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In part two of our supervillain episode, we look into how one might create a disintegration ray, death ray or trigger an earthquake. Overall I think we came up with a few promising ideas, and quite a bit more ideas that would be left on the drawing room floor.

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Disintegration and Death Rays

Dark Matter Gun (0:50)
-The definition of disintegrate
-When I mentioned that I thought they had dark matter at CERN, I was confusing it for antimatter. Hopefully you can understand my confusion as I was trying to remember an interview from 2009 (skip to 4:38 for more information)
-Some truths about dark matter
-To my knowledge, dark matter remains undetected
-The Make project for detecting cosmic rays, and a cool video about it

Laser Weapon (7:50)
-Petawatt laser
-Mr Fusion machine
-A super laser to pull apart the vacuum of space
-Doc Oc’s arms

Acid Gun (16:00)
-Thanks wonderhowto for being the only site online that shows people how to make acid weapons (please don’t make these)
-The closest thing I could find to acid guns are from video games

X-Ray Cannon (17:05)
-kkk works to create a mobile death ray (video for those outside of the US)

Sonic Weapons (22:20)
-Popsci write an article on the feasibility of exploding a head with a sonic weapon (spoilers: it’s not easy)
-There are current technologies like LRAD that produce painful sound (video)
There is also lithotripsy, which breaks up kidney stones with sound waves (while it takes hours to work, it demonstrates it is possible to explode things inside someone with sound waves)
-Tesla’s oscillator, in case you want to build your own earthquake machine

Triggering Earthquakes

Earthquakes (29:35)
-My man made Tsunami machine (created for an art class)
-There are many articles that go into how to create earthquakes

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Today starts a new update schedule for our podcast, and our four part talk on supervillians. The new schedule with be three days a week, but with much shorter episodes. We were asked a question about supervillian weapons and we went a bit far, so we had to split things up into four parts.

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-Well, let me strongly discourage anyone from doing a google image search on retinal detachment, and just provide you with two useful links I managed to find.
-Jake had a detached retina, not to be confused with eye proptosis (what happens mainly to short nosed dogs)
-This is how I thought the eye focused light (on the retina), and this is what Jake was explaining (note the vertebrate example, with the pupil).
-In eye’s you have rods and cones and there’re all roughly in the same area. Rods are used for light and cones are used for color.
-A quick introduction to color blindness, and while I can’t find a good picture describing how the red and green cones being so close in sensitivity might help cause color blindness, this article does explain it a bit.
-There just happens to a be a youtube channel I subscribe to that tackles the tough questions of “What do blind people see?“ looking over the spectrum of different forms of blindness we can understand that what they see is much more complicated then just void or blackness
-The possible culprit of Jake’s detached retina and where he should go instead next time

-Wow…I can’t believe I kept talking over Jake when he said metropolis…I feel so stupid right now.

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While Jake took some needed leave this week, I had the privilege of sitting down and chatting with Mike Warren, also known as Mikeasaurus or Michaelsaurus around the web. Mike’s exploits and amazing ability to constantly come up with new and usually crazy projects and ideas, makes him one of the few people I look to for advice on projects I’m working on or thinking about. Obviously a listener of the show, Mike knows of my inability to do (or Jakes ban on) proper introductions, and sets us off on a tone I’m sure would make Jake proud.

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-You can find Mikeasaurus on Instructables, YouTube, and his own website
-Jake was busy this week
-Mike couldn’t remember a name for a quote about stealing, he was talking about the book Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon (There also happens to be a Ted talk about that book if you don’t want to run out and buy it)
-Mike also pointed me toward this quote on the topic of stealing
-Until Mike gets his resin coating insects instructables published, you’ll have to deal with a few instructionals I found online.
-The Pepper Grinder Gun
-Unpublishedables, a wayside for abandoned projects that also happens to be a bastion of useful information

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I asked all of these questions to people during set up hours, the day prior (and hours before) Maker Faire Vancouver opened. Having helped set up quite a few Maker Faires in San Mateo and Austin Texas, I know how stressful of a time it can be for the quardinating staff, and the exhibitors setting up. One of my main goals with my questions was to keep them short, mostly consise and to the point. I could go in, ask five rapid fire questions and they could spend as long or short a time as they wanted answering. Some peoples interview was well under two minutes, including my sales pitch and having a quick introductary chat about who we both were and what they did as a maker. Other people liked to talk, and some sessions went well over ten minutes.

Whether they had a lot to say on a topic, or were very brief, all of the answers I received were incredibly helpful. Having such a limited time though, I knew that I’d forget to ask a lot of very important questions. So to that end, as any good researcher might tell you, I added a catch all question at the end of the interview, and before I asked it, prefaced it by telling them it was the last question. This way, they knew kind of what sort of information I was looking for, and could infer other advice that may not have been relevant in previous questions.

Check out the Instructables forum post for this video as well!

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Everyone who talked to me was absolutely amazing, and I therefore want to show them some love. If you get a second, or liked any of the makers, please follow the links below and check out their websites.

Sharon Burrows
Andrew Milne
Andrea Hooge & Jackie Klobucar
John Biehler
Sarah Watson & Justine Tan
Karl Brown
Vlad Lavrovsky
Dan Royer
Sophia & Gwyn
Shawn Mavronicolas
Marie Kerns
Dan DeGagne
Matthew Ebisu & Mike Warren
Sandy Buck
Elsie Sands & Amy Dame
Vincent Van Haaff
Heike Kapp
Colin Johnson
Professor Whovianart
Dave DeGobbi
Sukhdip Basra
Beata Kacy
Jim Anderson
Barbara & Site 2
Melissa Tan
Dethe Elza
Rick Havlak
Daniel Hall
Philip Be’er
Oliver Harwood
Larissa Blokhuis
Zee Kesler & Site 2
Bob Buxton
Bill Henning
Michelle La Haye
Geoffrey Vincent
Ron Simmer
Arne Olafson
Tomoe Yoshihara

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This question was asked as multiple variations on a question that continues to stump me. “What’s a maker?” “What exactly do you do?” “So how would you sum up what you do, so I can tell my friend?” Since I don’t really tend to work at ‘normal’ jobs, and most of what I do tends to involve having fun, people get confused at how I can make a living doing it.

Jake and I tried to cover this question ourselves in a previous podcast, but as a question, I think it’s one that stumps makers the world over, and it really shouldn’t. Personally, “I make things” and if that can’t process in your mind as a job, then you need to widen your concept of what a job can be.

Make sure you check out this forum topic over on Instructables to see what other people answered!

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Everyone who talked to me was absolutely amazing, and I therefore want to show them some love. If you get a second, or liked any of the makers, please follow the links below and check out their websites.

Sharon Burrows
Andrew Milne
Andrea Hooge & Jackie Klobucar
John Biehler
Sarah Watson & Justine Tan
Karl Brown
Vlad Lavrovsky
Dan Royer
Sophia & Gwyn
Shawn Mavronicolas
Marie Kerns
Dan DeGagne
Matthew Ebisu & Mike Warren
Sandy Buck
Elsie Sands & Amy Dame
Vincent Van Haaff
Heike Kapp
Colin Johnson
Professor Whovianart
Dave DeGobbi
Sukhdip Basra
Beata Kacy
Jim Anderson
Barbara & Site 2
Melissa Tan
Dethe Elza
Rick Havlak
Daniel Hall
Philip Be’er
Oliver Harwood
Larissa Blokhuis
Zee Kesler & Site 2
Bob Buxton
Bill Henning
Michelle La Haye
Geoffrey Vincent
Ron Simmer
Arne Olafson
Tomoe Yoshihara

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