- Author John Steward
- Published April 17, 2014
You’re itching to get away for the Bank Holiday, but there’s still an hour to go. Spend it doing this stuff!
Everyone ready for the long weekend? Get ready for four days of relaxation (or putting those shelves up and cutting the grass) with these Thursday-afternoon minute-munchers…
Musical Tesla coils
In 2007, at Wisconsin’s Lightning on the Lawn Teslathon – which already sounds like the coolest thing ever – Steve Ward and Jeff Larson hooked up two high-power Tesla coils and played the Super Mario Bros theme. As you do. If Thor played the harmonica, this is what it would sound like:
There are no speakers involved here. The two massive coils, placed 18 feet apart, generate 12ft sparks, and the tones are produced by modulating their spark output with a MIDI controller. Simple. The sound is made by the spark itself passing through the air. You’re literally listening to lightning.
It’s loud, too. Up to 110dB – which is about the same as being at a rock gig. Below is a different tune to show you that, complete with echoes from surrounding buildings…
As if that wasn’t cool enough, these Close Encounters-style electricity-chuckers have a great name. Plasma speakers. Yes please.
Just your type
Tired of playing games that give you palpitations and night-time panic attacks? Slow down the pace with Kerntype.
Kerning is something designers do to make the spaces between letters look just-so – and now you can pit your aesthetic abilities against theirs by shifting characters around. It’s surprisingly addictive… and you might even find a new calling.
You’re walking along the road when you come to a fork. Down one is a town in which people always tell the truth. Down the other is one in which everyone tells fibs – all the time. You need to get to the one where they’re truthful.
Luckily there’s a chap standing at the fork, so you decide to ask for directions to Truthsville. Unfortunately there’s no way of knowing which town he’s from. Unless you ask the right question. What is it?
“Which town do you live in?”
If he’s from Liesville, he’ll point to Truthsville. If he’s from Truthsville, he’ll still point to Truthsville. Either way, you get the answer you need without ever needing to know where he’s from.
Happy Easter! Don’t eat too much chocolate…
And if you’re are still a bit bored, head to LG’s site and drool over all their latest TVs and tech… There’s a good 10-minutes of dribbling to be done there…