By Alek Komarnitsky
Yes, it is the holiday season, and back online for 2011 are the Controllable Christmas Lights for Celiac Disease:
Once again, three live webcams and X10 technology allows web surfers to not only view the action, but also control 20,000+ lights … plus inflate/deflate the giant 15′ Santa Balloon, Santa on Skis, in a Helicopter, and flying a Plane … along with Elmo, Frosty Family, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Homer Simpson Santa – D’OH!
The website is totally free (and totally fun) and is one of my zany ways of raising awareness & soliciting donations for Celiac Disease http://www.celiaccenter.org/news_xmas.asp My two sons have this condition, so it’s personal for me. If folks are so inclined, you can make an optional donation directly to the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research. Over $60,000 has been raised with holiday lights – pretty wild.
While people around the world (146 countries last year) enjoy seeing the lights ON, environmentalists will be happy to know that they can turn the lights OFF with a click of the mouse. Better yet, this is the 7th year I’m using Wind Power and even though that is “clean” energy, I even did a carbon offset contribution for the half ton of CO2 generated by the about one megawatt-hour of power consumed – that’s about the same as one cross-country airline trip. Finally, by providing online viewing via webcam, you don’t need to burn fossil fuels by driving around to see Christmas lights. Al Gore would be proud!
But HEY, the couple of bucks a day in electrical costs are well worth the joy it brings to people (especially the kids) when they see the display in person and/or on the web. There’s even a Hi-Def option, so gather your family around the large screen and open up some Eggnog as the chestnuts are roasting on an open fire.
So surf on by, tell your friends, Blog/Facebook/Tweet about it and spread the word.
Merry Christmas and HO-HO-HO!