Having been a proud member of the boy’s email list for somewhere close to a decade, I’ve learned to tell the seasons by his announcements of the seasonal changes on his website.
Anybody that’s been around directories or webmaster forums long enough eventually runs into Alek Komarnitsky, or as he’s known at Digitalpoint and a stack of other forums, Hulkster. Trust me, it’s hard NOT to notice a guy that posts in character with the web persona of a large green mutant who eschews the words of puny humans and claims to be running for President.
Even if you haven’t met him, you’ve probably seen his work. Alek has a Christmas light display (and a Halloween corrollary) that’d cause a blackout in the average city power grid, complete with 20,000+ lights, the Santa Plane, Santa Helicopter, Santa Skiing down his roof, and a host of other characters.
He also has a webcam hooked up to possibly the last remaining fully Web 1.0 looking site on the planet. It’s like stepping back in time… when’s the last time you visited an award winning website and your cursor changed into a holiday figure while you watched dancing spinning gifs at play?
There you can actually control the whole display… play with the lights, make the figures deflate/reinflate, and generally sap the neighborhood of power to run a blender.
[Ok, before anyone starts writing letters… I’m kidding about the power disruption. This is the 7th year he’s using Wind Power… and even still he made a Carbon Offset contribution for the 0.6 Tons of CO2 for the ~MegaWatt-Hour of power consumed. He’s so environmentally conscious trees probably hug HIM.]
The campy site is a ruse to disguise a fine marketing mind, since the fun-to-use and free-to-use site has generated over $50,000 for his dedicated charity, the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research. Alek has two children dealing with Celiac Disease, and this is his way of raising awareness and funds for research. [How many puny humans have done THAT?]
So, if you find yourself in need a little holiday cheer, make a virtual stop and go play to your heart’s content with the Hulkster’s handiwork… aka Alek’s Controllable Christmas Lights.