MAKEzine Interview Postscript

Recently I was interviewed by Make Magazine for their series Meet the Makers. You can listen to the podcast here. What follows is some extra links, photos, and resources that help illustrate the projects I mentioned in the interview.

I was incredibly flattered when Mark Frauenfelder asked me if I wanted to be one of the makers interviewed for the MAKE Podcast. I jumped at the chance. Now, having concluded the interview just a few minutes ago I wanted to share some links to the projects I mentioned, offer up a little further reading, and provide downloads for the open source designs I alluded to during my chat with Mark.

This is the tensegrity structure I built as a class project ever so long ago. It’s made of cotton string and 3/16″ dowels and supports a 1/2″ steel ball bearing exactly 24″ off the ground.

Here is a picture of the metal rod tensegrity structure I mentioned. Here’s a photo of the load bearing one that was a class project way back in college.

I talked for a bit about Smooth-On, the company that makes a whole bunch of mold making and casting projects, and how they had a tutorial on getting a metal look using cast plastic and metalized powder. I’ve found the relevant section inside one of their Youtube videos here. You might also want to look into the SFX powder pigment Pearl-Ex for playing with adding cool colors and effects into your casting/sculpting projects.

If you’d like to find out more about my huge mobile pipe organ project, The Anywhere Organ, you can find pictures up on Flickr, a running record of the progress I’m making up on its Tumblr, video of it in action here, and downloads for the design on Thingiverse. Continue reading

Pillow Mace in French Science Magazine

I like how they mirrored the image for composition and still remembered to correct the diploma up on the wall so it reads. Good work.

Yep, I’m kind of a big deal. How many people do you know that appear in the popular French children’s science magazine “Science et Vie Découvertes”? Well, now you know at least one.

A few months ago I was contacted by a French publisher, asking for permission to publish a photo of mine and some details on the Pillow Mace. Little did I know it was for a kid’s science mag. It’s kind of exciting to have my face in glossy print. Now I just need to find someone to translate the caption for me.

Would anyone care to help me translate this?

This is actually the second time I can think of I’ve appeared in a magazine I don’t personally read. A Canadian Christian family magazine got in touch with me some time last year requesting permission to publish a photo of me for an article. I was incredibly amused when I learned that it was this photo of my lower half, originally taken for my Seat Belt Belt Instructable. They were running an article on safety belts and safe driving, and possibly Jesus, and they wanted to use the photo for levity. There’s just something charming about families gathering around the fire to read a good wholesome magazine and stare at my crotch.