" in the YouTube search. The music video focuses on using creativity while deciding on a Halloween costume... especially for the ladies! You can also watch the music video by clicking this link: LINK DELETED
17 - United Kingdom - London London, City of 51.5142°N 0.0931°W
Hey Alek! Any ideas as to when the cams will go live, so excited. Can't wait for them to be back!
18 - United States - Gaithersburg Maryland 39.2351°N 77.1396°W
Hi Alek! I always look forward to this Halloween fun, and thank goodness Hulk is in the contest wish he could be part of the debates :)
19 - United Kingdom - Sheffield 53.3667°N 1.5000°W
I cannot believe that it is this time of year again already!!! Cant wait to see the Halloween Decorations for this year!! Hope everybody is well in Colorado.
20 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado
I'll probably start doing the setup early next week and will turn the cams on then. I too wish THE HULK had been invited to the presidential debates - especially since the one tonight is in nearby Denver - he would do a SMASHING job! ;-)
21 - Canada - Port Coquitlam British Columbia 49.2667°N 122.7833°W
OMG ITS ON AGAIN!!! I LOVE YOU ALEK YOU ARE THE BEST FATHER EVER! :D
22 - Sweden - City N/A 62.0000°N 15.0000°E
Hulk for president! Hulk for president! Another year of lights. Thanks for your generosity Alek!
23 - United States - Pocola Oklahoma 35.2458°N 94.4960°W
Naw....Hulk too busy to run for President...too busy fighting the Chitauri! Just watched The Avengers on DVD....Hulk stole the show! :P
24 - United States - Cary North Carolina 35.7915°N 78.7811°W
ALEK WHERE DID YOU EVER FIND THAT HULK
25 - Canada - Spruce Grove Alberta 53.5333°N 113.9167°W
He appeared one day.. Radio activity!
26 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado
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27 - United Kingdom - Hornchurch Havering 51.5500°N 0.2167°E
Any news in the new cameras yet for this year? :)
28 - United States - Coplay Pennsylvania 40.6841°N 75.5471°W
I spy Alek testing!
Yea, I was checking the wireless connectivity ... it's looking pretty good. I was also testing ONE of the new cameras ... sounds like a webcam manufacturer may loan me another one - hope it gets here soon!
Also, someone commented "The shadows coming from your garage look like tombstones or gothic arches! Neat!" and the 2nd picture shows those ... that is pretty cool when the camera is in IR mode. Halloween stuff should start getting deployed in the next day or two - WOOT!
29 - United States - Babson Park Massachusetts 42.2987°N 71.2595°W
What does that sign say that you took many pixs of? Looking forward to another great year Alek. Thanks so much :)
30 - United States - Rapid City South Dakota 44.1209°N 103.1978°W
How Many Halloween Inflatables do you now have?
31 - United States - Grapevine Texas 32.9234°N 97.0810°W
Alek, what is the brand and model of the new cams you purchased? Just wondering is all. Great site, keep it up.
First, thanks for the compliment ... and I'm running a bit behind schedule, but more stuff is going to start popping up in the next few days and I'll be turning on the webcams periodically. Ask me that webcam question again in a week or so ... one vendor has said they'll send me a demo, but want to wait until I have a chance to test it out.
32 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado
I'll try to answer the Halloween inflatables question in a few days when I move 'em all up from the basement. Pictures coming of the sign ... lets just say it might have something to do with the election - GO GREEN!
Tonight I had some time to work on the icicle lights that go across the top-roof line. These actually stay up there for Christmas too ... and with 1,500 non-LED lights (someone want to buy me some LED's - lotsa $$$), there always a bunch of burned out ones during both holidays. Each strand is stored in a plastic bag, so I pull it out and plug it in. If a "sub-section" is burned out, I use the Lightkeeper Pro (or "Magic Gun" as I call it) and while it may take a number of "shots", it almost always lights it up. I then go through the strand and replace any burned out lights. Remember these are wired in series, so if one
goes out (but the shunt isn't gone), then the other all have slightly higher voltage ... and shorter lifetimes. So you want to
try to stay on top of it. How about checking my work and let me know if I missed any burned out bulbs - click on the image to see the full-res version!
