Nixie Clock with GPS Accuracy

Posted in Technology on May 29th, 2009 by Dr. Warthan
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This is just plain cool no matter who you are.  I love Nixie tubes.

Nixie Clock

There’s no shortage of retro clocks using those gorgeous nixie tubes, but this one’s different. It mixes the 60s-era Eastern European IN-14 time-telling tubes with a serial GPS receiver that keeps its accuracy rock-solid. In addition to that modern wizardry, it also incorporates clever tube-saving features, such as programmable on-and-off times, along with a routine that displays a scrolling date across the tubes to prevent burn-in.


Homemade Rail-Gun

Posted in Technology on May 29th, 2009 by Dr. Warthan
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Impressive…  Take a handful of fat capacitors (probably 500uF to 800uF each) and hook them up to an electromagnetic coil; make a stylish weapon.  Now, the typical muzzle velocity of a handgun is about 1200km/h, whereas this gun only fires at 110km/h; so it won’t kill you, but it’ll hurt like Hell.  By the way, real rail guns supposedly fire aluminum projectiles at relativistic speeds (near the speed of light), which is why you only see them in science fiction.

Rail Gun

Daniel Eindhoven is talented designer who created this  cool  coil  gun. It took around 40 hours to finish this outstanding job. It weights 5 Kg and, capable of delivering over 18J kinetic energy, and speeds up to 110km/h . This  weird coil gun has  laser pointer for easy aiming and it costs around 100 Euros. It needs 8 seconds to fire a projectile if is connected to  power source or 90 seconds with batteries. It is really impressive, I’m not a gun lover but this one is really made with creativity. You may also would like to check this Swiss mini gun, the smallest gun in the world.


Communist Heathens!

Posted in AtomicPunk, Rant, Technology on May 21st, 2009 by Dr. Warthan
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I was right!  As warned in my previous post, the Russian’s are proudly gearing up their Soviet attitudes, as evidenced in this year’s Victory Day parade.  This Soviet veteran (along with his fellow comrades) was not only photographed at the celebration in Red Square, but he’s toasting with Vodka to honor the modern Russian military.

Soviet Veteran

Do you see that patch on his arm?  That’s CCCP (Союз Советских Социалистических Республик) along with the Soviet Union Navy ensign flag.  Now, why would he be toasting the (non-Soviet) Russian military?  Hmmm…?  Maybe his new comrades are “like-minded.”

I’m just kidding. I love this old guy. Look at all those honors hanging from his uniform. That’s one salty sailor who has seen a lot of serious shit. And I promise you, he made it because of his political and moral training. Good job. High-5!

Seen in the parade photos are MiG-29 and Su-27 Fighters, Ilyushin Il-78 Tankers, Tu-95 and Tu-160 Bombers, Topol-M Missile Launchers, Msta-S Howitzers, T-90 Tanks, BTR-90 Infantry Fighting Vehicles, Ka-50 Attack Helicopters, Sprut-SD Tank Destroyers, and of course Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Tons of great pictures from this year’s Victory Day parade.

Want to Blog SteamPunk?

Posted in InterWebs, News, SteamPunk on May 20th, 2009 by Dr. Warthan
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I’m open to allowing someone “special” to blog with me.  And by “special”, I don’t mean that you’re the Marine who rode the short-tank

  • Spend thousands of man-hours tearing your hair out looking for SteamPunk or other cool material to blog about.
  • Enjoy vast disappointment as you realize you can’t make squat with Google AdSense.
  • One-Up that Dr. Warthan idiot genius by showing us your superior intellect.
  • Impress people of any gender or non-gender identity and get laid and/or respect.
  • Freely use foul language, such as [expletive deleted] and [expletive deleted].
  • Get even with that Geekologie bastard writer who didn’t want you on his team.
  • Freely express yourself (freedom of expression subject to censorship).
  • Get a BS title, such as Doctor, Professor, Mistress, or whatever toats your goat.
  • Have a real hobby that contributes to the community so that you can finally stop playing World of Warcraft.

Since I mentioned AdSense.  The bone I will throw is this:  As the blogger, you can put your own ads into your own posts you can swallow sadness and work for no incentive; and as an added bonus, I’ll throw in an ad box for you on the side-barI already have a thing in that works with AdSense for multiple contributors, and I can accommodate other stuff as well.

Interested?  Figure out how to send a message to me, because that’s the entry exam…

New Full Trailer for 9

Posted in Movie, SteamPunk on May 20th, 2009 by Dr. Warthan
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A more in-depth look at the upcoming must-see movie.

When did YouTube become such jerks about allowing thumbnails?

If 9 is unfamiliar to you, check my original post.

The Website is Down

Posted in Humor, InterWebs on May 16th, 2009 by Dr. Warthan
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As an IT professional, this is just the funniest thing ever.  Best of all, it’s all true… Yeah, it’s a little old-school, but still completely relevant.

Exponential Times

Posted in InterWebs, News, Technology on May 15th, 2009 by Dr. Warthan
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Fantastic video on the progression of information technology.  Example: It is estimated that a week’s worth of the New Your Times contains more information than a person was likely to come across in a lifetime in the 18th century.  Example: It is estimated that 4 exabytes (4.0×10^19) of unique information will be generated this year [the year this post was made], which is more than the previous 5,000 years.

Seriously YouTube? No preview??

Happy Cinco de Mayo: Hug a Mexican!

Posted in News, Rant on May 5th, 2009 by Dr. Warthan
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It’s the 5th of May, and if you live in Mexico, you probably don’t care as Cinco de Mayo isn’t really observed there.  However, if you live in the US, then Cinco de Mayo is a day to celebrate the culture and experiences of Americans of Mexican ancestry.  However, as you enjoy your food, music, and folkloric dancing, keep in mind the origin of the holiday.  May 5th, 1862The Battle of Puebla, where the outnumbered Mexicans defeated a much better-equipped French army.

Battle of Peubla

Let’s talk about Mexican’s for a bit.

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Don’t Tase Me Bro: Oh Snap! Epic Pwnage

Posted in Humor, SteamPunk on May 5th, 2009 by Dr. Warthan
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Bwa Ha, Haaah ha ha hehe heeeee…  I love it.  Who’d have thought you could embarrass yourself to such a degree that not only do you become a household phrase, but then you get immortalized in clockwork automation.  Sweet!

Tase Me Bro Automation

I especially like how it vibrates during the Tase phase.  Want to see the video?

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Important Safety Tip: A Gentlemen’s Duel

Posted in Movie, Romance, SteamPunk on May 3rd, 2009 by Dr. Warthan
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This Victorian-era animation is clever, witty, and funny. Guaranteed satisfaction, or your money back. Hint: watch the credits.