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re: Danger Will Robinson! (Walk towards the light)
Rcurl   1/19/2013 1:55:02 AM
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In my opinion, no self-respecting nefarious device would be complete without some sound effects. Perhaps when you activate the first switch you hear a motor slowly come up to speed as the light is "breathing". When the second switch is activated, a second motor comes up to speed. Upon activation of the third switch, use a sound like the "steampunk giant robot" from the Mega Stomp Panic: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/ef56/ along with activation of a jumbo-sized version of the vibrator motor that is in your cell phone so the suitcase would twitch a bit. I can't wait to see this come together! -Rick

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re: Danger Will Robinson! (Walk towards the light)
David Ashton   1/19/2013 7:03:39 AM
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As you're including ionizing radiation, Max, I trust you are going to have a radioactive source (maybe your radioactive balls??) and make use of that Geiger counter that I fixed for you?

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re: Danger Will Robinson! (Walk towards the light)
David Ashton   1/19/2013 10:25:03 PM
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Also, shouldn't it be "The Amber light breathes three times..." or do they spell "breathes" differently in the States too? BTW, love those old switches and lights - I had some too until I moved to Aussie, had to be ruthless. I might be able to get some really big lights (like 1 inch diameter) though not faceted - since you're going to be in front of a huge audience, would those be useful? I've rescued a few from old substations switchboards.

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re: Danger Will Robinson! (Walk towards the light)
Max The Magnificent   1/21/2013 3:44:09 PM
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Hi Rick -- Hopefully I'll have something to show you the next time you pass by my office

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Max The Magnificent   1/21/2013 3:45:25 PM
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But of course -- I'll be taking my radioactive marbles and my Geiger counter that you got working and that is currently happily clicking away to itself on my desk

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Max The Magnificent   1/21/2013 3:49:47 PM
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Good catch on "breathes" (as opposed to my saying "breaths") -- I just fixed this in the article. I love the old telephone switches -- I want to get more, but they are mega expensive. I think I'm good for lights at the moment, but don't you dare throw anything else away :-)

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David Ashton   1/21/2013 7:17:03 PM
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When I moved from Zim to Australia, I didn't "throw away" much, but I did sell off a lot of stuff...amongst which was quite a few of those telephone switches, some old strowger uniselectors, a box of nixies, a box of valves (tubes), some old ferrite core memories....all stuff I'd love to have now, even if just to hang on the wall. Such is life....

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Max The Magnificent   1/22/2013 2:34:21 PM
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Nooooo -- you had some telephone switches and you got rid of them -- tears are rolling down my cheeks...

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Larry Shafer   1/23/2013 12:42:57 AM
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I would put the Geiger counter in the suitcase and interface it to trigger a very low RPM vibrator. Whenever a certain level of radiation is detected the suitcase would hop around.

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Max The Magnificent   1/24/2013 5:41:22 PM
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That's a good idea -- I do have my radioactive marbles -- plus a much bigger radioactive source -- the trick is going to be getting all of this stuff out to the conference without being arrested :-)

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