Here's a picture of the "Magic Gun" along with a pile of burned out lights. As with the image above, click to see full-res ... anyone want to count how many lights (bonus points if you total red & green) I had to replace?!? ;-)
33 - South Africa - Cape Town Western Cape 33.9258°S 18.4232°E
Komar's house is in the Republic of Boulder
34 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado
I've setup the skulls (watch time-lapse on
Webcam #2 used to be just inside the master bedroom window (who can make
the funniest joke about that?!?) but as you can see in the picture below, it's
now mounted outside the house. This is a slightly different angle and with
it now being closer to the skulls, I had to tilt 'em backwards to make it look "right" ... I put in two safety wires.
I also installed the lights on the upper roofline per
35 - United Kingdom - Hornchurch Havering 51.5500°N 0.2167°E
Getting excited! Not long now hopefully
36 - United States - Middletown Ohio 39.4439°N 84.4168°W
Hi Alek. I made it back for another year of viewing your wonderful cams!! I love this time of year and you help to make it soooo entertaining for me. Keep up the great work. Looking forward to "live cams" time.
37 - United States - Rapid City South Dakota 44.1209°N 103.1978°W
Have you thought about going all led light for both Halloween&Christmas
LED lights are EXPENSIVE ... especially when you need a bazillion of 'em. But HEY, if you want to donate some (see post #32), I'd be happy to use those instead!
38 - United States - Reading Pennsylvania 40.3357°N 75.9269°W
Uhf! I don't envy you're having to test all of those bulbs! I have a similar device and they're very very handy. It might not be very green, but I prefer the old style lights. Notice how much better they look on the cam too!
39 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado
Webcam2 has been turned on ... so you'll see the "Skull Twins" 7x24. I'll be turning on the other webcams periodically as I do setting up.
40 - United States - San Jose California 37.3061°N 122.0020°W
woot halloween is coming soon
41 - United States - Babson Park Massachusetts 42.2987°N 71.2595°W
is it possible to remove the music option on the page? It slows the site down considerably for us netbook users. Thanks for the consideration.
Per D-14 in the Halloween/Christmas FAQ, just add a "?music=false" to the URL.
42 - United Kingdom - Hornchurch Havering 51.5500°N 0.2167°E
How's it all going alek?!
43 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado
For those that wondered what the sign was on my front yard, here's a picture from the other side - HULK for President! ;-)
44 - United Kingdom - Tamworth St. Helens 52.6167°N 1.6833°W
That Sign is Fab Alek!!!
45 - United States - Glen Rock New Jersey 40.9604°N 74.1230°W
hulk for president sounds good, but homer for president sounds better to me! think about it, he would add a new day to the week called beer-day. it would be wonderful!
46 - United States - Reading Pennsylvania 40.3357°N 75.9269°W
Hulk For President! Smashing the Competition since 1962! LOL!
47 - United States - Carlsbad New Mexico 32.4207°N 104.2288°W
All of it is pretty Scary to me..
48 - Canada - Port Coquitlam British Columbia 49.2667°N 122.7833°W
he he alek i see you in the yard! :D
49 - Canada - Port Coquitlam British Columbia 49.2667°N 122.7833°W
OMG ALEK I SEE YOU JSUT PUT UP THE INFLATIBLES!!!
50 - United States - Babson Park Massachusetts 42.2987°N 71.2595°W
what happened to the Rockies baseballs you displayed in years past?
If they were in the playoffs, I'd be putting the monster Colorado Rockies Baseballs out on the front yard ... but they lost almost 100 games this season ... need I say more?!? ;-)
51 - United States - Glen Rock New Jersey 40.9604°N 74.1230°W
alek, i have to say that what you do is truly amazing! when the lights for both halloween and christmas are fully functional, my neices beg to go on and control the lights! we live in new jersey and i can honestly say you spread holiday cheer all across the world! looking forward for the X10 controls to be on!! and thank you for doing this as it does make alot of people happy!!
Well dang, that was a super nice thing to say - thanks!
52 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado
I deployed a bunch of stuff in the front lawn this afternoon. It's pretty funny that less than 10 minutes after I walk out there, a neighborhood kid notices and says "HEY, whatcha doing?" ... so I asked him if he wanted to help ... which made his day ... and mine! ;-) Below is a picture of how things look so far and here's the time-lapse ... check out the dog at the very end going into the display. You can also watch the long version which shows me adjusting the camera angle initially and playing with the exposure at the end.
53 - United Kingdom - Haverfordwest Pembrokeshire 51.8017°N 4.9708°W
yay! cant wait for the webcams to go live, keep up the good work Alek!
54 - United Kingdom - Hornchurch Havering 51.5500°N 0.2167°E
55 - United Kingdom - Tamworth St. Helens 52.6167°N 1.6833°W
Oh Man Alek... I Can't Make Up My Mind on Which Decoration I like Best.... But as Post 54 Has said Looking Good!!!
