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October Caption Contest

Get ready - it's time for a caption contest!

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You probably thought we forgot! As October draws to a close and November looms large, it's time for this month's caption contest. The rules are as follows:

  • Leave your funniest clean caption in the comments section below. We reserve the right to delete captions that we deem inappropriate. We're not too stingy, but try to keep it moderately PG-13.
  • Captions submitted any other way besides in the comment section will not be accepted. That means do not use the feedback form!
  • Captions will be accepted from the moment this post goes live until Wednesday, November 1st at 10 a.m. Mountain Time.
  • A crack team of humor experts will pick the winner and we will announce it next week.

Here is your photo (you knew this was coming...):

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So leave your best caption in the comments section below for a chance to win $100 in SparkFun credit. Go!

Update: We have a winner! Congratulations Grey Wolf, you've won $100 in SparkFun credit for your caption ("SparkFun: Always look on the beard side of light")!


Comments 349 comments

  • "Biv. Roy G. Biv."

  • kpFerg / about 9 years ago / 19

    Robert Cowan doesn't sleep, he waits... for New Product Friday.

  • denbo68 / about 9 years ago / 12

    Robert seen at bar using new pickup line: "Baby... you must be a pot of gold because you are at the end of my rainbow".

  • Geert / about 9 years ago / 10
    Roses are red,
     Violets are blue,
    But with this LED strip
      I can make green too.
    
  • Alright photo buffs: Lets see you fix the white balance on this one.

  • draw me like one of your french girls

  • Member #156114 / about 9 years ago / 6

    I'm not wearing any pants.

  • Levi / about 9 years ago / 6

    On sale now: The Engineer's Romantic LED-Light Dinner Kit (dinner companion not included)

  • MostThingsWeb / about 9 years ago * / 6

    I'm gonna make him an LED strip he can't diffuse...

  • Nicholas2 / about 9 years ago / 6

    "...I want you to be totally honest with me on how the machine makes you feel. This being our first try, I'll use the lowest setting."

  • Member #40720 / about 9 years ago / 6

    Neo, choose the blue pill, the story ends and you will wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. If you take the red one, you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Or take the purple one, or the yellow one, or the green one, or the ecru one, or the "mountain blue" one, or the "forest green" one, or the slightly-pink-but-not-too-pink-one, or the bluish-but-not-too-green-one, or, wait, Neo....where are you going?

  • Nomad / about 9 years ago / 5

    Sparkfun's commitment to quality has led Robert to verify that the RGB LED strips truly have a 10,000 hour lifespan.

  • Ssssssparkfunnnn over the rainbow......

  • tz / about 9 years ago / 4

    No, the LEDs are the same color, the desk is just spinning clockwise very fast.

  • Gizmoguy / about 9 years ago / 4

    My names Robert.....Robert G.B. or RGB for short. Think of your favorite color and I'll guess it in 3 tries.

  • Member #383437 / about 9 years ago / 3

    From this day forward, everyone realized that Rob is color-blind.

  • To the Moon on a mA / about 9 years ago / 3

    Real hackers have rainbow tables!

    • That guy from DEFCON / about 9 years ago * / 1

      I eat A5/1 for breakfast with my rainbow table!

  • Mason / about 9 years ago / 3

    Sparkfun 2014 calendar committee, meet your cover

  • Flip Flops toggle in his presence ......... His projects aren't created, they are born ......... He has never made a syntax mistake .........

    He is...... the most interesting Sparkfun employee in the world.........

    I dont always buy LED's, But when I do, I prefer RGB addressable.

    Stay blinky my friends.

  • SaberMage / about 9 years ago / 3

    Introducing: Sparkfun's new Ambilight clone for beards!

  • TeslaFan / about 9 years ago / 3

    Say... My... Name.

  • trevor / about 9 years ago / 3

    Here's my second plan. Back in the 60's, I had a weather changing machine that was, in essence, a sophisticated heat beam which we called a "laser." Using these "lasers," we punch a hole in the protective layer around the Earth, which we scientists call the "Ozone Layer." Slowly but surely, ultraviolet rays would pour in, increasing the risk of skin cancer. That is unless the world pays us a hefty ransom.

  • RedDvls / about 9 years ago / 3

    My new masterpiece, I call it ARDUINBOW!!

  • Grey Wolf / about 9 years ago * / 3

    Sparkfun: Always look on the beard side of light.

  • randy / about 9 years ago / 3

    I eat LEDs for breakfast.

  • Anachronomer / about 9 years ago / 3

    Welcome to another awesome episode of Schematic Reading Rainbow!

  • Funhough / about 9 years ago / 3

    "Avatar 2: Screentest of bearded Na'vi "

  • All your LED are belong to us! Bwa ha ha ha! Bwa ha ha ha!

  • Spiku / about 9 years ago / 3

    Listen here, Padawan. I'm not sure what you did to my light-saber, but your going to fix it now or I'm taking you to the sith house.

  • Blueblast88 / about 9 years ago / 3

    Swivels around in chair and says: "I've been expecting you, before I introduce myself I must warn you my mind is rather bright and colorful"

  • MyUsualAliasWasTaken / about 9 years ago / 2

    "Strip," like this LED strip. What did you think I meant? And why do you have that camera?

  • MarcK / about 9 years ago / 2

    If you put on the 3D glasses you can see the rabbit.

  • Naugy / about 9 years ago / 2

    I don't always use this many RGB LED's...but when I do I address them individually.

