As part of a recent contract job, I was tasked with creating around 150 distinct icons to represent trains in various statuses on an interactive map. This was a task that nobody was keen to pick up, as it involved long hours in an image editor.My third ChrisLights project is something I've been meaning to try for quite some time: building an interactive staircase. I reached the #1 spot on /r/arduino with over 600 upvotes and 11K views.I figured that, when combined with fast rotation, a high-density LED strip attached to my ceiling fan would create a neat persistence-of-vision effect.I've launched a new YouTube channel called ChrisLights. It's devoted to my love of lights, sound, games and code, and to projects that combine these elements into something unique and fun.Today, I released The LED Pixel Master Course on Udemy! I've wanted to create a Udemy course for quite a while now, and I figured a course on LED pixels was the perfect place to start.I decided to temporarily shelve my game and throw myself back into Christmas lights. I dusted off Sparkled and got to work. I'm really proud of what I accomplished in the last three months of the year.Halloween isn't a traditional Australian holiday, but it is becoming more prevalent with each passing year. I thought it'd be neat to try my hand at making a jack-o'-lantern.Now, how to create a spritesheet that displays a 360 degree arc that progressively shrinks to a 0 degree arc? I almost cracked open Photoshop, but I had the idea to generate the spritesheet using an HTML5 canvas.I was really proud of myself for getting a display working with LED strips. I failed plenty of times along the way, but I got there in the end. I'm utilising the FastLED library, which does a lot of the heavy lifting for me.I implemented a MultiCanvas renderer for wavesurfer, which has since been accepted into the repository and released under version 1.1.0.As I began learning how to solder, I found the third hand quite useful for holding circuit boards and wires. However, as I progressed I grew more and more frustrated with the lack of manoeuvrability the third hand provided.Messing around with 240V wiring isn't something I've ever been particularly eager to do, but I wanted a way to programmatically toggle one or more devices running on mains power.