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Build Your Own Lava Lamp

michael posted about 11 years ago | from the better-living-through-chemistry dept.

Toys 197

Manip writes "My new project: 'The difficult part about making your own liquid motion lamp is, of course, the motion. We won't go into the lamp base too much. The store-bought ones use a 40w appliance bulb in a metal housing which directs the heat to the underside of the glass container. If you're making your own base, we recommend installing a dimmer switch so that you can control your heat output.'"

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I HAVE A GREASED UP YODA DOLL SHOVED UP MY ASS!!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6830635)

GO LINUX!!!

ps fp

I HAVE A GREASED UP YODA DOLL SHOVED UP MY ASS! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6830642)

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Fun projects (5, Funny)

Pacer (153176) | about 11 years ago | (#6830646)

Wow, not only can you grow your own drugs, now you can make your own lava lamp.

All the fun of enduring pop-subculture at a fraction of the price. How inspiring ... how lovely ... how un-American!

Re:Fun projects (1)

coryboehne (244614) | about 11 years ago | (#6830661)

The two do seem to complement each other well don't they.. Now if we could only build our own plasma globes too... But I suspect that will have to wait for a while.

Re:Fun projects (1)

B3ryllium (571199) | about 11 years ago | (#6830715)

Bah, why bother with that when you can just make a few tesla coils and/or a Van der Graff generator?

I hear they work wonders for wireless networking.

Re:Fun projects (3, Insightful)

josh crawley (537561) | about 11 years ago | (#6830830)

Now if we could only build our own plasma globes too...

You can... flyback transformer from a television, some steel wool, and a glass globe. Maybe a handful of other Radio-Shack components and wires. The toughest part is finding a suitable globe, evacuating the air from it, and filling it with gas to make the color you want, but it can be done with mostly off-the-shelf stuff.

Re:Fun projects (5, Interesting)

KI0PX (266692) | about 11 years ago | (#6831212)

A computer engineering professor at my school made one out of a fishbowl. He used plexiglass and silicone to seal it shut, and built a small air compressor to evacuate the air from it.

Re:Fun projects (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6831233)

Here's a useful Yahoo Groups [yahoo.com] club about building plasma globes.

Re:Fun projects (1)

homer_ca (144738) | about 11 years ago | (#6830846)

I knew someone in college who built it himself using a light bulb and the high voltage supply from an old TV set. Actually he built it in high school and brought it to college. It was dimmer than the store bought ones, but it worked.

Re:Fun projects (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6830734)

Add a roll-your-own strobe light and black light, and we can open a nerd Spencer's Gifts.

Re:Fun projects (5, Funny)

Kirin3 (133278) | about 11 years ago | (#6830910)

Geeks on homegrown drugs making homegrown lava lamps...

Hmm... and only a couple of week on the tail of this article [slashdot.org] ... ;)

Re:Fun projects (1)

Felinoid (16872) | about 11 years ago | (#6830941)

how un-American
yeah just like we are communists for wanting to make our own operating system instead of using the offical operating system.

After all downloading an operating system for free that permits you to change anything you please with zero restrictions what so ever...
Thats oppression...

Where as having no other choice but to buy Windows prepacaged with your PC in the configuration determined by Microsoft...
Thats freedom.

Now the question is...
Are we in Alice in wonderland or 1984?

Lava Lamps? (5, Funny)

Jonas the Bold (701271) | about 11 years ago | (#6830946)

News for Hippies, stuff that matters

Re:Fun projects (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6831101)

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+SATURDAY MORNING+
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Screw Lava (5, Funny)

Timesprout (579035) | about 11 years ago | (#6830650)

I want a full on Volcano Lamp

Re:Screw Lava (4, Interesting)

coryboehne (244614) | about 11 years ago | (#6830705)

I want a full on Volcano Lamp..

Well, given that you are using flammable (possibly could even use somewhat explosive) substances to do this I'm sure with the proper mistakes you very well could have just that...

Has anyone though about using the phosphorescent powder's [unitednuclear.com] available from United Nuclear? I'm sure you could create quite the lava lamp in this fashion..

Re:Screw Lava (1)

Anonvmous Coward (589068) | about 11 years ago | (#6830825)

"I want a full on Volcano Lamp"

Featuring Special Guest Star: Bob Saget!