  • Member #403660 / about 9 years ago / 2

    Crypt keeper voice hello boys and ghouls heeheheehhheeehhee

  • unknowndomain / about 9 years ago / 2

    Robert Cowan, long lost 8th member of the village people, prepares for an interview about his new album, L.E.D.R.G.B. a modern take on Y.M.C.A. with Daft Punk.

  • Member #368888 / about 9 years ago / 2

    And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how to make your geek shine.

  • RocketGuy / about 9 years ago / 2

    Robert ponders a full spectrum of possibilities...

  • SMD4U2C / about 9 years ago / 2

    to RGB, or not to RGB, that is the question

  • Member #335348 / about 9 years ago / 2

    Lost in the warehouse full of Sparkfun boxes ready to ship, Robert records his last will and testament.

  • SOISentinel / about 9 years ago / 2

    Your feeble skills are no match for the power of the Spark Side.

  • Member #293819 / about 9 years ago / 2

    This is what you see when you are late for work at Sparkfun. Not one person has ever been late twice.

  • Member #327664 / about 9 years ago / 2

    Welcome to the Rainbow Lair!

  • I'm going to turn out the lights and pose like this just so I can be in the caption contest this month...

  • zipeto / about 9 years ago / 2

    Here at Spark fun, we don't taste the rainbow, we make the rainbow.

  • Member #234019 / about 9 years ago / 2

    The Bearded Wonder

  • A. Wiggin / about 9 years ago / 2

    So, uh, this is what the LED strips look like lit up. As you can see, it's a really neat product and, uh, you can get all the colors of the rainbow out of it. So check out the product page to order your programmable LED strip today.

  • Member #15009 / about 9 years ago / 2

    Let Your Geek Shine (results may vary)

  • Some men just like to watch LEDs burn.

  • Member #401042 / about 9 years ago / 2

    Somewhere over the LED rainbow, way up in Boulder There's a man that I've seen once in a demo video. Somewhere over the LED rainbow, dreams come true And the inventions that you dare to build, Range from red to green to blue.

  • TechnoWiz2Cubed / about 9 years ago / 2

    Robert warms himself by the LED's on a cold winter night.

  • Member #330069 / about 9 years ago / 2

    It's time to play a game

  • beagle.fan / about 9 years ago * / 2

    Robert Cowan: The Meaning of Light.

  • Member #168645 / about 9 years ago / 2

    It's pretty, but doesn't seem to be helping with Robert's Seasonal Affective Disorder.

  • Member #394180 / about 9 years ago / 2

    So Mr. Bond, you really think you can deduce how many jelly beans there are in the red boxes before the nerve gas is released??

  • JGuthridge / about 9 years ago / 2

    After repeatedly seeing Robert loose power by mid-day, the Sparkfun team replaced his LiPo's, swapped out the charging curcit, and added this oversized charge strength indicator.

  • Daniel P. / about 9 years ago / 2

    None of the miniature airplanes would land that day, expressing their concerns over the giant lurking just off the runway.

  • Member #395576 / about 9 years ago / 2

    That was easy.. Give me a product i can't demonstrate. Go on.. .Ill wait right here...

  • hamtoro / about 9 years ago / 2

    Enough of this SparkFun. Now it's time to get down to SparkBusiness

  • qcard / about 9 years ago / 2

    All hail the Hypno-Rob!

  • Synchronometry / about 9 years ago / 2

    "Do I look amused that you're using this for the caption contest?"

  • CCody / about 9 years ago / 2

    Here you see testing on the effectiveness of different colors in the interrogation room.

  • LightManCA / about 9 years ago / 2

    Sparkfun rainbow! What does it mean??

  • Member #369100 / about 9 years ago / 2

    The modern day Leprechaun.

  • FredicvsMaximvs / about 9 years ago / 2

    "Girl, you light up my life - much like this one meter fully addressable RGB LED strip. And if, later, you want to put the 'motion in the ocean', I have an accelerometer breakout board that will tell you exactly what you're doing."

  • ME heat o nator / about 9 years ago / 2

    In an open source environment, there is nothing going on behind the scenes. All the functionality is in the open and available to anyone. It is the human aspect that is... unexplained.

  • randy / about 9 years ago / 2

    A devoted man of science, Mr. Robert is driven to find an electronic breakthrough that can solve some of mankind’s most challenging medical dilemmas. Rebuffed by the powers that be, he decides to make himself the subject of his own experimental treatments, accidentally unleashing his inner demons along with the man the world would come to know as DJ. SparkFunkster-Flex.

  • Funhough / about 9 years ago / 2

    " LED talks: Lights worth spreading"

  • Member #375102 / about 9 years ago / 2

    Try as he might, Robert could not make his light saber monochromatic.

  • andy4us / about 9 years ago / 2

    They all told him that he needed to shave his beard to do a decent Lou Reed impression, but he never wanted to listen

  • AaronW / about 9 years ago / 2

    Supervillain Tip #9 When sending edicts from your hidden lair use mood lighting to instill a greater sense of impending doom in your victims.

  • customerX / about 9 years ago / 2

    What can I possibly say about LEDs that I haven't said before?

  • customerX / about 9 years ago / 2

    6 years of broadcasting school, and all they have me doing is this boring new product gig.

  • Member #25095 / about 9 years ago / 2

    I get it, you've given me everything from orange to blue. Is it too much to ask to get some "Sparkfun Red"? I'm waaaiting!

  • dekae / about 9 years ago / 2

    So now that we've got it lit like this, how long until the pot of gold appears?

