Fun Pets

Lucky Cam is Live!

After experimenting with an always-on webcam, George and Jennifer asked to put one on Lucky the Leopard Gecko. If you look on the lower right side of this blog, just under the “Currently in Tyngsboro” weather widget, you’ll see a new picture of Lucky in his home. Clicking on this link takes you to Lucky Cam, where you can visit Lucky in his home.

This webcam not only allows you to see Lucky, but you can also move the camera to follow him around, hear what he has to say (not much, usually), and even sing to him! Here are a few notes for you:

When you go to Lucky Cam, you will be asked to log in. You enter the user name of LuckyPal (case sensitive), with no password.

After logging in, you will have to select viewing Lucky Cam through IE using an ActiveX control, through Safari, FireFox or Google Browser using Server Push, or through a tiny mobile server push such as is used on some cell phones. If you use IE, you will be asked to install the camera ActiveX control. Depending on your security settings in IE, it may not want to load and run it. If you have problems, e-mail me and I’ll try to help out. The cell phone mobile server push appears to work OK, but a lot slower than IE. We haven’t tried Server Push with the other browsers, let us know if you have any problems.

When you get the above screen, first try lowering the frame rate to 15 or 10 frames per second (fps). Slowing down the frame rate will improve the overall response of the camera interface. The camera pan and tilt controls should work, but there will be a delay depending on your connection speed. Lucky sometimes can be seen resting in his cave, other times he likes the corner just to the right of the big rock seen above. Clicking the ‘talk’ microphone at the upper right will allow you to sing to Lucky (assuming you have a microphone at your end). Sing nice to Lucky, he’s only 15 months old.

Update – 7 April

Depending on the version of IE you are using, you may need to set ActiveX controls to enable or prompt. IE 10 we found needs to be running in ‘compatibility’ mode to get the ActiveX controls to work. We have not heard of any viewing problems with the other browsers, however, the audio and microphone functions are not supported under the Server Push mode.


Shamrock Ball 2013

Last Saturday evening was Tyngsboro’s annual ‘Shamrock Ball’, also known as the Father-Daughter Dance. This yearly event, hosted by the Tyngsboro recreation department, gives the younger (mostly elementary school) girls a chance to dress up, including their first ‘high heels’  and be taken out to a dance.

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As soon as the couples arrived, the girls immediately split off into groups of friends, where they compared who had the biggest heels, nicest dress, nicest hair, and other important details.

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After settling all the details on who was wearing what and how much work they had to do to prepare for the ‘dance’, the girls were ready to ‘cut loose’.


So did our little princesses dance with their daddies in the cafeteria? Nooo…


Did our little princesses shriek with laughter after making their dads get on stage and lip-sync the Village People’s “YMCA”? Nooo…


Jennifer and Lauren cut out to across the hall in the gymnasium and attacked the climbing wall,


while many of other girls ran up and down the court and played basketball while their fathers stood around with pretty pink purses and looked perplexed. 

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Afterwards, they got to play dress-up (even more!) for the photo-booth. A fun evening was had by all.


Signs of Spring

Although we continue to get snow, it’s melting faster than it piles up.


We’ve got a few bulbs starting to poke out of the mulch. P050313_17.25 P050313_17.25_[01]

On my lunch run yesterday in Woburn, I saw a whole yard full of crocus in bloom. Spring will be here soon.