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14 October 2014 @ 11:09 pm
The moment of truth:  
Have any of you ever, EVER, replaced a fuse on a dead string of decorative lights and had that actually work? I think the entire concept is a lie. This probably matters more than it should, when my now-dead string features the cannibalized mini pumpkins and purple bats from two other dead strings that I glue-gunned onto a new one. I'll pull those suckers off and move them again if I have to, but it was a chore. I haven't forgotten the hot glue burns either, let me tell you.

Random entertainment: a list of Asylum's movie monsters.. If you're wondering what Asylum is, it's the company responsible for Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, and Sharknado. Along with many, many others. This was the original WIRED magazine article on Asylum Productions that sucked us into trying out a couple of their movies. :D

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jeza_redjeza_red on October 15th, 2014 08:43 pm (UTC)
*shyly raises hand*
We do it every Christmas>_> If it doesn't work, it usually means that either the fuse is not good or there's another light burned out that you don't know about;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Halloweenhalfshellvenus on October 15th, 2014 08:52 pm (UTC)

I may have lost a second light (sadly, the light-tester is in one of the Xmas light boxes, not with my Halloween stuff!).

But I've never gotten the fuse swap to work. And since I can't get the replacement fuse to actually go IN the socket, I probably won't!

Well, good to know it is not a complete lie. :D
Kronette: Sherlock Clapperkronette on October 15th, 2014 11:20 pm (UTC)
I just toss any ruined lights into the holiday lights bin at work. I don't have patience for fixing :)

Asylum also gave us Gareth David-Lloyd as Doctor Watson in Sherlock. That Sherlock was actually really impressive.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 15th, 2014 11:25 pm (UTC)
:D We actually SAW that Sherlock Holmes, thanks to a write-up on Asylum Productions that ran in WIRED magazine.

I mean really-- a dinosaur and a robot, because why? Well, because it's Asylum.

The stranger thing was that it half made sense!
Peterpeterb on October 16th, 2014 04:03 pm (UTC)
Can't say as I have, no. Most of our stuff is LED now, and one bulb dying doesn't impact on the rest. But I suspect the manufacturers of decorative lights rely on obsolecence, and people buying new ones rather than fixing what they have.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 16th, 2014 05:00 pm (UTC)
I typically don't try to rescue simple strands-- but things like silhouette lights (angel shapes or Santa shapes with lights) are another story. I will swap out bulbs until the cows come home, trying to revive those.

We have lots of LED lights available for sale here, but I don't like them. The colors seem "colder," and the "white" ones are appalling-- kind of this sickly half-gray color that has all the charm of the security lights at a power station or industrial silo. Urgh.

Edited at 2014-10-16 05:00 pm (UTC)
mashimeromashimero on October 17th, 2014 09:23 am (UTC)
WHUT. There was a movie called Nazis at the Center of the Earth that featured a Robo-Hitler? What will they come up with next?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 17th, 2014 05:06 pm (UTC)
I know! I hadn't heard of that one either, but now I'm half-tempted to see it. Though I kind of think that "Robot Hitler" is a funnier name than "Robo Hitler."

I also like "Supercroc" a little more than "Crocosaurus," probably for no really good reason.

I'm going to add a link above to that WIRED magazine article that first brought Asylum Productions to our attention. We watched their "Sherlock Holmes" and "Snakes on a Train" as a result, because how could you not? But the article is here. :D
mashimeromashimero on October 21st, 2014 07:25 am (UTC)
Haha I saw the Sherlock movie on TV one time, and it was hilarious! I didn't realize it was produced by the same company that did all those monster vs monster movies! Although it makes sense, given that they share the same guilty-pleasure levels of bad XD
Don't call me "Dubby"!: Birthday Cakethe_dark_snack on October 19th, 2014 02:02 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 19th, 2014 06:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Ooh, that's perfect-- cake and penguins!