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Extreme Christmas Lights In Orlando

timothy posted more than 6 years ago | from the what-generators-are-for-when-the-blackouts-come dept.

Christmas Cheer 318

tripmine writes "The Orlando Sentinel has a story about a geek who can't get enough Christmas light. 'This Christmas, tech-savvy people such as Hansen are increasingly building the biggest, most elaborate holiday lights in neighborhoods across Central Florida and throughout the country. They typically work in fields such as computer programming, Web development, engineering or audio and visual services and are armed with a technical knowledge that the average person lacks. They trade tips and stories on message boards and set up Web sites with step-by-step descriptions of how they installed their lights as well as pictures and videos of the finished product.'" Many cities have neighborhoods where the spectacle takes up blocks at a time, not just individual houses, too, as anyone who's strolled down Austin's 37th Street can attest. Links invited (in comments) to the best / worst light-spectacles you know of.

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Random Trivia (0, Offtopic)

orclevegam (940336) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807272)

Around Orlando the Sentinel is know as the Orlando Slantinel due to it's tendency to not quite give the full story. Not that that's relevant to this article. Maybe if I get a chance today I'll go check that house out, it would be cool to see it in person.

Re:Random Trivia (1)

cthulu_mt (1124113) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807470)

Most local papers are like that. Here in Albany, NY we have the Times Union known as the "Crimes Union" for its habit of glossing over misdeeds by state legislators.

Good Thing It's Not in Boston (4, Funny)

imaginaryelf (862886) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807282)

Or the police would've locked down the city already.

Re:Good Thing It's Not in Boston (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21807606)

Lady: Hey, what are you doing!
Officer: We believe this may be an improvised explosive device so it's being removed using a controlled explosion.
Lady: BUT THAT'S MY HOUSE!!!
Officer: Ok you heard her boys, book her, she admitted to being the terrorist.

Re:Good Thing It's Not in Boston (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21807642)

I'm sick and tired of people repeating this stupid joke. You forget that there already was a bbomb threat in Bostno that day.

Popele were just acting rashionally when they saw a st4range device on important imfrasturcture. If the devices were just put on sighns, no one would have cared, but they were placed on bridges and other places where they looked dangerous.

And as for the MIT student, you MIT agreed with the actions of the piolce and that the student wazs acting dangerously. MIT is a pretty well known for its smart people and if they agree than it's not surprising that the police acted the way they did.

So stop with the silly joke already, the actions is bOston were justifyd.

Re:Good Thing It's Not in Boston (4, Funny)

QRDeNameland (873957) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807860)

Popele were just acting rashionally when they saw a st4range device on important imfrasturcture.

Yeah, I have a hard time keeping away from the eggnog, too.

Re:Good Thing It's Not in Boston (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21807896)

Well, yeah: it takes a lot of eggnog to drop one's IQ to Boston-ite levels.

Re:Good Thing It's Not in Boston (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21807654)

And it's a good thing the YouTube video is not taken down yet for music theft, um, I mean, IP infringement.

It's Easier Than That (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21808164)

All you have to do is put out a Lite-Brite on your front lawn of an alien flipping the traffic off going by and you'll have Homeland Security on your doorstep in no time.

Re:It's Easier Than That (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21808232)

I need to correct this. It was NOT Homeland Security that shut down Boston. It was the Boston Police.

Not even George Bush is dumb enough to shut down a city over a Lite Brite. That kind of incompetence is something only Boston is capable of.

(The best part being, of course, that they did it TWICE, and begged for a Medal of Honor for their restraint in not immediately killing the suspect in the second case.)

Linked video (0, Offtopic)

celardore (844933) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807284)

Is actually in Florida, not Orlando. Just got covered by the Orlando Senital.

Re:Linked video (1)

orclevegam (940336) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807368)

The article mentions several light shows. The one from the video is south of Orlando in Kissimmee, but several of the others are actually in Orlando (or close enough at any rate).

Global warming (3, Insightful)

Yusaku Godai (546058) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807292)

What's the point to banning some incandescent light bulbs if this bullshit is allowed?