56 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado
The front lawn doesn't need much more work ... and the Haunted Office is all setup ... so mostly what is left to decorate is the front of the house ... BUT ... strong winds are forecast for Saturday. So I'm going to delay "opening the show" until Sunday since wind is the biggest enemy of holiday displays!
57 - United Kingdom - Camberley Surrey 51.3500°N 0.7333°W
can you put the office cam online
58 - Canada - Port Coquitlam British Columbia 49.2667°N 122.7833°W
i saw you guys putting up more halloween decor! keep up the good work! you make me and my family smile alek!
59 - United Kingdom - Rowley Regis Sandwell 52.4833°N 2.0667°W
I've just Changed the Lamps out in One of My Lights sets, The one thats up in The Hallway... This is ALL Your Fault Alek!!! LOL
60 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado
We got a lot of rain, but the forecast winds never showed up ... and it's starting to clear ... so I'll turn things on tonight. The Haunted Office is all setup ... but still lots to add to the outside of the house and a few things aren't quite working yet.
61 - United Kingdom - London London, City of 51.5142°N 0.0931°W
Alarm set for 1am for tonight! Excited!!
62 - Canada - Saint John New Brunswick 45.2667°N 66.0667°W
Glad to see you back for another year Alek
63 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado
Had a good first night yesterday.
While I don't have everything setup yet, it's a good way to
get the "rust" out of the system and "exercise" the code.
There were very few hiccups ... and most of the work was spent addressing stuff for the election voting, since that last happened 4 years ago.
I detected some ballot stuffing in 2008 ...
and since I now have better analysis tools to determine PRO/CON bias, it's perhaps not surprising that I again saw ballot stuffing in 2012! ;-
64 - United States - Fort Bragg California 39.4797°N 123.6391°W
Looking forward to checking this out.. very cool idea. -Fremont, CA
65 - United States - Rapid City South Dakota 44.1209°N 103.1978°W
when are you going to put the rest up?
66 - United States - West Rutland Vermont 43.5738°N 73.0496°W
i cant wait its the second night i want to be first commnt of second night
67 - Canada - Port Coquitlam British Columbia 49.2667°N 122.7833°W
68 - United States - Rapid City South Dakota 44.1209°N 103.1978°W
I Think your Jack the iflatable is laying down on the job
69 - United States - Pocola Oklahoma 35.2458°N 94.4960°W
Yeehaaaaw!!! Halloween has officially begun! Lights look great, Alek!
70 - Canada - Spruce Grove Alberta 53.5333°N 113.9167°W
I see a lot of ballot stuffing and overloads
A couple people are getting carried away with electronic "attacks/ballot stuffing" ... but there is actually an analysis
of the voting patterns and invalid entries are tossed -
here's more about that along with some examples.
71 - United States - West Jordan Utah 40.6097°N 111.9391°W
Oh no! With all those decorations we won't properly see the grass grow!
72 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W
I think you should give them a warning and erase all their votes for the evening and then the 2nd time, ban the IP address.
That certainly may already be happening ... ;-)
73 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W
Alek, there's something strange hanging over the Left Skull's Head. at 16:08
That's actually one of the icicle lights hanging from the roof line - you'll see it light up at night.
74 - Netherlands - City N/A 52.5000°N 5.7500°E
that is unfair because you acted like it was okay and nothing wrong with it and then you go on to ban them...
75 - Canada - Port Coquitlam British Columbia 49.2667°N 122.7833°W
BECAUSE ALEK WAS NOT PAYING ATTENTION! PLUS THAT IS YOU! YOU ARE THE SPAMMER ARNT YOU? HULK SMASH!
76 - Netherlands - City N/A 52.5000°N 5.7500°E
um sure? but im here arent i....?
77 - Canada - Port Coquitlam British Columbia 49.2667°N 122.7833°W
u are using a different computer
78 - United States - Denver Colorado 39.7525°N 104.9995°W
that wouldnt work either i dont think... cuz hes banning the ip not the computer i think.. alek could answe r:D
79 - United States - Denver Colorado 39.7525°N 104.9995°W
80 - United States - Glendale Arizona 33.6669°N 112.1857°W
cam 1 in a head spin going for altitude record
81 - United States - Decatur Georgia 33.7708°N 84.2930°W
Boo yah :)
82 - United States - Decatur Georgia 33.7708°N 84.2930°W
83 - United States - Rochester New York 43.1548°N 77.6156°W
Alek First i would like to say what you do is Amazing and for a Great cause!! :) Also after reading about Ballet stuffing i realize i am guilty of my actions and i apologize for my wrong doing and i will make sure i have fun but not avoid the PRO or CON but be equal. After all this site is for a Good Cause! Please except my apologies! :)
No sweat ... I realize people get zealous about their candidates ... and yes, DO make sure to have fun! ;-)
84 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado
While working on the Headless Horseman (when inflated, he should "giddy'up" better now), I noticed a critter on Frankenstein as seen below.
