From Upcycled Parts. Two awesome guys gave the grandkids a fine bass ukulele for Christmas this year (Thanks Mike and B.J.!). It has a built-in tuner and pickup and is best enjoyed with an amplifier, so I thought I would make a practice amplifier for it using parts on hand. This is a story of […]
Making a Practice Amplifier
From Upcycled Parts. Two awesome guys gave the grandkids a fine bass ukulele for Christmas this year (Thanks Mike and B.J.!). It has a built-in tuner and pickup and is best enjoyed with an amplifier, so I thought I would…
What have we been up to? Wet-collodion process photography!
After acquiring an old camera, some lenses, chemicals, trays, lights, glass, safety gear and repurposing an old music stand as a tripod we proceeded to study the process. We read old books, new websites and youtube videos to learn the…
Prince Rupert’s Drop
A man caught the moment in slow motion video that a piece of glass known as the Prince Rupert’s Drop withstood a bullet fired at close range. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4450266/Bullets-fired-Prince-Rupert-s-Drop-does-nothing.html#ixzz4fT9HebeY
After acquiring an old camera, some lenses, chemicals, trays, lights, glass, safety gear and repurposing an old music stand as a tripod we proceeded to study the process. We read old books, new websites and youtube videos to learn the history of this type of photography. We cut our teeth one recent sunny Sunday afternoon […]
The secret code transmitted by the San Jose Semaphore has had mathematicians and puzzle fans stumped for over four-and-a-half years, but Jimmy Waters, a high school math teacher from Knoxville, Tennessee, just solved the mystery. The SJ Semaphore’s hidden message was one of the most famous broadcasts of all time — Neil Armstrong’s first words […]
We welcomed Blizzard back after a brief medical leave and covered the history of the Arduino and the blink routine. Then added the fade in and out ability with an explanation of how that works. Professor Mayhem shared the progress on his drone.
2017 could be a very good year for repair. More US states than ever are proposing Right to Repair legislation this year. So far, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Nebraska, Kansas, and Wyoming have all introduced versions of the pro-repair bill in their legislatures—and more states could follow suit. If passed, the laws would make it […]
Scientists have detailed a new sort of crystal which creates what they define as “a new phase of matter.” This Time Crystal is “also really cool because it is one of the first examples of non-equilibrium matter,” said lead researcher Norman Yao from the University of California, Berkeley. In other words, these crystals are perpetually […]
A cautionary tale for all my colleagues in the Amateur SupraPhysical Experimentation Group! As we all know, teleportation of probes of through greater than line-of-sight distances using nonresolved lat-lon coordinates has always been problematic, resulting in chronic processor failure > 90% and structural delamination of the actual probe encapsulator. Here’s a new twist: one (fool)Hardy member^ […]
High altitude balloon project…take two! With a fairly successful first launch under out belts, YMW decided to go it alone and launch a second balloon with modifications to possibly address the shortcomings of our first launch. Early on a warm July 25th morning HOWLER II was released to the atmosphere. Because of the different prevailing […]