Re:Global warming (1)

orclevegam (940336) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807408)

Who's talking about banning incandescent light bulbs? Several manufacturers are trying to phase them out, but unless there's something I missed it's an entirely voluntary thing.

Re:Global warming (1)

Yusaku Godai (546058) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807458)

Just making a tongue in cheek reference to two or three stories down. And to be more precise, it's about banning the sale of certain types of bulbs.

Re:Global warming (1)

mixmatch (957776) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807410)

Check out LED Christmas lights.

Re:Global warming (0, Flamebait)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807528)

What's the point to banning some incandescent light bulbs if this bullshit is allowed?

Because it's Christmas. You know, the the celebration Jesus's birthday?

Now if you'll excuse me, I have a bon fire to light. I LOVE the smell of carbon in the winter! I shall spread the gift of warmth all around the world. It's my present to you, merry Christmas!

Re:Global warming (4, Interesting)

orclevegam (940336) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807688)

You know, the the celebration Jesus's birthday?
Interestingly enough there is no record of when Jesus was born. One of the original dates that early Christians believed was March 25th, which also corresponded with the date he was believed to have been crucified. Early Christians also did not celebrate the birth of Jesus because they believed saints didn't celebrate their births. The Christian church however has never been one to pass up an opportunity to subsume a competing religions holidays, and late December was a time when almost all cultures celebrated some kind of festival (Yule, Saturnalia, Sol Invictus, etc.). It made it much easier to convert people to Christianity if they got to keep most of their old holidays (see also Easter, corresponding to the Summer Solstice and many cultures fertility holidays [ever wonder about easter eggs?]).

Re:Global warming (1)

Yusaku Godai (546058) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807770)

Thanks, you took the words right out of my mouth.

Re:Global warming (4, Informative)

lilomar (1072448) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807912)

Um, not to be pedantic, but Easter is near the Spring equinox, not the Summer solstice.

Re:Global warming (4, Informative)

orclevegam (940336) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807980)

Um, not to be pedantic, but Easter is near the Spring equinox, not the Summer solstice.
I stand corrected. However, the point still remains that Easter was used to replace pre-existing pagan fertility holidays.

Re:Global warming (3, Informative)

prandal (87280) | more than 6 years ago | (#21808402)

Easter retains its Pagan origins, being celebrated on the first Sunday following the first full moon following the vernal equinox.

Re:Global warming (1)

orclevegam (940336) | more than 6 years ago | (#21808432)

Yes, almost the entire holiday is still true to its pagan roots, but the reason for it has been lost and replaced with "celebration of the rebirth of Jesus".

Re:Global warming (1)

jackbird (721605) | more than 6 years ago | (#21808054)

Actually, it makes Jan 1 the day Jesus was circumcised, and hence became a person according to the prevailing Jewish law of the time (a pragmatic way of dealing with high infant mortality rates when mourning rituals are fairly labor-intensive).

Re:Global warming (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21808324)

see also Easter, corresponding to the Vernal Equinox
There, fixed that for ya.

Re:Global warming (1)

orclevegam (940336) | more than 6 years ago | (#21808416)

Yes, lilomar already pointed that out for me.

Re:Global warming (1)

Colin Smith (2679) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807764)

What's the point to banning some incandescent light bulbs if this bullshit is allowed?
Well DOH! Your politicians will have been seen to have done something so that you will vote for them again. Don't you get it? It's not about actual results, it's about the appearance of results.
 

Re:Global warming (1)

orclevegam (940336) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807882)

Get all the fools on your side and you can be elected to anything. - Frank Dane [quotationspage.com]

Re:Global warming (1)

schwit1 (797399) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807850)

Allowed? In a truly free society everything is assumed to be allowed unless there's a good reason to outlaw it. A nanny state does the opposite.

What this has to do with global warming I'm not sure.

Re:Global warming (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21808002)

What does a "truly free society" have to do with the USA?

Re:Global warming QWZX (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21808340)

What does a "truly free society" have to do with the USA?

People whine about the USA, but exactly which country, on balance, is more free than the USA?

Re:Global warming QWZX (3, Funny)

Eternauta3k (680157) | more than 6 years ago | (#21808462)

Canada.