  • Spatz / about 9 years ago / 2

    In this light you can clearly see that left is my good side. I will continue to give you this evil look until you move that camera further left.

  • E.G. / about 9 years ago / 2

    Disclaimer: Sparkfun's LEDsaber does not include sound effects, batteries and Jedi beard.

  • rosier9 / about 9 years ago / 2

    In the yearrrr 2000...

  • TomC / about 9 years ago / 2

    Robert briefly considers whether he is actually on the set of Portal or Battlestar Galactica.

  • jmount / about 9 years ago / 2

    The first step in taking over the "Laser Floyd" show at the local planetarium...

  • ccbundy / about 9 years ago / 2

    Relax ... focus on the lights ... when you awake you will know everything concerning the use of intelligent lighting to rule the world.

  • Rainbow man Rob!

  • twarrior15 / about 9 years ago * / 2

    “If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bull.”

  • doobie / about 9 years ago / 2

    First Light-Saber Experiment: Rainbow Unhappiness.

  • lingomaniac88 / about 9 years ago / 2

    Protip: Ghost stories are usually scarier when you illuminate your face with a flashlight, but if you use rainbow LEDs instead, then you'll just end up looking silly.

  • geo_leeman / about 9 years ago / 2

    I did it... I made the lights change color... Happy now?

  • Dr. DFTBA / about 9 years ago / 2

    So nice of you to join me...

    Now. Let's discuss that timeshare. Pay no attention to the mind-altering psychadelic lights.

  • Barry2 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Awaiting the first caller on the Blackberry App helpline show.

  • RoboRake / about 9 years ago / 1

    Hmmm, Big Mac or Quarter Pounder?

  • Member #459850 / about 9 years ago / 1

    My Caption:

    Dr. Robert Cowan, Incredibly Handsome Master of All Electronics and Ceramic Capacitors

  • Member #368909 / about 9 years ago / 1

    So THIS is what they mean by, " LET YOUR GEEK SHINE ".

  • Member #484097 / about 9 years ago / 1

    The people impressed with his redshift costume were always walking away.

  • johnshue / about 9 years ago / 1

    Observe the defensive mechanism of the rare bearded pygmy chameleon specimen.

  • Member #371916 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Come to the fabulous side; we have rainbow lightsabres.

  • FrankM / about 9 years ago / 1

    "Welcome to New Product Friday. Today we will be featuring our new Broadband Keyboard. It's designed for musicians who want to play more than just the Blues..."

  • Member #455754 / about 9 years ago / 1

    It's only weird if it doesn't work? This (and my beard) will make the Red Sox win the World Series. We'll see. Even if it works, it's still weird.

  • Member #421778 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Red vs Blue? "SparkFun" your robot costume this year.

  • Fay Shaw / about 9 years ago / 1

    Welcome to my holodesk.

  • SparksLikeaG6 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed. The ability to wire this up is insignificant next to the power of the RGB Force.

  • R3dmous3 / about 9 years ago / 1

    I don't know about yall but I think we are all 7 years to late.

  • Sciencez / about 9 years ago / 1

    Robert thought this would scare the children for Halloween

  • Member #435690 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Don't touch the LEDs and he won't hurt you....

  • Member #37750 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Okay, take your best shot, then it's mine!

  • JPitty / about 9 years ago / 1

    "If you ever accidentally drop your keys into a river of molten lava, let 'em go, because man, they're gone."

  • Member #151705 / about 9 years ago / 1

    We will be back after this short commercial break to break down the specifications of this rainbow light.

  • Swift / about 9 years ago / 1

    ... must not forget to record The Walking Dead.... but this guys occupy brain each fridays... awaiting what is new @ SparkFun..... Jason!? is it you!?

    Happy Halloween friends!

  • Sparky McSolderman / about 9 years ago / 1

    Robert's least favorite task is cleaning Nyan Cat's litter box.

  • XLT_Frank / about 9 years ago * / 1

    Robert is in his alternate universe, where October only has 29 days. (Seriously, Wednesday, November 1st? Does this contest end in 2017?)

  • Member #483186 / about 9 years ago / 1

    In an effort to increase sales, Robert proposes to the Head of Homeland Security that they increase the number of security alert levels from five to forty.

  • Member #71928 / about 9 years ago / 1

    "Sunset is still my favorite color, and rainbow is second." Mattie Stepanek

  • vybz263 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Although he was not a bright fellow, he always knew how to shine on camera.

  • vybz263 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Although he was not a bright fellow, he always knew how to shine on camera.

  • TheKitty / about 9 years ago / 1

    Really, I have to promote ElectriCute on video? Ok, but I'm NOT wearing the fairy dress.

  • TheKitty / about 9 years ago / 1

    Behind the scenes for the 2013 remake of the Wizard of Oz, we have Dorothy about to sing "Somewhere over the Rainbow"

  • vybz263 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Although he was not a bright fellow, he always knew how to shine on camera.

  • Member #15009 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Rob's new product E-Cosmetics needs some work.

  • JLBjerke / about 9 years ago / 1

    Realizing he was hypnotized, we could only tell how long he’d been there by the length of his beard.

  • Member #384924 / about 9 years ago / 1

    At a recent Monday morning staff meeting -

    Really....."it seemed like a good idea at the time" is the best you can come up with to explain this?

  • blkxltng / about 9 years ago / 1

    I think we need to have a little chat.....

  • James Matthew / about 9 years ago / 1

    Securely locked in a SparkFun-box-padded cell, his every move monitored on camera, Robert planned his escape.

