Old Notes

The old notes from the main page.

December 17, 2002
It didn't happen today. Too much homework and other commitments. It will HAVE to be tomorrow night. Sigh. But the family pictures of what did delay Christmas are on the Family Picture Page as the Thanksgiving in Disneyland and Trip to Boston .
December 15, 2002
Well, what kind of Christmas site it this? Still no tree? Saddly yes. No tree, yet. It's been a busy month and we haven't yet had a day when everyone one in the family has been home. This Tuesday evening (the 17th) we will finally get our tree.
November 30, 2002
It's coming! Christmas is just around the corner! I'm putting up Christmas decorations this weekend but we will probably wait until December 14th to put up the tree because members of the family will be in and out for the next few weeks. If I can get it set up, I hope to have a camera looking out of the tree to give a "Christmas Tree" view of Christmas.
November 29, 2002
Just got back from another trip to Disneyland. Especially enjoyed the Nightmare Before Christmas decked out Haunted House. Pictures coming soon to the family pictures page .
November 2, 2002
Halloween is behind us and we're getting ready for Thanksgiving. I wish we could get some winter weather here -- it's just cold but not rain. I mean, it's the first of November and the leaves are still on the trees.
October 29, 2002
Do you like our Halloween tree on the livingroom coffee table? Trick-or-treat safely.
October 20, 2002
Added a 'friends link' section.  While maybe not personal friends, they are people I've run across on the web.
October 17, 2002
I finally decommissioned the old analog camera... and then there were three. Now I need to find a C2 mount, wide-angle lens for the Livingroom.
October 8, 2002
It's Halloween time again!! We're having a party this Friday (Oct 11th). It's not a costume/Halloween party. We're just having some friends over. You should stop by, too.
October 5, 2002
I'm upgrading my cameras so I can run everything from my Linux box. So, until it's all upgraded, I have bunches of cameras up and running. Enjoy.
September 11, 2002
Remembering the events of a year ago.
August 21, 2002
It's official, Christmas is here! I visited our local Costco and they had light covered reindeer for my front yard.  Just what I need in August!!  :) Patio is finished and cameras are back to their normal places.
August 21, 2002
We'll be down until Friday.... upgrading, you know.
August 20, 2002
I got the 'us' domains! This site can now be reached as http://livingroomcam.us.  And when Christmas comes around, we will be http://christmascam.us .
August 10, 2002
I'm working on the patio this weekend so the camera will move around so you can see my progress.  Mortar and slate are going together.
August 5, 2002
Back from vacation.  It's looks like the cameras broke while we were away.  Working on that little problem. Pictures of the trip will be up in the next day or two.
July 19, 2002
It's mid-July and we've already received one Christmas item mail-order catalog, a catalog for Halloween and, today, the opportunity to "Share holiday warmth with the Painter of Light(tm)"  Sheesh, they start early.
July 18, 2002
Still planning our vacation.  And there are more family pictures.
July 7, 2002
Moved  the livingroom camera into the dining room -- there is a D&D game going there today and that will give you something to look at.
July 5, 2002
Upgrading Apache and PHP for security and XSLT functionality.  (Damn those script kiddies who make life rough for the rest of us.) You might find the page messed up as the update happens -- hey, I'm not a big ISP with test servers and phased release process.
July 1, 2002
Sorry we were off the air.  The power company said they had an "accident" so us and 2600 other homes were out.  Back again!
June 30, 2002
We received our first Christmas mail.  A craft catalog packed full of cute things you could start making for Christmas.  Pretty early.
June 20, 2002
The family is planning a trip to northern middle of the US in August.  Check out our possible destinations.
May 26, 2002
I just upgraded the firmware on my AudioTron -- a cool device that plays my mp3's through my stereo system.  (Note to RIAA: all music is from CDs I purchased so go away!).  A little script hacking makes "now playing" show up on this page.  Now you know what we're listening too.
May 2, 2002
Just a note to say we're still here.  Trying to work and go to school even though we'd rather be travelling.  Paris was great, by the way.
April 10, 2002
We're having our Paris Party this Sunday to celebrate our trip.  The other parents and students who traveled with us will be here. Stop by.
April 4, 2002
Back from Paris.  Wow.  What a great town.  Pictures are getting put up but I took so many it will be a while before they are all organized and notated.
March 9, 2002
Thanks for visiting!!  We're going to Paris in a week or so.  Pictures coming.  Actually, there are lots of family pics.
March 8, 2002
Summer is coming.  Where do I go to see fire flies? I have never experienced them and I would like to.
March 7, 2002
On of the coolest apps is  Snow for Windows. This is shareware that is worth paying for.  I don't live in a place that gets snow so this is great.
February 16, 2002
My son is having his birthday party today.  You'll see family and friends around this evening.
February 8. 2002
Not much to report... I'm thinking of moving the living room cam closer to the dining room since the kids are playing D&D there on Friday evenings -- from it's current position you can't see what's happening.  I might need a new camera, too.  It seems fuzzy.
December 31, 2001
Wrapping another successful ChristmasCam.  The chat worked well and we'll do it again next year. It was nice having all of you stop by.  A successful Holiday party was held.  Now, on to the new year.
December 25, 2001
Merry Christmas!!  Well, the presents are open, much candy has been eaten, and the kids are already bored with their toys.  We had a few visitors to the chat room and exchanged greetings with England and Germany as well as places in the USA.  Now to think about cleaning up the house for the party next weekend.  Well, maybe a nap first.
