The Bug: Steampunk Computer Mouse

The Telecalculograph finally has a suitable mouse!


Though the eccentric Professor William C. Ravenscroft remains stingy on details of his “Telecalculograph“, he has recently allowed photography of the device with which its user controls it. These images, as well as speculation upon their contents follows:


Published in: on April 20, 2007 at 1:04 pm  Comments (86)  

SteamTV Part 1 — first looks at my newest project

My university’s chapter of the IEEE held a “Hacks/Mods/ Gadgets” contest a while ago, in which I entered the Telecalulograph and Vitorio-Nixie Tube. By sort of winning (there were only two other entries), I was awarded the chance to build the project of my choice–with them picking up the tab! I rather quickly realized that this would be the perfect opportunity to construct something that had been nibbling at the back of my mind for some time: a steam-powered Baird Televisor. While many people have built reproduction mechanical TVs, I am (to the best of my knowledge) the first to power it directly with a steam engine. I am beginning to see that there is good reason for this, but I am determined!

The project is in it’s infancy now (hence the “Part 1”), so there isn’t a whole lot to see yet. The physical framework and most of the basic components are built and functioning on their own, but the is an incredible amount of work to be done before the thing actually does anything interesting. I will be posting updates as I go along, so stay tuned! Photos and descriptions of what I have so far are after the jump:


Published in: on April 7, 2007 at 6:17 pm  Comments (20)  

Source for the Mysterious Pen Found!


This photo is sort of troubling. Who is this “Craig” that this small child is writing to? Where is he supposed to be taking her?


Possible kidnapping aside, the industrious Flickr member “Allwell.geo” has succeeded where I have failed: finding a source for the pen I used in the Victorio-Nixie Tube. It’s not quite as cheep as I’d like, but hey–better than nothin’, eh? Anyway, click on the above picture to be whisked away to said cyber-store.

Want something cheaper? Well, let me direct your attention to my most favorite catalog in the whole wide world: American Science and Surplus. Among their vast plethora of geekish goodies, they have this. It won’t be much good for an exact replica, but what fun would that be anyway?

Published in: on February 14, 2007 at 9:52 pm  Comments (5)  

The Star Amateur Electrician: Scans of a Wonderful Book


This is, incidentally, exactly how I dress when I tinker…

Click here to read the whole book!


Published in: on February 10, 2007 at 3:27 am  Comments (10)  

Brass Tracks

Feel free to groan at the name 😀


Slowly, powerfully, and with a certain indefinable confidence, the gleaming behemoth rolled towards the iron-clad fortress. 30 paces from the pitted wall, a great billow of steam burst forth and the elegant beast slowed to a halt. The unmistakable sound of massive, meshing cogs emanated from the monster’s head as the cannon lowered into place. A thunderous explosion rocked the ground and a barely visible blur shot out from the barrel. In an instant, a second blast was heard as the volatile capsule met its mark.


Published in: on February 4, 2007 at 5:03 pm  Comments (2)  

R/C Tank De-Weaponization

Climbing over dangerous terrain! Ok, it’s a USB card…

Published in: on February 3, 2007 at 10:09 pm  Comments (4)  

Bluetooth PDA Gamepad Hack Ver. 1

Ahh, my first web-published project…


Published in: on January 30, 2007 at 4:33 pm  Comments (3)  

My DIY Photography Gear

Poor Equipment with Good Results


This is the setup I used to photograph my Victorio-Nixie Tube project. This was the first time I used my cardboard-and-paper light box, and I was pretty happy with the results. (more…)

Published in: on January 30, 2007 at 4:12 pm  Comments (2)  

The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello–Trailer

Want to know what my definition of “steampunk” is? The following trailer is about 95% accurate to that (needs more goggles).

Brought to my attention via: Brass Goggles

Published in: on January 30, 2007 at 1:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

The VictorioNixie Tube

Electro-chemical and electro-mechanical apparatus for the display of illuminated messages”


This device was invented, designed, and built by the eccentric and reclusive Dr. Charles D. Ronalli in the late eight-teen hundreds. Click on the following links to see Dr. Ronalli’s original patent drawings and descriptions!

Victorio-Nixie Patent Diagrams

Victorio-Nixie Patent Description

Victorio-Nixie Patent Description (alternate download location)

Published in: on January 27, 2007 at 9:24 pm  Comments (4)