Re:Global warming (1)

MightyYar (622222) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807904)

I tagged it "auxiliarynuclear", which fans of Christmas Vacation may recognize.

Re:Global warming (1, Insightful)

digital_rich (1085385) | more than 6 years ago | (#21808360)

Who's the tree-hugging scrooge who modded this insightful?

Re:Global warming (5, Insightful)

One Childish N00b (780549) | more than 6 years ago | (#21808494)

What's the point to banning some incandescent light bulbs if this bullshit is allowed?

Shut up. This has been a year to end all years. We've been bullied into accepting bullshit laws left, right and center, we've seen our countrymen lose their lives in a neverending bullshit war, and the holiday season is the one time of year when we get to let our hair down and have fun without petty moaning getting in the way.

Yes, it's garish, and yes it's a "waste of energy", but you know what? I feel like getting up and going to work every day just to fall into bed and do it all over again tomorrow is a waste of energy, too, and I look forward to the fun and silliness of the holiday season, and things like this add to the fun. Pretty much everything else fun has been legislated to death, if we start legislating Christmas then we might as well give up the fight altogether and become mindless automatons retiring to our alcoves for 8 hours 'recharge' in between 365 days of work.

only 25,000? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21807294)

25,000? how about 250,000 - http://www.casadelpomba.com/ [casadelpomba.com]

(not synched to music, but still VERY impressive)

So 90's (4, Insightful)

Cthefuture (665326) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807316)

These type of flashy animated displays are like flashing HTML text and all the other tacky crap from 90's web design.

It can be done a lot more tastefully.

Re:So 90's (5, Funny)

kylben (1008989) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807444)

It can be done a lot more tastefully.
Yeah, they could get about a million red, green, and blue lights and string them up in a grid, with a computer to control each light individually instead of entire strands. Then they could port Firefox into the code that controls the lights and just show the damn Trans Siberian Orchestra house video on it.

Re:So 90's (3, Funny)

orclevegam (940336) | more than 6 years ago | (#21808096)

So very very tempted right now.

Why port firefox? (2, Funny)

jd (1658) | more than 6 years ago | (#21808178)

The Chaos Computer Club's Blinkenlights project lets you hook up games like Pong to hotel lighting systems. With the better resolution and greater refresh rate offered by christmas lights, it should be possible to get Doom or Quake to play quite nicely over the side of a mountain or something.

Re:So 90's (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21808234)

My god.

I now know what I must do this year, to get ready for next christmas.

Praise Jebus!

Re:So 90's (1)

Sigismundo (192183) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807490)

It makes me wonder if these kinds of ostentatious displays could possible trigger seizures in epileptics.

Re:So 90's (4, Interesting)

Belial6 (794905) | more than 6 years ago | (#21808108)

When I first read your comment, I though you were just one of those people that just like to complain. Then I saw the video, and had to completely agree with you. The display shows little to no creativity, and seem to be just a "I bought more lights" display. We used to have a house here in Santa Rosa, Ca that had a big display every year. It had a tenth of the lights, and was dramatically more impressive. It had spinning carousels, elves making toys, and various other animated displays. Buying more lights isn't impressive. Show me something I haven't seen before if you want to impress me.

All I can say is... (1)

Foofoobar (318279) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807320)

Where's my BB Gun? I'm HOPING to put someones eye out.

Forget the eye (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21807394)

Just aim for the wires coming out of the the electric meter.

Re:Forget the eye (1)

Foofoobar (318279) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807544)

Hell all it would take it a bucket of water on an unprotected outlet. Not that I'm trying to give anyone ideas or anything... but that's one way to take them out. If I was his neighbor, I'd be turning on the sprinklers full blast.

Re:All I can say is... (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807440)

I'm HOPING to put someones eye out.
If I had to look at shit like that I'd thank you for it.

Cease & desists and/or lawsuits in 3.. 2.. 1.. (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21807376)

FTFA:
Hansen's 25,000-light display is synchronized to five songs, which he broadcasts over an FM-radio frequency so passers-by can pick it up in their cars.

