October 26, 2003 5:06 PM   Subscribe

Mike's Electric Stuff
Glass tubes and high voltages galore. Of particular interest, tesla coils, and how to build a clock using nixie tubes, the prettiest display devices ever invented. If you can't build your own, other people will do it for you.
posted by Mwongozi (7 comments total)
Think I seen this somewhere here ( @MeFi ) before?
posted by RubberHen at 5:12 PM on October 26, 2003

MeFi 9/17/03
Last link.
posted by punishinglemur at 5:33 PM on October 26, 2003

Still, I missed it last time. Absolutely amazing - thanks Mwongozi. I'll send his safety sign to work - should get a few chuckles
posted by ozjohn at 6:20 PM on October 26, 2003

This arrangement of CD players is utterly staggering. Has he never heard of hard drives?
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 8:30 PM on October 26, 2003

Oh, so very, very cool.
posted by dejah420 at 9:02 PM on October 26, 2003

I aparently missed it the first time too.

Everytime I see pre-digital technology, I'm always amazed at how much cooler and creative it seems to be, but I guess that's because I grew up in the digital age.

Now if only my electrical skills were good enough to make such a clock or my bank account to pay someone for it.

And to his cd players: MP3s only got popular in the late 90s, its reasonable he did this before them, or didn't want to buy 70 gigs of harddrives when they were only 5-10 gigs a piece. That'd be more expensive then the $100 disc changers.
posted by stryder at 9:29 PM on October 26, 2003

These oldskool engineers with decades of experience are almost to a man (well, they're mostly men, but to almost to a woman too) really cool. Not least because none of them ever seem to lose their enthusiasm - this guy obviously hasn't. Of course, I'm also kind of biased, since I'm seeing a nascent (5 years experience instead of 25) electronics guy.

Also, stryder may be right, or there may be another explanation. He may just prefer his system. He's been doing this stuff for a long time - it was a fun weekend project to set up his mega-changer and hook it up to his extant insane home A/V setup. Solving a problem like "owning 1300 CDs" presented itself to him most easily as an EE rather than a computer problem.

Finally! Yeah it's a double and even a fairly recent one, but it's still good.
posted by kavasa at 2:50 AM on October 27, 2003

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