85 - Italy - Bari Puglia 41.1333°N 16.8500°E
Hello Alek! This is the seventh year that I follow your blog and your site. I look forward to the pictures of halloween decorations, and the crazy lights to be controlled ... a must! good work!
86 - Italy - Bari Puglia 41.1333°N 16.8500°E
my little son asks: "where is spongebob vampire? " :))
That would be a cool addition - will keep an eye out for one at the post-holiday sales!
87 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado
My wife was home briefly yesterday so she was polite enough not to ask to park in the garage ... since otherwise I have to move stuff so she can get in. She said "I parked in the driveway far enough down so everyone could still see your stuff" ... but per the picture below (when I went out to roll it further down the driveway), not quite! ;-)
88 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W
Alek, I have a question. if someone is viewing your page and he happens to like 1 of the 3 candidates you have up, and he only wants to vote for 1 and not all 3. at what point would you scrap votes from that person?
There is no hard-n-fast rule. Having fun on the website is the main priority ... but if you are really stuffing the ballot for a candidate (or stacking against one), then it is flagged - some examples here.
89 - United States - Rapid City South Dakota 44.1209°N 103.1978°W
Frankenstein inflatable is not coming on
90 - United States - Rapid City South Dakota 44.1209°N 103.1978°W
looks like it's very windy outside
91 - United States - Livonia Michigan 42.3971°N 83.3732°W
Hello alek I read about x10 controls and it said that it takes 3/4 of a second for it to react. Is there a way you can set the webcams on maybe 1 second refresh rate or faster? Just a thought. Thanks for the lights they are great!!!
92 - United States - Rapid City South Dakota 44.1209°N 103.1978°W
93 - India - Daman Daman and Diu 20.4167°N 72.8500°E
hi, your blog is really nice but our birthday gifts collections is available now.
94 - United Kingdom - Boston Lincolnshire 52.9833°N 0.0167°W
why cant the lights go on a bit early as we live in the uk and sometimes its to late to stay up andmy daughter likes ur site ..xx happy halloween
You won't see the lights earlier because the sun is still up here in Colorado - there's not much I can do about that! ;-)
95 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado
The "boys" took over the Haunted Office last night and had some fun as seen in the time-lapse video.
96 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W
the votes disappeared on the screen! election called off?
Ooops ... I was fiddling with the Perl code and fat-fingered a 2012 "ifdef" case ... so election data wasn't being displayed. This is now fixed ... plus the leader is now in bold. Rest assured that all the votes are accounted for and the election is on ... may the best green monster win! ;-)
97 - United States - West Jordan Utah 40.6097°N 111.9391°W
Alek! O___O ___waves at you___
98 - Canada - Spruce Grove Alberta 53.5333°N 113.9167°W
Sad how people need to stuff. I'm not innocent myself but its pretty obvious when it happens...
99 - United Kingdom - Hayling Hampshire 50.7833°N 0.9667°W
Still no streaming?
100 - United States - Livonia Michigan 42.3684°N 83.3527°W
Yeah where is the streaming video? I thought you were a computer nerd type of person. If someone can go to ustream and have a high definition 1080p stream under the age of 21 then i'm sure you alek can do a little bit of standard definition streaming. With no problem whatsoever!!!
101 - United States - Babson Park Massachusetts 42.2987°N 71.2595°W
You need to check the Frankenstein. The system continues to show it is losing air.
102 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado
I took some pictures this evening and here's what the front yard looks like as seen from webcam #2. The Hulk for President political sign usually faces toward the street ... neighbors think it is a hoot! ;-)
103 - United States - Portsmouth Virginia 36.8354°N 76.2983°W
Love people that that go all out for the holidays! We need more joy in this world!
104 - United States - Grapevine Texas 32.9234°N 97.0810°W
Alek, what's the make a model of the new cams? I know you weren't going to say before and wasn't sure about now.
