Aug 112016
 

T-Rex

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I’m happy to announce that I’ll be teaching one of the first workshops at Make Nashville‘s brand new space!

The class is called “Papercraft Automata” and is open to students ages 11 and up. (Younger students are welcome with parental accompaniment.) If the first class is successful, I hope to make it a continuing series.

Using Rob Ives’ wonderful paper automata designs, I will teach you the basics of mechanical movement. Each class will explore a different mechanical movement concept including crank sliders, scotch yokes, geneva cranks, gear boxes, worm gears, rack and pinions, and more

In the first class, we will learn all about cams by building the Hungry T-Rex Dinosaur! This is a great introduction to mechanical movement because the kit provides several sets of cams that change the dinosaur’s animation.

Cams have been around for hundreds of years. They are the main mechanical principal behind self-writing, self-drawing, and music-playing automata such as the one featured in the movie Hugo. There’s so much you can do with this one simple concept!

Date: Sunday, August 21 from 12pm to 4pm.
Location: Make Nashville, 947 Woodland St, Nashville, TN
Class fee: $7 for Make Nashville makerspace members. $12 for non-members.

We will supply all tools and components, however if you have a favorite cutting mat, pair of scissors, or Exacto-knife, feel free to bring it along.

Buy your tickets here. This class is limited to 18 students and is expected to sell out, so reserve your spot quick.

Learn more about the Hungry T-Rex here.

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Jan 132015
 

Beastie Boys Nas Too Many Rappers Nashville, TN

 

Hey, the Beastie Boys shot a video in Nashville, and it features the 8th Avenue South / Franklin Pike Monroe Street / Rosa Parks or Green Hills Kroger Supermarket that I shop at! A fan just discovered the “Too Many Rappers” video on editor Neal Usatin’s website. Who knows how long its been there. [UPDATE: I jumped the gun on it being the 8th Avenue South Kroger. Bad Facebook intel. Now some people are swearing it’s the Monroe Street Kroger near Germantown. Others are saying it’s the Green Hills Kroger. Your guess is as good as mine.]

The video was directed by Roman Coppola and features Nas. In addition to Kroger, the boys strutted around the Nashville Parthenon, the 12th Avenue polar bears throwing snowballs, Arby’s, some train tracks, a recording studio, and Lee’s HAIR & DOLLAR.

Ad Rock even gives a shout-out to circuit benders! Or maybe it’s a diss, but I’ll take it either way:

To all you crab rappers, and hackers
And circuit benders, two-tone splendor
I.. take the cake, I stole the mold
The golden microphone, well that’s mine to hold

Big thanks to Pimpdaddysupreme for tipping me off to this. The video won’t allow embedding, so go check it out here. [UPDATE: It seems Usatin’s site got hit with too much traffic, so he took the video down. But I found another copy, which I expect will also get taken down soon. Embedded below.]

Dec 022014
 

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Last year, I wrote an article profiling Scott Sanders, Radio Free Nashville board president and one of the many staff members working to extend WRFN’s coverage citywide. I’m happy to hear that they’ve reached that goal.

Randy Fox at the Nashville Scene has the details:

Since going on the air in April 2005, the low-power community station’s broadcast area has been limited to the west side of Nashville, along with Internet broadcasts. With the translator frequency now broadcasting at 103.7 FM, in addition to the original West Side frequency of 107.1 FM, RFN’s unusual and eclectic mix of programming should be available to most of the metropolitan Nashville area. It means that great shows like Cat Beast Party, Hold the Funk,Mando Blues and Rocknbilly Hot Rod & Blues Review will be rattling the speakers of transistor radios all over town.

Check out Randy’s full article here:

Congratulations to Scott and WRFN! I’m going to go out to my car now and try to pick up the new frequency.

Nov 082014
 

Yesterday, my hosting service Powweb temporarily suspended my account because of too much bandwidth usage. They wouldn’t re-enable the site until I removed the culprit: the podcasts. So the podcast links will be temporarily down until I find another place to host them. I know I haven’t posted a podcast in quite a long while, but I do hope to start posting them regularly again soon. In the meantime, please accept this Golden Lion Tamarin eating an apple:

 

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