Christmas Radio Gadget Redo

cradio2I’ve always been one of those geeks that decks out windows for Christmas. While Microsoft has discontinued the use and support for Windows desktop gadgets due to “Security Issues”, I still can’t get past having a few Christmas Gadgets loaded around Christmas time.

 

(you can still use gadgets with windows 8, 8.1 & 10 by installing 8 Gadget Pack: http://8gadgetpack.net/download210/8GadgetPackSetup.msi, or Gadgets Revived: http://gadgetsrevived.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/DesktopGadgetsInstaller.zip) Download Christmas Radio Gadget Below. (Scroll Down)

One of my all time favorites was one called Christmas Radio, by http://www.getonsantaslist.com. However, over the years, the radio stations stopped working one by one, until finally, none worked at all. It also appears the website is long gone. I used the way back machine to see when the last sighting of that site was, and it seems to be Jan, 4 of 2012, then after that, the site was up for grabs.

Each year, I would look online for Christmas radio gadgets, and find none, and then I’d try searching for the same radio gadget and not be able to find it. For a few years, I used grooveshark or Pandora, and last year Spotify, but these are semi irritating to say the least.

This year I was going through old backups and I came across that Christmas Radio .gadget file, and a thought crossed my mind. “I usually enjoy the challenge of taking things apart, reverse engineering them, and figuring out how they work, or changing them to make them facilitate my own needs. I wonder if I might be able to apply that skill here?” Then I asked, what is a .gadget file anyway? In short, I discovered, it’s simply a renamed .zip file. Wait, WHAT!!!???

Sure enough, I was able to open this old gadget file with 7 zip and begin to manipulate the files within. I soon located the file that contained the radio stations list, found my own online stations that worked, and began replacing the old defunct ones with my new list. I’m proud to say, the good old standard Christmas Radio gadget is now working again and fully functional. I’ve included it here for your download pleasure, ENJOY!

(oh, and if you’re the author, great work! and if you want credit, please tell me who you are, or if you have any objections, please let me know.)

DOWNLOAD HERE!

Download Dirhyllykt Doc’s Christmas Radio Gadget Redo!

Also Download My Older Christmas Cursor Sets here:

Download Dirhyllykt Doc’s Original 1995-97 Cursor Set By Clicking here!

Download Dirhyllyt Doc’s 2012 Christmas Cursor Set By Clicking here!

 

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Doc’s Christmas Village 2011 (New “Fiber Optic/Shadow Box” Addition This Year)

Santa or the Grinch?

Fiber Optic, Shadow Box, Village House 2011

Beginning back in 2002, I built the very first Village house for the christmas village, “The Victorian”, & it’s compamion “Carriage House”. Then in 2006, I swept away the cobwebs, and began building a village house about once a year (excluding last year) from a kit that was given to me many years ago by family who believed that it was a dollhouse kit I could build for my daugher.                                                                                                                                                  As it turned out, it was the “Greenleaf Village” kit, GreenLeaf Village KitManufacturers Example                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        which is well known for being used as a Christmas Village kit.

Being that it wasn’t a dollhouse kit, it got shelved for about 20 years, then I came across it again while cleaning out a closet back in 2006.

This year, I built the last of the houses from the kit. Called “The Store”The Store, however, the way I built it, doesn’t make it seem much like a store at all.

This house is different from all the rest in that it’s customized in many different ways the others weren’t. (With the slight exception of the school house, which was customized with an outside brick finish)

Doc's "Store

Here’s a short list of how this one was customized, followed by some pics of it, along with pics of the village from previous years.

                                                                                                                                                                (This house features fiber optics and someone’s shadow in the window)

1) Custom mix paints

    a) Outside Walls – Green, Yellow and Gold mix, Giving the walls a slightly metallic, but earth tone that  matches the front stonework.

    b) Outside Trim – Cape Cod Blue, Green, and Silver mixture. This compliments the metallic earth tone, yet also stands out with a bit of a christmas look.

2) Front stonework. – Similar to the schoolhouse brick work.and made from similar material. I have no idea where I got the brick material or the stone work, but the few pieces I came across worked perfectly for this project.

3) Front Bay Windows – Color and Texture.- Instead of using the kit windows, I used Red, and Frost colored plastic sand paper. YES SANDPAPER. Looks pretty cool though.

4) Santa’s (or is it the Grinch?) Shadow – While working with the Red sand paper to attach to the windows, I noticed a shadow being cast in a pattern from the heat vent on the lamp’s shade I was using that was pretty cool looking. Pattern From Heat Vent On LightI decided to mimick that pattern on the front windows. When I got the first one done, it didn’t seem as cool in the house as it did when holding the window up to the light, but I had a flash of idea, what would look cooler? someone’s silhouette, shadowed on the Red window, like Santa! This was tricky. I took a spare piece of the leftover stonework, and sketched on the back of it with the blade of an exacto knife, in the shape of someone in a santa hat, with wide cuffs and a hand raised?, then cut the figure out and glued it to the window frame. I then mounted a light in the correct position to cast the shadow perfectly across the front Red window.

