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January 18, 2013 8:38 PM   Subscribe

"Just Try and Make Your Own Gun (Rail or Coil Gun)" with Mehdi Sadaghdar
posted by the_artificer (22 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite

 
Rail Guns are old tech.
posted by Slap*Happy at 8:46 PM on January 18, 2013 [2 favorites]


I saw 'home made guns in the part of the Historical Museum in Sarajevo which was devoted to the Siege.

Some SCARY looking pieces in there.
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 9:25 PM on January 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


Man the second he broke out those terminals to connect it, my arms recoiled at the mere thought of what was going to happen next.
posted by pwnguin at 9:47 PM on January 18, 2013


This guy is my new hero.
posted by seiryuu at 9:50 PM on January 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


Don't worry, it's just ESD!
posted by brennen at 9:56 PM on January 18, 2013 [2 favorites]


This guy is awesome - I've had way too many of those same "holy sh*t!" moments myself - too funny!
posted by ianhattwick at 10:38 PM on January 18, 2013


There was a post about his ESD video just last week...
posted by zsazsa at 10:39 PM on January 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


After watching this and the previous ESD video, I am not sure if his "mistakes" are satire or not but I find them very educational and I am glad that they are not cut out of his videos. The political commentary at the beginning was amusing as well.
posted by Hicksu at 10:44 PM on January 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


Hicksu: "I am not sure if his "mistakes" are satire or not but I find them very educational and I am glad that they are not cut out of his videos."

I'm sure they're satire, but what I really want to know is whether he fakes these stunts or if he's actually shocking himself that much with that kind of equipment. That stuff can't be good for the cardiac system.
posted by pwnguin at 10:52 PM on January 18, 2013


But he can still do the "unibrow dance" so it can't be that bad. Or maybe it's the cause...?
posted by sammyo at 11:30 PM on January 18, 2013


(sorry, should've said spoiler)
posted by sammyo at 11:31 PM on January 18, 2013


Hello there.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:05 AM on January 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


Having burned and mildly electrocuted myself repeatedly during my own experimentations, yeah, it is definitely a running gag. As far as I can tell, he is either actually shocking himself or doing an amazing job making it look like he is. Either way, the fact that he is still alive/has fingers/not constantly on fire means he knows exactly what he is doing.
posted by griphus at 7:41 AM on January 19, 2013 [2 favorites]


Yeah, the ESD thing made the rounds where I work, in a building full of EEs and solder techs. As running gags go, it's very well executed.
posted by brennen at 8:27 AM on January 19, 2013


I'd like to see him do the gag where you drop your soldering iron and your reflexes kick in and you catch the pointy bit mid fall with your hand.
posted by Doroteo Arango II at 10:28 AM on January 19, 2013 [2 favorites]


that was far more amusing than I was expecting.
posted by jonbro at 10:38 AM on January 19, 2013


Doroteo Arango II: "I'd like to see him do the gag where you drop your soldering iron and your reflexes kick in and you catch the pointy bit mid fall with your hand."

Reminds me of an old yarn from my Dad about artists needing to learn to not try and catch the x-acto knife.
posted by lazaruslong at 11:00 AM on January 19, 2013


There's also a little backward jump/hop you learn, to avoid embedding it in your foot.
posted by the_artificer at 11:41 AM on January 19, 2013 [2 favorites]


I learned that one in the kitchen. At least I almost learned it.
posted by ook at 12:12 PM on January 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


This is funny as hell. He shoots himself, burns himself...lots of mistakes on the way. Maybe attention to safety will be his next video.
posted by Chuffy at 1:11 PM on January 19, 2013


I love this video. I've done stupid experimental experiments like that my whole life. I guess I've been lucky, in that I have all my toes and fingers and only slight dain bramage.
posted by Purposeful Grimace at 9:38 PM on January 19, 2013


I'd like to see him do the gag where you drop your soldering iron and your reflexes kick in and you catch the pointy bit mid fall with your hand.

This is why meta-reflexes.
posted by DU at 4:51 AM on January 22, 2013


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