Friday, March 16, 2007

Extension Cable Monster


Today I finally decided to start unraveling the pile of extension cords in my garage. Before I could untie, twist and organize them though I wanted to take a picture for posterity. I had a small display last year (2006), only 32 channels of Light-o-rama, but this is the most extension cords I have ever seen together!

Maybe I should have taken a little more time to put up the extension cords the right way after Christmas...

Saturday, March 3, 2007

David Foster version of Carol of the Bells

This is the second version of Carol of the Bells I completed for Christmas 2006. This is my favorite high spirited version, I first heard it on a Casey Kasem Christmas special 2 years ago; I did not know then that I could synchronize Christmas light to anything. It always made me think in my head how lights could dance to it.

When I figured out I could put together the Christmas display, this song right up there on the short list, unfortunately it is hard to find. It is not on iTunes, Yahoo Unlimited, Yahoo MusicMatch, Urge, Napster or Rhapsody, basically it is not available digitally. I am sure I could have bit-torrented it, but that would have been illegal :(. Also the CD is not available in local stores or on Amazon.com as new. I ended up joining lala.com and added this CD as my number one "I need it."

Luckily someone on lala.com came through, I had the whole CD and had the capability to create the light display.

I started this sequence off from lorsequences.com, someone else worked out the timing, I adapted their layout for my display. Having someone else set-up the timing saved me a lot of time. I completed this version the day after Thanksgiving, as my family waited for darkness and a promised "one more song". It is blinkier than I liked, and in person it has the strobe/seizure effect, but this is a fast paced, dramatic song, the light display had to match that as well.