105 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado
The fine folks at IQinVision were nice enough to send me a loaner network camera for the holiday season ... so I swapped out webcam #3 in the Haunted Office. I still need to do some further testing - in particular, getting a decent white balance is a challenge in this "colorful" environment with very broad dynamic range present. But as seen below, it's certainly an improvement in quality - OH YEAH! ;-)
For those interested, webcam #2 is Viviotek FD8362 and webcam #1 is an old AXIS 215 that I picked up cheap on eBay. The later has some issues (plus maximum image size is 704x480), but is a much more challenging environment as it has to be outside. So HEY, if anyone has a spare high-end network camera they'd like to donate/loan (which especially at Christmas will be seen by a LOT of people), give me a holler.
106 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W
that's fantastic quality difference! one thing I've noticed on the new camera is the size of the image is slightly different. if you look closely Alek, you can see the lighted pumpkin looks a little thinner as does the Hulk Lamp and the head. you too! hehehe
107 - Finland - Helsinki Southern Finland 60.1756°N 24.9342°E
sweet upgrade! i will buy you a webcam if i win the lottery. love this site!
108 - United States - Grand Island Nebraska 40.9166°N 98.4357°W
new cam looks alot better than the old one need all new cams
109 - United States - Rapid City South Dakota 44.1209°N 103.1978°W
what is the name of your town that the display is in?
110 - United States - Livonia Michigan 42.3684°N 83.3527°W
alek lives in the republic of boulder, colorado .
111 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado
With two weeks to go in the election, the HULK needs your Puny Human Vote.
His platform/position is very simple - the Big Green Guy SMASHES!!!
Hulk Smash Terrorists!
Hulk Smash Taxes!
Hulk Smash Big Bird!
This message from the Puny Humans supporting HULK for President Committee.
"I'm the Incredible Hulk and I approve this message" ... and don't make me angry!
112 - Canada - Spruce Grove Alberta 53.5333°N 113.9167°W
Maybe, just maybe you could lower cam 2 a tiny bit??
113 - Australia - Croydon North Victoria 37.7833°S 145.3000°E
Hulkie has my vote and I live in Australia
114 - United States - Syosset New York 40.8262°N 73.5021°W
This site is such a wonderfully proactive way to help your children fight Celiac disease and bring simple happiness to so many people. Thanks for allowing me to play like a kid and best wishes to your family.
115 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W
rainy day in Colorado..
Temperatures are dropping and decent chance we may get a few inches of snow tonight. The HULK Brothers didn't like that too much last year - here they are trying to take shelter! ;-)
116 - Canada - Spruce Grove Alberta 53.5333°N 113.9167°W
Webcam 1 is covered in water droplets!
117 - United States - Glen Rock New Jersey 40.9604°N 74.1230°W
Alek, just a quick question. When do you put the Christmas blog on?
118 - Canada - Spruce Grove Alberta 53.5333°N 113.9167°W
he usually does I think just before Thanksgiving.. or a bit earlier.
119 - United States - Rapid City South Dakota 44.1209°N 103.1978°W
it's snowing outside might want to sweep a little off of the inflatables near your driveway
120 - United States - Rapid City South Dakota 44.1209°N 103.1978°W
Homar is oding a backflip in your diveway
121 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado
So I got a very nifty measuring tool today - an XTBM X10 Signal Meter. Jeff Volp from JV Digital Engineering makes some great X10 products (the craftmanship is exquisite) and is a genuine pleasure to work with.
The XTBM tells you what X10 command has been sent, the power level, and background noise. Since I had the old "Haunted Office Cam" still in place, I zoomed it in on the Signal Meter and put my watch next to it. It was a real pain to get the light adaquate since the watch is hard to read, but the XTBM has a very bright/readable backlit display. And I really didn't have to do that since the images are time-stamped as you can see in the
time-lapse video of it in action. Sorry the image quality isn't too good ... but it clearly shows the type of activity on a not very busy night - pretty wild to see! ;-)
122 - United States - West Jordan Utah 40.6097°N 111.9391°W
OMG THERE'S SNOW!
123 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W
hmm. maybe the voting results, daily and totals should be kept secret until the end of the night.. too many people on both sides of the tape stuffing ballots. perhaps if they were hidden, could reduce the stuffing..
124 - Canada - Port Coquitlam British Columbia 49.2667°N 122.7833°W
IT SNOWED!!!!!!! :D congrats!
125 - United Kingdom - Great Dunmow Essex 51.8833°N 0.3667°E
Woohoo snow!! I want snow :( loving the decorations!!!
