Monday, December 8, 2008

Yeah, but if one bulb burns out, do they all go out?

Every year, we set up our Christmas tree, maybe some icicle lights in the windows, perhaps even Christmas lights in our kitchen and a little fake tree in our home office. Even so, I always feel a bit inadequate next to our neighbors who have their porch decked in lights, the white lighted reindeer family in the yard, etc. However, I think we should all bow down before the obsessives who created this Christmas display synchronized to the holiday strains of Jethro Tull, among others:

According to the Steel City Christmas website:
  • There are more than 200,000 lights connected to more than 5 1/2 miles of extension cord.
  • It took over 3 months to put up the lights.
  • There are 27 inflatables around the yard along with 112 computer controlled channels.
  • This year's show runs for about an hour featuring 13 songs.
  • Each song takes between 10 to 50 hours to sequence.
And best of all, the creators are using their display as an opportunity to collect donations for the Children's Hospital Research Center in Pittsburgh.

Thanks to Jay McDonough at the excellent Swimming Freestyle blog for pointing this out.

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