  • Member #480149 / about 9 years ago / 1

    I want My TOY back....:(

  • What color does Robert's body prefer? It's having a fight being half red, half blue; half hot, half cold; half fire, half ice; half summer, half winter. What's the best-looking?... No matter the choice, the beard will keep looking like a boss. Or is Robert migrating SparkFun's official color from Red to Blue?.... Please don't do it or I'll cry.

  • MrAureliusR / about 9 years ago / 1

    Robert's daily prayer at his altar to the electronics gods ... 'Please, don't let Murphy get me again!!!'

  • MrAureliusR / about 9 years ago / 1

    Why is my lightsaber so floppy? And rainbow coloured? I guess I'll never be a real Jedi...

  • Member #143687 / about 9 years ago / 1

    'Any customer can have an LED lit any colour that he wants so long as it is rainbow.' -Robert Cowan

  • sem / about 9 years ago / 1

    A deep sense of foreboding overcame Robert as he contemplated the meaning of light.

  • Member #438746 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Roberts hacked mood lamp needs rewiring

  • Member #438746 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Hey ladies, yes i do look L.E.DELICIOUS

  • 2BitBot / about 9 years ago / 1

    Welcome to another addition of the Red Green Show!

  • Gary D. / about 9 years ago / 1

    Everyone come see how pink and blue I look!

  • Gary D. / about 9 years ago / 1

    Are we on? Are we on? I don't believe you...I'm going to sit here and imagine punching you in the mouth...

  • Gary D. / about 9 years ago / 1

    Stay classy, geeks!

  • Member #86565 / about 9 years ago / 1

    I know it looks stupid, I know it's been two-and-a-half days, and I know you can smell my flesh burning. Lookit: if you want to be a really great "half-black-half-white-guy-from-Star-Trek" for Halloween, you have to be willing to make some sacrifices.

  • Member #428629 / about 9 years ago / 1

    But... I don't feel colorful....

  • Crawdad / about 9 years ago / 1

    In Soviet Chernobyl, Rob glows LEDs!

  • Member #114781 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Wait?? What is a Current Limiting Resistor for again?

  • Yetti / about 9 years ago / 1

    His thoughts can be communicated via the visible light spectrum. He is...the most interesting man in the world.

  • Member #302799 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Well he does have a degree in psychology...

  • Kash / about 9 years ago / 1

    "Is it me you are looking for"

  • Member #228943 / about 9 years ago / 1

    It was only after 43 minutes left alone, holding the same pose that Robert decided the long exposure photoshoot was probably a ruse.

  • Member #341578 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Roberts new product Friday post on the day before his vacation: "RGB LED strip, any questions?."

  • Like a rainbows in the darrrrk!

  • astinsan / about 9 years ago / 1

    Low Watt Mood Lighting Master

  • eewestcoaster / about 9 years ago / 1

    I swear, if Nate tells me to wire up one more LED...

  • joesugar / about 9 years ago / 1

    Tell me...how many lights you see. (For the Next Generation fans.)

  • Kash / about 9 years ago / 1

    Come to the dark side, we make our own rainbows.

  • eewestcoaster / about 9 years ago / 1

    If you stare at the LED long enough, the LED stares into you.

  • Kash / about 9 years ago / 1

    They say that there is not a chin behind that beard just more new products.

  • BeerCannon / about 9 years ago / 1

    (whispered): "Mindcrime"

  • chartle / about 9 years ago / 1

    What no owls?

  • th3f1x3r / about 9 years ago / 1

    Good evening everyone and welcome to the night we dive deep into your subconscious and bring out all your inner demons. Don't mind the lights, they will prevent your demons from escaping this room and ravaging the earth.

  • Member #23263 / about 9 years ago / 1

    If you think I look good now, you should see me under UV

  • Ing.TonyV / about 9 years ago / 1

    Look Ma! i found a way to wear both of my this year costumes at the same time, looking like William Wallace from braveheart on one side and Darth Maul in the other, and i even have a rainbow light saber. Now im just thinking about how to remove this table out of my costume.

  • Ing.TonyV / about 9 years ago * / 1

    Look Ma! i found a way to wear both of my this year costumes at the same time, looking like William Wallace from braveheart on one side and Darth Maul in the other, and i even have a rainbow light saber. Now im just thinking about how to remove this table out of my costume.

  • EvilBit1 / about 9 years ago / 1

    May the lite be with you

  • RoboRake / about 9 years ago / 1

    Nooooo! He doesn't have an evil thought in his head. Ever!!!!!!!!

  • Lion XL / about 9 years ago * / 1

    if your watching this image then it is already too late...I was experimenting with entanglement and somehow this led strip controlled by some mangled Arduino FFT code sent a random photons into the time/space continuum and created a some weird alternate universe where days just seemed to vanish from existence....now Halloween no longer exists, weeks have shortened, and if this continues Arduino's will reproduce at alarming rates leaving the hacker-space devoid of any diversity...

  • Member #329167 / about 9 years ago / 1

    An ENLIGHTENING table...! (I'm here all week, folks!) Seriously, he was LED to the table by the colorful lights.

  • Member #19154 / about 9 years ago / 1

    I'm tired of playing games. Now, I'm gonna give you one chance to come clean here. Have you ever seen this light bar?

  • James Matthew / about 9 years ago / 1

    With extreme concentration, Robert was able to light the strip with his mind. It was considered a breakthrough until management compared his salary to the power bill.

  • Member #19154 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Once Robert enters a trance-like state, the mood light indicator is unable to determine his mood.

