The Clock Inventer – Big Misunderstanding or Something More?

I saw this picture and comment from someone on the 2600 Facebook group.  It was a pretty interesting analysis about the situation with the kid who “invented” a clock and brought it to school, causing a bomb scare and him to get expelled.  Then he gets an invite from Obama and Zuckerberg to come to the White House an FB office.  Pretty interesting analysis, but I’ll let you make up your own mind:


“As you know – my degree is in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. So, as someone with some appreciable expertise, I analyzed the “home made clock” that the kid in Irving was supposed to have “invented” and taken to school. First, it is NOT a simple alarm clock. It is a COUNTDOWN clock. Second — the kid didn’t home make or invent anything. He decomposed an already existing commercially available COUNTDOWN clock (as evidenced by the commercially manufactured Printed Circuit Board (PCB)) as shown in the picture of his device.

If the kid were to “home make” or “invent” a clock — he would have used a breadboard (as I have added to the picture) wherein one inserts integrated circuits, wires, and capacitors, resistors, etc., to form the logic of such a device.

So, question: why did the kid take apart an already existing COUNTDOWN clock and build it into a briefcase where only the LEDs were visible counting down time? What would happen at any airport, building, school, public sidewalk, if such a device were spotted?

Question: what is in the white bag in the suitcase? It serves no electronic purpose. Hmmmm.

Do you want anyone to bring a briefcase with COUNTDOWN clock embedded within it and setting the clock to countdown and go off during English class in your kids schools? Again, the only thing visible on the outside of the briefcase were the LEDs counting down time to 00:00.

I smell a dirty rat, a setup here, if there ever was one. I am appalled that the media is buying into the innocent “inventor” story. This is not about race or religion — it is about someone purposefully taking a menacing device to school.

What if a kid were to take an upper from one AR-15 rifle, and a lower from another AR-15 rifle and put it together, then remove the firing pin and take it to school as a metal worker “inventor”? Why, anyone who knew anything about rifles could closely examine the metal object had no firing pin and would celebrate what a great inventor the kid was!!! NOT!!!! How many people at a school could closely examine the inside of this briefcase with a countdown clock visible on the outside counting down to 00:00 and make the call as to its purpose? Again, what is inside that white bag?

Please share this post so that we can inform the public of what the news media is failing to do.”

Posted by Kevin Davis


Elliott Mine & Smugglers Cave Jeep Trail

on Saturday this past weekend, we took the Jeeps out off In-Ko-Pah road and did the trail up to Elliott Mine and Smugglers Cave. As fun as last weekend was in Oriflamme Canyon, this trail was especially gnarly and challenging. We got into to some pretty serious rocks and grades on the trail, and only got so far before turning around and heading out before dark. I really want to go again when we have an entire day to explore and not such a late start.

Another good write up and pics from some guys who did the trail back in 2009 HERE.

Here’s a hour long highlight video of the trip. I mounted a gopro to the center of the windshield on the jeep and got some good footage of the rock crawling we were into. Trip ended back out near the freeway exit where we ran into some border patrol dudes on the way out. They were super cool and helpful, and we bullshitted with them for a while before taking off. They provided some tips on the trails in the surrounding area. I can’t believe all the trails they can handle in those Chevy Tahoe SUVs they drive!:

And here is my track recorded on my phone using Locus and uploaded to GPSies!