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Super Mario Bros. Theme on Tesla Coils

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This video is old, but it’s new to me, and it’s so tremendously awesome that I’m giving it a free pass anyways. The science required to program one Tesla coil to play the Super Mario Bros. theme song is insane, but programming another Tesla coil to play the bass line and be synced up perfectly the entire time? That’s the shit that’s indistinguishable from magic, people. Thanks to Rick Duncan for the tip.

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Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.