December 24, 2001
I've set up a chat site for chatting with us on Christmas morning.  Stop by and say "hi".
December 22, 2001
Presents are collecting under the tree.  It's time to stop shopping -- the stores are just too crowded.  RSVPs are coming in for the Holiday Party!
December 17, 2001
Only 8 more days until Christmas!
December 9, 2001
Trying WebRing now that it's independent again. Still liked the old format.  Planning a Holiday Party for December 29th.  Be sure to stop by.
December 3, 2001
The tree is up!  Merry Christmas!!  We can be found as http://www.christmascam.cx.  "cx" is the Christmas Island domain.  Cute, huh?
December 2, 2001
Yes, there is no Christmas Tree. Couldn't get the family out in the rain to get a tree.  We'll have it up next weekend, promise.  Votes are piling up in favor of the east end (see below).
November 29, 2001
GE came to fix, ordered a part but hasn't asked for money yet.  Looks like the part they replaced 6 months ago may still be under warranty.
November 24, 2001
You'll notice the fan in the kitchen and the refrigerator pulled out.  It happened again (last time 6 months ago).  The frig leaked -- raining water into the room below and warping the wood floor.  Not happy with this GE frig at the moment.
November 23, 2001
In previous years, we've had the Christmas tree in the west end of the livingroom and in the east end of the room.  Which is better?  Email me with your preferences.
November 10, 2001
Starting to think about Christmas and ChristmasCam!
October 28, 2001
The Halloween party was a success.  Time to wait for the little goblins to come to our door.
October 8, 2001
The bday party didn't work out well -- they turned the light off and then turned it against the wall because they didn't want to be watched. Ah well.
We're planning a Halloween party for October 27th. Costumes and all. 
October 5, 2001 (later)
It would seem that 14 year olds have a party with the lights out.  The image is not very interesting.
October 5, 2001
This evening is my son's birthday party so you'll get to see what 14 year olds do with an evening together.  The cam from the livingroom has been moved to the family room. We're also planning a Halloween party for the 28th. Be sure to drop by.
September 18, 2001
http://livingroomcam.cx is working!!!  And, when Christmas comes, we'll be http://ChristmasCam.cx.
September 15, 2001
My new ISP is having trouble with setting up the cx domain.  We should be up next week with the new URL.
August 30, 2001
Back from vacation and a conversion to DSL. Those folks who stole the URL from this page for their pages will need to re-steal.
July 12, 2001
Oops.. I said Friday the 14th.  I really mean Friday the 13th for my bday party.
July 9, 2001
I will be having a birthday party on Friday July 14th.  The house should be full of people that evening (PDT). You are invited.
June 26, 2001
The kitchen floor is being refinished on the 27th, 28th and 29th.  You should see the sanders on the 27th.  For now, the kitchen is covered with plastic.. shrink wrap kitchen?
June 20, 2001
Lightened up the cam in the kitchen -- it was just too dark.  Removed the AOL online thingy -- chatting didn't alert me and it didn't say whether I was online.  Both lamenesses. 
December 12, 2000
The tree is up!  Merry Christmas!  We will have family over on Sunday evening (17th) to finish decorating the tree.  Stop by.
December 2, 2000
Christmas is just around the corner! We will be getting the Christmas tree on Saturday the 9th.  Decorations are going up outside and inside.  I also have a new domain: http://www.ChristmasCam.cx . That's with Christmas Island.  Appropriate, no? 
November 24, 2000
I've moved the kitchencam into the garage for our garage sale.  Come and by stuff! We're open 9-3 on Friday and Saturday
November 12, 2000
I have been rather negligent at keeping up the site, but now I need to get ready for this year's ChristmasCam!  Maybe a camera in the Christmas tree?  The kitchen is finished so I need to mount the camera so you can see more. And the livingroom is fuzzy. I need to look into that, too.
September 14, 2000
The kitchen is almost done and we are actually cooking in it. The cams will move around as I get the kitchen cam in it's fixed position. What should we remodel next?
July 2, 2000
Well, a day late and I don't have the cameras in the right places because the painter is still painting.
June 7, 2000
The plasterers had to remove the shelf I had the kitchen cam on.  It will be back once painting is complete (another week).  The floor goes in today and cabinets next week.
May 17, 2000
They have ripped out walls and the electricians have removed all of the lights.  The kitchen won't be very interesting at night until they get the new lights up.
May 7. 2000
I've finally moved the KitchenCam so you can see most of the area that they are going to be working in.  I'm also working on a timelapse video of them removing the cabinets.
May 4, 2000
The cabinets have been ripped off the walls and the remodel is on the way!!
March 13, 2000
We're the WebCam of the Week at Franck's Top WebCams -- a nice non-USA'centric collection of cams around the world.
March 5, 2000
Things have been delayed a few weeks while I went in for back surgery.  Happily I'm better now (ruptured disk all fixed) so the remodel can begin.  I'll move the camera next weekend and we'll get the demolition under way.
February 13, 2000
The plans have been approved by the city and we're out ordering cabinets and windows.  I'll have to move the kitchen camera to get the whole scene but that will be in the next week or two. 
January 1, 2000
Christmas Cam 1999 has come and gone.  Back to our normal life on the web.  We're working on the plans to remodel the kitchen so we'll be RemodelCam in a month or two.  I'm getting set up to do a timelapse video.
December 28, 1999
We appeared in the December 15th issue of Dutch magazine Panorama as the "WebCam van de Week