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One year ago today, Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories went live. Happy birthday to us!

We originally started this blog as a means to help us document and organize our various projects. Since then we’ve seen writeups about our projects on more than two thousand other blogs, and even in a handful of print magazines. We’ve contributed projects to an art show, sparked some interesting collaborations, and built some of the wackiest machines that we ever have. In the course of these projects we somehow found excuses to buy three old HP pen plotters, 2.4×10^4 LEDs, a Macintosh SE, Marshmallow Peeps, and three hundred pounds of sugar.

What will the next year bring? Who knows! But, we’re looking forward to it.
Thanks for reading Evil Mad Scientist!

- Lenore & Windell

 

(Pictured above: An alphanumeric persistence of vision display. Source code, how-to and more photos coming next Wednesday.)

Evil Mad Scientist Forums

Our new forums have been quietly live and gathering dust (and a few posts) for a little while now, so we thought it was about time to announce their presence.

We hope that the forums will be a good place to share information. Got stuck building one of our electronics projects? Want to know where to find parts in your town? Want to tell us what projects you want to see us cover?

Some of the places you can ask and answer those questions are:

Whether you are seeking help on a project, want to beseech us to stop posting articles about peeps (sorry– there’s one more coming this year), or just want to help out your fellow evil mad scientists, please join in!

Make a physics education video and win the Phylm Prize!

“Phylm,” pronounced as “film,” is a portmanteau built out of the words “physics” and “film.” It’s also the name given to a new award, The Phylm Prize, aimed at spurring interest in physics and the educational use of new media. Translation: it’s a YouTube contest for physics geeks!

We’ve been invited to sit on the panel of judges for the contest, and so we’ll be looking forward to seeing the submissions. Videos up to two and a half minutes long featuring physics will be judged on clarity, accuracy, and creativity. This year’s winner will receive a check for $100 (US) to be dispersed in June 2007.

You can watch the video announcement at YouTube or (embedded) here:

We are guessing that many of you, our fine readers, already have an interest in physics and/or new media, so get started already! Let’s see your submissions! And don’t let the word “educational” intimidate you– educational propaganda is a highly appropriate diversion for evil mad scientists! (Besides, you could probably use the cash for your world domination scheme.)

Here’s some info from the rules on what kinds of things the clips can contain:

  • A critique/analysis of the physics presented in a fictional work. For example,
    could the bus in Speed have made “the jump,” or how strong would Spider-Man
    have to be to throw a car that far?
  • An analysis of physics as revealed by the examination of a real-world video clip.
    For example, what forces does a gymnast experience during his routine?
  • An explanation/presentation of some physics concept or theory. For example, what is the conservation of energy?

Submissions are due by 12:00 am (GMT) May 1, 2007. We’ll be waiting.

New option: Read evilmadscientist via E-mail

We’ve just set up syndication through FeedBlitz so that (if you like) you can get new evilmadscientist.com articles by E-mail when they are posted, typically 3-5 times per week.

(Geek translation: It’s a feed reader for people that don’t read feeds.)

To sign up, enter your E-mail address in the box and click the button:



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It’s free of course, but you’ll have to wait for confirmation E-mail to arrive from FeedBlitz, which may take a few hours.

We’ve had some inquiries about project E-mail and/or newsletters, and so we think that this might be another useful tool to keep up with what’s going on here in Evil Mad Science land.

State of the blog: evilmadscientist inches into the technorati 1000

The Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories blog went live on June 21, a little more than six months ago. This week, we broke into the Technorati top 1000. w00t!

We noticed a couple of months ago when Honorary Evil Mad Scientists Laughing Squid first crossed that little line, and we are flattered to be amongst such great company.

As of yesterday, our technorati rank was 992, with over 2100 links from over 1200 blogs. Thanks everyone!

Some of our stories got a lot of attention, particularly the following ones:

Here are some of the other stories that we really liked, even though they didn’t get as much attention:

We’ve also (somehow) become “authoritative” in several subjects. According to technorati we are an authority on cooking, DIY, and craft. What this really means is that not very many folks tag their blogs well for technorati, but hey, we don’t mind being the top authority on electronics.

So, maybe all this popularity and authority means that we really are making the world a better place (one evil mad scientist at a time). Or it could be a sign that our reign of terror is getting off to a great start, Muahahahaaaa! If you think so, (shameless plug ahead) feel free to nominate us for the 2007 Bloggies, perhaps in the new blogs category. But hurry, nominations end on January 10. In the meantime, we’re going to bask in the glow of our rankings and look forward to the next six months.

Thanks again!
– Lenore and Windell

The Evil Mad Science Auxiliary Flickr Group

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We’ve started a flickr group called the “Evil Mad Science Auxiliary,” it’s located at http://www.flickr.com/groups/evilmadscience/.

The purpose of this group is to provide a place to show off your pictures of things that are (at least marginally) related to projects on our blog. Did you build a cylon-o-lantern? Some interesting Lego creations? Some LED Holiday decorations or build one of our kits? Post it in the group and let us see!

The action shot above, by John Mora, shows a homopolar motor that he built. Cool!