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Nixie Clockage

I hereby declare today "Retro Thing Timepiece Day." But before we get any further, am I the only one who thinks this looks like a chromed Kleenex box with tubes poking out from the top?

It's the $499 CHRONOTRONIX IN-18 Nixie Clock, as touted on nixieclock.net. For the uninitiated, Nixies are neon-filled glass tubes. They usually contain ten cathodes in the shape of the numbers 0 through 9, and a wire mesh anode. When electricity is passed between one of the cathodes and the anode, the corresponding number shines with an odd orangey-red glow.

Sorry. Enough technical mumbo-jumbo for today.

The site's product descriptions are worth browsing because they're ever-so-slightly strange:

"The surface is very shiny and reflects the orange glow of the Nixie tubes -you won't be able to take your eyes off it. We will send a pair of cotton gloves along with your CHRONOTRONIX IN-18 NIXIE CLOCK in order to avoid leaving fingerprints on the case. Please wear them whenever you touch your Nixie clock."

Umm, OK.

The sales blurb proudly declares the clock accurate to around 0.0003 seconds per minute, which sounds incredibly good - until you realize it equates to about 12.96 seconds per month. Ahh, the wonder of marketing-speak.

CHRONOTRONIX IN-18 Nixie Clock (nixieclock.net)


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