ChristmasCam (usually LivingroomCam)

Image of Kitchen
Image of Livingroom
Living Room
View from the Christmas Tree
View from the Christmas Tree
Name State Description  Control 
Angel OFF Christmas special! Angel on top of the Christmas tree On   Off
Garland OFF Christmas special! The garland lights over the Livingroom window. You can't see them yet -- more cameras coming soon. On   Off
Teapot ON Illuminated teapot in Kitchen area. Christmas special! This also now controls the colored Christmas lights around the ceiling in the kitchen. On   Off
Dining Accent OFF 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.

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:30/191 sec
Title:Silent Night - (1)
Artist:The Ware - Paterson Duo
Album:An Angel's Noel
and what is playing in the master bedroom:

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
Christmas 2003
ChristmasCam 2003

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 25, 2004
Christmas morning, we’ll have a chat room open so you can come and share the present opening. We have the family arriving at 9am PST for the festivities. Come and join us. Comments(0)
December 24, 2004
Today is cooking for Wagilia – the traditional Polish Christmas Eve dinner. The babka is in the bread maker, the cabbage leaves are cooked for the golabki and thier stuffing is mixed. Mushrooms are being chopped for the mushroom soup. Dinner is at sundown Christmas Eve. Comments(3)
December 23, 2004
I was trying to get a streaming camera working but I decided to settle on a known technology and we now have a view from the tree. It’s updated every 10 seconds. Additionally, you can now control the angel on the top of the tree. Merry Christmas and be sure to stop by Christmas morning. Comments(0)
December 21, 2004
It’s Tuesday and we are all in the kitchen wrapping presents. Once a good number are wrapped, we’ll start cooking for Wagellia (Christmas eve dinner). Comments(1)
December 15, 2004
The Christmas tree has been decorated for one day and the lights are out and ornaments are on the floor. Guess who was involved. Yes, the kitten. She chewed through the light wires – we feared for her health until she attacked our feet. And many an oranament has met an untimely demise. Comments(7)
December 11, 2004
I’m looking to put up the Christmas Tree this weekend. That and get the Christmas cards out. They day is getting close. Comments(4)
December 1, 2004
Someone asked what the glowing rectangle in the Livingroom was. It’s a Nativity scene that has a small string of white lights illuminating it. Some of that “true meaning of Christmas” stuff. Comments(0)
November 27, 2004
I put some Christmas lights in the kitchen. They are on the ceiling and are run from the teapot switch. Comments(0)
November 27, 2004
Merry Christmas. I am spending the rest of this weekend moving cameras and getting the Christmas lights up on the house. The tree is probably a week or so away. Stay tuned. Comments(0)
November 12, 2004
This year Thanksgiving will be at Grandma’s house (my mom). So that means I can set up for Christmas early :-). So what should I do for the 10th anniversary of ChristmasCam? Comments(6)

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.

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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 2004, Adams Software / December 23, 2004 17:17 PST