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Musical Tesla Coils

Tesla Coils make noise when they are on and generally at a frequency that humans can’t hear however with a little geekery (read: voodoo electronics) tesla coils can be made to emit modulated tones and with enough work music .

Here is the first video I found which has a great jam and the some recognizable themes.

Notice the neon lights at the bottom which are powered by the coil itself.

The themes seem to break off here and one group from Austin came out with some specific performances of Super Mario as a duet and Escape from New York!

There is a lot involved here since the actual frequency emitted is well beyond human hearing capabilities. But by modulating the the power state of the tesla coil they can make it emit tones which humans can hear. A really really in depth explanation was recorded by the Geek Group.

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Ankle-gate followup

My ankle has started turning interesting shades of black, purple, blue? so I finally got some medical treatment. It would appear the ligaments have been torn and may never fully heal. On the plus side I have a gangsta lean now which makes me all manner of manly when I limp to work. I think I’ll tell people that I was shot or mauled by the same bear that attacked Xina. It just sounds better then I twisted my ankle because the MBTA can’t keep their property in repair. I contacted MBTA finally about the situation and they had a great canned response:

“We appreciate your business and value your feedback. A customer service
issue was logged on 2007-08-08 at [redacted]

A tracking number of [redacted] has been assigned to this call. Please
reference this number on any additional communications you may have
regarding this issue.

The information you provided has been forwarded to the appropriate group.
If additional actions are required, a member from that department will
follow up on your issue.

Should you have additional questions or concerns regarding this issue,
please contact the customer care center at 617-222-3200 or 800-392-6100
Monday through Friday 6:30 AM to 8:00 PM and Sat/Sun from 7:30 AM to 6:00
PM.”

The translation is roughly “We are checking with our lawyers to find out if we can sue you for hurting yourself on our property. Keep in touch.”

I’ve also requested the video footage from the “incident” and today took note of the tracking numbers on the cameras which covered the area.

camera onecamera two

One of these two cameras caught me spraining my ankle and I am really curious whether or not they will give me the footage without a court order. They seem happy to tout the footage for gatecrashers but this video will obviously not be in their favor.  Also interesting side note: it is legal to take pictures on MBTA property again without a permit.

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Assume this phone is tapped

this sticker used to be really funny (especially given its location) however now one could presumably place it on every phone in America. Go AT&T!

this should be rotated

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Food I won’t eat

I am a pretty adventurous eater. I’ve speculated that I would try monkey brains if given the chance. I’ve even tried this rice dish with congealed pig blood. Recently in Jamaica I ordered things without even knowing what I was being served. But after reading the wikipedia article on acquired tastes I couldn’t help but post about the first food I wouldn’t even try.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casu_marzu

casu marzu is an Italian cheese with some special flavor added by Piophila casei. That’s right, the cheese fly. Actually not cheese flies but cheese fly larvae. “These larvae are deliberately introduced to the cheese, promoting an advanced level of fermentation and breaking down of the cheese’s fats.” Sounds delicious doesn’t it? Wait theres more!

Piophila casei larvae can pass through the stomach alive (human stomach acids do not usually kill them) and take up residency for some period of time in the intestines, where they can cause serious lesions as they attempt to bore through the intestinal walls. ”

MMMMMmmmmm, that is good eating.

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