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(Mashable)   What can you do with scrap metal, baking soda, and acid? If you're MacGyver, you probably blow something up, but if you're this kid from Sierra Leone, you power your family's home, set up your own radio station, and get a scholarship to MIT   (mashable.com) divider line 42
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2012-11-20 03:16:04 PM
There are theorists out there, then there are tinkerers like Thomas Edison. This kid is a tinkerer. Hope the little genius keeps it up - who knows? He may be the one to make a farking warp drive.
 
2012-11-20 03:38:17 PM
I would blow something up.

The Feds will now put me under surveillance for that comment.
 
2012-11-20 03:58:00 PM

gopher321: There are theorists out there, then there are tinkerers like Thomas Edison. This kid is a tinkerer. Hope the little genius keeps it up - who knows? He may be the one to make a farking warp drive.


which GE would promptly steal from him and slap a patent on it so it could be sold to the highest bidder.
 
2012-11-20 04:02:23 PM
I'm gonna build my own radio station! With scrap metal! And baking soda! And acid! You know what - forget the scrap metal and baking soda.
 
2012-11-20 04:03:10 PM

gopher321: There are theorists out there, then there are tinkerers like Thomas Edison Tesla. This kid is a tinkerer. Hope the little genius keeps it up - who knows? He may be the one to make a farking warp drive.


/FTFY
//Obligatory
 
2012-11-20 04:07:32 PM
Nothing in there about a scholarship, subby. He just got invited to MIT.

This kid is impressive for his pro-activeness, but applied science just isn't as hard as the book work. It's not like he just invented this crap out of thin air.
 
2012-11-20 04:08:51 PM

gopher321: There are theorists out there, then there are tinkerers frauds like Thomas Edison.


FTFY.
 
2012-11-20 04:10:53 PM
Kid's gonna come back and found the nation of Wakanda
 
2012-11-20 04:13:27 PM

Fano: Kid's gonna come back and found the nation of Wakanda

be the next US president
FTFY
 
2012-11-20 04:15:58 PM

Weaver95: gopher321: There are theorists out there, then there are tinkerers like Thomas Edison. This kid is a tinkerer. Hope the little genius keeps it up - who knows? He may be the one to make a farking warp drive.

which GE would promptly steal from him and slap a patent on it so it could be sold to the highest bidder.


It will be called the "Hot Richard"
 
2012-11-20 04:30:49 PM
With some Death Metal, Mr. Pibb soda and a couple hit of acid, I could have a pretty good weekend.
 
2012-11-20 04:32:11 PM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Nothing in there about a scholarship, subby. He just got invited to MIT.


Oh, is that all?

This kid is impressive for his pro-activeness, but applied science just isn't as hard as the book work. It's not like he just invented this crap out of thin air.

Normally I'm all for bashing so-called prodigies labeled as such because they put together a kit car with ex-engineers working at a high school during their retirement, but this kid seems more to be the genuine article. He is living in some of the worst imaginable environments for innovation and positive action, and yet has avoided having his intellect stagnated and is seemingly doing his best to flourish. I'd say give the kid a scholarship right now and put together an additional stipend for one of his family members to be here to support him.
 
2012-11-20 04:32:23 PM
And all of that to be a DJ. Nice. Just think, if he were born in the USA, say in Detroit or Philadelphia or New Orleans, he could still be a DJ, but also have the street cred that comes from having an aggravated assault conviction. Oh, you just can't underestimate the power of opportunity in this country. Too bad this kid is missing out on being all he can be.
 
2012-11-20 04:34:36 PM
Fark any of you haters.....as a small-market DJ (and consequently rudimentary engineer) I think this is awesome! I hope he really succeeds!
 
2012-11-20 04:34:49 PM
I don't know but I made a real mess out of my closet as a child with chemistry experiments.
 
2012-11-20 04:37:09 PM
I don't think he used the scrap metal, baking soda, and acid to make the radio transmitter, Subby. A good clue is the fact that the article uses them in entirely different sentences.
 
2012-11-20 04:48:19 PM
I can make a battery out of potatoes.


// how many potatoes do I need to power a house?
 
2012-11-20 04:50:55 PM
He must use it to charge his P-P-P-Powerbook
 
2012-11-20 04:58:29 PM
Reminds me of the guy who built a windmill out of junk to charge his village's cell phones.

Link
 
2012-11-20 05:10:47 PM
Fifteen years old.

Shooting for early degrees, Kelvin?
 
2012-11-20 05:30:30 PM
that's just awesome. Good for you, kid.
 
2012-11-20 05:32:29 PM

hogans: Fifteen years old.

Shooting for early degrees, Kelvin?


+1
 
2012-11-20 05:33:09 PM

gopher321: There are theorists out there, then there are tinkerers like Thomas Edison. This kid is a tinkerer. Hope the little genius keeps it up - who knows? He may be the one to make a farking warp drive.


Or room temperature cold fusion.
 
2012-11-20 06:36:04 PM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Nothing in there about a scholarship, subby. He just got invited to MIT.

This kid is impressive for his pro-activeness, but applied science just isn't as hard as the book work. It's not like he just invented this crap out of thin air.


Wow, what a first-world brat this makes you sound like. Where's your invite, asshat?

SevenizGud: And all of that to be a DJ. Nice. Just think, if he were born in the USA, say in Detroit or Philadelphia or New Orleans, he could still be a DJ, but also have the street cred that comes from having an aggravated assault conviction. Oh, you just can't underestimate the power of opportunity in this country. Too bad this kid is missing out on being all he can be.


And you're just a typical racist asshole. fark all of you naysayers. This kid deserves more than a life in a variable warzone.
 
