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Take a 1" bundle of fiber optic
[about 1000 strands] and hang
upside down, from a fixture. They
each about 1-2' long, depending on
your taste. Light them from the
fixture [the light points downward].
Use some version of a Van de Graff
generator to charge the entire
apparatus to a high voltage - each
fiber optic cable repels from the
and the entire fixture fans outward,
creating a downward facing
hemisphere. Use an RC
discharge circuit, and it falls back to
it's bundled state. Oscillate these
effects slowly, and the fiber optics
will pulse back and forth at a slow
rate providing a calming but
Semi-charged state, to give the general idea [currently testing this]. [xercyn, Oct 06 2004, last modified Oct 17 2004]
||The tradition would be for a bolt of electricity to leap out onto their heads.
||Fibers need a conductive surface for fast enough discharge. - The tradition could be that it drops small bits of highly charged packing foam on people in the vicinity. Those are hard to remove and make you look real messy. ;-)
||Blame it on the Van de Graff...
||I like this.
It's like something Charles Eames would have thought of if he were still around.