NEWSFLASH : Live online Jarre gig tomorrow at 8pm UK time

October 9, 2010
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I just heard via the Jarre newsletter that JMJ is broadcasting a live online concert tomorrow (10/10/10) at 8pm UK time. Jean Michel Jarre: The 10/10/10 project. Worldwide self-pirated live concert transmission from London. Be connected on www.jeanmicheljarre.com/101010 www.ustream.tv/channel/ten10ten Sunday night 10/10/10 – 8 pm UK Time. Hey! Why not start it at 10:10pm GMT?

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Man builds 2Mhz Tesla coil on kitchen table, annoys cellphone addicted wife

October 9, 2010
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I was clearing out the basement the other night and I found a box of stuff I’d put aside to build a Teeny Tiny Tesla Coil (TTTC). Small Tesla coils are tricky, especially using the traditional “Spark Gap” approach as they tend to resonate at really high frequencies and this makes them difficult to tune. […]

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Looking to generate 500,000 Volts? Here’s something that can help…

October 8, 2010
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One of the best ways to generate insanely high voltage electricity is with a Tesla coil, and you can’t have a Tesla coil without a coil. These can be awfully fiddly to make, unless you have the right tools – in this post I’m presenting my coil winding jig. Assembled exclusively from left-over gubbins I […]

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Behold! The raw power of blogging…

October 8, 2010
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…and an apology to Wicked Lasers. After some serious dissing of Wicked Lasers in my last post I have to say sorry for the bad press I created over their failure to ship of my Spyder Arctic S3 blue laser. *Obviously* my readers were so enraged they all called the Wicked Lasers office to complain […]

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Trading a 1W Superlaser for iPhone powered Attack Drone

October 7, 2010
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Wicked Lasers. I’m sooo disappointed in you. When I heard you were coming out with a 1W blue superlaser I was first horrified, but then after giving it some serious thought considered it to be a good base to build a new laser harp. But you could never quite ship, could you? So anyhoo, the […]

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Now that’s clever – a real use of wireless power transmission…

October 6, 2010
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I’ve been looking into persistance of vision (POV) style displays recently as part of a new project. The spherical projectors are especially cool and groovy. What really impressed me about this particular implementation is the use of pulsed 12v DC to drive a circular transformer wrapped around the drive motor. So enough power is being […]

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So *that’s* what they’re called…

October 5, 2010
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How long have I been looking for these? [About 20 minutes? -Ed] Second only to those springy clips you get in 200 in 1 electronics kits, these are GREAT for protoyping stuff that won’t/shouldn’t fit in a breadboard – like Tesla coils. Fahnestock Clips! From Wikipedia: “Fahnestock clips were seen on early radio receiver breadboard […]

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Google 1, Bing 0 – I guess they still have some work to do…

October 5, 2010
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Since I started using Windows7 I’ve been working with the default settings, and have been too lazy to change my search provider. So I was mildly amused by the following search results provided by Bing when I was looking for 01A Vacuum tubes: Google on the other hand, doesn’t seem to have a problem. I […]

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RGB LED Light cube, now available at Fry’s

October 3, 2010
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I’ve been following the development of the LED lightcube for quite a while. I was in my local Fry’s earlier tonight when I noticed they were selling this 4x4x4 cube for $99. Initially I wasn’t going to buy it, but after careful consideration I thought that the saving in labo[u]r costs were probably worth it. […]

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Not sure what you would do with this, but seriously impressive

October 2, 2010

I don’t usually post about this kind of thing, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it before… I remember when the sign-writing fireworks first started to appear – those that could explode in the shape of stars, and smiley faces – this is a similar kind of thing, but done with water […]

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