timothy from the percussion-from-a-distance dept.
compumike writes "Just in time to add a bit of geeky holiday cheer to your office, this video demonstrates how to build a robotic xylophone featuring handmade solenoids and aluminum bars, and shows it playing several classic holiday tunes. New songs can be programmed in with C macros, and this project could even be extended to perhaps play a melody when a new e-mail arrived or a software build has finished compiling!"
The best book on programming for the layman is "Alice in Wonderland";
but that's because it's the best book on anything for the layman.