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Although the promised link to a step-by-step tutorial seems broken, this video by YouTuber msibbern, which shows off his pneumatic rattling rat-in-a-trash-can prop, contains lots of good nuts-and-bolts footage and is inspirational as well as amusing.

Make: Halloween Contest 2009

Microchip Technology Inc. and MAKE have teamed up to present to you the Make: Halloween Contest 2009! Show us your embedded microcontroller Halloween projects and you could be chosen as a winner.

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I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c't – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

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