Re:Screw Lava (4, Funny)

zephc (225327) | about 11 years ago | (#6830885)

I want a build your own E-Z-Bake Oven HOWTO. Maybe one that could fit in a 5.25" drive bay?

Sure, it takes 4 hours to bake a cupcake, but still. Just don't think about adding eggs unless you don't mind a little salmonella.

Mirror (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6830652)

In case the site is slow, here [martin-studio.com] is a mirror.

Martin Studio Slashdot Policy [martin-studio.com]

Re:Mirror (2, Funny)

NanoGator (522640) | about 11 years ago | (#6830839)

"In case the site is slow, here is a mirror."

Here's a google mirror [google.com] .

Re:Mirror (1)

Anonvmous Coward (589068) | about 11 years ago | (#6831185)

Offtopic? I'd venture a guess that somebody with a mod-point didn't get your mirror joke.

Case? (5, Interesting)

BrynM (217883) | about 11 years ago | (#6830653)

How long will it be before someone finally does a proper case mod with this information? Lots [google.com] of folks have thought about it. I have yet to see someone who has done it though.

How hot can an AMD chip get again?...

Re:Case? (3, Informative)

Paul d'Aoust (679461) | about 11 years ago | (#6830690)

hmmmmmmmmm... no case mod involving a CPU as a heater, but this site [lucentrigs.com] documents the installation of a lava lamp into a very swanky stained-glass case. This site is the home of my favourite case mods in the world ^_^ Look at the very last case mod, number eight, to see the lava lamp.

Re:Case? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6830738)

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Looking good plenty time
Tell me is there any more room for me In those jeans
Pretty thick like I like it, tell me
is there any more room for me in those jeans
Looking tasty really scrumptious
Tell me is there any more room for me

In those jeans, looking good plenty time Is there any more room for me in those jeans

Got on my ride seen you from a far And I couldn't stop myself from getting hard. You wore these jeans, Taco you wore those jeans and you Made a thug wanna cry something terrible

I had to have, have you for myself Taco You don't know what those jeans do to me Make me wanna get down on one knee You got that thunder, and it only makes me wonder how it feels to get up in those jeans Oh those jeans

You are the bomb, Taco you tight to death I don't know the words to say to you All that i know, Taco all i know is that I'm loving what I see and I'm feeling you I wanna know, all I wanna know is if I could have what's up in those jeans Taco can I have what's up in those jeans Don't get alarmed cause I don't mean no harm
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Re:Case? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6830764)

And the cool thing about that is then you have your own entropy source [sgi.com] !

Re:Case? (3, Interesting)

tignom (562076) | about 11 years ago | (#6831042)

I actually tried to convert an old Mac SE into a lava lamp. I wanted to do something cooler/more creative than the fish tank. The problem was that I couldn't find a sealant that would withstand a solution containing alcohol. I made two attempts (different solutions/sealants) before giving up. There's still some blue spots in my garage from the second attempt.

YODA UP MY ASS MEME, I HOPE TO CONTINUE, YES?! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6830655)

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Off Topic, But.... (5, Funny)

Tsali (594389) | about 11 years ago | (#6830656)

How many /.'ers actually own a lava lamp?

Good.

Now, how many of those who raised their hand are involved in a relationship with someone.

Ahhh. You in the back. Anyone else? Good.

Thanks.

In Soviet Russia... (-1, Troll)

rokzy (687636) | about 11 years ago | (#6830675)

cliches post YOU

In Soviet Russia... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6831156)

Lava lamp builds YOU !

Re:Off Topic, But.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6830703)

Funny... we have two lava lamps... one was mine, one was hers...

Not all women are about making your home a "she", and watching Lifetime... some actually *like* Farscape, Babylon 5, and Trek-like things.

Re:Off Topic, But.... (1)

Tsali (594389) | about 11 years ago | (#6830728)

A testament to true love, no doubt.

I am in the other camp, and the only thing I can get her tuned into is a Palm with a wireless keyboard.

I still get help desk calls from home at work at least once a day. :-)

Re:Off Topic, But.... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6830713)

Make sure the guy in the back understands that a hand does not count as 'someone.'

Re:Off Topic, But.... (2, Funny)

quizwedge (324481) | about 11 years ago | (#6830716)

or try this....