Radio broadcasts a/k/a "public performance" of likely-unlicensed music? So who's gonna get him first? The RIAA? The ASCAP? The FCC?

Takin' all bets!

Re:Cease & desists and/or lawsuits in 3.. 2.. (1)

orclevegam (940336) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807452)

Well, the FCC should have no claim, as most small transceivers aren't powerful enough to require FCC licensing. Now the RIAA (ASCAP?... maybe, but think that only applies to live performances) may have some sort of claim.

Rochester (MI) has some nice lights (3, Informative)

dpryan (123256) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807402)

Rochester Michigan has a really nice light display setup on all of the stores on Main St. Here's a link [ledgenlighting.com] to a slideshow from the company that put them up. Not surprisingly, the lights cause gridlock for about a mile in each direction, but it's worth it.

Argh... (1)

snarfies (115214) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807416)

Most annoying neighbor ever? I'd be looking into cutting their power lines after the first evening. But I'm a bit of a depressed grinch.

My neighbor does quite well (1)

grahamsz (150076) | more than 6 years ago | (#21808146)

I captured this video [youtube.com] last night

Amazing dedication, big fat wallet? (2, Interesting)

dada21 (163177) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807428)

Who has money for the energy bill from Christmas lights? Our household is very financially secure, but I'm not looking to spend thousands over the season to run the lights. My neighbor, who isn't really decked out as much as some, said his bill will be over $600 more this months for his lighting scheme. OUCH.

I'm sure the environmentalists will cry foul, and I understand that philosophy, but for me, the lights are putting more demand on electricity, which means I'll pay a higher bill myself.

The wife and I do like to see the more extravagant lighting setups out there, but we have noticed that some homes aren't running them 7 days a week. Wonder if its an electrical bill concern.

Re:Amazing dedication, big fat wallet? (1)

Bastard of Subhumani (827601) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807604)

My neighbor, who isn't really decked out as much as some, said his bill will be over $600 more this months for his lighting scheme.
I'm surprised you can fit that many bulbs on a trailer.

Story time kids (2, Interesting)

Yusaku Godai (546058) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807432)

Back when I was in high school, my family lived in southern Florida. Miami, specifically. This kind of crap is extremely prevalent around there, and I'm not sure exactly why. At any rate, one year our neighbor, as usual, had up several thousands of lights, along with the usual array of motorized reindeer, inflatable Santa Claus, and of course a big plastic glowing Jesus (what Jesus has to do with a pagan/capitalist holiday I'm not sure).

Anyways, a huge ugly array of crap that probably took a lot of work to put up--a perfect target for neighborhood hooligans looking to spoil peoples' hard work, right? Not so. The neighbor's display remained untouched. Meanwhile over at our house, we had simply arranged some lights in the shape of a peace sign over our garage door. Within two days all the lights had been torn down and stomped on. Ah, America...

Re:Story time kids (1)

orclevegam (940336) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807498)

Probably to make up for the complete lack of snow or really even cold weather. It's rather hard to get into the christmas spirit when it's 80 degrees outside, so people try to compensate by putting up ridiculously extravagant decorations.

Re:Story time kids (1)

mcsqueak (1043736) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807712)

Probably to make up for the complete lack of snow or really even cold weather. It's rather hard to get into the christmas spirit when it's 80 degrees outside, so people try to compensate by putting up ridiculously extravagant decorations.
I'd agree. I'm living in the Pacific NW but have had the good fortune to spend two Holiday seasons in recent years down in Maui, Hawai'i. The first time I went there, it felt like people had simply left their Christmas decorations up until June... it was almost disorientating to have it be in the mid 80's and see Christmas trees all done up, people in Santa costumes, palm tress covered in lights, and all the other typical Christmas stuff. Being someone from a cold and rainy climate, I had always associated Christmas with the cold weather and seeing it in a tropical setting just never seemed quite "right" to me.

Re:Story time kids (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21807992)

Moderated down by some drooling conservative moron, no doubt.

