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And we’re back with our thirty-first installment of Your Comments. Here are our favorites from the past week, from Makezine, our Facebook page, and Twitter.


In response to New MacBook Most Unrepairable Laptop Ever?, salec says:

It is only a matter of case manufacturing. Once we can repack the innards of an Apple toy into a larger, sturdier case of our own making (e.g. 3D printed), with space for our add-ons and mods, we can just treat their product as a component of our new gadget. With “assured death” designed into it, we’ll have a never ending supply of that component, cheap.

In the piece NEWS FROM THE FUTURE – Every Concert Is A Hologram, AmandaJ remarks:

When you realize that people are paying, not for the music or the singer, but for the opportunity to be surrounded by thousands of other people who share an interest and have an excuse to enjoy themselves, then it doesn’t seem so insane.

They could honestly be paying $75 a ticket to watch paint dry, as long as there were thousands of other people getting really excited about watching the paint dry too. In pop music, particularly, it’s an event where the quality of the ‘merchandise’ is less important than the culture that surrounds it.

In response to Gauging Performance Between Compressed Air Rocket Mods, user JWC has a novel idea:

I made a mod on the launcher by attaching it to a small air compressor. The compressor maxes out at 100 psi, which is well below the pipe’s rating, so safety isn’t an issue any more than with the hand pump. The other nice things about this setup is (1) We can rapid-fire rockets without anyone getting tired and (2) if the air compressor isn’t attached the launcher won’t hold any pressure – which makes it a nice, visual safety.

In the piece Chronophone: First-Ever Mixer and Crossfader, 1910, Oontini says:

Where it’s at?
Got two turn tables on my Chronophone.

In the article DIY Solder Flux, user Bill Fredette writes:

Aha! Something to do with my son’s bass bow rosin when he isn’t looking!

Like these comments? Be sure to sound off in the comments! You could be in next week’s column.

Michael Colombo

In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens’ educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.


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