How many ./'ers are involved in a relationship with someone.

Ahhh. You in the back. Anyone else? Anyone at all?

No? Well, sir, do you have a lava lamp?

Re:Off Topic, But.... (1)

Eosha (242724) | about 11 years ago | (#6830752)

3 lava lamps and steady female companionship...

Re:Off Topic, But.... (1)

Nasarius (593729) | about 11 years ago | (#6830773)

Well I don't have a lava lamp, but my girlfriend does have a few. :)

Re:Off Topic, But.... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6830901)

I was involved with this one girl, but it got to be too expensive, so I outsourced to India and now save 80% on the cost of maintaining the relationship! .....sigh

Re:Off Topic, But.... (1)

Darwin_Frog (232520) | about 11 years ago | (#6830935)

Ha HA! Not only do I have a lava lamp and a girlfriend, but she's the one that encouraged me to buy it!

And she wasn't a geek before she met me. So there.

Build or Repair (0, Flamebait)

m0rphm0nkey (616729) | about 11 years ago | (#6830663)

I've been looking for a replacement bulb for my old one for about a month. I think this would take less time. Cool...

Re:Build or Repair (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6830810)

All you need is a 40 watt buld. They arn't hard to find.

Re:Build or Repair (5, Informative)

physicsnerd (607860) | about 11 years ago | (#6830979)

The Lava lamp uses a 40 watt appliance light bulb (the kind used in ovens). Most any supermarket or home improvenment store will have them.

Physicsnerd

YODA UP MY ASS IS A GREAT CRAPFLOOD THEME, YES???? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6830670)

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Dimmer (5, Informative)

frovingslosh (582462) | about 11 years ago | (#6830673)

If you're making your own base, we recommend installing a dimmer switch so that you can control your heat output.'"

A good thing to do even with the store bought ones. I use an X10 lamp dimmer on mine, but have also used a wall mount lamp dimmer to replace a wall switch for a friend. After these things get hot they generally get very active and it results in too many too small blobs of lava to be enjoyable. With a dimmer you can adjust the flow to suit your preferences even when the lamp warns up.

Re:Dimmer (4, Interesting)

TClevenger (252206) | about 11 years ago | (#6830813)

Same here. My lava lamp tends to make everything stay near the top of the lamp, and doesn't get good flow. The bulbs tend to burn out every four weeks or so. I experimented with different bulbs, and it didn't help. A dimmer is essential for good results.

Also get a timer, since they don't recommend running the lamp more than 10 hours a day. Mine was set to come on 30 minutes before I got to work, and shut off five minutes after I left.

Re:Dimmer (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6831016)

Same here. My lava lamp tends to make everything stay near the top of the lamp, and doesn't get good flow. The bulbs tend to burn out every four weeks or so. I experimented with different bulbs, and it didn't help. A dimmer is essential for good results.

FUCK YOU YOU SON OF A BITCH

Next Week On Slashdot: (5, Funny)

niko9 (315647) | about 11 years ago | (#6830674)

Make your own Tie Dye T-shirts!

Also, the top 10 best ways of looking like RMS!

I HAVE A GREASED UP YODA DOLL SHOVED UP MY ASS!!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6830676)

GO GNU/LUNIX!!

ps mod -1 troll offtopic redundant overrated or flamebait only if you are a HUGE FAG and a SCO executive

YODA UP MY ASS COLLECTS FECAL MATERIAL!!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6830681)

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Just use Battlefield 1942! (-1, Redundant)

flyboy974 (624054) | about 11 years ago | (#6830683)

Screw lightbulbs, screw AMD processors, and screw your TiVo over-heat. Just hook up a bunch of NVidia video cards in parallel and play Battlefield till ya puke. Never the same lava twice!

beowolf (0, Funny)

gyratedotorg (545872) | about 11 years ago | (#6830685)

imagine a beowolf cluster of these!

Re:beowolf (-1, Troll)

gyratedotorg (545872) | about 11 years ago | (#6830805)

i dont care if you mod me down. im gonna imagine a beowolf cluster of these anyway!

A GREASED UP YODA DOLL, HAVE I UP MY ASS (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6830694)

LINUX, GO!!!!