5) Fiber Optic Inlaid Roof – This one was difficult. I reviewed it over and over, and just couldn’t see how I could make it work. All I had was a fiber optic Night Light to work with. The Bundle of fiber was thick and unwieldy. Taking a plunge I cut holes in the finished roof, then split the fiber bundle into 2 bundles. Running the bundles through the holes in the roof I cut, I then stapled the fibers along the outside edges of the entire roof on both the front and back roof surfaces. Elmers glue came next, smothering the entire roof with it, I then cut 2 more equal size roof pieces from a comic book back board, and pressed each over the smothered in glue fiber. Each of these had to be weighted (10 lbs) to compress the fibers into a thin layer between the roof pieces. After it was finally dry, I trimmed the excess fiber from the roof edges. The next difficulty was routing the bundles through the house and out the back. I ended up having to widen one of the back windows to accomplish this. I’m pretty happy with how it came out though.

Here’s the pics:

iPhone Shots w/ Flash:

Doc's "Store

Store Side

Front Stonework

Front other side flash

Front Close

Fiberoptic

 

iPhone shots w/o Flash:

Santa or the Grinch?

Front Lit

Front Side Green Fiber Optic

Front other side lit

  Front from afar

Front Top Lit 

2011 - The Store - Blue Light

2011 - The Store - Blue Light - Left2011 - The Store - Front - Blue Light   2011 - Store - Ground Level

2011 – Entire Village

2011 - The School House

2011 - The Schoolhouse & Moon2011 - The Schoolhouse & Village In Light of Full Moon2011 - The Schoolhouse & Moon - Flash2011 - The Schoolhouse Close Up w/ Moon2011 - The Schoolhouse Close Up w/ Moon - Flash2011 - Village Left - Blue Light2011 - Village Overview

PREVIOUS YEARS

2002

Newly Finished Victorian & Carriage House (2002)

Newly Completed, no lights or snow yet

 The roof looked nice and neat back then

 Snow Added:

Snow!

 Atop my CRT ShelfThe beginning of the Village!

 …and Lights!

 Lights!

Lights in the Carriage House!

I still have this lighted tree too!

 

Came out nice!

2006 – 2007

2006 - 2007 Penguin Crossing

2006 - 2007 Church2006 - 2007 Skating Pond2006 - 2007 Left View2006 - 2007 Penguin Crossing Up Close2006 - 2007 Church Ground View2006 - 2007 Lighted Tree2006 - 2007 Skating Pond Up Close2006 - 2007 Skating Pond Overhead View2006 - 2007 Lighted Tree Overhead View2006 - 2007 Left No Light2006 - 2007 Right No Light2006 - 2007 Left No Light2006 - 2007 Colonial House No Light2006 - 2007 Colonial House No Light Close up2006 - 2007 Colonial House Close Up w/ Flash2006 - 2007 Colonial House  Overview w/ Flash 2006 - 2007 Colonial House w/ Flash  2006 - 2007 In Blue Light  2006 - 2007 Lighted Village

2006 - 2007 Skating Pond In Blue Light  2006 - 2007 Lighted Village Overview

2008 – 2009

2008 - 2009 The Schoolhouse2008 - 2009 The Schoolhouse Overview2008 - 2009 The Schoolhouse Overview w/ Flash2008 - 2009 Village Panorama

Christmas Village addition

I said I wasn’t going to do it, but during my weekend recovery (recovering from the hospital trip caused by Fish Taco’s that were cleverly disguised as Chicken)

I figured what the heck (why not do something to take my mind off feeling like I was drug through the gutter?)

Here’s the new addition to the Christmas village – The school house.

This one is done differently, I used a brick material on the outside:

Whole Village Now:

Christmas at Doc’s

From The Email Archives 2009 – 2010 (For My Family, Who Are Unable To Get Out & See The Spirit Of The Season)

Thought you might like to see a few pics of this year’s tree and decos (compared to last year’s). Pay no attention to the cat that mysteriously shows up randomly in the pics. He does this, this is his thing, he either sneaks into pictures someone is taking, or steals the camera, takes pics of himself and uploads them to his agent while I’m gone to work. We won’t even get into boxes of cat toys that mysteriously showed up on the doorstep from UPS, apparently ordered from the internet using my credit card……

Last Year’s Tree (and I still have the projector clock, but it wasn’t turned on when I took this year’s pics):

This year’s tree (with running Nightmare Before Christmas HO Scale Train at base)

….and now the star of our show…. (looks who’s mug showed up in this pic [bottom] I didn’t even realize he was there when I took it)

And the pic that started it all a year or so ago – Mini Cat!

I found this pic when I went to use my camera one time, this is a pic I didn’t take, it’s obvious he jacked my camera and took this pic himself.

(see, you can see how his little arm is holding the camera) I later found out he had been selling these Christmas frames with his pic as a promo online

The Christmas village. Every year I usually build one of these wooden village houses, but this year I didn’t have time. The Church, 2 story house with Garage, and the cottage with the swiss exterior wood working I built, painted and dressed up with “glass bead” like is used in highway paint for reflection, along with glitter to mimic snow on the roofs, I also install special lighting in the room to give it the snowy blue night time look.

(The houses I built are on either end of the table, the other two center houses are “filler” made from ceramic, bought at Walgreens until I can finish the entire village. Eventually it will all be mounted into it’s own table, with hills and such having a more natural look, like the nightmare before Christmas village I built 2 yrs ago (see bottom for a few pics of it)

Last year’s Penguin Crossing

This year’s Penguin Crossing (I can’t for the life of me figure out where the 2nd set of penguins got to)

You probably can’t see him too clearly, but look at this pic of the penguin crossing (in the background behind the church steeple), he’s just got to get his mug in there.

Nightmare before Christmas village I built a few years ago:

Merry Christmas Everyone!