  • Member #140688 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Wow! Awesome Holographic Projector!

  • Member #23051 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Do-over.

    [The methane gas meter just lit up like crazy] Hmmm... what do I tel my loyal viewers now?

  • Member #23051 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Hmmm... the methane gas meter display just lit up like crazy ?!

  • Member #408667 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Next time on Epic Meal Time we eat LED arrays! Baconstrips!

  • Mr Earl / about 9 years ago / 1

    If only Harvey Dent had watched the new products video about the new addressable RGU(ltra violet) LED strips...

  • littlefreak / about 9 years ago / 1

    "At the disco no one can hear you scream!"

  • FrankM / about 9 years ago / 1

    "Chelsea, I know that you didn't want the RGB strip to move around during this demonstration, but gluing my elbows to the table as well was a bit much."

  • Zmaster / about 9 years ago / 1

    "50 shades of... LED"

  • Jaboco / about 9 years ago / 1

    Robert, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore. We must be over the rainbow!

  • Eivind / about 9 years ago / 1

    Grounded by the triangle pose.

  • nutmeg / about 9 years ago / 1

    Somewhere over the rainbow a bearded troll sits...

  • FrankM / about 9 years ago / 1

    ...and this is part of our prototype for the upcoming Knight Rider 2013 movie...

  • Rob36 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Don't you dare cross this "Thin Red Line" um orange line, um green, um blue thin line. Blast it, Don't you dare cross my "Rainbow Thin Line"

  • Member #483229 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Speaking as a bar tender.... So, let me get this straight? You're a princess....the guy that saved you, you liked, but turns out to be your brother, and the guy you fall in love with has a wookie as a "partner"??? 8-b

  • The Chad / about 9 years ago / 1

    Just gonna sit here. Sitting here waiting. Waiting for somebody to GET THIS FREAKING RAINBOW OFF OF MY DESK!

  • Member #440987 / about 9 years ago / 1

    New Product..... What is next my pal!

  • nedium / about 9 years ago / 1

    Your idea is great Gregg, but just an led strip wont transform here to a dj cabin!

  • Spark-Fun lover! / about 9 years ago / 1

    I m a Pink Blue new product Robert!!

  • Member #483186 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Robert ponders how much energy he's saving using LEDs, and from removing October 31 from the calendar.

  • Saulton / about 9 years ago / 1

    With towers of red boxes surrounding him, Robert stirs in his calamity . . . To choose the Light side or the Dark side.

  • TheRegnirps / about 9 years ago / 1

    ))):-8(()

  • Packrat / about 9 years ago * / 1

    Long after the work day ended, everyone else gone home, with only a strip of LEDs to see by, Robert still can't figure out just how he agreed to work on Nov 2 and Nov 3. And how he'll tell his wife...

  • Packrat / about 9 years ago / 1

    Red and Blue; Red and Blue.... Robert's mood changes with the LED strip as he contemplates the First of November... Wednesday or Friday; Wednesday or Friday....

  • Member #435690 / about 9 years ago * / 1

    HE CAN SINCE..... FEAR(NEW PRODUCT FRIDAY)

  • Member #435690 / about 9 years ago / 1

    It's not a rainbow.... it's new product friday!

  • Jarek / about 9 years ago / 1

    I am a dog, and I don't get i-OOOOO GLOWY STICK

  • Jarek / about 9 years ago / 1

    We have a whole SPECTRUM of deals for you.

  • korishev / about 9 years ago / 1

    What's the deal? It can't possibly take this long to go to the bathroom. I just want to go home. I swear, if he isn't back in like, 2 minutes, I'm outta here. I mean, it got dark in here and everything. Not even a rainbow of LEDs can make this better.

  • RuralGuru / about 9 years ago / 1

    Here at sparkfun, the dark side's got nothin.

  • Member #312255 / about 9 years ago / 1

    This was Sparkfun's idea for a new 3D technology but something went horribly wrong.

  • Blacklab1 / about 9 years ago / 1

    As seen here Mr Roberts waits for the New Sparkfun's light therapy to kick in. Good News!!! The wrinkles on his head are not permanent, but the shading might be.

  • Seth_W / about 9 years ago / 1

    Come to the Rainbow Side. We have LEDS.

  • Member #236500 / about 9 years ago / 1

    One saber to rule them all, one saber to find them, one saber to defeat Luke and Darth Vader!

  • Member #236500 / about 9 years ago / 1

    One saber to rule them all, one saber to find them, one saber to defeat Luke and Darth Vader!

  • Joel_Q / about 9 years ago / 1

    Go ahead. Tell me about your fancy new RGB LED.

  • Joel_Q / about 9 years ago / 1

    The force is strong in this one.

  • Joel_Q / about 9 years ago / 1

    You mess with one LED... well I suppose the rest just remain the same. They are addressable.

  • LateNightRacing / about 9 years ago / 1

    Spectrum? I don't even know them.

  • Grayson / about 9 years ago * / 1

    'Friday is coming..' Say it like a Stark, otherwise it doesn't work.

  • FlippinBits / about 9 years ago / 1

    No, that wavelength will not make your creepy beard go away.

  • Firefox9001 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Robert Cowan is preparing to win any staring contest this New Product Friday.

