Stories by Sara Shay

Time Piece: Shock Value

There are two ways to determine whether a high voltage is present in a circuit. One is to spit on your thumb and index finger, place them across the circuit and wait for the jolt.

Time Piece: Let It Slide

My father bought this Post VersaLog slide rule for US$22 back in 1959. At the time, his tuition at the City College of New York was $14.50 a semester, so the purchase was a significant one. To keep it in top condition, he would tune the instrument every few months, aligning the front and back hairlines with the top and bottom fixed rules, and cleaning the grooves to allow it to slide more easily.