This week, Editor-in-Chief Elliot Williams and Assignments Editor Kristina Panos gushed about NASA’s live obliteration of minor planet Dimorphos using a probe outfitted with a camera. Spoiler alert: the probe reaches its rock-dappled rocky target just fine, and the final transmitted image has a decidedly human tinge.
Kristina brought the mystery sound again this week, much to Elliot’s sonic delight. Did he get it? Did he figure it out? Well, no. The important thing is one of you is bound to get it.
We kick off the hacks with a really neat 3D printed linkage that acts as an elevator for a marble run, and then we discuss a mid-century hack that helps you decide whether it’s time to emerge from the fallout shelter using the contents of your typical 1950s pockets. We spent a few minutes comparing our recent radiation exposure levels — Kristina wins with about a dozen x-rays so far this year, but no full-body CT scans. Then we talk guitars for a bit, remember a forgotten CPU from TI, and spend a few cycles talking about a tone-wheel organ that sounds like a chorus of gleeful gerbils.
Finally, we talk toner transfer for 3D prints, argue in defense of small teams versus large committees, and get all tangled up in cursive.
Check out the links below if you want to follow along, and as always, tell us what you think about this episode in the comments!
Episode 187 Show Notes:
What’s that Sound?
- Kristina stumps Elliot. If you can do better, fill out this form and you stand to win a Podcast t-shirt!
Interesting Hacks of the Week:
- Pi Pico W Does PCMCIA, Gets This IBM PC110 Online
- A 3D Printed Marble Run Features Neat Elevator Linkage
- Probably The Simplest Radiation Detector You Already Own
- Building An Old Guitar From A New One
- Exploring Texas Instrument’s Forgotten CPU
- This Found-Sound Organ Was Made With Python And A Laser Cutter
- Elliot’s Picks:
- Kristina’s Picks: