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  1. Donald Petersen says:

    Now there’s a newsletter to which I’ll subscribe.  Even without the unibrow dance it was hilarious.  But the dance, oh god, the dance…

    Okay, I gotta breathe…

  2. BustaArmov says:

    That was hilarious. But he made a “coil gun” not a “rail gun”. Rail guns are much weirder, harder to explain, and much much more dangerous.

  3. CSBD says:

    I see how this is so totally different than rednecks with their guns.

  4. Mutation_Engine says:

    Technically that’s a coilgun, not a railgun. There is a difference.

  5. peterkvt80 says:

    Wonderful how he found so many ways to do it wrong. I suspect that the circuit was destroyed at the end by the lack of a protection diode. Which is a waste of a big expensive power FET.

  6. euansmith says:

    Science made cooler by a dancing monobrow… high-brow meets eyebrow!

  7. I learned a lot (what not to do) from his “Don’t worry, it’s just ESD! (Electrostatic Discharge).” Love this guy.


  8. Henry Pootel says:

    Brilliant :)

  9. 119ENG.com says:

    That was way too funny!! Love the unibrow bit:):):)

  10. oasisob1 says:

    Is he single? That’s all I want to know. Sexeh monobrow. Oh and the gun was okay, I guess. Girls would make them better, using bigger coils or protection diodes, etc. 

    We should objectify all videos of men for a few weeks, months, maybe even years?

  11. Peter says:

    I don’t know why (maybe a denied script somewhere on my NoScript?), but ever since… forever, embedded Youtube (and many other videos) don’t seem to match up right on the main page.  If you actually click into the story they’re fine, but often when I refresh the main page I’ll get a video from an earlier story attached to a fresh story that also has a video link, and if I press play I see that one, rather the intended.

    In this particular case, the preview of this video has under the headline, in one instance, showed a scene from the Flintstones, and a little later I refreshed again and, under “World’s funniest video about making a rail gun” had a shot from Hungry Hungry Hippo.

    In both cases I was extremely disappointed because both the Flintstones attempting to make a railgun and making one out of the HHH game sound like they would be AWESOME.

    But the real video was also pretty fun.

    • Steve Taylor says:

      > ever since… forever, embedded Youtube (and many other videos) don’t seem to match up right on the main page.

      Same for me – and I’m not running noscript or anything else in the least exotic. I’ve actually noticed the problem less often recently, but I certainly know what you mean.

  12. Having spent my 50 + working years in various facets of the electrical field…..  this trivial item is a waste of time… totally !

    • wysinwyg says:

      working years in various facets of the electrical field

      Dude, get out of that electrical field.  Or get in a Faraday cage or something.  We’re worried about you.

      Also, fun is not a waste of time.

  13. Stonewalker says:

    Awesome video.  This is the kind of stuff that gets people interested in science and MAKEing.  So good.

  14. Ladyfingers says:

    He’s fantastic. I saw him on B3ta last week and was in stitches going through his videos.

  15. pjcamp says:

    Nice standup act. I have a story that really happened.

    When I was a graduate student back in the 80’s, one of the undergraduate senior physics majors decided to build a rail gun as his senior project. He obtained a bank of massive capacitors from the local power company so he could get a nice big current. It worked quite well, propelling foil wrapped pencil erasers at a respectable speed.

    A postdoc from the quantum theory group (who shall remain nameless except to say his name was Lev) decided to take his intro physics class on a field trip upstairs to see the railgun in operation. He talked about it for a while, showed them how the capacitors charged, then wanted to point out some of the details. The capacitors had been placed behind the railgun so that would involve leaning over the rails. So he said “In order to be safe, I need to discharge the capacitors,” and with that, picked up a pair of needlenose pliers and laid them across the contacts.

    There was a sort of ethereal blue globe around the end of the pliers that spot welded some copper to them, accompanied by a loud clap of thunder that brought faculty running from the far end of the hall. Lev’s hair went up like Larry Fine’s and he levitated about a foot off the ground, coming to a landing on his ass.

    I think he had a hard time hearing for a while.

  16. MrJM says:

    Much funnier than I’d anticipated.

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