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Old 03-30-2005, 02:01 PM   #16
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That's been on my mind (Christmas lights, not selling) for a while. Unfortunately, I'd probably need to start now to get a decent string done by Christmas...

OK, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but my process is a bit too slow for commercial applications. To have the time to make enough to sell, I'd have to quit my job, and if I quit my job, I'd have to charge a couple hundred dollars per piece - and sell a lot of em. Plus, I'd need many more seasons of TV shows on DVD to watch while working.

On a noncommercial note, one thing I want to try now is minimizing the electronics so they fit in a ball, and only the power cables come out, so I can string them together on thin wires instead of having a big ugly box for each ball, attached with a thick, inflexible ethernet cable.
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Old 03-31-2005, 06:34 PM   #17
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You must get so high coloring those things, no wonder you keep making them.
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Old 03-31-2005, 08:59 PM   #18
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Speaking of which, here are a few I haven't posted yet. Some of these are from the "gift" set, and others are older. It's several variations on the standard icosohedron.
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Old 03-31-2005, 09:59 PM   #19
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And here's my newest one. This shows my prototype board and the resulting circuit, and then the circuitboard placed in the project box.
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Old 03-31-2005, 10:02 PM   #20
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To assist in the accurate aiming of the LEDs, I placed each one on the face of a tape cube, and soldered on the wires of the ethernet cable which had been put through some heatshrink tubing.

I then constructed the tape ball around the cube, as usual.
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Old 03-31-2005, 10:04 PM   #21
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Here it is in the dark.

And here is a movie of the blinking.
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Old 04-02-2005, 12:58 PM   #22
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Here's some interesting shapes you might want to try your hand at, HM.
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Old 04-02-2005, 01:23 PM   #23
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And here is a movie of the blinking.
That is absolutely beautiful!!

I admire both your patience and ingenuity.
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Old 04-02-2005, 01:32 PM   #24
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I like the buckyball.
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Old 04-07-2005, 09:59 AM   #25
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That is absolutely beautiful!!

I admire both your patience and ingenuity.
Though I do sometimes wonder if it's patience or OCD...
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Old 04-07-2005, 10:17 AM   #26
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What I always say to folks about mental illness ... it's not usually a problem unless it's keeping you from doing other stuff that you want to or need to.
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Old 04-07-2005, 11:34 AM   #27
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I'm probably OK then...
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Old 04-13-2005, 11:42 PM   #28
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I'm not sure which thread to put this in so, as I'm now using flickr, I'll go ahead and put it in both!


My dad just finished making me a cool box to store my markers and tape in. Here it is, closed, empty, and full:





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Old 04-14-2005, 12:42 AM   #29
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Extraordinary!!
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Old 04-14-2005, 09:00 AM   #30
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That is SO awesome! What a great dad!
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