Sunday Night Experiments

I feel kinda stupid.

Sunday night before Autumn left to go home I set her up with some of this laser stuff thinking she’d be into it. What a mistake. She was a good sport, tolerating my nerdyness and all but her reaction was like “I’m happy to see you so excited.” Basically she was saying I’m not interested, don’t care, good for you. So from now on I’m going to work on electronics related projects Sunday evenings after she has split. I will try to refrain from bugging her about whatever weird shit I’m tinkering with.

Believe me I’ve got plans.

Dave and I were hanging out at his place after work the other night drinking beers. He’s into retro technology like I am. I don’t remember what made me think of it now, but I got on the subject of these strange vacuum tubes I used to see when I was a kid. Back in the early 1970s before seven segment LEDs were around anything that had a numeral display used glowing vacuum tubes. Each tube shifted from number to number with a cool fading effect. They were in everything from calculators to clocks. You never see them these days. Most people either forgot about them or don’t know they existed. Anyway I started researching them online. They’re called Nixie tubes.

I didn’t tell Autumn about it, but on the sly I bought a six digit Nixie clock kit from a place called Cathode Corner. This coming Sunday I’m going to be a mad scientist again and start building it. I’ve also got ideas for doing more low light photography with a bunch of scrap PC boards from work. Maybe I’ll mess around with my digital camera and see if I can make any interesting pictures.

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~ by factorypeasant on July 26, 2006.

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