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Electrical Gibberish

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This is what electrical engineering looks like to me. In fact, electricity is about as trustworthy and as full of black magic as a gyrocopter. It can’t be trusted, and even electrical engineers don’t fully understand what’s going on inside the wire. Mostly, it’s just hell-induced gibberish. I’m not alone. Reader Batshitbox sent the video after the jump with a tip to turn on the closed captioning for what electricity sounds like to us mechanical, non-voodoo types. I bet if you play it backwards it sends subliminal messages to your brain and causes you to commit your soul to Satan.

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  • I have a confession to make: I actually understand this video.

    Electricity is quite simple: little boxes are filled with smoke and connected to one another to form a circuit. If something bad happens, the smoke escapes and the circuit stop working.

  • The Professor

    Ah, YouTube Closed Captions make everything so much more clear to a hearing impaired old fuck like me. I couldn't understand a word that Rooskie bastard was saying, in whichever language he was speaking.

  • Hah! I forgot I sent that in. At the time I was trying to re-wire a DoAll vertical Band Saw / Blade Welder from a 5-wire 3-phase plug to a 4-wire. Just what was the role of the Neutral wire, and how many should I have? The damned saw had had so many monkeys just like me (machinists, carpenters, scooter messengers… anyone but electricians) run amok inside there it took a guy with a Phd in robotics, an ME, the oldest and wisest of our machinists and me a good week and a half to sort the thing out. Boy was the copper wire recycling guy happy after that one!

    I've since learned that electricity actually works like this…

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    • Felis_Concolor

      Whee, it tiles! This is impressive on a decent monitor.

  • Wolfie

    It seems like a hockey game, only different.

  • OA5599

    Chrysler wasn't the only company to explain it.

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    • CaptianNemo2001

      This is Rockwell we are talking about. Customer Success is important but making them understand how it works is not.

      Be careful about the Pan-a-metric Fan I hear they have issues when the Hydrocoptic Marsel vanes breakdown and side fumbling occurs.

  • CopterBob

    I have no choice but to put down my Guinness and take a moment to comment on the above mentioned gyrocopter trustworthiness issue. I actually own one and have about 225 hours of absolutely exhilarating flying in them, most of it up and down Florida's Spacecoast. If I had to pick a flying machine to have an engine-out, a gyro would be it. As far as the black magic aspect, they fly because the rotors are hollow and full of bees, according to my instructor, anyway.

    • "…hollow and full of bees…."

      Hey, I had a '65 Corvair Monza convertible like that once!

  • jserf

    Electrical engineering is kinda funny, honestly. The more you learn about the subject, the more you're amazed that everything actually works as well as it does.

    • I work with a bunch of EEs. We had a guy come in a while back and talk about EMI interference. Basically someone's keys jingling in their pocket can screw with a poorly designed circuit. As a mechanical engineer I came to the conclusion that if that type of thing applied in mechanical engineering a person sneezing in the next room could make the wheels fall off your car.

      • You had a Fiat too?

        • An 850 Spider, I bought it as a project and never got it on the road. The only car I ever made money on. I sold it by the piece on e-bay and donated the shell to the church to use a prop for vacation bible school. Reminds me I have a plastic tub full of parts left over that I need to sell.

      • EXACTLY! Plus, in the mechanical world, we don't have to invent "imaginary numbers" to try to explain the Santeria going on in our systems. You connect the pipes, open the valve and the water flows. You can see it. It makes sense.

        • I love how electron flow is completely opposite to electric flow. My electronics teachers were always like, "Well, in point of fact the electrons themselves, as it turns out, are going from the negative side to the positive side. But you'll never know the difference, all the equations work the same." (It's as if your plumber just said, "well, actually the air is going into the pipe and forcing the water out. Because air goes up, right? That's why water goes down.")

          Then I started learning to arc weld, and all of a sudden it became very important to know which way the damned things were going!

          • jeepjeff

            Vacuum tubes. Since they operate on thermionic emission, the real direction of the current matters. The terminal with the heater is the one that has to spit the electrons out. Of course, then you do all the math treating the electricity flow like it starts at the anode and flows to the cathode, even though the cathode is the one that has the heater because it's the source of the charge carriers.

            The other stupid thing is: looking at what happens when you flip things around. I've only sketched it, and it might just be that I learned it bass-ackwards, but NPN transistors are the ones that generally work better, and thus are the easier/better ones to use all over the place. Which means we'd be using negative supply voltages all over the place and using the upside-down transistors predominately. Or we'd put up with using PNP predominately, and just accept using the slightly worse performing transistors as the main stay.