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  1. WizardG

    Please don't do this.......

    https://www.tomshardware.com/news/raspberry-pi-mosquito-laser
  2. WizardG

    Torn

    Trying to make up my mind about something and I thought I'd ask the opinion of the forum. Here's the situation: Linkedin keeps sending me a job recommendation for an engineering position at a rapidly growing laser company that happens to be within driving distance of my home. They've been...
  3. WizardG

    Side clickies have their disadvantages.......

    Well darn. My EDC, (PLP520-B1), has died a thermal death. My wife and I were trying to figure out where the smell of burning paper was coming from on Sunday. I now understand it was from my jacket. My poor laser got stuck on (again) and I had the good (NiZn) batteries in it. Darn near lit...
  4. WizardG

    Sooner or later the banhammer is gonna fall

    Found this in my laserist facebook feed. Don't know if this link will work: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2438121779597324&set=a.204037943005730&type=3&eid=ARA3qmXtPuaLGJeTyXlmuCUoe2uaMPf_xKjUcbCxqDLv-esfXHEdI_rz96lXCDtrU2cU-43bdorZ5vL5
  5. WizardG

    Explorations at the extremes

    But can it light a match......... https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/09/trampoline-mirror-may-push-laser-pulse-through-fabric-of-the-universe/
  6. WizardG

    Another bad idea

    Anybody seen the "Night Hero" binoculars? ( https://www.target.com/p/as-seen-on-tv-atomic-night-hero-binoculars/-/A-53808231 ) I saw these in wally world last night while I was waiting in line at the register and saw the words "night vision laser" on the box so I checked it out wondering...
  7. WizardG

    Sigh, another one.

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/20/health/laser-pointer-eye-hole-study/index.html Why do kids seem to feel the need to stare into a laser pointer? And no one tell the doctor they interviewed for the story that there are now 7+ watt handhelds available, OK? Poor kid.
  8. WizardG

    I'm baaaack

    Well, that was.... interesting. I blew a disk in my neck and I've been off-line for a couple months. It took my right arm away for a few scary weeks but fortunately, this is a common enough problem that 'they' have gotten very good at repairing it. Outpatient surgical clinic right between an...
  9. WizardG

    Finally making a little progress...

    Finally making a little progress on the TEC cooled '07 I've been wanting to put together. The host will be an old bar code scanner gun. @ 12volts in, with the TEC wired in series with the driver input, diode current is @ 3 amps, output power is about 3.5 watts, and the diode is sitting at 12...
  10. WizardG

    Cpf?

    What happened to candlepowerforums? I tried to go there tonight and got 404'd. What's up?
  11. WizardG

    New form of plasma speaker

    Well this is interesting. When the system is refined maybe we can compete with the musical tesla coil guys: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/03/non-lethal-weapon-dod-seeks-to-use-lasers-to-create-shouting-will-o-the-wisp/
  12. WizardG

    Ain't karma a b*tch

    So apparently Fresno is not the place to play 'shine the laser at the helicopter' games....But what pilots have suffered permanent disability due to a laser strike as stated toward the end of the article...
  13. WizardG

    Possibly impossible?

    All the high power blue (and now green) diodes are multi-mode. Would it be possible, even in theory, to use an external cavity to tame one of these diodes and select a single output mode? Even at the cost of 90% of the power obtainable from multi-mode operation I'd like to have a single mode...
  14. WizardG

    Who thought this was a good idea?

    I think I'll wear my laser suit to the party tonight and give out free lasik to everyone: [url=http://www.dhgate.com/product/new-arrived-green-laser-waistcoat-led-clothes/391221551.html#s2-1-1b;searl|3138361506]
  15. WizardG

    Long lasting effects from laser strike (not the kind you think)

    Good discussion in the comments section: A three-second laser strike cost Barry Bowser everything | Ars Technica
  16. WizardG

    Laser 301 soon to be renamed

    With publicity like this: Hard time for man who fired laser pointer at CHP aircraft | Ars Technica I expect toys like the 301s to become a little harder to get. Coming soon to an ebay store near you the All New Laser 3011 pointer. But seriously, idiots like this are gonna make life hard for...
  17. WizardG

    Death of another BDR-209

    So, I was testing the water cooled module I flanged up for my wife's fabric cutter. Driver was @ 600mA as I received it from Jordan. All was well, but in my innate monkey curiosity I thought, "these GaN diodes tend to put out quite a bit more power when they're cold, I'll add some ice to the...
  18. WizardG

    Just Curious

    I just noticed that I've 'graduated' to "class 2 laser" in the line below my username. My thanks to whichever moderator has promoted me! I'm just curious as to what I've done to deserve this honor :thanks:
  19. WizardG

    Remember this guy?

    So, that guy who thought it was good fun to light up a Washington ferry with his high power pointer has been sentenced: Man who shot laser at ferry slapped with $100,000 fine | Ars Technica It wasn't his first laser related offense: Whidbey man charged for pointing high-powered laser at...
  20. WizardG

    Six months this time

    Sigh, maybe we should just have a generic laser strike thread where we can post all of these: ?Dumb? man gets six months for aiming laser at police helicopter | Ars Technica




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