Sep 15 2008

Aether Accelerator

Dr. Dervious Watsworth developed the Aether Accelerator in 1850, building on the knowledge he derived from spectral containment research.  Watsworth concluded that while his special alloy was clearly capable of empairing the spirit realm, brass alloy bullets would be simply too dangerous on the crowded streets of London.  By adapting blue aether into a liquid concentrate, Watsworth developed the worlds first blue aether discharge device (BADD.)  Lacking potency, the BADD project was quickly scrapped until the discovery in 1848 of the quad-phase inverter.   Watsworth quickly realized the dynamic relationship between the two devices and in 1849 built the first prototype for what would become known internationally as the Aether Accelerator.  In 1852, Watsworth and an unknown investor founded the Watsworth Company, which produced Aether Accelerators and Spectral Containment devices until the Great Anomaly in 1903 which rendered blue aether powerless.


Sep 15 2008

Spectral Containment

It was noted by the Hindi philosopher Retsiem Regaj in the late 1400’s that spectral aberrations would often avoid areas in which an incense containing the indigenous herb Makaska elleforia had been burned.  This information was lost to time before its rediscovery by the revered Dr. Dervious Watsworth in the mid 1800s.   By fusing M. elleforia extracts into brass through a proprietary process, Dr. Watsworth was able to create an alloy virtually impassable by spirits.  The natural succession of this knowledge was in the creation of the Watsworth Spectral Containment Unit.  Though perfectly functional, the units were initially a poor seller as no means had been developed to actually catch spirits at that time.


Sep 15 2008

WiFi Dish

USB wireless adapters are nice, though they can often be awkwardly positioned and suffer from reception problems.  I found this out the hard way, as mine worked poorly at best and seemed to enjoy being snagged out of the USB port at inopportune times.  It also had a mischievous way of overheating under heavy use.  The solution?  Mobile signal focusing and heat dissipation.  Using a small camera tripod and an aluminum dish, I was able to fashion this attractive little device in less than 15 minutes. The aluminum dish and bracket create a heat sink as well as a protective barrior around the adapter.  During perfectly legal experimentation, signal reception was increased by several hundred feet!  Granted, similar results can be obtained with aluminum cans.  It should be noted, however, that soda cans simply cannot compete with the style of having your own miniture satelite dish.


Sep 9 2008

Triviomatic: Quiz Game Buzzer System

A few years ago a friend asked me to check the price of buzzer systems for a trivia game he wanted to present at a convention. To my horror and disbelief, the cheapest system which met his desires was going to cost several hundred dollars. I though to myself, I could do that, and the Triviomatic was born. Created entirely from things lying around my workshop, even I’m not entirely sure how it works. It has something to do with those silicon controlled rectifiers running across the top and a zener diode, though the original logic now escapes me. When operating on 12VDC, a small incandescent light will switch on indicating the first contestant to press their switch. A small bell also is triggered at that time. The master controller resets the system to ready status.

Update: When this was originally posted, it was several years after my construction of the device. Many people have asked for details on its operation, so I looked up more of the original information. I found the original website I based the circuitry on. The last circuit labeled “Game Show Timer” is the one I modified to fit the parts I had on hand. For the original schematic and information, please feel free to visit: www.techlib.com/electronics/games.html.


Sep 9 2008

Paranormal Exterminators

I did a little genre crossing at Dragoncon 2008. Presenting Frageras Spectrenixer, paranormal exterminator.