  • Member #483132 / about 9 years ago * / 1

    "There's no earthly way of knowing, Which direction they are going. There's no knowing where they're rowing, or which way the river's flowing. Is it raining, is it snowing? Is a hurricane a-blowing? Not a speck of light is showing So the danger must be growing. Are the fires of Hell a-glowing? Is the grisly Reaper mowing? Yes! The danger must be growing 'Cause the rowers keep on rowing. And they're certainly not showing any sign that they are slowing"

  • wirenut1980 / about 9 years ago / 1

    While waiting for the others to gather around for scary Halloween stories, Robert was trying to figure out how they where going to roast the marshmallows over the safe insurance approved indoor camp fire.

  • SuperCrackMunkey / about 9 years ago / 1

    "This isn't what I meant when I said I needed you to light up my life...."

  • The Doctor Doge / about 9 years ago / 1

    You are getting veeeery sleeeeepy...

  • Schplingidy / about 9 years ago / 1

    sparkpun intended

  • Jake0313 / about 9 years ago * / 1

    sparkfun

  • Chandhooguy / about 9 years ago / 1

    BREAKING NEWS! Inventors from Sparkfun have created a real-life lightsaber! Albeit, they got a little carried away when deciding the colors...

  • BB / about 9 years ago / 1

    "Someday, and that day may never come, I will call upon you to do me a (DIY) service in return." -- The Robfather

  • Craig R / about 9 years ago / 1

    I believe I have now covered the entire spectrum of this subject.

  • SebastianT / about 9 years ago / 1

    I made it glow. This is Sparkfun!

  • pjkim / about 9 years ago / 1

    Red or blue? Rob can't decide where he lies on the political spectrum.

  • "The perfect number for marriage is 3."

  • Rcardenaz / about 9 years ago / 1

    I hate being colorblind.

  • Member #311758 / about 9 years ago / 1

    My mom said I could be anything... so I became a rainbow.

  • Jdlee77 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Where are my 3D glasses when I need them....

  • Hoobert / about 9 years ago / 1

    You have entered a new dimension. A dimension not of imagination, but a dimension of color. You have entered the Friday New Product Post.

  • SASinestro / about 9 years ago / 1

    Like the noble cuttlefish, the engineer uses dazzling displays of color and movement to distract its prey.

  • bbotany / about 9 years ago / 1

    Playing "red light, green light"... Sparkfun style.

  • Mike34 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Sparkfun prepares their new "RGB Lightsaber" kit for the holiday season. Lawyers working feverishly on Caveat Emptor lingo...

  • Wayne / about 9 years ago / 1

    Mwah, ha, ha... my digital lightsaber prototype is almost ready!

  • bravech / about 9 years ago / 1

    "Welcome, to my evil layer of rainbows and red boxes."

  • Member #272605 / about 9 years ago / 1

    you merely adopted leds; I was born in them... molded by them

  • PointyOintment / about 9 years ago / 1

    "I am not a leprechaun!" *holds his hands up to block green light from his face*

    • Joel_Q / about 9 years ago / 1

      I think you might have to put *s around each word :)

      • PointyOintment / about 9 years ago / 1

        No, that should have worked, if italics was what I wanted. I actually escaped those asterisks by putting backslashes before them. Putting asterisks around something is a common (in my experience, anyway) way to express action.

  • Member #451312 / about 9 years ago / 1

    All you need to do is come up with a clever saying to win the pot of gold at the end of this LED rainbow. Comw On! I'm Waiting!

  • RFsynthesizer / about 9 years ago / 1

    You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? Then who the hell else are you talking... you talking to me? Well I'm the only one here.

  • Thetinkerer / about 9 years ago / 1

    Robert Cowan, director of Sparkfun's top secret Extraterrestrial Mecha-Nervous System Research Division at the dissection table...

  • music video... "rainbow in the dark" DIO ft R.C.

  • GastonLagaffe / about 9 years ago / 1

    And now let´s see what the NSA deciphers as message sent in this RGB demo ...

  • MikeB. / about 9 years ago / 1

    It's Friday new Putin post.

  • D_C / about 9 years ago * / 1

    Your weapons will never penetrate my light force fields! Muhahaha!

  • Some people follow, some people LED...

  • tz / about 9 years ago / 1

    We don't need no stinking prisms!

  • Member #15009 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Welcome to the Matrix, you can take the Red Rob or you can take the Blue Rob.

  • Member #278726 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Welcome to the club, the club of darkness and rainbow!

  • Member #15009 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Half Hell-boy and half Smurf Rob's true sides shine through.

  • Electroman! / about 9 years ago / 1

    Mos Eisley spaceport: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.

  • Member #455694 / about 9 years ago * / 1

    'Darn it I need to fart'

  • AgtNitro / about 9 years ago / 1

    I wonder if I could be a part of Duck Dynasty if I made LED duck callers.

  • Member #349112 / about 9 years ago / 1

    This Halloween, Robert decided to give out assorted color "gumdrops" to all the children that came to SparkFun. Let's just say that it didn't go very well.

  • Member #38374 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Yes. Androids do dream of electronic sheep. I program them.

  • jhalek90 / about 9 years ago / 1

    the rainbow often brings out robert's softer side

  • Member #468726 / about 9 years ago / 1

    LEDs, they light up your face

  • Member #168645 / about 9 years ago / 1

    I love the ghoulish look, but how do I fit it in my Halloween costume?

  • Funhough / about 9 years ago / 1

    " WHAT? Im not flirting with you... Im just using the BLINK sketch... Ok, Im flirting with you..."

  • FrankM / about 9 years ago / 1

    Thanks to the overwhelming response to last week's news item describing Stephanie Segall's LED Robot Hallowe'en costume, we invited her back again to show off her latest design: the LED Centipede!