Re:Story time kids (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21808192)

Seem to be an awful lot of those around lately, not to mention a recent boom in spammers/trolls of all kinds. Anyone happen to know if slashdot has some sort of blacklisting system? I mean, after about the 100th post from an account (or IP for AC) that has nothing but -1 Troll in its history isn't it pretty apparent that that user should probably be banned?

Awesome (5, Funny)

Reality Master 101 (179095) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807476)

Of course, it's all fun and games until the bus of epileptic kids drives by.

You think that's bad? (3, Funny)

jd (1658) | more than 6 years ago | (#21808144)

If enough houses got together, they could make a great set of fake runway lights for aircraft.

Re:Awesome (1)

B3ryllium (571199) | more than 6 years ago | (#21808226)

Ah yes, good ol' BlinkenBus.

"If this bus is a-rockin' ... call the paramedics."

You too can do this (4, Interesting)

YrWrstNtmr (564987) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807494)

Computer controlled, fully programmable.
Lite-o-rama [lightorama.com]

If you're insane and anal enough to do it right. Some of the displays are pretty impressive [lightorama02.com] , though. In an over the top, freaky, kind of way.

You'll never go broke understimating the taste (1)

crovira (10242) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807790)

of the American public.

I watched part the video and it was like watching the eighteen wheeled log-hauler coming your way in front of you on the narrow mountain road suddenly jackknife and the tree trunks go up and over before coming down like a bunch of really BIG pick-up-sticks. (And you hope like Hell you jambed on the brakes fast enough!)

Armed with technical knowledge.... (4, Funny)

cc1984_ (1096355) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807568)

They typically work in fields such as computer programming, Web development, engineering or audio and visual services and are armed with a technical knowledge that the average person lacks
..and lack social skills and good taste which others are armed with.

Bizare Christmas Decorations (2, Funny)

doombringerltx (1109389) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807590)

Once I was with my family driving around looking at lights when we saw one house that had a huge nativity scene set up in their front yard. It had Mary, Joesph, the wise men, the whole nine yards. But it also had a huge fucking grim reaper behind the manager leaning over it all. I guess they were too lazy to take down the Halloween decorations all the way before setting up for Christmas, or they were just ape shit insane. Probably a little of each

Re:Bizare Christmas Decorations (1)

Black Art (3335) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807640)

Now I know what I am going to do for next year.

Jesus is the "reason for the season"? (0, Troll)

humankind (704050) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807602)

I couldn't help but notice the huge, annoying, "Jesus is the reason for the season" in those Xmas lights. Maybe if the architect did as much research into history as he did lighting, he might realize that Christmas was appropriated from earlier pagan traditions [bsalert.com] and has very little, if virtually nothing to do with "Jesus". Historians also generally agree (among those that actually think there was a historial Jesus figure) that Jesus was not born on December 25th in the first place. He was more likely born in the Spring or Summer. It's one thing to believe something that's erroneous. It's another to cast it in a hundred thousand lights and broadcast your ignorance to the entire neighborhood. Happy Saturnalia!

Re:Jesus is the "reason for the season"? (1)

Reality Master 101 (179095) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807798)

You forgot about the fact that the year is totally wrong as well.

I like to say that we can tell how much God* cared about Jesus's date of birth by how much he divinely inspired the priests to get the date and year correct. :)

*Of course, I could also point out that it's yet more evidence of the non-existence of God, but that's another subject.

Happy winter solstice. (1)

Colin Smith (2679) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807824)

And saturnalia is just a celebration of the winter solstice and the birth of the new year.
 

Re:Happy winter solstice. (1)

orclevegam (940336) | more than 6 years ago | (#21808290)

And saturnalia is just a celebration of the winter solstice and the birth of the new year.
I've alway preferred Yule to Saturnalia, although both at least aren't so pretentious as to think they're much more than an excuse to party with friends and family. I mean who else besides the Scandinavians are going to have a holiday that involves 12 "wild nights" of drinking, feasting, and general debauchery. Now that's the way to do a holiday!

Re:Jesus is the "reason for the season"? (1)

MightyYar (622222) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807832)

When I saw the "Jesus" sign, I thought it was apropos because I was thinking, "Jesus, what a fucking tacky, ostentatious display." Very Christian. He is more full of... the holy spirit than thouist.

