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#122205 - 10/05/05 04:29 PM OT:Need a Time Machine?
Trumpy Offline

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Registered: 07/05/02
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Guys,
I happened to be surfing a local auction site here in NZ, when this came up:



In the sellers notes was this:
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Unfinished project.
Started making a machine to facillitate time travel, unfortunately I just don't have the time to complete it.

Have had mixed results, so no guarantees.

Would suit DIY handyman with quantum physics background or similar intersest.

No time wasters please !

Would consider swap for anti-gravity machine.


And would you believe that there are people here that wanted to buy it!!!.

Besides, I thought you actually had to be inside the thing to facilitate time travel.

{Message edited to fix up typo's}



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#122206 - 10/06/05 01:08 AM Re: OT:Need a Time Machine?
Big Jim Offline
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Registered: 07/18/03
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Hey! I built that thing in 1995 but accidentally sent it forward in time.

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#122207 - 10/06/05 06:27 PM Re: OT:Need a Time Machine?
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Registered: 01/22/05
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Trumpy, you're not as far off-topic as you might think.

Nearly a dacade ago, a amn called an all night radio show (known for entertaining 'unusual' topics), claiming to have built a time machine.
He had stolen step-down transformers from the power company, and hooked them up in such a manner that a high-voltage arc passed across his front porch. This was his "time machine."

The host- who is quite knowlegeable in things electric- timidly asked him if he had tried the machine. The man replied that, while he personally had not, he had 'tested' it by tossing some loose coins into the arc- where they disappeared in a blinding flash of light. He went on to explain that he was still waiting for the coins to re-appear, so that he could "calibrate" the device!

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#122208 - 10/06/05 08:40 PM Re: OT:Need a Time Machine?
trollog Offline
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Registered: 10/02/04
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Loc: San Diego California USA
Haha I remeber that show.. has it been 10 years already?!? Great entertainment, ol Mr Bell is..

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#122209 - 10/06/05 08:42 PM Re: OT:Need a Time Machine?
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anyone remeber the "antichrist line" show, or the night he was "ba-ba-boo-ied" on air?

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#122210 - 10/06/05 10:11 PM Re: OT:Need a Time Machine?
Tesla Offline
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Registered: 06/16/04
Posts: 1280
Loc: Sacramento, CA
Sure...

It's easy to mock genius...

A credit card swiping machine, digital disc drive, telephones...

When integrated properly, anything is possible.

Say credit fraud?

You smirk... but trust me that'll get you time.
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#122211 - 10/07/05 12:39 AM Re: OT:Need a Time Machine?
Alan Belson Offline
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Registered: 03/23/05
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Loc: Mayenne N. France
A time machine? In theory it's possible to fast-forward into the future. All you need is a spaceship capable of sustained acceleration. Accelerate at 1 'G' for six months, ( nice and comfy on board, no weighlessness! ) and you'll be approaching the speed of light. Time on board will be slower than time on earth. Now de-accelerate at 1 'G' back to earth, and hey presto! -depending on the conditions of flight you would be sometime in the future. 2000 years? 20,000 years? JHC! - 200 million years? Social problem: All your folks and friends are long dead, you have no assets and you can't come back. Also, Einstein postulated dimensional changes so there's a good chance you would be slightly flat and thus slightly dead.
OK, try another tack. We climb into a freezer and with the help of 'medical science' manage to 'hibernate' for a couple of generations.
Wow, that'd be great, wouldn't it? You come back to a brave new world, with no assets, no family, no usable knowledge and frostbite. Nah, I think I'll stay now and take it one (sidereal) day at a time!

Alan

PS Just had a thought of a systems failure on the return leg. Bloody FPE panels!!! Ship hits Earth at 300,000,000 miles an hour and drills a hole from Hudson Bay to New Zealand!

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#122212 - 10/07/05 04:28 AM Re: OT:Need a Time Machine?
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LOL!

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In theory it's possible to fast-forward into the future.


Yeah, but looking at the way the world seems to be headed at the moment, I'd much rather go backward in time.

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#122213 - 10/07/05 09:57 AM Re: OT:Need a Time Machine?
Alan Belson Offline
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Nostalgia isn't what it used to be Paul! But...I might bump into 'Big Lou' down our alley, and I still owe him ten bob* from a 3-card brag game in 1955!
* '10 bob' was 50 'new' pence, or about US 1 dollar. You could go out with that, go to the cinema, get completely squiffy later on a few jars down the rub-a-dub-dub, smoke twenty snout, buy a fish and chips supper, wend an unsteady-route home via the duckpond and wake the entire household when you dropped the change all over your bedroom floor at 2am! What's happened to our money? Time was if you had 5 shillings in coppers in your trousers pocket you had a job staying upright!
Mrs B. says; "I've told you a million times to stop exaggerating!"

Alan





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#122214 - 10/07/05 08:27 PM Re: OT:Need a Time Machine?
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Alan:

You sir are a comic genius!!Thanks for the laugh, after the past few days I've needed a good one!!

Cheers,

Tony
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