Assembling a Nixie Tube Clock Kit

If you’ve seen Nixie tubes on videos (or in the GIF above) they look incredible in video, and should be even more interesting in person. After receiving one of these clocks as a Christmas gift, I decided to document the assembly process, partially because the video of it in action just looked so cool!

On the other hand, most of the stuff I make is a unique creation of my own, so hopefully my subscribers will enjoy the build nonetheless. I did modify it to hang on the wall at the end of the video, so there is that.

Also, I should note that I do write blog articles for Tindie, but was not asked or paid to promote this product. I just really love how it looks! Also, I filmed everything in 4K and cut it down as needed, rather than the 1080P I’d been filming at before. Hopefully you notice the difference.

2017 Project Failures Compilation Video

While I rarely publish projects that just don’t work out, I thought doing a compilation of my 2017 failures would make an interesting video. And I made a fire out of some of them, which I thought was a cool visual effect. Enjoy basking in the literal glow of my failures:

As for whether or not I was generally successful this year, be sure to check out my 2018 goals and 2017 results post!

2018 Goals and 2017 Results

Yet another year has passed, and looking at last year’s post, the photo has been changed slightly, making one area duller, and adding text as my YouTube page art. This will be my first full year as a content creator/freelance engineer/tech reporter, so I have nothing propping me up or holding me back—besides the support of my family, friends, readers/viewers, and employers. So I certainly do have support, but not from a single corporation as my primary employer.

All that being said, let’s see how I did on my 2017 Goals:

2017 Results:

  • Increase Business Revenue by 40%: So as not to put this out there too much, I’ll leave this as a mystery to the reader. The goal was more for myself than anything.
  • Finish an Awesome Upcoming Project: I did that, and you can see the story of the ClearWalker Strandbeest in this YouTube playlist. While It never walked that well, it did end up getting thousands of views on YouTube, and is slated to be shown on the Daily Planet TV show, on Discovery Canada. I’d call that a success!
  • Write for 1 New Customer: I did this, per a nice referral. I otherwise stayed quite busy.
  • Expand YouTube Channel: I have expanded the channel, and subscriber count sat at 1301 on December 31st (Thanks!), which is an increase of 587 subscribers, or 82%. While good, it still doesn’t match my goal of 1500 that I set last year. On the other hand, as seen in the chart below, my subscriber numbers seem to be accelerating year over year, so perhaps 2018 will bring more notoriety.
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