Almost Scientific and The Uira Engine on Make

You know at events like Maker Faire I’m constantly being interviewed and videoed, and then I totally forget about them. Well this afternoon during a quick lunch break I checked in on Make and while I’m scrolling along eating a chicken drum stick I suddenly relise that I’m looking at a video of myself. Yep, [...]

Maker Faire 2011!

Whew! Maker Faire. My favorite event of the year, but it is exhausting. So much stuff to see, so many awesome people (new and old) to chat with. It was so fantastic meeting so many of you that follow my work on the blog.

Thanks so much to all those who [...]

HOW TO: Build a Rocketship Engine

Last night I had a great time lighting up The Uira Engine at DorkbotSF hosted at The Exploratorium. Here is a brief video that Dorkbot put together with some highlights from my talk and some great video of the engine in action. You can also check out some photos from the night here. [...]

Lightning in a bottle at the Sonoma County Museum


Here’s a video of part of my talk and performance at the Sonoma County Museum. The people who came asked really good questions and were really into it. We had a bunch of scientists and electrical engineers. I think they liked the lightning. There’s more video of other parts of the lecture to come. Not [...]

The Uira Engine – Art and Science lecture at the Sonoma County Museum

It worked! When you try new things on an experimental sculpture, you can’t always test them before the show, so you just have to just do it there and hope for the best. And it was amazing that it worked! I knew we had done our job right when we had a bunch [...]

Mad Science Show at the Sonoma County Museum


Thank’s to all who came to the opening of Mad Science at the Sonoma County Museum.

Below you’ll find photos of the show, a photo shoot and video I did of The Uira Engine installation, as well as a video that is part of the installation, made by Ben Carpenter, of [...]

You’re invited to become a Mad Scientist.

Almost Scientific will be showing The Neuron Chamber and The Uira Engine at the Sonoma County Museum’s upcoming Mad Science show.

The show opens October 30th and runs until February 6th, 2011.

This is going to be an amazing event!

Almost Scientific will be doing a high voltage performance on opening night alongside the legendary [...]

Almost Scientific at Maker Faire May 21, 22 and 23

I think we’ve just recovered from bringing The Neuron Chamber to Maker Faire 2009 and now Maker Faire 2010 is upon us.

We are going to have a lot going on this year. In addition to once again showing new work with the ever awesome Applied Kinetic Arts, we are also going to be putting [...]

The Raygun Gothic Rocketship at NASA for Yuri’s Night (aka The Astronaut Party)

Along with the fantastic Five Ton Crane crew, Almost Scientific just completed another installation of the Raygun Gothic Rocketship at NASA Ames. While setting up our rocket and getting to play with it for a few days is always something special, this time we also got to share it with two amazing groups: [...]

Raygun Gothic Rocketship Relics

While we were building the Raygun Gothic Rocketship I was so busy working that I never had any time to take photos. I never felt bad about it because there were so many great photographers taking shots of it. Well today we had to display the Rocket for some very exciting secrete guests and I [...]

Video Documentary of the Raygun Gothic Rocket — from West Oakland to Black Rock City

This is a documentary of the making of the Raygun Gothic Rocket and its installation at Burningman.

One day when I was working on the rocket, this kid showed up with all this camera gear and lights. He started setting up and taking shots in the middle of the shop while people were working. Not [...]

Thank you!

Thank you all for coming to the show last night at The Exploratorium. I had a great and exhausting time. It was fantastic to see so many friends out in the crowd, and I’m sorry I did not get to talk to any of you for as long as I would have liked.

I’d like [...]

Experiments with Vacuum and Plasma — Advancing The Uira Engine

On Friday the Almost Scientific team documented a series of experiments conducted on the Plasma Tubes of the Uira Engine.

These experiments were largely in preparation for November 5th, 2009, when we will be doing a controlled testing firing of The Uira Engine at The Exploratorium in San Francisco.

The goal of these experiments was [...]

Awsome video of the Uira Engine in action

Wow. This HD video is short, but really captures a bit of the Uira Engine’s high voltage effect. This was shot by Sean Donnelly, the photo/video journalist who followed our work on the Raygun Gothic Rocket. This is just a snippet of a large piece that Sean is working on. He passed it on to [...]

The Raygun Gothic Rocket in Time

Our man David Shulman delivers the straight dope on the RGR in this interview for Time — that “dielectric barrier discharge” he’s talking about is our Uira Engine. This was a really nice short piece and David does a great job :


Turning on the Uira Engine for the first time in The Raygun Gothic Rocket

My pal Gaspo, a valued RGR crew member who helped make the Uira Engine a reality took some video while we were installing it at Burningman:

Oakland Tribune video featuring the crew of the RGR

My friends … my crew.

I come in at around 1:30 mins.