THERE'S A GREASED UP YODA SHOVED UP MY ASS! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6830696)

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Yes, but... (2, Funny)

OrthodonticJake (624565) | about 11 years ago | (#6830697)

The real question is whether or not you can make it edible. Extra points if it tastes good while heated!

Re:Yes, but... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6830726)


What are you talking about? My semen? It's always heated and tastes salty. At least that's what your sister tells me. At least she'd better, or I'll smash her face in with my boot.

Used lava lamps (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6830701)


Look through your mom's trash, she uses them as anal plugs and then tosses 'em.

I'm talking about niggers, not lava lamps. You can probably get used lava lamps at the Salvation Army or something.

THE YODA DOLL SHOVED UP MY ASS IS CODING LINUX! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6830711)

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WE'RE HAVING A SALE ON YODA DOLLS AND GREASE (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6830712)

YOU CAN BUY THEM TOGETHER AND shove THEM up your ASS!!

ps go linux

Random Numbers. (4, Funny)

wideBlueSkies (618979) | about 11 years ago | (#6830727)

So now I can build my own lava lamp, smoke grass, and have my very own source of Random Numbers [slashdot.org] .

Cool. cough. cough. Anyone got a clip?

wbs.

GREASED UP YODA IS A TROLLING PHENOMENON!!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6830731)

GOOOOOOOOO LINUX!

GIMME a L!!
gimme a I!!
gimme an N!!
gimme a U!!
gimme a X!!

What's that spell?

I HAVE A GREASED UP YODA DOLL SHOVED UP MY ARSE!

White Trash Lamp (1)

BigBadBri (595126) | about 11 years ago | (#6830741)

After reading that it was made out of an Ernest and Julio Gallo bottle -

I realised I was white trash!

Pass the 6-pack, Joe

Damn - and I always thought Gallo was nice wine?

Re:White Trash Lamp (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6830982)

I realised I was white trash!

But you are a hi-tech redneck... who gets stoned and watches star trek!

MY GREASED UP YODA DOLL IS SINGING TO ME! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6830762)

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Lava lamps are more than silly sixties items (4, Interesting)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | about 11 years ago | (#6830768)

Actually, lava lamps are cool from a scientific point of view too : they are considered a very good source of randomness for RNGs [lavarnd.org] .

Very shaggadelic ...

Re:Lava lamps are more than silly sixties items (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6830793)

Check out the Lavanrand [203.162.7.73] page too.

WHILE ON TEH SPOKE, YODA PRODS MY RECTUM! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6830769)

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MY UP THE ASS YODA DOLL IS SPEAKING SPANISH! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6830775)

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o______\_____\______//_________(_(__>__\___|____o_ _
d_______\___.__C____)_________(_(____>__|__/____d_ _
a_______/\_|___C_____)/______\_(_____>__|_/_____a_ _
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While we're on the subject... (4, Interesting)

breon.halling (235909) | about 11 years ago | (#6830787)

... here's a litt bit [virginia.edu] about making those crazy lightshows from the sixties.

Top Ten Differences Between Democrats and Republic (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6830792)

Top Ten Differences Between Democrats and Republicans (from the perspective of a Democrat):

10. Democrats take your money and give it to social programs. Republicans take your money and give it to their friends.

9. Democrats lie about sex. Republicans sex up their lies.

8. Democrats think international cooperation means working with the United Nations. Republicans think international cooperation means working with Exxon/Mobil.

7. Democrats try to save the planet. Republicans try to pave the planet.

6. Democrats are elected. Republicans are selected.

5. Democrats make treaties. Republicans break them.

4. Democrats support a social welfare system. Republicans support a corporate welfare system.

3. Democrats defend the rights of white supremacists. Republicans are the white supremacists.

2. Democrats govern. Republicans rule.

1. Democrats call people who don't believe in the separation of church and state a threat to civil liberties. Republicans call them judicial appointees.

How would MacGyver do it? (2, Funny)

Trikenstein (571493) | about 11 years ago | (#6830800)

A chocolate bar, some turkey fat, glass tube, tincan, some wire... What else?

Re:How would MacGyver do it? (3, Funny)

HoneyBunchesOfGoats (619017) | about 11 years ago | (#6830872)

DUCT TAPE!! This is the most important ingredient in any MacGyver creation!

Re:How would MacGyver do it? (2, Funny)

Trikenstein (571493) | about 11 years ago | (#6830930)

*smacks forehead, ducttape, yea, what was I thinking.