126 - Canada - Port Coquitlam British Columbia 49.2667°N 122.7833°W
haha same! lol
127 - United Kingdom - Perth Perth and Kinross 56.4000°N 3.4333°W
Snow!!! can't wait till we get it in Scotland, love your lights
128 - United States - Rapid City South Dakota 44.1209°N 103.1978°W
might want to help out your two witches getting out of the snow
129 - United States - Kansas City Kansas 39.0734°N 94.7177°W
HELLO MR. G, HOW'S IT GOING. CRAZY IN KC KINA HERE. LONG TIME NO SPEAK. CHECKING IN AGAIN. NOW THIS OLD GIRL HAS GRANDBABIES TO SHOW YOUR COOL STUFF TO.
130 - Canada - Port Coquitlam British Columbia 49.2667°N 122.7833°W
131 - United States - Rapid City South Dakota 44.1209°N 103.1978°W
Let the show beging
132 - United States - Rapid City South Dakota 44.1209°N 103.1978°W
Homer Simpson is lending fontware
133 - Canada - Saint John New Brunswick 45.2667°N 66.0667°W
Poor Homer - he can't stand jup straight!
134 - United States - Babson Park Massachusetts 42.2987°N 71.2595°W
What happened to the vote for hulk sign?
The sign is made out of cardboard ... so would fall apart in rain/snow ... so I pull it inside. But rest assured when this storm blows out, the Hulk for Prez sign will be back out there on my front yard! ;-)
135 - Canada - Port Coquitlam British Columbia 49.2667°N 122.7833°W
SNOW AGAIN! hahaha have fun Alek! cleaning out the inflatibles are hard! haha
136 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado
Yea, we got a couple inches of snow - needless to say, the Hulk Brothers don't look too happy in the cold.
137 - Canada - Port Coquitlam British Columbia 49.2667°N 122.7833°W
Alek are ya gonna fix that one HULK'S arm? poor guy! ;)
Hulk #1 has a leak right on the armpit which is very difficult to fix. My brother was able to fix the leak in the Hulk 5+ years ago ... but it re-opened up. Plus if his arm was inflated, I could not fit both of 'em on the balcony! ;-)
138 - Canada - Port Coquitlam British Columbia 49.2667°N 122.7833°W
haha ok just wonderin! ___)
139 - Canada - Spruce Grove Alberta 53.5333°N 113.9167°W
Hard time believing there wasn't any Ballot stuffing last night...
I haven't run the ballot stuffing analysis for yesterday yet - will do a bit later tonight.
140 - United States - Bellevue Washington 47.6104°N 122.2007°W
Good Evening Alek from Port Hadlock, WA
141 - United Kingdom - Great Dunmow Essex 51.8833°N 0.3667°E
So glad that the clocks have changed here in the UK, more chance of being able to watch when all the cams are on!!!!!
142 - United Kingdom - Derby 52.9333°N 1.5000°W
Hi All, It's great to control the light's again :-)
143 - United Kingdom - Derby 52.9333°N 1.5000°W
Don't forget about the picture of the turkey at thanks giving, Alek,
144 - United States - Carlsbad New Mexico 32.4207°N 104.2288°W
Alek, Now you've done it... The Cops are at the door 10:52 AM Cheers
Yea, the police stopped by to check out the Halloween Decorations ... here's the time-lapse ... was actually just a wrong address.
145 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado
I've been meaning to post some more pictures of the snow from this weekend ... so here they are. Weather for October 31st is forecast to be 70°F ... so should be a great Halloween night for the trick-or-treaters ... and certainly a lot nicer than what the unfortunate people on the East Coast will go through.
146 - United States - Rapid City South Dakota 44.1209°N 103.1978°W
Hey Alex what new Christmas decorations do you plan on seting up for 2012
Glad you asked that as I almost forgot to turn on commenting for the Christmas Blog before October 31st - D'OH! ;-)
Remember that Halloween is just the warmup for
Christmas and I hope to have the zany christmas webcam online by December 1st and maybe sometime after Thanksgiving ... HO-HO-HO! ;-)
147 - United States - Rapid City South Dakota 44.1209°N 103.1978°W
do you still have a frosty the snowman inflatabe if so are you planing to put it up for Christmas 2012
Frosty will be back along with the entire Snowman family ... and as seen below, for Christmas, Pumpkin Jack is Back! ;-)
148 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado
I realized I had not taken any pictures of the Haunted Office - looks a bit scary with me in it! ;-)
149 - United States - Mesa Arizona 33.4223°N 111.8226°W
You have some interesting reading material!
