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.
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...
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.
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'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?
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*
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.
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!
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.
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 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*
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 :-)
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)
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 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.
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!