[TCML] was JavaTC Tuning Suggestion now a question
Sfxneon at aol.com
Sfxneon at aol.com
Mon Jul 7 20:24:34 MDT 2008
In a message dated 7/7/2008 6:53:17 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
_bunnikillr at cox.net_ (mailto:bunnikillr at cox.net) writes:
<< David brought up a reason why we do coiling in 1 aspect...
My question is...
how many of us ( as coilers who enjoy the streamer effect) really enjoy
the type of fireworks that are predominately hi altitude type displays???
I wonder if the visual experience ( gratification) we get from
coiling is the same as firework displays, is there a correlation??
Scot D >>
For me, the fascination with big electricity is many sided.
Lightning is probably the most fascinating natural phenomena I know of, but
it's much too brief and much too deadly to get a good close look at. However,
with a Tesla coil you can experience the same effect relatively close up and
for as long as you wish. Okay, it's still dangerous, but that just adds to
The branching pattern that lightning and streamers take can be seen in many
other natural occurrences too, like branches and roots, veins and arteries,
river deltas etc. Lightning is looking for a path to ground and plants are
looking for sunshine and water, which leads to exploring as many possibilities
as they can by branching out. It seems the old saying is true, that nature
abhors a straight line.
A TC produces the same branching pattern in a constantly changing, almost
living form. Long arcs seem almost alive and constantly searching for something
to strike, and that's pretty awesome to watch up close, especially when
you've built the machine that does that. Kinda makes you feel like yelling "IT'S
ALIVE! IT'S ALIVE!"
Plasma is also fascinating, producing illumination and temperatures in the
thousands of degrees. Just to see the air light up in front of you with streaks
of superheated gases, free of any tube or bulb, is pretty cool too. I
suppose it does provoke the same feeling as watching fireworks because they both
bring out the kid in most of us that likes to make noise, light, smoke, and
blow stuff up.
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