150 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W
Alek, you really should use THAT new picture as the picture you use for Webcam 3 when the system shuts down for the night. It's a much much better shot, better quality and up to date!
151 - Italy - Trani Puglia 41.2833°N 16.4167°E
Now we starting a very very spooky halloween night in Italy!!!!! BOOOOOO... HAPPY HALLOWEEN ALEK!
152 - Czech Republic - Pardubice Pardubicky kraj 50.0278°N 15.7758°E
Happy Halloween everyone !!!!
153 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado
In addition to the world's smallest pumpkin (my wife is proud of it), here's my trick-or-treats for tonight ... got some for both the little and big kids!
154 - United States - Barstow California 34.8986°N 117.0228°W
Mmmm, the "big kid" treats look yummmmy! Happy Halloween!!
155 - United Kingdom - Dudley 52.5000°N 2.0833°W
Hi Alek, had a great halloween so far here in the UK, lots of trick r treater's, hope you all have a great night too and looking forward to the webcams coming on-line .. staying up late .. can't wait!!!
156 - Hungary - Sopron Gyor-Moson-Sopron 47.6833°N 16.6000°E
Happy Halloween from Hungary Europe !!!
157 - United Kingdom - Dudley 52.5000°N 2.0833°W
looking busy Alek ...finishing touches? Happy Halloween!
158 - United Kingdom - Cricklade Wiltshire 51.6333°N 1.8500°W
159 - Italy - Taranto Puglia 40.4761°N 17.2297°E
just 2 minutes to go !!!
160 - United States - Seattle Washington 47.4956°N 122.2515°W
Happy Halloween from Port Hadlock, Washington (state)
161 - United States - Cramerton North Carolina 35.2344°N 81.0809°W
Nice display. Thanks and Happy Halloween!
162 - United Kingdom - Derby 52.9333°N 1.5000°W
Happy Halloween Alek and family. A great display again this year. We are looking forward to those christmas lights, don't forget that picture of your turkey, on thanks giving day. Thank you. Gill Luke's mum
163 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado
Yet another fun and crazy Halloween Night. My guess is close to 200 trick-or-treaters and I ended up opening my "reserve" bag of candy. The adults "treats" were appreciated with the favorite being the Pumpkin Pie Cream Liquor ... especially with the ladies. Below are a few snapshots from the webcams (love the Ghostbuster's dude walking up my driveway) - be sure to watch time-lapse videos from webcam1 and webcam2 and webcam3.
164 - Hungary - Sopron Gyor-Moson-Sopron 47.6833°N 16.6000°E
warmup for christmas :)
165 - United States - Allentown Pennsylvania 40.6084°N 75.4902°W
Thanks Again Alek for the awesome light display! Your site has become a Halloween Tradition for me now while I wait on my own Trick Or Treaters. I hope that you raised lots of money for Celiac Research! Go GREEN Party! YAY!
166 - United States - Las Vegas Nevada 36.1750°N 115.1372°W
As sad as it will be to see it go, when can we expect the las night of controlling the lights, and the Halloween decorations to go down?
As noted on the main page, tonight (November 1st) is the last night to view/control the Halloween display ... plus vote for Obama, Romney, or THE HULK! I'll be taking down the next couple of days (probably generate a time-lapse of that) and then getting ready for Christmas ... HO-HO-HO! ;-)
167 - United Kingdom - Eastleigh Hampshire 50.9667°N 1.3500°W
Chris, Webcam 2 is up 24/7 though :) (On LINK DELETED)
168 - United States - Fort Smith Arkansas 35.3659°N 94.4126°W
Thanks for the wonderful lights this year, Alek! Time went by way to quick, but Christmas is just around the corner! Woooot!
169 - Anonymous Proxy - City N/A 0.0000°N 0.0000°E
This whole idea of editing out the "stuffers" is incorrect. No one is going to come here and vote once. And because of the way you do the voting, if someone leans towards a candidate they should tend to turn on and off those lights, and everyone else can do the same so that's fair. THE BUTTONS SHOULD NOT REGISTER A VOTE UNLESS IT TURNS ON/OFF A LIGHT! No one is going to come here and vote once, that's a silly position to take. Enjoyed the lights though.
170 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W
I think the voting is fine. but to be honest I do like when there aren't votes because then I can turn on and off all the lights, ot just those who I prefer to vote for.
171 - United States - Allentown Pennsylvania 40.6084°N 75.4902°W
Maybe a separate poll button that doesn't have any control over the lights? I like controlling ALL of the lights, to be honest.
