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July 6, 2009

Electrical Idol contest – 2006

Filed under: Musings — nateholt @ 8:46 pm

(note: this posting / contest from original blog. Appeared in May 2006)

I’ve been around since the 50’s so It’s rare for me to experience three totally brand-new things in one week. But this was one of those weeks. The first two will probably become known eventually but the third, well, it’s just too good to keep mum about…

Announcing… the Controlling the Machine blog’s “Electrical Idol” contest! This should be fun…

Last night, sitting in my hotel room (on the road this week), I scratched out lyrics for a theme song for AutoCAD Electrical. But I have no talent plus no one else handy who seems willing to do the required crooning part (see below). So, I’d like to run a fun contest where Blog readers record it, send it in, I post it here, and then we’ll figure out a way to determine who will become the “Electrical Idol”.

I’m thinking of even awarding prizes: 0.5W Resistors!
Grand prize: 33,000 ohms
1st Runner-up: 2,000 ohms
2nd Runner-up: 1,000 ohms

You don’t have to have talent or instruments for the recording. It is probably best done acappella. Lyrics below
UPDATE: added a 4th verse.

(suggest it be done to the tune of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”).

(snapping fingers to establish beat throughout)

(whistle chorus to begin)

The engineer, he come to say
Switch re-lay with time de-lay
Don’t worry…. A-Cad-E
The re-lay con-tact count too low
Too many N.C., no more N.O.
Don’t worry…. A-Cad-E
Don’t worry A-Cad-E now.

[CHORUS]
(crooning)
Don’t worry
(crooning)
A-Cad-E
(crooning)
Don’t worry A-Cad-E
(crooning harmonizing)
Don’t worry
(crooning harmonizing)
A-Cad-E
Don’t worry A-Cad-E

Shop foreman come to call you nuts
Com-po-nent tag name dup-li-cates
Don’t worry…. A-Cad-E
A finger in your face he wags
About those missing wire tags.
Don’t worry…. A-Cad-E
Don’t worry A-Cad-E now.

[CHORUS]

The customer, he spec’d Square-D
Now on the phone says Allen-Brad-ley
Don’t worry… . A-Cad-E
The project name, you thought was locked
Now gotta edit thousand title-blocks
Don’t worry…. A-Cad-E
Don’t worry A-Cad-E now.

[CHORUS]

Design changes at your door
After it hit the shop room floor.
Don’t worry…. A-Cad-E
The en-gi-neer with face of woe
Twelve more P L C I/O
Don’t worry…. A-Cad-E
Don’t worry A-Cad-E now.

[CHORUS]
(fade)

UPDATE – only one submission. Listen to it here.

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