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MAKE Asks: is a weekly column where we ask you, our readers, for responses to maker-related questions. We hope the column sparks interesting conversation and is a way for us to get to know more about each other.

This week’s question: We all have a backburner, but some projects return to the fore quicker than others. What has been your longest running unfinished project, and why does it remain so? What needs to be done to make it complete?

I once bought a remote controlled light switch with the intent of synching up music to Christmas lights. I broke out the pins to control it and everything, but found that there was a delay of almost a second in switching it. The guts have been sitting in a box for almost five years and I haven’t finished it simply because I haven’t thought of a project for which it would be suitable.

Post your responses in the comments section.

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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