Illustration Friday: Electricity
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This little steampunk fellow seems to have discovered a new power source along the cobblestone road, and he's quite happy about it. He started out as a sketch at the bottom of directions Jen had scribbled down:
Converting sketches to 3d is fun. I tried adding a few more details, like some hoses and an access hatch, but it just didn't look right. Being an electrician I decided to do something educational as well. If you ever wondered just how two (or more) switches can control one light, here's a 3-way switch diagram:
(To add more, you would need to put 4-way switches in between the travelers. I was going to draw one, but I didn't want to get too complicated.) Right now, the light is on. Change either one of the switches (pivoting from the center dot) and the light goes off. Change either one again, and it goes on. Ingenious, no?
What am I doing up at this ungodly hour, I hear you cry. I have some miserable chest congestion that I can't get rid of and I can't sleep. I've taken all kinds of expectorants to no avail, including something ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING called "Buckley's Chest Congestion Mixture." Not only is this the most foul thing I have ever tasted, I'm still sputtering and hacking and nothing's coming up. Thanks a lot, Buckley. With all the noise I'm making, my neighbors are probably taking measures to have me condemned.
In other news, after two years, Disco Daleks has been yanked by YouTube for it's use of the YMCA song. Sigh. From what I've been reading online, such use technically does fall under those murky waters called "fair use." However, YouTube is not going to get sued on my account, so I'll just let it go. Mabye I'll put some generic synthesizer disco music to it and re-post, but I doubt it; it just wouldn't be the same.