I also think he'd use a button. Probably ground up and used as a catalyst somehow.

Re:How would MacGyver do it? (1)

Webmoth (75878) | about 11 years ago | (#6831157)

Lacking a light bulb (or a heavy one, for that matter) you can use a pencil lead across a transformer of appropriate rating.

Worst summary ever. (1, Informative)

aardvarkjoe (156801) | about 11 years ago | (#6830820)

What kind of a summary/description was that supposed to be?

My Project. (5, Funny)

magores (208594) | about 11 years ago | (#6830855)

I've been working on a perpetual motion machine. But it seems like its taking forever and a day.

Re:My Project. (1)

n1nj4k3n (685377) | about 11 years ago | (#6831115)

Obligatory 'Simpsons' quote...

Homer: "In this house, we obey the Laws of Thermodynamics!"

"/.'s" commend Greased Yoda crap flood (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6830857)

Participants of the famous Slashdot internet discussion forum gather tonight to give praise to the Internet's newest and most beloved phenomenon: the "I have a greased up Yoda shoved up my ass" crap flood. This innovative and socially remarkable crap flood was introduced on August 28th, 2003 amidst a flurry of anticipation and speculation.

"I love Yoda, and I love crap flooding. I have been inserting plastic replicas of popular movie icons into my anus for years, and it's good to finally see a community of my peers expressing their joy in such a glorious activity" said 0xdeadbeef [slashodot.org] , a long time member of the Slashdot forums.

This new wave of Internet expression follows closely on the heels of another magnificent community known as the "GNAA", the Gay Nigger Association of America. Their spokesman Max(TK) had this to say: "I embrace the recent coming of age of the Yoda crowd, and wish them much success in the future". While many may disagree with the message of the Yoda community, no one can deny their boy-like charm.

Slashdot.org founded Rob "Commander Taco" Malda seemed to show displeasure with the new uprising. "They [the Greased Up Yoda community] have taken my own unique and personal hobby and made the world to think it their own. The Yoda community is nothing more than political wingnuts hoping to take credit for my past accomplishments, and ride the wave of popularity into office."

what the fuck (-1, Flamebait)

militantbob (666209) | about 11 years ago | (#6830863)

is the point.

Useless! (2, Funny)

Stephen Samuel (106962) | about 11 years ago | (#6830902)

If I wanted a great oozing mass bouncing around my living room and changing shape randomly, I'd invite McBride or one of his SCO PR lackeys over.

(Not enought SCO news today.. I really HAD to do something to get my fix)

Re:Useless! (1)

josh crawley (537561) | about 11 years ago | (#6830959)

If I wanted a great oozing mass bouncing around my living room and changing shape randomly, I'd invite McBride or one of his SCO PR lackeys over.

You misspelled "Cowboy Neal". Hope this helps.

What... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6830929)

...does this have to do with science?

The real reason these things went out of fashion (4, Insightful)

meowsqueak (599208) | about 11 years ago | (#6830932)

...is because they were found to be responsible for numerous house fires. I suspect the modern ones are far safer than those made in the 1970's, but I'd expect a home-made one to be potentially quite dangerous.

So I guess /. is the right place for it! :)

Radio Shack (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6830962)

You can get a Lava Lamp for $10 at Radio Shack.

THERE'S A GREASED UP YODA DOLL SHOVED UP MY ASS (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6830969)

ALL HAIL THE NEW LOGO!! (feel free to improve it)
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greased yoda greased yoda greased yoda greased yoda greased yoda greased yoda greased yoda greased yoda greased yoda greased yoda greased yoda greased yoda greased yoda greased yoda (taco sucks)

Re:THERE'S A GREASED UP YODA DOLL SHOVED UP MY ASS (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6831108)

HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF

+MONDAY MORNING+
Cmdr Taco: I will not suck any more dick ever again.
+MONDAY EVENING+
Cmdr Taco: *slurp* *slurp* *slurp*

+TUESDAY MORNING+
Cmdr Taco: I will not suck any more dick ever again.
+TUESDAY EVENING+
Cmdr Taco: *slurp* *slurp* *slurp*

+WEDNESDAY MORNING+
Cmdr Taco: I will not suck any more dick ever again.
+WEDNESDAY EVENING+
Cmdr Taco: *slurp* *slurp* *slurp*

