Day 481: zap

Day 481:

Learned the hard way to not work with the red rock near my other stuff. Dropped a hammer on it accidentally, got my arm royally zapped. Not feeling well, hoping I haven’t fried my heart. Think I’m taking the rest of the day off to sleep.

Day 480: Big sparks

Day 480:

It looks like those sparks can pack quite a punch. Instead of just setting a chunk of iron near the spark, this time I punched a hole in the middle of an ingot so that it could spin like a propeller, and then set it down near the spark.

A single spark on a reasonably small amount of red rock spun that heavy chunk of ingot for a good long time.

So I’m thinking I can use this to power a rail system.

The biggest problem will probably be that the rails where the electricity is running will have to be much more conductive than iron, especially if I want them to do things like go up hill.

On the other hand, even on relatively flat land it looks like a medium amount of red rock should be enough to move a cart a reasonably long distance, even if I build the cart out of iron.

(And let’s face it, an iron cart of reasonably thin walls is going to be more durable and possibly lighter than its counterpart in wood. Less kaboom from the giraffe-corgis.)

Day 479: magnets

Day 479:

So I played around with the red rock and here’s what I discovered:

  • When you hit it, it releases a spark from the place you hit it to the far other end.
  • If you have a piece of iron at the far other end, it will react to the spark’s arrival similar to a magnet: which is to say, it moves.
  • Based on my infinitesimal education on electricity, I think it means when you hit the rock, you create not just a spark but a magnetic field around the spark.
  • Magnetic fields will turn things.

Am now experimenting with how big a thing it can turn.

Day 478: Home again home again

Day 478:

I ran out of handle wood to make axes, so I’m back to my home base, still short of the last of the diamonds I want to have before I go back east.

I could just skip the last of the diamonds but then who knows what else I’m be giving up?

On the other hand I might be digging this direction to get to the big mountain, it’s hard to tell.

In other words, I’m over tired from hauling  bags and bags of red rock back and forth and I’m ready for bed.

Maybe tomorrow before I head back I experiment with pouring those wheels I keep talking about.

Day 477: Tons of red rock

Day 477:

Okay, so I’m going to have to do something with this red rock soon because it’s taking too much space up.

I tried lighting it on fire, that didn’t do anything.

Hitting it causes a spark, but some experimentation shows that the spark isn’t enough to light paper. Not sure about gas, don’t plan to experiment with gas. Gas explosions bad.

So maybe I could use it as a switch?

The Company’s electronics were always going bad so I know some very rudimentary electrical engineering, but we’re talking like super super basic stuff at the level of “make sure the power’s off before changing the light bulb”.

But electricity uses… well.. circuits… and I’m decent at plumbing circuits… they can’t be too different… On the other hand, can’t make wire out of the red rock.

Maybe if I line up the powder thick enough it’ll carry a spark?

Investigation to come!