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Max The Magnificent
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Where can we find an old man at this time of the day?
Max The Magnificent   8/22/2013 10:31:31 AM
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I must admit that I really like the way this turned out, but I'm still thinking that it might be fun to do a treatment using photographs of real people.

The problem is getting everyone together at the same time. Maybe we could do this at the next DesignCon or Design West conference... would anyone be interested in a starring role?

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Re: Where can we find an old man at this time of the day?
kfield   8/22/2013 4:41:28 PM
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For some reason I thought that the punch line was going to involve Nixie Tubes, just sayin'

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Re: Where can we find an old man at this time of the day?
Max The Magnificent   8/22/2013 4:43:40 PM
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@kfield: For some reason I thought that the punch line was going to involve Nixie Tubes

Ah! That's where you made your big mistake (just sayin' :-)

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Re: Where can we find an old man at this time of the day?
kfield   8/22/2013 4:44:46 PM
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Loved the concept and hope to see more of these in the future!

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Re: Where can we find an old man at this time of the day?
DrFPGA   8/22/2013 4:58:19 PM
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@Max- If I play the old man can I keep the watch?

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Re: Where can we find an old man at this time of the day?
Max The Magnificent   8/22/2013 5:00:55 PM
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@Warren: If I play the old man can I keep the watch?

This would be the mock-up watch I'm going to fabricate on my 3D printer (when it arrives), in which case the answer is "sure" (I can always "print" another :-)

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Re: Where can we find an old man at this time of the day?
bwmetz0   8/22/2013 7:28:28 PM
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I thought the punchline was going to be that he had a suitcase full of the things and he was weighed down by all the dough he was raking in from other yuppies.

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Re: Where can we find an old man at this time of the day?
Max The Magnificent   8/23/2013 10:39:18 AM
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@bwmetz0: I thought the punchline was going to be that he had a suitcase full of the things and he was weighed down by all the dough he was raking in from other yuppies.



That would have been a good ending also ... but I think I prefer mine :-)

 

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Which is more impressive?
Luis Sanchez   8/22/2013 12:29:59 PM
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Which is more impressive? the super watch or the fact that someone was walking with 10,000 usd in his pocket :)

Anyway, I think this is a good story to show kids the convenience of STEM and coming up with innovation. 

And it ends up as a joke. Humor never fails. 

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Max The Magnificent   8/22/2013 12:50:25 PM
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@Luis: Which is more impressive? the super watch or the fact that someone was walking with 10,000 usd in his pocket :)

That reminds me of a true story -- must be 30 years ago in England -- the newspapers and television stations were telling of a 16-year old boy who was walking home in the evening in London when he was robbed of around 1,000 UK pounds.

The first question he was asked was "what were you doing with all that money?"

It turned out that he was either an orphan or didn't have a wonderful family life or something (I forget). He'd started selling cheap jewelry to tourists in the street when he was about 12 or 13 -- worked his way up to having a barrow (street cart) ... then to having several carts and paying other young lads to run them for him ... and then to owning a full-up jewelry store. He had just been visiting his barrow boys to collect the day's takings.

One reporter on the TV news asked him how he felt about losing 1,000 pounds (which was a LOT of money back then). I remember his answer "I was just happy they didn't realize I was wearing a money belt containing the bulk of the takings!"

 

 

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Luis Sanchez   8/22/2013 12:56:09 PM
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Oh man! Money belt! The bulk! Great story! thanks Max!

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Re: Which is more impressive?
Max The Magnificent   8/22/2013 12:58:15 PM
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@Luiz: And it ends up as a joke. Humor never fails.

Were you expecting the ending? Thsi works really well when I tell it in person because the ending is unexpected .. .the big thing is to emphasize the suitcase at the beginning ... then not mention it again till the very end...

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Yuppies
David Ashton   8/22/2013 10:24:39 PM
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If you were such a clever old man, would you take a check for $1M from a yuppie who has nothing better to do than stand around in the street?

 

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prabhakar_deosthali   8/23/2013 8:32:57 AM
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I would add one more slide to this where the Yuppie is giving back the watch to the old man for the fear of carrying that heavy suitcase

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still working without battery
Caleb Kraft   8/23/2013 9:53:07 AM
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This was pretty cute. I didn't see the punchline coming. I have to mention though, that the watch is working as they walk away without the battery! 

