to my daily update page! What does this mean? This is
the place where I will post things of interest, stuff about science,
the purely entertaining, corsetry, my side projects both past and present,
and any other thing that I feel like sharing. Enjoy!
CCCP Soyuz star child
wishing you in the capitalistic west of Earth a glorious new year!
December 29, 2013
In this short vlog I
go over the basic differences between Nixie tubes and Vacuum Florescent
Displays. These displays often get lumped together but they are very
different, and not to be confused with each other. I also give a
nod to Dave Jones and his special holiday Mailbag where he unboxes the
December 26, 2013
Dave at EEVblog gets
the Saturn V LVDC Board for Xmas!
December 24, 2013
Take A Train Ride
In keeping with my decades
long Late December tradition, I have once again set up my Lionel Train
set and Vintage Plasticville.... And this year it's at FranLab so you're
all invited to take a ride with me through YouTube! Which reminds me...
On the way home from the Gas Station can we stop by the Frosty Bar for
a shake? Please? Pretty please???!
December 22, 2013
A love letter, straight
from my heart - to the beautiful Light Emitting Diode! In this vlog
I go deep into my collection and show some of the very first LEDs ever
made, review them in context of the history of LED's, and also show some
of the coolest and weirdest kinds of LEDs that you'll see around.
December 19, 2013
Moon! On Saturday December 16th
China became the third country to successfully land on the moon with The
Chang´e-3 Lunar Lander, and also successfully deployed the Yutu
(Jade Rabbit) Lunar Rover on Sunday.
December 17, 2013
This week my LVDC
project conclusion got published
on Hackaday. I am pleased with how this all ended, not that I
got to discover everything that I wanted to, but rather that I left enough
mystery to entice other engineers to poke and discover for themselves.
In the next few weeks we should hear more about the LVDC board on tour!
December 16, 2013
The Fran Analog Band
With Buddy Woodward - Polk Salad Annie Once again another analog
construction at FranLab - This time with guest Buddy Woodward! We
lay down live-to-tape a 6-track cover rendition of the classic Tony Joe
White song Polk Salad Annie. Guitar, Short Scale Bass, Drums, Tube
Amps, an all-tube reverb tank, a microphone, a tambourine, and a tape machine.
Video shot live, no play acting. As real as it gets - no tricks -
all live to tape. But don't you worry 'bout that none... any bum
notes and you'll get 'em at half price!
December 15, 2013
The world lost Carl
Sagan 17 years ago this week. Carl was truly my first mentor, even
though we never met. His books spoke to me with truths and the resolution
that I could understand the world - know the world - if I just sought it
out with science. In his last interview Carl speaks about the last
book he published in his lifetime, The Demon Haunted World, which if you
do not own a copy I highly recommend that you should.
December 14, 2013
Another batch of cookies!
FranLab Science -Powered
by Cookies and a Cat.
December 12, 2013
I discovered only today
that New Zealand's longest-running online daily news website, the Aardvark
Daily, had published an article about me and my YouTube
channel in October titled "Girls
who do geek". I am honored to be paired up with the very notable
Jeri Ellsworth for this piece, and I will definitely have to work harder
in the FranLab to earn this new status!
December 9, 2013
In the (final) conclusion
for my part of the LVDC Project I went back to the workbench to find the
best way of depotting these logic devices without destroying them, and
if I could do that successfully then I would try to verify the circuits
inside by comparing them against the available data in several documents
December 7, 2013
You've Got DADGAD!
Renowned Bluegrass musician
Woodward stopped by the studio this week to lay down some tracks at
FranLab (yes it is also a studio!). Here in a quick video Buddy describes
the origins of DADGAD tuning and performs She Moves Through The Fair on
my Granddad's guitar, in the classic arrangement by Davey Graham.
December 4, 2013
Emily Graslie has a
this week on The Brain Scoop about the shortage of STEM channels on
YouTube that are created by or hosted by women, and the sexist flak that
we all get putting science content out there. Everything that Emily
says here is true! And it is indeed a very short list of women's
STEM channels, considering the more than 1 billion viewers per month of
YouTube worldwide. But guess who's little STEM channel made the list!
Could it be..... mine??? Damn straight!