Read: The Waterstar Manifesto

“This is the good part of my theories. You must continue this work.” –Albert Einstein – despondent after Hiroshima and Nagasaki – to Philo T. Farnsworth in 1948

“I’ve seen all I need to see.” Philo T. Farnsworth – to his wife after conducting a clandestine, late-night fusor ‘run’ in 1966

“We were close.  We were very close.”  – Eugene Meeks, Farnsworth colleague, in 2001

The Waterstar Project seeks build an endowment to fund the recovery of a promising approach to controlled nuclear fusion that was abandoned more than fifty years ago.

1. Introduction:

Controlled Nuclear Fusion has been a Holy Grail of modern science for more than 80 years.  Utilizing the same reaction found in our Sun and all the stars, controlled fusion offers the promise of a clean, (relatively) safe, and inexhaustible source of industrial energy derived from the Earth’s most abundant resource: seawater.

But first the process must be harnessed here on Earth.

The concept presents a tantalizing scientific riddle:  how do you bottle a star? Continue reading “Read: The Waterstar Manifesto”

The Occasional Fund Raiser – 2019 Edition

Where we're going, we don't need roads..
Where we’re going, we don’t need roads..

Greetings, Fusor Friends:

First: a note of sincere Gratitude to Frank Sanns, Richard Hull, Andrew Robinson and others who have borne of the burden of keeping this site running smoothly while I have been largely MIA over the past… well, sigh, it’s been a while now. I will spare you the gory details of my personal travails (begins with the letter “D”), other than to say how gratifying it is to see continue to run on its own energy (pun intended) and that interest in the topic remains high around the world.

The cost of maintaining the site has always been fairly modest, but over the past year has been increasing. My account with Media Temple provides a monthly allocation of bandwidth, but recently we have been running over that allocation and incurring additional charges. Some of that overage has been traced to the bots that crawl the site for search engines, and some effort has been made to minimize the bots impact, but we are still incurring additional charges. We have also recently added a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) that cost an additional $75/year

In light of the changes in my personal circumstances and the increase in costs, it is going to be harder to bear the entire cost maintaining the site for at least the coming year.

So it is time, as have on occasion in the past, to ask the Fusor community to step up and pitch in.

If you are so inclined, just click on the “Donate” button to the right of this post and contribute whatever you can.



Do You Spend Much Time On Facebook?

FB-f-Logo_blue_530A question, I know, that for some people is like asking “do you spend much time breathing?

Well, no, not voluntarily….

If you are one of those people whose involuntary reflexes include frequent glances at the infinite trivia generator known as “Facebook,” then consider taking a look at the Fusor Builders group there.

The group is not officially affiliated with this or any other site (so far as I know) but a lot of the membership is similar.

New Site Update

As of today – May 8, 2013 – the transition to our new home and platform is nearly complete.

By and large, the whole process was relatively painless. We hit only minor obstacles in the migration.  We had to shut down for a couple of days when we we discovered one “feature” that had to be turned off. But once we got it back up the adjusting went pretty quickly and smoothly.

We’re still learning our way around.  Today, for example, we discovered that the Forum Search function is going to take some finessing.  And we’re still trying to get users to change their profile and Login/User ID so that real names will appear on the forum Index page – that could take some time.

I spent most of today transferring setting up this WordPress portion of the site, and transferring all the resources for newbies to a new page just for newcomers.

Now we’ll see if I can keep maintain a more regular info-flow to this front page than I have in the past.  I’m not the most reliable or consistent blogger in the world.  I just post when something strikes me.  The real content on this page is user generated in the forums.

Please feel free to offer any feedback or suggestions you have for the new format.  It’s still a work in progress (and always will be).



Welcome to v3.0*

FusorHQGreetings from FusorHQ.

If you’ve made it this far, then you’ll notice things have changed considerably.  We have relocated to a new server host.  Everything about the site has changed.

The front page (that you are looking at now) is no longer hosted by TypePad; it is now it’s own, stand-alone, WordPress installation.

And the heart of the site – the Fusor Forums – have been converted from the platform that has served us for the past decade (called w-agora) to pretty much the industry standard for this sort of thing, phpBB.

Basically, what we have done here is throw up the frame and roof, and moved right in. Now we have to finish the walls and the trim, plug in a few appliances and hang some paintings on the walls before this is going to feel like home again.

And we’re all going to have to get used to doing some things differently.  The new site has been active for less than 24 hours as I type this, and those of us who try to keep the wheels turning here are just getting under the hood to start tuning things up. (House building… engine tuning… my mother always loved it when I mixed metaphors…).

It’s up, it’s running, but it’s a really a whole new site in many respects.

So bear with us…

And thanks to all who have helped get us this far: Tyler Christensen, Carl Willis, Frank Sans and Richard Hull.  Thanks also to Marc Druilhe, the developer of the old w-agora format, who implemented the conversion to phpBB.  And welcome aboard to Michael Lovett, my friend and a developer here in Nashville who will help with some of the UI/UX details as the new site evolves.

And thanks too to the nearly three dozens members/users of this site who contributed sufficient funds to finance this transition.  Their generosity has assured not only the successful transfer/migration of the site to its new host and platform, but is sufficient to keep the site running for another year or two, at least.

So we’re in good shape, just gotta get a few changes under our belt.

That’s all for now…

Paul Schatzkin
aka “The Perfesser” Founder and Host

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* v3.0?  I think the installation – which served from about 1998 to 2000, was like version 1; the very short-lived “Intranets” forum was… let’s call it v1.5.  The w-agora platform that served the past decade was v2.  So consider this Version 3.