  • Member #168645 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Yes, I know it's "Red - Right - Return" but red goes on the port side, not the starboard side.

  • moiven / about 9 years ago / 1

    Come closer... i'll tell you the story of our people, pick a color, any color... don't be shy

  • Michael15 / about 9 years ago / 1

    I wonder what an RGB tan would look like?

  • Member #349112 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Hmm... Beard... Rainbow... Pot of New Products... Robert's a leprechaun!

  • Member #445398 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Star Wars Episode 7 Behind the Scenes: The creation of the mythical Multisaber

  • Member #446294 / about 9 years ago / 1

    It may be red and cyan, but it's not 3D. Robert Cowan the movie. See it this Friday.

  • DanJAB / about 9 years ago / 1

    Rob met his evil twin after climbing through the RGB portal in his desk to the dark side of Sparkfun.

  • Member #468726 / about 9 years ago / 1

    LEDs, they light up your f****n face

  • PrepaidBurrito / about 9 years ago / 1

    "Taste the rainbow? I built the rainbow. I AM THE RAINBOW!...... let us pray"

  • Member #482575 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Lights, Check. Camera, Check. Where's the action.?.. Maybe I forgot to tell people about the party.

  • Arken420 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Hello, my name is Robert and welcome to Secrets of the Universe. Today we are going to learn how to make plutonium from common household items.

  • Member #468726 / about 9 years ago / 1

    LEDs, they light up your face

  • Daniel P. / about 9 years ago / 1

    "Now that I've set the mood lighting, I'd like you to answer this one question: Who's your favorite Superhero?"

  • Member #302799 / about 9 years ago / 1

    In this picture, you see a timid, cave dwelling rainbow geek gnome. He may look cute and furry, he will attack if provoked.

  • MetabolicCloth / about 9 years ago / 1

    Halloween at SparkFun consists of all the lights being turned off and Robert sitting with new products ready to pass out SparkFun products to the trick or treating children.

  • Member #15009 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Robert's been watching Men who stare at Goats again.

  • Ira3 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Yes...let the DC flow through you!

  • Member #15009 / about 9 years ago / 1

    You should see Gregg's face!

  • Eddi / about 9 years ago / 1

    ... RedSparkBlue, may the LIGHT be on your side ...

  • Member #371916 / about 9 years ago / 1

    "Soon, the entire world will submit to me and my Light - emitting Skittles!"

  • GreenLite / about 9 years ago / 1

    Robert got tired of getting thrown out of the Rainbow Room, so he built his own. Its not a candlelight dinner but if you make the Led's flicker its close enough.

  • pjkim / about 9 years ago / 1

    Rob moves fast enough to the right to demonstrate the Doppler shift.

  • Member #134773 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Hey! There's not enough light in here to read a calendar!

    (Note that the stated date for the end of the calendar implies the contest ends in 2018 -- the next time Nov. 1 will fall on a Wednesday. This year. Wednesday is Oct. 30, and Nov. 1 is Friday.)

  • madara_x64 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Just in time, Mr. Anderson..

  • Member #482989 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high SparkFun is a land that I've heard of once in a lullaby :)

  • Majik Sheff / about 9 years ago / 1

    I'm all for diversifying our product line, but unicorn farts is taking it too far.

  • JHuber / about 9 years ago / 1

    Honey, I shrunk the geek.

  • Chilly / about 9 years ago / 1

    How do I use this on a Halloween themed New Product Friday??? HMMM, this would make a cool light saber to go with my Jedi custom... Bingo!!!

  • Sparcs78 / about 9 years ago / 1

    "Thank you for joining me. Time to take over the world!"

  • bleudeciel16 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Robert said, "Let there be light!"

  • E=somethingOrOther / about 9 years ago / 1

    "I specifically asked for a light saber!!!..."

  • FiveFeet / about 9 years ago / 1

    Why do we record this show on Mondays?

  • Member #482974 / about 9 years ago / 1

    I hunger !

  • Member #333451 / about 9 years ago / 1

    My name is Robert Cowan, known as Heisenberg, cook of the famous "rainbow" meth. This is my story.

  • twarrior15 / about 9 years ago / 1

    The brilliant Robert Cowan is having a little bit too much Spark fun.

  • jvictor / about 9 years ago / 1

    "Now I have the colors to prove I'm a NeRd"

  • Member #459990 / about 9 years ago / 1

    And I thought I was going to be a pro football player...

  • Member #459990 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Wait, wait -- which one is the robot?

  • ttalsup / about 9 years ago / 1

    Wednesday, November 1st. Sorry, Just sayin'

    • kpFerg / about 9 years ago / 1

      I assumed this is a round-about way of saying the contest ends in 2017.

  • chienline / about 9 years ago / 1

    Started with red, ended in blue. You won't see no grin nor green beard ...

  • Pistachio / about 9 years ago / 1

    Your ray gun is no match for my...rainbow forcefield!

  • Molina / about 9 years ago / 1

    Yes, the danger must be growing...for the row it keeps on glowing...and it's certainly not showing any signs that it is slowing!!!!!!!

  • akonneker / about 9 years ago / 1

    Herr Doktor Blinkenlicht vill see you now.

  • Member #482951 / about 9 years ago / 1

    We've been watching you, Mr. "Smith"

  • eephillip / about 9 years ago / 1

    "My Glo Worm is getting an upgrade"

  • TeslaFan / about 9 years ago / 1

    Which one of you minions is hiding my cat? I can't do the new products video without him.

