Homemade taser using an astable oscillator (555 timer circuit), step up transformer, and a couple of voltage multipliers. Runs on a 9V battery. With a bit of tweaking on the cap sizes and a higher ratio transformer, it’ll be able to put out +30,000 V.
I find it helpful at times like these to remind myself that our true enemy is Instinct.
Instinct was our mother when we were an infant species.
Instinct coddled us and kept us safe in those hardscrabble years when we hardened our sticks and cooked our first meals above a meager fire
and started at the shadows that leapt upon the cavern’s walls.
But inseparable from Instinct is its dark twin, Superstition.
Instinct is inextricably bound to unreasoning impulses, and today we clearly see its true nature. Instinct has just become aware of its irrelevance, and like a cornered beast, it will not go down without a bloody fight.
Instinct would inflict a fatal injury on our species.
Instinct creates its own oppressors, and bids us rise up against them.
Instinct tells us that the unknown is a threat, rather than an opportunity.
Instinct slyly and covertly compels us away from change and progress.
Instinct, therefore, must be expunged.
It doesn’t get much better than these hilarious and genius people in a room.
Jim Gaffigan, Sarah Silverman, Eugene Mirman, David Grinspoon
Six hours of southern startrails, centered on the South Celestial Pole, is recorded in this image from Warrumbungle National park of NSW, Australia. Shingo Takei
Although many of us have fantasized about becoming an astronaut when we “grow up”, making rocket ships out of cardboard refrigerator boxes, very few people actually went through with it. But lucky for us common folk, photographer Ben Cooper gives us all a chance to relive our space fantasies. Cooper brings us an insider look at the Flight Decks of the Endeavour, Discovery, and Atlantis space shuttles. The fact that there are people who actually know how to operate all of these switches is pretty phenomenal.
HALF LIFE 3 CONFIRMED, EPISODES 3 and 4 CANCELLED
Gabe Newell has confirmed that Half Life 3 is “well into development” and set for a “late Fall 2014 release”. Whilst confirming what fans have been dreaming about for almost a decade, Newell went on to say that Half Life 2 Episode 3 and 4 had been cancelled in an effort to “focus all resources on making Half Life 3 a success.”