Last year, Alek Komarnitsky of Lafayette, CO made headlines when he invited Web users to control thousands of Christmas lights on his house. The reality is that the whole thing was a hoax. The only thing that people on the Web were controlling was the sequence of some still images of his house. (The telepistemological questions this raises remind me of the seminal telerobotic art installation from the mid-1990s called Legal Tender.) Now, Komarnitsky is auctioning off the "Christmas Lights Webcam that Fooled the World" with proceeds going to the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Disease Research. This year, he's also outfitted his home with X10 tech to enable people online to really control the lights. Or so he claims...
David Pescovitz is Boing Boing's co-editor/managing partner. He's also a research director at Institute for the Future. On Instagram, he's @pesco.