October 30, 2004

Six years in the making

As most of you know, I've been working at Nanogen for the past 6½ years. During that time, I've been collecting the name plates of people who have left the company for one reason or another just in case I could find some practical use for them. Well, my inspiration came this year when it was time to figure out what to be for Halloween. I had seen the movie Troy this year and thought to myself, I think I can make Trojan-style battle armor out of them there name plates. As you can see to the right, the results were quite nice (please excuse the pasty white man-thighs). It turns out that the costume was a complete success at the annual Nanogen Halloween costume contest/party. During the party, the costume was the center of attention. Several people were compelled to read all the names on the armor and reminisce about colleagues from years past. As a bonus, I received the most votes for best costume and took home the $100 first place prize.

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Posted by Lance on October 30, 2004 10:06 AM

That's pretty cool, Lance. How many nameplates were there total?

Posted by: Mike at October 30, 2004 04:24 PM

Here's the breakdown on the name plate count, itemized by piece:

20 (Helmet)
37 (Breast Plate)
36 (Skirt)
  8 (2 Wrist Guards)
16 (2 Shin Guards)
117 (Total)

I still had 5 name plates left over when all was said and done. That makes a grand total of 122, or about 20/year. Interesting turnover rate there at Nanogen eh?

Posted by: Lance at October 30, 2004 05:19 PM

Nice knees.

Posted by: at October 30, 2004 11:33 PM

I made the nose!!!

next year do the "cartridge" costume (maybe elaine will model...)

Posted by: chris valcke at November 2, 2004 04:55 PM