Monday, January 18, 2010

What Would Someone be Doing with Dozens of Electron Guns from old Television Sets?

Does anyone out there know what someone would be doing with dozens of electron guns salvaged from garbaged television sets and computer monitors?

For the last six months someone in my neighbourhood (Toronto Leslieville) has been cracking open the backs of thrown-out television sets, smashing the tip of the cathode ray tube and taking the electron gun - always leaving behind the porcelain plug-in base (that's the blue part in the picture which remains, broken in half - wires still connected).

What up with that?

Image from Wikidepia captured with my on-board ScreenPrint32 application (through c/net

I asked a neighbourhood computer guru - I was thinking a weapon, a terrorist plot or something - He said he couldn't imagine. he didn't think there was anything violent that a thus motivated person could do with electron guns.

So I was thinking an art project. There's lots of artists in this neighbourhood. I could imagine a super large TV or a disco floor that pulsed a pattern of lights projected on a phosphorus under-side?

Then I was thinking a person who is fanatically against broadcast TV - protecting the poor (who recycle old technology - I for example haven't bought a TV set in twenty tears) from the Soma by taking the 'distributer cap', so the thing won't run. But then why the computer monitors as well?

Hoping someone will have an idea on this; or the person who's collecting these things could come forward and tell me what their doing.

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1 comment:

  1. I just thought of another reason why someone may be taking the electron gun from these discarded television sets and computer monitors.


    The electron gun directs streams of electrons at the phosphorous coated screen inside the TV, the streams are directed to exact points on the screen by a series of electro magnets which are, coils of copper windings.

    The quote for copper today, according to the WSJ is $3.25US/pound.

    Every week on garbage day I see at least 3 TV's on the sidewalk on my rather local walks. If the recycler follows the garbage days across the city he could easily make $50.00 dollars a day, just from the copper extracted from TV's.

    Michael Holloway