Atomic Hangovers

We Still Like You


Likely some of you have noticed that not only has the site been slow, but now you can’t even comment on the posts that are there! We do apologize for the troubles and hope to have it all sorted soon. It seems that some of the seedier elements of the webs got their grubby paws through an exploit of some sort and were causing a to-do in the server whatsits. According to our very good friend and master of that dark server arts Mr. Mad_Science, these troubles were the cause of Toasters and Hooniverse being briefly down Friday.

Root cause was us, Atomic Toasters, being behind the power curve on behind the scenes updates, and bringing shame upon both our houses via a vulnerability to an exploit that was exploited. Plus, “at the same time (maybe related, maybe not), AT was, and is still getting hammered with tons of comment spam. This got so bad that I had to disable comments over there. They’ll stay off until this passes.

Part of the problem is that even if a comment is caught in the filter, the bot still hits the comment function (post-comment.php) to generate it. Do this once per second and the hardware gets unhappy.”

Thanks everyone for your patience, the folks that know what they are doing are working hard to get us where we need to be. Next up, getting to work on that pesky content issue!


Startdown: How Long?


Not only do kids today not know how to make a mix tape, they also have no appreciation for the work that went into it!

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Startdown: Beachcombing


Summer is almost over, so get out there while you can!

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Startdown: I Want to Vacuum


I came across this ad on the Craigslist just the other day: 65,000 Electron tubes. Amplifier / Radio tubes – $9999999. Before you get too worried, it is okay, they don’t actually want 9 billion dollars or however much that it. They do want to try to sell you all those tubes for the low low price of $25000. Which, while actually a mentally conceivable sum of money, is probably just as unrealistic as 9 billion for most of us. I also am not a huge fan of trying to sell anything on the internet without a picture, but they are supposed to be forthcoming! (I had to just google the webs for the lead image.)

Large collection of tubes and testers.
Brands include
Hickok telefunken Mullard, Rca Ge sylvania tungsol GEC Brimar philips Amperex Western electric and others.
Many types of tubes. Including gold pin audio tubes and some rare antique power tubes
over half are 6 volt tubes Example; 6ak5 6as6 6bq5 6aq5 6sn7 6sl7 6922 6av6 6v6 6k6 6l6 5702 420a 403a 2c51 6ba6 5687 6cg7 42 43 45 26 27 80
also 1000s of 12ax7 12au7 12at7 6111 12sn7 12sl7 12sc7 12sj7 12ac7 6112 12bh7 12by7
other tubes 274a 274b 201 301 6×4 5y3 5u4 5r5 6ca4 6×5 6au5 6ac7 6bk7 845

Over 30,000 tubes in this load NIB new in boxes
All the tubes should be good at least 98% of all the tubes will work great
Note: many types not listed
Serious buyers only.
Asking $25,000 OBO Valuable tube lot. This is an Estate audio tube collection .
Also including a few tube testers and other amplifier parts and equipment.
Will list photos soon.


Startdown: Another Delivery


Hurry up, we don’t want to stay late. It’s Friday!

Via the Green Box.


Startdown: Gort


Klaatu barada nikto.

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Startdown: Good News!


The illustrious reported some very exciting news this weekend. According to “two independent reliable sources”–”Disney has plans to release the original cut of the Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray….The goal is to release A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of Jedi in their complete, unaltered, original form without the redone special edition SFX.” (

Now if that doesn’t add a little bit of joy to your day, well, it must be hard to get warm with that cold, cold heart.

[In the interest of full disclosure, I should point out not everyone is as optimistic that this is true. badassdigest and this previous very thorough article from arstechnica are two for examples.]

Big Complicated Machines

5 Minutes Of Lego-Powered Awesome

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A loom, wheel chair, Rubik’s Cube solver, clock, pinball, and more!


Cover Ups


The truth is out there!

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SX-70 Sunday


The Polaroid SX-70 was a folding single lens camera which made by Polaroid Corporation from 1972-1981. This was the first of the Polaroid cameras that was truly ‘instant’, automatically spitting out the photo the way most of us think of when we think Polaroid! The earlier cameras required much more knowledgeable interaction to get the pictures out and developed without chemicals all over your hands. To showcase the awesomeness that was this new camera, Polaroid made a nice little infomercial, which you can find after the jump. Check out!

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