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Feast Your Orbs on My Vetinari Clock Prototype

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mhrackin   1/30/2015 1:36:35 PM
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@aubrey, @max: thi gave me an idea (which may be too late for now, but possibly an addition for version 2.0): what would be really awesonme would be a lightning show inside the tube!  All it would take would be attaching 4 wires to the tube electrodes (per Aubrey) and to a solid ground connection, and  building a small Tesla coil into the box with the HV connected to the cathode/filament of the tube (which I believe is only via one of the socket connections).  Combined with the NeoPixel illumination, that would really put "the icing on the cake!"

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Max The Magnificent   1/30/2015 12:53:15 PM
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@Antedeluvian: I can hear the appraiser on the Antiques Road Show in 2060 saying "this is a great example of Anglo/American folk art, by artist extarordinaire Max Maxfield.

Oooh -- I like the sound of that :-)

Last year the Antiques Roadshow came to Birmingham Alabama, which is only 90 miles away from me, but I didn;t know about it. This year the closest location is Little Rock, Arkansas -- I've applied for tickets but they are drawn randomly and I won;y know if I got them for a while.

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antedeluvian   1/30/2015 12:39:27 PM
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Max

This is looking really good. I can hear the appraiser on the Antiques Road Show in 2060 saying "this is a great example of Anglo/American folk art, by artist extarordinaire Max Maxfield. Note the Art Deco influences on the Steampunk theme  .. rhubarb, rhubarb.. and as a one of a kind it worth $10000-$15000." (ecept that bread will cost $8000 a loaf!). Remember to sign it.

I really wanted to ask if you intend to wire up the electrodes (I think they are supposed to take connections when it worked) to the tube,  that is the 4 ones that poke out the side?

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Re: Awesome!
Max The Magnificent   1/30/2015 12:02:42 PM
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@mhrackin: this is starting to look quite awesome!  Congratulations on implementing your vision in an exceptional manner...

Thanks Mark -- I really appreciate it -- you should see the big grin on my face -- I can't wait to start working on the electronics this weekend

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Awesome!
mhrackin   1/30/2015 12:00:11 PM
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@max, this is starting to look quite awesome!  Congratulations on implementing your vision in an exceptional manner.  I know exactly what you mean about the prototype paint job; I have a similar problem (and anal fixation on trying to fix it) with my stairwell.  The walls are a light grayish-blue (or bluish-gray if one prefers), but the trim is satin white, and the adjacent downstairs ceiling is the usual flat white.. I have spent far too many hours with a small artist's paintbrush trying to clean up the interface ares to perfection.  Unfortunately, my hands no longer seem capable of doing what my brain thinks they should, so my efforts often make things worse rather than better!

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Re: I'd call that a magnificent prototype
Max The Magnificent   1/30/2015 12:00:03 PM
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@Duane: I love the "floating above the desk" idea.

Me too -- it really does look effective. FYI the only reason I used the two strips for the prototype is that this was the only 3/8" thick wood I happened to have laying around -- in the real clock we'll use a rectangular piece of ebony (or ebonized pear) that's 1" smaller all round than the main base -- thsi will form part of the cabinet -- also it will be routed at the edge to have a pleasing/interesting chamfer (just in case anyone picks it up to look) -- also it will have felt attached -- but maybe I'm going into too much detail :-)

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Re: I'd call that a magnificent prototype
Max The Magnificent   1/30/2015 11:55:35 AM
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@Duane: That is turning out great.

Thanks Duane -- I must admit I'm rather proud of how it's coming along -- just wait till after this weekend once I have the NeoPixels under the vacuum tube working...

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I'd call that a magnificent prototype
Duane Benson   1/30/2015 11:53:16 AM
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That is turning out great. I love the "floating above the desk" idea.

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