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This best sums up my view on xmas lights

by vroom (Pope)
on Dec 06, 2000 at 04:11 UTC ( #45134=poll: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

vote on This best sums up my view on xmas lights

They're not just for December anymore
[bar] 70/18%
white lights++
[bar] 69/18%
green lights++
[bar] 6/2%
blue lights++
[bar] 25/7%
multi-colored lights++
[bar] 83/22%
blinking lights++
[bar] 26/7%
I hate em
[bar] 66/17%
Other
[bar] 37/10%
382 total votes
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Re: This best sums up my view on xmas lights
by extremely (Priest) on Dec 06, 2000 at 04:21 UTC
    I use Christmas lights, white, non-blinking for lighting my room year round. Or I did for years anyway. Tore em all down to paint and haven't put em back up yet. Soft gentle lighting all around the room. Lovely.

    --
    $you = new YOU;
    honk() if $you->love(perl)

      You know, that's not a half-bad idea. Connect 'em up to X10 controllers.. now to see if I can remember this after xmas when they all go on discount!

      -marius
        Good Gracious! I have all those lights in a big box with my sample x10 controller right on the top of the pile and I never once thought about putting them together! Oh man what a goofus I am! Imagine me kicking myself (which also requires you to imagine me a lot skinnier and a quite a bit more flexible than I currently am too). Now I can't wait to get home and tinker with em.

        --
        $you = new YOU;
        honk() if $you->love(perl)

        Anybody ever check out Mister House? A very cool voice activated home automation program written entirely in perl. Same code runs on Win32 and Linux. It could certainly spice up the Christmas lights...

        Dave
        Wow. More X-10 users. Cool. I'm thinking about bulding an X-10 app for X11 running on OS X...
Re: This best sums up my view on xmas lights
by lemming (Priest) on Dec 06, 2000 at 04:30 UTC
    If you setup the white lights around your room with multiple strings and dimmers you get very nice lighting.
    For the xmas tree, I prefer setting up a Jacob's ladder for the tree topper.
      For the xmas tree, I prefer setting up a Jacob's ladder for the tree topper.

      "Christmas Tree Flambé," anyone? That would be one way to add some light to the room..

      Side note: You'll never believe where I looked up the accented e ASCII code -- my copy of "Epson GW-Basic User's guide, (c)1981" It was dangerous work -- I nearly inadvertantly remembered how painful it was. Like -- the gotos, the terror! No, no, nononono, not the gotos! I'll be nice, really -- you don't need that white jacket.. *whimper*

      perl -e 'print "Just use $^X$\"$]!$/"'
        I thought gosub was the coolest thing when I discovered it...
Re: This best sums up my view on xmas lights
by PsychoSpunk (Hermit) on Dec 06, 2000 at 04:30 UTC
    I have a rope light (Christmas lights encased in a flexible, clear piece of tubing) running up and down the sides of my computer shelves since I felt that there weren't enough lights on my computer shelves.

    ALL HAIL BRAK!!!

      Last week I brought in some blue rope lights to frame my cube. This week, the occupant of the next cube over brought in red rope lights. It's starting to look pretty cool in here!
Re: This best sums up my view on xmas lights
by ivory (Pilgrim) on Dec 06, 2000 at 04:44 UTC
    While living in the dorms in my first year at college, my entire room was decorated in black and white, with the exception of the multiple strands of red lights (they were actually "Valentine's day lights"). It was really creepy...in red light your eyes don't focus as quickly as you move, which makes people dizzy and disoriented after a while. Seeing as how everyone in the dorms was continually, umm...dizzy and disoriented, anyway, I didn't realize this until I tried to put them up in my apartment a year later :)

    Moral of the story: I don't like Christmas lights!

    ivory

Re: This best sums up my view on xmas lights
by tune (Curate) on Dec 06, 2000 at 04:53 UTC
    white is like snow...

    -- tune

Re: This best sums up my view on xmas lights
by Maclir (Curate) on Dec 06, 2000 at 05:36 UTC
    Don't mention the lights. Everywhere I look - the lights are following me. Behind trees, just around the corner . . . I must run . . . escape the lights . . . oh noooooooo . . . . they have me . . . sucking me up through a space / time vortex into their huge flying saucer . . . arrrgggghhhhhh.

    (some time later) Hey! G'day Elvis - love the white jump suit and those blue suede shoes.

    Man - I need a coffee.

Re: This best sums up my view on xmas lights
by Maclir (Curate) on Dec 06, 2000 at 05:52 UTC
    Hmmm - just looked at the results - no one has voted for green lights. The text next to the bar is "/0%", rather that the "0/0%" I would have expected.

      Hmm, looks like some of that danged Perl code.

      my %votes; $votes{green}++;
      starts at "" not "0". (:

              - tye (but my friends call me "Tye")
Re: This best sums up my view on xmas lights
by mdillon (Priest) on Dec 06, 2000 at 07:11 UTC
    hmmm... where is "they are a gaudy, inane waste of electricity"? i guess that falls under "I hate 'em".
Re: This best sums up my view on xmas lights
by Adam (Vicar) on Dec 06, 2000 at 07:35 UTC
    Hmmm... more light pollution... yummy.

