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Susan Rambo
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Exploding laptops
Susan Rambo   7/18/2013 6:36:54 PM
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Welcome aboard, Caleb. I look forward to seeing some exploding laptops on the pages of EE Times.

Tom Murphy
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New Life at EE
Tom Murphy   7/18/2013 6:55:07 PM
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Caleb: Anyone who helps the handicapped play games and still has time to blow stuff up can't be all bad.  You sound like you're going to put the fun back into the workbench -- and lets face it, we all wanna have some fun, right?  Welcome!

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Welcome Caleb
mcgrathdylan   7/18/2013 6:58:53 PM
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Welcome aboard, Caleb. EE Times is thrilled to have you. Looking forward to all the cooll stuff you will be doing. I hope there is more stuff blown up in the future.

Susan Rambo
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Portable Tesla Coil
Susan Rambo   7/18/2013 9:28:41 PM
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I like the Thor's Hammer with small Tesla Coil built-in Excellent. I'd like to try making a Tesla coil as a garden fixture in lieu of a water fountain. There's something comforting and calming about that zapping sound. One year at DESIGN West we had a DIY panel with editors and some industry people: that year's theme was LEDs. Maybe next years could involve a Tesla coil. Hmmm....probably not a good idea.

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Re: Portable Tesla Coil
Caleb Kraft   7/19/2013 12:26:57 AM
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The battery powered ones like the one I had are relatively harmless. You could shock yourself with the arcs all day long without ill effect. Maybe we should do tiny tesla coils! That would wreak havoc on all the other electronics though. 

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Re: Portable Tesla Coil
Susan Rambo   7/19/2013 6:55:53 AM
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I guess the tesla colis is not a good thing to have at an electronics trade show.

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Re: Portable Tesla Coil
Max The Magnificent   7/19/2013 10:18:13 AM
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@Susan: My experiance is that Tesla Coils are about as welcome as a Jacob's Ladder when it comes to an environment in which EM noise not desired :-)



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Re: Portable Tesla Coil
Susan Rambo   7/19/2013 10:25:44 AM
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I guess we'll leave all the dangerous stuff to the professionals, like Caleb. 

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Re: Portable Tesla Coil
Max The Magnificent   7/19/2013 10:32:05 AM
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@Susan: I guess we'll leave all the dangerous stuff to the professionals, like Caleb.

What??? That's a bit of a slap in the face. I R an Engineer, you know! I was blowing things up when Caleb was a kid blowing bubbles (and sometimes I even meant it to happen :-)

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Re: Portable Tesla Coil
Caleb Kraft   7/19/2013 11:05:23 AM
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Haha, yeah, I think maybe she meant un-professionals like Caleb. I'm sure pretty much any EE can build a better tesla coil than me, but I'm the guy who will put on a costume and run around in a crowd acting like an idiot with it. 

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Re: Portable Tesla Coil
Susan Rambo   7/19/2013 3:19:50 PM
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@Max: What??? That's a bit of a slap in the face. I R an Engineer, you know!

Actually, Max, think of it as a challenge not an insult. Time for a Tesla Coil smackdown! There is a good venue for it in the East Bay. A frequent Maker-Faire particpant is The Crucible, where you can take classes on welding, firebreathing, machine shop, kinetics and electronics (including this class "Demystifying Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)" and "Earn Your Ham Radio License In Two Days!" Maybe you should teach a DIY Tesla Coil-making class.  I would definitely take the class.

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Re: Portable Tesla Coil
Max The Magnificent   7/19/2013 3:25:27 PM
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@Susan: ... you can take classes on welding, firebreathing, machine shop, kinetics and electronics...

Take classes? I could give them! (Apart from "kinetics" because I don't even know how to spell it, let alone what it is :-)

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Re: Portable Tesla Coil
Susan Rambo   7/19/2013 3:40:30 PM
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@Max The Magnificent: Take classes? I could give them!

Wow, we're getting our comment quota in today! Yes, Max, if you had read my message carefully, you would have seen that I was suggesting you teach the class! Or I can just ask the professional, Caleb, to teach it. ;-)  Seriously, a class like that might end up dimming all the lights in Oakland, CA, where The Crucible is located.  It might even blow out Pixar in Emeryville. Ok, now I'm getting too localized. 

Engineers, what are the places in neighborhood offer interesting classes for electronics tinkerers? Post them here in the comment section. 

Kinetics and Electronics Classes

A Rube Goldberg contraption from a Crucible class.

