i'm loving Surface mounted 2 pin components.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZ211LZt3lA

Using a 555 and a 4017, these are pretty bright considering the size, for me using flux the thick gooey for a dollar each of of ebay works really really well to hold smt resistors, caps, leds (smt) in place in regular proto/perfboard... smt transistors work nicely on regular perfboard too because the gap between base and emitter happens to be regular pin spacing size! The only real issue comes to soldering ic's sop8/16 etc.

But my perfboard is in the mail so i can do sop8/16 directly and have the correct spacing.

I had to put my sunglasses on, it was so bright!