Monthly Archives: July 2016


This is an amazing video showing the creation of Lichtenberg figures burned into wood. This is very dangerous, if you’re not used to dealing with high voltage. Don’t try this at home.

Lichtenberg Wood Burning


More great links from the AetherCzar Blogroll: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS TO COMMEMORATE 1966 SNIPER ATTACK: 50 years ago on August 1. This will be a memo… July 29, 2016 – Instapundit A Very Old War July 28, 2016 – According to Hoyt [Off Topic] Hsieh Forbes Column: ‘Single Payer’ Healthcare […]

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Wednesday, actor and talk show host, Jerry Doyle, died at age 60. Perhaps best known for his iconic role as Mr. Garibaldi on the epic science fiction show, Babylon 5, Doyle had a colorful and fascinating career. Previously a corporate jet pilot and after a decade as a stockbroker on […]

Goodbye, Mr. Garibaldi


Steven Dufresne at Hackaday has another great piece up on the history of the capacitor, from the spark gap days, to the present. One such practical use was in Marconi’s wireless spark-gap transmitters starting just before 1900 and into the first and second decade. The transmitters built up a high […]

More History of the Capacitor



There’s a new browser in town: Brave. It’s in beta release, so I downloaded it to try it out. The business model is fascinating. Brave pledges to strip malicious or tracking advertisements from the websites you browse and replace them with different ads. Participating websites would get a piece of […]

Brave Browser – Clean, Fast, But Needs Work


The second printing of The Hidden Truth will be released later this week. I corrected a dozen or so typos discovered by my readers (thanks!). The Kindle edition ought to be released later today. If you delete your version and then reload it, you should have the updated second printing. There […]

Hidden Truth Updates



Latest great links from the AetherCzar Blogroll: The Future Of Transistors July 26, 2016 – GeekPress Bungling, Inc.: Yahoo Sold to Verizon July 26, 2016 – The Other McCain The Paradox of Productivity July 25, 2016 – RealClearFuture It Goes By Itself July 25, 2016 – According to Hoyt Clinton […]

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I just had to share this remarkable optical illusion. The video shows real objects that look like square cylinders from one perspective and like circular cylinders from the other. Interested in how it works? Here’s another video revealing the secret of this clever design.

Ambiguous Cylinder Illusion




The Apollo 11 moon landing was a much more dramatic affair than might be inferred from the calmly professional dialogue between the astronauts and Mission Control. Neil Armstrong (1930-2012), piloting the lunar module, Eagle, saw the auto-pilot aiming Eagle toward a boulder-strewn field adjacent to a large crater. “Certainly not […]

Neil Armstrong Narrates: Apollo 11 Moon Landing Video




Another busy week, and more great links from the AetherCzar Blogroll: QUANTUM EFFECTS IN PHOTOSYNTHESIS AND THE SENSE OF SMELL?: Photosynthesis works very well — almost … July 18, 2016 – Instapundit Built to Fail: Is This System Destined to Take Over the Earth? July 18, 2016 – al fin […]

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This morning brings news that 5D Robotics of Carlsbad, California has acquired Huntsville-Alabama based ultrawideband (UWB) pioneer, Time Domain Corporation. Time Domain President, Rachel Reinhardt, writes: 5D has been a long-standing customer of Time Domain. We have worked closely and developed a cultural affinity and mutual respect for one another […]

5D Robotics Acquires UWB Pioneer Time Domain


Some exciting news from Monetary Metals! They’ve teamed with Valaurum – makers of ingenious gold-impregnated certificates that allow you to own and trade small amounts of gold. Monetary Metal has funded a gold-fixed income deal to finance the working inventory of gold needed by Valaurum for their business. Here’s Friday’s […]

Monetary Metals Closes Gold Fixed Income Deal



Steven Dufresne at Hackaday has a great piece up on the history of the capacitor: “The history of capacitors starts in the pioneering days of electricity. I liken it to the pioneering days of aviation when you made your own planes out of wood and canvas and struggled to leap […]

History of the Capacitor




YASIV is a visual recommendation service that helps people find the right product from Amazon’s catalog by examining the connection to related products, as determined by common purchases. A link between the two products means that they are often bought together. By simply observing the network of products one can […]

Amazing Amazon Visualization Tool


The folks at Microwaves101 have been working with Bharath, a student in India, on an interactive Smith chart. They to add it permanently to Microwaves101. The temporary version is here: www.bbk005.net23.net/ Please take a look and post comments on what could be done to make this a more useful tool.

An Interactive Smith Chart



I’m thrilled and honored my readers have compared my science fiction techno-thriller, The Hidden Truth, to the likes of Robert Heinlein, Jerry Pournelle, and Orson Scott Card. Here’s a collection of some recent reviews. And thanks again to Paul Hsieh and Glenn Reynolds for introducing my novel to so many […]

Great Reviews for The Hidden Truth!


The latest highlights from the AetherCzar Blogroll: Still More Shipping Reports July 12, 2016 – The Arts Mechanical Secret Apartments of NY Libraries July 12, 2016 – Geek Press Living Atlas Shrugged in Venezuela July 12, 2016 – Coyote Blog WRONGFANS UNITE! Only a week left to nominate for the […]

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Over the weekend, Drudge linked to this sensational click-bait article from the Daily Mail (click image for link): Can all of storytelling be broken down into six and only six basic classifications? Are there secret story structures that will enhance the success and popularity of an author’s narrative? The answers […]

Are There Only Six Basic Story “Shapes”?


Simon Ramon (1913-2016) died June 27, in Santa Monica, California. The 103-year-old left behind a legacy of RF, intellectual, and business achievement. A pioneer in the development of microwave and radar technology, he was the “R” in TRW, a predecessor of which he co-founded in 1953. Ramo became the architect […]

RF Engineer, Author, and Entrepreneur, Simon Ramo, Dead at 103



In honor of Nikola Tesla’s 160th birthday, yesterday, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) put together some interesting facts about his life. Click through for more!

Happy Birthday, Nikola Tesla!


Hidden deep within the heart of London is a humble facade on St. James’s Square leading to 17 miles of bookshelves distributed through seven conjoined buildings. The London Library was born 175 years ago. One of the world’s largest independent lending libraries, The London Library never throws away any books, […]

Secrets of the London Library