Re:Jesus is the "reason for the season"? (1)

orclevegam (940336) | more than 6 years ago | (#21808390)

It always amazes me to see that the ones who least embody what the Christians claim to stand for are almost always the ones professing to be the most devout followers. I've met some very nice Christians who feel very strongly about their religion, but are still respectful of others, but sadly I've met many more who are practically militant about their particular flavor of Kool-Aid. I generally of course don't care what people happen to believe in so long as they don't break a few simple rules. First, I don't want to hear about it. Second, I don't want my tax dollars funding it. And Third it has no place in our legal process. So, I don't care if they have some message in their lights, they're their lights, they can put whatever they want in them, just so long as they leave me alone and don't expect me to do anything, or put up anything specific in my lights.

Re:Jesus is the "reason for the season"? (1)

phoebusQ (539940) | more than 6 years ago | (#21808426)

What's sad is that while you seem thoughtful and reasonable, many in this thread are actively hostile toward others just because of their religion, while at the same time accusing the religious of small-mindedness.
A digusting double-standard.

Re:Jesus is the "reason for the season"? (1)

phoebusQ (539940) | more than 6 years ago | (#21808408)

While pre-existing times of celebration were appropriated, this is common throughout culture and history, regardless of religion.
While saturnalia, etc., may be a pagan holiday, Christmas itself is very much about Christ. I find it strange that people are so eager to denigrate one particular religion's holidays...it's pretty small-minded and disgusting.

Re:Jesus is the "reason for the season"? (1)

Jhon (241832) | more than 6 years ago | (#21808430)

What I'm reading from your tone (please correct me if I'm wrong) is that Christians shouldn't celebrate the birth of their massiah because they don't know exactly when he was born? And they "appropriated" the celebration of others?

Christmas is a liturgy. It doesn't matter the exact day, what matters is the event. Most christians are aware of this. What you see as "taken over" earlier pagan traditions can easily, and more neutrally be charactized as "adopted".

It's another to cast it in a hundred thousand lights and broadcast your ignorance to the entire neighborhood.
And you don't think you are boadcasting your ignorance and bigotry of christians on slashdot?

Lights? Call me when you get a pair.... (4, Interesting)

PhreakOfTime (588141) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807612)

Thats not creative at all. its just plain old boring.

Now, THIS [youtube.com] is original and creative. Id love to see the neighbors faces when this thing fires up on the front lawn! If some pinheads flashing lights annoy you, just pay them back with the wonderfully tuned sound of static discharge! Enjoy!

Re:Lights? Call me when you get a pair.... (1)

SixArmedJesus (513025) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807958)

Okay. THAT is completely awesome. Thanks for sharing!

Re:Lights? Call me when you get a pair.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21808378)

In terms of being plainly annoying, this one wins hands down.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=rmgf60CI_ks [youtube.com]

Ramen (1)

humankind (704050) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807628)

I still prefer the more understated FSM Holiday Display [bsalert.com] .

Re:Ramen (1)

matria (157464) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807950)

Ah, Christmas dinner!

Merry Christmas, Hon' (1)

beadfulthings (975812) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807630)

For pure unadulterated camp, you can't beat the display on the 700 block of 34th Street in Baltimore's neighborhood of Hampden. Each traditional row house is decorated to the owner's own taste and vision, and while they aren't particularly technical, they certainly do make a splash. They've been lighting up that block for so long that realtors feel it's mandatory to warn prospective home buyers that they'll have to light up, too. There's a pretty good sampling here [flickr.com] .

Unfortuantely (1)

BlueParrot (965239) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807692)

the energy required will soon surpass the rating of a standard household connection, but thankfully revolutionsing nuclear systems from Toshiba is promising to deliver lots of luminous joy for Christmas to come.

Re:Unfortuantely (1)

Colin Smith (2679) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807866)

Your're kidding, right. LEDs are going to make future christmases 10 times brighter for the same energy input.
 

