Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

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On being a packrat in the Modern Age

Posted by Office-Bob on 14 Nov 2006 | Tagged as: FX

When it comes to being a packrat, the technologies of today offer me far more opportunities to collect “just in case” items than in the past. Case in point: cheap, disposable LED devices.

It used to be that if you were building props and wanted to have blinking lights you’d need to build a dedicated electronic circuit, or pay someone else to do it for you. In today’s world, however, this is no longer the case as evidenced by items like these:

From left to right, they are: a green/yellow flashing LED button, a 4-colour LED flashing mouthpiece that fits in the mouth (fun at parties) and a red/blue flashing LED button.

The LED buttons have magnet bases so they can be attached to any ferrous surface or to thin fabrics; you turn them on by twisting the top clockwise, which completes the circuit. The mouthpiece is simpler to operate; just press the button. Once everything’s turned on, you can watch them light up the darkness!

In addition to those, which can be purchased in bulk from the Oriental Trading Company, I was checking out the Christmas stuff at Canadian Tire and found the latest addition to my electronic junkpile…miniature chaser lights!

Check out the Chasers in action!

I’ve already used the flashing LED buttons and mouthpieces in some props, and I figure it’s only a matter of time before I find a use for the chasers - until then, I’ll just set them somewhere easily forgettable so I can drive myself crazy looking for them when I finally do need them.

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