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A friend of mine recently attended a 'Champaign Lunch', where he was compelled drink as much fizzy stuff as he could between the first and last courses. In an ideal world we'd ask restaurant staff to tell us stories about fatties stuffing themselves at All You Can Eat places, but we recognise that our members don't all work in the catering trade, so for the rest of you - tell us something about abusing freebies. BTW: Bee puns = you fail.

(, Thu 8 Nov 2007, 14:16)
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Not really a freebie per se
but I do abuse it. The cleanroom and labs here have a house nitrogen supply, which comes from bottles in a service room. The supply is used to connect to bits of equipment, but also is used for drying wafers etc, and for this purpose we have little hand held thingies with trigger valves (I'm sure they have a proper name).

Anyway, by placing the jet in between thumb and forefinger of a gloved hand, it is possible to make the rubber of the glove resonate at a frequency dictated by the pressure applied between the digits. So you can play tunes, bagpipe style, using the nitrogen line.

Very loudly.

My party piece to date has normally been Auld Lang Syne, but today I was feeling inspired and got through a passable rendition of the opening line of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.

*virtual bow to audience*
(, Tue 13 Nov 2007, 11:53, 7 replies)
If only b3ta.com had sound...
(, Tue 13 Nov 2007, 11:55, closed)
I do that too!
Maintenance has a high pressure air hose for blowing crud out of crevices, and I found that by putting it between my gloved fingers I could make extremely loud and shrill and obscene noises. I told them it was the wiffle bird call.

(A wiffle bird is a creature that flies in decreasing spirals until eventually it disappears up its own anus, from which vantage it leers at its enemies.)
(, Tue 13 Nov 2007, 12:33, closed)
You-Tube it
You really need to video the performance and post it
(, Tue 13 Nov 2007, 12:48, closed)
I don't think
I'll manage to video it. But it wouldn't capture the sheer volume of sound which is produced anyway. That's the best bit!
(, Tue 13 Nov 2007, 13:08, closed)
Video it!
(, Tue 13 Nov 2007, 13:52, closed)
It just so happens that I'm busy writing an app that can record sound via a webpage.

So, if you'd like to try and record yourself, K2K, just rig up a mike to a PC and go here:


You'll get lots of poo like: "do you really want to install this java app" etc but it works. Honest.

Oh - and ignore the error message at the end that says "Voice message could not be uploaded"
- I haven't finished the error handling yet. The recording is uploaded - just the error handling is a bit poo.

Once it's uploaded I'll post a link here for so everyone can listen.

When this app is finished and polished, sometime in the next couple of days, it'll let people record straight from thier microphones and will output a cut'n'paste link that they can drop into blogs, myspace, Facebook, webpages and, if the B3tan Gods let me, here on QOTW.

So record away. (And it would be a huge help to me if you left your B3tan name).

OK - I'm also after free beta-testers.

And be gentle - only been working on this for two days so it's a bit ropey.

(, Tue 13 Nov 2007, 14:48, closed)
If I'd known
there was so much fun to be had in Labs, I'd have stayed awake in science classes!
(, Tue 13 Nov 2007, 15:29, closed)

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