Here’s another goodie that I finished a while ago.
Every year the seniors buy an expensive iPod-dock-equipped boom box for our school’s senior hangout spot. Either because of abuse, inclement weather (the bohío has no walls), or negligence, it usually ended up getting trashed two-thirds into the year. Once it was our turn to inherit the bohío, I decided to try a different approach to our sound system problem.
The bohío is like an ou Read the rest of this entry »
I’ve finally found it – the poster that defines my spare time!
My friend Alberto and I saw this plastered on the window of a brick-and-mortar hardware shop in New York last time we visited. Seems fitting, doesn’t it?
I’ve always had a secret admiration for stores like The Salvation Army and Goodwill. They take in clothes, electronics, furniture, etc. that people donate and sell them, sending a huge chunk of profits to the homeless and the needy.
The thing about these thrift stores that I love is that you can find amazing deals on some pretty retro tech. I got a really old computer for exactly $9.99. Take exhibit A):
Toshiba T6600C – a “portable computer.”
This computer was released in 19 Read the rest of this entry »
This box may look familiar; It’s the final version of this earlier post.
Back with the same vibraphone problem: there was no speed control.
This 20+ year-old Musser Century 75 vibe was wired using nothing but analog circuitry; no electronic controllers, integrated circuits, or MOSFETs. They even originally used a mercury switch! (to keep noise down when powering on)
I called up Musser Percussion an Read the rest of this entry »
Yesterday we put our weeks of band practice to great use. All 11 of us played at the packed Interamerican University of Puerto Rico amphitheater, bringing a great show to a close.
We played “Caras Lindas” and Ti Read the rest of this entry »
Yep, it’s college application season! I finished my violin and electric bass music supplements a while ago, but here they are for anybody interested in listening to them.
These took a while to re Read the rest of this entry »
I had watched this video a while back, and couldn’t for the life of me remember where it was that I stumbled upon it (no pun intended). For being a dirty guy, Mike Rowe offers some extremely intelligent insight about the job market and the direction our society is taking now versus 50 years ago. I’d highly recommend this video to… well, just about everyone.
I suppose it’s time for the long-awaited blast furnace:
This is the second blast furnace I’ve made (thus, Mk2) using a microwave chassis. Surprisingly, these gutted microwaves work quite well. I never was able to get a temperature sensor in there, but because some of the ceramic tile blocks it was resting on melted, it shouldn’t be hard to guess.
Not to worry, the fire wa Read the rest of this entry »