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Arisia [Jan. 18th, 2007|10:34 am]
Doug Ayen
Well, Arisia was fun, but tiring. I had come down with a cold, and so spent far too much time at the con sleeping. Managed to hit a couple of parties on Saturday, though, and it was good seeing some old friends. Even hit a couple of panels.

One of the panels I learned a bit from was on LEDs. Those look both easy and fun. Now, how can you incorporate LEDs into a knife . . .

A friend recommended the book _The Art of Electronics_ as a good textbook to learn how to do some of the things I've been wanting to do with knives and similar, since it's still on my wish-list, I think I'll blow a gift-card and get a copy. Considering what I do for a living, I should probably know more about this sort of thing anyway. And, hey, neat electronic gizmos are cool.

I've thought of gafiating, as for quite a while I wasn't enjoying cons much; I'm thinking now that was mostly just the creeping depression I've been dealing with for several years now. Once I'm able to take paid vacation at the new job I'll probably start hitting more cons. It's good to see old friends, and I should probably look to making some new ones, too.

There are also a couple of knifemaking gatherings coming up; I think I'll check into hittting some of those. Might help serve as inspiration/goad to get back into the workshop on a regular basis.


[User Picture]From: netpositive
2007-01-18 04:17 pm (UTC)
I'm very glad to hear you got a new job and that it sounds like life is hopefully treating you a little better these days. If I don't run into you before then, I do hope at the very least I will see you @ Balticon. *hug*
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[User Picture]From: jennifoot
2007-01-18 04:53 pm (UTC)
here's a quick idea. I am sure something like this already exists, but if it doesn't, make it and give me a "cut" of the profits ;P

Hunting knife with built-in LEDs for the avid hunter that needs to field-dress in the dark

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[User Picture]From: jennifoot
2007-01-18 04:56 pm (UTC)
not bad for ms-paint, hahahahah! I'd do much better if I was at home.
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[User Picture]From: jennifoot
2007-01-18 04:58 pm (UTC)
and not supposed to be working right now..... heh.
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[User Picture]From: ceo
2007-01-18 05:24 pm (UTC)
You were at Arisia? Rats.

(er, rats that I didn't see you, not that you were there.)
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From: n5red
2007-01-18 09:59 pm (UTC)
The ARRL Handbook is also good for electronics. Plus, you should get your amateur radio license.
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[User Picture]From: garnet_rattler
2007-01-19 12:47 am (UTC)
The Art of Electronics might be a little heavy-duty as a beginner text (as well as physically; it's a Large tome). If you'd like to look over a copy before buying, I have one and I'd suspect madbodger does as well (he living much closer to you).

If you wanted to incorporate lighting into the blade, as well as the hilt, you could inlay a plastic light-pipe and send the output of one or more hi-intensity LEDs almost anywhere, even to the very tip. Incorporating them into the hilt, guards or sheath should be fairly simple. For fine work and ~shorter blades (under eight inches from hilt to lighting point), I have fiber lying around that you could use. Thicker and/or longer fibers ought to be findable too.
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[User Picture]From: gfish
2007-01-19 12:37 pm (UTC)
I've been playing with the idea of using electronics in a blade to mimic some classic 'magic sword' feature. Unfortunately, while it's a really fun idea, I haven't been able to come up with anything that would be both practical and interesting. A scabbard that only released for the proper owner (using a fingerprint scanner or rfid tag in a ring, like some gun locks) would be pretty good. I asked people for suggestions in this post and got quite a few comments, if you want to look for inspiration.
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[User Picture]From: blackanvil
2007-01-19 04:29 pm (UTC)

"magic" sword ideas

One idea I've been playing with is the whole "vibro"[knife,sword,axe] idea. One design is to make a blade with an incorporated tuning fork shape, then mount a vibrator motor in the blade to keep the whole thing vibrating. I've picked up a couple of tiny pager-vibrator motors (offset weight style); if I could add an easy-to-use switch, it should work.

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