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Ben Stein wasn't the first...

Those of you who have followed Win Ben Stein's Money at all may recall that time back on July 1, 1998 when a contestant finally managed to defeat Ben Stein and get a perfect 10 score on the bonus round, thus prompting Ben & Jimmy to drop their trousers.  However, you may not have heard about another instance over 20 years prior when the pants-dropping bug bit Pat Sajak on Wheel of Fortune!

While I've been meaning to post this clip for a very long time (and it appears someone did in fact beat me to the punch with a very brief 7-second clip of it), a Facebook thread prompted me to finally take action, dust off the ol' DVD collection, and spin this one up to rekindle its glory and a piece of the Internet's ever-wandering attention.

The year was 1987, Black Monday was about to hit the stock market, Microsoft released Windows 2.0, and to start its fifth season in syndication, the producers of Wheel decided to lose the shopping round format and have the players spin strict…

Presenting at the Perot Museum

Honestly I've been forgetting to post here lately; had a lot of company at the house keeping me distracted!  Plus, the work on the LEDgoes project & some other extracurriculars have been keeping me rather busy.  One such extracurricular is a series of interactive demonstrations displayed in conjunction with the Dallas Makerspace at the Perot Museum in downtown Dallas tomorrow, 10/4/2013.

I'm showing off the DecorreLab project (that I wrote about here previously) at the museum, and am hoping to inspire and engage a bunch of people with some really neat psychoacoustic effects in person.  (I might want to study up on some of the psychoacoustic theories in the meantime!)  Some of the other DMS members are also working on displays driven by a Makey Makey, allowing museum-goers to tap on various fruits and conductive non-Newtonian fluids in order to get a laptop to play sounds.  The third display (that lots of DMS members took videos of while we were building it) is non-Newtonia…