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Dick Worked the Graveyard Shift
When the local church needed storm effects for a skit, sound man Dick Neubert found the thunder on the Internet and added “lightning” with a photoflash strobe. In all, this common strobe design will deliver some very uncommon effects for your next Halloween spookfest.
Cutting Pumpkins the Tesla Way
Rick Crammond created a gadget for cutting Halloween pumpkins that is powered by the faucet in a kitchen sink. The water pressure drives a stack of CDs that has been converted into a turbine.
Bill Had That Weird Sensation He Was Being Watched
Partial to things that go bump in the night, Bill built a circuit that slowly illuminates and fades a pair of red LEDs. Install it in a skull as a Halloween prop or if spooky things aren’t your thing, use it as a fancy power indicator for a home appliance.
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