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To view the movies, you'll need some sort of QuickTime player. For all you Linux users, the movies are encoded with Motion JPEG instead of Sorenson (Yay!).


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Chris working at my "super breadboard." I took a normal breadboard and added a little power supply thing and a parallel/serial port. The circuit under construction is meant to convert flashes of light into audible pulses. Since we can hear far higher frequencies than we can see, it's possible to hear the buzz of the 60Hz power as it flows through an incandescent bulb. We used this circuit with an infrared detector to find out what our miriad of tv/vcr/dvd controllers sounded like. It was a fun way to spend an evening.
A movie of my Christmas lights in action. You might wanna turn your head sideways for this one.
Another movie, only with the lights turned off. Suffice to say it looks cooler in person. It doesn't really fit anywhere in our house though. It's 12 feet wide. The pattern its displaying is one of the many patterns and effects its capable of performing. Recently I made it so that I could control the lights by playing my keyboard (the piano kind). It's so cool being able to control the lights like they're musical notes.

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My shiny new portable Christmas light holder, complete with handle. Kudos to my dad for the idea of using a semicircle design instead of two pieces of wood overtop of each other with offset holes.

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A top view of the portable light holder. It's about two feet wide. The grey box you see behind it is the CLC-13, the controller I built that acts as an interface between the lights and the computer. The bigger grey box behind it is our carpet cleaning machine. My dad used to clean carpets for a living... he's good at it.

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A picture of almost the whole light display. You can also see our freezer with its vertical door. Fascinating.