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My First Jack-O'-Lantern

Halloween isn't a traditional Australian holiday, but it is becoming more prevalent with each passing year.

I haven't really embraced the phenomenon myself, but when I found carving pumpkins at my local supermarket I thought it'd be neat to try my hand at making a jack-o'-lantern.

I downloaded a face template online and drew it on to my pumpkin, then carved it out using my dremel and its multipurpose cutting bit. I also added a bit of old LED strip powered by a small LiPO battery and Arduino Nano running the Fire2012WithPalette FastLED effect.

I was really happy with the result, given that the whole exercise only took a couple of hours. You can see it in action below:

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