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Feb. 5th, 2008

03:10 pm - A pinhole 3rd degree burn

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I just got a pinhole 3rd degree burn on my fingers from one of those eye-of-the-storm plasma lamps. I noticed that if you put a piece of chocolate wrapped in foil on the lamp that the movement of the tendrils of plasma was not strongly affected. But if you then touched the chocolate it would act like it does when your finger touches the lamp. All the tendrils of plasma would converge on the chocolate.

Then I noticed that if I pulled my finger away slowly that it hurt very slightly. I experimented with this a bit, and then when I looked at my finger I noticed a pinhole sized spot that was charred. Oops.

Now the tip of my finger feels very slightly odd.

I'm rather amused by this.

I need a user icon involving Ben Franklin, a kite, a key and some lightning. :-)

Current Mood: [mood icon] touched

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From:eonen
Date:February 5th, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC)
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Sorry...couldn't find one with lightning in it:

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From:omnifarious
Date:February 6th, 2008 12:56 am (UTC)

Thanks!

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That should work. :-) I have some hardware for you sometime soon.

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From:eonen
Date:February 6th, 2008 12:58 am (UTC)

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Hardware? Like what?
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From:omnifarious
Date:February 6th, 2008 01:04 am (UTC)

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Mostly plastic. Some metal, and a little ceramic.

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From:eonen
Date:February 6th, 2008 01:06 am (UTC)

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Ah! Well, that would certainly go well with the decor in my apartment.

Tell me, though...does it serve any other functions?
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From:omnifarious
Date:February 6th, 2008 01:19 am (UTC)

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It is good that it would fit your decorating aesthetic. It is rather geometrical in it's overall construction.

It might serve a function other than decoration if you added some more plastic and metal bits (very little ceramic in any of those) to it and connected one of those extra bits to a live wall socket.

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From:eonen
Date:February 6th, 2008 01:38 am (UTC)

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Indeed. Please describe the function this hardware may perform beyond mere decoration, should I choose to connect it to free-flowing power.
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From:omnifarious
Date:February 6th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)

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It is inordinately adept at re-arranging (and changing) minute electrical charges extremely quickly. It can even choose these re-arrangements based on the electrical charges it is re-arranging. The hardware also includes some of the supporting infrastructure for the main device that does the re-arranging.

One of the pieces you will need to add is a receptacle capable of storing vast quantities of these electrical charges, though it will only need to continue to do so while it is still in the low entropy situation of having a comparatively large charge differential maintained between some of the bits of metal on it.

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From:eonen
Date:February 6th, 2008 02:00 am (UTC)

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I'm afraid that you've misunderstood the question; you've described its abilities, but not its function. Please describe the tasks this device is intended to perform.
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From:omnifarious
Date:February 6th, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)

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Well, you can encode a lot of information in little electrical charges. So most people use those devices for fiddling around lots of information in various arcane ways, though most people think that something simple is actually happening when they do it and don't think of it as arcane at all.

What I'm suspecting you will want to do with it is to re-arrange a bunch of information about the shapes, sizes, and colors of various 3-dimensional objects and how those things change over time. I think you'll want to transform this information into a representation of how those objects might look to someone observing them from some particular vantage point that can be naturally understood by someone observing this representation projected onto a flat surface and changing over time to show how the objects look from moment to moment in the other representation.

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From:eonen
Date:February 6th, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)

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I believe I could find uses for a device that functions as you describe.
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From:omnifarious
Date:February 6th, 2008 02:14 am (UTC)

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I shall have to come up with some means of transferring physical possession of the objects in question so that you might be able to mold them to your purposes.

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From:eonen
Date:February 6th, 2008 02:23 am (UTC)

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Mold them to my purposes? Are you telling me these devices are malleable?
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From:omnifarious
Date:February 6th, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)

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Yes, extremely, though not in the gross physical sense. Their overall shape remains the same.

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From:goldfish42
Date:February 6th, 2008 04:15 am (UTC)

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Phwew! *fanning myself* Did it just get really, really warm in here? I think I'll bookmark this conversation under "porn."
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From:omnifarious
Date:February 6th, 2008 09:10 am (UTC)

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I am pleased, as ever, to be able to inspire this reaction in you. *sly grin*

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From:oniaka
Date:February 5th, 2008 11:45 pm (UTC)
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I had one of the original lightning balls way way back in the 80's when they became available for basic civies to buy. It was from Radio Shack, and was called Illuma Storm.

One of the safety things specified in the owners manual, was to NEVER let ANY metal touch the globe while it was operating.
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From:omnifarious
Date:February 6th, 2008 12:56 am (UTC)
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Now I know! :-)

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From:akashayi
Date:February 7th, 2008 12:38 am (UTC)
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Instead of Ben Franklin, all I could think of was this.
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From:omnifarious
Date:February 7th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
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That is a pretty good one. :-) *chuckle*

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From:hourglassfull
Date:February 7th, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
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You're weird. I like you.
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