This instructable has been entered into the "Light up the Night" contest. Please vote.
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of this Instructable for the contest.
(This was written before I found out the requirement for the compulsory Patriotic Essay
portion of the competition had been dropped.... I decided to post it anyway)
An open flame torch to Light up the Night?
Sure there will be those that dismiss this entry as a simple flame...a mere candle in the wind...not nearly technically innovative enough to win; let alone qualify
for this challenge.
I can only imagine the response it will receive from the crew at Instructables.com as they decry..."an open flame torch as a light source for this
contest?...Preposterous" An immediate rejection will be penned....I imagine it might go something like this: (Of course the ridicule will be kept to a polite minimum due to the "Be Nice Policy" but, a rejection none the less.)Dear Mr. Stoutharrow,
We regret to inform you that your Instrucatble Multi-Function Walking Stick III - Torch Bearer cannot seriously be considered for entry in the Light up the Night competition. A Simple torch is not of the technological caliber expected here at Instructables. A primitive flame as a light source lacks the type of innovation this contest was intended to promote..
Also, it was not clear how to route the wires and where the Lithium batteries are stored.
To this anticipated rejection, I feel compelled to reply (proactively):
Dear Instructables Sirs and Madams,
Please do not dismiss the illuminating powers of fire as some charlatan parlor trickery. Don't scoff in disbelief "How can something without electricity... wires...bulbs... or an Arduino microprocessors possibly produce light?" Mere fire can work as a light source... It really, really can.
Sure, other light sources come around all the time: Carbon Arc, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Electroluminescent, Phosphorescent (can't we just pick an "-escent" and stick with it?) Led, H.I.D. (high intensity discharge), Wintergreen Lifesaver sparks.
What's the point? .... What's wrong with fire light?...Too simple?
Consider the essence of illumination. A simple lowly torch, at its basic, is a hydrogen storage vessel, but unleash that hydrogen potential with a spark, and its like a little bit of the Sun captured on the top of a stick. Runaway oxidation, the splitting and combining of atomic bonds, liberated electrons, photons scattered willy-nilly.
Man.. that's chemistry and particle physics at its finest...and that's high tech. (or you could settle for an electron jumping up and down in an LED - your choice)Combustion and Flame!
Its not just for Cavemen any more.
I ask you...Did the angry mob storm Frankenstein's castle with pitchforks and Glow Sticks?... I THINK NOT!
And there are others that carry a torch to light the way. Pardon the French but a torch is just fine for that majestic lady in New York harbor (that's no 6 cell Mag-Lite she's holding) By the way...Copper as a fashion accessory?...she makes it look good...you go girl.
Still think a mere flame can't properly 'Light up the Night"?
I'll bet there is a certain O'Leary Cow in Chicago that would disagree. She knew how to "Light up the night" (and the whole city for that matter)...all with a simple flame. http://www.chicagohistory.org/fire/oleary/
If a torch is good enough for maidens, bovine, and mobs. Shouldn't it be good enough for Instrucables to consider for the Light up the Night contest
? (Did I mention it keeps monsters at bay?)- Silent Pause -
- Someone start softly humming The Battle Hymn of the Republic to set the mood for this next part
. (you know the tune: "Glory...Glory... Halleluiah... Mine eyes have seen the glory of the...etc, etc.")
After all the flash-in-the-pan lighting sources have turned off their lights and gone home; after every last Indeglo watch face has dimmed; after every last LED berry has been harvested from the fields where they grow. When the dazzle of fluorescent has been switched off (due to mercury environmental reports) Good old Combustion and Flame will be be there, high atop a staff, waiting like a warm (~2000 degree F) friend;
shining like the beacon in Revere's church tower; to light up the night for your walk home.
This Instrutable harnesses the humble power of combustion and places it at your command, at your side, to illuminate your night path...nothing more...nothing less.
All I ask, is that you consider the heritage of illumination when judging all the fine entries for this contest. And maybe...just maybe, find a place in your heart to award one of those fancy robot shirts to a certain venerable "also ran" entry. I can only hope (and light a candle.) By the way, Is the robot on the shirt printed with glow-in-the-dark ink? That'd be awesomely sweet...(how does that stuff work anyways?)
H. P. Stoutharrow