    Actually, I prefer to use the lights inside. My computer room has nails in the walls begging for a string of the things, other then that I have little use for them. (Although I did light my dorm with them back in my college days)

Re: This best sums up my view on xmas lights
by Albannach (Prior) on Dec 06, 2000 at 10:00 UTC
    It doesn't really matter what colour I prefer, as they always vanish into the depths of hell (my garage which has never seen a car since we bought the place 10 years ago) and I end up running out at the last minute and buying whatever stuff is left over.

    On the plus side, this means I never got taken by the "icicle lights" fad that hit here a couple of years ago, in which people were paying unbelievable sums for the damn things which come pre-tangled in the box.

    --
    I'd like to be able to assign to an luser

Re: This best sums up my view on xmas lights
by neophyte (Curate) on Dec 06, 2000 at 14:45 UTC
    I do love those blinking red stars at front doors.
    I do that ever since my mother shouted: Look, a Christmas brothel upon spotting one of those.

    neophyte

Re: This best sums up my view on xmas lights
by royalanjr (Chaplain) on Dec 06, 2000 at 19:57 UTC
    I once had an old VW Bug, and one year I bought a couple sets of battery powered lights to place in the front and back windows. It was really kinda cool, all these small colored lights inside this car.

    Never mind that it made it hell to drive at night...it looked cool *grin*

    Roy Alan

Re: This best sums up my view on xmas lights
by Zo (Scribe) on Dec 06, 2000 at 20:29 UTC
    I enjoy the little 'chili pepper' lights at parties and I've even seen little skeleton/skull lights all strung up for halloween parties... if they were used for this holiday season, would it be considered a weird 'theme'? or just kinda bizzarre? It would be one funky tree. .. as for the small white lights, they do make great atmosphere for any romantic time... turn those baby's on, put on some Barry White in the background, put a new plastic cover on the couch like grandma uses, a glass of pinot in your hand, and whisper perl code in the ear. It's gonna be a very happy new year!!! :o) -Zo
      I have a strand that alternates between Saguaro and prickly pear cacti. I guess it's not really a Christmas thing.

      Some seedy bar downtown is missing essential ambiance, I guess.

Re: This best sums up my view on xmas lights
by amelinda (Friar) on Dec 06, 2000 at 23:32 UTC
    blacklight lights++

    A friend of mine has some glowing green skeleton lights on his porch, and those are pretty cool, too.

    In general, tho, I don't hate the lights so much as the stupid glowing santas and jesuses (hezeuses out here in this awful land of mexican-speaking folks) and other commercialmas1 stuff. Ugh. Yesterday all that crap went up as decorations here at work.

    I hate this time of year.

    1 Downvote away, I don't care - christians replaced the winter solstice with christmas so they could convert the heathens, and now capitalism has totally replaced christmas with commercials and a feeding frenzy of shopping. There is no christmas, only ZUUL! errr... commercialmas.
      I'll drink to that.

      I'm not much for the xmas holiday, but I have to admit, I think the "Bubble Lights" are pretty cool. Of course, that's from a purely technical viewpoint. I like the blacklight idea though. Does somebody actually make those?
Re: This best sums up my view on xmas lights
by vaevictus (Pilgrim) on Dec 07, 2000 at 00:51 UTC
    while ($numlights_thisyear < 4000) { $numlights_thisyear ++; }
    that's what happened at my house.
Re: This best sums up my view on xmas lights
by IndyZ (Friar) on Dec 07, 2000 at 08:23 UTC
    What about those lights that look like icicles? As I look out my window, I can see about five different houses with them. Some of these hillbillies probably didn't even take 'em down last year.

    =IndyZ

      I actually have a string of those draped over my monitor/computer both in my room at school and at work. They make me a little bit happier and actually provide just the right amount of light for working.

      vroom | Tim Vroom | vroom@cs.hope.edu
Re: This best sums up my view on xmas lights
by josh (Scribe) on Dec 07, 2000 at 11:24 UTC
    it's x-mas already? the white icicle(sp?) lights are king!
Re: This best sums up my view on xmas lights
by clash (Novice) on Dec 08, 2000 at 08:27 UTC
    Well, my christmas lights can be described in 3 words "Bright and White". of course non-blinking, thats just annoying. though i'd rather go with the colorful kind, oh well it aint my decision, i just put them up :-)
Re: This best sums up my view on xmas lights
by hendrix (Novice) on Dec 10, 2000 at 23:25 UTC
    I'd really like to hang some white lights all around the trim of my house, but I live right next to a small airport. I'd hate to have a Cesna mistake my driveway for a runway.

      Unless your driveway is 20 feet wide, 2200 feet long, and has lamps placed exactly every 100 feet, I wouldn't be worrying too much about that. Oh yea, and something resembling a VASI.

      --Chris

      e-mail jcwren
        What the hell is a VASI? Tell me please, because my driveway is exactly 20 feet wide, 2200 feet long, and there's cheap outdoor lighting spaced at precise 100 foot intervals. I need to know what a VASI is and what it looks like so I can go outside and remove whatever I have resembling it immediately!

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