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5 Ultra-Nifty Uses for CDs

With the decline of physical media, what will we do with CDs? Here’s what!


by Craig Anderton



1. Microwave awesomeness. Ever put a CD in a microwave oven on high for 5 seconds? Well, don’t! It could damage the oven and cause serious safety issues. So just take my word for it: It’s awesome.


2. Roofing tiles. I know someone who successfully re-tiled a roof using the CDs that AOL sent out every 2.756 minutes back in the 90s, and it’s still around today. The roof, I mean.


3. Personal defense. The bad guy is coming toward you! Quick—whip out your CD, and reflect light off it into your attacker’s eyes. While he’s temporarily blinded, make your escape! Well, unless it’s night. Or the sun isn’t behind him. But in that case, he still might die from laughter from someone trying to stop him with a CD.


4. Superlative cat toy. A CD makes a simply marvelous cat toy. Then again, I can’t think of anything that doesn’t make a marvelous cat toy. Except maybe for raccoons and swimming pools, but that’s about it.


5. Listen to music. I’ve been told you can download CDs from the internet! But when I do, all that happens is files get written to my hard drive. Maybe I need a 3D printer for this to work properly.




 Craig Anderton is Editorial Director of Harmony Central. He has played on, mixed, or produced over 20 major label releases (as well as mastered over a hundred tracks for various musicians), and written over a thousand articles for magazines like Guitar Player, Keyboard, Sound on Sound (UK), and Sound + Recording (Germany). He has also lectured on technology and the arts in 38 states, 10 countries, and three languages.


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herbernst  |  April 13, 2017 at 4:43 pm
There are also those artsy-craftsy types who create sculptures out of broken CDs:  http://www.home-designing.com/2012/02/stunning-sculptures-made-from-discarded-cd-fragments
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