An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington by Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant

By Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant

Featuring the commute Diaries of Karl Pilkington: Adventurer. thinker. Knob head. Karl Pilkington isn’t partial to vacationing. Given the alternative, he’ll move on vacation to Devon or Wales or, at a push, devour English meals on a package deal vacation in Majorca. Which isn’t precisely Michael Palin, is it? So what occurred whilst he used to be confident by way of Ricky Gervais and Stephen service provider to head on an epic event to determine the Seven Wonders of the realm? trip broadens the brain, correct? You’d imagine so...

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Figure 2-13 might look familiar, especially if you built the previous project, since the 555 timer circuit is almost identical with the exception of the 10K value of resistor R2. With resistor R1 at 1M, R2 at 10K, and capacitor C1 at 100 µF, the timing cycle will occur about once every minute and will last only a few seconds. Because of this long timing cycle, it will be difficult to detect the exact location of the knocker, although if placed near the door, will certainly sound like an invisible person is knocking on it once in a while.

The plastic bottle cap will be used to hold the resistor and stink formula to create what I call the “stink capsule,” a ready-to-go stink-generating Project 4—Putrid Stink Machine Figure 2-16 Battery pack, resistor and relay device that simply needs to be connected to a 12-volt power source. If you want to experiment with the best resistor value, connect the resistor of your choice directly across the 12-volt power source. However, do keep in mind that the test is destructive if successful, and your resistor will turn into a smoldering blob of carbon within 10 seconds, generating a foul smell all on its own.

The circuit is simple enough to hand wire on the underside of the perforated board using some hookup wire and a soldering iron. Then, it was tested with a fresh battery and the lights off. If you find that the unit will not start when the lights are out, test first to ensure that there is sound output by removing the CDS cell completely, which will cause the unit to start dripping. When you reinstall the CDS, the unit will stay quiet until there is absolutely no light at all in the room. Even the smallest bit of light will silence the device, so if your target room has any ambient light, you will have to add a resistor in series with the CDS cell in order to make the unit less sensitive to ambient light.

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