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Be your own "Time Lord"

Some of you might already know about the Binary Clock I own (photoed left) from ThinkGeek.

"It's easy for any self-respecting geek to figure out how to read this clock in a few minutes. Check out the image on the left. Still don't get it? Then you probably shouldn't buy one, should you? Sure you could wing it and 'approximate' the time based on the position of the sun and act like you can read this clock, but in reality, you should probably buy one of these instead.

Computers use 1s and 0s (on/off switches) to tell the time, now you can too! Get one of these puppies and you are on your way to truly becoming one with the binary...

Each LED binary clock has these features/specs:

* Default mode displays time in 'Powers of Two' binary system
* Dim button on rear allows user to step down LED light output
* Startup option allows user to display time in 'True' binary mode (using the binary coding of 32/16/8/4/2/1)
* Autosensing of AC line frequency for worldwide ease of use."

(Bonus points: Can you tell what times are displayed on the clocks in the photo above? Reply to this posting and I'll let you know if you're right or not!)

There's even now a WRIST WATCH version of the Binary clock!

The "ThinkGeek" store is full of COOL things... Gift certificates are available and my birthday is coming up! (hint, hint!) ThinkGeek gift certificates will please the most demanding geek in your life. They're available in several amounts from $10 all the way up to $150. They're delivered via e-mail and can be used immediately. If not for me, perhaps for some other geek in your life who fixes your unfixable computer at 1:00am -- or provides 24x7 tech support to you... you all know WHO you are!!! ;-)

If the binary clock isn't geeky enough for you, there's now the...

Chronotronix V400 Nixie Clock

Now you can get a blend of classic technology and craftsmanship with the Chronotronix V400 Nixie Clock, using old-fashioned vacuum tubes from the '50s called Nixies, an acronym for a Numerical Indicator eXperimental tube.

Looking like components inside a high-end stereo amplifier, those nixie tubes are poking out for all to see, sitting atop a cherrywood base with a black anodized deck. It's a minimalist statement that still gives you accurate timekeeping to within 3 seconds per week. If you want those tubes to last longer, you can power them down and the clock will still keep accurate time.

This limited-edition Chronotronix V400 Nixie Clock is available now for $385. Follow the link to see some close-ups of those glowing tubes casting their spell.

... I wonder if these power-consuming tubes have an "EnergyStar" sticker of compliance on them?

The original Ryan Brooks’ 6502 Nixie Clock came in a KIT and looked like this:

Watch the LIVE wires when wacking the "snooze" bar in the morning!

This entry features Dandy Warhols - I'm a Scientist as it's song!



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