This is something I've been throwing around for a few years--ordered the main components tonight. Should be ready to start building in a couple of weeks--damn hong kong shipping times. The controller supports 32 channels, at 500ma each. Most LED's are 20ma so that's 25 LED's per channel maxed out--but since I'm using RGB LED's, that's 3 channels to power even a single RGB LED. I can make 10 "modules" of 25 led's each--thats alot of LED's though.
x50 10mm RGB Common Anode LED's
Some kind of U or h channel steel stock
4 conductor cable--might just use cat5
Resistors, tbd based on psu and number of led's per module.
So I got a couple of these usb missile launchers off Woot! a few weeks ago. They are pretty neat so long as you disable the lame SFX, toss a webcam ontop and remote desktop in and screw with someone baaaaad. I have one of these in my shared office at work, it's scares the hell out of people when something shoots at them for no appearnt reason...
The one on the right is my old, the new on the left is the new one my GF got me. Bigger is better.
Me and Brian put a flashpaper gun together a few weeks ago, it's shoots fireballs a few feet.
So I just got a JVC RX-D301 7.1 Receiver off woot a few days ago for like ~$105
So far I'm impressed--it outperforms the Sony receiver we have that is 3x the size and about a year and a half old. I've only got 5 speakers hooked up so far but hell there isn't any 7.1 dvds yet anyway...cool feature is a little usb soundcard it comes with to send audio from a computer to it wirelessly, l33t. Also has a USB-B jack on the front to plug it directly into a computer to work as a soundcard
Front L/F and Surround L/F Speakers are Cambridge SoundWorks THX something or other.
I picked up rockband the other day for my 360, I had a bunch of gamestop gift cards and some amex ones too. Paid like $12 out of pocket. It's fun so far but $2 a song to download additional is a bit much. I'll probably only play it for another week before I get bored of it...