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rich.pell   8/23/2013 10:05:24 AM
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I noticed that too.  Perhaps it's operating temporarily on stored capacitor power, or even wireless power from the battery pack.  :)

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Max The Magnificent   8/23/2013 10:43:18 AM
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@Rich: I noticed that too

Everyone's a critic LOL

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Max The Magnificent   8/23/2013 10:42:07 AM
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@Caleb: This was pretty cute. I didn't see the punchline coming.

      Good! :-)

I have to mention though, that the watch is working as they walk away without the battery!


Maybe I should have shown them walking away high-fiving each other or something ... but I liked the look of the hollogram ... so I just decided that it was running on a small back-up battery for a few seconds :-)

 

 

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rich.pell   8/23/2013 10:47:53 AM
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But I didn't see any power cable connected to the watch either.  :)

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Max The Magnificent   8/23/2013 10:52:14 AM
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@Rich: But I didn't see any power cable connected to the watch either.  :)


That's because he'd unplugged it while he was walking (AFTER he'd used it to charge the small back-up battery in the watch .... give me strength!!! :-)

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Duane Benson   8/23/2013 11:05:55 AM
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re: "That's because he'd unplugged it while he was walking (AFTER he'd used it to charge the small back-up battery in the watch .... give me strength!!! :-)"

I need one of those re-charger suitcases for my smartphone.

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Max The Magnificent   8/23/2013 11:22:06 AM
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@Duane: I need one of those re-charger suitcases for my smartphone.

I'll sell you one for only $1,000 :-)

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Nnanci   8/31/2013 7:35:14 AM
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I just hope the actual 3D hologram watch won't come with a recharger trunk to walk with :)....seriously though, i think holgraphics are a beautiful concept. the fact that you can have the benefits of technology without needing extra space. Useful in a worls where space is shrinking.

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Frank Karkota   9/5/2013 8:14:05 PM
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Max, I espected the bag to be full of watches to replace the one he just sold!

 

Last week, I saw my ten-year-old nephew off, perhaps for the last time, and I wrote a short story for him.  Perhaps three minutes.  Of course, it was a science fiction.  You might enjoy it (even though you are not ten years old!)

 

http://www.compolinc.com/westfordwilderness/monster.htm

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Max The Magnificent   9/6/2013 2:53:14 PM
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@Frank: Last week, I saw my ten-year-old nephew off, perhaps for the last time...

      Why "perhaps for the last time"?

...and I wrote a short story for him.

http://www.compolinc.com/westfordwilderness/monster.htm

 

      That's a great story -- I don't imagine your 10-year-old
      nephew got much sleep that night :-)

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Frank Karkota   9/6/2013 8:29:25 PM
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 @ MAX Why "perhaps for the last time"?

His parents took him to Florida (from here in Massachusetts).

I intend to write some short stories, like yours, to show that stories can be short and fun.  Maybe he will start writing.

If he comes back next summer, I intend to create a project, based upon a previous article in EE Life.  I would like to make a star, with five points, and three LEDs at each point: red, yellow and green.  They would be driven by an ATTINY11 or 13 (I like AVRs!) and a couple of 74HC595s.  The software would be simple, with a routine to pull three bytes out of the database.  First byte would be speed, second and third would be put directly into the 595s to drive the lights.  It would be fun and he could learn design and programming.  He would also make a big flash!

We'll just have to see if he comes back!  I intend to write a short story every month to keep him interested.

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Max The Magnificent   9/7/2013 12:23:19 PM
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@Frank: We'll just have to see if he comes back!  I intend to write a short story every month to keep him interested.

I'm sure he will come back -- and I'm equally sure that he will treasure your short stories -- make sure you keep copies -- you can bind them all in a book when he gets older and eventually he might read them to his kids...

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Battery technology still making baby steps
geekmaster   8/23/2013 1:18:19 PM
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The battery technology is not going with same pace as many other technology gadgets. There has not been any comparable technological breakthrough - as we have seen with smart phones, TVs etc - for at least 50 years available for the average consumer. The battery is among the top heaviest and largest items in my smart phone. What's the hold up?



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