Nick Normal

Nick Normal

I'm an artist & maker. A lifelong biblioholic, and advocate for all-things geekathon. Home is Long Island City, Queens, which I consider the greatest place on Earth. 5-year former Resident of Flux Factory, co-organizer for World Maker Faire (NYC), and blogger all over the net. Howdy!

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Dr. Alicia Soderberg collaborated with blind astrophysicist Wanda Diaz-Merced to produce audio "autopsies" that translate data collected from dying stars into orchestra-like sound files. Read more »


To make LED light art in space you'll need a handful of LEDs, power source, camera and, well, a rocket. Read more »


Mark Frauenfelder teaches a crowd at Engadget Expand how to build a basic circuit. Using a 555 timer, breadboard, and some common components, participants used conductive paint to design a touch-circuit on paper. We’ve captured his presentation and you can follow along at home: Originally published Nov. 10, 2013.   Read more »

BEAM designs favor discrete components, stimulus-response control systems, and analog logic.

BEAM is an acronym for Biology, Electronics, Aesthetics, Mechanics. This episode of Weekend Projects will show you how to assemble a light-seeking bot built around a simple analog circuit in combination with pairs of infrared phototransistors, motors, and battery packs. Read more »


Providence-based makers James Rutter and Matt Stultz recently discussed AS220 Labs, home 3D printers, and the Robohand project on Dan Yorke's State of Mind television show. Read more »

Calliope in operation

Revelers have been tooting in the New Year at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn with steam-powered whistles since 1965. Here's a tour of the Engine Room that provides the whistles and a homemade calliope with their steam. Read more »


Congratulations to all the makers who competed in the first Ultimate Maker Vehicle Challenge. From 10 awesome entries, here are the winners! Read more »


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