ChristmasCam (usually LivingroomCam)

Image of Kitchen
Image of Livingroom
Living Room
Image from computer desk
Computer desk
Name State Description  Control 
Teapot OFF Illuminated teapot in Kitchen area On   Off
Dining Accent ON Accent lights around the dining room. You can see the purple lights on the livingroom cam On   Off
Livingroom Light ON The lamp that lights the livingroom at night. If the picture is black, turn this on. On   Off
Kitchen sink ON Accent lights over the kitchen sink. Can be seen on the kitchen cam. On   Off
Remember that the cameras update every 20 seconds or so therefore you won't see the lights change immediately.

A camera in our living room and kitchen, a capture board, a DSL connection, a little software and what do you get? A family's home on the Web! Welcome to our living room. We are usually around in the evening (Pacific Standard Time). Send us email and enjoy relaxing at our house. A pictorial description of how the hardware is put together is on the How It Is Done page.

Christmas morning, we will be opening presents and there will be a laptop on the coffee table and you can chat with us as we rip presents open. Just bring up an IRC client (mIRC is good) and goto #misterblue.  Stop by and visit for awhile.

I've started leaving a light on at night so the people on the other side of the planet have something to look at besides black. I also collect one image an hour for the last 24 hours .

Our web-enabled music system (using the AudioTron from TurtleBeach ) shows what's now playing in the livingroom:

State:Playing  Length:945/1098 sec
Title:Romeo and Juliet
Artist:Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Album:Best Of The Classics - Peter I
and what is playing in the family room:

Our living room has been Christmas Cam for a bunch of years. You can check out:

Christmas 1995
ChristmasCam 1995
Christmas 1996
ChristmasCam 1996
Christmas 1997
ChristmasCam 1997
Christmas 1998
ChristmasCam 1998
Christmas 1999
ChristmasCam 1999
Christmas 2000
ChristmasCam 2000
Christmas 2001
ChristmasCam 2001
Christmas 2002
ChristmasCam 2002

If you don't believe in Santa Claus, in 1995 we caught Santa Claus putting presents around the tree and drinking the milk left out for him (RealMedia video). We didn't ever catch him again -- we think you can only fool the Santa guy once.

Family pics: Halloween party 2001
Paris 2002
December 26, 2003
Most of the mess is cleaned up and presents put away. I'm leaving the tree up until the end of next week - not all of the 12 days of Christmas, but most of them. Comments [3]
December 25, 2003
Not many people showed up for the chat room. I'm going off to play with my new toys. Comments [5]
December 25, 2003
Merry Christman to everyone the world over!! Comments [0]
December 24, 2003
We have a chat room for Christmas morning. We'll probably be in on the morning Pacific time. Come by and say Merry Christmas. Comments [5]
December 24, 2003
Pictures of perogie making are up. It took a while to get all the flour cleaned up. Comments [1]
December 24, 2003
Ok, so why didn't anyone tell me that the light control scripts were broken? Fixed now. Comments [0]

Old Notes

NOTE TO THE CRIMINALLY INCLINED: our house has an alarm (door and window sensors and motion detectors) and we live in a small town whose cops actually show up in five minutes. So, save us both a lot of trouble, and don't even bother.

YM: MisterBlue
Online indicator

Pointers to some camera technology:

Friends links -- people I've met on the web.

If you are a Webcam-aholic, here are other Cam pages (list updated February 7, 2003) :

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Copyright 2003, Adams Software / January 14, 2004 17:22 PST