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law used that stuff on her bad knees.
It sure was foul smelling stuff. Liked to
take the hide right off. I had some
around here for a while, but finally
threw it away. I sure am glad I did.
Great article. I'll be looking for
your next installment on this device.
Fellow N&V reader
P.S. Did you notice the ad
about Leah Buechley developing
the sew-able microcontroller? Now
that's something we can really use.
I just bet you got all sorts of email
on this article. I saw in this article and
heard a reference to a gurdel spring
in the Retroencabulator video. My
question is, is this gurdel spring the
same or similar to the girdle spring
used in WWII during “Operation
You got me good. Hook, line,
and sinker! Well done!
Thanks for the laughs. It was a
tradition that magazines would
publish a special article after 25% of
the new year had passed.
I like robotics. I don't own any
hardware. I don't know where to start.
I followed Vern Graner’s article up to
the mounting bracket and then
checked the mast head for a date.
Here is a suggestion ...
There is a generator you can
build in your garage. All you need is a
lawn mower motor (use your lawn
mower), automotive alternator
(temporally remove the one in your
car) and a very special set of magnets
(from a favorite Nuts & Volts advertiser).
You must install the magnets in the
alternator. The generator you build
creates a potential of electrons with
negative spin. Today, we only use
electrons with positive spin. This
makes appliance selection easier for
the consumer market. Connect your
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soldering iron to a source of negative
spin electrons and it freezes up.
Connect an ordinary incandescent
lamp, and it will absorb light. You will
see a strange dark halo around the
glass envelope. Connect a vacuum
tube radio to a source of negative
spin electrons and it becomes a
transmitter! You will, however, need
a negative spin receiver. Of course,
negative spin electrons have been
I am not making this up. I saw it
in Radio & Electronics Experimenter. I
did not have to cut grass for a month
after I broke my dad’s mower.
Randolph “Big Fish” Romanov
Thanks for the great article!
When the Digiencabulator goes into
production, please let me know. I will
connect it to my flux capacitor that
Doc Brown promised to send to me
and email the results to you.
The timeframe is April 1, 2009 or
Thanks again for the info.
It was a delight to see that
Parallax is going to be coming
out with a Digiencabulator at a
(hopefully) reasonable cost!
This brought back some great
memories. You see, years ago I
designed and built my own version
for a local science fair. I called mine
the BeeEssencabulator. The first
iteration worked relatively well, but
then I realized that if I added a
feedbagback loop from the tremi
pipe to the primary feastock ring,
a reasonance would be induced in
and emitted from the duodenal
analis tube, so that the unit would
be self-powdered after an initial
Of course, this is not a
perpetratorial motion machine, but, in
fact, it gains energy from the relative
asynchronous motion of the earth vs.
the sun and moon. At the time, I
called this “Moon Power.” During
my college days, my friends and I
enjoyed demonstrating Moon
Power to various folks around town,
especially young ladies we were
attempting to impress. Those were
Unfortunately, I misplaced my
BeeEssencabulator sometime when I
moved from college back into my
Anyway, keep up the good work!
Thank you so much for the
in-depth look at such an exciting,
bleeding edge piece of technology!
We are very lucky indeed!
Although very few have had a
chance to work with one of these
new ones as you have, I have a vast
amount of experience using the older
retro models. As a matter of fact,
in 1984 at just 18, I received a
Doctorate in Tubotics from the
University of Cowahoga.
One thing I need to emphasize
to those using the newer version such
Be sure that the manicular tubes
do not become disengaged at
the diode base of the gigadrive
defibrulator flange. This could result
in an issue with the DHMO gas
escaping. Thanks for a great article,
and I promise to try not to let the
Loved Vern Graner’s article on
the Digiencabulator. I have two of
them. They go well with my supercal-ifragilisticexpialodotious-ulators. I
can't seem to get it to pull less than
120 frigoamperes though — any
ideas? I think the TCP/IP-123/
SKIDOO code I wrote for it had too
much dihydrogen monoxide in it so
it simply was too light to be taken
seriously by the Z80/PIC/Atmel/
6502/Pentupmeum processor. On a
related note, I'm going to sell off my
supply of shennano gates and was
wondering if you were interested.