While reviewing a few of the comments on this blog, I was struck by a new thought (no real damage done, thank you). Why not transform my "traje de luces" idea into a truly unique item that could re-define the "Max the Magnificent" brand: the Neopixel-equipped Hawaiian shirt! I'm sure that a man with your programming background could even make the flowers bloom and fade, and morph (on the back panel) into a marquee display showing, say, "Max the Magnificent, brought to you by [insert sponsor name here]!" You could set a new standard for "wearables" or maybe "wearware (tm)."
@max: since so many of your blogs seem to be in a "stream of consciousness" style, I think you might appreciate the following.
Yesterday, I was mowing the lawn of my half-vast estate (0.26 acre gross) with my trusty mower El Toro. That train of thought delivered me to recall my high school days, in Spanish class with Miss Massoth (some of the less-charitable members of the class were wont to refer to her as "Miss Mammoth" as she was a bit chunky). El Toro reminded me of the time we studied the traditions, rules and names of all the participants of the corrida. I remembered fondly the special highly-adorned garb worn by the matador (which, BTW, literally means "killer"), called"el traje de luces" or en Ingles, "the suit of lights." This inspired the idea of that is what your very next Neopixel project should be! Imagine the impact if, at one of your talks, you would haveyour beautiful assistant (Gina the Gorgeous?) dim the lights as you activate your very own version of "traje de luces"!
Just another random idea that could very well be a kickstarter project! I bet you never dreamed you could become a trend-setting fashion designer. Every "A-list" celeb would kill to be the first to wear one to, e.g., the Oscars.
@Garcia: please feel free to correct any errors, factual or grammatic, in the above, as "those days" ended well over 50 years ago, and I have forgotten much of the finer points of Spanish grammar and vocabulary.
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