By Rob Beschizza at 7:52 pm Sat, May 17, 2008
Whole worlds in cracks of light.
The Microwaved CD [Wacky Archives via MAKE]
This is very cool. It reminds me of SOHO satellite images of the sun taken at weird wavelengths. Nevertheless, I want video.
Microwave Grape Plasma
Generating plasmoid in household microwave oven
Smelting in a Domestic Microwave
And remember kids, running a microwave “dry” causes extra wear and tear on the emitter because all the engery is refected straight back at it. Put a mug of water in the back corner so that you have some moisture in the cooking chamber to absorb some of the microwaves.
i love how it’s an old AOL disk.
I did this, literally, 20 years ago.
Thanks Columbia House.
Hmm: Budget for next Flickr! video set:
1) 1 Genuine Vista media disk.
2) 1 Used microwave oven modified to work with door removed, and can be started by remote control.
3) Some microwave proof fibre optic cable so I can fill the chamber with pretty colours from various angles without putting any of my good lights in it.
4) A tempered glass shield for my camera(s).
5) Disposable interior panels so I don’t have to waste time cleaning the oven between takes.
6) Nose plugs and a fire extinguisher.
Two things I need to know:
How far away do I and my cameras need to be from a 1000W microwave oven running with the door open, and still have a reasonable expectation of umm “functioning” during the shoot and in the future? I am hoping that the inverse squared law will be my friend.
What other neat stuff can I film / destroy with this rig? I’m thinking American Idol CD’s, Catwoman and/or Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed DVDs, iPods, Zunes and wire-rim sunglasses. If I am feeling ambitious, building little flammable dioramas…
Perhaps I should just check:
http://www.willitblend.com or YouTube
Yeah, we did this 20+ years ago, too. Not as devastating as the egg, though.
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