2012-11-20 07:02:04 PM

Eshman: And you're just a typical racist asshole

lame troll.

FTFY.
 
2012-11-20 08:22:37 PM
Saw this yesterday- this kid is inspirational; we need more American kids like this.
 
2012-11-20 08:25:30 PM
I've built a lot of stuff while on acid.
 
2012-11-20 08:42:13 PM
Well I feel stupid now.
 
2012-11-20 08:53:46 PM
That was cool. Thanks subby.
 
2012-11-20 09:22:33 PM
ME? I'd make some trippin' freebase sculpture.

This kid could out-Peace Corps most American kids.
 
2012-11-20 10:00:28 PM
Kelvin Doe, the worlds' next Thomas Edison.
 
2012-11-21 12:36:42 AM
Never underestimate the power of the access to information (the internet) and the teenage male's desire to get the fark up out of a shiathole/ get some tail. This is the nucleus around which electrical engineering revolves.

Also few of those nerds at MIT woulda had the stones to go dumpster diving. The more in the realm of places like sierra leone and kentucky.

Hope he gets with some good people, because this sort of resourcefulness and creativity tends to get ground down once you start pulling a paycheck.
 
2012-11-21 01:58:54 AM

Weaver95: gopher321: There are theorists out there, then there are tinkerers like Thomas Edison. This kid is a tinkerer. Hope the little genius keeps it up - who knows? He may be the one to make a farking warp drive.

which GE would promptly steal from him and slap a patent on it so it could be sold to the highest bidder.


GE would patent it and sit on it for the next 10,000 years.
 
2012-11-21 06:52:04 AM
He once got our dead battery goin' by mixin' bird feces and spit,cause there's like acids in it,eh?
 
2012-11-21 07:07:24 AM
The 15-year-old is a self-taught engineer, who has never taken an engineering or electronics class

He must have read or saw videos or something. You don't just magically know things, they're learned.
 
2012-11-21 07:17:34 AM

abhorrent1: The 15-year-old is a self-taught engineer, who has never taken an engineering or electronics class

He must have read or saw videos or something. You don't just magically know things, they're learned.


You needed to pay more attention to your 8th grade language arts teacher when she/he let you know you were not going to do well on your SATs. Unless, of course, you are in the 5th grade, and then your language skills are about average. Takes real balls to post on the internet with language skills that suggest you live in a 50 year old trailer and chew the same wad of tobacco all day long.
 
2012-11-21 07:54:29 AM

MartinD-35: abhorrent1: The 15-year-old is a self-taught engineer, who has never taken an engineering or electronics class

He must have read or saw videos or something. You don't just magically know things, they're learned.

You needed to pay more attention to your 8th grade language arts teacher when she/he let you know you were not going to do well on your SATs. Unless, of course, you are in the 5th grade, and then your language skills are about average. Takes real balls to post on the internet with language skills that suggest you live in a 50 year old trailer and chew the same wad of tobacco all day long.


data.whicdn.com

/Your Mac book is showing.
 
2012-11-21 08:07:50 AM

Your Average Witty Fark User: Saw this yesterday- this kid is inspirational; we need more American kids like this.


We HAVE a lot of American kids like this. This is a more inspirational story though.

Good luck to the kid. I'm glad that someone is recognizing his gifts.
 
2012-11-21 09:28:14 AM

abhorrent1: MartinD-35: abhorrent1: The 15-year-old is a self-taught engineer, who has never taken an engineering or electronics class

He must have read or saw videos or something. You don't just magically know things, they're learned.

You needed to pay more attention to your 8th grade language arts teacher when she/he let you know you were not going to do well on your SATs. Unless, of course, you are in the 5th grade, and then your language skills are about average. Takes real balls to post on the internet with language skills that suggest you live in a 50 year old trailer and chew the same wad of tobacco all day long.

[data.whicdn.com image 500x387]

/Your Mac book is showing.


Have never owned a single Apple product, but I do have above 8-th grade language skills, which is something you can strive for with a little effort.
 
2012-11-21 10:03:30 AM

MartinD-35: Have never owned a single Apple product, but I do have above 8-th grade language skills, which is something you can strive for with a little effort.


He must have read or saw videos or something. You don't just magically know things, they're learned.

i184.photobucket.com


You needed to pay more attention to your 8th grade language arts teacher when she/he let you know you were not going to do well on your SATs. Unless, of course, you are in the 5th grade, and then your language skills are about average. Takes real balls to post on the internet with language skills that suggest you live in a 50 year old trailer and chew the same wad of tobacco all day long.
i184.photobucket.com

/Keep telling yourself that, douche.
//⇧100/100
 
2012-11-21 10:48:58 PM
Making a battery and a crystal radio set at 15 really isn't that big a deal. I had a awesome breadboarding kit that I did similar feats with at 12-13 and een if I didn't have it, I could have made it from scratch and scavenged parts. That's really the prime age for experimenting with basic engineering. By 15 you just want to fark everything that moves, which begs the question- Why doesn't this kid? Is he a eunuch?

I'll be preparing microscope slides and making a battery with my 6 year old next weekend, by the way. He also helped me change my oil. It is really not at all a feat, it's very basic stuff; the modern day equivalent of being able to start a fire, skin a rabbit, make a shelter...oh, wait- I did all those things as a kid too. What this little fella has really demonstrated is superior PR skills.
 
2012-11-22 03:02:00 AM

abhorrent1: The 15-year-old is a self-taught engineer, who has never taken an engineering or electronics class

He must have read or saw videos or something. You don't just magically know things, they're learned.


You seem to not know what self-taught means.
 
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