  • BChapin / about 9 years ago / 1

    Even Robert fell victim to the deviously pretty mind control device the Sparkfun engineers created...

  • Interzen / about 9 years ago / 1

    Only after suppressing the battle between his 700nm side and his 400nm side will Bob "Hot and Cold" Roberts be able to see the spectrum of opportunity before him.

  • scharkalvin / about 9 years ago / 1

    Bob eye's were locked into a staring contest with the T-500 Terminator 'bot. His attempt to use an array of blinking colored LED's to distract it, did not seem to be working .....

  • ElegantElectrons / about 9 years ago / 1

    Ok, you have the evil genius pose and stare down. Now we just need to work on your evil devices.

    ...no, rainbow LED strips don't count!

  • floppystick6 / about 9 years ago / 1

    I want all the colors!

  • Be Afraid! Be Very Afraid!!!

  • Ben19 / about 9 years ago * / 1

    "I don't always sit here and stare at pretty lights, but when I do, I prefer Sparkfun LED RGB strips."

    "Stay geeky my friends."

  • I got nothin' man, I mean they look cool, but what can we actually do with them.

  • Member #482830 / about 9 years ago / 1

    I may be trying to hide it; but really I'm fascinated by these pretty lights like any other electronic boff. Why does no one else think this is the coolest thing ever!?!

  • Evil_Rich / about 9 years ago / 1

    Roberts choice of techniques to remember "Red on right, returning" left something to be desired.

  • Evil_Rich / about 9 years ago / 1

    While strikingly beautiful, Roberts new GBLT pride KITT desk was also pretty darn Fabulousss!

  • Member #482178 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Now that he's well lit, we just need him to look into the right camera.

  • LightManCA / about 9 years ago / 1

    No Mr. Bond. I expect you to build a robot! HAHAHAHA!!!!

  • jma89 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Radioactive Skittles: OCD Edition

  • AlexMay / about 9 years ago / 1

    Next week on Epic Meal Time - we're eating Rainbow Laser Bacon.

  • Funhough / about 9 years ago / 1

    " Robert Cowan moves faster than LED-lighting flash"/ The Old Sparkfun sayings

  • In the year 2000, in the year 2000. "It will take another 13 years, but LEDs will be sold in meter long strips"

  • dksmall / about 9 years ago / 1

    And you Light up my life. You give me hope To carry on

  • BeerCannon / about 9 years ago / 1

    Even with a mere 5V of potential, Robert managed to join the Sparkfun Illuminati.

  • BrandonB / about 9 years ago / 1

    Sparkfun's new 3D beard photography booth!

  • listsp / about 9 years ago / 1

    Welcome to the Darkside......now in Technicolor.

  • johnjulian / about 9 years ago / 1

    Do we really have to wait until 2017 (the next Nov. 1st that is a Wednesday) to find out the answers? Or is that the magic of the colored timeline?

  • johnjulian / about 9 years ago / 1

    You see before you, our "Rainbow Connection"! And as soon as Kermit shows up, we will begin.

  • R_Phoenix / about 9 years ago / 1

    LED's ?? What LED's...

  • PhilWalkerBot / about 9 years ago / 1

    The two sides to engineering.

  • Member #212412 / about 9 years ago / 1

    "what is E=MC2? and what should I have for lunch?"

  • Simsas18 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Robert Cowan a.k.a RGB Guru meditating

  • sec6502 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Crystal balls are sooooo 19th century. Welcome to the future of fortune telling!

  • Member #413976 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Luke, I am your Father. This light saber is now yours.

  • GooseSG / about 9 years ago / 1

    Robert C., founding member of the "Rainbow LightSaber Coalition"

  • tiagofumo / about 9 years ago / 1

    body of a text: In conclusion, the research proved that awesome people have beards and like LEDs. caption for the image: Mister Robert Cowan is an example of an awesome person.

  • Member #351962 / about 9 years ago / 1

    The name is is TwoFace and looks you landed on the colorful side of the coin!

  • twarrior15 / about 9 years ago / 1

    This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill - you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.

  • Member #482906 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Look, minion, this is a lair. In a volcano. Do I look like someone who wants to "lighten the ambience"?

  • jce / about 9 years ago / 1

    Desperately seeking for the pot of gold hidden at the end of the rainbow by the the Leprechauns...

  • jhalek90 / about 9 years ago / 1

    I told you there was a leprechaun at the end of the rainbow!

  • Raul3 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Sooo. what's a led again?

  • HP / about 9 years ago / 1

    Am I invisible now?

  • bhoskinson / about 9 years ago / 1

    Can I tell you something...Rainbow Bright scares the magic blue smoke out of me. True story!

  • Member #394083 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Don't worry mom. I've fixed it so you won't have to sit in the dark anymore!

  • Funhough / about 9 years ago / 1

    " LED- sticks, LED- sticks, Do you wanna buy LED-sticks? You don't wanna sell me LED-sticks... You wanna go home and rethink your project..."

  • customerX / about 9 years ago / 1

    Look into my eyes... look deep into my eyes... repeat after me... "I want more LEDs." I need more LEDs."

  • Andreq / about 9 years ago / 1

    Robert, may the spark be with you

  • Echo / about 9 years ago * / 1

    I see the Tron light cycles are back in stock.

  • Bob797 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Can't decide what color to be.

  • Member #25095 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Ok Luke you've pondered the thing long enough now pick it up already.

  • gadgetdad / about 9 years ago / 1

    Sulking in the the Sparkfun Furlough room!

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