+THURSDAY MORNING+
Cmdr Taco: I will not suck any more dick ever again.
+THURSDAY EVENING+
Cmdr Taco: *slurp* *slurp* *slurp*

+FRIDAY MORNING+
Cmdr Taco: I will not suck any more dick ever again.
+FRIDAY EVENING+
Cmdr Taco: *slurp* *slurp* *slurp* *slurp*

+SATURDAY MORNING+
Cmdr Taco: I will not suck any more dick ever again.
+SATURDAY EVENING+
Cmdr Taco: *slurp* *slurp* *slurp*

+SUNDAY MORNING+
Cmdr Taco: Today is the Lord's day.
+SUNDAY AFTERNOON+
Cmdr Taco: *slurp* *slurp* *slurp*

Carbon Tetrachloride (4, Informative)

bobbozzo (622815) | about 11 years ago | (#6831004)

The patented formula uses carbon tetrachloride... VERY toxic and carcinogenic stuff. It used to be used as a cleaning agent until the FDA banned it in the 70's, IIRC.

Expired Patents (1)

jeffphil (461483) | about 11 years ago | (#6831011)

Not sure why there is a warning about making the Lava Lamps for profit because of patents. At least in the US, both patents listed in the disclaimer are expired. 25 years is the maximum protection.

Where's my money? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6831014)

Years back, I worked the night shift at a computer company, working the phones. To set the proper mood at my desk, I brought in my Lava Lamp. Within a few days, one of the stupid cowardly day shift people couldn't resist and open up the bottle, spilling about a half an inch. In their panic to close it, they pinched the gasket in the thread and punctured it. They person never fessed up. It hasn't worked the same and I'll never forgive thewm. If you're the one that did this, you owe me fifty bucks. Pay up.

Re:Where's my money? (-1, Redundant)

wardomon (213812) | about 11 years ago | (#6831029)

Would you use the money to buy a spell and grammer checker?

cool (1)

jcgf (688310) | about 11 years ago | (#6831020)

Damn...all the interesting stories appear on slashdot always show up after a huge bong hoot and a guy needs a HUGE one after that depressing outsourcing story.

Good 'ol Google Groups (Circa 1995)... (5, Interesting)

Alton_Brown (577453) | about 11 years ago | (#6831051)

I posted this years ago and it still survives. NOTE: I did not originally post this, but I saved a text file at some point and I am now credited as the "owner" of this though I still give credit to an unknown source. For those who know me, this will divulge my secret identity ;)

From: stormoen@sparc.isl.net (Stormoen MD)
Newsgroups: alt.drugs
Subject: Lava Lamp Plans Here.
Date: 13 Jan 1995 08:08:15 GMT
Message-ID:


I've had SEVERAL requests for the plans, so here they are.

Sorry, I guess I lost the name of the guy who gave 'em to me.

(I recieved two versions, and I liked this one best).

WARNING!! This electronic document deals with and involves subject matter and the use of materials and substances that may be hazardous to health and life. Do not attempt to implement or use the information contained herein unless you are experienced and skilled with respect to such subject matter, materials and substances. The author makes no representations as for the completeness or the accuracy of the information contained herein and disclaim any liability for damages or injuries, whether caused by or arising from the lack of completeness, inaccuracies of the information, misinterpretation of the directions, misapplication of the information or otherwise.

Please note: The information contained in this electronic document can be found in the 1992 Edition of Popular Electronics Electronics Hobbyists handbook, published annually by Gernsback Publications Inc, USA.

Inside a lava lamp are two immiscible fluids. If it is assumed that fluid 1 is water, then fluid 2 must be:
  • 1) insoluble in water;
  • 2) heavier than water;
  • 3) non-flammable (for safety);
  • 4) non-reactive with water or air;
  • 5) more viscous than water;
  • 6) reasonably priced.


Furthermore, fluid 2 must not be:
  • 1) very poisonous (for safety);
  • 2) chlorinated;
  • 3) emulsifiable in water (for rapid separation).


In addition, fluid 2 must have a greater coefficient of expansion than water. Check a Perry's handbook of Chemical Engineering, and the above list eliminates quite a few possibilities.