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Re: Portable Tesla Coil
Max The Magnificent   7/19/2013 3:44:36 PM
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@Susan: Or I can just ask the professional, Caleb, to teach it. ;-)

Oooohhh! That's hitting below the belt :-)

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Engineering Life
JeremySCook   7/18/2013 10:02:14 PM
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Good luck with the new job!  I'll have to start checking this site out more.


Yeah, no doubt some people are born engineers or at least have the ability/desire to explore and learn new things.  Some people I think are pushed into the field simply because they're good at math and/or science and it's generally a good job.  I'm not sure if that's good or bad.

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Re: Engineering Life
JeremySCook   7/18/2013 10:06:15 PM
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And you know I've got a ton of stuff lurking in my garage, so be sure to hit me up if you need some ideas!

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Re: Engineering Life
Caleb Kraft   7/19/2013 12:25:22 AM
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I think we'll be talking a lot more about those things in your garage! 

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Re: Engineering Life
stippu   7/19/2013 10:17:02 AM
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Hi Caleb

Great to read your post.. I am from India, based in Bangalore. Now I am going to look for innovations and stuff like that - not the FBs or the Googles but simple things that people ( who mayor may not be engineers) are struggling to come up with to make their working lives simpler, be it in agriculture or textile or leather or whatever.. but somewhere where some electronic stuff could be involved or some which would not have electronics embedded in them.

Am sure there would be some others ( the real-time engineers :) ) who would love to write to you and figure out some solutions for the problems they encounter.

I am not an engineer but I am an ordinary journalist who covers IT beat  in particular  but looks for human interest features in general -- and try to communicate things happening in India which are interesting to the global audience.

Maybe some ideas could help out some people - even if one person is able to add more value to his/her innovation, it would be great, I think

 

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Re: Engineering Life
Caleb Kraft   7/19/2013 11:03:13 AM
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I would love to see what you find. I've generally only had a good peek into America and England.

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What engineers do at home
junko.yoshida   7/18/2013 10:07:20 PM
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Welcome aboard, Caleb! I would definitely like to know more about what engineers do after work....more engineering-like stuff? Can't wait to find out!

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Re: What engineers do at home
Caleb Kraft   7/19/2013 12:23:48 AM
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Of course they do more engineering stuff! They can't stop solving problems, that's why they became engineers in the first place. There are no shortage of problems to be solved outside work as well. 

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You little tease you...
Max The Magnificent   7/19/2013 10:14:22 AM
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@Caleb: Your comments and emails will be as important as the stories themselves, so please don't hesitate to jump in and let me know what you think.

Ah ha! A cunning ploy -- inviting emails but not giving us an email address (LOL)


"You should call me and we can discuss this further," said Max (but without providing a telephone number :-)

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Re: You little tease you...
Caleb Kraft   7/19/2013 11:08:05 AM
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Yeah, I'm still learning the system here. I guess I assumed my contact information would be readily available on the site (like in a profile linked to my name in the byline). I see now that it is not.  How are people supposed to contact me to share their projects? I'll have to remedy this. 

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Re: You little tease you...
Max The Magnificent   7/19/2013 11:48:10 AM
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@Caleb: How are people supposed to contact me to share their projects? I'll have to remedy this.

I think they are working on adding the ability for members to enter a real bio (inc contact details) ... in the meantime, maybe you could add a "boilerplate" to the bottom of each of your blogs saying "email me at ..."

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Re: You little tease you...
Tom Murphy   7/20/2013 7:24:21 PM
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Caleb: They can reach you through Feedback@EETimes.com.  Just mark emails "For Caleb Kraft."

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Walking tour of SF
rick merritt   7/19/2013 11:00:10 AM
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Welcome aboard, Caleb. I enjoyed our walking tour of San Francisco last night and look forward to touring your posts in the future. Do I need a crash helmut? ;-)

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Welcome and....
kfield   7/21/2013 1:44:23 PM
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Welcome Caleb, to EETimes!!! I can't wait to start sharing the project I'm about to start here and getting some technical support at the same time!  I have a 'stachecam that was designed by the intrepid Jason Kridner that is having some technical problems and am about to take off the case and start learning about the beaglebone inside. What's your current project???

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Re: Welcome and....
Caleb Kraft   7/21/2013 6:51:35 PM
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I'm about to pick up a playstation3 controller so I can modify the triggers. There will be some exploration because it is an analog input as opposed to just a button.



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