If I may, I'd like to share a story that happened to me over the weekend. I went with my girlfriend to visit some of her family, some I had met before, several I hadn't. She requested that I bring my Wii along as sort of an icebreaker, to see if the family might be convinced to try out Wii Sports and Boom Blox. I was happy to comply. Unfortunately, as I was packing the console, I neglected to remove the sensor bar from the top of the TV. I didn't realize it until I was unpacking the thing, of course. It was a two-hour drive from my place to where we were going, and there weren't really any stores around that would sell that kind of thing.
In some dusty corner of my brain, I had stored some of the Youtube experiments people did with the Wii upon its initial release. In particular, I remembered that the sensor bar does not transmit any information to the remote, instead it simply transmits infrared light that the remote uses to calculate its position. So what do you think I did?
Well, when my girlfriend's grandmother heard me asking for candles, I'm sure she understandably thought I was crazy. One of the other relatives asked if I was making a shrine to my console, and still another called it a combination of the medieval and the technological. But two dime-store candles worked well enough as a sensor bar to play with the system pretty much all day. If you want to impress your significant other's relatives with how smart you are, this may not be the worst way to do it... and when it worked, I felt like goddamn MacGyver.
Anyway. Several good blogs tonight, I highly recommend reading Megastryke's at the very least. It will give you new insight into Jonathan Holmes, or triple your money back.