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Alek Komarnitsky's Huge Christmas Light Display Still Going Strong (Video)

timothy posted about 10 months ago | from the imagine-a-world-with-sentient-holiday-light-displays dept.

Christmas Cheer 29

Alek Komarnitsky isn't the only one obsessed with Christmas lights. He's quick to point out that the display he assembles and improves each year at his Colorado home (in a "never-ending cycle") isn't the most elaborate in the country by a long shot, even among householders. But most of those other displays, no matter how complex, don't have the feature that's made Alek's an internet draw for many years running: visitors to the site not only get to see a live web-cam view of the system, but can flip the lights on and off themselves, making it a globally accessible interactive system. It's all based on home-grown scripts running on Linux (Alek says it's about as elegant as "duct tape and wire"), running old-school X10 controllers, and — surprisingly to me — the lights are mostly still conventional incandescents, rather than LED. This year, I finally caught up with Alek before Christmas; watch the video below to see our conversation. And even though Alek neither solicits nor wants money from people who like his Christmas display for himself, he does it partly as a benefit for Celiac Disease Research, and anything you give to this worthy cause is appreciated. Update: 12/23 21:21 GMT by T : NOTE: tune in starting around 4 PM Mountain time, and you'll get to see the system lit up.

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Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45769989)

'Dat website....

Re:Wow (5, Funny)

cervesaebraciator (2352888) | about 10 months ago | (#45770057)

No kidding. I feel like I've just been visited by the Ghost of GeoCities Past.

Re:Wow (2)

The Grim Reefer (1162755) | about 10 months ago | (#45770167)

No kidding. I feel like I've just been visited by the Ghost of GeoCities Past.

Well he is using X10 modules. Actually I think you have the time period about right. I remember seeing this site back sometime in the mid to late 90' for the first time.

Re:Wow (1)

buchner.johannes (1139593) | about 10 months ago | (#45770755)

X10 with Ajax ...

Re:Wow (4, Funny)

Ol Olsoc (1175323) | about 10 months ago | (#45771775)

No kidding. I feel like I've just been visited by the Ghost of GeoCities Past.

Where's dancing Jesus and the Hamsters?

Fraud (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45770009)

Filter error: You can type more than that for your comment.

Address? (1)

harrkev (623093) | about 10 months ago | (#45770171)

Anybody seen a street address on the page?

I am going to be in the neighborhood and might want to stop by, but that is kind of hard without an exact address.

The nearest that I can figure out is "near Denver somewhere."

Re:Address? (4, Informative)

jaskelling (1927116) | about 10 months ago | (#45770229)

Not technically Denver. He's in the Boulder/Lafayette area. His address is 2510 Blue Heron Circle, Lafayette, CO. It's publicly available in several Boulder Daily Camera news articles, just in case anyone decides to nuke me for posting personal information. Article link where i found it is below. http://www.dailycamera.com/ci_13109068 [dailycamera.com]

Re:Address? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45780959)

He lives in a Gated Community; was Disappointed when I drove out there and didn't get to see anything.

Why spend so much money on lights and keep it behind a locked gate?

Re:Address? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45770305)

Ever heard of Google? It's in Boulder, Co, near Denver I guess if you're look from the moon.

Hoax? (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45770381)

In 2004 this was outed as a hoax, he admitted it didn't work. I assume it does now?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A32286-2004Dec28.html

Reading comprehension fail? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45775875)

Scroll up and read the words on the glowing box in front of you, and you will not have to make assumptions.

Wall Drug (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45770485)

How many miles to Wall Drug from there?

Re:Wall Drug (1)

Virtucon (127420) | about 10 months ago | (#45776281)

434 miles if you follow along mostly I-25..

We Have A Winner! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45770563)

For UGLIEST website EVER.

Re:We Have A Winner! (1)

Dan Askme (2895283) | about 10 months ago | (#45772027)

For UGLIEST website EVER.

But at least it has character, and a crap load of em.

Re:We Have A Winner! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45776133)

And yet more usable than the G+.

Direct Webcam Link and COMPLETE History (2)

xmas2003 (739875) | about 10 months ago | (#45770789)

Since it is not in the summary, here's a direct link to the Controllable Christmas Lights for Celiac Disease. [komar.org]

And here's an overly long, but complete history of 'em: part1 [youtube.com] and part2. [youtube.com]

Re: Direct Webcam Link and COMPLETE History (1)

Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) | about 10 months ago | (#45770905)

Is that you Alek?

How long is this stupid commercial? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45770813)

Ridiculous.

Wild coincidence (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45771141)

Taking one look at that web site and thinking about an app* my nephew was using this weekend, and a /. article** I've been thinking about recently, and I'M HAVING SERIOUS VISUALS, MAN.

* https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/christmas-lights-house-decorator/id723261466
** http://science.slashdot.org/story/13/12/11/1819227/simulations-back-up-theory-that-universe-is-a-hologram

Haha this again (1)

log0n (18224) | about 10 months ago | (#45771197)

This is the Christmas equivalent of April 1 Slashdot. Was wondering if the site would make an appearance again this year.

Wow, fuck you slashdot (0)

buttfuckinpimpnugget (662332) | about 10 months ago | (#45771533)

5 minutes of fucking ads for a 9 minute video. Fuck you.

SING! (1)

luckymutt (996573) | about 10 months ago | (#45771943)

Anyone using Opera will understand the subject line.

fake? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45772129)

Didn't verify, but: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A32286-2004Dec28.html

Re:fake? (1)

ThePhilips (752041) | about 10 months ago | (#45776169)

Why not WTFV? (watch the fucking video) The man himself explains it all. 2003 and 2004 it was a joke - not even a hoax - 2005 and on it is real.

4pm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45774047)

I'll take no part in a DDOS attack.

inverted clock (1)

lebjoot (560242) | about 10 months ago | (#45775833)

I liked the inverted clock in the video.Maybe he is trying to go back to good old geocities times?
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