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articles from July 2003

Thursday, July 10, 2003

While shopping this weekend at my local Target store (a national discount chain store for those of you outside the US) I noticed they were selling Halloween decorations for half off. And amid the plastic pumpkins and reflective child safety vests and cheap costumes I found a shelf full of lighting effects. Most were pretty typical blacklights or just oddly-shaped bulbs, or otherwise pretty pedestrian items. But one item jumped out at me--a small plasma globe. It had a plastic witch attached to it, or there were some with a skull instead. But in a fraction of a second, I had formulated a plan. I decided it was worth ten bucks to see if this idea was really too crazy to work. The item came with an instruction sheet that warned against using it in the vicinity of any microchips. Hmmm, intriguing. I've never been one to put much stock in warnings after all.

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