January 14th, 2018

#6068: Stein's;Gate's Divergence Meter

It's essentially a long row of Nixie tubes, and it's probably the coolest anime gadget I've ever seen. It must weigh a ton, though--those Nixie tubes take more power to run than an LCD would, and batteries are heavy.

I only recall seeing Nixie tubes "in the wild", so to speak, once in my life. That was sometime in the mid-1970s when my parents took us to some theme park. I'm not even sure which one it was, though it may have been Opryland USA, because I know it was a place we only visited one time, but that doesn't seem right to me considering that place opened in 1972, which was after Nixie tubes would have been a viable choice for an electronic display.

Anyway, we had lunch, and the cash register display had a luminous display instead of the mechanical ones I was used to seeing. It was an amazing sight. I didn't get to look at it very long, but the image did stick with me.

Trying to do an image search for cash registers with Nixie displays gets me nowhere. I guess they weren't that common, which comes as no surprise to me whatsoever.

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Cold morning, of course--January--and snow predicted for tonight, into tomorrow. $5 says I end up driving to work at 40 MPH tomorrow because Illinois is broke and can't afford proper snow removal. *sigh*

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Well, it's Sunday, and I'm going to go lay down for a little while longer.

#6069: Snowing again

It's been snowing all evening, and we have a couple inches now. It's not heavy snow, that's for sure.

The other day it snowed when I was driving home--Thursday, I think--and it was snowing with a very strong north wind. If it had been snowing hard it would have been a blizzard, but the snow was too light for that. It wasn't even an inch of accumulation.

We're not getting a lot of snow this evening, but I'm still betting the commute to work tomorrow will be a slow one, though.

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Well, we got the Christmas tree out and cleaned up a bit. With the gigantic temptation for kitten mayhem removed, we could open the living room back up and take down the gates. It's now possible to walk through the house again.

We had close to an 8' tree this year, and 400 lights seemed to do very nicely. Still want LEDs.

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Well, I'd better get heading bedward. Monday will not be a slow day like Saturday. It'll be busy. And so I'd better get some sleep.