The most valuable object to have sunk with the Titanic wasn't the Heart of the Ocean necklace from the movie (of course), but rather a Neoclassical painting titled La Circassienne au Bain. Painted by Merry-Joseph Blondel in 1814, this colossal artwork met its watery fate aboard the ill-fated ship. — Read the rest
[UPDATE 10-16-2020 1:21pm PT: John said: "They're removing that sign. Here's the email I got from the city clerk's office: 'Thank you for your email informing the City Clerk's Office of the sign on the trash can. The sign was placed there by accident just to direct voters to the location of the ballot drop box. — Read the rest
John Park used a 3D printer, some Sugru moldable glue, and a variety of Adafruit electronics components to build this nifty robot companion based on Pathfinder from the game Apex Legends. I also entered Sugru's drawing for a free 3D printer.
John Park says: "I made this Keanu GIF player using an Adafruit PyGamer and SD card. It autoplays each GIF for 10 seconds before moving on to the next one. You can also use the L/R thumbstick controls to advance or go back." — Read the rest
MakeCode Arcade is a Scratch-like programming language for writing retro-style games. In this video, John Park shows how to make arpeggio music using MakeCode arcade. In the early days of video games, the existing technology didn't allow for chords, so arpeggios were a way to get the feel for a chord by playing all the individual notes in a chord as quickly as possible. — Read the rest
John Park conducted a video workshop on how to make a drum sequencer by putting black and white markings on a disc. When he spins the disk, a row of optical sensors trigger the different drum sounds. It could be used to sequence any sounds, visuals, or actions.
Artisan maker Dick Whitney modifies beautiful antique phones to offer Amazon Echo functionality. His goal with the "Alexaphones" and other creations is to "combine classical design and usability with the most salient elements of your modern world." Unlike other spying smart speakers, Alexaphone only listens when you lift the handset. — Read the rest
Portland-based musician Randall Taylor, aka Amulets, creates gorgeous experimental music performances from modded Walkmans and old multitrack cassette decks playing handcrafted tape loops, live guitar loops processed through circuit-bent pedals, field recordings and other sound sources. He calls his portable setup, featured in the video below, the Suitcase of Drone. — Read the rest
Gareth Branwyn of Make: has assembled a collection of the best of his Tips of the Week column from 2017. There are some gems in here, like John Park's method for twisting a pair of wires (above) and Becky Stern's method for "stripping, soldering, and shrink-tubing a cable splice. — Read the rest
This is an article about my old friend, UVa housemate, fellow Glee Club member, and all around wonderful character, D.R. Tyler Magill, who took on Nazis in Charlottesville and has now suffered a stroke.
John Park made a couple of videos with instructions on how to make two very cool mystery boxes. One is a wood box that opens only when you place a special item on the lid. The other is a deck of cards that makes a Morse Code sound when the deck is in free fall. — Read the rest
A few weeks ago my good friend John Park created a video demonstration of how to hack the famous Happy Chewbacca mask to trigger your very own audio files. And when my sister Christina told me she was building a Chewbacca-Pinata costume for her son, I naturally shared John's video with her. — Read the rest