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  • Michael Krakovskiy 10:31 am on December 1, 2005 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Nikola, Nikola Tesla, Pigeon, , , , , , Washer,   

    The Pigeon Washer 

    I ducked into the Hidden Starbucks to get a sandwich and a Venti Quad Iced Latte for lunch, then sat down outside on the parapet of the weird little plaza to eat. There were a few salariemen and women sitting on the curb, eating, drinking coffee and smoking. But once I got up to return to my cubicle, I noticed something very strange. See, there was this woman sitting on the parapet, and she had a blue plastic bucket with soapy water and a washcloth. In her hand she held a particularly gnarly sick pigeon. She was giving the pigeon a bath. Unless she’s washing the poor bird for food (hey, you never know), Nikola Tesla, who lived and worked close by would have approved.

     
  • Michael Krakovskiy 12:39 pm on March 12, 2004 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Candy apple, , , , Hard Candy, Isle Of Coney Wow, , Nikola Tesla, , Philips' Candy Store, Photonics, Tesla's Wardenclyffe building, ,   

    The Mystical Isle Of Coney 

    Wow, I haven’t been to Coney Island in years. Holy crap, just look, look what’s happening there!

    The terminal is disassembled, Philips’ Candy Store is gone.

    I probably purchased my first candy apple and salt water taffy in America there with hard earned money. I used to pass them by every day when I worked at Nathans. And now I don’t even have a photo of my own to remember it.

    Well, on the other hand the new terminal looks pretty cool.

    It reminds me of Tesla’s Wardenclyffe building.

     
  • Michael Krakovskiy 10:29 am on March 24, 2003 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , cool wireless charging solution, Electric power distribution, Electromagnetic compatibility, Energy development, idea bout billboards beaming advertising, Mobile computers, Nikola Tesla, , , power devices, , , , , Wireless, , wireless power transmission   

    More of Deadprogrammer’s Aspirations 

    I want to become rich in one of the most honorable ways possible – by inventing something. The first step that I took in that direction some time ago is writing down ideas into a notebook.

    The notebooks is kind of special. It’s an NYPD style memo binder that I bought from DeSantis. Interesting to note that the NYPD binder is 4×8, but regular one is just 4×6. It took me a while to find correct paper that would fit the notebook, but I found out that the reporter’s notebook available in all stationary stores fits. I just had to remove the wire spiral. You know, the most amazing thing about this notebook is that cops manage to stuff it into the back pocket of their pants. I thought about buying some uniform pants (they look like dark dress casual pants, but are probably very comfortable and durable) but it turns out that you can’t buy them without a cop’s id.

    But I digress. Inventing. Right. Well, sometimes I stumble upon companies that are already doing what I was thinking about. Maybe some of my ideas are actually not without merit.

    I had an idea bout billboards beaming advertising to PDAs. I made a note in my log about making a cheap beaming module that could be used in subway ads. A blinking light would attract one’s attention, and if the passenger would point a palm pilot towards the ad, a coupon would be beamed down. I did a bit of searching, and it didn’t seem that any company was doing that at the time. That was a few years back, when I got my Palm III. The first company to actually do this (I think, I am not sure though) was Streetbeam. Today there are many more companies that make beaming booths, beaming nodes, etc. Wide Ray is just one of them.

    Later I was thinking a lot about wireless power transmission after reading a book about Tesla. Tesla had his lab illuminated by wirelessly powered fluorescent lights. Why not power devices that don’t need that much juice, like cell phones and PDAs wirelessly, I thought? I was also thinking about magnetic fields in trains. Could it be possible to recharge a Palm Pilot or a cell phone from an induced current somehow? My hate of wall warts (12 volt transformers) is also well known. I was thinking for a while about a system of modules that would allow using one power cable to charge multiple devices. The system would involve a modular “multicradle” that would allow to store all devices needing powering neatly on the desk. This Friday I’ve read about a British startup that is going to produce a very cool wireless charging solution. That is going to be so cool.

     
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