172 - United Kingdom - Great Dunmow Essex 51.8833°N 0.3667°E
Can't believe it's the last night already! Been fantastic thanks Alek!
173 - United States - West Rutland Vermont 43.5738°N 73.0496°W
Wow last night of halloween already cant wait for christmas.___-)
174 - Canada - Port Coquitlam British Columbia 49.2667°N 122.7833°W
NOOOOO PLEASE ALEK 1 MORE NIGHT!
175 - Canada - Port Coquitlam British Columbia 49.2667°N 122.7833°W
NOOOOO PLEASE ALEK 1 MORE NIGHT!
176 - Canada - Spruce Grove Alberta 53.5333°N 113.9167°W
Enough boy.. Stop embarra**ing fellow Canadians!
177 - Canada - Port Coquitlam British Columbia 49.2667°N 122.7833°W
be quiet jerk!
178 - Canada - Spruce Grove Alberta 53.5333°N 113.9167°W
Don't annoy ALEK.
179 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado
Sorry ... that's it for Halloween/2012. I may turn the webcams on tomorrow when I take everything down - hope to post a time-lapse video.
180 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado
I've done a final validation of the Presidential contest beween Obama, Romney, and the HULK. It was very close ... with quite a bit of ballot stuffing. Fortunately, the Perl scripts were able to detect this ... and after manual verification, those votes were invalidated. In 2008, Obama won with 21,966 votes ... followed by McCain with 21,821 and HULK with 21,692. For 2012, it looks like we are sending a Big Green Monster to the White House as the final tally was:
16,161 - HULK
15,373 - Romney
15,345 - Obama
Congratulations to the Green Party Candidate and I'm sure he'll do a SMASHING job! ;-)
181 - United States - Carlsbad New Mexico 32.4207°N 104.2288°W
Alek, McCain? What Happened to ROMNEY? Great show, Can't wait for Christmas
182 - United Kingdom - Great Dunmow Essex 51.8833°N 0.3667°E
So sad everything being taken down :(
183 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W
Please don't fall....
Famous last words, but I'm pretty careful on the roof ... and I made it through another year without falling off the roof. If you missed the takedown action, here the timelapse videos via webcam
184 - United States - Milan Michigan 42.0838°N 83.6585°W
are you doing the christmas lights
185 - United States - Carlsbad New Mexico 32.4207°N 104.2288°W
Americans Died, Obama Lied, The Media Complied. Vote Romney Ryan 11-6-2012
186 - United States - Spring City Pennsylvania 40.1692°N 75.6019°W
Looking forward to 4 years with THE INCREDIBLE HULK as President.
187 - Canada - Spruce Grove Alberta 53.5333°N 113.9167°W
Hey Romney guy, give it a rest, you've been brainwashed by idiot republicans. He won't win. Mark my word!
188 - United Kingdom - Basingstoke Hampshire 51.2667°N 1.0833°W
Alek - Geo IP location is not rendering properly on hallowen_webcam page
Forgot to close an HTML tag - thanks for noticing and letting me know!
189 - United States - Allentown Pennsylvania 40.6084°N 75.4902°W
I'm writing in my vote for Hulk tomorrow! Hee!
190 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado
While I took down the Halloween Decorations, HULK for President remains up until after Election day! ;-)
Be sure to vote - help put a Big Green Monster in the White House ...
191 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W
Won't be long now till the real winner is announced..
192 - Canada - Spruce Grove Alberta 53.5333°N 113.9167°W
I TOLD YA I TOLD YA!! Obama wins again!
Yep - another 4 years with Obama. Needless to say, the HULK felt a little deflated this morning.
193 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W
Colorado was a pretty good supporter for the Democrats.
194 - United Kingdom - Farnham Surrey 51.2000°N 0.8000°W
Alek - What is that small round thing hanging off the edge of the roof on the left next to the inflatable hulk?
That's just a lighted ball - there's one hanging on the other side of the house too.
195 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W
well, looks like it's come and gone. another fun Halloween and another Election. Thanks Alek for all the fun in October and some November. see you in 2013!
196 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado
With the election over, it's time to shut down
the Blog and call Halloween/2012 a wrap - be sure to come back for halloween 2013. The christmas blog is open for comments, the christmas lights will go up in a few weeks, and I hope to have the christmas lights webcam LIVE after Thanksgiving. Here's one last final look of the house, front yard, and haunted office - BOO! ;-)