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LightWriter Clock: Resurrected?

The original idea for the LightWriter Clock was to play with the ephemeral nature of time – in that each specific measurement of its passing quickly fades into the past. In a very literal way, this clock writes out digits of the time onto a phosphorescent media which then slowly fade away.

Here’s the latest and long awaited update of the LightWriter Clock project, and yes, I did paint the body a lurid shade of lime! (Why, because I can! or at least had a can?)

The final design is covered with a sheet of clear acrylic, the bottom section of which is painted with several coats of a phosphorescent spray paint. Every 3 minutes, the LightWriter bursts into life articulating the two arms to write out, using a UV laser, the four digits of the time, in 24 hour format, onto the phosphorescent coating.

LightWriter Clock

LightWriter Clock

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Catching up….

I haven’t posted very much recently as we’ve been preparing the cottage for winter. Along with the draining of the irrigation system, bringing in the docks, stowing the boats, it also involved some woodworking: sawing, splitting and stacking nearly 16 cords of wood! (For those unfamiliar with wood “parlance”, a “face cord” is wood cut to 16-18″ wide in a stack 4′ high and 8′ long).

Delivery of wood

Delivery of wood: 60 logs, 15′ long with an average diameter of 11″

Sawn, split and stacked

Sawn, split and stacked wood…. about 17 cords overall to start burning next winter

However, electronics was not forgotten… I have just received some goodies from China that include:

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