We have legions of geeks and nerds around the world. But what of the leadership cast? From where does the average nerd recieve guidance and inspiration?
I give you the Apex Nerd. This uber-geek is distinguished from amongst his pimple-faced peers and socially awkward virginity-clinging DM’s by taking it to the next level. This is a nerd who willing to risk life and limb to explore technical sciences for the benefit of all Nerdery.
What is Arduino? It’s an electronics development platform that allows rapid prototyping of basically any micro-controlled electronics device you can imagine. It’s programming language is simple, elegant and versatile. It comes in enough flavors to satisfy any need. I have been a devotee for many years. My very first Arduino experiment was a motion activated Larson Scanner. I have since moved on to more complex and practical projects.
My obsession with the technologies of Nikola Tesla is legendary among my people. I was building Tesla coils before I could drive. My first real father-son project was teaching my middle son how to build home-brew high voltage capacitors out of beer bottles. Over the years I have replicated and expanded upon many of his designs including a miniaturized (only 18′ tall) Wardenclyffe tower on my property in the North Reno valleys. This can be dangerous stuff to the uninitiated. Be warned.
I invent solutions. Some are elegant and beautiful. Some are ugly and highly functional. One project that comes to mind:
I was tasked with building a device that would flip a light switch, on or off, at predetermined times throughout the day.
Super easy right? Well I had to use only parts that were developed within the country that the device would be used. These were 1950’s era solid state components. No micro-controllers or modern capacitors. It had to be battery powered and last for at least a week between battery replacements.
After a month or so of development I was able to create a new type of tiered-discharge capacitor that would actuate the solenoids with enough force to flip the switch while preserving battery life. I used double concentric cirlces that accepted small plastic pegs to set the timers. It was a true feat of ingenuity. Unfortunately the whole project was stolen from an unscrupulous “partner” and a curiously similar product appeared on the market within a year. Young and dumb. Never again.
That’s all I care to share for now. Maybe I’ll add more at some point.
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