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August 27, 2010 9:35 AM   Subscribe

What can I do, aside from the obvious, with fifteen gray, six-foot PC power cables?

There's a box of extra ones downstairs that are free for the taking. There's gotta be something cool I can do with them other than power fifteen PCs. Hive mind?
posted by valkyryn to Grab Bag (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
You could braid and loop them into some kind of uber-nerdy art to hang on the wall.
posted by vytae at 9:45 AM on August 27, 2010

What vytae said. I was thinking you could make one heck of a Flying Spaghetti Monster with those!
posted by sister nunchaku of love and mercy at 9:49 AM on August 27, 2010 [1 favorite]

You might not have enough to weave into a hammock, but you could probably do a smaller sling chair.

Or hold a Speed cabling competition.

Or make A dress

Also, if you might find that a tub full of soapy warm water is a good idea before working with the cables too much. Unless you like random sticky bits of filth all over everything.
posted by fontophilic at 10:00 AM on August 27, 2010

Best answer: Make a real life electric jellyfish!
posted by niles at 10:54 AM on August 27, 2010

Response by poster: Awesome, niles! I think what I'm going to try to do is make a sort of lamp out of it, with a LED or something going on each cable and the whole mess going to a cheap-ish power strip.

Now, does anyone know of any cheap plug-in LEDs?
posted by valkyryn at 11:05 AM on August 27, 2010

Well, LEDs need DC, and what'll be coming out of your wall is AC. Most LED lighting set ups (Like this ikea one) run back to a DC converter box.

It can be done, if your soldering skills are up to the task. I don't think there are any commercially produced products that would allow you to plug it into a 3-pronged wall socket.
posted by fontophilic at 9:01 AM on August 28, 2010

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