Turn me on this Xmas!

So say the lights at Alek’s house.

Alek is one of the genuinely nice characters on the web. Our paths don’t cross often but when they do you pay attention. His trademarks are a big blow up “Hulk” and two smiling cherubic boys.

A couple of years ago he launched a system of controlling the Xmas lights that adorn his house via the internet. It was a hoax back then, but is it now? Take a look and decide for yourself!

But why does he do it? Well the cherubs have Celiac disease and, I gather, we’ll be hearing more about it as the years go by. It’s one of the big problems of a western diet that over-consumes breads and pastas.

So Alek is using the high profile of his Christmas Lights to sell advertising – with the ad fees being paid directly to University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research (UMBF). If you can help please do so, and read a bit more about celiac disease, I’ve a feeling we’ll be hearing more about it.

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  1. December 9, 2005

    Thanx Sarah for the nice writeup. While my kids are “cherubic” most of the time, they can be “monsters” occasionally … but boys will be boys. And oh yeah, it is 100% accurate that from 2002-2004 it as a simulation – read more at http://www.komar.org/xmas/hoax/ … and it is also 100% accurate that is it “real” this year. And thanx for supporting the fund-raising effort – “Christmas Lights for Celiac Disease Research” – who woulda thought!

    Merry Christmas to down-under surfers,
    alek

  2. December 10, 2006

    And this year we have…

    Alan Perrott is a New Zealand Herald writer – hereís his website of the week

    http://www.komar.org/cgi-bin/christmas_webcam

    It was the great Christmas hoax of 2002, a bloke sets up a website and claims mouse jockeys can fiddle wiht his outdoor christmas lights via their keypads. And the world fell for it. Sucked in badly, bwahaha. But for some the true story came as a greater blow than the day some heartless bastard spilled the beans on Santa C – yeah, you know who you are. Well, the lightsí guy is for real now, live multicams and all – you can even send a text message to a screen perched next to a Hulk mask. How Christmas is that? And itís all for some Celiac Disease charity. Isnít a celiac some kind of Jap import? Come to think abouditt, his track record for honesty isnít exactly Mother Teresian. Make your own mind up, I guess.

    I hope you got some good traffic from this!

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