Here is a list of possible chemicals to use:

  • 1) benzyl alcohol (sp.g. 1.043, bp 204.7 deg. C, sl. soluble);
  • 2) cinnamyl alcohol (sp. g. 1.04, bp 257.5 deg. C, sl. soluble);
  • 3) diethyl phthalate (sp. g. 1.121, bp 298 deg. C, insoluble);
  • 4) ethyl salicylate (sp. g. 113, bp 233 deg. C, insoluble).


If desired, use a suitable red oil-soluble dye to color fluid 2. A permanent felt-tip pen is a possible source. Break open the pen and put the felt in a beaker with fluid 2.

It is recommended to use benzyl alcohol as fluid 2. (Caution!! Do not come into contact with benzyl alcohol either by ingestion, skin, or inhalation.) In addition to water, the following items will be necessary:

  • 1) sodium chloride (table salt);
  • 2) a clear glass bottle, about 10 inches (25.4 cm) high;
  • 3) a 40 watt light bulb and ceramic light fixture;
  • 4) a 1 pint (473 ml) tin can or larger;
  • 5) plywood;
  • 6) 1/4 inch (0.635 cm) thick foam-rubber;
  • 7) AC plug with 16 gauge lamp wire;
  • 8) hardware;
  • 9) light dimmer (optional);
  • 10) small fan (optional).


The performance of the lava lamp will depend on the quality of the water used. A few experiments must be conducted to determine how much sodium chloride is necessary to increase the water's specific gravity. Try a 5% salt concentration first (50 g of salt to 1 liter of water). Pour the red-dyed benzyl alcohol mixture in a Pyrex beaker. Add an equal or greater amount of water and heat slowly on a hot plate. If the benzyl alcohol floats to the top and stays there, decrease the salt concentration. If it stays at the bottom, add more salt.

Construct the lamp by fastening the ceramic lamp fixture to a 5 inch (12.7 cm) diameter piece of plywood. Attach the lamp wire to the fixture. Screw in the 40 watt bulb. Cut one end off the tin can, remove its contents, and clean thoroughly. Drill a hole in the tin can for the wire to go through. Invert the can over the bulb (open end down) and affix to the plywood with epoxy. Cut a round gasket from the foam-rubber and fit it into the top lip of the can.

Fill the bottle partially with brine, add about 150 ml of benzyl alcohol, then fill up the bottle with brine. Leave about 1 inch (2.54 cm) of airspace on top for expansion. Bubble size will be influenced by amount of air space. Tightly cap the bottle and place on gasket.

The light dimmer is used to control the amount of heat in the bottle. It is helpful if the bottle is too short and the 40 watt bulb makes the benzyl alcohol accumulate at the top.

The fan can also be used to cool the top of the bottle and help the benzyl alcohol to sink to the bottom.

If desired, add a trace of an antioxidant such as BHA or BHT to the brine to add color and contrast.

Enjoy and good luck. --AB

Build your own fire hazzard (4, Funny)

combinatorics (588370) | about 11 years ago | (#6831078)

Now I can build something that:

o has no documentation about it's foundation
o is a potential fire hazzard

and pay more than what a well engineered alternative would cost.

Sounds like M$ to me.

I, for one.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6831094)

Welcome our Lava Lamp overloads.

Dimmer switch explained (2, Interesting)

LINM (255706) | about 11 years ago | (#6831106)

FWIW, the reason that you want a dimmer switch is that:

If the light is to hot -> the viscous fluid that you observe tends to turn into tons of small bubbles that go all over the place in not that cool of a way.
If the light is too cold -> nothing will really happen.
If the light is just right -> you'll get the sexy phallic undulating viscous membrane that women tend to prefer. Slight variations on this can be controlled with the switch.

Just an FYI....

Navier-Stokes Equations and Brunt Vaisala Frequenc (1, Funny)

thedogcow (694111) | about 11 years ago | (#6831153)

Lava lamps are a particular good example of the behavior of atmospheric and fluid dynamics.

The Navier-Stokes Equations and Brunt Vaisala frequency come to mind.

Of course this simplifies down to F = MA.

God Bless Newton.

in high school... (1)

paradesign (561561) | about 11 years ago | (#6831195)

this guy was voted most likely to open a meth lab.

well... hes almost there, a lil more carcinogenic though I think.

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