Season? (2, Funny)

Dr. Photo (640363) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807698)

"Around October, somebody was just walking around my neighborhood, and they told me they really liked our lights and that it really made the season for them," Hansen said. "If I am the one that triggers the season for somebody, then it really makes it worthwhile."


No, you misheard: you triggered the seizures!

I bet this guy drives a Prius and (2, Interesting)

melted (227442) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807716)

I bet this guy drives a Prius and talks about reducing his carbon footprint all the time, too. ;-)

Carson Williams (1)

apharmdq (219181) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807736)

Didn't Carson Williams do this a couple years ago? I saw someone linking to Lightorama, which is the software he used, but I don't see a link to his video. In any case, while it may not have quite as many lights, I feel his Wizards in Winter [youtube.com] performance was a lot better orchestrated.

Re:Carson Williams (1)

apharmdq (219181) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807782)

Whoops, looks like the article already mentions Williams. My apologies.

Orlando? (1)

Hemogoblin (982564) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807768)

It'd be more impressive if it wasn't 21C there. Try putting up all those lights in 3 feet of snow.

Some Canadian Examples Set To Music (1)

8127972 (73495) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807812)

This one is from Newmarket which is just north of Toronto Ontario:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXk0wc5qXuo [youtube.com]

This one gained instant fame a year ago. Again it is a house located just north of Toronto:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4983931962566123785 [google.com]

Waste of energy and resources (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807844)

It is just xmas, no need for fancy lights. Thankfully it will be over in another day anyway.

TRIP OUT MAN (1)

neuteknique (875662) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807898)

I saw something like this, but it wasn't at Christmas. All you need is a little LSD. MUCH scarier though.

are so doomed (3, Interesting)

tero (39203) | more than 6 years ago | (#21807930)

I don't think the human race will survive the coming global warming and after watching that video, I don't think we deserve to either.
The display gets full points for not having any taste though..

On th eheels of the earlier CFL story (1)

sm62704 (957197) | more than 6 years ago | (#21808092)

Are they using CFL [slashdot.org] Christmas lights? Oh sorry, don't want to offend the liberals, "holiday lights?"

Oh yeah, these are geeks. The CFL Christma... sorry, "holiday tree" lights are the wrong color temperature and they give the whiney geeks headaches. And you can't dim 'em. Can't have that, planet be damned.

Peace on earth goodwill to men, I wonder how much electricity these displays take? Vain, selfich rich kids. Lets just do away with Christmas altogether.

Sorry, I'm having a really bad day today. I'm trying for funny but shit... troll? flamebait? Offtopic? You're the mod, go ahead, make my day.

-Dirty Hairy

So, Tie a Yellow Ribbon around the Old Oak Tree? (1)

davidsyes (765062) | more than 6 years ago | (#21808102)

Will IT be visible by Dawn? What will SHE have to say about it?

Lame (1)

cuby (832037) | more than 6 years ago | (#21808110)

This light thing is some other form of penis size competition. Every year, Christmas is more about business and show off and less about its origins.

Disclaimer: I'm not a religious person but I think you don't need to believe in God to admire Jesus work at that time. If he was in our time he would certainly be against the war in Iraq. He was a pacifist, unlike most of his hard line followers.

Re:Lame (1)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 6 years ago | (#21808474)

This.

And pretty much anyone that uses the label "Christian" nowadays would have had him locked up in Guantanamo Bay.

For those in the SF Bay Area... (2, Funny)

mpthompson (457482) | more than 6 years ago | (#21808140)

... on Eucalyptus Avenue in San Carlos [google.com] the whole neighborhood gets involved with spectacular lighting displays. While not technically elaborate or geeky as the linked video, it is still quite a sight. Kids, young and old, certainly enjoy it walking up and down the street enjoying the hospitality of the home owners.

Of course, it's a sight that would make Al Gore cry, but he's an old Hum Bugger anyway.

Dallas Area (2, Informative)

robwmc (734472) | more than 6 years ago | (#21808504)

There is a house in Frisco (just north of Dallas) that has been doing this for several years. They have a small site and it gives descriptions, pictures and video. You can see it here [trykoskichristmas.com] .

We usually take our daughter to see it every year.

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